Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 30

So we have come down to the final day of the blog challenge and although I have begun the next challenge, I am still slightly sad that this is over. I can't believe that I actually did it though. I followed through and accomplished something. So for the final post on this blog challenge the question is pretty deep. 

List 5 things you would hope to be remembered for.

1. Being a godly woman. I just think it would be the most awesome thing to be remembered for. My daughters are the ones I really want to think of me in this way. 

2. Being completely real and honest with others. I don't want to be known for having secrets. I don't want all those skeletons to come falling out of my closet as they close the casket. I don't want people to see me as another quote on quote Christian. I want them to see me as someone who has fallen many times but has the grace of God covering all her flaws. 

3. As being a good friend. A real true friend who loves you just as you are, but also pushes you to be your best. Who understands what you need to make you smile and when you need to cry. I want to be a friend who is willing to sacrifice herself for others. 

4. I want to be remembered for being weak. I am in no way strong. I do not want to be remembered for being strong. I am not able to do it all on my own. Thankfully I have a God who is strong and is able to do it all. I want to be remembered as weak because I want my strength comes from the Lord. 

5. How much I would love for people to remember me as a person filled with peace and joy. One of those persons who you just feel at peace when you are around. A person that you can feel Gods abounding love flowing from their eyes. I wish I had more self-control and would not allow any ungodly words pass from my lips. To be remembered for only ever speaking the truth would be a powerful thing. 

Thank you so much for following me through this little journey into my mind. How blessed I am. 

What would you want to be remembered for? 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 29/ Vlog Challenge

What made you start blogging? What do you think people misundertand most about you? 

So today I decided to combine both of these challenging questions because I think one answers the other. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 28

What is your love language? 

I took the quiz. I didn't actually know what the five love languages were. I took a quiz to find out more. I was shocked at how well it encompasses me. My love languages ranging from the most to the least. 

Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Quality Time, Recieving Gifts 

I want my hubby to take the same quiz but I can guess what his top two would be. They are most likely Physical touch and Quality time. I am guessing these because those are the two things he often mentions. 

So what is acts of service? I would rather my hubby help me clean the house, offer to watch the girls, give me a massage, or cook dinner, than for him to buy me something or even watch a movie together. I feel loved through simple acts and effort. 

I think it is more important to know what the love language of your spouse is than to know your own. I make the effort to meet my spouses love language. I know that by just sitting next to him when he watches a movie he feels loved. He like for me to be physically close but not necessarily to communicate. 

Here is a widget to test your love language. 
Check it out and post back what your love language is. Were you surprised by it? What do you think your spouses love language is? 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 27

What is your favorite part of your body and why?

Betty and Sally are sisters. They love to hang around. Sally gets really annoyed at all the attention that her sister gets, even though her sister is a little bigger than her. They both worked so hard to provide for Elizabeth but were replaced after just a few months. They refuse to be apart and are very social. I usually get embarrassed of their outgoing personalities and I try to keep them away from people. It seems at random times they pop up for a little visit, so I have them go home. Betty and Sally are sisters, and they are my favorite sisters.

What is your favorite part of you body?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 26

What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

I think that the world, consisting of people, assumes that it is all about them. They start to see things that are focused on what they need and feel they have a right to. What will make them happy. 

The fact is that nothing, but God, can fill the void in a person. No amount of food, sex, or drugs can make a person feel satisfied. I think that even as Christians, we can turn to things to fill the gaps instead of seeking closeness to God. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 25

If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

I have been thinking about the answer to this question for days. There are so many people I would want to have dinner with and all for such different reason. 

I would love to have dinner with my grandfather, who passed away seven years ago. I miss the stories he had and the great insight I did not know to appreciate at that time. 

I would love to have dinner with King David, the author of many of my favorite scriptures. I would love to see how he processed things. I would love to meet him and hear his story of God's love. 

After speaking to a friend of mine about my predicament, not being able to choose a person, she mentioned to me the person I would definitely choose. If I could have dinner with anyone in history I would eat with Martin Luther King, Jr. I am so thankful for him and all those who have fought for equality and peace. His dream can be seen in the smiles of my daughters. He fought so that we would not need to. It was because of him and so many other people, that my husband and I can share a love that crosses the racial boundaries. At the same time as he faced prejudices, he sought God's will and showed love. He is an amazing man. I would love to sit with  him and his family. I would love to take him to a fine dining restaurant where all of us are able to eat at the same place without the hatred he had faced so many years prior. To be there to see the joy in his eyes as he sees the changes that have come from the sacrifice of so many. 

Who would you have dinner with? What would you talk about?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 22

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
This one is kinda tough for me. I am not sure how into it I will go. My life has never gone the way I thought it would. This is not a bad thing, it is actually quite the opposite. For example, I am going to flip this around.

