Getting marketplace-ish…

Round 1: On finding out I’m unemployed, pastor pitches a multi-level marketing thing… where “you dont really have to sell products, you just recruit other people to sell them”.

He drops it when I mention that it sounds a lot like another pyramid style marketing that I hadn’t seen ever work well… and no further mention is made.

Ok, so my opinion gets lowered a notch… but life moves on.

Round 2: During a random google search that I don’t even remember why I made, it’s actually really hard to find anything connecting his name to the church anymore.

Instead, two different veins come up… the first of which is involvement with a reverse auction site… the type commonly considered gambling… where you pay a quarter or so to make a bid that lowers the price of an item until someone decides that it’s low enough and buys it… with the total amount made on all of the bids from the losers far outweighing the retail cost of the item.

Including a page saying that in the previous year, he and his partner had made over $100,000 and earned some sort of distinction at this.

Round 3: The other things that kept coming up were all related to his “social media” business… that he’d given as one of the reasons he’d taken a sabbatical when he’d announced that he was doing so.

The best that I understand it, the entire purpose of the media company is a product (program?) that inflates search engine rankings by having other people’s accounts retweet, and link to, and digg, and whatever else…. on whatever link you’ve paid them to move up in the rankings.

So neither of these are illegal… debate could be made for whether or not they are ethical… but whatever they are, I can’t say I’d consider them to be something anyone would probably want to have associated with being something Christians are involved with.

Round 4: I’ve vented my views on here a bit already about the new church only social media attempt.. but this week, a post was made on the main page by the pastor… which then goes out to everyone… announcing a meeting in the auditorium on a certain night to hear some random doctor talk about a random health supplement that google pulls up mostly pages involving the word “scam” in the headlines even if you don’t include anything but the name in your search.

No distinction is made between this being a personal project thing vs being a church sponsored thing. It’s basically posted in the same way as all of the other announcements…. and it’s not even in the marketplace section, where I’d probably suggest to anyone else they should probably move their completely off-topic announcement.

The few people that have responded thus far have just said they would be there. Nobody has said a word about it being a bit odd or out of place to be making health product announcements there.

At what point does having an opinion of your pastor that has seemed to have just about hit bottom become a reason for leaving?

And is it bad that the best reason I’ve got for staying right now is that kiddo wants to go to summer camp this summer, and we’ve said that she will be going for their reservations?

There’s been a bunch of high profile families leaving the church in the time since the pastor came back from sabbatical. The ones that I know of for sure have all had a ton of rumors as to what the cause was…. none of which I have enough close connections to have the slightest idea that the truth is.

But, there’s also a lot of people that were formerly very involved and visible that I honestly have no idea if they even attend the church anymore or if they’ve just gone very low profile. Including a good number of the leaders that had run things during the sabbatical.

I sort of want to start facebook conversations and ask some of them… but then, i figure that’s probably only adding to the fire… and again, none of them do i have very close connections with.

But then, I also wonder if they all went to the same other place… as seems to happen in weird church discontent things. But somehow I don’t think that’d make things any clearer either.

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Hoarding iron

I tend to be pretty absent-minded when it comes to routine things… somehow once I’ve gotten used to a pattern, it gets much much more likely to be completely forgotten.

So I try to automate as much as I can, to completely take myself out of the loop.

Back when I had steady and predictable income, I had two accounts with my bank just so that I could have half of the total usual month’s worth of bills automatically moved over to the second one each check, and all of the bills auto-deduct themselves from there, and thus I never had to remember to check balances or really do anything.

And so I love walgreens’ auto refill option… and the fact that they will let you opt to have the refills mailed to your house for free. (Apparently they figured out that there were a lot of people like me who forgot to pick them up, so they actually made more money by not charging to mail them)

And so all of kiddo’s meds are set up to show up on my doorstep automatically as often as the insurance allows them to be refilled (mostly 26-28 days)

Without my doing anything to keep track of amounts left, days since it was last refilled, when it needs picked up, or anything else I might space out. Thus far, we’ve only once had any problems with meds arriving late.

And since its through walgreens instead of mail order entirely, I can still deal with them and refill things and drop things off in person.

So, since they usually have a 30 day supply, and they refill a bit sooner than that, eventually we get ahead a bit so that we actually have spare… especially on the meds that she only takes as needed.

And so I have a shelf in the cabinet for them, and I pretty much just toss the newest ones to the back, and look from the front when we need a new package of whatever.

As it happens, I also have a kid who fights taking a lot of her medications.

So, sometimes, things end up prioritized. Asthma meds and ADHD meds are critical. Allergy med is awesome, but if she doesn’t take it nothing life threatening happens.

