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A to Z Reflections post 2019 #AtoZChallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary Reflections badge

This year I was undecided about whether to take part in the A to Z Challenge. It is more difficult to find a different theme each year. With hubby’s encouragement I began preparing for the challenge at the beginning of March and had most of my posts ready by the beginning of April. All of them were scheduled before the middle of the month. I also scheduled Tweets – one for each post and some of my Facebook posts were also scheduled. I gained a few extra blog followers in April.

Early in the challenge I visited a few blogs, which were new to me and also blogs I was already following from previous A to Zs. Later I was too busy to keep up with any blogs on a regular basis.

I am including two lists of A to Z blogs I have visited this time.

List 1: Blogs I was not previously following:

https://shilpaagarg.com/

https://thequietwriter.com/

https://thesoundofonehandtyping.com/

https://looseendoftheredthread.wordpress.com

https://libbysommer.wordpress.com/

http://meinthemiddlewrites.com/

https://hortonious101.wordpress.com/

http://www.ladyinreadwrites.com

http://bestbookishblog.com/

https://trishafaye.wordpress.com

List 2: Blogs I have been following from previous years

http://jemimapett.com/blog/

https://scr4pl80.wordpress.com/

https://wordwacker.wordpress.com/

https://dustingthesoul.com/2019/04/

http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/

https://atozchallenge.wordpress.com/

In one of the posts from the A to Z Challenge team a question was asked: which 10 people/bloggers have been most influential in your blogging career? My list is not exactly 10!

My daughter, who was a blogger before I was

Hubby, who has encouraged me

Paul Wilkinson and other bloggers I followed early on

Arlee Bird who founded the A to Z Challenge and has been an encourager every time I have taken part

UKBlogAwards for which two of my blogs were short-listed for the UK Blog Awards 2014

Rarasaur, whose challenges I took part in for a good while

The Daily Post from WordPress.com, which no longer issues daily challenges and photo challenges

The Association of Christian Writers, for which organisation I contribute a blog 7 times a year

Once again, I have enjoyed the challenge. However I didn’t feel that there was the same excitement about it that there has been in previous years. This was possibly because fewer bloggers signed up for the challenge. I won an ebook from Jemima Pett in a raffle she ran during the challenge, which I have yet to download. I am looking forward to reading it.

Many thanks to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge team, especially Arlee, John and Jeremy, whose badges I have used. Also to everyone, who has bothered to read my posts and like, rate or leave a comment. Perhaps now April is over some people might find the time to click on my links to Bible Gateway and read the passages I have selected. Comments are closed after 30 days, but it is still possible to comment on my pages including Blogging from A to Z 2019.

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Y is for yardstick #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

Y is for yardstick – a measuring pole.
At three foot long it’s less than a metre.
With modern technology having a rôle
Other measuring techniques could be neater.

A yard brush is not a yardstick!

Yardstick is a word, like benchmark, which is often used figuratively. It is literally a measuring stick three feet long. Nowadays there are ways of measuring using laser technology. I have seen painters and decorators using this sort of device to measure a room.

The units used in the Bible were different from those used in modern-day Europe and North America. If you live somewhere else in the world, I’d like to see in the comments what units you use for length. That was my word for the Letter L and I wrote about units there.

The prophet Ezekiel had a detailed vision of the measurements for the new temple in Jerusalem after the exile. Ezekiel 40-44

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X is for X marks the spot #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

X marks the spot
Where treasure is hidden.
Can you find it or not?
Cheating is forbidden.

X in the sky

Well here I am at a notoriously difficult letter. Treasure maps with a cross marking the place to dig for treasure relate to real places in physical space. The sort of maps used for fund-raising events, where people pay money to stick a pin in a map and the one nearest to a spot previously chosen wins a prize, may not represent any location on earth.

People have marked the site of places that reminded them of their history throughout the ages. In the story of Samuel, he stood a stone on end as a memorial (aid to memory). It was called Ebenezer meaning stone of help. There is a Christian hymn with this word in it, “Here I raise my Ebenezer”. People unfamiliar with the Old Testament story do not understand the words.

Metal-detecting is a popular hobby. Sometimes people find really old artefacts. They may even find treasure.

Jesus Christ talked about treasure in some of his parables (stories with a deeper meaning).

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