Share Your World 1-18-21

SHARE YOUR WORLD is a challenge hosted by Melanie from Sparksfromacombustiblemind. In this challenge, Melanie asks us each five questions, or so, and in sharing our answers we share our worlds. Check it out further by clicking the underlined link above.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers….


Why do we dream?

Dreams are such neat things! Sometimes they are just our own subconscious’ trying to work out life’s puzzles by moving things from concrete images to symbolic. Other times our dreams are connections to the spirit realm and can be messages sent to us by spirits that have influence over our lives. That can be both good and bad. It is one of the uses of the gift of discernment of spirits which Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, that allows us to know the source of dreams….at least that is what I think.

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Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

Sometimes. Especially if the people doing the naming have taken some time to think through the naming beforehand. Then again sometimes serendipity takes a hand and matches a name prophetically to a soul as it enters the world.

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Does hardship make a person stronger?  (example:  What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger)

I think it can. That said hardship can also crush a person and make them bitter. I think it really depends on a person’s willingness to endure.

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions?

I think we do this because it is easier to embrace our own innate hypocrisy than to rise above it.

GRATITUDE SECTION  (Always Optional)

Feel free to share some gratitude in the form of images, photos or writing.  Thanks! 

I am so thankful that there is beauty in the world which still has the power to undo all the ugliness. I will fix my eyes on the beauty….

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8

Share Your World 1-11-21

It is time once again for SHARE YOUR WORLD. This is the weekly challenge where Melanie, from Sparks From A Combustible Mind , asks us several questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. You can read other contributors and or join the challenge by clicking the underlined link above….and now on to the questions!

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What should you get rid off, that would make your new year better, and why? (Don’t say Covid-19, we all want to get rid of the dang virus)   I snagged this question from another blogger, but failed to note who thought it up.  My apologies!  I KNOW better than to trust my memory any more.  If it’s your question and you’d like credit, please let me know!  Great question too, in my opinion!

I am getting rid of some flubber around my midsection. That will help me have a more energetic year for sure!!!!

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 What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Walking this last year in financial faith is probably the most daring act of faith I have ever taken. It has been amazing!

Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken?

My daughter says we have two mottos….”Did that hurt?” and “How’d that feel?”

My sister says our family mottos are “Suck it Sally” or “Are ya’ gonna do that again?” or “I’ll give you somethin’ to cry about.”

I was unaware that any of these statements rose to motto status…but apparently…….

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On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are?  (this does not mean ‘smell’ or looks; because this is a judgment free blog!) 

Ummm……my daughter said -6 but I think that’s a judgment.

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Tell everyone something that you found personally lifted your spirits!  

Aside from the most obvious answers for me which are prayer, worship and reading the Bible, I have found that eating cookies while doing any of these activities personally lifts my spirits….of course it does nothing whatsoever for my flubbery midsection.

Share Your World 1-4-21

I am starting off the New Year right by jumping onto SHARE YOUR WORLD early this week…year. I love this challenge and will continue participating in it throughout the year, as it gives me an opportunity to reveal more about myself and life here at The Vicarage…which is one of my goals for the New Year.


So here are Melanie’s questions and my answers. When you have finished reading here please stop on over to Melanie’s blog, Sparks From A Combustible Mind, using the underlined link above, so that you can see what her other contributors have added to the conversation.


What’s a relationship deal breaker for you?

I guess it depends what kind of relationship we are talking about. I tend to let people in as far as they can be trusted; So how close you are allowed to get to me in the first place relies on your trustworthiness. How close I let you stay is also dependent on said trustworthiness. That said, I don’t tend to go from”zero to hero or hero to zero” in one step with people. Relationships with me are slow growing and slow fading.

Do you believe in extra-terrestrials?

Of course! I just call them angels and demons or maybe Nephilim and Anakim.

In the morning, do you hit the snooze button on your alarm (sometimes repeatedly) or do you leap out of bed, ready to face the day?

I am a deeply committed button pusher.

If you came back in the next life as an animal, which animal would you choose to be?  (and even if you don’t believe in that, let’s suspend belief for a moment just to have a little fun).

Oh! I played this on Facebook the other day. It said I was a dragon.

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GRATITUDE (Participation is always optional)

What do you plan to work on this year to make it better than last year  (personal goals, physically or mentally, or all three)?

I will give you a line from my blog...”You May Have Noticed.”

My goal this year is two-fold: Community and Stewardship. I intend to build community… and I intend to steward all my artistry towards kingdom provision.

Share Your World 12-21-20

Well it is Christmas and almost all the presents are wrapped. I have some extra blogging time tonight so I thought I would SHARE MY WORLD WITH YOU ALL. This is the weekly challenge where Melanie, our hostess, asks several questions and in answering them we all share our worlds! When you have finished reading my answers check the link above and see what Melanie’s other guests have said.




  • What is your favorite type of cookie (they’re called biscuits in Europe I believe)? My grandmother used to make these cookies at Christmas time from figs and coconut. She called them Mission Balls. So good.
  • If you could choose one age and remain that forever, what would it be and why? I would be twenty-five. Young enough to still try anything and old enough to know better.
  • Do you have a traditional drink during the holiday season? This year we are making homemade Wassail. I think it will be our new tradition.
  • Are you able to still believe in holiday magic as you did when you were a child? I think I believe in it more now than I did then. The magic is different but it is definitely real.