The prescription level vitamins and the iron supplement… because her iron level is always running low… well, it sometimes depends on how the day is going and how much battle went into getting the other meds taken as to whether or not it’s really worth the fight.

Especially with iron. Which tastes bad.

And so, where we will be moving, I’ve been sorting. The cabinet majorly needed it.

And so I sorted the different meds out into different gallon ziplocks to make it easier to just grab the one I’m looking for, and to be able to just toss them all directly into a box when that time comes.

I was more than a bit shocked to discover exactly how far ahead we are on both vitamins and iron.

We’ve got close to 6 months supply of vitamins built up. Which, wasn’t too bad… I probably would have expected 4 or so… as we’ve had this prescription running for years and years.

And then I bagged up the iron.

These are bottles the size of a bottle of prescription cough medicine… not tiny bottles. Only 8 of them fit into a gallon ziplock.

Only 8? So we have more than 8?

OH yeah. We have 17 of them.

18 if you count the one at grandma’s house… 19 if you count the fact that the one in the current meds has barely been used.

20 if you count the one that just showed up today.

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What in the world am I doing with 20 bottles of iron??

What in the world am I supposed to do with 20 bottles of iron???

Ok, maybe that’s obvious… i’m supposed to force it down the throat of an uncooperative child a tablespoon at a time.

I’m half tempted to take all 20 bottles in to the doctor’s office the next time we go and she tries to pretend that she’s just amazingly cooperative and takes everything just as she is supposed to.

But beyond that… I’m still trying to figure out what you do with a giant amount of surplus iron.

With her inhalers and such, the extra is usually a positive thing, as I know even if she ends up uninsured at some point for some reason, it gives me a buffer before I have to pay out of pocket for expensive stuff.

But iron? I don’t think I’d probably even pay out of pocket for the iron if it came to that point.

I almost tossed out all but about 6 of them… but then, i feel bad about doing that. But then, I know there’s a good chance it wont be used before it technically expires anyway, so it would probably still be wasted either way..

Is it considered hoarding to keep large amounts of a med you know the kid is going to fight taking every spoon of the way?

(And yes… I logged in and cancelled that one.. lol

Hoops and hoops and hoops and loops.

Do you ever start to get the feeling that modern life really isn’t people-friendly anymore?

I know a lot of it probably has to do with stress right now… but I’m finding myself more and more frustrated with a world that seems almost intentionally to make itself as complicated and difficult as possible for the average person.

Example 1: student loans

I have two groups of loans, one from the first round of college that’s at a fixed rate, and one from the last year, which is at a variable rate.

Both are being managed by the same company. When I pull up my account online, both are listed, and both are included in the total due for each month and the total due period.

So, when I fill out the paperwork to apply for the income based repayment plan when they started coming due (after the grace period following the last school year), why would it only apply to one?

The paperwork arrived for the one that it worked for, sending payment slips for each month for the next year showing a balance due of $0.00, and warning that if I don’t send them in each month, there will be a late charge. A late charge for a payment of nothing being late?

I’m really half tempted to mail them all back at once, and tell them that I’m making my payments for the year in advance… but I’m sure that would totally make everything explode.

The other one I’m having to first file to have them delayed for six months, and then to resubmit the income based payment paperwork and irs statements again for those.

I would explain why, but I never really did get an explanation myself.

Example 2: Childcare subsidy paperwork.

They now have an option to apply online. So I did.

I get a letter telling me that they are need me to call in to do a phone interview to verify information at 8am on a particular day.

However, the letter is both dated and postmarked the day before. Needless to say, it didn’t get here until 2 days after I’d missed the appointment they’d set.

So I call in to tell them this. I get told that I will be placed on a call list to be called by the next availible interviewer, but that this could take up to 48 hours to be called. Ok, fine, no hurry, I don’t even start training until March 1.

No call comes friday, and then its a three day weekend, so I assume they probably actually meant during business days, and expect a call tuesday or wednesday.

I get a letter wednesday afternoon that my application has been rejected because I failed to complete the interview.

Sigh.

So I guess this is going to have to just be done in person, even though it always takes forever that way.

But, then, the entire reason that I have to apply again in the first place is because when I changed from the job program over to working for the seasonal job, they had issues with the paperwork then too.

They needed verification of my hours, so they sent me a form to take to my employer and be back to them within a deadline that gave me 2 days.

I took it to HR, who needed to have someone else fill it out. So when it wasn’t going to make the deadline, I called them to let them know why.

The second HR person told me that they don’t actually do verifications of employment anymore, that they go through a third party company that handles payroll and does the verifications, and so the childcare program needed to contact them at a certain number or by using a certain website.

