Share Your World From 5-31-21

I feel like I have been struggling for perspective these last couple of weeks. I have been managing to keep up with blogging just about everyday with my Digging Deeper Devotionals, but somewhere along the way I felt like I lost my writer self. He got swallowed up by my pastor self. Honestly what I know needs to happen is these two fellows have to figure out how to harmonize within my soul and become one writer-pastor-self or one pastor-writer-self.

This week I have pulled away from the church in order to work on my writing. I have come to a place in the woods called the Grain Bin.

This is a writing and praying break away and a restoration of the slow, constant, intentional rhythm I have been trying so desperately to keep.

As I sit down to my afternoon tea and writing session, I am warming up with a writer’s exercise called SHARE YOUR WORLD. This is a challenge I have been participating in for years and it is a good way to get the juices flowing and even to restore the juices when a three hour morning writing session has sucked the juices away.

Melanie has asked her weekly questions and I have answered them below. So read on and then hop on over to Sparks From A Combustible Mind by using either of the underlined links to see how others answered.

Here we go:


What activity instantly calms you?

There are many: Prayer, getting alone in a grain bin, writing, sipping coffee while looking at water….

What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve done lately?

Renting a Grain Bin in the middle of nowhere and coming here to do nothing other than write and pray. I think I need to do this more often.

If people receive a purple heart for bravery, what would other color hearts represent?  (Example yellow heart = cowardice)

Green Heart= Life Giving Heart

Orange Heart= Heart Of Fire

Red Heart= Heart Of Healing

White Heart= Heart Of Purity

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done or witnessed someone else do?

I think one of the bravest things I have ever witnessed someone do is to watch my sister go as a single woman to a foreign country to be a missionary.

GRATITUDE SECTION (Always optional)

How do you show gratitude to the people you respect?

What a powerful question! Again I think there are lots of answers to this one: By thanking them, by giving them preferential treatment, by giving them time.

Share Your World From 5-10-21

I am finally getting around to taking part in this week’s SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE. I love this challenge where Melanie asks us five questions and in answering them we share our world. My answers to this week’s questions are down below. So when you have finished reading here please click the underlined link above and see how Melanie’s other contributors have answered.

What do you believe but cannot prove?

That Jesus is soon to come and establish His Kingdom on the Earth. Of course my not being able to prove it will be a temporary situation if I am right.

Do animals have morals?   Exclude human beings from the equation please. 

Not our morals for certain. They after all didn’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But there are certain rules they live under according to the Word of God.

The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

“Whoever sheds human blood,
    by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
    has God made mankind. Gen. 9

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Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance?

Oh! There is an order in nature. God is a God of order. That said the creation has been subjected to a frustration by the power of sin now coursing through it. That is the power we call chaos.

Where is your least favorite place in the world?

There are several places I have visited where I had a very bad time. My experiences have colored my feelings for these places:

Las Vegas

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Salt Lake City

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New Orleans

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7 Unusual Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains

Feel free to share something about the seasons that makes you smile!

Share Your World 4-26-21

It is time for me to write the weekly SHARE YOUR WORLD POST. This is the weekly challenge hosted by SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND. In this challenge we are asked several questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. This week’s questions and my answers are below. When you have finished reading here, pop on over to SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND and see how her other contributors have answered.


Which would you rather throw away: Love or Money?

I would throw away money. Money really is nothing.

Do you believe you should do one thing a day that scares you?

I think that is a good rule of thumb. When we talk about one thing a day that scares us though we shouldn’t be thinking necessarily of jumping off a cliff or sky diving. We should be thinking about having “that conversation” which is freaking us out or doing that one job we have been putting off because we are really afraid it is too hard.

What’s the last thing you do at night?

.I brush my teeth, use the bathroom and lay straight down to fall to sleep. It never takes me long.

If you could own a mythical creature (unicorn, phoenix, etc.), which one would you pick? (A nod to the soon ending 2021 A-Z Blogging Challenge, my topic this year “Mythical Creatures”) 

I would own a hippogriff. Papo Hippogriff, White & Brown: Toys & Games


What Are You Grateful For? 

I am grateful for a week full of time to write and read?

Share Your World 4-19-21

It is time for the weekly challenge where our hostess, Melanie, asks five questions and in answering them we all SHARE OUR WORLDS.

