Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Titters From the Twitter (and Other Places): September 2014

This month's titters from the Twitter (and other places).  Enjoy! 

09/02:  From Twitter:  @Bec_giddy tweeted:
09/02:  From Facebook:  T.Kingston shared:  "Saw this on Twitter: Just realized that Sally is an idiot for Selling Sea Shells by the Sea Shore... THEY'RE ALREADY THERE FOR FREE, SALLY"
09/02:  From Facebook:  C.Harper shared:
09/04:  From Facebook:  M.Cheyne shared:
09/06:  From Instagram:  JonAcuff:
09/06:  From Twitter:  @tweetingteach  tweeted:          
# has reminded me of this brilliance....  
09/06:  From Facebook:  C.Looney shared:

09/08:  From Facebook:  C.Harper shared:
09/08:  From Facebook:  The Crochet Crowd shared:

No, just, no!
09/13:  From Facebook:  R.Tompkins shared:  "A fourth grader had killed his first deer... And of course he was talking it up at school... One of his vegan friends asked him, 'didn't you feel anything when you shot that poor deer?'  He said, 'Yep, recoil.'"
09/13:  From Facebook:  S.Maddox shared: 
09/15:  From the web:  Saw this commercial while I was watching a program on hulu.com:
09/15:  From Facebook:  E.Pruit shared:
From my friend, Andrew, who collects these on his phone:

09/17:  From Facebook:  R. Tompkins shared:
09/18:  From Facebook:  T.Brown shared:
SEC football fans understand.
09/20:  From Facebook:  N.Payne shared:
09/21:  From Facebook:   
09/24:  From Twitter:  @CraigyFerg tweeted:  "My 3 yr old son just told me, 'I love you even when you do toots from your bottom.'   He shows a level of tolerance I find inspiring." 
09/26:  From Twitter:  @dasfuxi tweeted:  "Whenever I need to vent, I go to Google Maps and angrily shake the little Street View person. Then I feel sorry for the little guy."
09/27:  From a podcast on ITunes:  ""I have a pretty high tolerance [for marijuana]: just slightly lower than Cheech and a little bit to the left of Snoop." - Greg Proops
09/28:  From Facebook:  K.Johnson shared:
09/29:  From Facebook:  T.Harper shared:
 09/30:  From Facebook:  M.Cheyne shared:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meanie Beanie: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Sunday, September 28, 2014

Outside my window … Cloudy skies that are drawing me towards a Sunday afternoon nap.

I am thinking... about taking a nap.  No, I'm thinking about doing another 30 day blog/photo challenge soon.  I think it would help me get through the winter months.  I think it will be fun to hunt for beauty during the ugliest months of the year.

I am thankful... for a great worship service this morning.  I missed early service again, [tsk tsk tsk] but second service was wonderful.
In the kitchen...  Grabbed quick snacky things for lunch.  Not sure what I'm doing for dinner.  I've got to get a better plan. 

I am wearing... tank top and shorts, aka, summer pajamas.

I am creating...
 Finished up the baby set.  Now, I'm working on more orders in the Workshop and getting ready for the Christmas sale at the First United Methodist Church in November.

I am going...  to take a nap.  I've got worship team practice this afternoon.  A friend of mine and I are going walking on the Ladiga Trail if it doesn't rain.
I am wondering... why I'm in need of another nap  I took one yesterday.  I was really hoping to come home and get some work done, but a sleepy artist is a sucky artist. 

OK, so I took a nap...
I am reading...  Finished  The Diva Principle by Michelle McKinney Hammond. The review is here.  I'm still reading White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick and restarted God is Not Mad at You by Joyce Meyer.

I am hoping... for a good productive week.  I'm hoping for more orders as I complete the ones I'm working on.

I am looking forward to...
the Christmas sale, the Kyle Comfort 5k, possibly helping with the church's fall festival, and Jacksonville Christian Academy's homecoming.  My grandniece, Madison, is a Thunderette.  I have got to see this. 
I am learning
… that "no" is a complete sentence and if anyone can't accept that as a sentence, they have the problem, not me.

