Share Your World 1-14-19

Well I finally got here this week! There have been moments where I wondered if I would be able to squeak it in but HERE I AM SHARING MY WORLD AT LAST!!!

Melanie has asked some really deep questions this week and I have endeavored to answer them below. You can see how other contributors worked their way through by clicking the underlined link above.

  1. You’re walking in a forest and you find a black suitcase.  Inside it is one millions dollars and a piece of paper, stained in blood and bearing the single word “Don’t!”  Would you take the suitcase home or leave it?                                                                                                                                                                                  Ummm, No! Taking the suitcase is a sure-fired way to get serial-killed! I am not taking that suitcase anywhere. I am hightailing it out of the woods, calling the police, waiting for them to arrive and then I am leading them to the suitcase in the woods. I don’t want any part of a murder suitcase.
  2. Imagine you lapsed and cheated on your partner. You feel horrible and you know you’ll never do it again, because the feeling is so awful. Would you confess?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Wow! Now this is a hard one to answer. I have worked with too many people in just this situation to know that anyone can know what he or she would do definitively. I would hope I have the fortitude to do it myself, but honestly without help few can carry and conquer the fear. I would also say there is no such thing as “You know you will never do it again.” Situations like this are one of the best arguments for building healthy supportive relationships around yourself throughout life. Such Moments need strong friendships to survive in anything resembling health.
  3. Would you live your life differently if nobody ever judged you for anything you did?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I live in the knowledge that I will be judged by God. His mercy covers me and I will be found holy, not having a righteousness of my own but having one given me by my Savior.
  4. W ould a fly without wings be called a walk? No? What would you call it?             Dead!

Share Your World 1-7-19

Happy 2019 everyone! I missed Sharing My World with all of you last week. The job kept me away from all but quick posts. I started the new year with four funerals, three of them in daily progression. I have to say that was a first I never need to repeat again!

But here are this week’s questions from Melanie along with my answers. When you have finished with this posts check out the REST OF SHARE YOUR WORLD BY CLICKING HERE.

Melanie’s questions:

Did you have to help out with chores when you were growing up?  If so, what were you assigned to do?

We did. We stacked wood (not very willingly but we did). and I fed the dog. Also when I was old enough (10 or so) I got a job first as a paperboy (136 papers a day) and then I started working in my father’s business as a dishwasher by the time I was fifteen.

Have you ever researched your family tree?   What do you know about your family’s roots? 

I know that my family has been in America since before the Revolution and that we have always lived in the New England area. I also know that men in my direct line have held my middle name for the last eight generations at least. My middle name, by the way, is Elon.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

Holding your breath until they are gone or until you pass out.

What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?  Either figuratively or literally?

Lots of things. I am a master eye roller and God is working that out of me bit by bit. After all one of the seven deadly sins is “the haughty eye” which literally translated is the roll of the eye. Yikes!!!

Finally:

Share a gratitude or positive moment or experience from 2019 so far.

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My granddaughter is beginning to test out her knees!

Share Your World 12-17-18

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It’s getting closer to Christmas folks! Which means it is time to Share Our Worlds….that is to participate in the challenge from Spark from A Combustible Mind and answer questions that allow us to share our worlds with each other during this season of sharing.

Here are this week’s questions posed by our hostess Melanie!

 

What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant?

That’s easy! Mistletoe.

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Name something about this holiday season (whatever version you may celebrate) that most people like, but you dislike?

I am not a big gift giver. It’s not that I am cheap (although there are those that would disagree), it’s that I don’t find the spirit of Christmas in sharing things as much as I find it in sharing lives.

What’s your favorite – or least favorite –  song sung traditionally at this time of year?

Good Christian Men rejoice is not my favorite.

Finally:    What would you like to share with the world, if time or cost were no object?

I would share more of Jesus.

 

 

 

And the last one ———>  In the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” what “incriminating” evidence was found on Grandma’s back?

Share Your World Dec. 10, 2018

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It is time once again to SHARE OUR WORLDS! We all do this by answering the weekly share questions posed by our hostess Melanie and then linking back to her site to join the sharing community.

What’s the worst topping you could put on popcorn?   (credit to Teresa for this one)

I don’t know about the worst topping but I can tell you I do like pop corn mixed with Good-N-Plenty which I thought would be weird but discovered was actually quite good.

In what country did Silent Night originate?

Germany, Stille Nacht

(WARNING! The following question is NOT meant to start a fuss.  It’s merely a good discussion question in my opinion.  Most everyone knows where I stand on this. If you feel like arguing about it, please give it a pass.) We’re all adults and sensible ones at that.  We can be mature about such things, right?

How would you react if there was irrefutable proof that God doesn’t exist? How about if there was irrefutable proof that God does exist?

