Share Your World 12-9-2019



This is the challenge where Melanie asks questions and in answering her we all share our worlds.

Here are her weekly questions and my answers. When you have finished reading my responses click the link in the opening line and check out Melanie’s site for more sharing posts.


What is truth? (Credit to Ursula said “I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life.” John 14

What’s one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?  There is not much you can tell just by lookng at a person. Here are a few things people would never know just by looking at me: I am a minister, I play the piano, the flute and I sing, I have a sister, a son, two daughters and a grand daughter.

Do loud noises bother you? It depends on the loud noise. I am bothered by loud obnoxious people even though I am occasionally one of them,  but I love loud music.

If you were guaranteed the correct answer to just one question, what would you ask? Where do all the threads lead?



christmas joy

What fills YOUR heart with joy? The movement of God upon the Earth.

Share Your World 12-2-19

Well here we are breaking into the last month of 2019! I can hardly believe it! I can also hardly believe all that has happened between this time last year and today. Well, we don’t have time to share it all today…BUT WE DO HAVE TIME TO SHARE A BIT OF OUR WORLDS BY ANSWERING MELANIE’S SHARE YOUR WORLD QUESTIONS. 

By clicking the link above you can go to Melanie’s world and there take part and reading and if you desire answering her questions. Here are those questions and my answers.



What’s your remedy for the Holiday blues?    For myself,  filling to much of my holiday world with events and not saving enough quiet time is one sure way to fall into a holiday funk. So making sure I keep time and space aside to breathe and be alone helps me. Also keeping the reason for the season front and center is a must for me. The old adage is true…”Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace.”

Your favorite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season?  If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favorite beverage” part.  I am actually a fan of winter wassail.

This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice? I love pumpkin spice, but I am a bigger fan of slated caramel and mint.

Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday?  Yes and as stated above, keeping Him front and center in the holiday helps me keep the holiday blues at bay.

  • Who are they and do you believe in them? Jesus is the center of Christmas for me.
  • If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration/honoring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?



Share a song that you enjoy during this Winter season (whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, The Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and so forth.

This is actually pretty hard because there are so many. Ok I will break it down to two.


Share Your World 11-25-19


Happy Thanksgiving world! For me and mine this is a week to give thanks for the abundant blessings which have been poured into our lives.

One of those blessings is SHARE YOUR WORLD. this weekly forum which helps many of us keep touch with those we have met on the blogosphere. So before I go a step further with this week’s challenge I want to say thank you to our hostess Melanie and her predecessor Cee who have kept us all connected for so many years! THANKS LADIES!

Here are this week’s connecting questions from Melanie and my answers. When you have finished reading my responses please click on the words “SHARE YOUR WORLD” in the paragraph above and connect with Melanie’s other subscribers.

  • What did you have for dinner last night?
  • Last night I made chicken parmigiana or at least my version of it. It was a little too spicy. I will fix that next time I try it out.
  • Would you rather go out on a Saturday night or stay in?
  • It depends on the week truthfully. If I have been out all day on Saturday doing ministry then I want to stay in and rest because Sunday is always a big day and it never pays to tackle a Sunday exhausted.

    How are you, truthfully?

    Truthfully I am exhausted. But I am starting to rest. My new schedule is giving me some much needed breathing space and quiet time. I had not really realized how much energy I was giving out and how little I was retaining. I am beginning to feel much more balanced, but I can already feel the expectations of people beginning to try and draw me out of the opportunity for quiet. God keeps reminding me in my prayer times that I must choose the quiet.

    What’s the best topping/ice cream combination?  If you don’t eat ice cream, what’s your favorite combination dessert?  (Example: pie and ice cream or pie and whipped cream – that sort of answer)

    Pineapple and hot chocolate with marshmallow and whipped cream!

An Attitude of Gratitude:


Share Your Gratitude with a thought (quote), a picture or a short paragraph.  Most of us have lots to be grateful for, more than we might realize.   Happy Thanksgiving and have a great week! 


I am so grateful for all the wonderful birthday wishes yesterday. I am grateful for another year to serve the Lord. I am grateful for the recent schedule changes which are giving me a chance to really prioritize certain parts of my life which have been too long neglected.


Share Your World From 11-18-19

What follows here are my answers to Melanie’s questions from her weekly challenge SHARE YOUR WORLD. 

Some of the questions are really intense and required some deep thinking on my part. I like that! When you have finished reading my responses please check out Melanie’s site to see how her other contributors answered.