My daughter and son-in-law are self isolating this week, as Melanie is heading into hospital next week for the birth of her second child. We will miss them at Christmas but so look forward to meeting little Abigail Yvaine!

Share Your World From 11-30-20

I have not been able to get here to SHARE MY WORLD for the last several weeks. But I am nearly finished with the edits on my book, and so this week I thought I would spend some time catching up with everyone here in the blogosphere and on social media.

I am so grateful that Melanie keeps this challenge running. By answering her questions we all get to share our worlds and build community! Thank you Melanie! Below are this week’s questions and my answers. To find out more about this sharing challenge please click the underlined link above and go to Melanie’s site.



What would you enjoy if you could do so without someone getting annoyed with you for enjoying it?  It MUST be something you aren’t supposed to enjoy because it is “bad for you”.

OK this is totally cultural having to do with my branch of Christianity, but if it wasn’t considered inappropriate for my station I would probably really enjoy going to dances….That said I am a horrible dancer so while I might enjoy it I don’t think anyone would enjoy watching it.

Is it okay for men to wear the color pink?

Sure. We just call it salmon.

Can you curl your tongue?

Do you like my glasses? I broke my other set.

What, in your opinion, is the best room to put a fireplace?

The family room.


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(this meme is borrowed from Di.  She used it recently on one of her own posts and I found it to be very apt).

How do you show your gratitude?

Actually I am trying to be more intentional with this because I am not naturally “gratitudinous”. I am starting by making a list, checking it twice and then sending a message, a letter or a phone call. I am trying to do this weekly starting at Thanksgiving throughout the year.


It is time for me to SHARE MY WORLD ONCE MORE. This is the weekly challenge where our hostess Melanie asks a few questions and in answering them we all share our worlds.


Here are the questions and my answers. When you have finished here hop on over to Melanie’s place and see how her other contributors have answered.

The first question is courtesy of the magnificent blogger, Rory (aka A Guy Called Bloke”). He asked this one last Saturday on a random question post he wrote and I thought it was nifty AND sort of Halloween-y, so I thought I’d include it.
“How many people in real life or on social media (including WordPress, which has become a rather social media site) do you consider good enough friends to help you ‘hide the dead body?”
This is purely a silly and fun exercise, so don’t worry that there are bodies in need of burying. At least I don’t have any…. if you do, I hope you have some good friends who will lend a hand in getting rid of the evidence AND never tell a living soul….

I am not asking anyone to help me hide the body. I am turning myself in. I have watched enough murder mysteries to know murder bites back….so you might as well get it over with up front.

Are You Ready To Order?   What Are You Having (craving) right now?

Olive Garden…

How’s the weather in YOUR neck of the woods?

It has been rainy and chilly here the last few days. But the rain makes the leaves really pretty.

Lastly, one deep question, because some folks enjoy those.  Prepare yourself.  Or pass. It’s all good!

There has always been something. Before there was something, there was only nothing. Which do you think is more likely?

The something was something injected into nothing before it came from somewhere else.

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Attitude of Gratitude:

What is your favorite time of year?  Why?

I love the Autumn and the Spring. The temperature is perfect. Clothing choices are easier. And there are holidays to celebrate.

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Well I am getting an early jump once again on THE SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE. This is the challenge where our hostess Melanie asks a few questions, and in answering them, we all share our worlds. Check it out by clicking the uinderlined link.


Here are the questions and my answers:

When was the last time you tried something new?  How did that go for you?

I feel like the whole world is new and is requiring “new things” of us. I guess the newest thing I am doing is attempting to be an on-lne pastor. That means when I “go” to church, while the rest of the congregation is in the sanctuary listening to our lead preacher preach, I am out in the lobby managing the on-line presence. I am actually having a really good time with it.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?

Follow Jesus. You will never be sorry.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Much older. Most days I feel like I am ready for my retirement cabin…then I look at my retirement account and say to myself, “Back to work Lillie or all you have is a retirement sleeping bag.”

Lastly, I’ll be doing one “Halloween” themed question per week during October.  Those who don’t observe the holiday are welcome to answer or to ignore it as they wish.

Fun  CREEPY Halloween Question:

Have you ever seen a ‘fresh’ corpse (aka dead body)?

Yes. Our neighbor died raking his lawn. My oldest daughter saw him fall and called to us. He was gone in a moment of time.

Do you enjoy any seasonal traditions around this time of year?

In an ordinary year I would be enjoying some our region’s many Fall festivals. I love Apple Fests and Pumpkin Fests.

Some of our local apple orchards are still having such things (I really don’t know how but…), but I don’t feel safe going; So this year I am just making lots of baked apple dishes. I have even been considering making a batch of cider myself.


It is time to SHARE MY WORLD WITH YOU ALL AGAIN. This is the challenge where Melanie asks four or five questions and in answering them we all get to know each other a little better.


