So, who are we, everybody?

Saturday morning update: OH MY WORD, YOU GUYS! THIS TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS EVER ON THIS BLOG! SO MUCH FUN! You guys are incredibly interesting. I am knocked out right now with a sense of awe that God would allow me to interact with you. I have tons of respect for you guys. Keep doing the thing and keep resisting the cookie cutter despite the (Christian??) social pressure. You are much more interesting this way. Just hold close to Jesus and don’t let being different become it’s own pretense or attention-getter. Keep that gorgeous authenticity that makes this community my favorite cyber spot on earth. Good grief, I am so thankful for y’all.

 

Hey, everybody! It’s been a long time since we’ve done a survey to see who God has brought together to form this sisterhood. It’s a blast not only to behold our common bonds in Christ but to revel in our diversity as a community of very different people committed to one glorious Savior. We’d be bored stiff if we only opened our hearts and lives to those who are just like us. If we have to line up exactly on about 100 points of doctrine, we are liable to get pretty lonely. We don’t even necessarily have to work out a difference to our mutual satisfaction to treat one another with mutual esteem and to honestly love one another. Always preferring someone remarkably similar across the table from us still smells a lot like Narcissus. We may even be fooling ourselves but, at the end of the day, it’s just another form of mirror gazing. Gross.

When I get to see a group of you out there after a Living Proof Live, I always wish I could freeze the moment and stare at each of you one by one. It is the most incredibly refreshing sight. You cannot fathom how different we look in person, all banded together in a holy huddle. It makes me so dang happy. It is clear in that context that we were drawn together by something so far removed from packaging. You and I know that is Jesus. Oh, how I pray that God smiles when He drops in on this community, holds time tightly in His hand, and stares at each of us one by one.

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:11-12

OK! What do you say we do a survey? Complete each of the following as succinctly as possible. Lindsee and I will LOVE bringing these in. Let’s do this today for the pure Jesus-joy of celebrating community!

1. Your name and where you live.

2. Your age or general age grouping (grin)

3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting?

4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)

5. What is your #1 hobby?

6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one?

7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind.

8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation.

9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday.

10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am ___________________________________________________________________.

 

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  1. 1001
    Pamela Sheldon says:

    1. Pam – live in San Marino, California
    2. 64 and proud of it!
    3. Accepted Christ in 2001, sitting on my bed reading Randy Alcorn’s Deadline.
    4. Retired but speak to Christian Women’s Groups.
    5. Writing – have blog at http://www.womanatthewellus.wordpress.com
    6. A new church plant – Fellowship Monrovia
    7. 50 lb. Australian Cattledog rescue; 150 lb. Newfoundland sweetie and 2 very different cats.
    8. Disappointed in my daughter’s reaction to trying to help her; elated my husband said he misses me on Sunday’s when I go to church so he wants to start coming too (not a believer)!!!!
    9. Perfect Saturday lets me sleep in, have great smelling coffee ready when I get up; couple of hours in the Word; walk the dog; take a nap; out to dinner.
    10. Only people who really know me realize I am not a natural speaker and have butterflies every time I get up to talk.

  2. 1002
    DeeDee says:

    1. Your name and where you live.
    DeeDee Myers from Tallahassee, FL

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin)
    62 and a month (today!)

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting?
    I grew up in a very legalistic church and understood only fear, not relationship. I tried following the “good girl” plan, but my life fell apart anyway. I was mad at God and went my own way for a few years, all the while looking for love in all the wrong places. Everything changed when I took a job with two Christian lawyers in Atlanta who started praying for me. Their example of living out their beliefs in their everyday lives was a powerful example to me. Finally, in 1985, God had had enough of my dilly dallying and said, “You’re mine!”

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)
    I am a communications specialist and adjunct English teacher (English as a Second Language and Developmental Writing) at out local community college.

    5. What is your #1 hobby?
    reading

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one?
    Yes, my husband and I worship and serve at Wildwood Church (PCA).

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind.
    We have a Quaker parrot (small bird, big personality). Funny story — For five years, we’ve thought it was male, but this past summer, she proved us wrong when she started laying eggs! I’m not sure who was more shocked…her or us!

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation.
    Our inability to have children will always be a disappointment, but God has given us five “God-children” (former students) whom we consider part of our family. Three of them are Christians, so we’re praying for the other two to be drawn to Jesus. One of them got married about a month ago, and we went to their house for dinner last Friday night. What a joyful occasion!

