Share Your World From 9-16-19


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Melanie from Sparks From A Combustible Mind uses this challenge to connect with her readers by asking weekly questions. IN answering the questions we all share our worlds. This week’s questions and my answers can be found below. When you have finished reading my responses, please click the underlined link above and see how Melanie’s other readers have responded.

Are we losing the art of listening in comparison to simply hearing?

I believe we have lost this quality as a culture on the whole. We no longer listen to understand. We listen mostly to respond and to use what we hear to prove our point. Thankfully, like most arts it can never be fully lost. It can always be relearned by those who find an interest.

How often do you openly discuss with friends or here in WP with your readership topics that make you feel uncomfortable or may be taboo or stigma laden?

I feel like more and more of my viewpoints are becoming uncomfortable for the general public, and there is definitely a stigma  concerning many of my opinions. That said, I try to gently lay my thoughts out there with an attitude of love and whatever anyone thinks is their business. Hopefully we can still speak cordially even if we do not see eye to eye.

Do you think that these discussions should be freely discussed and written about more?

I think open discussion is healthy.

Did you have a nickname as a child and if so, what was [or what is it now]?

J has always been my nick name. I am Joseph but being the fifth in line, nick names were always necessary.

Why is there still ‘stuff’ we simply just don’t understand despite our progressive world?

There will always be stuff we do not understand because we are not omniscient.

Would you rather double your height or lose half your weight?  (In response to last week’s double your weight, half your height query).  Thanks Leslie!  

Suggestion by Leslie – Swot8

If I lost half my height I would be two times more “too heavy”, so it probably doesn’t matter.

What is your most essential kitchen tool?  (Can be a person you know.  For the non-cooks in the crowd).

Courtesy of Roger Shipp

My coffee maker of course.


Gratitude Question:

Who is one blogger you really admire and why?

Oh my! There are so many!

I really like Ben Nelson from

Ben has such a great straightforward way of teaching God’s word.

I also love J.S. Park  of for his no nonsense logical approach to the Christian faith.



Share Your World 8-26-19



Melanie’s five sharing questions from this week’s challenge are answered by me below. When you have finished reading my responses, go ahead and click the link to get over to her sight and find out how others answered the questions. Come on share a bit of our worlds!

If you had to sum up the whole human species in 3 words, what would those words be?

Sinners need saving!

Where is the strangest place you’ve relieved yourself?  Obviously in an emergency situation.

Social Studies Class 8th grade. Super embarassing!

What is the worst smelling place you’ve ever been?

Hollywood Studios two weeks ago. We entered a shop filled with teens who had misplaced their deodorant. I have a pretty strong stomach and actually had to leave the store….B.O………YYYYYYYYYYYY?

How drunk is drunk enough?

I am a complete tee-totaler and so sober is drunk enough for me.

Gratitude Is An Attitude!

If you’d like, please list five things that are priceless to you.


A promised salvation!

The privilege of Worship

My family

My church family

Share Your World 8-19-19

I haven’t been able to particpate in Melanie’s SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE  for several weeks. But I am glad to be back answering her  sharing questions and sharing my world with all of you!

Below are my answers to Melanie’s five questions. When you have finished here take some time and peruse her sight using the link above.


What would be your solution to the over-population of the earth?   Earth has finite resources and humanity seems to be breeding themselves to extinction.   Some countries have tried restricting the number of children a couple or a person can have, with little success.  So what other viable options are there for reducing the number of people? 

I believe God has this one well in hand. I think this is kind of above our pay grade and if we just trust Him He will take care of us. To some that may sound like a cop out, but I believe when we follow the mandates God has given us and believe the prophetic word He has shown us we will come round right in the end.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

Lady bugs have poisonous knees.

What are the unwritten rules of where you work? If you don’t work (retired or unemployed) what are the unwritten rules you live your life by?

Gluten is bad. Sugar is bad. Fat is bad. McDonald’s is SUPER BAD( I break  almost all of these rules daily). Hmm Unwritten rules in my daily life? I suppose there must be. Here’s one: Making your bed and getting dressed now counts as house work ( It makes me feel better about myself). 🙂

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

I think whoever thought that one up was a super genius. Not only is it yummy, but the rest of my family hates it, so I get a pizza all to myself when I buy one with pineapple on it!

Toilet paper, over or under?

Ours is not even on a ring. It sits on a shelf sideways.

What’s the best type of cheese?

