Share Your World Dec. 3, 2018



Share Your World is the weekly challenge where Melanie asks us a few questions and in answering them we all share a little piece of each other’s world.

Here are this week’s sharing questions:

What are the most important lesson(s) you’ve learned in life?

That the purpose of life is to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strengths and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Luke 10:27

The second most important lesson I have learned is that God works everything together for our good if we just focus on loving and following Him. (Romans 8:28)

How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?

The first time I ever met Tina we were at a local campground and beach with a bunch of youth group friends. I think we were both fourteen at the time. We didn’t actually get together until our senior year of high school., but I think I knew she was the one from that first encounter. Something just clicked for both of us. That connection was so strong that even after all the water under the bridge we are still very good friends. She is one of the easiest people to talk to I have ever met.

If you could take a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?

Rest and write.

What is your favorite thing to buy at a movie theater concession stand? (credit to The Haunted Wordsmith for this one)

Pop corn and a cherry slushee


What are some Holiday Traditions you and/or your family observe in December?

I love Christmas Eve service…and I really love it when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday and we start the day with church.

Share Your World 11-26-18


I didn’t get to Share My World last week. I got overly busy and missed out on one of my favorite challenges in the blogosphere.

This week is my birthday week so I am giving myself a little kindness and am making sure I share this week.

Here are Melanie’s weekly sharing questions. When you have finished reading my responses please click the underlined link and shoot over to Melanie’s place at Sparks From a Combustible Mind and read what her other contributors have written.


If your five year old self woke up in your current body, what would happen, what would you say?

My five year old self would say “Wow you are fat! And apparently wicked smart!”

What is a relationship deal breaker for you?  Whether you are talking about a romantic one, a friendship or a related to sort of relationship?

The bar has to be set differently for every relationship as do the boundaries. The respect for the boundaries of each relationship determine my willingness to maintain the relationship in its current context. Disrespect the boundaries one too many times and you may find yourself placed in a whole new relationship box.

Is there something out there, a thought, an idea, a current event, or a fear that you find deeply unsettling?

I found this whole video deeply unsettling. We face so many questions as a culture that I wonder if we even have the right to ask. Further there are so many things going on that echo the biblical signs of the end that I cannot help but be a little unsettled by the nearness of it all.

And one that is a bit whimsical:

I need more whimsy in my life. Right now everything seems so serious. Oh  wait! I know!

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

Preached without a license.


What were you grateful for this week?  Something that brought some joy into your world?

It was my birthday!


Share Your World 11-12-18


Once again I am a few days late to the game of Sharing My World, but better late than never!

Below are this week’s sharing questions and my answers. When you have finished reading my shares why don’t you jump over to Melanie’s place and read some of her contributors’ works?



What’s the most ironic thing you’ve ever witnessed?

People saying they believe in God and then acting like He doesn’t exist.



Let’s talk turkey.  Pro or con?   If pro, which part do you enjoy most?  Is it for Thanksgiving (American Style any way) only?

I am a big pro turkey man, but truth be told the only time I have it is at American Thanksgiving (Christmas is lasagna).  Also I am not so big a fan of the stuff that I will pay all outdoors for it. Here in America turkey is generally an affordable meat. My sister lives in The Netherlands and there are no turkeys there so the only way to get one is to import it. Last year her friend( who is also American) imported one at the cost of $200.00 American! Turkey is just not that important that I will give up a month’s car payment for it.

When I make the turkey I prefer white meat.


If you’d like, share one thing you wish you’d said to someone else, but now you’ll never have the chance.

Make sure your heart is right with God before you go.


What odd smell do you really enjoy?

I love the smell of face powder. It reminds me of my grandmother.

Thankful November….share a story or time when someone did something really great for you.  Alternatively,  share your gratitude moments during this past week.

I am so thankful to be supported by a great group of music ministers here at our church who work so hard to make a joyful noise before the Lord each week.

Share Your World 11-5-18

I missed last week, so this week before another moment passes me by I want to make sure to SHARE MY WORLD. When you have finished reading my sharing answers please check out Melanie’s site and allow yourself to share our little part of the blogging world.


