Did everyone have a fun and/or restful Labor Day weekend? We stayed close to home most of the time, though I did go on Sunday and celebrate my Dad’s birthday for a little while with him. I was a bit busy though – my daughter and her fiancé have decided to get married at the end of the month in a very small, family only ceremony. Between text messages and phone calls my daughter and I spent a great deal of time making plans. By the time I realized how late it was on Monday night, it was too late to get a post for Tuesday together, so you’re getting both days today. Sorry. There’s just so much to do in such a small amount of time!
Verse of the Day
September 4, 2018
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you — guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
We live in a world of keys, locks, alarms, and security systems. Paul’s words shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. We protect the things that are most valuable to us. What is more precious to us than the truth of God’s saving grace in the Gospel. Thankfully, God has pre-wired all of us with a security system to help protect that incredibly precious hope. This security system lives in us. It is the Holy Spirit.
September 5, 2018
We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
How do you know God is at home in your heart? You know when you are doing loving things to bless the lives of others! Just as we trust and rely on God’s constant love for us, our brothers and sisters in Christ need love demonstrated to them, too!
Food for Thought
This may be a shock to some people, but nobody owns the date on the calendar. I know! How surprising, right? You may have something special on a certain date, but other people can have something special on that date too! Wanna know why? OK, concentrate, this may be difficult to grasp even for the most feeble minded – there are 365 days in a year. Now, look at how many millions of people are living on earth. Not all of them can have their own special date for a birthday and anniversary. No matter how much they want it – they can’t have it. Here’s where pulling up the big kid panties comes into play. Grow up.
September 4 –
Another Look Unlimited Day – The day after Labor Day is designated for taking another look at any load of old junk you may have lying around, and identify things you would like to donate to charity, give to friends or recycle in another way. You can go through your house, garage, barn, attic or shed. Sometimes we even buy things we don’t need just because they are on sale, so they could find a very happy new owner easily. Here are some ways to celebrate Another Look Unlimited Day:
Donate to Schools – Donate new notebooks, pens, paper towels, tissue boxes, crayons, scissors, glue sticks and erasers. Anyone who takes advantage of sales at the store or buys in bulk during back-to-school season may have extras on hand.
Dispose of Electronics Properly — Some community groups host electronic recycling days. For a nominal fee ($10 to $25) you can dispose of old TVs, computer monitors and other broken electronics. Not all towns have dumps and your regular garbage collection company does not want this stuff in the trash.
Cell Phones — Keep or Donate — If your cell phone functions and has a charger, you may want to hold onto it. If you still have a collection of brick phones, it’s time to let go. Delete all information from a SIM card on a newer phone before e-cycling it, advises the EPA.
Junk Drawer — Clean out the junk drawers and properly dispose of the items you haven’t used in six months. Dead batteries should not be thrown in the trash. Instead, drop them off at a retailer accepting dead batteries. Some communities also have drop-off boxes in the town hall.
Old Eye Glasses — If you’re holding onto an old pair of glasses, don’t. Unless the prescription is the same it does you no good to keep them since you shouldn’t wear them anyway. Donate old prescription eyeglasses to the Lions Club.
Lots of great ideas for junk we don’t need anyway.
Newspaper Carrier Day – is celebrated on September 4th
International Newspaper Carrier Day is observed on varying dates and is established by the Newspaper Association of America. This year it is on October 19, 2013 and next year on October 18, 2014. Newspaper carriers date back to the early 1800s, and today’s celebration commemorates the very first paper boy! On September 10, 1833, 10-year old Barney Flaherty became the first newspaper carrier. Benjamin Day, the publisher of The New York Sun, hired Barney to sell papers for his penny press. The only job requirement was to show that he could throw a newspaper into the bushes. Today, few kids deliver papers any more, except in small towns, but the “Carrier Day” tradition still lives on. This is a job that is done mostly by adults now, many delivering the paper from their cars. For anyone who thinks this is an easy job, it isn’t. Paper carriers are up in the wee hours of the morning to pick up the papers from the warehouse and get them to their destinations before the residents wake up, so they can have their papers with their morning coffee. By the time we are getting out of bed, they are finishing up their work and many are going down for a rest! I know I would! To everyone who has a paper route, today is for you!
September 5 –
Be Late for Something Day – Ah, finally a day for procrastinators. There are millions of people who never seem to be able to stay on schedule, and they need a day too! I admit, I am one of those people who isn’t necessarily late for everything, but I do sort of run at the edge of it most of the time. There’s always one last little detail to attend to before I race out the door. Being late once in awhile is a common occurrence. We all have something come up from time to time that keeps us from being punctual. Honestly, as long as it’s not perpetual, nor intentional, it’s forgivable. ONCE IN AWHILE. Enjoy today though – it’s sort of your pass. It doesn’t translate into days after today. (I can’t be late though – I have to get to work!)
Jury Rights Day – Today we celebrate Jury Rights Day. So where did this day get its start? From what I found, on this day in 1670 Quaker William Penn of London was arrested, pled not guilty and subsequently argued against England’s Conventicle Acts, which outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England. The judge told the jurors to find Penn guilty, and their refusal to enforce a bad law led to the court jailing and withholding food and water from the jurors. Some of the jurors appealed their fines and imprisonment. The higher court confirmed the right of the jurors to base their verdict on their best judgment and conscience. Even though there was a law against freedom of religion, the high court said that juries could not be required to enforce any law that they thought was wrong. The higher court ruling also established that jurors cannot be punished for their verdict, which set a foundation for our rights of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. This ruling established protection for the jury, and firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to accept bad government laws. This refusal of bad laws is called jury nullification or jury veto. Through jury nullification, people can control their government by refusing to allow bad laws to be enforced. Jurors are also not required to give a reason for the verdict they give. The fundamental right of jurors to render their verdict based on conscience is basic to the preservation of justice in a free society. And as for William Penn? He later came to Colonial America and founded Pennsylvania. Jurors continue to have the authority to nullify bad laws, which is our protection to stop corrupt government servants from violating our rights. (lately I don’t see this as working all that well as more and more of our rights are being stepped on – but that’s my personal opinion)
This Day in History –
September 4, 1833 – Ten-year old Barney Flaherty becomes the first newspaper carrier.
September 5, 1698 – Russian Czar Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards.
September 5, 1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
Food Celebration of the Day –
September 4 –
National Macadamia Nut Day – Peanuts are great and cashews are pleasant, but the rarest nut, the supreme leader of the nut world, is the rich and buttery macadamia nut! Originating in Australia, they are named after John Macadam, a physician and chemist, who encouraged their cultivation. They grow on trees that look like large evergreens and grow to 30-40 feet high, and though native to Australia, most of the world’s supplies are now grown in Hawaii. They are so delicious, but more than that they are a rich source of energy, are high in dietary fiber, gluten-free, and have many important B-complex vitamins.
September 5 –
Cheese Pizza Day – Well, I can honestly say, I love pizza. And I love pizza best when it has LOTS of ooey gooey cheese on it! Whether it’s Chicago-style deep dish, a crispy and thin-crusted pie or a classic doughy Neapolitan slice, cheese pizza is an undeniable favorite. In fact, 94% of Americans eat pizza on a regular basis! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . (can you see Tibbi peeking up from the left side? She always hoped something would accidentally find its way into her bowl. Gosh I miss her – I can’t believe we are coming up on three years without her!)
It’s time to dash off to work. School starts today, and I don’t want to get hung up in bus traffic. Speaking of school! Miss B starts pre-school today! I can’t wait to see pictures. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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