A Short Post

This post is created in response to CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE FOR THIS WEEK ABOUT SHORT THINGS

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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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I LOVE OWLS

Share Your World From 5-4-20

Well this week I have not been as on the ball in the writing department as I would have liked, but I have done a lot of ministry work and a lot of gardening, so I guess it all balances out. Now however it is time to SHARE MY WORLD USING THE QUESTIONS MELANIE POSTED ON MONDAY MAY 4TH.

I have been trying a new blogging regimen these last several weeks. I am posting at least four blogs everyday and then doing what I call a blog blitz on the weekends. It started out I was posting a blog every hour. Now I am at the point where I am trying to find the most productive hours to post …morning, noon and night… to see where most people are on and reading.

Anywho…. Here are this week’s questions and my answers. When you have finished please take a jaunt over to Melanie’s site AKA SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND and see how her other contributors have answered.

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What can you break even if you don’t touch it?  (yes there is a real answer to this.  I’ll reveal it in the next week sometime.  Still, answer how you would like – no right or wrong answer)

Oh there are lots of things you don’t have to touch to break. Here are a few: a trance, a sweat, a leg (in theater), a fast, a wind, a heart, and a spirit.

I am sure there are more things but these are what come readily to mind.

What’s the most useful thing you own?

I think the thing that gets the most use is my car.

What’s The Silliest Reason You’ve Ever Gotten Into A Fight With Someone Over?

Algebra. My sister ended up running away from home over it.

If You Were A Snake, How Long Would You Want To Be?   No, size does not matter.  😛

I would want to be a hundred foot anaconda.

AND FINALLY…

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Gratitude and/or uplifting?   Please share.   We can all use some of those.  

Pluto has been making me laugh this week.

Share Your World 3-23-20

Well, I think I am back in full swing from my week to 10 days of sickness! I am not quite what you would call well, but well enough to get back into the swing of the pen.

I have missed all my friends in the blogosphere! I am so grateful to those of you who prayed me through this pneumonia and to those of you who dropped me notes telling me it was OK to rest. Honestly I couldn’t have done otherwise. I slept for four days! I have slept for a full day before when I was sick but to lose half a week!!!! I am also grateful to my sister who posted a few times on Notes From the Vicarage to keep our followers there updated.

Speaking of my sister, Brenda, you can now keep her in prayer because she has developed shingles and pink eye as well as an ear infection! She always was a bit of a competitor. 🙂

Anyway this is SHARE YOUR WORLD. While the update above does share my current world it does not answer the challenge itself which is to answer my friend Melanie’s targeted questions for the week. Soooooo……. Here are the questions and my answers. PLease check out Melanie’s site when you are done and discover how her other ccontributors have SHARED THEIR WORLDS.

On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents?

My parents were not what you would call strict at all morally. They expected good behavior and demanded personal responsibility on a very high level, but their thoughts on things like drinking, smoking, sex were pretty progressive. I was far more conservative when it came to those things than they were and maybe that was their trick of parenting.

What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?

Television is my biggest time waster. I am coming to hate it.

Do They Bury People With Their Braces* On?   (* “braces” in this scenario are those metal bits they put on people to straighten their teeth.   I realize “braces” are also some item of clothing that I believe men wear to keep their socks up or something.  I’m talking about the teeth option).

I have no idea? I am interested to know the thought behind this question though.

Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?

I can only imagine a round box would be harder to carry and mre expensive to make.

Gratitude:   Share something you are grateful for right now.  I know that’s a tough question.  It helps to share those bright bits with folks though, because many of us are seeing through an increasingly dark glass.

I am grateful that the sun still rises on this world. I am also very grateful that my hope is not in this world. I am holding out for another life that is a whole lot longer than this one and where the problems of this world will not be known. As Paul the apostle said, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

I just have to keep reminding myself that these present issues are temporary and that Jesus has something better for me which is coming.

Share Your World 3-3-20

Well it is March the month of snow, rain and mud. Sunday it was 25 F outside. Today it is 60 F. There is MUCH TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD.

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This week our challenge hostess has asked five great questions and as we her contributors share our answers we share our worlds. So when you have finished reading about my world, feel free to jump over to Melanie’s site using the underlined link above and check out a myriad other worlds.

THE QUESTIONS:

Can you bake a cake?   (credit for this question goes to Di, who asked it on her post recently.   Thanks Di! After last week’s SYW, we needed a little bit of sweet and light!)

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Not only can I bake a cake, I can bake one from scratch. I have a great recipe from my grandmother called Aunt Viola’s Chocolate Cake. What I can’t do is frost a cake neatly. It always comes out looking like a truck ran it over. My daughter says I am too impatient and frost it before its cool enough.

What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

PRAYER.

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?

My mother would not accept a sandwich as eaten unless the crust was gone. She used to tell me that the crust was where all the nutrients were.

What’s something your family would be surprised to learn about you?

I am pretty close and open with my family. There really isn’t much that would surprise them.

Please feel free to share some gratitude from this past week (or month or year).  This is purely optional of course, but it does tend to uplift everyone (I happen to think) to read some happy and/or joyful thoughts or view some uplifting pictures.    Thank you if you do so! 

I love these kinds of videos.

Share Your World 2-24-20

It is time to answer my friend Melanie’s weekly questions once again and in taking up that challenge I declare I AM SHARING MY WORLD. Click the underlined link to see how everyone else shared their world.

Here are Melanie’s questions and my answers:

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What do you think of best friends of the opposite sex?  Or to put it another way “Can men and women ever be platonic friends?  Doesn’t sex always get in the way?”  

I think it is possible. That said it is very rare. There are so many things that can get in the way.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome?

I would say struggling. In fact I can’t say I have yet overcome the problem of struggling with my struggles instead of giving them to God.

What is the darkest thought you’ve ever had? What about the darkest thing you’ve done that you’ve never told anybody about? (obviously you’ll be telling now if you choose to.  Telling might unburden you a little though.)   

The darkest thought I ever had was the thought of leaving God and becoming and unbeliever.

and one ‘fun’ one because I realize those others were pretty deep)

What is your least favorite food?

Okra. Blecch.

Share a thought, write a story or poem or share a meme about gratitude.  If you’d like to.  As with the other questions, this is optional.  

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