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5 hours ago, GregoryB said:

HOLIDAY: What is your favorite holiday? and why?  //  Why, Christmas of course!  Candy, presents, carols, fireplaces, lights, decorations, wreaths, pine tree smell, turkey, family, kids, stories and vacation, oh my!  Best of all, it celebrates of the Son of God leaving glory, bringing heaven down to us as his presence with and for us all!  Joy to the world indeed, hallelujah!  I embody and feel the Christmas spirit every year as the best defence against the coming bleak winter.

Hi GregoryB...You did a great job in answering. Your replies were thoughtful and descriptive. I had a thought about the water question. It seems that every single person that has responded to this thread enjoys being around water in some form or another. And we all find it to be very peaceful. Could it be that this affinity for water is something that God planted inside of us when we were created?

Jesus was around water a lot: He instituted baptism in the Jordan River, after which He started His ministry on earth. He was around the Sea of Galilee often, and this is where He found His first disciples. Then there is the woman at the well, where He described the "living water" He is able to provide. I'm just curious if water is soothing to us because it's a natural extension of Him abiding in us?

I loved your description of Christmas! This is not my favorite holiday because of all the commercialism attached to it, but you make it sound wonderful. Almost like the perfect Christmas' that we see in books and movies. I bet this holiday at your house is festive and fun. I sure wish I could experience it like that. You are blessed!

Thanks for sharing your insights and blessings to you and your family. :)

 

 

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On 4/11/2018 at 11:35 AM, GandalfTheWise said:

Question Set 1

WATER: What is your favorite kind of water in nature? and why?

ANIMAL: What is you favorite kind of wild animal?  and why?

PLACE: What place on earth would you like to go see?  and why?

HOLIDAY: What is your favorite holiday? and why?

AWESOMENESS: What is the coolest or most awesome thing that you seen?  and why?

Water: I like water that is moving just slowly enough to still reflect the surroundings and yet create the most delicate of sounds as it falls gently from rock to pond. 

Animal: I thought I would have a clear answer but my mind keeps racing through images, ranging from Cougars, bears, African Lions, and Eagles. All of them are a fascination to me, primarily because of the freedoms I think they have. Isn't that odd how little freedoms these animals still have.

Place: Because my wife came from there, I would like to see Rhode Island and vicinity. Why? Because I would have a built-in tour guide.

Holiday: I am going to choose Thanksgiving, primarily because of its placement in the fall season. Here in So Cal Thanksgiving used to be filled with cool air, a change of leaf colors, a time of warm exchanges with family, and our annual trip up to the Apple Orchards and the possibility of some snow. Sadly, we no longer seem to have seasons here in So Cal and the weather stays exhaustingly warm most of the time. Family attitudes have changed and the biggest drain has much to do with dad's inability to walk.

Awesomeness: How do I limit this to one thing? I have watched my daughter being born; I have seen Bryce Canyon Utah with all its color and shapes, and I have seen God respond with several miracles before my eyes. I must say that all these things were in some way miracles. All of them have shown me a God much bigger than I ever thought possible.

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2 hours ago, shiloh357 said:

PLACE: What place on earth would you like to go see?  and why?  Israel, definitely Israel.  Everyone I know who is a believer who has been there, says it is like coming home.  There is just something that witnesses to your spirit that this place is where Jesus was/is.  I want to see all of the biblical sites I can, minus the Catholic shrines.  I want to see the fields of  Ephratah where the angels announced Jesus' birth, the valley of Elah where David fought Goliath, Mt. Ebal where there is still an altar built by Joshua, the Garden tomb, the cliff face of Golgotha, biblical Shiloh and the very spot where the Tabernacle stood, and I want to mill around in the old city of Jerusalem and visit the markets and meet the people.  I want to sit at the outdoor cafes in J'lem till 2 am and have a cuppa with the people who are still up that late and make some friends in Israel while I am there.

Hello Shiloh357...I love your answer about the place you'd like to see. Many who responded to this thread listed Israel, but your description really brought the biblical significance of this city to life for me. Particularly when you mentioned the cliff face of Golgotha. If I were to visit Golgotha, I would just sink to my knees and cry. Being so near to the place where Jesus died for my sins, would make it so much more real, and I think I would be overcome with emotion.

My daughter, myself, and my first grandchild used to live in a horrible housing complex back in 2004. Drug dealers were all over, shootings were common, and trash was littered everywhere. One day, a skinny little girl came to the back door asking if I had anything to eat. I didn't have much, but I gave her a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. It broke my heart that the parents were so consumed by their heathen lifestyles that they let their children roam the neighborhood unsupervised and hungry. 

Anyways, right outside of the back door was a parking lot, and in front of the door was a tall wood pole that was either a street lamp or a power line (I can't remember now). I used to sit right outside the door and lean back against it and pretend that the pole was the foot of the Cross. For many, many months I would sit out there and pray for the Lord to find us a better place to live. I would imagine Him hanging on the cross for my sins and listening to my pleas. After only a year of living there, God moved us to a nice apartment complex in a lovely suburb. Praise God, I was so thankful to Him!