I have been participating in this challenge for years and every week it gives me a fresh perspective on blogging. Thank you Melanie for carrying on this wonderful tradition for the blogosphere!


What was the last TV show you binge-watched?   If you don’t watch TV (congratulations by the way) what’s the last thing you binged ON?

I think it has been a while since I binge watched anything. I don’t generally have a full day to devote to television watching (though I probably would if I could). I tend to watch a couple of shows a week and one of my new favorites is “Kung Fu”. I am also really liking “Atlantic Crossing” on Masterpiece theater. I never get to watch these shows when they are actually on so I watch them on demand usually at 9 at night on a Thursday or Friday.

All that said, we have one television in our home and it is usually on. My mom likes to watch old murder mysteries and so we watch old episodes of Monk and Matlock, Magnum and the Mystery of the day over and over. I tend to catch them at breakfast ,lunch and supper. So I guess you could call that binge watching.

What’s your most prized possession and why?

I guess I would have to say The Vicarage, which is my family home.

If you had the time and inclination, what would you volunteer for?

Time and inclination? So that assumes I currently have neither but would like to have both. I think it would be fun to have the time and vim and vigor to volunteer for a trip to outer space.

Do you think that humans will ever be able to live together in harmony?

Yes. I believe that day is coming….Isaiah 2 says….”And many peoples shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth [a]the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem. And he will judge [b]between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Of course this harmony will not be achieved by the efforts of man but by the work of God. Still whatever the source it will happen.

Share something uplifting with everyone.   It can be some writing or an image or photo you like!   Thanks! 


Share Your World 4-5-21

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD WITH YOU. This is the weekly challenge where our hostess Melanie asks several questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. When you have finished learning about me, click the underlined link and go and see how all of her other contributors have answered the questions.

Do you think psychic abilities exist? 

Yes, but those gifts are not what they think we are.

How would you describe peanut butter to someone who didn’t know what it was?


Why does an octopus squirt ink?

To provide cover for a quick escape.

Who are two of today’s greatest entertainers in your opinion?  (can be actors, musicians, singers etc)

Oh my! Just two? All right………Let’s see…….

GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

It was a very blessed Easter Weekend

Share Your World 3-29-21

I have made it to SHARE YOUR WORLD , now two weeks in a row! This is the weekly challenge where our hostess Melanie asks four or five questions and in answering them we all share our worlds.

I think this world can do with a bit more sharing and so here we go. The questions and my answers are below. When you have finished here please take a peek over at Melanie’s blog, SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND, and see how her other contributors have answered the questions. Just a warning these questions are definitely taking us down the rabbit hole this week.


What is knowledge?

Yikes! How many philosophers have taken a stab at this one? KNOWLEDGE IS….


How do you define consciousness (self awareness)?

“I think therefore I am.” – Descartes

Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness?

This song comes to mind as I think of this question…

Would you be able to tell if time had been altered in some way?

Only from my position in eternity.

Do you like potato chips (they’re called ‘crisps’ in Europe I believe)?

Only from my position in eternity…..Wait have I said that before? Maybe time has been altered.

On this side of the world it’s coming into Springtime.   Celebrate Spring by sharing an image or anecdote that shares “Spring”!   Alternatively, it’s coming into Autumn on the other side of the world.  Please do the same for Autumn!   Thanks! 


Share Your World 3-22-21

My schedule for the last few weeks has kept me from jumping into, THE SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE. Our lead pastor at Cornerstone Church (my boss) left four weeks ago ,and for the last month I have been working through the decision and process of transitioning into his role. This week the deacon board voted to advance my name to the congregation and so the last step of the process has begun! There are a few more steps to take, but before I go back to addressing them, I wanted to take a few moments to answer the questions this weekly challenge brings.

My answers are below. When you have finished reading here, please click the underlined link above and travel to Melanie’s site to see how her other contributors have answered her questions.



If not now, then when?

Made me think of this song….

Can you describe your life in a six-word sentence?


Do you remember that thing people used to say, about how you swallow eight spiders a year while you sleep? It’s not true, but do you think you’ve ever swallowed any? What bug do you think you’ve eaten the most of by accident?

I am pretty sure I have never swallowed a spider but I have swallowed mosquitoes.

What’s the best approach to resolving conflict?

Speak the truth in love. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but this is a start.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in the sitting and waiting spaces of life. Here are a few places I enjoy sitting and waiting.

