Share Your World From 6-29-20

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD AGAIN!

This is the weekly challenge where our hostess, Melanie, asks five questions from her blog, SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND, In answering them we all share our worlds.

This week Melanie’s questions are super deep (mostly). I hope I can do them justice. When you have finished reading my answers, take a jaunt over to Melanie’s place, using the underlined links, and see how her other contributors answered the same questions.

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Here are the questions:

Must we have evidence to know the truth?

I would say yes. Truth always become evident eventually, even when the world conspires to keep it submerged beneath oceans of lies. The first evidence of truth is faith according to Hebrews 11:1. That said, even faith needs something to stand on. The Apostle Paul said it this way in Romans Chapter 10….that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[e]But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”[h]……….Even faith needs the evidence of a testimony to get it started.

How much control does a person have over their life?

Romans 8:28 says this. “And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

We have precious little control over the events of our lives. Our decisions do have some bearing, but I believe the river called life dictates much of what actually happens to us.

Still, that decision to love God and put Him first, puts us in the hands of someone who can mitigate the outcomes life throws at us to turn even the darkest moments into blessings eventually. I have ridden some very deep and dark water. Yet God has brought me through it and made me blessed as I held on to Him.

What is gravity and how does it work?

I think gravity is the Earth’s version of a flannel graph. The Earth is the flannel board, and we are the felt characters who stay stuck to it. Yeah ….I don’t know how flannel graph boards work either.

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Can a person be happy if they have never experienced sadness?  How about vice versa?

This is the greatest question of the day. In our current context the answer to this question is “no”.

That answer is an indicator of how much we lost in the fall from Eden. It is also an indicator of how much we will regain at the return of Christ.

Right now we live in a world where conflict is not only inescapable, the lack of it is undesirable. Think about it. Would you watch a TV show that didn’t have a conflict of some kind? We humans crave and seem to need our anger, our sadness, our conflict, and our enemies to help us define our forgiveness, our happiness, our peace, and our friends. This is why man by himself has never succeeded at creating a utopia. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil destroyed our ability to live without evil.

But, what will the world be like when evil is no more? When war is not needed for peace? When sadness is not needed to help us know joy? What will the world be like when there is no more conflict and the lack of it no longer bores us?

Please feel free to share a song, a poem, a quote or an image or photo to show what you were grateful for during this past week.    (Optional as always).

This photo brought me great peace this week. When I came upon this end of day sun, I just needed to photograph it.

Share Your World 6-22-20

Well, I was last to post last week; So this week I am trying to be the first SHARE YOUR WORLD PARTICIPANT.

When you have finished reading my answers click the link above to jaunt over to Melanie’s place and see if I succeeded.

Here are the questions for the week and my answers:

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Questions:

Have you ever ‘dined and dashed” (i.e. eaten the meal and then run out the restaurant door without paying)?

My grandad and father were in business together as restaurant owners. This happened at our place too often. The restaurant business is hard enough so no I never followed suit.

Have you ever been in a car accident and either left the scene of the accident (providing it was a fender bender and not serious) or denied culpability for causing it when you did, (if it were minor or serious)?

Nope. All my accidents were too big to miss.

(Oldie which has been asked many times before)   Have you ever found a wallet or purse or some money (over $20) in the street and just taken it, thinking ‘finders keepers, losers weepers?   Or would you be ‘good’ and hand it in?  

This has never happened to me, but I would turn it in if it did.

What was the last thing you stole or shoplifted?   If you never ever considered doing that, tell us your secret!   🙂

Actually this just happened last week…purely by accident. I was at Walmart in the self check line and I left one of my bags at the register. When I got to the car I realized I didn’t have all my stuff so I went back in. My sister was using the register I had just come from and so I asked her if she saw my stuff. She said “no”, and then the man overseeing the kiosks told me to check with customer service. I did and no one had turned in my bag so the guy told me to just go get new merch and let me go after checking my receipt. When we got home my sister found my stuff in her bag of towels. So I took the stuff back and paid for it again to make up for the duplicates I had unwittingly stolen in the first place.

Gratitude.

I am so grateful that the garden is growing and the flowers are blooming. I love this time of year.

Share Your World From 6-15-20

I am super late to the challenge this week. But here I am SHARING MY WORLD.

Below are my answers to Melanie’s challenge questions. When you have done reading my answers to Melanie’s questions please click the link above and go to “Sparks From A Combustible Mind” and see how others have shared their worlds.

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What do you think of professional motivational speakers?  Do you think they motivate?

I think it depends on the motivational speaker. I have found some speakers pretty motivational and genuinely compassionate. I have found others to be in it only to motivate the cash right out of my pocket.

Do you have a favorite flavor?

I love the taste of chocolate and orange together.

While out walking, you hear a rustling in some bushes.  What do you think of?

It depends on the size of the rustle.

What’s your ideal temperature (nature-wise)?   Hot, cold, temperate and mild, humid or bone dry?

I like the heat and the shade.

FINALLY I LIKED THIS BIT MELANIE SHARED IN HER ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE SECTION SO MUCH I SHARED IT OUT TO YOU.

