Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fun, Fluff ,and Friendship

This post is mostly for fun...a little fluff, if you please. Its purpose is to promote friendship among fellow bloggers, and I am all for that, since I am just getting acquainted with many of you.

Before I get to that, however, I just have to share a thought with you that I came across in my devotional yesterday. It concerns a more important friendship: my friendship with God. This jumped off the page at me, so I think I needed to hear it. Maybe you will benefit from it, too.

“There is nothing easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want, but only what He gives.” ~Oswald Chanbers

“Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23

Okay, back to the fluff! I was tagged by Patricia on her blog Caregiving and Beyond to participate in 8 Things. She wanted to get to know me better and this is a fine way to get started.

Here are the instructions for 8 Things:
Mention the person that tagged you
Complete the list of 8 things
Tag some wonderful bloggy friends
Go tell them you tagged them

8 Things I Look Forward To:

• The birth of my third grandchild this summer
• My missions trip to Uganda in June
• Every Friday night (our regular date night)
• Gardening
• The next time our whole family is together
• Ministry with my son’s youth group in Dallas this summer
• Reading the books I’ve received as gifts but haven’t had time to open
• Heaven

8 Things I Did Yesterday
• Fed and cuddled my cat
• Taught preschool
• Bought a beautiful hanging basket for my front porch (see photo at the top of the page)
• Took a nap
• Made chicken parmesan for dinner (yummy!)
• Watched the evening news
• Spent two hours, along with my husband, mentoring a couple we are working with (I’ve never been prouder of my husband...he was great!)
• Prayed, spent time with God

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
• Sing in a group (I’ve done this in the past, but would love to do it again)
• Play guitar
• Adopt more children (my husband is the voice of reason on this one)
• Lose some weight
• Have more of a ministry among unbelievers in my community
• See my Texas kids more often (this will be especially true when that new baby arrives!)
• Be more prepared with the right words for the right moment. I always kick myself later, thinking of what I should have said.
• See God work miraculously in giving my youngest son and daughter-in-law a child

8 Shows I Watch:
I am not a TV watcher, so I guess I will list 8 of my all-time favorite books (besides my obvious favorite: The Bible!)

Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Phillip Yancey
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge (I’m not as big a fan of some of his later books, but this one is really good!)
If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim
A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

8 Bloggers Tagged
• Sarah (my DIL) from Everybody Here Loves Camp
• Pat from Pat’s Porch
• Catrina from A work in progress
• Beth from Laughing at the Days
• Teresa from Her Whitewashed Heart
• Kathleen from Heart to Heart
• Mary from Divinely Designed
• Julie from The Surrendered Scribe

I'm fairly new at this, so if you have already participated in "8 Things" before, or if you simply can’t spare the time, I understand. Still, I’ll be looking forward to reading your eight things, getting to know some "old" friends better, and also forging some new friendships. Have fun, and sure to let me know when you post your list.


  1. How fun! I will post my 8 things on Tuesday the 5th. Thanks for thinking of me!

  2. Sharlyn,

    Thanks for tagging me. I did play along, and it saved me from brain strain trying to figure out what to blog today!!

    You're wonderful! Loved all your lists! Hope we can meet someday.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. Enjoyed learning more about you Sharlyn! May do this (someone else kinda tagged me LOL), but it'll be a while. SOOO busy over the next week or two!

  4. I LOVE that beautiful plant on your porch, Sharlyn. It looks so summery and I'm looking forward to that! It was fun reading about you!


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