Happy Monday! Getting ever closer to the halfway point of the month, and from then on a short trip to March. Progress towards Spring and, Lord willing, better weather.
And the weather roller coaster continues. No wonder people have sinus problems!
Yesterday's high in the mid-40's. Today, 33° and snow. Tomorrow, 47°. Wednesday, 33° again. Thursday, 30°. Friday, 44°. Saturday, 55°. Sunday, 60°. Next Monday, 65° and next Tuesday, the 21st, predicted to be 59°!! Not exactly consistent, is it? And we still expect the usual BLIZZARD on St. Patrick's Day, March 17! Followed closely by the first day of Spring. This is Winter weather in NE Ohio. Oh, and all the "wiser heads" told us that this winter, the one we're in, would be unusually cold and bitter and nasty. Now, I am not complaining, believe me, but we've not yet seen the week-long stretches of sub-zero temperatures that are "normal" here, and by that I mean that sometimes the so-called "highs" are below zero. We don't really expect temps in the 50's and 60's. But I'm not complaining. I can recall some periods back in the 1970's, my work involved a lot of local driving, and we had some monumental snow falls and horrible cold temperatures. This is better by far.
And so we begin another week.
Tomorrow , the 14th, is St. Valentine's Day. I had visions of a day with my One True Love. What SHE wants is for us to take the retirement check that should (Lord willing) hit that morning and take the two great-nieces to McDonald's or the like, and then to some Big Deal at the local public library during the usual "story time" that the library holds on Tuesdays just after noon. OK, I guess. Not that I have a vote. And she gets a lot out of these encounters with the girls. Our kids are grown and gone, far from here and estranged from us, so I guess the great-nieces are stand-ins for that.
I hope to spend some time today taking our bed frame apart. Sometimes, usually, she sleeps better when the head of the bed is elevated. We don't have one of those wedge-things to stick between the bottom sheet and the mattress to elevate her head. So I'll find a few of her romance novels and stick them under the legs of the bed frame and hope to accomplish the same end. Hopefully. We have an EXTENSIVE library collection. Some of it is Good Stuff. Some of it is, well, not in the same class. Being a prop is probably the best use for some of those items. Otherwise, I'll have to go acquire a few of those thin concrete blocks and use them. So we shall see.
The song for the day is Trust and Obey. Good version here. Good theology too. Easy to say, of course. Not so easy to do. So we ask Him to help.
The day's passage in the Old Testament is chapters 15, 16. and 17 of Leviticus.
This begins with some more instructions on daily living. The Lord places importance on our day-to-day conduct and attitude. Our faith, like theirs, is not supposed to be limited to a few hours one day a week. It's supposed to be lived out, daily. Doesn't always happen, does it? And I am at least as guilty on that as anyone.
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 1-31 in chapter 27 of the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus befor Pilate. Leading to Calvary, as He knew it would.