White American



If you’d like, please share something positive, uplifting or funny from last week.   We can always use some more of those things! 

We had an awesome family beach trip to Gloucester MA. Here are some pictures we took.

Share Your World 5-27-19

I am coming her to today TO SHARE MY WORLD. This is the writing challenge from Melanie at Sparkfromacombustiblemind, in which she asks several questions and in answering them, we her contributors share our worlds with all of you.


Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

Do you consider yourself a pessimist or an optimist?

Let’s put it this way. I am learning to not kill my dreams with my own negativity. What does that make me?

Can War ever be just?

Yes war can be just. That doesn’t mean war isn’t horrible or full of darkness. This is a fallen world where innocence has been lost. In such a place, justice sometimes wears the mask of our worst nightmares.

Think about the people you love most in your life, what do you do for them?

I hope I serve them well.

Are you health conscious?

I am conscious that I need to take better care of my health. I am trying that…exercising, drinking more water, watching what I eat. Trying not to give into cookie stress all of that.

Gratitude, Thankfulness, Wonder, Awe and Joy!   

This is the space where you share, if you’d like to, something that falls into those categories.

I am grateful to God for visiting us in Wednesday night prayer service last night. The presence of God was glorious.

Share Your World From 5-20-19


It is time to Share My World Again By Answering Melanie’s Weekly Questions. The Answers of All Her Contributors Can be Found Here!

Here are the questions and my answers:

Is it better to suspect something (bad or hurtful) and not know or to have your worst fears confirmed by sure knowledge?



I am not sure about the answer to this one because usually if I suspect something it gets confirmed one way or the other eventually. I have kind of learned to put the time and revelation of things in God’s hands and to not worry about my suspicions ( usually if I suspect something it proves out). The day I am currently living in has enough good and evil of its own to occupy me. Tomorrow’s good and evil will take care of itself in due course.

What makes you laugh aloud?   Crack up?   Laugh until your sides split?   When was the last time you had a great big belly laugh?


I laugh a lot. Most of life is pretty funny even the dark spots have their humor if we look hard enough.

Do you suppose Noah had woodpeckers in the ark?  If he did, where did he keep them?   Apologies to the Darwinians in the crowd…this is merely for fun, okay?


Sure there were woodpeckers on the ark. How else would Noah have kept the termite population down?

Why is “Charlie” short for “Charles when they are the same number of letters?


Oh my gosh! I am going to be stuck on that one all day!!! Thanks A lot Melanie!

Thankful, Joyful, Grateful

What  happened in your world this past week that made you feel thankful, joyful or grateful?


We had a wonderful time of prayer last night and this has been a week of much concerted prayer. I am feeling especially centered even as the winds of the world blow hard around me.



Share Your World 4-22-19


Honestly, I don’t even remember if I answered the sharing questions last week. These last two or three weeks have been something of a blur. I would say it has been too busy, but there has been an aspect of wonder to it all too, so I am not complaining. I’m just tired and ready for a bit of a slow down. We’ll see. Anyway, here are this week’s five questions and my five answers. As usual when you have finished with my answers use the underlined link above to pop over to Mel’s place and see how others answered her questions.

What was the last thing you read digital or print?

I am reading the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking.   The last time I actually got to sit down and read anything including blogs was two weeks ago because the world around me has been so noisy.

Are you more an extrovert or introvert?

I am an extreme introvert. If left to my own I would probably withdraw from society altogether and become a hermit on a mountain…no really! I have learned to balance my introversion through church life and ministry. That has been extremely healthy for me, but it does come with a constant struggle to find the balance of silence I need.

How is your life different from what you imagined as a younger person?

I anticipated being richer. I thought I would own several houses all over the world and be free to travel to them. I think I am glad that did not happen.

Do you think about dying?   Does death scare you?  Why or why not?

I do think about death a lot. It does not scare me, because for me it is just a crossing over into an eternity reserved for me in the Heavens. I think there is a piece of me that is already there. I anticipate the passage.



I will start here with question #1

Something that makes me happy.

Share Your World 4-8-19


I missed posting last week because my sister came home on Tuesday and we got really busy getting her and her little dog Snug settled into the house. We also started a new family blog called NOTES FROM THE VICARAGE, which will detail out journey as a family through this next year. Check it out by clicking the link above.

I am determined not to let another week go by without answering Melanie’s Sharing questions.

