Share Your World – 2016 Week 1

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

As a child, who was your favorite relative?

My Uncle Paul, he taught me about geography, travel, photography and the national parks. I was devastated when he passed. I was only ten. Years later I’d say my grandmother (MeMe). Of course today my fave is Kai. My life is greatly enhanced by my little joy boy.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

Weeping Willow, I was Uncle Paul’s favorite and mine. They look mysterious. Now I love palm trees, I love living in paradise.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?

Dawn is best seen just before bedtime. If i had my choice I wouldn’t get up before the crack of noon. But my daughter waits all morning for me to take over with Kai so get up about 10:00am-ish

Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground?

I’ll take that tree house tent featured on Cee’s page. Even as much as I fear heights I love the idea of a tree top nest

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for a couple big projects, so I’ll be very busy the next few weeks. I was looking forward to another week week of relaxing, now I look forward to making more money. I need a van…have van will travel.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #52

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.) 

sunny and 90°, possibly reflecting our record breaking temps down here. It’s been a good day

What is most memorable about your high school years?

Good lord, so many to choose from, here’s a few highlights

  • I was our schools feature baton twirler (geek)
  • I was runner up for the Jr Miss pageant (geek)
  • I, along with hundreds of other students, walked out of school and did a protest march over the dismissal of our beloved principal. (rebel)
  • beach parties (hippie – the real me)

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

too funny, nope.

Complete this sentence:  I like watching…

science fiction tv or movies (maybe geek is my true self, I know my daughters would agree)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

The last time I “shared my world” I was looking forward to our day at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Well, Kai got very sick for several days. But I am grateful that we were at least able to take him in the Polar Express. He was so excited, he’ waited three Christmases to go on the ride (height restriction). I was sad we missed ALL the shows but there’s always next year.

I’m also thankful for a relaxing, peaceful Christmas…very good day.

I’m looking forward to NYE, my first time since 2009 I’ll spend it with adults. We’re having a few people from out bible study over, lots of food and games for the kids.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and a blesses new year

 

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I’m losing control!!

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Thought Conditioner #40

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Revelation 7:16-17, KJV

This is one of the most comforting passages in all literature. It teaches that our loved ones are in a place of peace and beauty. They are under the watchful care of God and regularly experience His tenderness. The deep hunger and thirst of their souls has been satisfied. God, like a loving mother, puts His protection over them and with a kindly hand wipes away every tear from their eyes. This He has done for your dear ones who have crossed over to the other side.

If you learn to love this passage and meditate upon it, He will wipe away every tear from your eyes, also.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

There is no need to wait till we reach the other side of life to receive God’s loving care. We will still experience hunger, thirst and other basic needs, but God will fulfill our needs and set our hearts at rest if we lean on and trust him. We can experience the kingdom of God right now as we dwell in his hove.

Reflect: Are you resting in the love of God? Are you experiencing is peace?

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Forgiveness

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Thought Conditioner #39

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25, NIV

If you are not getting answers to your prayers, check yourself very thoroughly and honestly as to whether you have resentments in your mind.

Spiritual power cannot pass through a personality where resentment exists. Hate is a non-conductor of spiritual energy.

I suggest that every time you pray, you add this phrase, “Lord, take from my thought all ill will, grudges, hates, jealousies.” Then practice casting these things from your thoughts.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

What we hold against another is a strong soul blocker. The Holy Spirit cannot, no, will not, penetrate into that darkness. Much is said throughout the bible on unforgivenss. It is a sin against the second law – love your neighbor. Who is our neighbor? Well, who isn’t? Holding any resentment, anger, unforgivenes…against another is a slap in the face of God. Look at all he has forgiven and continues to forgive us for.

Reflect: Is there any (list different ways you hold something against another, i.e. resentment, envy, jealousy, etc) in your heart towards another. Forgive immediately, not for them but for your own soul. For what God has done for you.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #50

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Favorite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook?

I actually like all three but photography is my fav. I love anything nature or wilderness but specifically waterfalls. I do need a bumper sticker that says “I break for waterfalls” because I do and have.

I’ve always enjoyed writing and my ability to express myself is the only way I passed any of my classes. I write non-fiction and prefer to write bible studies and encouraging spiritual pieces.