I had them write the numbers down, and dropped the original paper off with the explanation and the contact info. I’d actually checked the website myself to see if I could just print it out, but they needed to be contacted by the office directly.

And so, this turned into my getting a letter a few days later that I’d had my case cancelled because I’d refused to cooperate with verifying employment.

When I left a voicemail for my worker (who never actually answers the phone), re-explaining that my employer used a system that required them to contact their people directly, I got another letter explaining that I’d refused to comply with returning the letter and hadn’t turned in pay stubs.

They hadn’t asked for pay stubs… nor did I even have any yet at that point.

Examples 3 to 8 billion: Piles of stupid paperwork for everything… from 3 hours or reading and signing things that don’t even have anything to do with my new job… to probably not even being eligible for a lot of apartments even if I wanted to live there from past medical bills on credit report… to all of the phone calls required just to try and return a defective product that’s supposed to have a 1 year warrantee…

to all of the examples of bank issues and mortgage issues and unemployment paperwork issues and.. and.. and…

If our goal as a society is to make things as much of a total pain as possible for each other to manage through… I think we’ve just about declared a victory.

Obvious lies

And so, we’re back into one of my least favorite phases of mis-behavior… the lies even when they are clear and blatantly obvious.

It’s become one of my pet peeve items… probably why she does it.

But it drives me nuts!

Why in the world bother telling me yes you cleaned your room, and yes all of the laundry is ready to be washed… when I’m going to walk by the door half an hour later and see that nothing at all has been done? I mean, am I not supposed to notice that I was lied to? It’s not like there was even a plan to be cleaning the room to make it look like it had been done before I discovered the truth.

And while some of them are over major battles, like homework being done, a lot of the time its over incredibly stupid things.

Kid decided to eat some rolls left over from dinner several nights before that had been sitting in the fridge. Which was completely fine… although they were a bit rock hard at the time and I can’t say I’d have probably eaten them myself. So I tell her to throw away any that are left after she’s had the ones that she wants, because they are getting hard.

I ask a bit later if she threw them out, and was told there weren’t any left. Even better. Until I walk into the room about an hour later to find a plate of uneaten rolls on the table.

Except then, she can frame it to other people like grandma that I’m being so so mean and punishing over not throwing rolls away when I’m actually trying to punish the pattern of repeated lies. (And yes, she knows the difference)

Does she really not think that her teacher isn’t going to email me when the homework isn’t showing up, or that I’m not going to compare notes with grandma when a story seems suspicious?

Sigh.

Somehow I guess I thought some degree of logic would have thrown her a clue by now.

The 2’s list

Genesis 2:2
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2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Genesis 2:22
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22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib[a] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Genesis 22:2
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2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Genesis 22:22
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22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.”

Exodus 2:2
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2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.

Exodus 2:22
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22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[a] saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”

Exodus 22:2
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2 “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;

Exodus 22:22
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22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.

Leviticus 2:2
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2 and take it to Aaron’s sons the priests. The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial[a] portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

Leviticus 22:2
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2 “Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name. I am the LORD.

Leviticus 22:22
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22 Do not offer to the LORD the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the LORD.

Numbers 2:2
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2 “The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family.”

Numbers 2:22
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22 The tribe of Benjamin will be next. The leader of the people of Benjamin is Abidan son of Gideoni.

Numbers 22:2
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2 Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites,

Numbers 22:22
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22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.

Deuteronomy 2:2
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2 Then the LORD said to me,

Deuteronomy 2:22
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22 The LORD had done the same for the descendants of Esau, who lived in Seir, when he destroyed the Horites from before them. They drove them out and have lived in their place to this day.

Deuteronomy 22:2
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2 If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back.

Deuteronomy 22:22
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22 If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

Joshua 2:2
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2 The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.”

Joshua 2:22
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22 When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had searched all along the road and returned without finding them.

Joshua 22:2
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2 and said to them, “You have done all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded.

Joshua 22:22
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22 “The Mighty One, God, the LORD! The Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows! And let Israel know! If this has been in rebellion or disobedience to the LORD, do not spare us this day.

Judges 2:2
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2 and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this?

Judges 2:22
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22 I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their ancestors did.”

Ruth 2:2
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2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”

Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”

Ruth 2:22
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22 Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women who work for him, because in someone else’s field you might be harmed.”

1 Samuel 2:2
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2 “There is no one holy like the LORD;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:22
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22 Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

1 Samuel 22:2
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2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.

1 Samuel 22:22
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22 Then David said to Abiathar, “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family.

2 Samuel 2:2
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2 So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.

