If I could, I would…

Hey, Siestas! We will do our random drawing later today as promised and, if you don’t mind a little delay, post our biography winners within the next forty-eight hours so we can leave time for you to respond to this post. I learned something new about you over the previous post: YOU ARE READERS. And I love that. Get a load of the number of comments to that post! Of course, it makes sense when you think about it. Blog readers usually are…well…readers. I have already ordered several books from your recommendations and others of you mentioned titles that stirred up great memories of biographies past.I am a dyed in the wool book nerd so this totally spoke my love language.

I’ve been thinking about something since AJ’s recent post about stepping back from her LPM job for the sake of her family. In that post and in the one that followed, we hashed over the painful truth that, actually, no one can do everything and, unless our all is Jesus, no one can have everything. We have limited resources of time, energy, and ability. But, I thought it would be fun to list a few things (dreams, if you will) that we’d each do…if only we could. If only we were not limited by time, energy, and ability, or money, for heaven’s sake. How would you complete the sentence, “If I could, I would…?” Here are the ground rules: YOU CAN ONLY NAME THREE THINGS. You have to choose. Keep in mind, these aren’t regrets. (i.e. “If I could, I would…live my whole life again without making that stupid choice.” We all have plenty of those and they’re not likely to encourage others much.) The things we’re listing on this post are wishes! Dreams can say a lot about a person and reshape how we picture one another. For instance, maybe I’ll find out today that Moose Mama secretly wishes she could sky dive, or katiegfromtennessee has a long standing dream of being a zookeeper, or Sister Lynn has always wanted to take tuba lessons. You see, this could change everything. OK, well not everything. Not even much. But, for crying out loud, wouldn’t it at least be a little fun in a grueling week? Here are three of mine:

If I could, I would…

1) Travel to every country on earth.

2) Teach elementary school Sunday School.

3) Learn sign language fluently.

OK, how about you?


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  1. 751
    Dawn Corrie says:

    Oh boy ….this is tough, there’s a ton!
    1. Cure my son of his addiction
    2. Be a renowned Interior Designer living in New York (I can’t help it – I LOVE Traditional Home Mag) hee hee
    3. Learn French fluently
    xoxo Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 752
    Kristi Stewart says:

    1. travel the world
    2. see the sunrise and have my quiet time on the beach everyday
    3. have guests to my house everday for dinner

  3. 753
    diane conner says:

    1. Teach my 13 yr dyslexic son to read Gods word without struggle.

    2. Become the most effective & compassionate Spec. Ed teacher on Gods green Earth!!

    3. Buy computers for all my students and teach them how to use them effectively to support their learning style in this highly technologically driven world.

  4. 754
    Krista Pedersen says:

    Here’s what I would do if I had my druthers:

    1. Adopt several orphans from a third world country
    2. Own horses
    3. Become a licensed counselor

    I like that these are all possible with God!

  5. 755
    Julie says:

    I am with you on the traveling:
    1)Travel to every country in the world.
    after seeing the pics of Israel…starting there
    2)Get a DNP in Psychiatric nursing.
    3)Teach – but first get over the public speaking anxiety.

  6. 756
    MelanieT says:

    If I could I would:

    1.Push the pause button on this season of life with my children, kindergarten,2nd and 4th-love this precious time!

    2.Take my family to Haiti to see the children I met back in May at the orphanage and serve there together!

    3.My husband and I renovate a cabin in the mountains!

  7. 757
    Marnie says:

    If I could, I would….

    be a full-time youth pastor …

    move back to Wisconsin, love the state and the cheese

    go to the Holy Land

  8. 758
    Michelle B says:

    1. See all the wonders of the world.
    2. Spend AT LEAST a month exploring Europe.
    3. Hike the Appalachian trail.

  9. 759
    Mary Watkins says:

    I would learn Brasilian Portuguese.

    I would learn desk top publishing.

    I would go on several mission trips in a year to countries I have never visited in the past.

  10. 760
    Shannon says:

    1. To be a comedian – I’m shy and not particularly funny but I LOVE to watch people when I make them laugh.

    2. To be a florist and own my own business – I of course would need the talent necessary ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. canโ€™t think of anything else…

    Thanks for asking…this was FUN!

  11. 761
    Christy says:

    If I could I would:

    Go back to school to be a Christian Councelor

    Actually step foot on a plane and fly

    Take all the sadness for my husband and children so they don’t have to ever feel that way

  12. 762
    Shelley Williams says:

    1)Open a GREAT nursing home, one that looks and smells like home and everyone who works there is happy and well paid!!

    2) Quit my job that pays to volunteer at church and in my community

    3) Homeschool my children

  13. 763
    Tori says:

    If I could, I would..
    1. Be in the chorus of a Broadway show.
    2. Take my family on a yearly missions/serving trip.
    3. Learn to tap dance.

  14. 764
    Dee says:

    1. Travel by train to the Rockies up to Alaska and Canada and visit family along the way.
    2. Finish college
    3. Have a beach house to serve as a retreat ministy and for family too.

