Rainbows and Lightning

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Blue Collar Theologian

My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in Lancaster, PA and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

63 thoughts on “Rainbows and Lightning”

  1. Awesome! . . God’s promise in vibrant color!
    PS – Went to college, Millersville Univ., in your Lancaster, PA backyard back when dinosaurs roamed the earth 😃 . . . a pretty pastoral corner of His creation.

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  2. WOW!! That’s so AWESOME!

    Yesterday, the biggest dust devil I ever saw hit our back yard with a roar. I thought it was a tornado, at first. Thankfully it was very short lived and the only damage it did was to blow the big metal dumpster that’s in the alley behind our house, over onto its back. It’s way too heavy for me to set it upright, so I called the city and they had someone come out and take care of it. But wow, when that dust storm was swirling through our yard, it was scary but also incredibly beautiful. God’s creation is so glorious!

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  3. Good one, Mandy! We like to think we are something, but we are dwarfed by God’s awesomeness. Our Gracie HATES thunder and lightning! Yesterday, I drove to my sister’s house six miles north to take the leaves to the curb for garbage pick-up and it was raining cats and dogs, but no rain at our place.

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    1. The weather fascinates me (not so much that I want to be a meteorologist, I had to take a 3 week intense course for my undergrad, I got a d and said, “never again!”) how it can rain in one area but not in another close by. Snow squalls are the same and I HATE driving in them! The UAE and cloud seeding (drones zapping clouds with electricity to make rain) is an affront to God. While He may put up with this for a time, He in His Awesomeness is the Righteous Judge, the One who controls all things.

      Painting today?!

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      1. I’me super interested in the weather currently because of the painting.

        Yup, I painted for about 3 hours in the 90F heat. Argh! Totally whipped. Normally I would now sit outside and read, but I’m sick of the heat. Hope you’re doing OK today with the heat.

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      2. Glad you’re resting inside! What are ya reading?! Tomorrow is supposed to be the worst, 110 with heat index. I’m fine with the heat, PQ and I stay mostly inside. Nathan, however, works in a garage without AC. I met Nathan for lunch today and him and his coworkers are just soaked. Nathan is totally used to the heat, but I can’t help but to pray extra for him. I grew up in and around road construction (asphalt itself is 320F) so I have a massive heart for those who work in the heat!!! Does your work have AC?

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      3. Thanks, Mandy! Three hours in the AC revived me. I sympathize with Nathan. I worked in a warehouse at Kodak for eight years that basically had very little heat in the winter and definitely no AC in the summer. My current workplace has too much AC, need a sweater in the mornings.
        I’m reading, believe it or not, “Catholic Republic: Why America Will Perish Without Rome” by a hardcore traditionalist Catholic apologist. Very nauseating. He does make a couple of cogent arguments, but we’re talking 2 pages of sense and 284 pages of nonsense. What are you currently reading?

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      4. Looking forward to that review! I am reading multiple books. I read “Mideast Beast” by Joel Richardson (which is my position but don’t agree with all his conclusion) and another book in defense of Islamic Antichrist and now I’m reading Chris White’s “Islamic Antichrist Debunked” where White refutes Richardson. White makes some good points and others are a stretch. So far I am not changing my position. There’s no biblical support to validate the AC coming from Rome, I know that will upset some folks. “Severe Compassion: The Gospel According to Nahum”, Truman’s “Rise and Triumph of the modern self” so much talk about it so I am reading it for myself. I still haven’t finished “Wisdom Pyramid.” Don’t freak out, I also started Levin’s new book “American Marxism” like I said, don’t freak out! I will also start Edward Rutherford’s latest historical fiction book on China this weekend, he’s this generation’s James A Michener! Is Corinne like audiobooks or is she more into music? I am so glad you like to read!

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      5. You are juggling many books! I usually read only one at a time because I’m a non-multi-tasking, linear thinker to the max.

        Corinne is not a book reader. After she winds down from the day she likes to leaf through decorating magazines and watch TV. Is Nathan a reader?

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      6. Nathan is not a reader. He’s more auditory so he likes when I read to him which is nice, because I love to read out loud! Nathan is a movie guy and Papa Tom, he likes the WORST movies on the planet. Awful he loves both sci-fi, zombie apocalypse type movies. They’re unwatchable. He has come to accept the fact that I totally checkout from his movies!!!

        How was painting today? Heat index is 110 here hope it’s cooler in ROC!

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      7. Corinne likes movies and sci-fi as long as it’s not gory. She’s currently watching Blacklist on Netflix.The only TV I watch (besides news) is NY Knicks basketball, RIT Hockey, and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I made a 40 year hobby out of Elia Kazan movies, but I’ve seen them all at least ten times and have no desire to see any other movies.

        RE: painting

        Thanks! It was cloudy today in ROC so not as hot. 3 hours of painting. It started to drizzle halfway through and I prayed, Lord, make it stop, and it did.Got to complete the section with no damage from the very slight rain. 110 is brutal. Hope you have a good weekend! More bearable weather after tomorrow.

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      8. Thanks for the link! Nope, I wasn’t aware of the meeting. I didn’t get started on “The Chosen” after I learned of the Mormon participation. Director Dallas Jenkins remark to the pope, “I am Protestant, but I am making a show for everyone who loves Jesus” is typical of today’s melting-pot ecumenism.

