2018 April 10 Tuesday

2018 April 10 Tuesday in Liberty Hill Texas

47° and sunny for a change. Yay! And it stayed sunny all day. It got up to the low seventies in the afternoon. The local weather forecasts are smiling and strutting like they take personal responsibility for the good weather.

Since I was awake at five it seemed to take the sun for ever to rise. I couldn’t wait for it to climb all the way over there trees before I took a photo. And because it was cloudless, once the sun topped the trees it was a very bland view.

When we arrived at the Georgetown senior center we were surprised to find the tables pulled high with baked goods … again. Monday is the normal day for us to receive donated overstock and past sell-by dates bakery items. To receive this two days in a row is rare. We picked up some cakes to share with friends at Grandiesa and the Over the Hill Gangb in the next couple of days.

MUSING – April 10 2018

BE A WATER BOTTLE

John 7:37-39
“Then, on the last great day of the feast, Jesus was standing and crying out, saying: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink: whoever believes in me, just as Scripture says, ‘From his chest shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now he said this about the Spirit, which those who believe in him would soon be receiving. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

John 4:10
“Jesus replied to her (a Samaritan woman at the well), “If you only knew what God’s gift is and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him for a drink. He would have given you living water.

In these two verses Jesus speaks of giving Living Water (the Spirit of God) as a gift. It is a gift that is ours for the asking. The LORD is the fountain of Living Water*. And it is He who sends the Holy Spirit at the request of the Son**.

Matthew 28:19
“So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. “

We are to carry the Good News with us and share it with those with whom we come in contact. We have a spring of Living Water gushing from within us. We are the LORD’S water bottle filled to overflowing that others may receive. Go therefore into your world and hydrate those thirsty souls.

*Jeremiah 17:13

**John 16:7-15

aGrandies is a ministry for senior citizens who have, since it’s beginning, has mailed more than 3,300 greeting cards to our military, healthcare needs, sympathy, birthday, anniversary, and others.

They also work with the schools and other organizations to provide personal items, snacks and meals to children in need..

bMembers of the Over Hill Gang of Liberty Hill enjoy conversation and a home cooked meal at the weekly Thursday luncheon. All seniors, age 50 or older, are invited to attend and participate in the group’s activities.

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2018 April 09 Monday

2018 April 09 Monday in Liberty Hill Texas

52° this morning was so much nicer than yesterday morning. But along with the warmer weather came the fog.

The park managers were taking advantage of the can damp weather to burn some trash.

We arrived at the center by nine.

There was loads for breads and donuts piled on the tables when we arrived.

By lunch time we had quite a nice crowd.

We did t’ai chi and played games before lunch.

After leaving the center we went to my orthopedic doctor for a cortisone injection in the right knee.

Then it was a stop at Walmart for Ella’s medications.

It was a grey end to a grey day.

MUSINGS – April 09 Monday

HELP THE HELPLESS

Psalms 146:7-9
“He brings about justice for those who are oppressed. He gives food to those who are hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free. The LORD gives sight to blind people. The LORD straightens the backs of those who are bent over. The LORD loves righteous people. The LORD protects foreigners. The LORD gives relief to orphans and widows. But he keeps wicked people from reaching their goal.

There are dozens of scriptures where God’s people are commanded to care for widows, orphans, foreigners. This three groups are singled out because they have no legal standing in society. They are lower than the low and unable to help themselves. In many places the blind, deaf, and infirm are also commanded to our care.

In Matthew 25 Jesus gives credit to those who care for the needy as though they were doing it for Christ himself.

There are an estimated 553,742 people in the United States experiencing homelessness on a given night, according to the most recent national point-in-time estimate.

Liberty Hill Texas is a small town (967 by last census though it has expand considerably since) in the hill country outside Austin. There are at least three homeless shelters here. Many children in school system are homeless. Outside of the school, they lack many of the basic needs like food, water (drinking and bathing), shelter from the elements. And yet these are more fortunate than those who are even further outside the system.

You, good people, are commanded to help. Churches and other organizations are good places to start. Donate or volunteer your time. Would it be totally unreasonable for you to feed a beggar by handing them some food, taking them to a restaurant, or perhaps your home? Jesus didn’t think so.

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2018 April 08 Sunday

2018 April 08 Sunday in Liberty Hill Texas

41° and overcast to begin the day. By three o’clock the sun came out and the temp had climbed to 60°, which was the warmest it has been since late Friday night.