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday.
    Getting up when I wake up, having a big breakfast with my husband while we watch Food Network, studying and preparing for my Tuesday night ladies’ Bible class, going shopping and having lunch with a friend or two, fixing a simple supper, and inviting friends over to eat and play cards.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am
    an introvert. I come across as being outgoing, but that’s because I’m interested in people. A lot of outside stimulation is taxing to me, so I have to have my alone time to recharge.

  3. 1003
    Cindy says:

    1. Cindy Kelly Broadway NC
    2. 38
    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting? I accepted Jesus when I was 12 years old at vacation bible school.

    4. What line of work are you in? I am a high school teacher and coach. Coach volleyball and basketball.
    5. riding horses

    6. Yes, The Summit in Durham NC
    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind. Yes, black lab named Kasey, Chocolate lab named Toby, Yellow lab named Maggie and austrailian shep named Coda. And 4 horses!! Dottie Grace, Daisy, Pilgram, Sadie.

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation. Biggest Disappointment- when friends don’t believe what Christ says is true about them.

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday. My moms country ham biscuits, a good project, depending on what time of the year, football or basketball watching! Doing something outside!

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am
    giving and just want to serve and encouarge them, To spur them on in their walk with our Lord!!

  4. 1004
    Deb says:

    1. Your name and where you live.

    Deb – Connecticut (grew up in Massachusetts)

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin)

    37

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting?

    As a little girl, at home, with my parents

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)

    I’m a stay at home mom who does some freelance writing/editing from home.

    5. What is your #1 hobby?

    Blogging (writing in general), reading, singing

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one?

    Church of the Living God in Manchester, CT. It’s sort of Assemblies of God-ish. 🙂

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind.

    My cat, Zeke. He is sick right now though and we’re not sure if he’s going to be with us much longer. 🙁

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation.

    Watching my son (who’s almost 5 and has mild autism) do things we weren’t sure he’d ever be able to do.

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday.

    Books…tea…rain sliding down window panes…fresh baked bread in the oven.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am

    Very sensitive and, while not a “tomboy,” not into some of the typical girly girl things. For example, I’d much rather spend hours in a used book store or antiques shop than shopping for clothes! 🙂

  5. 1005
    Ashley Taylor says:

    1. Ashley Taylor, Lawrenceville, GA
    2. 31
    3. When I was a early teenager at church
    4. I’m a pediatric cardiac (baby and kid hearts) nurse
    5. Reading (Am I allowed to say Bible study?)
    6. Yes, I love my church. Sunrise Baptist Church
    7. I have 5. 2 elderly ferrets, a rabbit, a cat, and a dog.
    8. disappointment: my brother’s mental illness
    elation: spending the day with my husband and child and a couple of friends
    9. sleeping in, hanging out with my family (possibly going somewhere, but not required), reading, and watching TV late into the night
    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am carrying many people’s burdens. God blessed me with the gift of encouragement and listening so I am often the person people come to when they have problems. I have to confess that I don’t always take them to God before I mull over them myself.

  6. 1006
    Julie Gresham says:

    1. Julie Gresham Jackson, MS
    2. 53
    3. I think I have always been a Christian, but I remember ‘walking’ the aisle at church camp so all my friends would know…
    4. Part-time at an outpatient facility, but housewife is my favorite profession!!!
    5. Toss-up!! Walking, lunching with friends
    6. Christ United Methodist Church
    7. 2 dogs-a chocolate lab, Chester and a chihuahua, Bella
    8. Finances are beyond tough/My husband and I just celebrated our 30 year anniversary!
    9. Ah! Breakfast, reformer Pilates class, long walk, fun lunch, lazy afternoon, dinner with husband and friends
    10. a homebody

  7. 1007
    Michelle B. says:

    1. My name is Michelle Bornfleth and I live in Dallas, Oregon (yes, Oregon 🙂 … south of Portland)

    2. I’m 25 years old

    3. I was 5 or 6 years old when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. It was bed/prayer time, and it was just my parents and I.

    4. I work for our county in the Health and Human Services department for a program called Service Integration. I coordinate Service Integration with the purpose of connecting social service agencies and non profits together to ensure that families in our communities are served and connected to resources.

