Wednesday Hodgepodge

When Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee had to put aside her Wednesday Random Dozen posts, Joyce From This Side of the Pond took up the mantle for all the random fans, shortened the number of questions (which I appreciated — the dozen was a bit too much some days), and renamed it Wednesday Hodgepodge. I hadn’t started in with it — I didn’t want the blog to be too meme-y and I already participated in a few others. But today’s questions “grabbed” me, so I thought I’d chime in.

1. What three words would you use to describe 2010?

There’s really only one word that comes to mind, and that’s change. We experienced a lot of it this year with every person in our family moving, my oldest moving away from home for the first time, new school, house, neighbors, church, etc. I suppose a second word would be faithfulness — God’s in sustaining us and remaining unchanging though everything else changed.

2. If fear were not an issue what is something you’d like to try?

Not sure how to answer this one. Some of the things I wish I could do are hindered primarily by things other than fear, though fear is a related factor.

3. What do you add to your coffee or tea?

Just powdered, plain Coffeemate — I don’t like liquid or flavored creamers. No sugar. Tea: nothing. I don’t like hot tea but love plain decaf unsweetened iced tea.

4. What historical sporting event would you like to witness?

One of Eric Liddell‘s races: either the one where he fell and got up to finish the race and win before collapsing, or the race he won in the 1924 Olympics in an event he was not trained for because he refused to run on Sunday, when his regular event was scheduled.

5. What is one piece of advice you would like to give your sixteen year old self?

I actually wrote a whole post about that as an exercise several bloggers did a few years ago. That was probably the lowest point of my life, and it was a blessing to review how God worked from that time to the present. One piece of advice from that post: “If I could encourage you in only one thing, it would be to always do that, always cling to God and His Word, to anchor your soul there when the waves of life come crashing over you.”

6. Are you a planner or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants?

It actually depends on what I’m doing. With a project, event, big meal, company, trip, etc., I like to plan. With everyday shopping and housework, I tend to float more than plan. I should plan them better — I just hate to spend the time on it though I know it would save me time in the long run. I do make a shopping list and have a few meals ideas in mind but don’t really plan it all out like I should.

7. What is one thing you are looking forward to in 2011?

Getting more settled at church. Though we like it, it takes a while for it to feel like “home” after being in our previous church for twelve years. It will come — people are very welcoming — but it just takes time to feel like you belong vs. feeling like a visitor or “the new guy.”

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This is one of the most beautiful piece of music ever written, and for some reason I’ve listened to it multiple times this morning.

8 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge

  1. Boy I certainly like to be there with you and witness Liddell. I think that would be awesome. Change certainly would describe 2010 for you. Enjoyed the list my friend 🙂 Happy Wednesday. My blog is stil down ppfft.

  2. The 3 words I would use are Spiritual Wild Ride — and what I’m looking forward to in 2011 is the surprises that God has in store for me.

    Fear is rarely an issue for me… but a bad back has kept me from trying sky-diving. However… if I heard I only had 3 months to live… then I’d say the HECK with my back! LOL! At that point I’d ride a mechanical bull too!

  3. Barbara — this has been a stressful year for you and we have all watched you gracefully stretch and grow and adapt. You’ve had a son leave home, a new daughter-in-law join the family and moved house and home to someplace new. Through it all you have pointed out and shared with us God’s grace and goodness.

    I predict that in no time at all your new church family will discover what a gem you are and you’ll soon be ministering to, serving and blessing them the way you do us.

    • Aw, thanks. 🙂 It’s actually been nice to be a little incognito as far as ministry goes — it’s been helpful in getting my house in order and fun to get to some things that had been languishing. This church doesn’t have any of the exact same ministries as I was involved in, and I don’t have a burning desire to start them up here — you always feel a little odd as the new person suggesting things anyway.

      I’ve been wanting to do some more writing and have ideas in my head but having a hard time sitting down to do it. Thought I’d dig in when everyone went back to work and school this week, but I’ve been kind of fuzzy-brained — maybe just readjusting to getting up at 5 a.m. again! But if I am going to do that kind of thing it may mean pulling back from more public types of ministry. I don’t know — we’ll see how the Lord leads.

      The sense of belonging I mentioned has more to do with relationships, which I am sure will develop — it just takes time. Most people have been very friendly and a few have gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome — but it’s a process.

      Thanks again for the kind words.

  4. Sounds like you have had a lot happen in the past year…we have moved a lot and I agree it takes time to settle. I know I need a full year before a place feels like home….we moved a year and a half ago and are just now settling into our church. Happy 2011!

  5. I like my coffee black without sugar or creamer. It tastes a lot better that way. 🙂

    You sure had a lot going on in 2010. It was like that for me too with the new job and relocation to another state for work.

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