The Show and tell post is a couple below this one. 🙂
Tell about a time when you had to be brave.
I’ve had to be brave when my husband traveled out of town many times. When we were first married, if he was away and I came home in the evening, I would have to check every room and every closet to make sure no one was hiding in there waiting to get me. 😳 A rustle of leaves outside my window one night had me calling the landlord to come check for prowlers, when it was probably just a dog or squirrel passing by. I had to remind myself over and over that God was my protector, and I looked up verses about fear and read them or recited them over and over, (like Psalm 56:3, Isaiah 12:2, and Isaiah 41:10, to name a few). That helped immensely. Then I developed a couple of health problems that have netted about 5 ER visits between them. Then I was afraid not so much of prowlers but that something health-related would happen while he was away. Well, something did — I happened to be on the phone with Jim while he was away one night about 9 or 10 when an episode of supraventricular tachycardia began. None of the preliminary measure worked to get my heart rate to reset to a normal rhythm, so I called a friend who took me to the ER. Her husband offered to stay with the boys, but they seemed to be doing fine — my oldest was an older teen then and had watched the others before. My youngest was asleep, so he didn’t have to be frightened by anything. My friend came and took me to the ER and waited with me through the drill of receiving adenosine by iv (awful stuff!!) and being monitored to make sure everything was back to normal. The Lord showed me through all of that that He is the One taking care of me. Sometimes He uses Jim, sometimes others. I had to realized, too, that even if Jim was here if someone broke in or a health problem came up, there is only so much he could do — a prowler could overpower him, or a health problem be beyond his ability to help. I could die in bed next to him without him knowing it til morning. That might not sound very comforting! 🙂 But it just helped me realize that God is my ultimate protector. There are times I still experience fear and have to go over those verses, but it is not as paralyzing as it used to be.
Which upcoming movie are you excited about seeing?
We wait to see movies til they come out on DVD, so we’re a little behind, but we’re looking forward to Spiderman III, The new Fantastic Four film, the next Pirates of the Caribbean film (though the second one was disappointing). (Not a chick flick among them — can you tell I live with all males? 🙂 ) The DVD I am waiting for is Amazing Grace.
Name an item you try to always have on hand.
My cell phone.
Imagine the most relaxing room you can think of. Now describe it!
Soft blue or green walls, white trim, ceiling fan. comfy furniture.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being highest), how spiritual or religious are you?
It depends on what is meant by “spiritual” or “religious.” I am not into New-Age type spirituality or religion just for the sake of religion, to compartmentalize that part of life or to be caught up in a system just for the sake of a system. I am a born-again Bible believer. I believe one enters into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, who said, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). I believe that Jesus died to take our sins and their penalty on Himself, and that if we repent of our sins and we believe on Him as Lord and Savior, we are born again. We become new and we enter into a relationship with God as our Father that permeates every part of life. Our lives change as we read more of is Word and draw closer to Him and grow spiritually, and we try to do everything we do out of love for Him, in obedience to Him, and for His glory. So, with that understanding as a basis, I would say I’m a 10. 🙂
(Edited to add: As I visited some other Friday Feasters yesterday, some seemed to think it would be proud or self-promoting to give a high answer to this last question. I took this question to mean how important is spirituality to you, how much time and attention do you give it, etc., so I answered with a “10” in that vein, meaning that my relationship with the Lord is the highest priority in my life. I certainly didn’t mean to indicate I thought I was perfect, and I hope no one took it that way. 🙂 )
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