Snoopy’s Adventure for Today

A picture of Snoopy
Snoopy

Some of you know my long-time buddy, Snoopy. We think he is part Chihuahua, part Corgi, if anyone cares. He has been hanging around with us for about 15 years. When we got him from the rescue group, they said that he was about three years old.

That makes him “not exactly a spring chicken.”

He has had a big adventure today. It was another trip to the vet. He took it in stride. I’m not so certain that I am doing so…

He definitely has cataracts… He is not adjusting well to the new house. His peeing all over the house may be the beginnings of some sort of kidney issues, we are waiting to get the results of these tests. His hearing doesn’t seem to be very sharp anymore. We are awaiting test results to find out about his coughing fits, it doesn’t seem to be pulmonary but may be the beginnings of the beginnings of congestive heart failure.

They prescribed some senior food for him…

… And we will take it one day at a time while we can…

 

ANOTHER NIFTY QUOTE FOR THE DAY

‘The great mystery of Ephesians 6 is that God bestows his own armor on his people. The medium of the great gift is first Jesus Christ, God’s Champion, who is depicted by the OT and the NT as clothed in the same armor as YHWH, wielding his ferocious long sword against his people’s enemies (Is 11:4–5; 59:16–17; Rev 1:13–16; 19:11–15). But Ephesians takes this one step farther by arguing that, since the Christian is mystically “in Christ,” this armor is bestowed on everyone baptized into him.’

Winger, T. M. (2015). Ephesians. (D. O. Wenthe & C. P. Giese, Eds.) (p. 748). Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

Learning to use a telephone

For years, I’ve been working on the assumption that I cannot use a cell phone. I can’t swipe or pinch or twiddle

Typical selfie
Where am I?

various thingies. After seeing what people post, I didn’t particularly think I was missing out on much.

Then… I discovered the awful truth! I WAS WRONG!

There is a device called TECLA. 

Tecla lets you use a single switch (on off) to use a cell phone or tablet. Granted, you don’t have to go THAT bare-bones. You can use as many as four switches or a joystick.

Today, I discovered the camera. (Yes, I knew it was there before. I had even taken pictures. I just realized how much fun this was!) Here is an intentional selfie. I deleted the unintentional ones.

I double-dog-dare you to come up with a caption for this one. Better yet, make up a story about where I am!

A quote to ponder today…

The order to “stand” that pervades Ephesians 6:11–14 does not imply that Christian soldiers are given a special tactic by which they are able to defend themselves, but rather teaches them that the battle is the Lord’s. They are to stand back and watch him win the victory for them (cf. הִֽתְיַצְב֗וּ, “stand firm!” in Ex 14:13 in the context of Ex 14:13–14, 30–31; and הִתְיַצְּב֣וּ עִמְד֡וּ, “stand firm! stand!” in 2 Chr 20:17).

Winger, T. M. (2015). Ephesians. (D. O. Wenthe & C. P. Giese, Eds.) (p. 703). Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

MY STREAK IS UNBROKEN! :-/

I was over at http://www.fmwriters.com/ last month when I noticed their “STORY A DAY” thingy. I was fascinated by the number of people who planned on writing 31 stories in May. I restrained myself, I only planned on writing 5 during the month.

I succeeded in writing zero. Zip. Nada.

My streak for the year is unbroken. I’m hoping to change that.

Camp NaNoWriMo participant logo

 

During the month of July, I plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s different than November’s NaNoWriMo in that you can work on other things than novels. I am planning on outlining something have been threatening to write since I was six years old.

When it comes to writing, I’m still my own worst enemy

It seems to be so much easier to talk about what I’m going to write than it is to actually write!

Don’t get me wrong, I do have some successes. For example, last Tuesday scored me some points in my own mind. In addition to all my everyday stuff, I wrote 250 words on one project and accomplished some serious outlining on another. It just seems that days like this are few and far between. I don’t think that I am very disciplined.

Wednesday and Thursday? I accomplished very little in the area of writing. I helped Mother with her computer, a very worthwhile thing to do. It just isn’t WRITING. I fixed some of the problems with my computer, which does help me write. It was worth doing, it just isn’t WRITING! I installed software updates. I just didn’t WRITE.

On the other hand, a friend trusted me to critique his novel. I haven’t gotten very far reading it in the “first pass,” but I’m enjoying it. I have noticed more things that have been done well then things that need reconsideration and revising.

Today seems to be another day that I’m looking for excuses. I am moving slowly. I think part of that is that I’m not breathing well. I also have sciatic pain down one leg. Both of these things will impact my word output.

But, I HAVE written 250 words on one of my projects so far. Maybe I’m not the worst writer on the planet when it comes to procrastination after all!

A Follow-Up from Sunday School by My Pastor

While I miss teaching Sunday School, I deeply appreciate the opportunity to listen in and participate with Pastor Hull’s adult Sunday school/Bible class. We are currently going through the Gospel of John.

Since he encourages us to “think theologically,” he encourages questions. Sometimes they go up and down rabbit trails, but eventually, we come back to the point. One of the rabbit trails on Sunday a week ago was about contemporary Christian music.

I find it trite and shallow for the most part, but my taste is not the determining factor. (That probably is a very good thing!) 🙂 If it was up to me, CCM would probably be limited to the weakest radio stations in the lowest bandwidth Internet outlets.

And yet… That isn’t the core of the issue. One of the justifications was that, since you aren’t doing something overtly bad, you are doing something good. Another of the justifications was that, since the Name of Jesus is mentioned, it is a good thing.

I’m not so sure about that. IF the mere mention of Jesus Name is a good thing, we would encourage cussing. It isn’t the mere mention! It’s reverence, delight, thankfulness, repentance that spills out THE NAME OF JESUS.

Your mileage may vary! Listen to what Pastor Hull has to say for yourself.