Is there one post on your site that is really special to you?  (credit for this one goes to CrushedCaramel )

I guess if I had to choose one I could narrow it down to a series I wrote several years back called “Ferocious” It is all about the ferocious love of God found in I Corinthians 13.

Here is a link to the series:  Ferocious


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How Do You Deal With Negative People?  (Athling2001 gets credit for this one)

I generally ignore them and remove myself from their general vicinity as quickly as I can. I have had several situations over the last few little whiles where I have felt I needed to address negativity. I hate doing that. I don’t feel I do it very well.



What Is The First Thing You Think Of When You Wake In The Morning?

God in Prayer


 Would You Rather Be Able To Talk With The Animals Or Speak All Foreign Languages?

Talk to the animals definitely.



November is a month in which many people give thanks.  America (and other countries) celebrate an actual Thanksgiving Day. For example, Canada celebrates this in October.

This month the gratitude question will address your life and what things you’ve received or done, that have brought you joy and sometimes relief perhaps.

What small thing happened today (or in the past few days) that you were grateful for?   

I am grateful for this song today. I am moving forward.


Share Your World 10-22-18



Share you world is a challenge in which our hostess Melanie asks some questions and in answering them we, her contributors, Share Our Worlds!

Here are the weekly questions:


Name two books that have influenced you and share how.  (Credit for this question goes to Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith.   She asked for TEN books, in her challenge, so the SYW folks got off a bit easy..) 

The most influential book I have ever read is The Bible. This book took me off the path of the New Age and put me on the pathway of eternal life with Jesus.

The second most influential book is a really hard choice. Maybe Seven Habits for Highly Effective People by Steven Covey…Maybe Visioneering by Andy Stanley…It might even have been a genre, comic books which gave me my love for reading in the first place.

In your opinion, where is the line between art and not art? 

In my mind real art influences and inspires people. If it doesn’t influence, if it doesn’t inspire then it probably isn’t art, but only probably. It is art after all, there are no hard and fast rules.

Trivia for Halloween:   What item is banned only during Halloween from 12am October 31st to 12pm November 1st in Hollywood California?   (I know the answer, but I do not have any idea WHY)..c’mon…hazard a guess!  

Silly String? Really?!?  I Googled it. The truth is, I get it. My youth group once silly stringed my home. Did you know silly string once it dries peels the paint off of anything it is touching when you remove it? It can take the paint off of…cars…front porches….kids toys…swimming pools… yes anything!

What is something that really annoys you but doesn’t bother most people?                       Most people like my singing voice. Honestly though my voice kind of bugs me. I would like to listen to myself and really enjoy what I am hearing. Generally I don’t so I try to limit how much I listen to myself. 

Instead of our usual gratitude question, I’m posing this one for this week:

What or who in your life brings you the most joy?

Prayer is my joy center.

Share Your World 10-15-18



I love this new SHARE YOUR WORLD LOGO. It symbolizes the new SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE.  That is the challenge where Melanie asks some questions and in answering them we all share your worlds a little bit.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

What’s the biggest screw up in the kitchen that you were responsible for?


I come from a restaurant family. We ate more meals at the Old Traveler’s (my family’s diner) than at home. I started washing dishes at 15 and waiting tables at 17. As a young adult I was moved by my father behind the stove.

One of my worst screw ups came just weeks before my wedding. My mind was definitely not in the kitchen in those days.

One of my responsibilities as the cook was to bake the sausage loafs we were famous for. I had the recipe and process committed to memory. Memory failed that day. I skipped the step of putting in the spices and ended up baking 60 pounds of unseasoned pork loaf.  Dad was less than pleased

What, in your opinion, makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories?

There are no theories. It really is a conspiracy.

In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?

America. Oh that was a bit dire. Let’s try again. The Arctic Circle? Fossil Fuel? Hawaii? California? Breathable air? Yeah this just isn’t getting any better.