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I thought I’d share something beautiful today instead of putting y’all on the spot to share.    It’s still totally cool if you’d like to share, of course!   😀

You can either click the link to read B.O.B’s really short tribute to Harriet Beecher Stowe or you can listen to the lovely poem set to music.   The images shown during the clip are very VERY relaxing.     Thanks B.O.B.   

Share Your World From 6-8-20

One of the advantages of being late all the time is that you are never on time to see who else was late. Melanie started her challenge post for SHARE YOUR WORLD this week by apologizing for technical difficulties which made her late with posting this week’s challenge. No problem Melanie. I am earlier than usual this week and I was still so late I didn’t even notice your were late!

Ah well. SHARE YOUR WORLD is the challenge where we answer Melanie’s questions and in so doing we share our world’s. Late or not it is always nice to share.

When you have finished reading my answers, take a hop on over to Melanie’s site by clicking on either of the underlined links, and you can share your world with lots of others.

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How comfortable are you speaking in front of large groups of people?

I have never minded this. Preaching, singing, acting, teaching…all of that is fine. I do find it very hard to get up in front of business meetings to share for some reason….I am also a nervous wreck before I perform a wedding. Funerals are fine but weddings….don’t even get me started.

What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave?

Shelter from the storm.

What did you think was going to be amazing but turned out to be horrible?

I was very excited about a trip to Gatlinburg TN. Then I got there. The town was probably fine but the hotel we stayed in was so horrible it ruined the whole experience….There was dried spaghetti stuck to the walls and cigarette holes in the shower curtains (who smokes when they are taking a shower?!?)

What’s the silliest thing you’ve observed someone get upset about?

A church steeple.


Gratitude: 

Please feel free to share something that gave you an uplifted spirit during this past week.  (Optional)

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We have a gopher in our yard! It was so much fun seeing him. I supposes I will not like it if he eats my squash….but we have a gopher!!!

Share Your World From 6-1-20

This week I had trouble sticking to my writing regimen. Still, I am learning that when you fall off the writing horse you have to get write back on. This post may be a few days later than I planned, but at least it is getting done.

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD WITH ALL OF YOU. This is the weekly challenge where our hostess, Melanie, asks several questions and in answering them, we give our readers a peek into our worlds.

You can find out more about the challenge by clicking the underlined link above. But for now here are the week’s questions and my answers:

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Questions:

Is it ever okay to commit a crime?  Please explain.

This is a very old and very broad question. It leads to a bunch of “what-ifs” the answers to which have filled philosophy books for generations upon generations and scrolls upon scrolls before there were books. The truth is….I don’t know…it depends…maybe….probably not.

The truth is even if I have somehow managed to avoid breasking man’s laws I have surely transgressed God’s laws and I am constantly found wanting. I am so glad Christ has offered grace for this trangressor.

Do you deal with change well?  (not money, because I know some wit out there is thinking how bulky coins are. Well I did any how.    ) 

I like to think I have improved in this area, but my first reaction to change is still to resist it. I try though never to stick with my first reaction.

Do you like birds?   The sound of bird song in the morning, taking pictures of them, as food?   

I love birds. I feed the wild birds in my yard everyday and am currently in the process of making more feeders.

What’s the least used item of clothing you own?

It used to be my hat, but now that I am going bald I find I wear one to keep my head from scalding. That said I am still not very good at wearing gloves in the winter.


Gratitude:

If you care to share, what are you grateful for?  

It was this girl’s birthday yesterday.

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I am so glad I got to see her and her fam for a short socially distanced visit. We didn’t get to hug, but at least we got to see each other.

Share Your World From 5-25-20

It is time for THE SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE FROM 5-25-20.

This is the challenge where we are asked five questions, and in sharing our answers, we share our worlds. The weekly questions and my answers are below. When you have finished reading my responses I encourage you to go to the linked site underlined above and see how others have shared heir worlds.

NOW ON TO THE CHALLENGE!

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In your opinion, does patriotism require the belief that one’s country is the greatest on earth?

The defintion of a patriot is-a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.*

I don’t think that requires the belief that your country is the greatest country. It just requires you to love your country as a home to the extent it gives you the desire to protect it.

Why is patriotism considered by some to be the highest of virtues? What is so important about love of country? Shouldn’t we be more concerned about humankind, or the planet as a whole, rather than a single country?

I think it is about commitment to a tribe and to a set of values. I think it is also a commitment to unify as a people against a common enemy. It engenders both the ideas of unity and submission to a greater authority than oneself.

Jesus said a house divided itself could not stand. As that is true patiotism in some form is necessary for a country to remain intact. That right there is a telling statement about the current state of our union.

What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?

Decisions create consequences. The truth is, “You reap what you sow” is a law of the universe. The universe doesn’t care whether you like its laws or not. The universe also doesn’t care whether you obey its laws or not. The universe will simply carry out its laws even if you don’t believe in them. You can no more escape the consequences of your decisions than you can escape the law of gravity. Sooo….Make good choices.

What is social justice?

The definition of social justice is- justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.*

I think pure social justice is not something which will be achieved in this age, but in the one to come.

and one ‘easy’ one because those others?  Fairly difficult.