I've always believed my faith was the strongest when we lived in that horrible place and that the Lord truly listened and answered my prayers. However, I think being at Golgotha would be more moving, more emotional, and that I would definitely be more thankful to Jesus for His tremendous sacrifice on our behalf.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Israel. They were inspiring to me. 

God bless you! :)

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Melissa7 said:

Hi GregoryB...You did a great job in answering. Your replies were thoughtful and descriptive. I had a thought about the water question. It seems that every single person that has responded to this thread enjoys being around water in some form or another. And we all find it to be very peaceful. Could it be that this affinity for water is something that God planted inside of us when we were created?

Hello Melissa7,

Thank you very much.  Writing is a gift from God that I am trying to develop into an art form. 

We are sixty percent water.  Our brains are seventy-five percent water.  Our blood is ninety-two percent water!  I love taking baths.  It cleanses, soothes and refreshes, yes.  17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water.’  ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”  Revelation 7:17 New International Version (NIV)  38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  John 7:38 New International Version (NIV)  Humans can live up to one week without water.  You can last four times longer without food.  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  Matthew 4:4 New International Version (NIV)  47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”  Acts 10:47 New International Version (NIV)  This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  1 John 5:6 New International Version (NIV)  the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.  1 John 5:8 New International Version (NIV)  Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  John 3:5 New International Version (NIV)

 
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1 hour ago, Kaiallan said:

So I had no reasons left to reject Christ who I've loved for a long time and was miserable in purposely avoiding Him. So last night I prayed with my soon to be wife, and I received Christ once and for all. He IS my Lord. My new friend SueZQ had been chatting with me and suggested I read the gospel of John. I began doing so and got to chapter 4, and I can't get past chapter 4. I've camped there for over a day now, reading it over and over. The part where Jesus says to the woman at the well, "I who speak to you AM HE." I'm awestruck. I would like to encourage you all that no matter what you're going through, you can trust "AM HE" to help you through it. Literally just yesterday I was nothing, and today "AM HE" lives in me. AM HE has His fingers wrapped around eternity, and I am in His hands, and He is in my heart. I have nothing to fear. Let eternity make way for the Lord, and me in Him.

Praise God! Kai, I'm so happy that you prayed and received Christ as your Lord and Savior! :emot-highfive:

You just keep praying...you can tell Jesus all of your problems and all of your hopes and dreams and He'll listen to you. And keep reading your bible! Since you have perfect memory, you have an added advantage in doing this. But it's also good that you stop in certain places and think about what you've read, especially if it has meaning to you, like John 4.

I understand why you can't be here as often, but I will miss you and be thinking of you when you're absent. You are a wonderful person, created in God's image, and don't ever forget that!

God bless you and Maddy. I hope you two can work things out!  :)

 

 

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I ran another word cloud of the rest of the responses so far.  I'm good on computers so this is not hours upon hours of work.  It gives me a chance to ponder each set of responses. :)    I had one person ask to generate a large version of theirs.  That only takes a couple minutes.

 

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I've been a bit slow on this thread, but I definitely wanted to get back to look at each set of responses more carefully.  

@naominash I saw yellowstone once as a young teenager.  It is a cool place.  An ocean themed house sounds interesting.   I'm from WI, Friday Fish Fries are pretty common here.  Unfortunately, my wife went vegan on me so I don't get the opportunity to get at a good fish fry much anymore.

 

@Behold  My wife loves waterfalls too.   The White Tiger response is neat.  I've heard several dozen responses to this question over the years and I'm always surprised by some animal no one had mentioned before.

@brakelite  I like your responses.  You sound a bit like a kindred spirit from the other side of the world.

@Willa  I've always been fascinated by humming birds.  We used to have a few that would show up by the canopy on our patio.  I'd hear them, and then start slowly turning my head to see them so as not to spook them.   I worked for a time for ministry (for adults with disabilities) with a campus by a river.  I had never paid much attention to birds until I started to have to detour around cranes and geese while taking a walk.  There were many hawks in the fields and woods there.   One day I found a few hawk feathers on my walk.  I still have them.  Your whole set of responses shows a neat sensitivity to God's creation.

@GregoryB  Your responses painted some beautiful images with words.  There was a local pond near where I grew up that I enjoyed going down to at times.  I too like dolphins.  I had forgotten about Flipper (though I was pretty small when it was on and only have vague memories of it).  

@shiloh357  My wife and one of our daughters hiked the first part of the AT about 5 years ago.  She loved the mountains including the Smokies.  Our family situation probably won't work out for it, but in the back of our minds is moving somewhere into the mountains along the AT.  She just comes alive and her face lights up whenever someone mentions the AT or she sees pictures from there.   For a time I worked at a place with a big campus that had a lot of hawks.  It was fun at lunch taking a walk around campus.  There'd usually be at least a few gliding overhead and I'd occasionally get to see one go into a near vertical dive to get something.

@omharris  It's interesting how you were drawn to so many different animals with a common theme.  I admit to chuckling a bit at the Rhode Island response.  I've heard several dozen responses to this question over the years and this was the first Rhode Island response.  And then as I reflected, I realized I know next to nothing about it.  There are many places in the world people call home that most people know nothing about, but they are all places filled with family memories and God's children.  I've seen pictures of some of the places in Utah.  I'm hoping some time my wife and I can take a trip out West and see some of them.

 

 

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