Well if God didn’t exist and all this was really just an accident I would probably enjoy this whatever it is to the best of my ability realizing there was nothing beyond. If God does exist however then I have to live in light of my understanding of eternity and the fact that this thing I am living now is only one very small part of the existence I have set before me.

And last question:

What is the scariest non banned item you could take on to a plane?

My mother. She hates to ttravel.


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Which version of the holiday celebration do you and your family enjoy?  By this I mean do you follow Jewish traditions with Hanukkah; Christian celebrations with Christmas and (for those over the pond) Boxing Day; or some other festivities that I’ve overlooked?   Please do share with everyone!  I truly feel that this sort of question lets us know a little more about our fellow bloggers without getting too personal (i.e. revealing too much of private lives, which some folks prefer to keep private.)

I really enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas morning church service.

Share Your World Dec. 3, 2018

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It is time to SHARE OUR WORLDS AGAIN!

Share Your World is the weekly challenge where Melanie asks us a few questions and in answering them we all share a little piece of each other’s world.

Here are this week’s sharing questions:

What are the most important lesson(s) you’ve learned in life?

That the purpose of life is to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strengths and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Luke 10:27

The second most important lesson I have learned is that God works everything together for our good if we just focus on loving and following Him. (Romans 8:28)

How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?

The first time I ever met Tina we were at a local campground and beach with a bunch of youth group friends. I think we were both fourteen at the time. We didn’t actually get together until our senior year of high school., but I think I knew she was the one from that first encounter. Something just clicked for both of us. That connection was so strong that even after all the water under the bridge we are still very good friends. She is one of the easiest people to talk to I have ever met.

If you could take a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?

Rest and write.

What is your favorite thing to buy at a movie theater concession stand? (credit to The Haunted Wordsmith for this one)

Pop corn and a cherry slushee


Lastly:

What are some Holiday Traditions you and/or your family observe in December?

I love Christmas Eve service…and I really love it when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday and we start the day with church.

Share Your World 11-26-18

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I didn’t get to Share My World last week. I got overly busy and missed out on one of my favorite challenges in the blogosphere.

This week is my birthday week so I am giving myself a little kindness and am making sure I share this week.

Here are Melanie’s weekly sharing questions. When you have finished reading my responses please click the underlined link and shoot over to Melanie’s place at Sparks From a Combustible Mind and read what her other contributors have written.

QUESTIONS:

If your five year old self woke up in your current body, what would happen, what would you say?

My five year old self would say “Wow you are fat! And apparently wicked smart!”

What is a relationship deal breaker for you?  Whether you are talking about a romantic one, a friendship or a related to sort of relationship?

The bar has to be set differently for every relationship as do the boundaries. The respect for the boundaries of each relationship determine my willingness to maintain the relationship in its current context. Disrespect the boundaries one too many times and you may find yourself placed in a whole new relationship box.

Is there something out there, a thought, an idea, a current event, or a fear that you find deeply unsettling?

I found this whole video deeply unsettling. We face so many questions as a culture that I wonder if we even have the right to ask. Further there are so many things going on that echo the biblical signs of the end that I cannot help but be a little unsettled by the nearness of it all.

And one that is a bit whimsical:

I need more whimsy in my life. Right now everything seems so serious. Oh  wait! I know!

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

Preached without a license.

Finally

What were you grateful for this week?  Something that brought some joy into your world?

It was my birthday!

 

Share Your World 11-12-18

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Once again I am a few days late to the game of Sharing My World, but better late than never!

Below are this week’s sharing questions and my answers. When you have finished reading my shares why don’t you jump over to Melanie’s place and read some of her contributors’ works?

QUESTIONS:

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What’s the most ironic thing you’ve ever witnessed?

People saying they believe in God and then acting like He doesn’t exist.


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Let’s talk turkey.  Pro or con?   If pro, which part do you enjoy most?  Is it for Thanksgiving (American Style any way) only?

I am a big pro turkey man, but truth be told the only time I have it is at American Thanksgiving (Christmas is lasagna).  Also I am not so big a fan of the stuff that I will pay all outdoors for it. Here in America turkey is generally an affordable meat. My sister lives in The Netherlands and there are no turkeys there so the only way to get one is to import it. Last year her friend( who is also American) imported one at the cost of $200.00 American! Turkey is just not that important that I will give up a month’s car payment for it.

When I make the turkey I prefer white meat.


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If you’d like, share one thing you wish you’d said to someone else, but now you’ll never have the chance.

Make sure your heart is right with God before you go.


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What odd smell do you really enjoy?

I love the smell of face powder. It reminds me of my grandmother.