  15. 765
    Dena says:

    This is just too fun to pass up commenting!!
    1. travel, travel, travel
    2. become a marine biologist
    3. learn to fluently speak another language
    4. learn to REALLY play the piano and understand chords

  16. 766
    Sandy says:

    If I could I would
    1. Travel to Israel and live for 3 to 6 months to study Hebrew.
    2. Make sure that my children and grandchildren know Jesus and know that they know that they know beyond a shadow of a doubt. Then live that way.
    3. Invest in the lives of others so I that could repay those that have invested in my life.
    Thanks for letting me voice those unspoken dreams

  17. 767
    Elaine Smith says:

    1. Go on a mission trip
    2. Travel the world
    3. Be with a Godly man that could go with me

  18. 768
    Melinda says:

    If I could, I would:

    1. Have a portrait photography studio.

    2. Sing with a professional group.

    3. Travel the world with my children, visiting all the countries we have studied while homeschooling and their historical sites. A world-wide field trip!

  19. 769
    Casey says:

    1. Go on a mission to trip to a foreign country.

    2. More confident in myself to lead a Bible Study.

    3. Learn sign language. I took a class once. I loved it. Also, maybe Italian.

  20. 770
    Wendi Gale says:

    If I could I would….
    1. Open my very own Cupcake Bakery
    2. Be a ballerina, again
    3. Take my mom to Paris & Ireland

  21. 771
    Kerri says:

    If I could I would…
    Travel with my husband and children across Europe.
    Travel to China (my daughter’s birth place) and spend a year working in an orphanage.
    Play guitar and piano.

  22. 772
    Ronda Morrison says:

    I would if I could…
    1. Open a teen girls alternative home (specializing in teen pregnancy)
    2. Open my owe salon
    3. Play the piano like my friend Reaiah

  23. 773
    Lenae says:

    1. Memorize the entire Bible.
    2. Have lunch with Beth.:-)
    3. Go on a short term mission trip to Zambia.

  24. 774
    Rhonda says:

    Really…..only 3 : )

    1. Own a cabin on Lake Superior, as a special place for family/friends.

    2. Visit my family[husbands side] in Europe…..anytime, for a long time. I miss them!

    3. Work/serve around people and books………helping them find just the right book that would make a difference in their life…….or just a fun read.

  25. 775
    Emily Easley says:

    If I could, I would:

    * be a SAHM and homemaker for the rest of my life and not just for a year or two more!!!

    * write children’s books.

    * have a houseful of children…(my husband says no-just one more which will make 2 total).

  26. 776
    Jennifer says:

    If I could I would…

    1. Be able to play the piano and sing. You know, just sit down and play–All the while making it look effortless. My mother always said I should learn to play. She was right! I should have listened.

    2. Travel to Central Asia with my entire (in-law) family to see my brother and sister-in-law who are serving as missionaries. I just miss all of us getting to hang out.

    3. Cure cancer.

  27. 777
    Catherine Barnett says:

    If I could, I wouldโ€ฆ
    1) Live in Cinderella’s castle at Disney.
    2) Buy a home at the beach.
    3) Work for Make a Wish in Orlando.

  28. 778

    If I could I would:

    1.) Open a childcare facility for single moms who either worked or were in school full time, free of charge, and offer life skills classes and lifgroups at the center to enable the women to grow closer to the Lord, and learn valuable life managing skills.

    2.) Travel to different churches and speak to their single women about finding purpose in their single season, and not compromising and settling for less than God’s best for them in any area of their lives.

    3.)Have a home on the beach, not just for me, but to offer to others free of charge, to go for rest, relaxation and restoration.

  29. 779
    Julie says:

    1. Cure cancer

    2. Really make a difference in someone’s life

    3. Travel the world while writing a book and meeting fabulous people along the way…all the while forming deep meaningful relationships with my husband and two girls and others AND have all the time in the world to study God’s word, pray and praise Him. (Okay so I cheated and threw the “whole kitchen sink” into #3. If I could just get my first two, that would be MORE than enough.)

  30. 780
    Kathleen Stewart says:

    I would take a year long sabatical and travel the whole world, No jungles though. Ha Ha

    I would open an orphanage.

    If I only had enough time to read all the books on my list ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. 781
    Sabrina says:

    If I could, I would

    1. Learn to play guitar and then use that skill for worship.
    2. Live on a self-sufficient ranch in Colorado.
    3. Open a shelter/clinic for teenage/single moms who need help and comfort.

  32. 782
    marci in amsterdam says:

    If I could, I would
    1. Run a bed and breakfast and love on and bake for all the travelers that came through
    2. Learn another language, without all the embarassing mishaps (I just learned I’ve been using the wrong word for behavior for the past several years in dutch, I wondered why my son’s principal looked at me so strangely….sigh)
    3. Visit the holy lands with my husband and kids.

    Thanks for the fun assignment.

