Share Your World 4-6-20

It is time to once again SHARE OUR WORLDS! This is the challenge where our hostess Melanie asks four or five questions and by answering them, we her contributors share pieces of our worlds. You can see how everyone answered the challenge questions by clicking on the link above.

In the meantime, here are Melanie’s questions for this week and my answers:

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If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

I think I fear mistakes because of my fear of other people’s reactions to them. I know I have and have had people in my life for whom nothing short of god-like perfection is acceptable. I rebel against that and tend to go into hiding everything from these people especially my mistakes because I am afraid of their reactions to the real me.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

Ummm…… I don’t think that. There are a lot of things that are very pleasurable which are very very very bad. There are also a lot of things which are hard and even painful which are actually not only good for us but necessary.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

I saw this on Facebook a while ago and I couldn’t have agreed more. “Growing up I always thought quicksand would be more of a problem.”



If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching?   Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly?   If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

My kids always make fun of how slow I drive. They call me a “Granny -Driver”. That said I have been stopped for speeding (going 45 in a 35) and running a stop sign and when I was in Ireland I got stopped for running a red light. Of course none of those things were “my fault”.

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?

Here is my list:

Praying A LOT

Reading the Bible A LOT

Contacting church folk by phone and facebook to see how they are doing

blogging

rewriting my book

doing some yard work

trying new recipes

watching a documentary on the history of England on Youtube

playing Skipbo and Uno with my sister and daughter

Calling my kids a lot

Doing a family Bible Study I taught to the church a while ago on Youtube with the Fam.

Share Your World 3-30-2-

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD. THIS IS THE CHALLENGE WHERE MELANIE ASKS 5 OR SO QUESTIONS AND IN ANSWERING THEM WE HER CONTRIBUTORS SHARE OUR WORLDS A LITTLE BIT.

Just click that capitalized link and you will find all the sharing from around the world.

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Here are the questions and my answers.

Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? 

PANCAKES FOR SURE! I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THEM AND BACON ALL WEEK. I THINK I WILL MAKE THEM TOMORROW.

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

I THINK SOMETIMES A NAME HAS TO BE OVERCOME, BUT EVEN THAT IS A CHOICE WE CAN MAKE. WE ARE OUR OWN INFLUENCERS.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

BETTER, NO DOUBT. ALTHOUGH WE DO HAVE TO FACE OUR CHALLENGES.

Is math(s) something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?

I THINK WE DISCOVERED MATH. THAT SAID IT IS NOT THE BE ALL END ALL. THE MATH ELEMENT MUST BE COMBINED WITH THE ELEMENT OF EMOTION AND THE NON QUANTIFIABLES IN ORDER FOR A FULL PICTURE OF ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TO EMERGE.

What are you grateful for right now?   I realize it’s difficult to be very positive right now, unless one is being positive that things are pretty awful.   Let’s spread the joy in gratitude!

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP GOD EVERY DAY.

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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Share Your World 2-17-20

It’s that time again! Time to answer Melanie’s weekly questions and SHARE MY WORLD. Click that link to join the sharing family at Melanie’s site, Sparks From A Combustible Mind. Just an aside, this week she also posted another challenge with 20 questions! If your looking for another challenge that is surely one to look into.

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Here are this week’s questions:

QUESTIONS:

How can someone win a gold star (i.e. win your approval and/or admiration) with you?

I am always impressed when someone acts in a way that dispels evil and promotes goodness.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would read, write, pray and minister to people.

Do you have a favorite type of exercise?

I like to walk and also like to stretch.

Do you sleep with a top sheet? Why or why not?

Yes I do sleep with a top sheet. My body temp fluctuates throughout the night and so I often throw off the heavy blankets.

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This week I am grateful to be back to a more regular writing regimen. I hope God will help me keep it up.

Share Your World From 2-10-20

Well it’s that time of the week again! SHARE YOUR WORLD! This is the weekly challenge where our hostess asks questions which help us all to share our worlds. You can get to the Share Your World  main post by clicking on the link above. Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

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Do you snore?  How do you know it, if you do?

I do snore. I know that because sometimes I wake myself up.

What do you find funny?  (credit for question given to Rory and this post in particular:

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/02/05/ha-ha-ha-ahh-what-do-you-find-funny/  )

I find life generally funny. At least given a little separation from it I do.

What was the last furry thing you touched?

My dogs Mercedes and Jacopo.

How do you handcuff a one-armed man?

