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  1. ( |o )====::: says:

    And I came home
    Like a stone
    And I fell heavy into your arms
    These days of darkness
    Which we’ve known
    Will blow away with this new sun

    And I’ll kneel down
    Wait for now
    And I’ll kneel down
    Know my ground

    And I will wait, I will wait for you
    And I will wait, I will wait for you

    So break my step
    And relent
    You forgave and I won’t forget
    Know what we’ve seen
    And him with less
    Now in some way
    Shake the excess

    But I will wait, I will wait for you
    And I will wait, I will wait for you
    And I will wait, I will wait for you
    And I will wait, I will wait for you

    So I’ll be bold
    As well as strong
    And use my head alongside my heart
    So tame my flesh
    And fix my eyes
    That tethered mind free from the lies

    But I’ll kneel down
    Wait for now
    I’ll kneel down
    Know my ground

    Raise my hands
    Paint my spirit gold
    And bow my head
    Keep my heart slow

    Cause I will wait, I will wait for you
    And I will wait, I will wait for you
    And I will wait, I will wait for you
    And I will wait, I will wait for you

  2. Ahoy Mates! Have a blessed day!

  3. #3 has a parallel of sorts in my morning’s reading from the 3rd chapter of Thessalonians: “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”

    speaking of patiently waiting…
    any moment, my doorbell’s going to ring and another tour of lookie loos will make a quick trip thru my house, while their realtor tour guide stands in one corner and waits, if the past 5 months are any indication – i’ve averaged one showing a week and its tiresome when you’re a stay at home – not so bad if you’re working and the house is empty during the day, i guess

  4. Nonnie says:

    Em, that must be a drag. Praying your house sells.

  5. Scott says:

    Housing market is still in the dumps. There are a few pockets of the country where it’s okay, however, things are still pretty bad.

    I got a market analysis on our place last week. The value has dropped 25% in 6 years! Fortunately, we are not upside down. However, selling now just doesn’t seem to be a smart move.

  6. Jtk says:

    Michael Patton said a sizeable group within the body of Christ says ALL spiritual gifts ceased–including teaching and evangelism.

    Can someone inform me whom that may be?

    Much less HOW….

  7. Em says:

    Nonnie, thankful for what is and trying to trust for God’s timing – thank you for lifting it up to the Throne room, too

    the showing wasn’t notable in any way, so who knows? you have to want the view enough to be comfortable perched on this hill, i guess … we just had a run on condo sales in this town, nothing left there

    jtk, sounds like Michael Patton doesn’t have the gift of teacher, eh?

  8. Jtk, I’d like to know that too. I’m thinking “sizeable” is an over-statement.

  9. Alex says:

    Jtk, I think I owe you a “bite me” from the other day (I think that’s allowed since Michael uses the same phrase 🙂

    Scott, Apple was over-hyped and over-bought. Back when it was hitting over $700 and friends were telling me it was going to $1000 no problem, I was citing all the concerns I had about the stock and why it would be $375-$425 by March of 2013. They all told me I was crazy, didn’t understand, blah blah blah. All the “experts” were against my position. I was telling my friends to sell into the rallies and euphoria or they’d lose money. Most kept buying all the way up.

    I have a nice bottle of wine coming, as I was right (thanks Niels 🙂

    (it’s all verifiable and documented on fb, my prediction and the reasons were spot on, uncanny, my fb friends can go back many months and read it all, everything I was saying back then when it was ‘apple’s going to $1000!’ and I said “nope, it’s going to crash and here’s why…” is what analysts and “experts” are now saying, only after-the-fact)

    G, I’ve been really making it a point to enjoy the many good things in this life, including art, music, “relations” ahem, food, drink, philosophy, socializing with friends, horsing around with the kids, etc etc. You’re right, life has a very very good side and I love it. Your positive perspective is not lost on me and they’re good reminders. The church muck is only one part of my life, wish you could see the many much more positive parts. I’m sure we would hang and get along famously over a glass of wine or some good coffee etc. I tend to “discuss/argue” a lot less abrasively in person. Dunno why, but my style in print format really does come across a lot differently than similar words spoken in person. My atheist buddy Niels was a bit surprised by that dynamic when we had philosophical/religious discussions in person over some beer and sushi.

    Love life, deal with the bullspit, but always remember to love life and enjoy the ride (thanks G!)

  10. Scott says:

    For anyone who might be interested in this kind of stuff here’s an article in Forbes titled, “Obamacare Guarantees Higher Health Insurance Premiums — $3,000+ Higher”. Give it a read if you wish.

  11. I read this one yesterday.
    Makes me glad I quit smoking years ago. If you have to get your own health insurance you may be paying some high charges. This bill was passed so quickly and is so long that people are just now discovering things in it.

  12. Alex says:

    “You have to pass 0bamacare to know what’s in it”–Nancy Pelosi.

  13. Em says:

    Scott at #7 – meant to say that the market is beginning to pick up – we had a back-log of condominium units in this town and they all sold in the past month!

    i think there’s another wave of Californians heading north, so keep your ear to the ground, if you really want to sell – i have a hunch that since you are a builder that you have a very nice property and it will sell fast when the time is right

    my problem seems to be that i am on a hill with no yard, so why realtors keep bringing their customers, who don’t want to live on a hill with no yard to tour this place is beyond me …

  14. Em says:

    forgot to add – i am sitting here waiting for another lookie-loo tour to come through (i can tell that i’m just a stop on a list because they ask for an hour’s window for their arrival times)

    i just want to sell before the weeds start growing again 😀

    health insurance? i just read somewhere that this upcoming plan has a no exclusion clause and the smart people will wait to insure until they are sick as the penalty for not insuring is waay cheaper than an annual insurance premium … social engineering with liberty and justice for all is something even God can’t do

  15. Scott says:

    At one time, part of the attraction of working for a particular company would be their “benefits package” including of course the health insurance plan.

    Seems to me now, unless you work for a bureaucracy agency (government) or a high-end company, there really isn’t much of a benefit to the employee that the health insurance plans provided by employers provide.

    They are essentially high deductible catastrophic plans with large coinsurance requirements after you reach your deductible and out of pocket expense. Co-pays are pretty much going out the window.

    My wife is part of the SEICU health workers union as a CNA. When she first started four years ago, she had really good health insurance coverage and was only required to work 80 hrs per month to qualify and keep it in place through DHS Oregon.

    Guess what happened? Governor John Kitzhaber (D) started “outsourcing” the majority of health care coverage via medicaid to independent companies. Companies that provide absolutely no benefits and very low wages.

    He did this to bypass having to pay employees through DHS, like my wife, on the payroll and include benefits. Thus, her phone stopped ringing for clients through the state. She lost all her benefits and is now receiving a whopping $136.00 a week on unemployment!

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