Wow! What an awesome weekend it’s gonna be! I LOVE “baptisms in the Smokies”!
(Not quite sure why I put those quotation marks…It’s like it makes it seem like more of a thing…Which it totally is!!)
For last year’s “baptism in the Smokies”, the weather was chilling and drizzly/rainy, but it was a beautiful day just the same!
This year we can expect…let’s see…
“The chance for rain remains, as we will see another system move through on Saturday. So far… don’t cancel any of your outdoor plans, but pack an umbrella, just in case…Highs in the mid 80’s…”
Y’know it’s so amazing, now that we have the ol’ internet, that you can just click and…BAM!…You know the weather!
You don’t have to wait for the paper to bang into your front door to find out the news of the day! you can just…click! and BAM!…You’re up to date! In fact, let’s see what’s happenin’ in the news today…
Click!…Well, I’ll be! By mid August, you’ll be able to buy the “ready-to-drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte” in Krogers! Ain’t that a fall thing? Seems like it comes earlier every year…
And…Click!…Hey! This is cool! Black bears in the Smokies are being fitted with a GPS device so rangers can track ‘em and see where they go to get human food! So, if you see a bear along US 321 looking down at his paw, close the lid of your cooler really tight! I wonder if it tells them how many calories they eat in a day…
One cool thing about the news on the web is that you can check out news from other places as easy as the news here at home! Like…
F’r example…Click!…Here’s some local news from Wichita Falls, TX…Someone painted a beautiful bird (an egret!) on the wall of the spillway along Lake Wichita! Some say it’s art (it’s really good!) and others say it’s grafitti and whoever did it should get a ticket! The unknown mystery artist hasn’t stepped forward and claimed it yet. Maybe they’re waiting till the town makes the call…Fine art? Or fined art?
Let’s see…Click!…And in International Fall, Minnesota, the ifallsjournal.com says they’re offering an 8 hour trapping class at 4361 County Rd 97. Minimum age is 11.
Eight hours? I caught a skunk once with a fifteen minute lesson from Michelle and a Honey Bun! (Skunks love ‘em! Cats don’t!)
Click!…This from the latest news in Altoona, Iowa…The Altoona-Herald Index online says the Iowa State Fair will take a different route this year! The state’s largest parade (!) usually goes down Grand Ave but this year it will start at Finkbine Street and go straight down Walnut…and then right on East 7th…It’s because River Bridge is closed ‘cause they’re working on it…
Wait! “Aug. 9”! I’m sorry! That was on Wednesday! It’s already happened!
Well, that was a waste of news!
You can even find out what the news is in…say…Barcelona, Spain where I was last week!
Let’s see…Click!…Wow! Check this out! “A finales de mes entrará en vigor un decreto por el cual el gobierno de Ada Colau prohibirá el uso de patinetes y ruedas electricas por el centro de Barcelona.
Hmmm…If you can’t skate downtown, where are skaters supposed to go?
And in the international news, let’s see…Click!…Well, not good. World leaders are talking about blowing each other up. Some are worried about what this might mean for their investments…Others are having trouble sleeping because of what they’re hearing in the news. Our Secretary of State says we should sleep well but some aren’t so sure…
After that last one, let’s see if I can find some good news somewhere…Hey! Here it is! On biblegateway.com!
“YOU WHO BRING GOOD NEWS TO ZION, LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND SHOUT!
LIFT IT UP! DON’T BE AFRAID!
SAY TO THE TOWNS OF JUDAH, ‘HERE IS YOUR GOD!!’
SEE THE SOVEREIGN LORD COMES WITH POWER AND HE RULES WITH HIS MIGHTY ARM!…
HE TENDS HIS FLOCK LIKE A SHEPHERD!
HE CARRIES HIS LAMBS IN HIS ARMS!
HE CARRIES THEM CLOSE TO HIS HEART!…
SURELY THE NATIONS ARE LIKE A DROP IN A BUCKET TO HIM!…
DO YOU NOT KNOW?
HAVE YOU NOT HEARD?
HAVE YOU NOT UNDERSTOOD SINCE THE WORLD WAS FOUNDED?
HE SITS ENTHRONED ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH, AND IT’S PEOPLE ARE LIKE GRASSHOPPERS!
HE BRINGS PRINCES TO NAUGHT AND REDUCES RULERS OF THE WORLD TO NOTHING…
NO SOONER ARE THEY PLANTED…AND TAKE ROOT…AND HE BLOWS ON THEM AND THEY WHITHER…
‘TO WHOM WILL YOU COMPARE ME?
AND WHO IS MY EQUAL?’ SAYS THE HOLY ONE.
LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK TO THE HEAVENS; WHO CREATED THESE?
HE WHO BRINGS OUT THE STARRY HOST ONE BY ONE AND CALLS FORTH EACH BY NAME. BECAUSE OF HIS STRENGTH NOT ONE OF THEM IS MISSING!
WHY DO YOU SAY…
WHY DO YOU COMPLAIN, ‘MY WAY IS HIDDEN FROM THE LORD?
MY CAUSE IS DISREGARDED BY GOD’?
DO YOU NOT KNOW?
HAVE YOU NOT HEARD?
THE LORD IS THE EVERLASTING GOD, THE CREATOR OF THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!
HE WILL NOT GROW TIRED OR WEARY AND HIS UNDERSTANDING NO ONE CAN FATHOM!…”
That’s Isaiah 40…verses 9 thru twenty eight!
After all we’ve read in the papers and watched on the news lately, that’s really, really good news!
Awesome good news about God!
Promises that are 2700 years old.
And just a click away!