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      9. I watched the first season because two of my good friends asked me to. While they were fundraising for their second season I was doing some research into the characters backgrounds and stuff and then when all the info came out on the second seasons ties, “participation” with the LDS I started telling folks to stay away. It is fascinating to read both sides the Mormon working with “evangelicals” and the “evangelical” response to Mormons. For Dallas Jenkins to say that Mormons are Christians, recognizing they have deep theological flaws freaks me out. I know I haven’t shared this publicly but I may have shared this with you along the way. I met Nathan through a couple who are missionaries to Mormons in Idaho. Nathan was NOT Mormon and one of the few Christians in the valley. The cult of LDS owns that valley for Satan and I’m not being sarcastic/exaggerating. It’s heartbreaking.

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      10. Glad Nathan didn’t get snagged by the Mormns! I don’t know if I already mentioned that Palmyra and Hill Cumorah are only 23 miles from us and being a local history nerd I spent a lot of time researching Mormonism back in the 1980s. Jerald and Sandra Tanner ran Utah Lighthouse Ministries and I bought many of their excellent books, very well-researched.

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      1. Hi lovely Mandy, it’s 13C , at 7.30 PM. Spring is almost here. Not looking forward to summer , I don’t like the “excessive heat” warnings just like you mentioned.
        Hope you are doing well Mandy.
        Love and prayers

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      1. Grateful for your joyful testimony of faith. So grateful for the truths we share, eternal life in Christ Jesus. Everything else is dross.
        2 Cor. 4:16-18 (ESV) “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

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  4. Nice! Has it been raining a lot there? We have had the most unusual summer here. Lots of rain! But I love it, and my plants are thriving! I’m glad you are enjoying this type of weather too. Blessings, Mandy!

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    1. No, we haven’t had much rain lately. This time of year we get high heat and humidity with potential storms in the late afternoon and evening. I’ve seen more rainbows this year than I have in all my previous years of living! Glad you are getting rain and your plants are thriving, beautiful!!

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Nathan and I were sitting outside before the storm started and PQ who for a dog is pretty quiet, started crying and howling that he wanted to go inside. This was 15 min prior to anything!! When I went outside to take videos and pictures, PQ wouldn’t step one foot toward the door! PQ was very unhappy that “his pack” left him (we have a sliding glass door, he could see us the whole time!). PQ in all honesty is scared of his own shadow 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤗🤗🤗🐶🐶🐶🐶 Cats are more dominant, fierce than dogs no doubt about it!

      Lisa Beth, I don’t normally share what I think y’all should blog on but the next time it storms, I would love to see a picture of Starry at the window. You could if you wanted or felt led write something how your cat recognizes the glory and majesty of God and yet humans who have eternity written in their hearts largely miss/reject God’s glory and majesty. You are loved! So thankful that Creator God has brought you into my life!! 🤗🤗🧡🧡

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      1. Not to be a pain, but you could also go in the direction of Romans 8 in that creation is groaning and longing for the return of Christ! I am a VERY excited, passionate and enthusiastic person and forgive me that I am just excited about Starry going to the window to watch! Oh man, Bob could take a picture of you, watching Starry, watching God’s power in the storm. That’s even better!! Ok, ok I’ll stop 🤐🤐🤐🤐😬😬😬😬😬😬😬🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤗🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘

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      2. WOW, I SO appreciate your firey enthusiasm! You have it pictured so perfectly! But, in real life, its not so glamorous…Starry’s watching from the iron gate in front of the windows, looking beyond the fire escape to a swatch of sky! Haha…
        But we’ll be at my moms house soon. Great windows there! He loves to watch the birds, squirrels, and occasional bunnies. Perhaps an inspiring moment – or storm- will arrive!
        My sister is a big dog lover. I had a blind secretary for years who had a beloved seeing eye dog. When she planned to retire Kelly, my sister 200 miles away said, “I’ll take her!!!” How we loved that dog!! Kelly was so brave here in NYC, on subways, through crazy traffic, and intimadating crowds. She even evacuated those around her during fire alarms. (Even if you didn’t want to go, she made you leave!)
        BUT, come a bit of thunder and lightening…she was trembling under the bed!!!
        Thanks for all your inspiration dear sister! You are loved as well! ❤😻

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      3. Thank you for sharing this story! Both of my in-laws are blind (my mother in law from birth and my father in law always knew he would lose his sight). Mama Cora loves and has dogs (yet never wanted a service dog, Nathan tried) and Papa Bob LOVES cats and doesn’t care for dogs. Anyway, great imagery of Starry and God willing you’ll have a memorable moment at your mom’s to capture for your blog (I know, I’m relentless!). In all seriousness, praying for your Mama’s salvation. No joke, it’s about to thunderstorm here and PQ is looking to go inside, so much for enjoying a few moments of shade!! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤣🤣🐶🐶

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      1. 95 and sunny today BUT there was quite a lightning storm the other night and one family’s house was struck and the middle area burnt down, everyone was safe though. So crazy.

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  5. What an amazing rainbow; never saw a rainbow like that big in person and I imagine in real life it is more amazing than the video captured images! That lighting in the end also seems appropriate reminder of God’s mercy and Grace, but also His awe and power!

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    1. I have another video where the it was a vertical lightning strike through the rainbow and I said, “woah!” The rainbow before your teaching was really humbling for me! God never shows us anything to keep it to ourselves!! So thankful for you and your family!

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