    5. Coffee with friends and bike riding (also maybe…Pinterest!)

    6. Yes! My husband and I are part of a newer church plant called Dallas Foursquare Church. It’s been great.

    7. 1 dog, Charlie and a cat named Chloe. Charlie is a year old lab/retriever/border collie mix and Chloe is a calico.

    8. Recent disappointment – It’s more of a concern/sadness: seeing all of the need in our communities and not always knowing how to ‘help’
    Biggest recent elation – My husband, he’s just wonderful

    9. Sleeping in… coffee with my sister, shopping with my best friend, an afternoon spending time with my husband, and a date night.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am … not as quiet as I appear; it takes me a long time to be comfortable with new people; a mix between a realist and an idealist; compassionate.

  8. 1008
    Cindy Nash says:

    1. Your name and where you live.
    Cindy Nash. Chattanooga TN

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin)
    Just turned 40. Woo Hoo!

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting?
    First time: 8 years old-church. Second time: 38 years old, Jordan River, Israel (my rebaptism)

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)
    Lactation Consultant–love my job!! 🙂

    5. What is your #1 hobby?
    Walking.

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one?
    Connect Worship Service, Collegedale SDA Church

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind.
    One cat. Named Israel ( We have a thing for that place.) We call her Izzy. 🙂

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation.
    Elation: My Kids loving Jesus

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday.
    Sleep in a tiny bit. Prayerwalk my neighborhood. Spend some sweet time with the Lord. Go to church where the Holy Spirit’s presence is so thick you could slice the air with a knife but would never want to. Lunch with family. A wee little nap and then hike on a Tennessee trail.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am
    Shy about commenting on this blog, but a devout reader. 🙂

  9. 1009
    Brenda Jones says:

    So, I am late, again. (sigh) I saw this Saturday and really wanted to do it, but was getting ready for company on Sunday for lunch, and could not get back to it! So here goes….

    1. Your name and where you live.
    Brenda Jones, Richmond, Virginia. I’ve been here two years – we moved back here after several job related moves to help my aging parents.

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin) – Hmmm, as of Wednesday, 60. Yikes! Where did the years go!!

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting? When I was 9, at the end of a Revival week in my home church. It was amazing. The Pastor was speaking only to me. I really got it. 🙂

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)
    I have my own business as an Interior Designer that I started three years ago. I had worked in it for several years when deciding to “go back to school” after our last left home for college. It keeps me really busy – or at least I keep me really busy trying to keep all the necessary balls in the air!!

    5. What is your #1 hobby?
    Would probably be decorating my home, and entertaining friends and family. 🙂

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one?
    Yes, my husband and I are active at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, here in Richmond, Sunday School, and music ministry.

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind.
    A Boxer that I adore. He’s our second, will be 11 next week, and though he was recently diagnosed with cardio myopathy, he does his very best to try to “keep up” with us (around the house of course – we can’t walk him so much anymore.). He still wants to play like before, and does everything he can to have these little spontaneous bursts of energy. He’s a big guy with a big heart. 🙂

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation.
    It would have to be Saturday while preparing for company (family) to come on Sunday (for my Birthday. My sweet husband arranged this for me:)), I realized it would be my first b’day without my Mom and how much she always enjoyed celebrating my birthday. It made me very sad, but at the same time, the same circumstance made me extremely thankful and joyful to still have my Dad and other family here with me.

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday.
    Awww, sleep in, a tall cup of coffee and my Bible, an amazing breakfast (in or out), a great walk, and some work around the house. Top it all off with dinner and evening spent with my husband with or without friends. 🙂

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am
    so totally convinced that if God ever failed to daily sustain me with His grace, I would be one horrible incredible mess!

  10. 1010
    Linda H. says:

    1. Linda, The Villages, Florida (as of 3-1/2 months ago)
    2. 59-1/2
    3. So long ago, I don’t remember when He wasn’t my personal Savior.
    4. Retired, and loving it.
    5. Quiltmaking
    6. Yes! A new Evangelical Free church.
    7. Yes. A rescued beagle-chow named Hogan.
    8. Recent biggest elation: winning a new sewing machine for a quilt entered into a competition.
    9. Sewing without any interruptions
    10. …I am a personal who craves having a few very close friends.

  11. 1011
    Susan Southerland says:

    1. Susan Southerland

    2. 52

    3. I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior in 1982, when my flight instructor and his wife led me back to church, and then I joined a college career group and through these friends discovered what it was to have a relationship with Jesus.

