I declare, how bewitching are the qualities of summer. We've idled away exorbitant quantities of hours lazing on a sun-saturated lawn laughing at the absurdity of jokes crafted for kiddos much younger than ourselves, fishing with little success, unless, of course, my presence is not an ingredient (I have a habit of losing lures), made a sincere pretense at working in the garden and enjoyed numerous dirt-throwing fights in between, and washed it all down with far more ice cream than one family should consume.
Okay, we're not that lazy.
While a choir of crickets outside serenades all God's creation and my brothers loll in sweaty exhaustion on the couch downstairs, I moseyed on over to the blog and noticed that nearly a month had elapsed since I had paid the old thing any attention. Perhaps that's not as tragic a fact as I just made it sound. Without the well-meaning interference of the Internet in my life, I might just be a far more stable and industrious individual.
But, before this brain rambles on more than it ought, I should recall the reason I decided to idle away more time here in the first place.
Of late I was informed that a young lady had awarded me on her blog with the Sunflower Blog Award. Thanks, Chloe!
Who was the first person you talked to today?
My sister, I believe. Sheepishly responding to her incredulously wondering when I was ever going to get up.
What was the first thing you said today?
Oh, wait, if I'm not mistaken, I confessed that two sentences ago.
When was the last time you cried?
To be honest, I don't recall.
If you could be in any stage in your life, what would it be?
Definitely a thought-provoker. I can't say I know for sure. I realize that these answers are disconnected and vague. Oh, wait. But, "I have learned at whatsoever season I am in, to be content." (Paraphrased, courtesy of my memory, or lack thereof) Not that I have learned, but God is showing me how.
What is your greatest dream?
Am I allowed to have more than one? To live closer each day to my heavenly Father, to show others the depth with which He loves them, and, should it be His will, enjoy a family of my own someday. On more days than I wish to admit my focus is not what it should be, but again, I have a Father who is patient.
If you could hop into any film, which would it be?
Little House on the Prairie. Typed with far more conviction than necessary. I suffer from an obsession with the wild and woolly west in the days of its glory, which usually manifests itself if I'm writing a story.
If you could be friends with any fictional or real character, who would it be:
Given the number of volumes stashed in my room, I shouldn't be batting an eye, but... well, let's just say Laura from the Little House series, and leave it at that.
What was the funnest thing you did recently?
Volleyball, volleyball, and volleyball. Although, I have been enjoying recent walks and conversations with parents as well.
What are you most looking forward to this next month?
I just know I'm not forward to the delightful experience awaiting me on the morrow. At least I have two siblings to stand as partners in crime (and subsequent painful punishment)
In other words, I'm getting my very first cavity filled. Lesson learned: avoid candy, gum, and the like with fresh vigor that I certainly don't feel at the moment.
But, on a more positive note: I'm greatly looking forward to watching my brother get baptized at the end of the month, and seeing one of my best friends on the Fourth.
What is your favorite food to eat:
Generally the food that accompanies the painful experiences described previously. Don't eat it.
Do you keep a diary?
Yes, and I write in it often.
The rules state that the awarded individual nominate six other bloggers with less than two hundred followers, which I did. Girls, here you are:
The rules: Link back to the person who nominated you, and answer as you see fit, at your leisure.
1. What is your favorite Christian song? What does it mean to you?
2. Pretend you are writing a fictitious story about a courageous and valiant heroine who sacrifices her life for her family. What would you name her?
3. If you could live in any period of history for one year, which would you choose?
4. If you could play one, which would it be? Baroque-style cello or Appalachian-style mandolin?
5. If you could master any accent, what would it be?
6. Courtship or dating?
7. Espresso or pink lemonade?
8. Would you describe yourself as dreamy and idealistic, or practical and down-to-earth?
9. Given the choice, which country would you visit on a two-week mission trip?
10. What Scripture verse means the most to you?
In conclusion, I decided to include a Scripture that I've found meaningful lately.
With the tangled knots of threats to the Earth (albeit, I quote a local columnist who stated that man thinks too highly of himself if he considers himself capable of destroying the Earth), wars and rumors of wars, and my own myriad of personal temptations, it's the most gratifying thing in the world to reflect that the Father has given His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, dominion over heaven and earth, powers and principality, over our futures and the enemy who would love to rip them in pieces. Lord, continue to pour Your peace all over me, and teach me to trust in You more than in myself.
"Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come."
Considering the length of this post and the lateness of the hour, I shall retire.
Author's Note: This post resided a spell in the draft folder before reaching the publishing stage; no, I don't consider 9:00 PM a late hour, especially on a summer night. J
And to all a good night,