You handcuff him to some immobile thing: A desk, a house, a mountain… 


An Attitude of Gratitude

This week I challenge you to list five things you’re grateful for.   Credit to this goes to Sadje ( https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/ ) because she’s started a challenge to do that daily.  #5 Things.   Daunting?  Well it is to me!  I’d have trouble finding five one time, let alone each day.   

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  1. I am grateful for my church and the way God is moving in it.
  2. I am so grateful my sister did the grocery shopping today. I really needed the extra prayer time.
  3.  I am grateful for the opportunity to gather with our C.cada artists tomorrow.
  4. I am grateful for my home, The Vicarage.

5.  I am grateful for God’s supernatural provision during this season of my life.

Share Your World 2-3-2020

Here we are once again at SHARE YOUR WORLD TIME. Melanie from Sparks From a Combustible Mind has asked her questions and I cannot help but answer them! Read on and see how I answered this week and then click on the underlined link above to see how others have answered the questions.

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When was the last time you tried something new?

I just got back from the Philippines 2 weeks ago. That was new. I experienced my first Philippine wedding that was new and absolutely stunning! I ate Philippine cuisine and that was new as well as yummy!

I put my feet in the Pacific Ocean and that was also new!

 

 

If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?

A Change of clothes, A cell phone,  a bed roll and one of those scout cook plates with the cup and fork, spoon and knife set up, and of course a leatherman.

What simple fact do you wish more people understood?

Jesus is Lord.

What food item do you go through fastest in your house?  (credit to Sandmanjazz)

Bread and Coffee.

GRATITUDE (Not mandatory for participation)

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Please feel free to share something that really makes you happy!  

This is still making me sooo happy!

Share Your World 1-27-20

It is finally time to Share My World Again! This is one of my favorite times of the week. This challenge has been part of my blogging world for something like seven years and I never get tired of it. In the challenge our hostess Melanie asks several questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. So come on join in the fun. When you have read my answers click the above link and go over to Melanie’s site (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) and answer for yourself.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

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1.  What age would you like to live to?

I am currently 52 going on immortal.  I firmly believe in life after death and so for me what lies ahead is just more life with a brief interruption for that thing called death. As Paul the Apostle wrote:

What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,[j] this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.[k]
55 O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?[l]” 1 Cor. 15

So the age I live to in this body doesn’t really matter because there is a whole lot more living to be done there than there is here. That said I think I still have some work to do here so I would say I want to live to be old enough to finish what I have to do.

2.  What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

Any mystery that stands in my way of living and doing what I need to do.

3.  Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

That would assume that we as humans come from a standpoint of innocence to begin with. We do not. The Bible teaches that everything (not just humans but everything in creation) is influenced by the power of sin from the start. Everything is already corrupted, so absolute power cannot re-corrupt that which is already corrupted. It can however make a really good display of the corruption which already exists inside of a person.

4.  What outdoor activity haven’t you tried, but would like to?

 I would like to try horseback riding.

GRATITUDE SECTION (Not mandatory)

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Please free free to share some gratitude from your world!

I am really grateful for sleep right now. I have never had jet lag as horrible as what I have experienced this week. Sleep has been this wonderful gift which has been assuaging a sense of overwhelming weariness which plagues me almost constantly. I am also grateful for compression socks and Motrin. Since flying my feet have been constantly swollen and painful.

Share Your World 1-25-20

Well hello again world! I missed a week of sharing as I was at my son’s wedding in The Philippines. I’ll show a few pictures of that at the end of this post. That said, I wanted to make sure I got a SHARE YOUR WORLD POST  done before this week rang out.

For those of you who don’t know “Share Your World” is the weekly challenge where Melanie from “Sparks From A Combustible Mind” asks a few questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. This week’s questions and my answers are below. When you have finished reading my thoughts click on the underlined link above and see how others shared their worlds.

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Where do you get your news?

I get most of my news from on line sources like Youtube. I subscribe to several news channels including CNN MSNBC and FOX. I alos really like Jason A. We do buy two daily newspapers from the local Cumberland Farms but those are mostly for my mother’s perusal.  I seldom even take a look at anything other than the front page headlines.

What ‘old person’ thing do you do?

My kids say I drive like a little old lady. And I have been known to crack the occasional Dad joke.

When was the coldest you’ve ever been?   The warmest?

Cold is a regular occurrence here in Massachusetts. It does occasionally get down into the -30’s F. I actually like being warm as long as I do not have to do much. I think the hottest I have experienced was on a Mission Trip to Mexico in August.

Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?

I suppose it has happened I don’t usually check expiration dates.

Finally:

Gratitude (not mandatory to participate in)

If you’d like to, please share some gratitude from your life. 

I am so glad I got be part of my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding last week.