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  1. Can we ever experience anything objectively?  Why or why not?  (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise):  Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions).                                                                                                                                                                                       What a great question! One of the reasons I think we need Scriptures as people is because Scriptures give us an opportunity to experience objective reality. There is absolute truth, but apart from it being revealed by a higher source than my own experience that objective reality becomes obscured behind my subjective experiences and feelings. Reality becomes only what I know of it, and I know what I know of reality is definitely not all their is of that powerful thing.
  2. Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If by soul you mean: mind will and emotions, then I believe all living beings have souls.  We know this is true because animals definitely think. They also definitely decide things and they also feel things. I can make my dogs happy or sad or scared for sure. So animals and humans share in commonality in that they have a soul like that. Where I believe we are different is in the aspect of the Spirit or (nephesh soul according to Genesis 1), which is the connector between us and the Divine. I do not believe that animals have that. 
  3. Why are people told to respect the dead? (example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead”)                                                                                                                                                              I actually was never taught that and I do not know why that seems to be a tradition among some people. While I do not think it is good to speak ill of people in general I do not think that speaking ill of the dead is any worse than speaking ill of the living. I do fail at both of these things sometimes.
  4. Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader.  Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange skinned creature’ is cheating.  While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence.   

    Rock of ages


    A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

    2The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

    the Spirit of counsel and of might,

    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord

    3and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

    He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,

    or decide by what he hears with his ears;

    4but with righteousness he will judge the needy,

    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.

    He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;

    with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

    5Righteousness will be his belt

    and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

    6The wolf will live with the lamb,

    the leopard will lie down with the goat,

    the calf and the lion and the yearling a together;

    and a little child will lead them.

    7The cow will feed with the bear,

    their young will lie down together,

    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

    8The infant will play near the cobra’s den,

    and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.

    9They will neither harm nor destroy

    on all my holy mountain,

    for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord

    as the waters cover the sea.

    10In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. 11In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, b from Elam, from Babylonia, c from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.

    12He will raise a banner for the nations

    and gather the exiles of Israel;

    he will assemble the scattered people of Judah Isaiah 11

    I believe He is coming folks!


  5. Share your gratitude!  Stories, images or thoughts all welcome.

    thankfulbanner    I am so thankful that my job has allowed me to work more from home. God orchestrated this change just in time as my mother has moved into a new phase of her disease that requires a much closer eye. Being home right now is absolutely essential. I am so grateful to my Pastor and our church board for allowing me this flexibility.

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.


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 11-4-2019

Here I am once again SHARING MY WORLD  with Melanie from

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Here are Melanie’s weekly questions and my answers.

When you have finished reading my responses hop on over to Melanie’s site and read her other contributors.

  1. What is the meaning of true love?                                                                                         The true meaning? I am not sure about that but I am sure of the definition.         “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    Love never fails” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8                                                                                    I suppose what that means is that love is nigh unto impossible without God’s help. Maybe the meaning of love is to drive us to God so that we can really find out what it means.

  2. Do acts of kindness have a motive?                                                                                        Yes. The benefit of the recipient is the motive.
  3. If we live in a civilized world why do we see so many distinctions between rich and poor?                                                                                                                                       Because even the civilized world is fallen and can’t get itself up.
  4. Do we love ourselves more in the virtual world than in the real world?                  Wow! I don’t even know what that means. Am I different in the virtual world than in the real world? I try not to be so the me I love in the real world is the me I love in the virtual world. I think anything else would be unhealthy.

Gratitude Question:

Are you grateful?

I am so grateful for many things in my life. I have had my trials but over all I am blessed beyond measure!


Share Your World 10-28-19


It is time to Share my world again. This challenge has been one of my favorites for a long time now. Led first by Cee and now be Melanie. The challenge is to answer five (or so) questions each week and in answering them to share my view of the world. The questions and my answers are below. When you have finished reading them click on THIS LINK  and see how others have answered Melanie’s challenge.

  1. Where’s the line between respectful disagreement and being downright mean (bullying) to someone?                                                                                                                 I think the difference is in the spirit of control that is exercised in the midst of disagreement. I should be free to express my disagreement with people but love dictates that I do not insist on controlling anything other than my own boundaries. As soon as I cross the line into forcing someone to agree with me then I am bullying. Now that said I have to be allowed to keep my own boundaries. For instance in my own house I expect people to function within certain bounds of propriety. If they feel they cannot do that then they are welcome not to come to my house. That is not bullying that is holding proper boundaries.
  2. Would you prefer to live in a world where alcohol was free or where politicians were honest?                                                                                                            I don’t drink so free alcohol does little for me. I think we could all use a little more honesty across the board these days. Politicians are only a symptom of a much larger problem.
  3. What’s one habit you have that your family or friends think is rather childish?     I like superheroes.
  4. Would you rather go to a big party and rub shoulders with the rich and famous or go to an amazing quiet Garden that hardly anyone has ever visited?                     Garden most definitely!20190523_082550-264381319.jpg100_5204026


Halloween Question:    What do you think of the idea of “trick or treat or money for a charity” as a way of making Halloween more useful?

Let’s see extra fat grams or social justice……. Ummm…….

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!


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 

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 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