    4. I am a junior high special education teacher, previously a commercial pilot

    5. Don’t get to have much of a hobby, but I guess DIY projects, reading a good book, and pencil sketches. I love to write and read my Bible and worship the Lord.

    6. I attend a non-denominational church, Muleshoe Cowboy Fellowship led by an auctioneer cum evangelist/preacher….also go to Sunday church at a Methodist church and help with the music program.

    7. I have both cats and dogs; I am a pet lover from way back!!

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment: when my boyfriend of two years told me he wanted “to shop around” and find out if I’m the right one for him…most recent elation? When God brought this Godly man into my life. (please pray that he will decide the shopping around isn’t necessary)

    9. The perfect Saturday begins with sleeping in till we both – my ‘husband’ and I – remember this is the ‘perfect’ Saturday – wake up, and then spend the balance of the day doing chores, such as feeding cattle, watching the sunrise and the sunset, etc. and eating breakfast, lunch and dinner with him and falling asleep snuggled up next to him.

    10 Only people who really know me realize that I am compassionate, caring and loyal to a fault, which is often masked by my overly aggressive nature in trying too hard..

    ________________________________________________________________.

     

  12. 1012
    Susan Southerland says:

    I forgot to tell folks that I am from Texico,NM …lol, great teacher can’t even read the directions!!

  13. 1013
    Wendy says:

    1-Wendy
    2-Comox Valley, Canada
    3-accepted Jesus at age 12 but follows Him age 20
    4-homeschool mom with home business Purseslane Studio
    5-#1 hobby is tied between writing/gardening/photography
    6-Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church
    7-shih tzu,rottweiler cross,& two sweet cats
    8-biggest recent disappointment-bank balance (trivial)
    -biggest recent elation-a nice visit with relatives
    9-Perfect Saturday is morning coffee with husband followed by gardening time;barbecue with our kids; and everyone hanging out together in the den.
    10-Only people who realy know me realize that I am a prayer warrior.

  14. 1014
    Allison says:

    1. Allison currently in Colorado Springs

    2. 25

    3. I grew up attending church, but made my “grown up” declaration at 16.

    4. Speech-Language Pathologist

    5. It’s been some time, but I love horseback riding.

    6. Recently arrived and looking for a body of believers.

    7. Not at the moment, but I want a dog in the worst way.

    8. Realizing I may be in the current season of life a lot longer than I was planning/ Realizing I was probably placed here for a reason….and learning that it is OK for our neat plans and dreams to change.

    9. Spending a Saturday on the beach with family/or friends.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am much funnier than I appear.

  15. 1015
    Jennifer says:

    1. Jennifer Bass from Fort Worth, Texas
    2. 50
    3. When I was 16 after a youth group experience.
    4. I am an Information Technology GEEK but not in an Amy Farrah Fowler kind of way.
    5. I enjoy knitting.
    6. I worship at FUMCFTW but wherever my siestas are having a great Bible Study, I am sure to participate.
    7. I have a golden retriever/flat coat retriever mix named Hunter. I have a grad-pup named Harper and the jury is still out on what she is (maybe Bouvier). Out of the goodness of my heart, I have 5 cats (the mom and her 4 offspring). It’s a good thing that are sweet and talk to me.
    8. My biggest disappointment was that me dad didn’t consult with me before he painted the retreat-like deck off their house in the piney woods of a East Texas. My mom passed away in April of this year, so he didn’t have his wife to temper his enthusiasm and lack of color sense. He painted it Turquoise. Needless to say, he changed it back to a natural color after we talked. My biggest elation was a full spa day and Women of Faith conference in one weekend. Still floating after that.
    9. A perfect Saturday would include a walk/run, breakfast outside with the dogs and cats, watch an old movie, read, knit, coffee with a friend, mani/pedi and dinner/movie with my family.
    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am silly goofy fun -loving 50 year old girl who likes to giggle and gets totally tickled at the silliest things. My husband is a goofball and will reduce me to a ball of nothingness from laughing so hard. He brings tears to my eyes because I laugh so hard. ___________________________________________________________________.

