I've been keeping journals since I was about 8 years old and bought my first little blue diary with a tiny silver key at the local G.C. Murphy's. So, it felt pretty natural to start journaling about my journey once I became a Christian and once I got over my pre-Christian hangups about what prayer should and shouldn't be, I started writing a lot of my prayers down. As someone who struggles with ADD, writing my prayers down helped (and still helps) me keep my focus.
When Dawn first introduced her plan to form a little community of people all working through the same devotional book I was intrigued, but honestly thought "I do not need another thing to do." It kept coming back to me, though, and after praying about it I decided to join in. What I was already doing was very similar, so it wouldn't be too big of an adjustment. I thought it would be nice to have the directed prompts every day and the feedback from the other people who where doing it.
~ Okay, I admit I'm doing this on Tuesday evening, but it's cold, windy and every now and then there are some snow flurries out there, but from the sound of things....Wednesday will see Spring come roaring in like a lion. Wake up temperature in the 20's with a windchill in the teens and snow later in the day. (Somebody shoot the groundhog!)
2. What's the most dreaded task on your spring clean to-do list? Do you have a 'plan of attack'?
~ It's probably my bedroom. It's the one room in the house we've never done anything to in the 19 years we've lived here. Yes, you read that right....19 years! At this point it's looking every one of those years. I don't really have a plan other than I'd love to gut it and start over from scratch.
3. Peas...love 'em or hate 'em? What's a favorite dish you make using peas?
~ I don't hate them, but can't say I'm all that excited about them, either. I will eat them, but not enough to have an actual favorite pea recipe.
4. Do you feel under appreciated?
~ Big time, especially by my kids, but I'm learning that's my issue, not theirs. I can't do anything about their attitudes and behavior, but I can control my reaction.
5. Have you been using Google Reader? If so, what are you switching to now that GR has announced retirement? If not, how do you read your favorite blogs?
~ Is it terrible to admit as someone who has been blogging since 2001 that I really don't know if I use Google Reader or not because I don't really know what Google Reader does? I have blogs in my sidebar and I've bookmarked blogs. If I want to read a blog I actually go visit it. Switching? I don't know. Do I have to have a reader? I am hopeless at the technical stuff.
6. Anne Bradstreet is credited with the following quote~
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Agree or Disagree? Why?
~ Agree! Just look at the kids (and adults) in the world who have had everything handed to them. They don't appreciate what they have and just sort of expect things. If we didn't get sick, we wouldn't know how great health is. We need both sides of the coin.
7. When did you last 'spring for something'? What was it?
~ Spring for?? When dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
8. Insert your own random thought here?
~ The boys in Ohio....the ones who raped a girl at a party, video taped it, and posted it to YouTube....how do you feel about their sentence? Do you think the penalty for what they did was severe enough? Do you think it was too severe? At 16 and 17 they were sentenced as juveniles. Do you agree with that? At those ages do you think they've reached the age of accountability? If they don't have compassion at that age, will they "grow into it"?
I admit I struggle with my feelings on this one. As a Christian I believe in forgiveness, but I also believe that doesn't mean we escape the consequences of our actions. And these boys....at 16 and 17....I feel they know right from wrong. I'm just not sure I agree with sentencing them as juveniles. I love football, but I have "issues" with the system that brings these boys up from a very young age (if they have talent and ability) to think they are "golden" and "untouchable" that someone will fix it, whatever it is. Disagree? Just look around the NFL at all the things players do and mostly get away with. It's only been recently that the league is beginning to crack down.
Anyway.....just curious how others are viewing it.