15 yrs ago I was 12. I remember feeling so proud to be a "preteen" and thinking I was so grown. I was sure that I would be a massage therapist. I wanted to also be a singer to raise money for my Special Education class. I had thought that I would be living back in Ohio. 
This was before I began having my chronic pains through out my body.

10 years ago I was 17. I had thought that I would have gone far away to college. I wanted to be a sign interpreter for a Christian school. I loved kids but had no direct interest in having any. I also didn't want any man to tell me what to do or to hold me down. 
This was before I met my now hubby and just two year prior to becoming pregnant. 

5 years ago I was separated for my hubby and was deeply considering a divorce. I had thought that I would be raising Abbie on my own. 
This was just six months before we got help and began to heal our relationship. 

I would have never guessed that I am where I am today. I learned to have small goals and large ones that God gives me but obviously I have to be flexible in my plans. In 5, 10, and 15 years I see myself still growing in my walk with the Lord. I see myself maybe having one more child, if God blesses me so. I pray to be actively involved in a ministry that reaches out to women and young ladies that experience things that I have experienced. 

Where do you see yourself? Are you on the same track as you had thought 5,10, or 15 years ago? 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 21

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?

I would choose healing touch. I think of how differently my life would be if I would have been able to heal myself of the chronic pains that began in sixth grade (I can't believe it has been 15 years) and of the athletic asthma. Would I have been more physically active? Would I have been a massage therapist? Would I have been able to do my daughters hair the way she wishes? Would I be in a better mood towards my family? So many questions. 

Who else would I heal? I would probably heal my children when they are hurt. But don't all mommies have that power already? 

Though I said that I would have chosen the power of healing, now thinking about it I wouldn't. God has used my struggles with health and has pulled me closer to Him. If having better health would mean sacrificing the closeness I have with the Lord, from trusting Him to help me with my daily struggles, I wouldn't want it. I know that God knows what He is doing and He deserves all the glory. I know that God is the healer. 

Psalm 103:1-5 

"Praise the Lordmy soul; 
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 
Praise the Lordmy soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins 
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion, 
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s."

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

What superpower would you want to have? Why?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 20

Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.

The splintered wooden tablet: She sat in the chair to the right of the television. Her strong spirit in a frail body. She called me over to her. I would sit by her side and watch her play solitaire on the coarse wood board embroidered with splinters. Her deck of cards sat beside her on the table until she wanted to play their worn faces. I would sit and play with her translucent skin. Moving it about, back and forth over her veins, using a finger. My Great Grandma would smile and then reciprocate by looking at my young flexible skin. Her dark black hair lay neatly on the top of her head. As the years passed so went her memory, but her ageless beauty stood strong. 

The Orange Crackers: When he, my Uncle Jerry, would show up at my Grandpa's home I knew that he had a hidden surprise awaiting me in the shirt pocket of his cotton collared shirt. He would smile as he pulled out three packs of orange crackers. They were the cheese crackers that bedded a layer of dry peanut butter. As I bit into them they crumbled leaving a trail of orange dust from my shirt onto my mouth. I remember thinking that he had such  a strong resemblance to my Grandpa. 

The Vanilla Scented Doll: My Uncle Vince was a kind man. I remember noticing that he had a beautiful olive skin tone that I was so jealous of. When he would walk in the door he would walk up to greet me. "Oh, there's my girlfriend." Those were times when it wan't uncommon for that to be said. He would always remark on how beautiful my red hair was. He once brought me a doll. She was so beautiful. Her dress flipped up to disguise her as a  cupcake. She had a vanilla scent. I loved to sniff her hair as I would comb through it. To this day I will smell a vanilla candle and I will think of my Uncle Vince. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 11

Describe 10 5 pet peeves you have:

1. The sound and feel of Styrofoam. I consider Styrofoam to be my Kryptonite. It makes this sound that gives me chills. 

2. Lies. I hate it when someone, especially my child lies to me. Most of the time I can tell that she is lying and I don't like people treating me like I am an idiot. I am also a pretty forgiving and loving person. I tell Abbie that she will get in much less trouble if she tells me the truth. I might still get mad but not nearly as much as when she lies. 

3. People who don't have phone etiquette. Talking on the phone in a public restroom or talking to me on the phone when they are in any bathroom. Children interrupting and trying to ask me things when I am on the phone. Opening and ending conversations without any greeting or warning. Answering the phone and texting while driving. Talking on their phone or texting when you are in the middle of a conversation with them. I don't have an issue with people answering a call if it is an emergency. Instead of phones being a great convenience and great communication tool, they are now holding people hostage. People are slaves to their phones. People expect you to answer calls and texts immediately and respond. I have found a great freedom in no longer having my own cell phone. I share with my hubby. I also mute it and will not answer if I don't feel like it. I am no longer a slave to my phone. 