What’s one body part you wouldn’t mind losing? (told you.  Silly).

Is fat a body part?

AND FINALLY

What is something that made you smile during the past week?

WATCHING THIS LITTLE GIRL GROW ALWAYS MAKES ME SMILE. SHE LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE HER DAD.

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Share Your World 5-18-20

I have come to the time of SHARING MY WORLD WITH MELANIE again.

This is the challenge where Melanie asks five questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. It’s fun! Come on, and give it a try. The questions and my answers are below. Once you have finished with my answers click on the underlined link above and go over to Melanie’s site and see how her other contributors answered. Then write a post of your own and link back to Melanie so we can all share your world too!

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What’s something you really resent paying for?

I try really hard not to be resentful, but I have to admit I do hate paying for other people’s mistakes especially in relationships. I make enough mistakes of my own. I don’t need to be paying for the garbage other people left behind.

 What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen?

Pet Cemetery. Years ago I rented it (back when you rented videos from the store). I got about ten minutes in and then I had to shut it off and take it out of the house because it was so evil.

Do you judge people?  

I guess that depends on what you mean by judge.

If by judge you mean consign a person to the seventh circle of Hell in my heart, mind and soul, the answer is “No.” It is not my job or role to determine a person’s future like that.

If by judge you mean, to cut someone out of your life and circle of relationships because of their toxic nature. The answer to that is “Yes. I have done this a few times with people.”

There are a few people I have had relationship with who through life’s events have become very unhealthy and even unsafe to be around. A few times I have had to draw a boundary with them to protect myself and my family. This is a very extreme action and not one I take lightly.

BUT if by judging you mean do I disagree with people and their behavior enough to tell them I disagree with their behavior, then yes I judge people like that all the time on the basis of relationship. I seldom call out the behavior of strangers (you have to be behaving pretty bad in public for me to have me call you out if you are a stranger). If a person is in close relationship with me or if I have spiritual oversight of them, though, those people are going to hear my opinion about their behavior both good and bad. I do not believe this is judging at all. It is disagreeing and being open to a discussion about why we disagree. What the world needs is not more acceptance of all view points. What it needs is a reestablishment of respect. Acceptance demands that we agree on everything and that no one have an opinion about anything. Respect demands that we all get a chance to voice our opinions in the hope of swaying others to them, but through the lens of love which allows people to maintain disagreement and relationship at the same time and leave the changing to God.

Finish this sentence:  “Back in my day, we…”?

Back in my day we only had four television stations two of which only came in for half the day and my favorite toy was a stick from my grandparents wood pile.

AND FINALLY

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Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude.   We can all use some good vibes!  

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Share Your World 5-11-20

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What do you know! I am right on time for SHARING MY WORLD THIS WEEK!

This is the challenge where Melanie (the hostess) shares weekly questions geared to help us all reveal a little bit of how we live and think. Here are her questions for the week and my answers:

  • I asked this on an award thingie I was nominated for, and I got such interesting responses, I thought I’d ask it on Share Your World too:  Do you have a favorite kind of tree

I love black locust trees. They are so fragrant in the early summer.

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  • What bridges are you happy you burned

I am happy I burned my bridges to the business world and entered the ministry. That said, I am aware that most bridges can be rebuilt should one really desire it.

  • Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger?

I don’t think any of us truly knows the answer to this question. In the moment? Stirred by a cause or a story? I don’t know. I think I might have the courage to do so if I had time to ponder the stranger’s plight, but would it be instinctive ( like jumping in front of a bus in a moment’s time)? I have no idea.

  • How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over?

My emphasis on the interior life has deepened. My focus on art has grown. My view of money and provision has also greatly shifted. I feel more free now than I have felt in many years.

AND FINALLY:

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Please feel free to share your gratitude!  During this troubling time, some positive input is sorely needed, so any memes, stories, photos, or anything else you find uplifting is welcome!   Please share!   Thanks!  

I have so enjoyed taking part in

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HERE IS A PIECE FROM ONE OF THE SEMINAR PRESENTERS:

Who’s Your Mommy?

My mother served as a nurse her entire life. She worked in an emergency ward in the inner city on the graveyard shift when I was young. She moved to a local health clinic to be a nurse for one of the General practitioners in town when I was a young teenager. That job lasted until after I was married. She finished her career working the critical care building at A Developmental Center a few towns over from our home.

Mom has always been a hard worker, with a firm but kind manner and an extremely sharp wit. Here she is at my daughter’s wedding a few years ago sitting with my son Joe.

These days mom lives with me, my sister and my oldest daughter at the Vicarage which has been our family home for something like forty-five years. She has created quite a legacy to leave to the world.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM!

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GRANDSON JOE AND GRAND DAUGHTER IN LAW JOSEPH LILLIE AND KRISTINE BARRAMEDA LILLIE

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GRAND DAUGHTER MELANIE FRANKLIN GRANDSON IN-LAW JAMES FRANKLIN AND GREAT GRAND DAUGHTER DANIELLA BROOKE FRANKLIN
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