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Delighting in my God, I desire to dwell in His pleasure and to help others experience true delight.

"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Signing on the A to Z April (2013) Challenge List

Laid up in bed after knee surgery, I have had a chance to navigate the electronic devices and internet sites often left to scant snippets of time I don’t have.  I was able to set up wireless to the new dvd player in our bedroom to watch   Netflix or Amazon prime when hubby or the kids have commandeered the living room tv.  I am especially proud of this feat as my children, whom I usually turn to for these acts of magic, were unable to figure it out.

Among the other practical pleasures I've been pursuing is visiting the blogs of friends which I enjoy doing almost as much as eating chocolate - almost.  It was fun to catch up on the musings and profundities of those much wiser than myself as well as just getting a glimpse at what might be going on in their lives.  In the last three months I have only blogged once, last Friday, quite off my original goal of twice weekly, and had not visited at all any other blogs for most of that time either, also quite off my goal.  So being incapacitated has its advantages.  It may just be the spur to get me back to blogging.  I hope so.

Visiting friends and seeing what they were writing or preparing to write brought to my attention the A to Z Challenge.  The history of A to Z  began in 2010 when Arlie Bird, or Lee as he signs his name, of Tossing it out  more or less on a whim decided to celebrate his 200th follower by posing a challenge.  And 4 years later what an explosion.  Arlie now has thousands of visitors and followers and has started something that has become a phenomenon all its own.  

I must admit I was a bit dubious about taking the challenge.  I wondered if there was something I was missing.  Is it possible that it is more than it seems?  What would I step into if I signed up for this challenge?  

So to relieve my concerns, I checked out Mr. Bird’s website and those of several other of the A to Z hosts.  I think I am safe.  I plan to visit them all in the coming days.  I also hope to keep to the contract of checking out at least 5 A to Z contributors each day during the challenge.  Yes, I signed my name to the list.  Check it out.  You too might find it a challenge worth taking like the many hundreds of others, including me, who have already signed on.   I think it will be a fun adventure.  Thanks Lee!  And thanks Elizabeth of Transitional-Woman for my first exposure to the possibilities of this challenge.

Just ot help me remember, I am number 641 on the list.


  1. Glad you are on board! I participated in that first Challenge and have been a co-host ever since. Best thing that ever happened to my blog.

    1. Thank you, Alex. I already feel like I have learned a lot just by visiting your blog and others. Looking forward to the challenge. Maria

  2. Hope your knee is soon on the mend. Thanks for the follow. I too love the A to Z and there is no catch but you do have to commit some extra time to blogging during April. The benefits for your blog and your circle of Internet friends far outweighs the negatives though.

    1. Thank you Rosalind, I am on the mend. Would it not for the respite I would not have taken the time to meet so many wonderful people as yourself through your blogs. So to me it has turned out to my benefit to some degree. Just hope as I heal I can keep up with the challenge. Thanks for stopping by. God bless, Maria

  3. Hooray for you! I was so glad to read the comment on my blog that you were joining the challenge. It is so much fun and such a pleasure to meet new people and learn new and interesting things. It's so funny but most days I struggle to think of what to write but as soon as I sign up the ideas start swirling in my head.

  4. Ya know Jen, I am finding the same thing. It's one of the best prompts I have come across! I am number 641. How 'bout you? Maria

    1. You know what i'm not sure I'll have to check and let you know! How's the leg?

    2. Better Daily. Thanks for asking.


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