1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most 'at home'? I had to give this one a lot of consideration... It was a toss up between my daughter's home which I dearly love... being with her and her precious tots... her new home..to them... during this most exciting time of making it their own...
But, as far as feeling truly at home... Id have to say it is my friend, Lynne's, home.It is a very sweet and comfortable home... but that isn't why I feel so at home there.. I truly feel a blessing there that comes from why we Prayer Gals gather there.... to seek the face of God... His presence is there and it is a tangible presence... I believe for the most part many of us gals cut our teeth on corporate prayer there... learned to hear the Spirit urging and leading us.. and it is the closest place to heaven I know beside our own home.
2. When did you last 'hit a home run' with something? Explain.I suppose to was today...you see last week as small group leader I was really excited that our study was opening a segment of God's Word that is so rarely discussed, but the Charismatic in me really longed to get to this topic and teach the powerful dynamic of it... the laying on of hands by God's spirit... in Beth Moore's study, Entrusted! You see, a while back a dear friend asked if he could lay hands on a classmate in the church to pray for a lady's healing and she was so offended she went to the pastor to report my friend...who was called in,, rebuked.. and subsequently left the church...my, my my so much misunderstanding in the church today... It was my deepest wish to shed scriptural light on this important issue, when a lady in my group suddenly took the negativity route pressing her disbelief into the lesson.. squandering our time and all the extra study I had done to demonstrate it's need in church... at any rate.. I became impatient with this lady and pushed my book toward her, I said, " Perhaps you would like to go ahead and teach"... oh the devil had a hold of me... and it showed... All week I sought God and knew that I had to humble myself before the group today in apology and explanation... and ask forgiveness.. Amazing to say the least our first text in class came from 2Timothy 4:22 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
At any rate, The ladies said I basically hit the ball out of the park in my humility and willingness to demonstrate the lesson in the most powerful way... by living it before others.
The Strathmore Estate The Strathmore Estate lies nestled at the heart of the Vale of Strathmore in Angus, Scotland and has been in the Lyon family since 1372, when Sir John Lyon was granted the Thaneage of Glamis by King Robert II.
3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is 'homemade'. Last year for Christmas, Amanda, my daughter had a very special gift made for me... One of my favorite bloggers is someone we all know... Ann Voskamp, author of 1000 Gifts... Her book is one of my very favorites and I gave it to Amanda a few years ago.. A word Ann uses in the book to express her heart back to God for the gifts He provides throughout our days.. is used to describe the tiniest thing like a dew drop on a leaf
to the magnitude of the prairie moonrise
The word in the Greek: Giving thanks to God!!
4. 'A man's home is his castle'...which of the world's ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-
Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateau de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael's Mount (England), Leeds Castle (England), and Swallow's Nest (Ukraine)
Without a doubt it would be Glamis Castle, home of the Queen Mother.. mother of Queen Elizabeth.
I have been planning a tour of Scotland for some time and Glamis is definitely on my bucket list.. not only for the beauty, but for the fascinating history!
5. What's a recent or upcoming plan or project that's required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?
This would definitely be the sewing project I have been putting off now for months.. ever since March when dearest bought me a sewing machine for our anniversary... I have plans to make Christmas presents for the tots... and that necessarily means boning up on my sewing skills that I haven't really used since Amanda was a tot herself... Oh me!!! And to think I actually made a lovely suit and modeled it in the 8th grade Home Ec. class fashion class for our school... Those must be the good days of yore I keep hearing about.
6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practise? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?
Absolutely homework is very important. I taught school for 30 years.... 8 and 9 year olds... and they needed to practise what they learned that day... especially in math and English... Not a zillion problems, but something to show they had a good grasp of the concepts. Many times they needed parental reinforcement.. which I valued because it connected the parents to what the children were learning.. But homework shouldn't be so lengthy it robs the family of time together!
7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown.
I grew up in the Star City of the South..
and it was famous for the beautiful Mill Mountain Star situated on one of Blue Ridge mountains that rimmed the city..
Many a picnic was held here atop the mountain because the view of our fair city is so magnificent.
But as a youngster my favorite thing to do was go to the zoo right on top of that mountain...
We got to ride the train..
and back then the zoo theme was nursery rhymes
I can remember wearing my circus striped playsuit on hot days when we'd drive up to the zoo to see and get to pet some of the farm animals and then quake in my tennis shoes when I saw the elephant, giraffe, and tiger!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I am so excited for our hostess,Joyce, as she gets to move into her long awaited new home... What a thrill... moving is a daunting task to say the least and hubs and I are always thinking it is getting time to think about down sizing.. well, almost past time.. but does one ever get their now home fully ready to put it on the market.. We need to redo a bathroom.. and redo the basement... paint, new floors,, clear out a ton of stuff we would never consider taking with us... why, oh, why do we keep the stuff we keep!!! Well, blessings to you, Joyce,, may this new beginning bring great happiness and joy!!!