1. Fear, weakness, inertia all play into the devil's hands to keep people from making the change that many would like to make.

2. Some relationships stagnate because conversation never moves off the same subject.

3. How do you write up a report when there is nothing to report?

4. My day was chopped up into smaller portions than I would have liked, so that it felt disjointed. Couldn't be helped, however.

5. I hate TV, and we don't have one, but there are times when I'd like to go into a mindless state for a few minutes. Any suggestions?

6. A couplet of mine:

Good faith assumes the best in others' intents,
Till hidden motives are revealed by events.

7. A verse of Scripture:
"People were completely astounded and said, 'He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak'" Mark 7.37 NET.

1. How was your week? Mine was slow, not as productive as others, ending with a touch of stomach problems.

2. I went and helped our CrossFit box move this morning to a bigger place. Made me a bit sad to leave the first one.

3. So this morning I got an extra day's exercise out of helping them to move. Maybe they won't charge me for it.

4. The Snuggery (office) got cleaned today, after a long period of neglect. I spent a good part of the afternoon there.

5. Chris U. will be leaving us next week, after 3 months in SJCampos. He'll speak, and I'll translate, tomorrow night.

6. A verse from me:
If poets never repeated a rhyme,
They'd give up writing in record time.

7. A verse from God, called Scripture, 2 Corinthians 13.11:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you."

1. You can keep the fancy desserts. Mom's brownie, and now the Missus's, work just great for me.

2. I'd love to kick the commercial social media accounts to the curb, but a significant number of visits to our sites comes from them. But I seldom do anything personal on them.

3. The Missus found a recipe for coconut-chocolate drops. Much healthier, no sugar, except for coconut. They satisfy my sweet tooth.

4. My justifications sound good; yours, not so much. We're not so good at self-knowledge, are we?

5. Translated another chapter into Portuguese from a book for new Christians. Hope to publish it this year, if I can find the funds. They seem to be scare these days.

6. A verse of mine, a couplet:
We think our human wants are urgent needs,
The sale of Manhattan for worthless trinkets and beads.

7 A verse from God, Wisdom speaking in Proverbs 8.17:
"I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me" (NET).

1. Had intended to go to the office today, but things ran late. And I didn't want to miss my nap.

2. I do so like working from home. Just not enough room to fit all my reference works.

3. Eventually, I may have to move the office home, since we've lost a lot of income over the past year, and even further back. I think I can hang on to it until the end of the year.

4. Working from home has a disadvantage: After a while, the Missus is ready to be rid of me. And I sometimes get a stirring to get out.

5. Working from home saves time and money, wear and tear on auto. And the food is better.

6. A verse of mine:
How small from heaven must seem a man's concerns,
And petty under the sun the knowledge he learns!

7. A verse of God's: "As for me, I will sing about your strength; I will praise your loyal love in the morning. For you are my refuge and my place of shelter when I face trouble" Psalm 59.16 NET.

1. Technology is so advanced that today even many socks are labeled "L" and "R."

2. In Judges 11 the claim of the Ammonite king to lands lost 300 years earlier sounds like some today trying to remake ancient history.

3. The Ammonite lands were lost for lack of kindness and for aggressiveness, Judges 11.19-20. Be kind, always.

4. Always good to remember that people are often going through hard times, be they financial, relational, or emotional. And often, spiritual.

5. Measuring one's spiritual progress is fraught with danger, especially when shared publicly.

6. An original quatrain:

Water spilled upon the ground
Cannot be gathered up again;
But seeds that are planted in the mound
Will bring a harvest rich in grain.

7. A Bible verse: "From the sole of his feet to the top of his head [Absalom] was perfect in appearance" 2 Samuel 14.25. And complete in treachery.

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1. Another American visitor who'll be working with Embraer for three months, Chris U. sought out the congregation here well before arriving. Good man. (Site is now in transition.)

2. Brazilian visitor last night found us on the internet, excited about being just a Christian without human traditions and denominations standing in the way.

3. A new "Almeida" Bible version was published last year — at least, the NT, Psalms, and Proverbs. Removes old verb forms and updates nicely. I'm impressed.

4. This version offsets huge disappointment with the brand-spanking new Nova Versão Transformadora, also published last year, purporting to bring the English NLT into Portuguese.

5. Missus had another episode last Thursday that sent her to the hospital for three hours. But she bounced back quickly. Credited CrossFit in part.