Share Your World 2-22-21

It is time for SHARE YOUR WORLD. This is the weekly challenge where our hostess Melanie asks several questions and in answering them we share bits of our world.

This week’s questions and my answers are found below. When you have finished reading my answers please use the underlined link to go to Melanie’s site and see how her other contributors have answered the questions.


QUESTIONS:  (an “odd” basket full today)

Have you ever ‘butt dialed” someone?  (‘butt dialed’ means have you ever made a phone call that you weren’t aware of making, because the buttons on the phone got pushed by your sitting on them (in your pocket) OR having something in your handbag press against them?).

Yes I have done this a few times, but I have had others (especially my son) “butt-dial” me more than I have done it myself.

If you were given 1000 acres of land, what would you do with it?

I would look at it for a long time. I love big tracts of land, especially when they come equipped with chairs.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on-line recently? 

May be an image of text that says 'THE GROUNDHOG SAID SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER SO I ATE HIM'
May be an image of snow

Have you ever eaten something off the floor?  ‘5 second’ rule applies or not (the ‘5 second rule’ is that if you pick up the dropped food within a set time frame, it’s still ‘clean’ and you can safely eat it)?

Of course! Especially when the food is too good to sweep away and throw out….Don’t get me wrong it’s not like I would eat supper off the floor or anything, but a dropped crust or a cookie or something….sure.

GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone in the form of a quote, a thought or an image.

The real gift of gratitude is meme - AhSeeit

Share Your World 2-15-21

Share Your World is a weekly challenge I have participated in for…gosh… 7 or 8 years now at least. It is hard to believe I have been a part of the blogging community for that long. In some ways I still feel like a real novice at this work and am just really discovering my wings.


Anyway one of the things I like about this challenge is that it lends itself easily to one of my blogging goals, which is to inspire community through conversation. This year my number of hits has gone down, but the number of deep conversations I am having with people has gone up. It has been very nice to see this sense of community deepening with those of you who choose to read and comment on my blogs.

Anyway here are this week’s questions and my answers toward starting conversations with you all….


Do you feel you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

I know I definitely do not ask enough questions. It is something I am trying to remedy…but I have to admit I am not very good at it.

When did you fail to speak up when you feel you should have?

This is a close cousin of the last question. I feel like not asking questions and not speaking up have the same root. ….Fear of other people’s opinion. As I look at what God’s next steps are for me I know that these things are going to be essential skills to develop further.

When was the last time you felt lucky?*

I don’t know that I consider luck as a part of my life. I do consider myself blessed. Blessedness understands that everything that comes, good and bad, is taking me down a God-ordained pathway that leads me, ultimately, to God’s plan for me, which is my created purpose and ultimate fulfillment of being. Blessedness understands that resisting the difficult things, because I want only easy things, only slows the process of receiving and achieving God’s plan. Blessedness embraces what is before me as a part of something larger which is both good and benevolent.

What is a boulder?

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Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone!  

I am so grateful that the Franklins got to join us for church and for supper on Sunday! I am also grateful to have the first pictures of my new grand baby in South Korea!

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Share Your World 2-8-21

It is hard to believe how fast the weeks are going here in 2021! We are almost to Valentine’s Day. It is time once again to SHARE MY WORLD. This challenge involves answering four or five life sharing questions and then linking it to Melanie’s main page so we can all share our answers together. It is a great exercise in community. I CHALLENGE YOU TO GIVE IT A TRY!

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


In your opinion, do May/December (older partner with much younger partner) romances ever work?

Sure! Mary and Joseph were probably a May December romance and they seemed to work out fine (at least as far as we know).

What physical action or gesture do you find romantic?

I think sitting quietly looking out over a panoramic view is very romantic…I admit I am a bit boring for most people’s taste but romance is a quiet thing for me. Then again romance is a part of my past. Everyday it becomes a bit more distant and to be honest I was not super good at it when I was an active participant.

What is your idea of a romantic dinner?

Italian. Then again I could eat Italian food literally everyday and be happy; So either I am super romantic or I do not know what I am talking about….I guess what you think about this answer probably modifies my answer to question #2.

Is ‘love’ a real ‘thing’ or merely a physical chemical response and brain activity pulling our emotional strings?

Love is a real thing. If the Bible is to be believed it is one of only three real things in the universe (See the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13).

How do you show your loved ones that you love them?

I try to be a help and a presence in their lives they can rely on.