Share Your World March 12, 2018


It’s that wonderful time of week again where I SHARE THE WORLD with other bloggers and cyberspace travelers. The four sharing questions are below and when you have read my answers pop opn over to the Share Your World Main Site, hosted by Cee Neuner,  and check out how everyone else shared their worlds.

Questions of the week:

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

I would use some of it towards my kids tuition bills for school and then do some projects around the house. I couldn’t get all of any of it paid, but I could get a little bit of a lot done.

What sound or sounds do you love?

Right now I am really loving the sound stylings of Ben Platt

What’s your middle name?  Why?

My middle name is Elon which means “Oak tree”. It has been a middle name for many Lillie’s back at least 8 generations.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This  partial verse really grabbed me on Sunday morning.

 …And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.  Ro. 2:29

Share Your World March 5, 2018


It’s time to share our worlds again. Here are Cee’s questions for the sharing challenge and my answers. When you have finished CLICK HERE TO GO TO CEE’S SITE AND EXPERIENCE THE FULL EFFECT OF SHARE YOUR WORLD.

What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents?

The first place I lived apart from my parents was a tiny little apartment in Bible college. It was the first apartment my wife and I lived in. The living room had an orange rug with sky blue walls. The bedroom rug was brown and the walls were pink.The kitchenette only had a two burner stove and no oven. The refrigerator was one of those small college refriges with a 1’x1′ box freezer you could fit individual ice cream bars in.  You could shower and go to the bathroom at the same time because the bathroom was so small and we didn’t control the heat. I loved it.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I love lavender and cilantro.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

Well today we are slated for another 12- 18 inches of the white stuff. I love snow for about the first two weeks of the winter and then I am ready for spring. By March snow just makes me a little nuts.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am stuck once again in the book of Hebrews. I am loving chapter 4-9. Here are some of my favorite verses

Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. 20 Jesus has already gone in there for us.  Hebrews 6:18-20

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Structure

This week Cee has asked us to share in her Black & White Challenge by displaying PHOTOS OF STRUCTURE

Here are my Black & White Structures



All of the above are concrete structures. Now here are some structures that aren’t quite so concrete. The foundation of each of these is the strongest foundation of all…love.


Brothers and sisters


The structure of prayer


Built around a song


The structure of pride in a job well done.

Share Your World Feb. 19, 2018


I am actually pretty close to on time this week with my SHARE YOU WORLD POST, which has to be some sort of anomaly that just may run the risk of ripping the fabric of the space/time continuum. So for those adversely affected by any such event allow me to apologize in advance.

Here are Cee’s Sharing questions and my answers. For those new to this challenge you can click on the underlined link above and find out all about Share Your World!


How do you like your eggs?

I love my eggs over medium with cheese on top. With a side of homefries mixed with onions, corned beef hash and a nice strong cup of coffee!

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I guess that depends on what you mean by famous and then again it depends on what you mean by the word “met”.

Since my circle is the church world I have met many “famous ministers and missionaries”. That is to say I have been in the same room with people like: Billy Graham ( I went to one of his evangelism trainings); John Maxwell (he autographed a book); Sarah Blackstone (whose parents were the first Western missionaries into Japan after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and who has given her whole life to the Japanese people);  Even my sister is becoming pretty well known in her little corner of the world.

She also works with these guys.

I had dinner and promoted a concert for these guys…

Then our church has hosted Sam Farina who is actually pretty famous as a life coach throughout the world.

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What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

Candy and a milk shake. I started working as a paper boy when I was nine.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My son proposed to his girlfriend this week!

Share Your World February 12, 2018


Every week Cee, Of Ceenphotography, asks the world 5 questions. A bunch of us answer them and in doing so SHARE OUR WORLDS. You can join in the fun by clicking on that underlined link.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

Are you a practical jokester?

I am not a practical jokester. The more impractical a joke is the more I like it. 🙂

Who cuts your hair?  You, a friend, or professional.

I have my hair cut by Jodi at Barbers Beyond Dawn.

Did you have a stuffed animal when you were a kid, if so what kind?