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Thankful November….share a story or time when someone did something really great for you.  Alternatively,  share your gratitude moments during this past week.

I am so thankful to be supported by a great group of music ministers here at our church who work so hard to make a joyful noise before the Lord each week.

Share Your World 11-5-18

I missed last week, so this week before another moment passes me by I want to make sure to SHARE MY WORLD. When you have finished reading my sharing answers please check out Melanie’s site and allow yourself to share our little part of the blogging world.

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Is there one post on your site that is really special to you?  (credit for this one goes to CrushedCaramel )

I guess if I had to choose one I could narrow it down to a series I wrote several years back called “Ferocious” It is all about the ferocious love of God found in I Corinthians 13.

Here is a link to the series:  Ferocious


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How Do You Deal With Negative People?  (Athling2001 gets credit for this one)

I generally ignore them and remove myself from their general vicinity as quickly as I can. I have had several situations over the last few little whiles where I have felt I needed to address negativity. I hate doing that. I don’t feel I do it very well.


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What Is The First Thing You Think Of When You Wake In The Morning?

God in Prayer


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 Would You Rather Be Able To Talk With The Animals Or Speak All Foreign Languages?

Talk to the animals definitely.


 

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November is a month in which many people give thanks.  America (and other countries) celebrate an actual Thanksgiving Day. For example, Canada celebrates this in October.

This month the gratitude question will address your life and what things you’ve received or done, that have brought you joy and sometimes relief perhaps.

What small thing happened today (or in the past few days) that you were grateful for?   

I am grateful for this song today. I am moving forward.

 

Share Your World 10-22-18

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD AGAIN AND THEN TO CHECK OUT ALL THE OTHER SHARERS IN THE WORLD BY CLICKING HERE.

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Share you world is a challenge in which our hostess Melanie asks some questions and in answering them we, her contributors, Share Our Worlds!

Here are the weekly questions:

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK:

Name two books that have influenced you and share how.  (Credit for this question goes to Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith.   She asked for TEN books, in her challenge, so the SYW folks got off a bit easy..) 

The most influential book I have ever read is The Bible. This book took me off the path of the New Age and put me on the pathway of eternal life with Jesus.

The second most influential book is a really hard choice. Maybe Seven Habits for Highly Effective People by Steven Covey…Maybe Visioneering by Andy Stanley…It might even have been a genre, comic books which gave me my love for reading in the first place.


In your opinion, where is the line between art and not art? 

In my mind real art influences and inspires people. If it doesn’t influence, if it doesn’t inspire then it probably isn’t art, but only probably. It is art after all, there are no hard and fast rules.


Trivia for Halloween:   What item is banned only during Halloween from 12am October 31st to 12pm November 1st in Hollywood California?   (I know the answer, but I do not have any idea WHY)..c’mon…hazard a guess!  

Silly String? Really?!?  I Googled it. The truth is, I get it. My youth group once silly stringed my home. Did you know silly string once it dries peels the paint off of anything it is touching when you remove it? It can take the paint off of…cars…front porches….kids toys…swimming pools… yes anything!


What is something that really annoys you but doesn’t bother most people?                       Most people like my singing voice. Honestly though my voice kind of bugs me. I would like to listen to myself and really enjoy what I am hearing. Generally I don’t so I try to limit how much I listen to myself. 


Instead of our usual gratitude question, I’m posing this one for this week:

What or who in your life brings you the most joy?

Prayer is my joy center.

Share Your World 10-15-18

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I love this new SHARE YOUR WORLD LOGO. It symbolizes the new SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE.  That is the challenge where Melanie asks some questions and in answering them we all share your worlds a little bit.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

What’s the biggest screw up in the kitchen that you were responsible for?

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I come from a restaurant family. We ate more meals at the Old Traveler’s (my family’s diner) than at home. I started washing dishes at 15 and waiting tables at 17. As a young adult I was moved by my father behind the stove.

One of my worst screw ups came just weeks before my wedding. My mind was definitely not in the kitchen in those days.

One of my responsibilities as the cook was to bake the sausage loafs we were famous for. I had the recipe and process committed to memory. Memory failed that day. I skipped the step of putting in the spices and ended up baking 60 pounds of unseasoned pork loaf.  Dad was less than pleased


What, in your opinion, makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories?

There are no theories. It really is a conspiracy.


In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?

America. Oh that was a bit dire. Let’s try again. The Arctic Circle? Fossil Fuel? Hawaii? California? Breathable air? Yeah this just isn’t getting any better.

 


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Ummmm. I think it is kind of like unseasoned pork loaf.


And finally:

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What wonderful thing happened to you this week that you’d like to share?  It can be a gratitude moment or something that just made you feel very happy at the time or made you laugh.