Share Your World April 30, 2018


What’s that you ask? Don’t I know it’s May? Of course I know it’s May! This is just the first chance I have had to answer Cee’s last questions from the month of April. If you want to see who was more timely in answering her questions you can do that by clicking HERE.

Before you go there though please indulge me and have a look at my answers to her questions.

Do you use paper money? If so is your money organized sequentially according to denomination?  

I do still sometimes use paper money. If I do it is stuffed randomly and usually folded messily among the debit card receipts in my wallet.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

I seldom get to do nothing, though I suppose that is what prayer looks like from the outside. So while most everyone else would say I do spend long stretches of time doing nothing I would probably say I seldom get to just do nothing. I don’t think I would like “nothing”.

What is your greatest strength?

I think one of my greatest strengths is my patience.

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 week my daughter Amanda performed her first baptism as a credentialed minister.

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Share Your World April 23, 2018

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD!

Share Your World is a weekly blog challenge in which out hostess, Cee, asks a few questions and by answering them we all share our worlds with each other!

Here are this week’s sharing questions and my answers. When you have finished reading here click the underlined link above an see how the rest of Cee’s contributors have shared.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

I would have an endless supply of Italian food delivered!

List at least five movies or books that cheer you up.

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Mamma Mia! The Movie (Widescreen) Ok not the best music but a nice feel good movie, and then there is

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And then there are all the Disney musicals


and then of course…


If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing? 

Watching TV or sleeping.

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 really enjoyed having time at home to pray.

Share Your World April 9, 2018


Glory! Hallelujah! I am sharing my world before Friday this week!!!!!


Now here are this week’s sharing questions from our hostess, Cee, and my answers.

Been anywhere recently for the first time?

I have not been anywhere new lately! I think I shall have to remedy that soon. Pastor Dan. If your reading maybe you have some suggestions.

List three favorite book characters.

Favorite characters in a book…. Ok I am going to split this up into three non fiction characters and three fictional characters:

Non-fiction characters I admire:

Jesus of Nazareth (that’s a no-brainer)


Rock of ages

Corrie Ten Boom:

Cornelia Ten Boom ( ())


John the Revelator:

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Fictional characters:

Gandalf the Grey/White:

Still on top! The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, featuring Ian McKellen as Gandalf, is clinging on to the top spot with a $33million haul this week

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The Baudelaire Orphans From A Series of Unfortunate Events

And Reepicheep  From Prince Caspian and Voyage of the DawnTreader




What is your favorite non alcololic drink: hot or cold?

A toffee nut soy latte from StarBucks

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 quote has kept me all week.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.


Share Your World April 2, 2018 On April 7, 2018

Yes. It is April 7th. But Cee has assured me it is never too late to SHARE MY WORLD.

So here I am sharing my world through questions Cee posted 5 days ago. Today, shoot on over to Cee’s place to see how the rest of the world shared.

Here are the questions and my answers

What was or is your favorite cartoon?

I was a cartoon junky as a kid. Saturday mornings, if left up to me were cartoons straight from 6 A.M. to 12 noon. Here are a few I used to watch.

Which cooking utensil (other than the usual pots and pans etc) would you miss the most? 

I would miss my coffee maker.

Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight?

Sure. I am sure praying in tongues would scare the ghosts.

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 got my copy of Hallowed: New and Selected Poems by Patricia Fargnoli  and started reading. I really loved the poem “Dream Sequence”. Here is Patricia reading her poem, “Wherever You Are Going”.

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.