Around the house... I need to take a day to get some neglected chores done.  Hopefully, I get to do that Wednesday.
I am pondering...  over an article shared by a friend on social media this week.  It's about the "new phenomenon" of mean girls.   

WARNING:  Rant coming.

Since when are mean girls a new phenomenon?  There is nothing new about girls bullying each other with words, actions, snubs, or fists.  Yes, with the onslaught of social media and limp-wristed parents who won't take little darling's phone or computer and smash it with a hammer when they act like this, there are more outlets for meanness, more bullies who feel perfectly justified in acting like morons, and  more bullied girls who feel powerless and depressed.  But meanness it's not new.  Trust me.

I think the supposed newness is because of who is now being targeted.  When I was in school in the 70's and 80's, unattractive, poor, or overweight girls were the victims (try being all three).  Now, the beautiful, well-to-do girls are victimized, and all of a sudden, the dookie hits the fan.  It was just fine for the fat, ugly girl to be teased and shunned.  After all, she IS fat and ugly; she asked for it.  But now girls are being called fat and ugly who are anything but, so it's time to DO something.  We've got to better train our daughters.  We can't have this happening on our watch.  We've got storm the gates, leap over the walls...blah, blah, blah.

Where was all this uproar when I was in school?  Nowhere.  Not even at home.

As the years have gone on and I've reconnected with some of my classmates, I've realized a couple of things.  One, the girls who weren't mean to me in school felt they had to avoid me because they were scared to stand up to the mean, popular girls.  Trust me, I don't fault them, I was not worth losing their status or friends for. Two, many of the mean chicks from back in the day are still mean and condescending now.  The girls who were mean in high school most likely have raised mean daughters, and dadgum proud of it.  It never bothers them until their daughters become victims of it.  Then they break out the torches and pitchforks.

Hey, here's a clue.  How about stopping it in your own home first?  How about stopping it on your newsfeed and twitter account?  How about stopping the hateful comments you make to your daughter about people you see out in public?  How about stopping the hateful comments you make about yourself in front of you daughters (and the ones you don't think she hears, but she does)?  If they don't grow up learning how to hate themselves, maybe they won't feel so justified in being hateful to others. And for the love of Mike, stop acting like this crap is new.  Just a thought.

OK, rant over (I think; there may be a new one later)...
A favorite quote for today... 

“All human work, however complicated or simple, is made possible by the operation of the Spirit of God in the working person; and all work whose nature and results reflect the values of the new creation is accomplished under the instruction and inspiration of the Spirit of God.” - Miroslav Volf

"I have a pretty high tolerance [for marijuana]: just slightly lower than Cheech and a little bit to the left of Snoop." - Greg Proops

(I am not advocating the use of marijuana, but you've got to admit, that's pretty funny right there...)

One of my favorite things... Marching bands.

A few plans for the rest of the week:   Not sure.  I'll be at Sav-a-Life tomorrow, but I'm not clear on the rest of the week.

A peek into my day...  Here's some of my finished projects:


Friday, September 26, 2014

Recommended Daily Allowance: The Friday 5

Go over to http://f.riday5.com/ for the weekly prompts.

NOTE:  The original Friday 5 website gave questions based on Bruce Springsteen lyrics this week (WTC?!).  The only Springsteen song I remotely like is Glory Days, but it's never-ending ending gets on my nerves.  So I chose to find another source for this week's questions.  These questions came from http://thefridayfive.livejournal.com/