I did. I had a big stuffed teddy bear and a giant lion.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I found out that my daughter is going to have girl and I am going to be a grandfather! I have decided I want to be called Oz. 🙂


Share Your World Week of Feb. 5th 2018


It has been tough making time to get to the computer to write a blog this week, but in these last few minutes before I head home for the afternoon chores and then off into my night’s activities I thought I would tell you all a little about my life through Cee’s SHARE YOUR WORLD QUESTIONS.

When you finish reading my response to Cee’s weekly challenge click the link above and see how Cee’s other contributor’s have shared.

What would be your ideal fantasy way to spend Monday?

Right about this time of year I am usually dreaming of getting out of the snow and being somewhere really warm. My fantasy Monday would be to relax on a beach in a tropical climate.

What one person that you are out of contact with would you like to say thank you to?

Thank you Aunt Joan for encouraging me to keep up with the piano!

List your favorite toys or games as a kid?

toys…games… hmm….Do you remember the plastic dinosaur kits? I used to love mine. I also loved my GE Show-N-Tell Player. Does anyone remember those?

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This really grabbed me this week.

Share Your World Week Of Jan. 29, 2018


I have been away from my writing desk for a few weeks visiting with my son who was home from his teaching post in South Korea. He has gone back now and here I am sitting and tapping the keys to SHARE MY WORLD.  Most of you who read me with any regularity know that Share Your world is a challenge I have been involved with for about six years now. It is hosted by Cee Neuner over at Cee’s Photography.

Each week Cee asks questions and in answering them we all share our worlds with each other. When you are done reading my response to Cee’s questions here, pop on over to Cee’s place using the links underlined above and read some of her work and the work of her contributors.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

My usual go to answer for questions like this is Barnes & Noble but just Monday I had occasion to visit my first Hobby Lobby. If I had an unlimited shopping spree there I think I could buy the store out.

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

There are two things I ate recently that have made me a little green. I recently had some homemade roast beef hash. The hash was OK but the chef mixed butternut squash in with it….not so good. The other was a meatloaf I had just last night. Not everything was fully mixed in and, yeah, melted Ritz crackers mixed with congealed hamburg fat….again not do good.

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Name five things you like watching…


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God’s move


NCIS…all of them

& a new show called Beyond

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This song has been running through my head all week.

Share Your World Jan. 8, 2018


As the new year dawns, it is time to get back to sharing our worlds. Share Your World is the challenge in which our hostess Cee asks a few questions and in answering them, we her contributors, share the world.

After you have finished reading the questions and my answers click the underlined link and pop on over to Cee’s place to see how the rest of the world shared!

Here are the questions and my answers:

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

I love a long hot bath. That said I usually only have time for showers.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

I am the Sr. Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Church in Winchendon MA. I spend my days leading prayer groups, Bible studies, planning church life and outreach, I lead worship and generally try to love God and people.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

No. But there are two real animals who live with me in my room.


What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I just started Eugene Peterson’s Book RUN WITH THE HORSES….This quote really grabbed me this week.

“The Bible makes it clear that every time there is a story of faith, it is completely original. God’s creative genius is endless. He never, fatigued and unable to maintain the rigors of creativity, resorts to mass-producing copies. Each life is a fresh canvas on which he uses lines and colors, shades and lights, textures and proportions that he has never used before.”


Share Your World Dec. 25,2017


Time is running down here in 2017! This is the last Share Your World Post of this year! My answers to Cee’s Share Your World Questions are below and the answers of the rest of the Share Your World Clan can be found by clicking the underlined link which will take you to Cee’s site.

Here are my thoughts as I close out the year.

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

All this week I have been taking some time to regroup from the busyness of the season. As the new year approaches I am taking hold of a new confession…In my jubilee year I AM GOING TO SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

I love coriander, cumin, cilantro, basil, and oregano…Ok I know that most of those are herbs but still…

What can you always be found with?

My canvas carrying bag. Which is generally filled with books, notebooks, journals, pens and schedules…Oh and my phone.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Here is a link to my prayer thoughts blog.