Joyce is back this week with questions for us on this Mid-May Wednesday! It's fun and you can join in right here with your own answers!
1. Tell us about a time you found yourself 'in the middle of nowhere'. Was this deliberate?
We had taken the kids and our boat for a little vacation at the lake. Way back in the days of looking at newspaper rental ads in various locations, I found what sounded like a great cabin at a lake not too far away. This particular lake had a reputation for its good fishing rather than skiing, but the owner of the cabin assured me there was good skiing on the lake along the dam. The cabin turned out to be fabulous. The lake though was not a lake I would ever recommend anybody ski on. We had fun, but we also had several incidents that weren't very pleasant. The scariest was when Sara was skiing and the water depth went from about 60 feet to 3 feet in just a matter of seconds. The depth finder on the boat was no help. Her skis plowed into the bottom of the lake leaving her "walking on water" and crying "I don't like this!"
Our being out in the middle of nowhere wasn't deliberate. As we were maneuvering our way through the cove back to the cabin, our boat got stuck on a tree trunk and no matter what we did, the boat wouldn't budge. The last straw was an electrical burnout and smoke coming out from under the dashboard. It was quite frightening because it appeared the only way out would be to jump overboard and swim to the shore through murky waters, nasty tree stumps and weeds in which probably lurked nests of water moccasins. It being a weekday, we were practically the only people out on the lake, but I prayed for help, and some time later, thank You, Lord, a man in a pontoon boat came over to push us off the stump!
2. What's something you're 'in the middle of' today or this week?
I'm just here in the middle of the week, in the middle of May, getting closer to the middle of this year.
3. At what age do you think 'middle age' begins? What does it mean to be 'middle aged'?
I thought middle age was in the 40's and 50's. But now that I find myself closer to the big 70, I still feel I'm in my 20's and middle aged as well! Does that make sense? So I'm still in middle age here according to me and plan to be there for a good while. Middle aged? A mature adult ... Gee, I don't know. Sounds like you're somewhere in the middle of life, which is going to vary depending on how long a person lives.
4. Ravioli, stuffed peppers, samosas, deviled eggs, steamed dumplings, pierogis, or a jelly donut...your favorite food (from this list!) with something yummy in the middle. Your favorite not on the list?
From this list: Ravioli.
Not on this list: Chocolate lava cake!!!
Not on this list: Chocolate lava cake!!!
5. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ''In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.'Would you agree? Have you found this to be true in your own life? Feel free to elaborate.
You have an opportunity to make lemonade out of the lemons. There is opportunity to grow. I recently found myself in the middle of something which struck fear in my heart for a few days, but I realized it is an opportunity to grow in my faith and trust in God. He has seen me through every difficulty of life and I know He will continue to do so.
6. What's a song you remember loving from your middle school years? Do you love it still?
Wolverton Mountain!!! No, I don't love it still. But I remember songs like Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka, and Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson. We used to circle round and round the roller rink every Saturday to those good old songs, Take Good Care of My Baby, good bouncy music to skate to. I still love the sounds from the early 60's.
7. May 18th is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate? Which relative would you visit if time, distance, and expense were not considered.
With my notebook in hand, I would visit my mom's younger sister first and try to get as much information as I can from her about Mom's family and their growing up years. Then I would mosey on over to the cousins on my Dad's side to do the same with them. But I don't have to. As luck would have it, my aunt is coming to visit me on Friday, so I can hopefully accomplish half of this wish.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
In my Blue Monday post about the Pink Impact conference I attended, I did not mention an incident which happened while there. Just as Kari Jobe began to share her story with us, there was a commotion in the front section of the arena. A woman was having a stroke! As we waited for the paramedics to arrive, we were asked to pray and also to sing as people attended to the lady. As we sang a song declaring God is a God of miracles, it seemed to me that it would be impossible for this woman not to recover. She did indeed have a blood clot in her heart, which went to her brain causing the stroke. She was transported to the only hospital in town that had the facilities and staff to take care of her and is now recovering from surgery! This lady was right smack in the middle of thousands of praying ladies and how awesome is that if you're going to have a stroke? So very glad to tell you that truly God is a God of miracles and 9,500 of us saw His work firsthand!
"I believe in You, I believe in You
You're the God of miracles!"