Where did you grow up: Wellington, New Zealand, then Queensland, Australia
WHAT DO YOU CALL:
1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks? - Stream, though if it just trickles and looks dirty, it's a creek. And then there's other terms that apply at certain times.
2. The thing you push around the grocery store? - Trolley.
3. A metal container to carry a meal in? - People carry food in metal containers?
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in? - Frying pan, right?
5. The piece of furniture that seats three people? - Couch.
6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof? - Gutter.
7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening? - Deck, balcony, verandah, whatever.
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages? - Fizzy drink.
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup? - Pancakes.
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself? - A (filled) roll, unless it's specifically from Subway, then it's a sub.
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach? - Swimmers.
12. Shoes worn for sports? - Sneakers.
13. Putting a room in order? - Something Andre never does.
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark? - Firefly.
15. The little insect that curls up into a ball? - Um ... a what now?
16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down? - There's actually a name other than 'see-saw' for it?
17. How do you eat your pizza? - With my hands. Unless I'm at Dad's - he sometimes makes me use a knife and fork for some daft, unknown reason.
18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? - Garage sale, even if it's not in a garage.
19. What's the evening meal? - Dinner.
20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are? - You assume I have a house with a basement. I've ... never been in a basement. Wait, yes I have, Dad's got his wine cellar underground in what could be termed a basement.
21. A window covering on rollers that pulls down? - Blinds, I think.
22. A new, limited access, multi-lane road? - Highway or motorway.
23. Heavy garments worn for work? - ? Suit?
24. The highest grade of gasoline? - Wouldn't have a bloody clue.
I have a question and two instructions.
Is it possible to baptise oneself or have one's friend baptise oneself?
Firstly, I desperately need to get fit. Hence, if I do not post about going for a walk or swimming some laps in my pool every day (this will most likely end up in a late-night edit of a post from earlier in the day), I want someone to yell at me. Keep me on task and stop me from procrastinating. Obviously, there are exceptions when I don't have to do it: family gatherings, when wild storms roll in, et cetera. But on a normal day, keep me in line - I have to do some exercise.
Secondly, I must be offline every night by midnight, or, if I am downloading a song, I must get off once it has finished and then from midnight to 1am (or for an hour after I get off), I must spend that time reading my Bible and basically spending time with God. If you're online at midnight my time, kick me off - this most likely means you, fbiagentwannabe. Quite a while ago, skiplively and I had a conversation, and the end result was that I needed to spend some time each day with God, and I've been doing this on and off for the last while with hardly any consistency. Basically, I keep on procrastinating, or, through my own stupidity, don't have the time left in the day to do it. Well it's the holidays, and there's plenty of time, so I need to break this procrastination and actually do it. Hence, I shall, from midnight to 1.
And I did last night. I had the most incredible experience. I was reading I and II Peter, and wow, once I had to come up for air, and at the end, I felt breathless. There was one part in particular that struck me ...
'For this very reason do your utmost to supplement your faith with virtue, your virtue with knowledge, your knowledge with self-control, your self-control with patience, your patience with piety, your piety with brotherly affection, and your brotherly affection with love. For if you posssess these qualities increasingly, they will render your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ neither inactive nor unproductive, while he who does not have these is blind, short-visioned, oblivious of the cleansing from his former sins.' - II Peter, 1:5-9
Earlier yesterday, I'd made a comment along the lines of "Axver finally has self-control", and I do - over the last few days, I've found myself controlling my temper, controlling my laziness, controlling ... myself, basically. And so that passage really struck me. I have faith, I consider myself to have virtues, I have knowledge, and now I have self-control. I can see over my time of being a Christian how I've slowly grown into those - when I first became a Christian, I had faith and no more, then I threw away my ways of immorality and acquired virtues and morals, my knowledge is always increasing and I find myself absolutely fascinated with anything eschatological ... and now the self-control. Patience, though - heh, that needs working on. I think self-control will help with that.
So yes, that was my interesting event for last night. While I was just randomly getting to sleep, I suddenly found myself praying, just crying out from my heart to God that I needed Him, and I think I'm finally getting my faith back on track. Thanks to all of you who've helped and listened - you know who you are. I think the biggest thanks go to athanasius7 and fredbill222. You all are the best.