6. An original couplet:
Thick walls surround the eyes to block their sight,
Erected after years of mental blight.

7. A verse: "Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow" Psalm 5.8 NLT.

1. This is the first Christmas we received no cards in the mail. (Snail mail might still deliver something.) Internet and long-term residence here probably account for that. Still, a bit sad.

2. The evangelical Tozer said that Protestants have made "grace" into a technical term. They hang their movement on the word. Biblically, it's one of many good words for the Good News.

3. I worked well this morning, but the creative impulse flew out the window after lunch. Still, I got out a report, so that's good.

4. Somebody said here's how to take on the New Year: Keep what brings you joy. I'd add, and keep what brings joy to God and to your neighbor.

5. Prof. Horner has a great Bible reading plan, but I get caught up in details. Not ready to jump ship yet, however. Maybe that's why I need it still.

6. A couplet: Faith is what God says, and what I do; / The sure, unchanging Word, and staying true.

7. A verse: "He [Christ] existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together" Colossians 1.17 NLT.

1. Smaller group tonight at our Bible reading, but that's to be expected right before Christmas.

2. Group was a bit taken aback by our action verb, from our series, "52 Actions of the Disciple of Christ." The verb: suffer.

3. The verb was taken from Philippians 1.29: "For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for him" (NET).

4. At the gym this afternoon, I tackled the extras. I made it through half of the 3 rounds called for.

5. A chap we've studied with will be baptized tomorrow. I worked out to use a friend's swimming pool down the street.

6. A couplet: From social limb to social limb I flit, / Not even my biographer cares a whit.

7. A verse: "The sluggard says, 'There is a lion in the road! A lion in the streets!'” Proverbs 26.13.

1. Most days my muscles are sore from working out, constantly building up, pushing forward. Strange feeling, but not unwelcome.

2. Edges of the spine of my bonded-leather Bible are wearing through. Might be time to buy another one, especially since the Portuguese language underwent another revision a few years ago.

3. My two big personal info managers have become the #BulletJournal and #TiddlyWiki, for some time now, the former for some 13 months.

4. Too bad I can't embed #Hubzilla on my site like I did with #Muut. I much prefer it to that one.

5. Still miffed that #TiddlySpace is shutting down. No good option there.

6. A couplet from the hand of Y.T, based on Job 37.13.
Now the rod, now mercy, falls the rain,
God makes it find its mark, for loss or gain.

7. A verse. "So we rebuilt the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height. The people were enthusiastic in their work" Nehemiah 4.6. Enthusiasm and unity accomplish much.

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1. Paperwork is in for foreigner ID card renewal. We have protocol paper to allow us to travel, until actual card arrives in 40-60 days. Relief to have that done.

2. Traveling in about a month, if all goes well. Don't want to think about that too much, might go bonkers.

3. Before then, two big events, one of them being a bride giveaway down south, as The Missus and I stand in for her deceased parents. Honored to do that, but not keen on the travel for it.

4. I dropped the ball on writing kiddy poems every day during #NaPoWriMo.

5. Liking tiny-rss script more and more, especially after finding the minimized mode. Gets me further away from Twitter and WordPress.

6. Food trucks are now a thing here. But try finding one when you go out at night to eat.

7. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God" Colossians 3.16 NET.

1. Productive days make a fellow feel good. Does God love me more because of it? Nah, but he plans and performs his will. So we can consider the good feeling as God-given.

2. Doing the poem a day in April again. This time, for the children. Ought to be fun.

3. Thought I'd try a different blogware other than WP. Was a case of doing better by sticking with what you know. Deleted it, installed WP.

4. Some see in every problem an opportunity. Others see in every opportunity a problem.

5. Being a great writer doesn't mean he'll get noticed. Some mediocre or bad writers are best sellers. Way of the world.

6. In the movie "The Martian," one of the astronaut's greatest challenges to staying alive was food. So when Jesus says, "Don't worry about what you're going to eat" (see Matthew 6), he takes on real issues.

7. God's wisdom, personified, says, "His whole world filled me with joy. I took delight in all human beings" Proverbs 8.31 NIrV.

#Proverbs #movies #God #Jesus #7points
1. What do all of the following have the possibility of being? A good book, music, a bubble bath, a walk in a forest, a hammock, a massage, sex, hot tea.

2. Join five hours of sleep the previous night, to a hot and stuffy afternoon, right after lunch, and you've got the recipe for ye ole head-nodder.