Recommend one and give a reason for each choice:
  1. Book:  Are you kidding?  You want me to recommend ONE book?  No way!  Of course I recommend The Bible, but that's a given.  Some other books I recommend:  Ester Reid by Isabella McDonald Alden, So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore, and Bamboo and Lace by Lori Wick.
  2. College/University/Personal Interest course - My alma mater, Jacksonville State University.  My favorite SEC college, the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!).  Personal interest course?  I would recommend any of the arts (art, music, mass communication, language arts, etc) from JSU.  I've taken courses in all of those departments and they are first rate.  Some of the professors are as crazy as an outhouse rat, but overall, they are top notch.
  3. Song - Again, how in the world and I going to chose ONE?!  Let's see: Trading My Sorrows by Darrel Evans, Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin, You Told Me by the Monkees, Happy by Pharrel Williams, and Tacky by Weird Al Yankovic.  Was going to post the YouTube videos for these songs in case you hadn't heard them, but Blogger and it's infinite wisdom and knowledge will not let you interrupt a numbered list and resume it.  Who do they think they are, Microsoft Word?  **rolls eyes**
  4. Web Site - YouTube, obviously.
  5. Something of your choosing (ie- author, video game, food, movie, etc) - Hmm.  I've already talked about authors and books.  Let's see.  I'll recommend a couple of radio shows:  The Rick and Bubba Show, and The Dave Ramsey Show.  I do not agree 100% with what each presents, but there is so much more to like than dislike.

Five Minute Friday: "Because"

Our Mistress of Ceremonies for the Five Minute Friday is Kate over at Heading Home.  Hope you link up with us and join the fun.

because - (conjunction) for the reason that; due to the fact that:

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
Philemon 1:7 (New International Version)


Because is the answer to the question, "Why?" 

I am a because.  I am the answer to why.  Unfortunately the questions are not good why questions.  They are about why sadness, pain, and loss were brought on a family.  I am that because.

Before I discovered I was because, I asked a lot of why questions about my life, but I was asking the wrong things.  I finally asked the right questions and discovered the center of the why maze.  I thought understanding that I was the cause of the why would free me from the prison of fat and bad feelings I have surrounded myself with.  It was good to discover the answers, but I do not feel better or free.  It only made the prison doors more secure.

Who wants to be that kind of answer?  Who wants unintentionally make others' lives hell for them?  Who wants to be because?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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It's fall. y'all. My favorite season of the year! What's something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it's officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-y'all?
I'm a good Southern girl, I better say y'all.  Celebrating college football season lets me know Autumn is here.  ROLL TIDE!
When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved?
A couple of weeks ago, and yes, it's been resolved.
A song you love with the word 'fall' in it's title?
 We Fall Down
What's something you've recently let 'fall by the wayside?'
Because of financial constraints, many of my activities in JackVegas have been dropped or are in the process of being dropped.  Hopefully at the beginning of the year, I'll be able to get back to it.
When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way?
I just read the book The Diva Principle by Michelle McKinney Hammond.  It was a real letdown.  The review is here.
Describe a time you said or thought, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
When I see my friend Mikki's daughter, Alexis, that phrase fits them perfectly.
Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not?
Yes, I've had a horrible weekend and the start of the week was very difficult, but today was better.
Insert your own random thought here.
Some of you were wondering about my craft projects from last week.  This square (pic below) was a combination of two different patterns.  The rose is not glued to the square, they are crocheted into one continuous piece.

I was also asked to crochet one of the weirdest projects I've ever made.

These are Cat Butt Coasters.  Kitty's tail is at the top.  His legs are at the bottom.  And of course his little pink bottom is in the middle.  My friend, Heather, asked me to make these.  I'm still shaking my head.

Finished this lovely green hat today.  I think I'm going to try to make a removable accessory for this one. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

#59 Empty Shelf Challenge 07 [101 in 1001]

BookThe Diva Principle.

Author: Michelle McKinney Hammond

Info: Copyright 2004 Harvest House Publishers

Where acquired: Checked out of public library's electronic books section.

Availability: amazon.com for purchase.   

Why:  When I hear the term "Diva," think of a lady with the proper swag factor.  I've always been short on swag and was hoping for some help from this tome.

Rating (on a scale of 1-4 hashtags):  #

What it's about:  Hammond presents biblical examples of "Diva-tude" and gives some Diva dos and don'ts with prayer and devotional guides.

Favorite Quotes:  Note, the Kindle Edition does not contain real page numbers, so I'm merely citing the quotes.