Cooking, I’m not really into cooking although I do enjoy developing recipes. I’m a pretty good baker but have been known as a chocolatier.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing? 

I must still be a child. Oddly, since I hate heights and the sensation of falling but I do love reaching great heights on a swing. Good thing I have a grandson, I still get to swing.

What has surprised you about blogging?

At first I was surprised I got likes, even more surprised people were following me. I guess that’s because I didn’t know you could do either. I started the blog as a journal for the folks back home while I was on my two-year journey. I found it strange anyone else would find it interesting.

What surprises me know is the amount of work it takes to keep it running. And it’s not just writing the posts, you need to prep, plan, develop new ideas for content, maintenance, promote and be a friend. Following others, responding to likes and comments takes a lot of time.

I’m also surprised at the friendship and community I’ve found and this is a most welcome surprise.

List at least five favorite desserts.

let’s just go with categories here:

  1. creamy deserts like cream pies (key lime), cheese cake, éclairs, cream puffs, fruit with cream. Ok, anything with CREAM and/or cream cheese
  2. ice CREAM esp: chocolate almond, butter pecan, pistachio, and the king of deserts: coffee ice cream
  3. donuts, esp: Dunkin Donuts French crullers and anything CREAM filled
  4.  cake, any except German chocolate as long as there’s more CREAMY frosting than cake
  5. Oh, just give me a can of Ready Whip and I’m good to go

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m so grateful that I live in a city with so much going on. In the town I came from it was hard to find much to do, especially in the winter. We usually go somewhere every weekend to check out the different holiday celebrations here in central Florida, this year I had to cut it to three.

First we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Then last weekend we went to Busch Gardens, tomorrow I’m looking forward to SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.

This year is particularly special, Kai will get to ride the Polar Express for the first time. He just makes the height cut off by 1/2 inch. It’s been hard these past years not being able to let him ride. The Polar Express is one of his favorite movies (along with Cars). He watches it year round.

 

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Deliver me from my fears

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Thought Conditioner #38

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4, NIV

A cure for fear that will absolutely work is to get close to God in your thoughts. He is the only certain, unchanging factor in the world. He will never let you down, nor forget you. If plagued by fear, do what this text says: “Seek the Lord.” That may be done by spending 15 minutes every day just thinking about God. You can split this up into five minute periods, but never let a day pass without spending 15 minutes thinking about God.

Each day, make the following statement, “I surrender myself and all my problems, my loved ones, my future into the hands of God, and I trust Him.”

Three times every day, thank God for all His goodness. Soon your life will be filled with God, and emptied of apprehensions.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

There can be no fear in faith but there can be no faith without God. The more we experience God the more our faith will grow. Fear is a great tormentor and a key tool of our enemy. With fear he can eradicate our faith putting a wedge between us and God.

Reflect: Do you fight fear? Do you have trouble living to Jesus? Repent of your disbelief and let the peace of Jesus calm your fears.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #49

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

For my last big birthday I traveled the US & Canada for two years. Hard to beat that one. For my 60th I’d like to travel the world, all 6 (7) continents. I’d like photographs from each country including Iguazu Falls, South America and Victoria Falls, Africa.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

I don’t usually go with colors so much as themes. Before Florida my living room was “rain forest” but now all I have is a bedroom so it’s changed from “India” to rain forest but without the plants. Still can’t trust Kai around them. But it still has the woodsy look with lots of greens and browns.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

I didn’t leave everything and move to Florida to experience a snowy winter, however, I would love to see Yellowstone covered in snow. But only for a week or so.

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

The thought of putting dirty clothes on a clean body grosses me out too much. Besides I don’t do anything to get dirty and a wash cloth and soap would help me thru.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that this cold is letting up and I’m looking forward to our yearly visit to Busch Garden’s Christmas Town. And a bonus we’re going with an old friend I haven’t seen in years.

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Quiet Rest

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Thought Conditioner #37

This is a place of quiet rest. Isaiah 28:12, NLT

These few words remind us of a spring of cool water because of their renewing quality. The frequent use of today’s text has an invigorating effect.