3. Been looking at military surplus stuff, like men's shoulder bags and messenger bags. Good prices. How's the quality? Anybody ever buy these kinds of goods?

4. Got three or four items ready for publishing tomorrow. Proud of meeself.

5. Got tired of seeing my mugshot, so I replaced it with a representation of a toucan. Much better.

6. Couplet: The best of me I'll not keep back from you, / And intimacy means the worst comes your way, too.

7. "[Christ] gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time" 1 Timothy 2.6 NLT.

#7points #sleepy #couplets
1. House renovation continues slowly, with friends doing the work as they can. Found a spot that has to be torn out and redone. They left after 8 pm tonight. How about eggs and coconut muffins for supper?

2. At the TortaStore, Katia says she'll make chocolate cheesecake for The Maiden, who arrives Fri. We've not seen these sweets in many moons, they're troublesome to make, Katia says. I'm not special enough to deserve them.

3. To find joy where you are, this is the great secret, not in what you have.

4. The past is gone, the future yet to come, the present is all I have, and what I do now determines where I will wind up.

5. Much writing going on for a Portuguese book. Has progressed well over the past few days. I'm taking it in pieces and parts, unusual for me. Not linear like most of my projects.

6. The world online is fraught with similiar drama / As life itself, where people fight over a comma.

7. "I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away" Lk 19.26 NET.

#7points #couplets #writing
1. This comes early tonight. I'm about to fall out. Up at 4.30 am, no nap, all work. I'm hoping to last until 9 pm.

2. Portuguese devotionals are written and scheduled through Monday. Maybe tomorrow I'll translate them into English for my personal site.

3. So why does printing 1,000 business cards take three weeks? I'm waiting to hear the answer to that. They were supposed to have been delivered this afternoon, but printer was a no-show.

4. Today I decided to leave the linking and sharing of my writings in the Lord's hands. Of course, he may not want to do that. I prayed he helped someone to be benefited by them. I spent more time writing than advertising today.

5. Honesty means political stability. So says Proverbs 28.2. And many changes in government are caused by a nation's sins. Seeing that happen now.

6. A couplet:
    No friend is death, its hard defeat comes last,
    When down to hell its fiendish lord is cast.

7. "I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your name, because of your loyal love and faithfulness, for you have exalted your promise above the entire sky" Psalm 138.2 NET.

#7points #writing #couplets
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1. Supposedly, I take Thursdays off. It means I stay home and work from here. Maybe I should read a novel. I did take a 30-minute nap.

2. DD arrives next week. Will be good to have her home for a month, between her college semesters. She'll not recognize her bedroom after we redid it. She's got her list of foods she wants to eat, places to go.

3. So now the problem of America, say talking bigheads and all-wise mouth-spouts, is prayer. I suggest its problem is lack of prayer ... and obedience to the will of God. That all this comes now suggests a coordinated plan, as has been done in the past.

4. Speaking of obedience, I link to this study on how to become a Christian every other day or so, somewhere. I wish I had some stats on how many visitors it gets. If someone will follow the biblical instructions, that will be glorious. But God knows, and that suffices.

5. Just discovered that few Bible versions translate Romans 2.7 literally. NET Bible does: "good works." Most have "doing good." There's a difference, to my mind. The former is almost a technical term. And they're connected to eternal life. Wow!

6. A couplet: By prayer and faith God moves, the whole world quakes, / He mends the broken, the proud and mean he breaks.

7. "The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common" Acts 4.32 NET.

#7points #gospel #good works
  • Cloudy and drizzly day kept temps down, dampened noise and movement, seems like, in the city. Glorious.
  • Almost a month with #BulletJournal (started on the 1st), have kept it up well, #productivity up significantly. Am well pleased. Think I'll keep it.
  • Wrote this on Twitter SermonLines: A sermon is an act of hope, an attitude of faith, a conviction that God can reach a wayward heart and that the Good News will save someone.
  • My question for the webmaster: If an uploaded #TiddlyWiki is loaded completely when a visitor goes to the site, will that elevate the usage on the host? My sites are so popular ...
  • Recommended to asmallorange on Twitter that they offer #GNUsocial and #Hubzilla as preinstalled programs. For microblogging they had three old items.
  • The Lord is good, and only good he does; / Why don't we see? Why isn't the world abuzz?
  • "When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, I will make myself available to you,’ says the Lord" Jeremiah 29.13-14a NET.