My grey truck had a decidedly yellow tint this morning. The live oak pollen count is extremely high today. We made it through “cedar fever” season when the cedar trees (really juniper trees that grow like giant weeds in this area) fill the air with so much pollen that it looks like fog. However, the oak sets me to tearing my eyes out because of the itching.

Did you know that the Sunday following Resurrection Sunday is one of the least attended worship times of the year? Neither did I until out associate pastor Judy said it this morning in her sermon.

Coincidentally (?) it is also associate pastor Sunday when there senior pastor gets a break from all the stress of preparation f from Lent through Easter.

Now having said all that, we had a decent turnout for worship today.

Neither Ella nor I had made any preparation for our Sunday dinner (lunch) so we went to Subway® and head the daily special of roast beef. We pulled them high with cheese and veggies and spent just under eight dollars. Not be bad. Not bad at all.

I’m a morning person. By eight a.m. I feel like half my day is done. But today I had troubles waking up. On the way home I told Ella that I just couldn’t shake the sleepys.

After eating our sandwiches, we played a game of Canasta. I started to pick up the discard pile and Ella said, “You have to lay down (cards) first.” To which I replied, “That’s what I’ve been telling you. I need to go lay down.”

We finished that hand and I went to the bedroom for a nap. I slept until three. That is not like me. It must be the allergies.

MUSINGSApril 08 2018 Sunday

THESE ARE NOT SUGGESTIONS

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Listen, Israel: The LORD is our God. The LORD is the only God. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

The ten laws were not suggestions, they were commandments. They cover the essentials of how to have a proper relationship with God and man. After the congregation of Israel were given the ten commandments they were told to obey them, talk about them, reach them, write them down, and put them in places where you are constantly reminded of them.

If I were to conduct a survey among those who call themselves Christians, I wonder how many could even tell me each of the ten commandments. Could you? How about the way that Jesus summarized them in Matthew 22:37-39?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’

How often do you remind yourself of God’s most important laws … and follow them?

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nap. I slept until three. That is not like me. It must be the allergies.

MUSINGSApril 08 2018 Sunday

THESE ARE NOT SUGGESTIONS

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Listen, Israel: The LORD is our God. The LORD is the only God. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

The ten laws were not suggestions, they were commandments. They cover the essentials of how to have a proper relationship with God and man. After the congregation of Israel were given the ten commandments they were told to obey them, talk about them, reach them, write them down, and put them in places where you are constantly reminded of them.

If I were to conduct a survey among those who call themselves Christians, I wonder how many could even tell me each of the ten commandments. Could you? How about the way that Jesus summarized them in Matthew 22:37-39?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’

How often do you remind yourself of God’s most important laws … and follow them?

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2018 April 07 Saturday

2018 April 07 Saturday in Liberty Hill Texas

42° and feels like 34° with the wind. Yep a child front came through the Texas Hill country overnight.
Yesterday’s high was 83°. Today we reached 42°. The high for the day was officially 59° but that was at midnight and it just got colder as the day went on.

We stayed home and inside today. It was a perfect day to bake bread. So I did. I also boiled a ham bone down to make stock.

No sun do no sunset photo today.

MUSINGApril 07 2018

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NEAR*

2 Peter 3:11-15a
“All these things will be destroyed in this way. So think of the kind of holy and godly lives you must live as you look forward to the day of God and eagerly wait for it to come. When that day comes, heaven will be on fire and will be destroyed. Everything that makes up the universe will burn and melt. But we look forward to what God has promised–a new heaven and a new earth–a place where everything that has God’s approval lives. Therefore, dear friends, with this to look forward to, make every effort to have him find you at peace, without spiritual stains or blemishes. Think of our Lord’s patience as an opportunity for us to be saved.”

Google “God is patient” and you will find over and over in scripture that we are assured that God is patient but that His patience is not endless with man’s wickedness.

In the past humanity had become so lost to sin that the LORD destroyed it except for Noah, who found favor in His eyes. So Noah and his family were saved.**

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed when not even ten righteous people were found.***

Don’t be deceived God judgement will come. He is waiting for our sakes. Here is unwilling that any should perish so He is weighing us on the balance scale of judgement. And awaiting for His people to turn to Him or from Him in numbers known only to Him. But when that judgement comes, this world will be replaced with a new heaven and a new Earth.