Sometimes, after a busy day or even in the midst of exacting activities, stop and say these words over to yourself and note how they dissipate weariness and refresh the body, mind, and spirit.

The best method for using these words is to say them slowly, emphasizing their soft quiet melody. At the same time conceive of peace, rest, and renewal as coming to you.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

Yet another piece of advice I need to take. With little time and space for quiet solitude I need to find it where I can. Often the bathroom works but that’s not even off-limits to a four-year-old. I need to seek my place of quiet rest in the midst of chaos. If Paul can find contentment in a Roman prison filled with sewage, and yes lots of noise, I can surely find quiet in my chaos.

Reflect: Where do you find your quiet rest?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #48

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

With family and close friends I’m definitely a hugger, with strangers not so much.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

What isn’t? oh, I could do without anchovies. My favorites are Hawaiian, chicken bacon ranch, and bbq chicken with red onions.

If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

While this isn’t my favorite it definitely has worldwide recognition – the Golden Arches. I think my favorite is Coca Cola, it’s so versatile. No matter the words, you still see coke.

Complete this sentence:  Where I can seek my solace is… 

any wilderness area, there can’t be another human within a couple miles. I don’t want to hear you car, music or talking. Unfortunately here in tourist central I don’t get any solace.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I haven’t participated in a few weeks so I’ll go back a few weeks. The weekend before Thanksgiving we, my whole family, were given free tickets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. None of us have been to any of the Disney parks.  What a blessing. We had so much fun.

After that Kai and I caught horrible colds and today is the first day I’ve been up long enough to do much at all. So I look forward to a week of good health.

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. (Last year for this)

 

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Perfect Peace

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Thought Conditioner #36

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3, NLT

If your mind is filled with defeat thoughts, fear thoughts, resentment thoughts, you are bound to be in a state of mental unrest, even turmoil, and of course there can be no inner peace.

This passage advises you to practice thinking about God, to keep your mind “stayed” or fixed, not upon your troubles but upon God.

Keep your mind on God for as many minutes during the day as possible. This may be difficult at first for you are unused to spiritual concentration. Practice will make it easier.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Any spirit that is not of God is a peace stealer and puts our focus on our problems rather than the Lord. It’s often the “little sin’s” that do us the most harm. They eat away at our soul and spirit. Those soul blockers keep up a wall between us and God and keep us from receiving his help and peace.

It’s hard for the mind to be full of wrong spirits when it’s focused on God. Even if you have to refocus every other second, eventually you will break free and enjoy God’s true peace.

Reflect: Do you have a complaining spirit? A spirit of gossip? A negative spirit? A nit-picky, nagging spirit? These aren’t of God. Pray that the lord will help you. Reject those spirits and embrace the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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Cast your care

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Thought Conditioner #35

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22, NIV

A human mind can stand only so much weight. One mental burden piled upon another, unless relief is obtained, will in due course reach your breaking point and cause serious difficulty. Fortunately, you do not need to carry your burdens without assistance. God will help you carry them.

But how is this done? It is accomplished in the mind. Practice thinking that God is actually with you. Tell Him about your burdens, and believe that He relieves and assists you. Form a picture of yourself as shifting your burdens to Him. He is willing to assume them and is perfectly able to do so. But, and this is most important, don’t half give them. And don’t take them back. Let God handle them. Leave them with Him.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Ah, good words here. “…don’t half give them. And don’t take them back”. Too often, we want to hold a little back for ourselves. We can handle a little “I can do it”, but all that says is “Jesus, you aren’t enough, you need my help”. Again, don’t take them back. We all get impatient. We may think “God, why are you taking your sweet time? I need to help now”. But remember, God’s timing is perfect. Cast your cares – all of them – and trust he will fulfill.

Reflect: Do you at times think, “I can do it.” or “God I’ll do it, You’re too slow”. Pray for forgiveness and rest in his strength.

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Imagine

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Thought Conditioner #34

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9, NLT

Possibly life has become difficult—even dismal. You may not be getting zest or thrill out of living.

The text for today will restore the old delight in life. It tells you that you have never seen, nor heard, nor even imagined all the marvelous, amazingly fascinating things that God will do for those who love Him, trust Him, and put His principles into practice.

