22 Oct

Adventures in Computing (-and an apology)

To those who have become frustrated waiting for the next post about studying Romans-I am SO SORRY!!!

After what I thought was a routine update, I restarted as requested and well, my desktop decided to go into a never-ending loop of “Automatic Repair”.  After trying an abundance of potential fixes, the last thing to do was the dreaded format c:\  and a total re-install of Windows, applications and all those things that we need on our computers for living the life!

Fine-so here I am on my laptop now while I need to do it all again!!! Because— at first I thought it was a bad program I installed, and hadn’t thought about it being the updates at all!

Again, please forgive… the best part is that laptop IS working well enough until such time as I get things working again.

Remember this… GOD has it, no matter what the trial may be.

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16 Oct

Technical Difficulties-Please Stand By

Ever have one of those times, whether its a day, a week, a year— A time when you’re on a roll, a gasket gets blown or a gear slips? In my case it was a computer issue where I couldn’t get from my desktop onto my website to upload anything. Then, of course, being the secret obsessive-compulsive gal that I am- I harassed my provider with screenshots and other uh, frustrations.

Finally, it got figured out and after all that aggravation and behavior unbecoming a disciple of Jesus… it was remedied. And the really sad part is that there was such a simple and easy workaround.

You see, one of my lesser pursuits is that I’m an “Insider” and often use pre-release software and one of these caused my favored browser to not want to talk to the control panel for Abiding Ways.

I know you’ve heard at least a few times that, yes, bad things DO happen to good people. Well, our TV also went out just yesterday , the pup needed a bath, and because of my frenetic obsession, housework went by the wayside. I guess you could say it’s been a rough couple of weeks around here.

However, there IS an upside…in fact a few that happened as a result of what, on the surface, are negatives.

As a result of the internet glitch, I re-discovered an old favorite browser! So, after the work of getting it set up, I am once again able to share my wisdom and joy which is all from our God!  With the TV out, I’ve started my 2018 planning, praying and “hope to do”‘s and it felt so good! More time for priorities, and also taking care of business, which for me is also satisfying and brings great joy! More time to pray, read, and yes-write and prayerfully teach, too (Romans will return starting this Thursday, Lord willing!).

Most of all, I’ve had more time to just contemplate and meditate on this season of life. I’ll be “medicare eligible” on my next birthday and sometimes it seems like I still have so much more I want to get to before it’s time to go home and stand before Jesus.

For me, more and more, the urgency of sharing with my few readers and trying to take the step by step path the Lord leads is readily apparent during times such as this. Earlier this week I was reading one of my email devotionals and came away realizing that all I can do is what I can do with what I’ve got. Rather humbling for sure! I freely confess to hopes of a huge blog following and recognition. Then it came to me that I’m right where God wants me. And it’s not for me to question the “why” of it. Every once in awhile I get that delicious “AHA!” moment when something Jesus said to the apostles comes back to me for personal application.

The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12 )

… and like it Luke 9:46-48 talks about an argument among the disciples as to who would be the greatest! After he had demonstrated the “least among us” Jesus said “For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest!” So, personal application for me is this: do what I can with what I got, when I can and to God’s glory without regard for stats…(I AM consciously working on more consistency in posting, tho!)  who knows, I may be sharing for just that one little child!

I will be posting the next segment on the journey of Paul’s letter to the Romans on Thursday. Hope you’ll come and check it out.

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02 Oct

Again, Still, YET…

I was going to talk about ethics and morality today BUT…

Got a call around 2AM from my brother. If you’re anything like me, a call at this time of night is very seldom a good thing. He called to let me know he was safe at home, as was my niece. You see, he works often on the Las Vegas strip! After the horrendous mass shooting that has, so far, left 50+ dead and 200+ injured as of this writing, I have no words! I am distraught, angry, frustrated and once again asking why, LORD-WHY????

I am not one of those “no guns” folks. Our laws permit citizens to own firearms. I’m ok with that. I’ve even owned a gun or two in my life. That being said, I am so sick and tired of our lawmakers, actively being lobbied by (and in the pocket of) the National Rifle Association. I realize this is a huge political issue but really? How many people have to die before the FEDERAL government does something constructive about sensible weapons regulation?

I’m not at all speaking about wholesale gun confiscation. Note that every major election, someone is saying their opponent is “Gonna take your guns”. Well, maybe some folks need their guns taken away. I’m talking about known criminals, domestic abusers, and those with mental health issues.

I’m also talking about uniform federal data to keep track of where guns are. I wouldn’t be opposed to a total ban on INTERNET-based gun and ammunition sales as well as a waiting period/background check. Lastly, how about totally unregulated gun sales/gun shows and private sales being watched a bit more?

Here in the NY/NJ area are some of the more restrictive gun regulations in the country, as is the Chicago area. Yet, shootings happen every day. How can that be? Well, adjacent states have more lenient laws about gun ownership, availability, and “open carry”. So, guns are purchased there and quickly and easily transported to other states for illegal sales and uses. My hope, in time is some common sense UNIFORMITY!

So, I hope you understand where I’m coming from.

The shooter was a white male, age 64 using a fully automatic weapon. That was how he managed to kill and injure so many. Think “machine gun”. The people affected were attending a music festival just having a good time. I get the impression from everything known at this time that he planned this in advance. Traveled from his home about 100 miles from Las Vegas, got a room right where he could do damage. Again, I’m confronted with WHY!

Truthfully, I am not sure we’ll ever know what was going on in this man’s mind and heart. We’ll never know how he managed to acquire what has been described as a “cache” of weapons. Considering that this guy was the same age I am, it baffles me.

… maybe I DID talk about ETHICS and MORALITY— and whether our country is really a “Christian nation”.

“When all that is good falls apart,
what can good people do?”
The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD sits on his throne in heaven.
—Psalm 11:3–4


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