So live your life as holy and godly while praying, “Come, Lord, come quickly.”

*Matthew 4:17

**Genesis 6:7-8

***Genesis 18:32

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2018 April 06 Friday

2018 April 06 Friday in Liberty Hill Texas

68° and cloudy and headed for 84°.

Overheard conversation: “Hey, Bud, y’all look like death warmed over.”

“Waal ever since the gov’ment ordered the sun ta slow down, I ain’t slept for $#1+!

Somewhat of a sunrise photo.

We left home at about 8:30 and headed for the senior center in Georgetown.

We were the first to arrive and for a while we thought that we might be the only ones. We played a game or two of Rummikub and then switched to Fast Track. We were just finishing a game where Larry arrived. The only thing he plays is plain old dominoes. So we switched to playing dominoes.

After a while a few others came drifting in. Jay and Jim and Malinda (?) joined us at our table and a few others, that I don’t know the names of, say at other tables.

Lunch was chicken Parmesan on a bed of noodles, lettuce salad, broccoli cauliflower mix, and a red velvet cake.

Since the orthopedic surgeon said I needed to lose at least 60 pounds before he would conceded doing knee replacement on me, I’m trying to follow a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Which means that when they brought donuts around, I passed. I ate my chicken and veggies but not the noodles or garlic bread. However, as a treat for being such a good boy, I ate the cake.

Last night on the way home from Beket’s game, I noticed that my low beam headlights weren’t very bright. Upon arriving home we discovered that the driver side light was out. So we stopped at O’Reilly Auto Parts for a replacement bulb. But as I started to remove the bulb, it lit. So I just tightened it back in the socket and left.

Our next stop was Walmart for some RV related supplies that we’ll need before putting it in storage for the summer.

Next began our hunt for a large tarp. Our first stop was Georgetown Farm Supply and completely struck out. By the way the customer service went like this, “If we have it, it would be in that corner.” No points from me. We needed to stop for gas before gotten to Winkle’s Hardware in Liberty Hill. (I would give a link to their website but it doesn’t seem to be working.) I love shopping here they have everything including large tarps … just not quite large enough. So it was a short trip across highway 29 to Tractor Supply. They had the tarp in the correct size but at a lighter weight and twice the price for what I’d found in Amazon. Guess where I ordered it. Yep. Free shipping and delivery by Monday.

MUSING – April 06 2018

WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEART OF MAN

Psalms 75:6-7
“The authority to reward someone does not come from the east, from the west, or even from the wilderness. God alone is the judge. He punishes one person and rewards another.

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”, was the introduction from The Shadow radio program which I listened to as a kid. (Ya I know, I’m older than dirt) But that creepy voice always sent chills through my young body. The Shadow will hunt down the evil doers and exact justice … or vengeance.

Of all the superpowers that I drempt of having (yes, I loved my comic books), “knowing the hearts of men” was never on my list. I didn’t even want to be able to read minds let alone know their secret desires and motives.

And as human beings we are guilty of judging people by how they look, or talk, or act. Paul wrote, “I have a clear conscience, but that doesn’t mean I have God’s approval.”* if saint Paul could wright that about himself how much less can we claim to have God’s approval? No wonder we are warned to judge not lest we be judged.**

The best analogy that I can see is judging a sporting event. We may feel sure that we know the outcome of the event but we don’t actually know until it’s over. As humans we can, at best, judge people by their past and their present. God however judges past, present, and future … as well as what lurks in their hearts. But even that is not final because not only is God just he is also merciful as had provided us a way of repentance and forgiveness. Through the sacrifice of Jesus our sins can (if we accept the gift) be covered in his blood so that when the Father looks at our lives, all he can see is Jesus.

So be kind to one another. Lift each other in the love of God, for we do not know what evil or greatness lurks in their heart.

*1 Corinthians 4:4-5

**Matthew 7:1

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2018 April 05 Thursday

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2018 April 05 Thursday

2018 April 05 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

45° and partly sunny to get the day started. It reached 75° on a partly sunny day. After sundown the breeze made it feel cooler than the 63° that my truck thermometer showed.

We left home before the sun was fully in the sky because I had an early appointment with the orthopedic doctor in Cedar Park. But I managed to snap this as we on our way. Yes, I pulled off the road to get the view.