2 Samuel 2:22
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22 Again Abner warned Asahel, “Stop chasing me! Why should I strike you down? How could I look your brother Joab in the face?”

2 Samuel 22:2
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2 He said:
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

2 Samuel 22:22
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22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.

2 Samuel 22:22
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22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.

1 Kings 2:22
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22 King Solomon answered his mother, “Why do you request Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? You might as well request the kingdom for him—after all, he is my older brother—yes, for him and for Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah!”

1 Kings 22:2
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2 But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel.

1 Kings 22:22
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22 “‘By what means?’ the LORD asked.

“‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.

“‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’

2 Kings 2:2
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2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

2 Kings 2:22
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22 And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.

2 Kings 22:2
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2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

1 Chronicles 2:2
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2 Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.

1 Chronicles 2:22
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22 Segub was the father of Jair, who controlled twenty-three towns in Gilead.

1 Chronicles 22:2
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Preparations for the Temple

2 So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.

2 Chronicles 2:2
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2 He conscripted 70,000 men as carriers and 80,000 as stonecutters in the hills and 3,600 as foremen over them.

2 Chronicles 22:2
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2 Ahaziah was twenty-two[a] years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri.

Ezra 2:2
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2 in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah):
The list of the men of the people of Israel:

Ezra 2:22
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22 of Netophah 56

Nehemiah 2:2
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2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”
I was very much afraid,

Esther 2:2
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2 Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.

Esther 2:22
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22 But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai.

Job 2:2
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2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Job 22:2
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2 “Can a man be of benefit to God?
Can even a wise person benefit him?

Job 22:22
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22 Accept instruction from his mouth
and lay up his words in your heart.

Psalm 2:2
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2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,

Psalm 22:2
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2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.[a]

Psalm 22:22
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22 I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.

Proverbs 2:2
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2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—

Proverbs 2:22
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22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Proverbs 22:2
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2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The LORD is the Maker of them all.

Proverbs 22:22
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Saying 2

22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,

Ecclesiastes 2:2
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2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?”

Ecclesiastes 2:22
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22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?

Song of Songs 2:2
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He

2 Like a lily among thorns
is my darling among the young women.

Isaiah 2:2
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2 In the last days

the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.

Isaiah 2:22
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22 Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?

Isaiah 22:2
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2 you town so full of commotion,
you city of tumult and revelry?
Your slain were not killed by the sword,
nor did they die in battle.

Isaiah 22:22
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22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

Jeremiah 2:2
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2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:
“This is what the LORD says:

“‘I remember the devotion of your youth,
how as a bride you loved me
and followed me through the wilderness,
through a land not sown.

Jeremiah 2:22
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22 Although you wash yourself with soap
and use an abundance of cleansing powder,
the stain of your guilt is still before me,”
declares the Sovereign LORD.

Jeremiah 22:2
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2 ‘Hear the word of the LORD to you, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.

Jeremiah 22:22
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22 The wind will drive all your shepherds away,
and your allies will go into exile.
Then you will be ashamed and disgraced
because of all your wickedness.

Lamentations 2:2
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2 Without pity the Lord has swallowed up
all the dwellings of Jacob;
in his wrath he has torn down
the strongholds of Daughter Judah.
He has brought her kingdom and its princes
down to the ground in dishonor.

Lamentations 2:22
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22 “As you summon to a feast day,
so you summoned against me terrors on every side.
In the day of the LORD’s anger
no one escaped or survived;
those I cared for and reared
my enemy has destroyed.”

Ezekiel 2:2
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2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

Ezekiel 22:2
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2 “Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices

Ezekiel 22:22
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22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath on you.’”

Daniel 2:2
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2 So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers[a] to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king,

Daniel 2:22
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22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.

Hosea 2:2
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Israel Punished and Restored

2 “Rebuke your mother, rebuke her,
for she is not my wife,
and I am not her husband.
Let her remove the adulterous look from her face
and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.

Hosea 2:22
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22 and the earth will respond to the grain,
the new wine and the olive oil,
and they will respond to Jezreel.[a]

Joel 2:2
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2 a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness.
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was in ancient times
nor ever will be in ages to come.

Joel 2:22
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22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.

Amos 2:2
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2 I will send fire on Moab
that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.[a]
Moab will go down in great tumult
amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet.

Jonah 2:2
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2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.

Micah 2:2
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2 They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
they rob them of their inheritance.

Nahum 2:2
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2 The LORD will restore the splendor of Jacob
like the splendor of Israel,
though destroyers have laid them waste
and have ruined their vines.

