2021 At the Vicarage Week #3

Jan. 15th– Pastor Dan went on vacation last week leaving the church in the staff’s hands. Wendy, Carrie and Nancy handled the day to day. John handled the building.Amanda and I, well we managed to get worship, preaching and on line children’s services covered.

Everything is awesome! Everything is great when you’re part of a team.

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Pandemic has made vacationing a more complicated animal than it once was. Quarantining is now required after traveling until Covid tests come back negative. With our State registering around 7,000 new cases a day the labs are experiencing a huge back log and what once took 3-5 days is now something more like 7-9.

Jan. 16th– My sister, Brenda, has had a stomach bug for the last few days and this morning some folks pointed out that this could be a syntom of Covid-19. Of course being in our position as pastors we want to be safe rather than sorry. So we have made the arrangements for testing (Brenda and Amanda first and then mom and I will wait and see how things develop). We have also entered into quarantine pending the results of the test. Sooo…. no worship leading or preaching for me. No Walmart work, church front end management for Amanda. Mom is going to have to go without papers and scratchies for a few days.

Ray Parker was nice enough to get us some of the staples we were missing so we don’t have to go out for the next few days.

Jan. 17th– Pastor Dan preached the sermon at Cornerstone entitled Passionate. I think my favorite thought of this day is that passion is about more than just emotion. Passion is about commitment.

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Paul Hackett and Janice Huff helped us out with a few more necessities today. Paul blessed us with grinders and a chicken too!

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Janice also brought us some of her famous chicken soup!

Jan. 18th– I took Brenda for her COVID test today. She is very ill. Just the short ride to the pharmacy was almost more than she could handle.

Amanda also had her test today.

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Jan. 19th– Brenda has gotten so ill that today we had her taken by ambulance to hospital

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She had xrays which showed a cloud in one of her lungs and she was severely dehydrated. They kept her a few hours for observation and long enough to confirm that she actually does have COVID. As she began to respond to the treatment they discharged her…the hospital is too full to keep patients who respond to the treatment.

So Brenda is back in a bed with clean sheets. She now has meds to help her mend and we are doing a deep cleaning of the Vicarage.

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Jan. 20th– Innauguration Day…..eyes to the Kingdom! Eyes off the world!

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Jan. 21st– Mom and I had our COVID tests today. She has been pretty manic since. She doesn’t know why but she feels a deep need to clean everything now. Amanda and I have been taking turns sitting with her to help her come to some sense of calm. She can’t say it, but she is very concerned about Brenda.

A mother’s love comes out even when it is being blocked by years of self-determined emotional blocking and the effects of dementia.

Before I close out for the week I also have to thank Debby Parker and Sandy Freeman who have kept Mom in papers and scratch tickets all week. Thank you ladies and thank you people of Cornerstone for all your well wishes and prayers! You are really a wonderful example of the body of Christ.

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Debby and Sandy

2021 Home Photo Challenge 1-21-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

This photo is a throwback to the fall, but I am feeling the need for photos that speak of warmer days. While I can’t seem to get milkweed to grow at the Vicarage the property behind the house has it so we always get a few monarch flying through in the fall.

Gossamer moments,

Fluttering wings pass me by

Ephemeral time.

Yesterday’s Daily: Day 10 of 21 Days of Fasting And Prayer

Well yesterday was day 10 of Cornerstone’s 21 Days of fasting and prayer in 2021. This is a yearly spiritual journey the people of Cornerstone have taken together to seek out God’s plan and guidance for the year ahead as well as to pray in His provision for said plan.

Yesterday was a horrible fasting day for me. My sister Brenda was taken by ambulance to the hospital to treat symptoms of what turned out to be Covid. Fortunately she responded to the treatment and was not required to stay. That said, in the busyness of the day, I fell off the fasting wagon and I only got 25 minutes of praying in total for the day. For me that is almost like not praying at all.

But God’s mercies are new every morning and so today I pick up where I left off and continue on in the journey. I have had several words from God during this season which I do not feel free to share yet. So they are going in my little black book where they will remain until I feel like the time is right to share them.

Here is yesterday’s prayer video entitled….Daily

2021 Home Photo Challenge 1-20-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

Winter nightfall at The Vicarage

The gathering dark

Makes clear what light is still left

Beauty shines on.

2021 Home Photo Challenge 1-19-21

The Home Photo Challenge was fun for me last year. Since I do not think much is going to be changing for me in the way of travel this year, I am going to continue the challenge for myself into 2021. This year I am going to add a little twist. I will give a brief description of each photo I take and write a Haiku to go along with it.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN.JUST TAKE A PHOTO IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME AND WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG AND POST THE LINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW IT.

Downed branches from a storm have made a little waterfall at the back of The Vicarage

Distant waters spill

Winter over downed branches

Washing it away.

Share Your World 1-18-21

SHARE YOUR WORLD is a challenge hosted by Melanie from Sparksfromacombustiblemind. In this challenge, Melanie asks us each five questions, or so, and in sharing our answers we share our worlds. Check it out further by clicking the underlined link above.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers….

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Why do we dream?

Dreams are such neat things! Sometimes they are just our own subconscious’ trying to work out life’s puzzles by moving things from concrete images to symbolic. Other times our dreams are connections to the spirit realm and can be messages sent to us by spirits that have influence over our lives. That can be both good and bad. It is one of the uses of the gift of discernment of spirits which Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, that allows us to know the source of dreams….at least that is what I think.

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Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

Sometimes. Especially if the people doing the naming have taken some time to think through the naming beforehand. Then again sometimes serendipity takes a hand and matches a name prophetically to a soul as it enters the world.

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Does hardship make a person stronger?  (example:  What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger)

I think it can. That said hardship can also crush a person and make them bitter. I think it really depends on a person’s willingness to endure.

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions?

I think we do this because it is easier to embrace our own innate hypocrisy than to rise above it.

GRATITUDE SECTION  (Always Optional)

Feel free to share some gratitude in the form of images, photos or writing.  Thanks! 

I am so thankful that there is beauty in the world which still has the power to undo all the ugliness. I will fix my eyes on the beauty….

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8