The rooster comb injections I went through earlier were ineffective. So now I received cortisone in my left knee and will return on Monday for an injection in the right.

We arrived at the Over the Hill Gang in time to play a few games before lunch. Chicken from Chicken Express with their rolls and then side dishes from OTHG members and staff.

In the evening we went to Beket’s baseball game in Leander. They lost 2-6… Too many walks.

In the evening I captured this sunset.

MUSING April 05 2018

HOW WILL YOU KNOW?

2 John 9-11
“Everyone who doesn’t continue to teach what Christ taught doesn’t have God. The person who continues to teach what Christ taught has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and doesn’t bring these teachings, don’t take him into your home or even greet him. Whoever greets him shares the evil things he’s doing.

If anyone teaches or preaches something different than what Jesus taught and preached, how are you to know that you aren’t being deceived?

There are powerful, charming, charismatic teachers and preachers who have large followings. Some because they say the things that people want to hear. And some because God has blessed them. How do you know which from which?

It really is not difficult. Follow the one who teaches what Christ taught. But be careful not to let anyone deceive you. Many will come using Jesus’s name.* Just because they say, “Jesus said” doesn’t mean Jesus said or that the words weren’t taken out of context. How are you to know?

There is only one way to know what Jesus taught … read the Bible. Read it prayerfully asking God to reveal his truth to you.

Isn’t your eternal life worth a little study on your own?

*Matthew 24:4-5

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2018 April 05 Thursday

2018 April 05 Thursday in Liberty Hill Texas

45° and partly sunny to get the day started. It reached 75° on a partly sunny day. After sundown the breeze made it feel cooler than the 63° that my truck thermometer showed.

We left home before the sun was fully in the sky because I had an early appointment with the orthopedic doctor in Cedar Park. But I managed to snap this as we on our way. Yes, I pulled off the road to get the view.

The rooster comb injections I went through earlier were ineffective. So now I received cortisone in my left knee and will return on Monday for an injection in the right.

We arrived at the Over the Hill Gang in time to play a few games before lunch. Chicken from Chicken Express with their rolls and then side dishes from OTHG members and staff.

In the evening we went to Beket’s baseball game in Leander. They lost 2-6… Too many walks.

In the evening I captured this sunset.


MUSING April 05 2018

HOW WILL YOU KNOW?

2 John 9-11
“Everyone who doesn’t continue to teach what Christ taught doesn’t have God. The person who continues to teach what Christ taught has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and doesn’t bring these teachings, don’t take him into your home or even greet him. Whoever greets him shares the evil things he’s doing.

If anyone teaches or preaches something different than what Jesus taught and preached, how are you to know that you aren’t being deceived?

There are powerful, charming, charismatic teachers and preachers who have large followings. Some because they say the things that people want to hear. And some because God has blessed them. How do you know which from which?

It really is not difficult. Follow the one who teaches what Christ taught. But be careful not to let anyone deceive you. Many will come using Jesus’s name.* Just because they say, “Jesus said” doesn’t mean Jesus said or that the words weren’t taken out of context. How are you to know?

There is only one way to know what Jesus taught … read the Bible. Read it prayerfully asking God to reveal his truth to you.

Isn’t your eternal life worth a little study on your own?

*Matthew 24:4-5

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2018 April 04 Wednesday

2018 April 04 Wednesday in Liberty Hill Texas

47° to start the day that topped out at 63°.

The sun seemed to struggle to clear the juniper trees this morning.
Grandies meet today with sixteen in attendance. We celebrated this months birthdays with all kinds of goodies including a Texas shared pecan cake that I won at bingo yesterday at the Georgetown senior center.

These photos make the group look somewhat bored. That is not true, everyone was just paying close attention. We sent out eleven cards (birthday, sympathy, get well, and thinking of you). The pastor came in and prayed for our praises and concerns. We them did our roll call where we share with the group the things that are important in our lives.

In the evening we had our monthly choir meal together.

We then retired to the chapel to begin practicing for the Christmas cantata. Yes … that’s what I said … practicing for Christmas.

Even while Ella and I are away for the summer, we will continue to practice thanks to a CD and the song book. I love doing this … even though … I seldom get to actually be part of the cantata … because I am being being Santa.