You will never be able to see yourself clearly through your own eyes—your “knows” is in the way. Get it? The things you think you already know about yourself stop you from getting a new perspective on your situation.

“Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.” - Mike Murdoch

A selfish or insecure woman makes others dependent on her strength so she will be important to them. This renders the others powerless, stunts their growth, and in the end completely paralyzes them.

What I Liked:
  • I liked the general idea of the book, but the author never took it anywhere.  It's a one size fits all in a world where one size does not fit all.  Nice try, sis.
What I didn’t like: 
  • This was my first go at reading a Kindle book.  I didn't know that not all of them had access to real page numbers.  Bummer.  A real pain when trying to quote from it.  "Position 1746" doesn't help me.
  • There is really nothing of the author in the book.  She gives no personal application of the principles she suggested.  The advice was OK, but let's see how it worked in your life, sister.  It's kind of like recommending a diet plan, but giving us no before and after photos.
  • I know I gripe about authors explaining too much at the beginning of a book, but this author does not explain enough.  I wish she had explained what the different sections meant and what the reader is supposed to do with them.
  • All of her examples were women who's "Diva-tude" was in the context of their relationship with men.  In other words, they were all married or in relationship.  Even the mention of Lydia (Dorcas) was punctuated that she "may have been widowed," as if to say she couldn't possibly be a diva without having had a man.
  • She is pro "Helpless Female Syndrome," as we call it in our family.  In other words, she believes it's perfectly fine for a woman to "need rescue" from someone, preferable a man--or at least act like she's helpless to get it.  That kind of weak, limp wristed thinking is what has the church society believing that a single woman above the age of 18 is useless and not worthy of honor because she is not "completed" by a man. 
  • Recipes?  Really?
To sum up:  My main takeaway from this book:  Her summation of the story of Ester pretty much sums up what the main point of the book was, "She mastered the art of being beautiful and getting a man’s attention."  No thanks. 

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Exclamation Point: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Monday, September 22, 2014

Outside my window … The hope that the bright morning sun will brighten my dark mood.  I've got an exclamation point over my head, and I don't like it.  I want to stay home away from people today, but I know that will only make things worse.  Isolation is never a good idea; it makes me brood.

I am thinking... about my hard weekend.  Thinking about how to have a good week.  A few thing happened that brought out some old feelings and food triggers.  I fought to not give in, but I did.  An old hurt from my college days resurfaces every new football/marching band season.  I have yet to find closure for it and it's affected my whole weekend.  I am still fighting the urge to crawl into the dark hole of depression this morning.  I can't--I won't let it ruin my whole week.  I've got too much to do to be distracted by this mess.

I am thankful... for the peaceful solace of a cup of coffee and listening to the birds sing.  My tweeting friends will be gone soon and I want to enjoy them while I can.
In the kitchen...  With my mood, I probably shouldn't eat anything, but that's not practical. 

I am wearing... tank top and shorts.

I am creating...
 Still working on the baby set.  Working on some orders in the Workshop.  Yay!

I am going...  hopefully to the gym and to run errands.  That should boost my mood.
I am wondering... will there really ever be a time when the struggles of life don't drive me to the refrigerator?
I am reading...  Still reading Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem and The Diva Principle by Michelle McKinney Hammond.  Also started White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick.

I am hoping... for a good productive week.  I'm hoping for my mood to improve.  I'm hoping for an answer to my issue.

I am looking forward to...
the weekend.  I know, it's only Monday.
I am learning
… that I am strong and I will make it.

Around the house... Laundry and a little straightening up.  Working in the Workshop.  Hopefully, I'll get a change to ready the front porch for good Autumn sitting.
I am pondering...  over my emotions and how to improve them rather than stifle them. 
A favorite quote for today... 

One of my favorite things... Lori Wick novels.

A few plans for the rest of the week:   Errands and working in the Workshop.  Hope to get in a bike ride or two.

A peek into my day...  Focus for the week.

