I love that out of all the Me-Me’s it’s the most Him-Him…so I’m In-In…even if I stole it from Her-Her are you tired of This-This…so either steal it from me (or GiBee) or wait to get tagged…I never was one to wait for much of anything.
1) What is your life verse:
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise Him for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” though the verse God is constantly trying to instill in me is throughout the Epistles: “Walk in a manner worthy of your calling” (I usually read it in Ephesians.)
2) Give a bit of your testimony:
This is probably the “scariest” question for me in the blogdom because while you KNOW the me I let you see…you have no idea who I was or who I am. I will say a bit, but frankly it’s too long to fit here neat and concisely and I’m much more about who I’ve become then who I was. After all, God’s grace is sufficient…for me and for you, right?
Okay, so while I received my “fire insurance” at the tender age of 13, I had many unanswered questions about what it meant. I was deferred by clergy and leaders and that was a bit of a turn-off for the questioning girl that I am. I lived for me! for the next few years…few being about oh…hmm…til I was in my 30’s? Sure I rededicated my life a few times through my young adulthood, but true-blue, all-or-nothing faith didn’t come til I was in my 30’s, when I finally gave up! I had that prodigal moment of “it’s time to go home and beg for forgiveness”. The best part was God didn’t need me to beg. He needed my humble heart full of such repentance and He let me sit in His lap while I offered it.
I have been to the pit, jumped in, wallowed around, attempted to flee on my own, fell back in, forgot why I came and where I was going and just sort of idled there for a good part of my journey. I will tell you this: I spent a day in jail (following a bad choice), I was labeled a “prostitute” (thankfully for only a short time and NOT why I spent a day in jail), thought I’d attempt “drinking away” my problems, and I spent 15 years trying to figure out why I was created to begin with. I contemplated suicide more than once.
The good stuff that reminded me that He is never far away included: seeing an actual ANGEL in the flesh, with wings and everything…feeling a tangible touch from God on my shoulder…seeing my sister healed of terminal cancer…hearing God speak to me as clear as can be…witnessing new and renewed faith, through sharing my own story with others and hearing their stories, at the wondrous love of Jesus.
That is a part of my story so far...hopefully the uphill climb won’t be from the pit again!
3) Do you have a favorite preacher?
I love hearing T.D. Jakes preach (especially in person, but even on CD he ROCKS). I have so many…let’s see: Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Juanita Bynum, any of the Women of Faith, Liz Curtis Higgs, and most definitely Carol Kent! Oh and of course, I’m crazy about my own preacher: Ryan Abernathy, who pushes us to that point of discomfort to run, not walk, towards God and how He created us for this earthly season.
4) What's the best Bible Study you've ever done?
There are 2 that come to mind: Me and My Big Mouth ~no comments from anyone~ (Joyce Meyer), and Believing God (Beth Moore).
5) What do you feel God's calling is on your life? To encourage and disciple other women through writing and in relationship.
Okay, thankfully I did this work yesterday and can get this posted cause now I’m going to work like a dog (translation: get stuff done I won’t remember by Tuesday, and do a limited surf of my favorite reads). I’ll be posting (hopefully including some random travel shots) on the other side of this rainbow in Al-B-Ker-Key!
And to Ken, from “The Voice”, It is a beautiful city and even if you never make it during the balloon fiesta (which is quite a site with over 1100 balloon floating heavenward),
you should definitely do a trip there some time…mountains, beach (without the ocean of course, but tons of beach), great outdoor activities; skiing, hiking, biking, etc, beautiful weather, adobe homes and businesses everywhere,
Native American history and heritage, not to mention some beautiful casino’s and outdoor opera and museums and outdoor concerts…it’s gorgeous, truly, it is. And the food ROCKS and absolutely tops anywhere I’ve been
and I’ve been to over 30 states. Hopefully I can convey some of the beauty and rich culture in pictures.
I better get busy…have a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day! What/who will you be remembering? I’m remembering family that have gone before me and the love of a God so great that He gave is Only Son to die for my sins and is now seated at His right hand!