Good morning! It's a rainy one here in southwestern Pennsylvania and I'm not the least bit upset about it. Our daughter and her husband finally closed on their house Monday evening and have been moving in ever since. We've all been in a kind of limbo as they had to give up their apartment back on the first of the month. Chaotic and crazy describe the last few weeks pretty well. I'm looking forward to life getting back to normal and hibernating alone on a rainy day is sounding like a great way to celebrate!
1. Security or freedom? Can you have both? Explain. If I had to choose, I'd probably pick security, though I think that comes from really not having experienced any loss of freedom (other than grounding as a kid). However, I think we are blessed in this country that it is possible to have both and is the reality for most of us. I also find that my security and freedom are both based on my faith in God. In Him I can feel safe and free no matter what my circumstances.
2. If you could visit any historical American site what would it be? Why? I really want to visit Plymouth Settlement, because my family can trace its roots back to John and Priscilla Alden. I know it's not popular to think well of the Pilgrims these days, but I am very proud to have some of their DNA.
3. Free as a bird, free reign, be free of, free enterprise, free trip, walk away scot free, free for all...which 'free' phrase can best be applied to your life in recent days or weeks? Explain. Hmm...not sure that any of them really do, but I'll stretch a bit and say "free as a bird" as I think it describes what our grandsons feel when they go sailing into the air on the swings. Neither of them can get enough of it.
4. Something in your frig that's red? Strawberries, tomatoes, radishes. Something in your house that's white? The kitchen island. Something in your view that's blue? The light on the cable box.
5. July 27th is National New Jersey Day. Have you ever visited The Garden State? Just to drive through. If so where did you go? Nowhere. Are there diners where you live? Oh yes, plenty of them. Have you tried Taylor Pork Roll? Never heard of it. Do you like to play Monopoly? I HATE to play Monopoly. Salt water taffy-yay or nay? It's okay, but I never choose it on my own. How do you feel about shopping at the mall? It's a pretty peaceful experience these days since not too many people ever seem to be there. Springsteen, Sinatra, or Bon Jovi-you have to pick one. Bon Jovi all the way!
Raise your hand if you know why these add-on questions are appropriate on National NJ Day. I'm doing a half-hearted, noncommittal kind of hand raise over here. I think I know for most of them but the other one or two...I'm just guessing it's the same reason.
6. Insert your own random thought here. I'm about to begin the process of finding a church to attend. Oh, how I hate the process. The internet helps some in that I can check out what a church believes before visiting and weed out any that don't mesh, but you still just can't tell about a church until you visit and experience it for yourself. We've gone through two extremely nasty church situations that have left us with a bad taste in our mouths when it comes to organized religion (which I tend to view as dominated by the traditions and doctrines of men). Still, I know there are good churches out there, that teach sound doctrine, not the fluffy, feel-good, tickle-your-ears kind of stuff that seems to dominate the mainstream and I hope to find one of them. I have a good and growing relationship with the Lord and belong to a home fellowship so I'm doing okay as is, but I do miss music and worship as well as more opportunities to serve the community. So, I will pray and look. I have a couple on the list to start with.