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isaiah 41:13 (King James) 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Never Say Never: The Friday 5

Go over to http://f.riday5.com/ for the weekly prompts.

  1. Some people say you should never mix business with friendship. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?  I don't know.  It depends on the friend.  I wouldn't want to do business with someone I despised.  However, if I did do business with friends, they need to be business savvy and trustworthy.  It can't just be, "Hey, if would be cool if Dude and I ran a business together."  I think the worst is mixing business with family.
  2. Some people say you should never let ‘em see you sweat. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?  This adage is bad advice both figuratively and literally.  Whether you are sweating through a problem or a workout, we should always be genuine instead of hiding.
  3. It is often said that you should never put off ’til tomorrow what you can do today. What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?  That's true.  Procrastination is a terrible thing.  I'm guilty of putting things off out of fear or laziness.  I've missed opportunities because of procrastination.
  4. It is often said that you should never get romantically involved with someone at work (there’s a cruder way of putting it, but I’m declining to use that selection of words). What experience have you had that would either refute or confirm this wisdom?  I've not had any experience with that, so I can't comment.
  5. What piece of wisdom from your own life should be a catchy proverb for others to live by?  Saw this on social media yesterday and it was perfect:
If you can remember, be that!

Five Minute Friday: "Hold"

Our Mistress of Ceremonies for the Five Minute Friday is Kate over at Heading Home.  Hope you link up with us and join the fun.

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isaiah 41:13 (King James)



I'm so tired of hearing that!

What to do with a life that has been on hold.  Do I continue to hold--hold on to unfulfilled dreams, empty promises, and empty arms?  Or do I let go--acquiesce to the disappointment and live in the shadows of other's fulfilling lives?  Hold it!  That doesn't sound like me.  I'll keep holding.

What to do with stuff I've held onto for too long.  Anger, jealousy, bitterness, hurt, offense, shame, self hatred, grief--those are the things to stop holding.  It's like holding a pee for too long.  If I continue to hold, it will cause damage (especially if I keep adding to it), then just explode all over me for all to see.  If I get in the right place to let it go, it's so refreshing.  Plus, I can flush it away and never have to see it again.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Age Before Beauty: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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I (Joyce) am celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, "You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not why not?
Oh yes, I would agree.  All the things listed with either age you or make you feel full of life.  Doubt, fear, despair--all those are age producing fears ("fear hath torment" - I John 4:18).  Faith, confidence, hope--brings a youthful smile to your face and a spring to your step.  Proverbs 13:12 - Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birthyear, just the same date/same month.
May 30, 1889, the brassier was invented...and the girls are so happy.
Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to 'have your cake and eat it too.'
I looked up the meaning of this idiom and it was so confusing that I can't even answer the question.  Good grief!
What's something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?
Riding my bicycle makes me feel young.  I feel like a free wheeling ten year old when I hit the bike trail and let the wind whip around me and my legs pump me mile after mile.
Depression makes me feel old.  If I'm depressed, I do what some elderly do--stay in the house, in bed, in my bed clothes all day.  I don't cook, clean, or do anything to take care of myself.  If that happens, just call me maw-maw. 
When did you last do something that was 'a piece of cake'?
Combined two crochet patterns to get the effect I wanted.  It worked the first time around.  It doesn't usually happen that easily.
Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage).
Life in general (at least for me).  My childhood and teenage years were horrible.  My 20's and 30's weren't much better.  Seems like since I've hit 40, I'm gaining more insight on how to really live life and enjoy it.  I don't know about all that "life begins at 40 stuff."  If I'd been paying attention, it wouldn't have taken this long to start learning.
If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we'll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.
What about giving away a copy of your favorite book?  That way you are sharing a meaningful part of yourself with one of us.
 Insert your own random thought here.
Well, after Snot Watch 2014 and What the Heck is Still Wrong With Me Watch 2014, I think I can safely say I'm on the mend--just in time for "The Week of Woman" to show up! @*#!!
Anyway, I got a couple of things finished in the Workshop since last time: 
"Steel Magnolias" 8x10 Watercolor and acrylics on paper.