Habakkuk 2:2
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The LORD’s Answer

2 Then the LORD replied:
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald[a] may run with it.

Zephaniah 2:2
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2 before the decree takes effect
and that day passes like windblown chaff,
before the LORD’s fierce anger
comes upon you,
before the day of the LORD’s wrath
comes upon you.

Haggai 2:2
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2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them,

Haggai 2:22
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22 I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother.

Zechariah 2:2
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2 I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”

Malachi 2:2
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2 If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the LORD Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.

Matthew 2:2
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2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:22
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22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,

Matthew 22:2
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2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Matthew 22:22
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22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Mark 2:2
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2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

Mark 2:22
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22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

Luke 2:2
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2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

Luke 2:22
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Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

Luke 22:2
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2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.

Luke 22:22
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22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!”

John 2:2
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2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

John 2:22
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22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Acts 2:2
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2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:22
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22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.

Acts 22:2
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2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet.

Then Paul said:

Acts 22:22
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Paul the Roman Citizen

22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”

Romans 2:2
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2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.

Romans 2:22
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22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?

1 Corinthians 2:2
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2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

2 Corinthians 2:2
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2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved?

Galatians 2:2
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2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.

Ephesians 2:2
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2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

Ephesians 2:22
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22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Philippians 2:2
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2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Philippians 2:22
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22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

Colossians 2:2
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2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,

Colossians 2:22
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22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.

1 Thessalonians 2:2
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2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
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2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.

1 Timothy 2:2
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2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

2 Timothy 2:2
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2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

2 Timothy 2:22
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22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Titus 2:2
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2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

Hebrews 2:2
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2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,

James 2:2
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2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in.

James 2:22
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22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

1 Peter 2:2
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2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

1 Peter 2:22
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22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[a]

2 Peter 2:2
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2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

2 Peter 2:22
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22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[a] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

1 John 2:2
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2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:22
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22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.

Revelation 2:2
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2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.

Revelation 2:22
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22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.

Revelation 22:2
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2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Nerves..

When I went in last week to do my orientation, the HR staff had mentioned during small talk that they had hired 5 people, and were hoping to have all of us ready to go by the weekend, so the HR staff was rushing to try and get it done.

Friday came. Still no word.

Which makes me nervous.

Paranoid nervous.

What if they really meant to only hire one, and accidentally told HR to call all the ones on their possibilities list?

I know.. it’s probably unlikely. And it’s probably more a matter of the time being too short to have gotten everything done on getting physicals and all back before the weekend, so waiting until this week to have everyone ready to train at once to make it easier.

And then today is a holiday, and so they aren’t in the office anyway. Which means probably a number of people took friday off to make an extended weekend of their 3 day weekend.

But with the way things have gone… it’s just enough to be driving me bonkers.

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn is the latest book I’ve received from Thomas Nelson for reviewing.

This particular version is an updated and revised version that also includes the workbook that goes along with the book.

Each chapter of the book focuses on a particular choice each person has to make to choose healing, and the common lie that counters it. For example, the choice to forgive, and the lie that forgiveness must be earned. There is a list of ten total.

The writing style is easy to read, and gives lots of real life examples to show how each point plays out. The choices/lies themselves are pretty standard, nothing too groundbreaking or controversial.

To someone who is new to reading “recovery” sorts of books, this is probably very useful and maybe even rough to work through in some areas… going more into depth in sometimes painful spots.

Personally, in some ways it does seem like it made the concept more complicated than needed by breaking it down so much. Some of the different chapters seem like they have quite a bit of overlap with others, and it seems at times that focusing on each of the particular areas of the choice to move on with your life sort of loses the focus on the big picture.

The overall message is good that each person has to make their own choice to choose (repeatedly) to move on with their life instead of allowing it to trap them into wallowing. But I’m not sure this would be my top choice of books on that point to recommend to someone.

However, if I did, I think that I might actually tell them to get the older version instead. There was good content in the workbook sections that I wish would have been put into the book chapters themselves, but the way this version was done really didn’t make the combination go smoothly. The workbook sections appear to have been taken directly from the original workbook, and follow each of the regular chapters.

It was sort of annoying to read the chapter, do some exercises as the chapter went along, then have the same stories that you’d just read a few pages before be retold in a summary version, and then have many of the same exercises repeated… mixed in with some new ones and a meditation and prayer section.

It also makes the book feel really long. The chapter length itself isn’t bad, but when the extra repetition is added, they feel long to go through. (Total of about 450 pages)

I really wish that if they were taking the time and expense to make the new version, that they would have gone further and really merged the content together and removed the duplicated areas and made things a lot smoother.

It is a good book…. and can probably really change lives for some. But just not the best formatting, and maybe too divided and detailed.

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