Over the last several weeks we have been sharing our world Harry Potter Style with our hosts Melanie and Roger, but this week we are back to a Share Your World Original led by Melanie. Thank you Roger for giving us some different avenues to consider for the last several weeks. Thank you Melanie for keeping this challenge fresh and fun every week for those of us who contribute.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

Where do you feel most at home?  Please be more specific than “at home, doh” please. It could be a room in your home, a person, a location…    

I think I feel most at home in what I call “The Sage’s Cave”.

It’s not a place really…more a state of mind. I guess most people would call it meditative prayer. I get really quiet. Sometimes soft instrumental music is playing in the background. I start by listening to or reading Scriptures as I “center down” as the Quakers call the practice. I listen for the still small voice of God and then I follow it where it leads. This place feels like home and is always an adventure.

Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?   

I would rather ride a horse

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But since this is not me (are we even kidding. I would fall off and drown)…I guess I will take a car.

  What song would you sing on “Karoke Night” (if you were forced to do so)?    


University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?  

I am a big proponent of life experience. When you find something you need to educate yourself about then it is wise to pursue that education.

IT’S AN ATTITUDE – GRATITUDE!  (Participation Always Optional Of Course)

What are you grateful for?


I am so grateful my mother’s cardiologist appointment went well and she does not need to return to him.

Sharing My World HP Style 9-21-20


I am getting a bit of a jump on things this week and I am SHARING MY WORLD WITH MELANIE


This is the challenge where Melanie and Roger have joined forces to ask us question that help us to share our worlds with all of our readers. Here we go!

  1. Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about? I got lost on the one way streets in Worcester (pronounced Wistah) MA when I was young driver. I think I had jury duty or something. I thought I was going to die and my panic just kept growing. Finally I got turned round right and headed for home, so I am thinking I had finished my day and was on my way home. It was a long time before I went back
  2. As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches? No. Running away was my sister’s job.
  3. You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song? I have always wanted to play the accordion or the guitar. If I were to play the accordion I would want to be good enough to play some of the really fast polkas. Guitar would have to be some classical latin guitar.
  4. Do you accessorize with jewelry? There was an opal necklace (cursed) and Slytherin’s locket (also cursed) in the Potter story. Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion? (Hopefully, yours was not cursed?) I do not generally wear jewelry.

Melanie’s Ordinary Muggle Questions:

What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad? I like to make tossed salads with lettuce, nasturtium, tomato, cucumber, celery, mushrooms and grapes. I also like cheese and croutons but I don’t often put them in.

If you care to, share something that really irritates you.

poison ivy.

What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing?  Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed?

I like to wear my plaid pajama pants and a tee shirt. As the nights get colder I will add a sweater or my big maroon bathrobe.

GRATITUDE (as always this is optional)

Please feel free to share something about Autumn (or Spring if you’re gearing up for that) that you especially enjoy! 

My sister has been working at an apple orchard for the last few weeks helping some folks from church bring in the harvest. She brings home a bag of apples everyday. I have gotten to bake a lot!


IT is time to Share My World Harry Potter style with….




This is the challenge where Roger and Melanie asks several questions for Potterites and Muggles alike, and in answering them we all share our worlds.

Here are the questions and my answers.

You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete?

I need a wand for the dusting and the vacuuming. These are chores I never seem to get too. Though, if the truth be told I am not good at keeping up with housework period.

At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase?

Instant darkness pellets sound way more fun than the others. Now, if they were instant flying pills I might reconsider.

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In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it?

I store it away for someone who needs it…somewhere where I will be absolutely safe from it.

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You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need?

I am pretty sure good luck is not a thing. The pathway is the pathway, and it is what we need it to be. Trying to change the pathway with luck is not only useless but if we manage it, it can be dangerous. So I would dump it out. No one needs it.

Melanie’s Mundane Muggle Questions:

If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place? Why?

We are not called to speak our minds. We are called to speak the truth in love. Those things are usually very different. My mind often wants to say things that are neither loving or things that are only as truthful as the spin of my opinion. Mostly I don’t trust myself to speak my mind. Why would I trust it in others?
Can achieving nothing make a person happy?

Sometimes I think achievement is overrated. Especially in this culture where achievements are made out of cookie cutters. Everyone thinks a person’s achievements should look exactly like their next door neighbors achievements. That is pretty far from the truth. I think the first question is what were we made to achieve? Shooting for that personal goal is a good thing as long as it is not being done to out achieve someone else.
How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?

Good golly! Do you have a hundred years to listen to my rant on this? I guess if you can honestly speak the covenant oath then you love them enough. Here’s the thing. What if they get sick? What if they get poor? What if they get rich and the dazzle of riches makes them unfaithful to you? What if you get sick? What if you lose everything because of them? What if you get everything you want but keeping all the stuff means second -classing your relationship so you need to give it up? If you can make the oath to stick with them through all of this and not go seeking another then maybe you love them enough.
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always this is optional)

Please feel free to write about or share an image of something you’re grateful for!

Dani my granddaughter is coming to sleep over Oz’ (that’s me) house this weekend! It’s a first for us and her!

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