Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Well, Spring Break is over and Joyce had so much excitement during her Spring Break and I was quite certain that our questions this week would be all "wedding related" since she is going to be planning one in the months ahead.  But, perhaps she is saving those for another week. ~smile~  But, here we go with this week's questions.........

  1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way? I can't imagine someone not being inspired by nature.  I can look out my windows right now and see the most gorgeous dogwoods, azalea's, green leaves on the trees and green grass. I love it and it is a daily reminder of just what a great and mighty God we serve.  I don't go on nature walks and I don't necessarily get "up close and personal" with nature, but it still inspires me.  I'm most inspired in the spring and fall.  Now, I'm married to a man that would rather be "up close and personal" with nature than eat when he is hungry. ~no joke~

  2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.
I was talking with Hubby the other night about some folks we had not seen in a while and I referred to them as "salt of the earth."  Of course, that was a supreme compliment because I don't think folks can get much better than that. ~worthy and very good~
 
3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.

Remember that marriage is a "delicate balance between two people" and keeping that balance takes work and never stop at keeping that balance where it needs to be for your marriage to be the best it can be. 

4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?

In March I did something stupid on my desktop computer and contracted a most malicious virus.  I was pretty sure that it had destroyed my 18 month old computer.  I called my "computer guru" and in about 4 days he had it up and running.  I would give him a 10 for sure!  He is the calmest man and so reassuring to me since he knows that I tend to panic when something goes wrong with either my desktop or laptop.~big smile~ 
 
5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?

I was at a funeral visitation and it seems that you see folks that you never see except at a time such as this and a whole lot of small talk takes place.  I would rate myself somewhere above average as I feel like I'm pretty good conversationalist be it small talk or deep conversation.  Two things my Dad has always taught me in regards to conversation is: (1) don't make it all about you and (2) God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.  I think I've done fairly well with #1 but just in recent years have I really tried to work on #2 and do more listening.  It's amazing what you can learn! And, my very favorite type of conversation is one on one with some depth.

6.  What was the last historic place you visited?

Tommy and I went to Savannah, Georgia almost two years ago and while we had a good time, it was not near as much fun as Charleston, S.C.  We so enjoyed the history of Charleston and I would go back in a heartbeat!

  7. The world would be a better place if we just followed the
Golden Rule. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I subscribe to a couple of email devotionals and one of them from yesterday was so powerful.  It was talking about the greatest legacy that we as parents can leave our children is the prayers we pray for them.  The author stated:



Prayer is our highest privilege as a parent. There is nothing we can do that will have a higher return on investment. In fact, the dividends are more than generational. They are eternal. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren and every generation that follows.

I can well remember my youngest brother standing at the bedside of our Mother, who was drawing her last breath, and saying, "Mom, who is going to pray for me everyday now that you are gone?"  
Could there be a higher compliment?  I think not! 
I have prayed for my son and daughter since they were born, then when they married, I began praying for their spouses.  Well, that's not true, I began praying for their "to be spouses" years and years before they married and when they married, I began praying for them as their spouse.  And, when the Grans came along, I added them to my prayers.  But, I have never thought about these prayers being the greatest legacy that I could leave them. ~soul stirring stuff~
 
 

15 comments:

Joyce said...

I just love your random thought, and I could not agree more. We're going to Charleston in just a few weeks, and I'm excited. My future son-in-law is graduating from med school, so we'll get to meet his family too. Plus hubs and I are going to have a mini vacay : ) Enjoy your day!

tammy doane said...

Couldn't agree with you more on #7-following the Golden Rule.

Debbie said...

good morning! Enjoyed this as always. Especially enjoyed your random thought this morning. What a wonderous thing to leave behind. It is an area that gets covered every day in my prayer life. I can't help myself. But thinking about this way, makes it seem really good. Enjoy your day!

Cathy said...

I get panicky too when something happens to my laptop. So glad my hubby can usually fix my mess-ups. :)

I really love your random thought. Those prayers are so important. Thank you for sharing this reminder.

Cranberry Morning said...

I think your dad gave very good advice about small talk. I try to ask questions that will bring people out, but still there are people who only seem to want to give two-word answers. That's difficult! Hope you have a wonderful Hodgepodge Wednesday.

debi said...

Great advice from Daddy! I agree, praying for our kids and grands is so important and such a privileged. I love what your brother said to your Momma :-) so, so, sweet.


Hugs!

Sonja Goodson said...

This is so right on. Prayer is such a gift, to the one praying and the one being prayer for. I felt like an orphan when both of my parents dies and I knew their prayers no longer covered me. Their prayers were one of the best gifts of my life.

April said...

I am a true believer in what you shared as your random thought. Prayer changes everything! Would you mind my asking which devotional you use that the quote came from? I'd sure love to subscribe, as well!

Elizabeth Day said...

Lea, I think your comments about prayer touched all of us moms and grandmoms. I too miss knowing my parents were praying for us everyday. And I want my children and grandchildren to miss mine for them.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great compliment for the people you saw, I would love someone to refer to me as salt of the earth. That is excellent advice from your dad. I love your random.

bp said...

It's amazing to think of the impact of our prayers and we may not ever know the value of these prayers.

God bless you.

Cheryl said...

I love your thoughts on praying for our children. That's something I do every day!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I like the two rules for conversation that your dad instilled in you, and think that is most important in talking with others.

I enjoy reading your answers and think you are a special lady!

Stephanie Faris said...

I worked in I.T. support for 13 years, so I can say a good tech support person is priceless!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

aww... Always such sweet thoughts and some wise advice as well. How nice it would be to have a conversation with you :)