"Hello Kitty" diaper/tote bag.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Light in the Darkness: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Sunday, September 14, 2014

Outside my window … The cool breeze of the coming Autumn is in the air.

I am thinking... about a lot of things...too numerous, and insane to mention.

I am thankful... for cooler weather.
In the kitchen...  The grocery store and I are going to have a come to Jesus meeting tomorrow.

I am wearing... bedclothes.

I am creating...
 Still working on the baby set I mentioned last time.  I did finish a painting this week.

I am going...  nowhere tonight.  Got a few errands to do this week, but otherwise, I'm staying home an working in the Workshop.
I am wondering... about myself.  Yes again.
I am reading...  Still reading Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem and The Diva Principle by Michelle McKinney Hammond. 

I am hoping... for several miracles in my life. 

I am looking forward to...
being totally healthy.
I am learning
… maybe it's more of a feeling, but there is something on the horizon, something great.  If I can just get to the very root of my issues and dig it up and kill it, I will be free to receive what's coming.  Otherwise, I'm gong to stay in the same misery I'm in.

Around the house... Laundry and a little straightening up.
I am pondering...  over questions about life.
A favorite quote for today...  “Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.” - Mike Murdoch, qtd by Michelle McKinney Hammond in the book The Diva Principle.

One of my favorite things... Uniball Signo 207 Bold pens.

A few plans for the rest of the week:   Errands and working in the Workshop.

A peek into my day...  Move along.  Nothing to see here. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

HSN (Home Shopping Nuttiness): The Friday 5

Go over to http://f.riday5.com/ for the weekly prompts.

  1. What crowd-funding projects have you supported? If you haven’t supported any, were there some that really intrigued you?  First, I had to look up what crowdfunding is.  crowdfunding or crowd-funding -
    the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.  I've never done it via the internet (like Kickstarter), but that's pretty much how the church funds itself.  So, whether it's an internal project that needs completion, or a giving project to help others (which is most often), I do it all the time.
  2. How much of your monthly bill-paying is done online?  None at the moment, but before I moved, I did most of my bill paying online.
  3. What are some of the more memorable things you’ve bought or sold in online auctions?  Nothing.  Never did that.
  4. What experience do you have with purchasing digital entertainment (music, movies, TV shows, or live web shows, for example) online? I guess you're talking about Netflix and such, but I've never purchased anything like that.  I used to buy CD's and DVD's online.  As things improve, I'll most likely be tearing up Amazon.com again.
  5. What kind of stuff have you bought or sold from personal online craft stores, such as are found on Etsy?  Neither.  I had an Etsy shop for about a year, but never sold anything.  Etsy used to be a good source for individual handcrafters, but now, most everyone who sells mass produces their wares or has a conglomerate of people selling under one name.  Kind of defeats the purpose.  I used Facebook as a means to drum up business.

Five Minute Friday: "Ready"

Our Mistress of Ceremonies for the Five Minute Friday is Kate over at Heading Home.  Hope you link up with us and join the fun.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
I Peter 3:15 (King James Version)
Ready, set, GO!  The starting gun blasts and I start.  I'm not ready.  I get through the first little bit.  Crap, I'm so not ready.  I make it a little further.  I'm really not ready.  I do a faceplant on the pavement.  Oh, Lord, Help me.  I am absolutely not ready.
And such is my life's race, oh yeah, the one the Bible says I'm to "run with patience" (Hebrews 12:1) and "press towards the high calling of God" (Philippians 3:14).  But no, I'm impatient in some aspects, lazy in others, so I'm ill prepared to deal with life.  Not ready to conquer.  Not ready to be an Iron Diva.  Why?  I'm running without my Coach.  He gives me instructions, but I don't wait around to let Him guide me on how to go about it.  I say OK, I've got this, then proceed to do it myself--falling flat on my face nearly every time.  Thankfully, my Coach is very patient and merciful
He is ready.  If I am willing, He makes me able.