==> this was supposed to be published hours ago, but one of the realities of life is that I often have several tabs open at once, both on the computer and in life. It's how my mind works, but sometimes the important things get pushed to the back as the "urgent" ones take center stage. If that's the worst that can ever be said of me (it's not, trust me) then I'll live with it. Sorry.
Happy Tuesday to all!
We don't seem to have had any snow last night -- so the path that I shoveled yesterday is still clear. Of course, the areas where there was any residue led to melting which led to ice. So I'll be outside in a few minutes to throw some ice melt down before Dear Wife goes next door to "watch" the Beloved Great Niece. I'll be home with three (hopefully) somnambulent cats (that means sleeping, not raising Cain), do some reading and laundry and such.
One of the things I'd pledged to do upon retirement was to catch up on my reading. I've been a reader my whole life, but the events of the last 10 years or so before pulling the cord were such that I fell far behind. Even my Bible reading was not, and probably still is not, what it should be. I have books on the shelf that I've not even cracked, which is a terrible thing to say. We have a branch of the county-wide public library a few miles from here, and I can even arrange to have volumes transferred there from other branches. Haven't. Yet, anyway. What they do have, and is nice, is 24-7 access to a lot of e-books, as well as accessible music. The books I have been doing lately, and that is nice. But I am still way behind, largely as a result of far too much time with on-line distractions, like the social media, but others as well. So there will be a change, a big one, starting about now.
And not just the reading. My prayer life is not what it should be, or what it has often been in the past. Even when I was working, I often had as much as a one-hour-long commute each way!, which left lots of "windshield time" to talk with the Lord and pour my heart out. And, sometimes, to hear back, which was worth more than I can say. I still get some of that time with Him, but I really need more and more of it. So that will be and already is changing some, and more to come. Frankly, there are times that I envy (can I admit to that?) the monks who spend days and days in prayer. There are no Baptist cloistered monks, and I don't think Dear Wife would take kindly to the suggestion, but there are times it sounds like a good life. Not my calling, alas.
The Old Testament reading on our schedule for today is the book of Joel, all three chapters. Joel is considered one of the "minor prophets", which does not mean of no importance. Strangely, he is still venerated as a prophet by some followers of the Baha'i cult, particularly in Lebanon. Odd.
Our day's reading from the New Testament is chapter 4 of the Revelation.