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!)

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/02/29/its-a-mystery/

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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Share Your World 11-12-19

It is time once again to Share My World with Melanie! This is the weekly challenge where Melanie asks some questions and in answering them we share our worldsSYWRainbows

Here are this week’s sharing questions and my answers. When you have finished take a  trip to Melanie’s blog by clicking HERE TO SEE HOW HER OTHER CONTRIBUTORS ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS

  1. Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism?   Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant?   (Credit for this question goes to GC and Sue)                                                                                I generally try to give credit where credit is due or I try to use stock images if I am using pictures.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  2.  Do you let sleeping dogs lie?                                                                                                             Unless they are my dogs I try to give sleeping dogs a wide berth.
  3.  What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called?           Stinky.
  4.  Do you like to dance?   If yes, what’s your favorite and if no, why not?

I do not dance mostly because I look like I am having a seizure when I do.


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Gratitude Question:

November brings Thanksgiving to Americans.  I know Canada celebrates Thanksgiving too, but I believe it’s in October.   Does your country celebrate a similar holiday?   If you’d like, share some traditions you observe around Thanksgiving or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what are some traditions you have?

I love the old fashioned American Turkey. My sister lives in the Netherlands (when she is not home on intineration) and turkey over there has to be imported so it is super expensive. Still her colleagues get together and celebrate American Thanksgiving even though Sinter Klaus comes right on the heals of that on Dec. 5th.

Share Your World From 10-14-19

Yay! I get to participate in SHARE YOUR WORLD HIS WEEK!

This challenge has been one of my favorites for several years. I hate to miss it but there have been seasons (this has been one) where finding any time to blog has proven problematic. I have learned over 8-ish years of being part of the blogosphere that is kind of the nature of the beast, but seasons change and this one is changing now. So YAY!

HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S SHARING QUESTIONS FROM MELANIE AND MY ANSWERS. WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED HERE PLEASE USE THE UNDERLINED LINK TO GO AND VISIT SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND AND CHECK OUT SOME OF MELANIE’S OTHER CONTRIBUTORS.

Why do we have such trouble telling our loved ones that we love them?  Do you have that kind of communication issue with your loved ones?

Above question inspired by this short, poignant blog post

https://mitchteemley.com/2019/10/10/love-before-its-too-late-2/ 

This was a problem for me for a lot of years. I think for me it was the result of my gender and my culture acting on me to tell me how my gender was supposed to be in the world. That said, my church has helped me to overcome many of my relational deficiencies.

 

Decorations for holidays?   Spirit lifters or pain in the butt?   Or a mix?

A definite butt lift. 🙂

 

Do you donate to charities?  Of your time, do you feel money is the only true gift, or other?  (nod to Rory for this idea)

I have been taught that giving to charities is not just a good thing to do but a necessity to do. I believe that when you choose a charity you should give it your time, talent and treasure. This calls for us to discern which charities we belong being a part of and which ones we do not.

Are you too superstitious or  have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

I am not superstitious I am spiritual and I believe in the spirit world as a very real part of the physical world. I have done way more than played with a ouija board. From those experiences I have learned that the spirit world is nothing to be toyed with. It can be a very dangerous place and God has warned us off many practices that our culture has made a game out of.

This week please share a photo or image of what ‘harvest’ and “Autumn” mean to you!   Thanks! 

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.