4. Rude children. When I see a child talk back, become physical with their parent, or disrespect adults it stirs something up inside of me. I am usually pretty good at minding my own business, but occasionally I am known for correcting other people's children. Several of my friends know that I will boss around and correct their children. I think  it is so sad that we have become a country that cares so much about being politically correct. So many parents are concerned about emotionally harming their child, they give their children what they want, and they don't discipline their child. A child MUST respect adults, but adults are not required to respect a child. If the child earns the respect I will freely give it. My daughter is learning the difference between rights and privileges. Nice clothes, toys, and privacy are not rights. 

5. Hypocrites. In general, I am able to love and have grace for people. Unfortunately, I have a very difficult time in showing grace to hypocrites. God has been teaching me how to have grace, through Christs example with the Pharisees. I am learning that I can't have higher expectation of people who are "religious," because that does not mean they have accepted God's grace.

Proverbs 22:6 "Start children off on the way they should go, 
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

Proverbs 13:24 "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."

Hebrews 12:9-11 "Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

Luke 11:39-41 "Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you."

Romans 3:23-26 " for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood —to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."

What are your pet peeves? How do you respond to others when they annoy you? Would you be offended if someone other than you corrected your child?

Friday, June 8, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 10

Describe your most embarrassing moment.

The year was 1994. I was in the third grade and feeling so grown. There sitting across the room was a cute and quiet boy named Adam. I had a secret crush on him for years. I would draw hearts around his yearbook page. 

One day during computer lab I was so elated to find out that the boy of my dreams was going to be my computer partner. I thought it was my big day. This would surely be the day that he would fall in love with me. We were sitting only inches from each other. I went to scratch my head and felt something in my hair. I pulled on it and suddenly heard a girlish squeal followed by a disgusted yell. It was a tick... I had thrown a tick onto my crush. 

He went to tell the teacher who sent us to the nurses office. I felt like I was going to die. The nurse had to check both of us for ticks. For the next several years he would call me Tick Girl. 

Sadly, Brad Paisley had not come out with his hit, "Ticks." 

Well that was fun, reflecting back on the most embarrassing day of my life.... I lived through it. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5

What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

I view happiness as fleeting and temporary. Based on that...

1. A house clean... Cleaning is very overwhelming. I am not by nature the most clean and organized person. I fight to become clean and organized, with every fiber of my being. I am sure that having ADHD doesn't assist with my struggle. So the feeling of having a clean and organized home makes me happy. I feel a little proud of accomplishing everything. It is a fleeting feeling though, because as soon as my family needs to eat, bathe, or just live the house goes right back to the mess it originally was. 

2. Sisterly love... Seeing my older daughter, Abbie, sitting with her baby sister in her lap while talking and playing. With all the jealousy and general tears that life brings, it is only occasional that they are both in a good mood and playing together. 

3. My Frankie... There is something about Frank Sinatras voice and about that genera of music. It relaxes me, especially when I play it on my record player. The soft hum of the vinyl on the player and the slight pops of the needle as it hits specks of dust. I feel a connection to the music and to Frankie. His voice is smooth and soulful He is the only person that my husband will let me have a crush on, probably due to the fact that he is dead. 

4.Autumn... I love the smell of fallen leaves, hot apple cider, and my Autumn Walk candle. The feel of the cool crisp air is  refreshing and perfect for sitting outside cuddled up in a blanket. The taste of hot creamy soups. I love seeing the trees change colors and the bright orange pumpkins laying in rows for people to buy. The sound of Christmas music playing months ahead of time. 

5. Water... My oldest daughter believes that I am a mermaid that gave up my tail to be with her father. Something about water makes me feel like I can breathe. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed I will splash water on my face. I love to be in water. I often take a shower in the morning, go swimming or play in the water with the girls, and then I take a bath for an hour or two. I have always loved being in the water. It is not only refreshing for my soul, but it also helps me deal with the physical pain of the fibromyalgia. 

There are several things that bring me joy; such as God, my husband, my kids, my job, my friends, and my church. The joy is something that starts internally and expresses itself outwards. As compared to happiness, joy helps overcome struggles; whereas happiness is temporary and not powerful. Using things that make you happy do help to bring your spirits up, but it wont last forever. God's love gives me joy, even when it feels like my world is falling apart. 

What things make you happy? Do you have any outlets when you are stressed? Do you think there is a difference between joy and happiness? 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge/ Day 1

My blogging friend posted a blog where she is doing a 30 day blog challenge. I decided to try it out. 

1. List 10 random facts about yourself.

Day 1: List 10 random facts about yourself...

1. I am creeped out by loose teeth.
2. Platypus is a secret word I use with my hubby when I need to get out of a situation. 
3. I secretly love Star Trek
4. I love the smell of citrus scented household cleaner.
5. The second time I hung out with my now hubby, I knew I was going to marry him. 
6. I hate the sound of styrofoam. 
7. My belly button always smells bad. 
8. Sunlight makes me sneeze. 
9. I am pail and am allergic to most sunscreens.
10. I always laugh when I fart or when I hear someone else fart, even when I am alone.