As you surrender your life to God, every experience of living will grow increasingly more wonderful.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

It is true, we can’t imagine what God has prepared for us, not in this life or the next. But we still need to prepare to receive it. We must spend time with God, in silence and solitude, mediate on is word, live with a heart of worship and enjoy a conversational relationship with the father.

The more we do these things the more our love for the father will grow. And the more we will be able to handle what more he has for us.

Reflect: How do you prepare your heart for the Father? How does your love grow?

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Soar

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Thought Conditioner #33

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31, NIV

This beautiful sentence describes the greatest experience that can ever happen to you. It is called spiritual experience. You get it by completely surrendering yourself to God, and experiencing His presence. Then the heavy weights of your life drop away, and you are lifted to eagle-like levels of freedom and power.

But no one can permanently live in such exalted emotional heights. Nevertheless, the power stays with you so that you can move through life with a speed and strength you never had before; you can “run and not be weary.” Then even when you get up against day-by-day situations that used to be difficult and monotonous, this power is so great that it keeps you going without depletion of strength. Spiritual experience begins by lifting you to new high levels, after which it helps you to keep going with continuous power.

 

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

I love this verse and reading this with Peale’s comments has given me much encouragement. So often I do feel weary I realize I’ve forgotten to rely on God’s strength. My day-to-day will not exhaust me so long as I remain on the vine, connected to Jesus, letting him lead the way. I can feel myself breathing easier just reading these words.

Reflect: How does Peale’s spiritual experience transfer to your own life?

Share My World: 2015 Week 43

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you were on a debate team, what general subject would you relish debating?

I wouldn’t want to debate anything. I used to enjoy a good debate but I’d rather just go with the flow now.

What’s your strongest sense?

sight

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

you’ll find it here – Jubilee Journey

List your favorite flavors or types of tea.

Chai

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m so thankful, relieved, elated that I’m finally caught up on my work, haven’t been since July. I’m looking forward to a few free days and taking Kai trick or treating

 

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Do Not Doubt

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Thought Conditioner #32

If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Mark 11:23, NIV

Almost alone this passage can revolutionize your life and change defeat into victory.

What does it tell you? That your “mountain,” that great rock-like obstruction, that tremendous barrier, can be broken down and ousted from your life. You must not doubt “in your heart.” Allow no negative thoughts to exist in your subconscious mind.

Pray that your mountainous difficulty shall be removed and, as you pray, believe that it is being done then and now. Don’t have the hazy idea that “this mountain” may be removed sometime in the future, but believe that God is removing it for you now.

~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

Whatever the mountain, i.e.: trouble, circumstance, situation, bondage, or personal soul blocker, it can be gone. We must believe it so, not that we have some mystical power but through our unwavering belief that God will do it. He already has. Just wait and as our faith and belief grow so will the removal of our mountains.

Reflect: How is your faith during times of waiting for your mountain to move?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #42

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

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

Most of my life I prided myself on being fashionably late but after years of listening to Joyce Meyer I learned that being late, especially when someone is waiting on you is self-centered. It was hard to hear that, it hit so close to home. So for the past 15 years or so I’ve tried to be respectful to others and be on time. I also try not to be early, especially if I’m going to someone’s home. I think it’s just as rude to be early, taking away their time to get ready. I know I don’t like people here while I’m getting ready.

I’m not trying to get preachy and I’m in no way passing judgment on anyone, I’ve done all three. I still struggle with tardiness.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

My aim is to write non fiction books. I’ve written a few geography books and working on a few more but I just don’t seem to have time to work in the publishing.

I do love short articles too and that’s usually where I start. Book chapters tend to fall out of those shorter articles.

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

I lived in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. We lived in two homes. We left the first because my mom became pregnant which exacerbated her muscular dystrophy so we had to move from our two-story home to a one story.

I moved to West Yarmouth two years later than Indiana for college, Dallas TX for work, back to Indiana now I live in Florida. Florida is home, it’s like I’ve lived here all my life.

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

I hate the sensation of falling, I even avoid elevators, so flying is out. But as much as I love being in the water breathing under water would always be my first choice.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for my family and all the help they gave me these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to a weekend in Tampa. It feels like vacation. I haven’t had one of those in a long time.

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