Is a hot dog a sandwich?  cartoon hot dog character with mustard clipart

Ummmm. I think it is kind of like unseasoned pork loaf.

And finally:


What wonderful thing happened to you this week that you’d like to share?  It can be a gratitude moment or something that just made you feel very happy at the time or made you laugh.

Share Your World 10-8-18

It is time to Share Our Worlds With Melanie!

Each week Melanie asks four questions and we her contributors answer them and so we share our worlds!

Here are her questions this week:

Do you prefer Apple (‘I’ products) or Android for your technology ‘fix’?  

I have only ever used Android products. Before my current smart phone I owned a flip phone.

What’s something on your personal bucket list? 

To live forever. I know it kinda ruins the bucket list idea doesn’t it, but hey that is the promise we Christians live for.

What would you name your boat if you had one?   The Unsinkable 3? The Please Don’t Sink? Your choice! Also, what would it look like? Do you want a motor yacht, a sailboat, or perhaps a dinghy?

The Dawn Treader. It would look like this.

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Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? 

You know I guess the word “boring” just doesn’t sync with me. Can I change it to annoying? The most annoying character is  Bella Swan from the Twilight series. That girl just couldn’t get out of her own way.

And finally: 

What brought gratitude, a smile or laughter to your life this week?

I am reading a new book by Andy Stanley called Irresistible. It is a powerful read.

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Share Your World 10-1-18

So…one of my favorite challenges, SHARE YOUR WORLD,  has been picked up from Cee Neuner by Melanie over at SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND. 

Melanie will now be asking the questions, but I and others will still be answering them. So here are this week’s questions and my answers:


What’s your go-to for unwinding after a stressful event or day?   Can be someone or something – music, pets, family or whatever you choose.

I am a pretty boring person. I unwind after a stressful day usually by reading or watching a crime drama on TV. That said I am trying to make a shift in this arena to making sure I pray at the end of every work day whether it was stressful or not.

The plane you’re flying in is going to crash, no survivors.  If you had one song you could listen to before it happens, what would it be?  (credit toNewEpicAuthor for this one).  Please share the link to the song if you can.

There are a few:

What is one thing you’re really, really good at and not ashamed to admit it?  I worded that deliberately because aren’t we taught to be humble and not pushy about our achievements?  Celebrate your ability!

I am a good musician. For me music is not math but spirit and emotion. I connect to it and it carries me away. Those who are musicians will understand.

I am also a good prayer. There is nothing I love better than to find my connection with God in the Spirit.

Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?

Money is replaceable. I would choose to lose it before my pictures and memories.

And lastly

What were you grateful for or something that made you smile during the past month?

My mother meeting her great-granddaughter (my granddaughter), Daniella for the first time.

Share Your World Aug. 27, 2018

Wow! The fall approaches and here we are SHARING OUR WORLDS WITH CEE ON HER BLOG.

Here are the weekly challenge questions and my answers. When you have finished reading my response why don’t you go over to Cee’s blog and leave a response of your own?

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

Oh I love nutty foods. I am big fan of Pad Thai. I love green bean almondine. And one onf my favorite coffees is Kona coffee, which has a distinctive nutty flavor.

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

My closet door does not close all the way so I always sleep with it open a crack

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I am usually early. My father used to say “Early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable.”

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am appreciating the work God is doing in our church at the moment.

Share Your World Aug. 20, 2018


It is time to participate in one of my favorite challenges here on the blogosphere...SHARE YOUR WORLD.

Every week the host of Share Your World offers up a few questions and in answering them we share little bits of our world with each other.

Here are the questions and my answers.

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

I like green olives myself, but I am the only one in the family who likes olives period, so I don;t have them often.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

I like my prayer room. Everyone else calls it the work room.


What fictional family would you be a member of?

Oh dear! This is a hard one?

My Big Fat Greek Wedding Maybe?

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Nope the family is too big and too much in each other’s business.

Vicar of Dibley Maybe?

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Not as crass or crazy. So that’s not it.


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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am really enjoying our Wednesday night study through the book Not a Fan.

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