MUSING – April 04 2018

THE BUDDY SYSTEM

Ezekiel 33:8-9
Suppose I (God).say to a wicked person, ‘You wicked person, you will certainly die,’ and you say nothing to warn him to change his ways. That wicked person will die because of his sin, and I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn a wicked person to turn from his ways and he doesn’t turn from them, then he will die because of his sin. However, you will save yourself.

Galatians 6:1 “Brothers and sisters, if a person gets trapped by wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should help that person turn away from doing wrong. Do it in a gentle way. At the same time watch yourself so that you also are not tempted.”

There are scriptures that bother me. The two quoted here are trouble me because they make me responsible (at least partially) for the sins of others. Isn’t it hard enough to be responsible for myself?

I struggle daily with “not my will, but God’s will”. Though I truly want to follow His leading, I am a strong willed (stubborn, pig-headed) child of God.

I remember holding my child’s hand as we walked through a busy parking lot. The child struggles to be free of my grasp so they can run on ahead. They would run and be completely unaware of the cars backing out of parking spots or suddenly coming around a corner. Often I am that child who would rush headlong into danger were it not for God’s hand holding me back.

This scriptures bother me because they tell me God wants me to be His hands and hold onto my brother’s/sister’s hand for their safety.

We are on the buddy system. You hold my hand and I’ll hold yours. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit we will keep each other safe.

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2018 April 03 Monday

2018 April 03 Monday in Liberty Hill Texas

67° and breezy with an overcast sky. Last night the Venetian blinds in the bedroom were clanging as the breeze blew them in and out. I finally raised them far enough that they stopped flopping in the wind. It was still overcast when we returned from the center at one thirty. Temperature then was 74° and the wind has calmed.

MUSING – April 03 2018

I HAVE AN OILY BEARD

Psalms 133:1-2
“See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony! It is like fine, scented oil on the head, running down the beard–down Aaron’s beard– running over the collar of his robes.

My children love and respect each other. It wasn’t always so, As youngsters, there were plenty of times that they would argue and fight … sometimes physically. However, as adults, they enjoy spending time together. It truly is a good and pleasant thing. I’m extremely proud of the people they’ve become.

I think that this analogy works well in our schools, workplaces, and certainly in our churches. Where there is harmony in the group, the leader(s) of that group are blessed. Symbolically they have scented oil on their heads and beards.

Does the leader of your group have an oily beard? If not, what can you do to change the situation?

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2018 April 02 Monday

2018 April 02 Monday in Liberty Hill Texas

51° and overcast to start the day. But got to the low sixties with some occasional sun in the afternoon.

We loaded our laundry bags into the truck, then drove to the senior center in Georgetown. We had breakfast for lunch: egg casserole, biscuits and gravy. There were over a dozen folks for lunch.

From there we went to the laundromat in Leander to wash clothes.

I noticed my windshield was covered with bug splatter. But i’d rather have bug than snow. Anyway, I ran Rudolph the red nosed pickup through the car wash after filling his tank.

We arrived to home in time to put the clothes away and rest for a little before heading to Burnet (pronounced burn it) UMC for a meeting of the Emmaus fourth day group.

And like good Methodist, everybody congregated in the kitchen.

But eventually we made it to the sanctuary.

When we left the church there was just a little afterglow left in the western sky.

MUSINGApril 02 2018

ENTER BEYOND THE GATES AND COURTYARD

Psalms 100
Shout happily to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD cheerfully. Come into his presence with a joyful song. Realize that the LORD alone is God. He made us, and we are his. We are his people and the sheep in his care. Enter his gates with a song of thanksgiving. Come into his courtyards with a song of praise. Give thanks to him; praise his name. The LORD is good. His mercy endures forever. His faithfulness endures throughout every generation.

The psalmist rejoices that he may freely enter the temple’s gate and courtyard. What a blessing that is. However, in the time of his writing, only a very few were allowed behind the. Only the high priest was permitted to stand before the mercy seat, the throne of God.

But that all changed because of Jesus’ sacrifice. At his death “the curtain in the temple was split in two from top to bottom.”* That which serrated us from God’s presence was removed. We now have “(Jesus) a chief priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he didn’t sin. So we can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness,**

Now we have a new and better reason to burst forth in praise and songs of gladness.

For what do you praise God this day? What is your song of gladness?

*Matthew 27:50-51

**Hebrews 4:14-16

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