Here they are:

  1. What does a successful relationship look like to you?

Wow! A successful relationship described in one paragraph. That would be something if I could do it. I am pretty sure I cannot, but I can touch on one facet of a successful relationship; That would be communication. In a successful relationship communication thrives and is open.

  1. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Reading and test-taking

  1. What do you wish you knew more about?


  1. What is better in your opinion – asking for forgiveness or permission?

It is better to ask permission than forgiveness. It is better for relationships. Asking forgiveness rather than permission comes from a mindset that completion of tasks is more valuable than relationships. It plays well in American society but I think it is actually a pretty unhealthy way to live.

What’s the best thing about your life right now?

My connection with God.



Share Your World 3-18-19




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Here are this week’s questions and my answers:


Do You Have Any Guilty Pleasures?

I am an absolute freak for superhero shows. I cried at the last Avengers movie.

What Is The Worst Pick Up Line You Ever Heard?  

I think I have blocked all of them from my mind. I hate pick up lines because they are shallow, inneffective, and embarrassing.

What Slang Or Trend Makes You Feel Old?

The trend of aging makes me feel old, but it seems like everyone is doing it.

What Do You Consider The Most Over-rated Song?

Over rated? Hmm. Maybe “My Heart Will Go On.”….Maybe that one is just worn out. This one was big a few years ago and frankly I just don’t understand it.

Instead of a Tender Mercies question, here’s a philosophical one instead:

You Find A Book And Begin To Read Only To Discover That It Is Your Life. You Get To The Point That You Are At Now, Do You Turn The Page Knowing That You Will Not Be Able To Change The Events To Come?

What you have just described is what the Bible is so yes I am comfortable with the concept of turning the page to see what’s coming. I generally turn the page everyday and discover what is happening and even most days what is about to happen.


Share Your World 2-25-19

SHARE YOUR WORLD  is a weekly challenge in which our hostess Melanie shares several questions that reveal the worlds of her collaborators as they answer her. If you would like to share in the fun please click the underlined link and write a post of your own that shares your world.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

I am going to poach an answer from the Westminster Shorter Catechism because I think this  sums it up nicely.

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

My Mom has dementia. I am discovering the brain is a funny thing. With Mom when she asks a question now she is expecting a certain answer and she won’t stop asking it until you give her the answer she expects to hear. Generally this is based around the weather (which she thinks is just the most awful ever).

So when she asks, “Isn’t it cold outside?”

The right answer is “Yes Mom it is the coldest winter on record.” (even if it is fifty outside)

Until you say that, the question will continue to come. So…..Yeah I lie.

What country do you consider the strangest?   (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)

Strangest? Right now that would be America. I hardly feel I recognize or understand this place I live with its vast cultural divisions (not differences anymore but divisions). But how about we change the word from strange to exotic? Exotic would be….


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What’s your funniest story involving a car?

I think my funniest story involving a car was the time in college when I was coming in after curfew and got stopped at the guard house. The guard was a friend and so directed me to go in the out gate so I would avoid the camera and the paperwork of explaining why I was late back to campus. Sadly on my way in the out I ran into the guard house. So much for flying under the radar.

Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?

I am very grateful for the anointing and the work of my lead pastor Dan Lewiston. It is truly a privilege to serve under this man I call both Boss and friend.

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Share Your World 2-18-19

I have been missing big blocks of blogging time these last two weeks. So I am thankful to be able to get here this week and post on Melanie’s challenge SHARE YOUR WORLD

Here are Melanie’s questions and my answers.

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

I think I would spend it reading and praying. I am finding such solace, hope and power in the presence of Jesus these days.

What job would you be terrible at?

I would be a terrible smoke jumper. I have a cousin who was a smoke jumper and hats off to her and her husband…but I just couldn’t….Jump out of a plane into a fire? What?

I would be a terrible acrobat. I am about as flexible as a steel girder. I was once told by a physical therapist I had the worst flexion she had ever seen in an ankle.

I would be a terrible businessman. I like to work hard but I have almost no concept of money.

I would be a terrible… Apparently there are lots of things I would be terrible at.

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

When I was a kid. Did I mention I have terrible flexion?

Do you count your steps? 

No. Did I mention I have terrible flexion?

Bonus question (just because it’s really silly)   What’s the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?

I once stabbed myself in the palm of my hand trying to cut peanut brittle. Apparently you are supposed to smash it with a hammer? I would be a terrible peanut brittle maker.