  33. 783
    Yolanda says:

    If I could I would:

    Be a defense attorney for children (children’s advocate)

    Learn to play the piano, beautifully.

    Travel to Africa on a “photo shoot” safari

    Yolanda, Kansas

  34. 784
    Margaret says:

    If I could, I would:

    1. Travel everywhere!

    2. Learn to forecast weather (seriously, I think weather’s fascinating!)

    3. Learn to play hammered dulcimer.

  35. 785
    Gayle says:

    I’ve done a lot of travel already…and have seen many things I would like to change if I had the time, resources and energy…

    1) give every orphan a home and make them feel loved and part of God’s family.
    2) proclaim Jesus to all to free lives from bondage to sin.
    3) heal the sick of all disease so that those who are sick can live the life God created them to live.

    …all for His glory.

  36. 786
    joanna says:

    If I could, I would….
    1. take my family to visit my parents in South Africa. (they’re missionaries with Bethesda Outreach)
    2. have a small farm in the country or mountains (I’m not fussy)
    3. cross my arms and blink my eyes like “I dream of Jeanie” and be at my “ideal” weight and NEVER gain another pound…EVER. And then use the same gift to help other women – new mission field ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. 787
    Michelle says:

    If I could, I would:

    1. Be a heart reader (know the inmost thoughts of the needy and how to help them).
    2. Be able to go back to school for the remaining ASL (sign language) classes because my youngest son is deaf and our communication is limited. (My job and finances prevent me from doing so.
    3. Travel the world.

  38. 788
    Yanna says:

    Beth, this has been so much fun. I love reading the Siesta’s answers. I always knew you would be fun to hang out with and the life of the party. It is confirmed with just one question how you can get a conversation going really good question you asked us. Thank you!

  39. 789
    Cindy says:

    1. Make Lasagna and garlic bread for the homeless shelter every night.

    2. Some how get through to my daughter’s heart that God loves her and she needs to surrender her life to Him.

    3. Go on a 3rd world country mission trip every summer.

  40. 790
    jill says:

    If I could I would:

    1. play the piano
    2. own/live on a farm w/ gentle rolling hills as pastures
    3. take long walks everyday

  41. 791
    Laurie says:

    1) Build a community/place where ministers/ministry leaders can go to get refreshed & renewed in God’s spirit with privacy.

    2)Have a place that is close to the city that can be a retreat for those that need spiritual healing/comfort but are unable to get away.

    3) Be able to provide finances, time and talents in a much larger way to grow two ministries:
    The Flying Angel Network – assists sisters in Christ through those trying times in life; to lift one’s spirit by letting them know in tangible ways that someone loves them.
    The Company of Saints is a ministry that my friend has. It is a theatre company which involves youth from Grades 2 and up. The main focus of the Company is to enable youth to grow in self confidence, to learn biblical principals and life skills through drama and to gain experience in theatre skills and performance.

  42. 792

    If I could, I would:

    1)Travel the world and go to church in each country

    2) teach elementary children in Bible 101

    3) Teach my 2 year old twins how to curl their hair perfectly

  43. 793
    Susan B. says:

    If I could I would…

    1) buy a house at the beach
    2) retire
    3) open a clothing store

  44. 794
    Kristin says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. Be an avid runner with a swishy ponytail

    2. Travel the U.S. in a luxury RV and hike all the national parks, especially Yellowstone/Grand Tetons

    3. Secretly plant daffodils and tulips all over my neighborhood… Wouldn’t the spring be extra awesome?! Makes me giggle thinking about it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. 795
    andrea t. says:

    1. travel to Norway
    2. give my parents a good retirement
    3. have a ranch in Wyoming

  46. 796
    joyapeterson says:

    If I could do 3 things I would…

    1) Design children’s bedrooms, birthday parties and boutique clothes

    2) Travel the world encouraging missionaries and providing clean water to remote places

    3) Have a great singing voice

    Thanks Mama Beth…this is fun!

  47. 797
    Kari says:

    1) Go on a family mission trip
    2) Take my daughter on a mother/daughter cruise
    3) Make a quilt

  48. 798
    Sarena Baker says:

    1. Learn to play the guitar so I can play worship songs
    2. Visit every country in Europe as a missionary
    3. Teach the bible in an art class for kids

  49. 799
    Judy Baggett says:

    If I could I would:

    1. Travel to the Holy Lands with my entire family.

    2. Be able to afford to rent a RV and take a year and travel all over the U.S. with my wonderful husband and write a blog about all the wonderful people we meet and use my husband’s fancy camera to document all the people and scenery.

    3. Take my mother to a Livingproof Live weekend and take a Bible study class with her.

    Judy Baggett
    Irving, Texas

  50. 800
    RoFoSho says:

    1.) Be bold! I long to sing in front of people and preach.

    2.) Travel to Israel, Rome, Greece, and Italy.

    3.) Have a getaway home on Lake Tahoe along with the money to get there from Texas on the spur of the moment! ๐Ÿ™‚

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