  16. 1016
    Mary Bess says:

    1. Mary Bess, Natchitoches, LA

    2. 27

    3. Almost 6, at the living room couch, after a weekend of long talks and serious questions with Mama

    4. I’m a “Student Life Advisor” (read Dorm-Mama) for 14-18 yr old girls at a residential highschool for smartypants.

    5. I love to garden, even if only in my dorm window.

    6. Yes, The Bridge

    7. Sadly, no pets, though I count my geraniums-Bonnie and Lassie

    8. Disappointing-an ineffective perm. Elation: getting to share the plan of salvation with some of my girls who were agnostic, neo-pagan, and “I think I’m still a Christian, I mean we used to say blessings and go to church.”

    9. Sleeping late, but completing some project or another, then spending a few hours with my students in the evening. Hopefully over sushi.

    10 Only people who really know me realize that I am writing a novel.

  17. 1017
    Laura says:

    1. Your name and where you live. Laura from Minneapolis, MN

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin) 31

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting? 5 yrs. old in sunday school

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.) I’m a nursing assistant

    5. What is your #1 hobby? reading

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one? Yes, Faith baptist church

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind. no

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation. moving from my home of 4 years

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday. Not doing a thing.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am an amazing woman of God.___________________________________________________________________.

  18. 1018
    Dawn Bouchard says:

    1. Dawn Bouchard – Beavercreek (Dayton) OH

    2. 50-something (lol!)

    3. I remember raising my hand (and ‘peeking’!) during an invitation in children’s church when I was 7 yrs. old, and I do take that as the time I placed ‘childlike faith’ in Jesus – and I remember the joy! But there have been several times that I have ‘reaffirmed’ that youthful decision, though I do believe God saved me at that tender age.

    4. I’ve always been involved in education – currently I am teaching teens & courageous adults to drive and loving it!

    5. Photography

    6. Yes – Patterson Park Church, Beavercreek, OH
    I am having a difficult time being content there, but I
    am working on it every day because there are people
    there whom I have loved for a long time.

    7. A darling, petite 3 yr. old ‘morkie’ (maltese & yorkie)
    pup is my sweet companion – Sophie is her name.

    8. My 4 adult children are not married and have bought into the world’s thinking that ‘it can wait’ … grieves my heart as one who has always placed family before self-interest. And I pray and God does not answer, thus disappointment. / Spending time with my Savior, especially outdoors, and serving others in His name (especially children)

    9. An early morning bike ride with my man on the wooded trail in our town with an amazing cup of french press coffee on the side, followed by doing something ‘for-fun-creative’ with my girls.

    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am … very competitive, especially when it comes to word games!

  19. 1019
    Jennifer T says:

    Aw, man! My computer went black-screen for several days last week and then I see this wonderful post! Do people go back and read/post to old ones? I’ll just pretend everyone’s still here. I love Siestaville and can’t stand missing this (nor the NERD one from the other day – although I honestly couldn’t answer most the questions without some serious page-flipping so I decided to just read all your answers). 🙂
    So here’s these:
    1. Jennifer – Washington DC suburbs (Fairfax, VA)
    2. 44
    3. around 21 yrs old: wanted what Gospel-singing-Jesus-lovin’ coworker had so I got my hands on a “4 Spiritual Laws” tract. Read it and ‘prayed the prayer’ nightly for weeks as was my well-churched ‘way’ of doing prayer. Fell in love with Jesus!
    4. Homeschooling 3 kids: ages 10, 7 and 3
    5. Reading
    6. YES – PTL! The Falls Church Anglican.
    7. If you count the one fish that is surviving my son’s disgusting tank as a pet, then we have one pet. No name. Maybe more pets in a couple years.
    8. Bad news in friends life
    9. sleeping in, then quiet time without interruption, then kiddo time in pajamas, then guilt-free girl time in worship (maybe getting some dirty praise on at a LPL event or something), dinner (out) and time with my man – never a dish or basket of laundry in sight.
    10 Only people who really know me realize that I am a fierce competitor. Gross.

  20. 1020
    sepikmerikatie says:

    1. Katie, Papua New Guinea
    2. 29
    3. around 8 yrs old, in a little dusty Sunday school class in the middle of some cow field in Montana
    4. tribal church planting
    5. adventure/hiking/jumping off waterfalls
    6. yep –living, working, breathing each other as a group of coworkers here. Sending church in the states, calvary fellowship! <3
    7. I have two tiny fish THAT I’VE INVITED, in an antique glass pitcher with a plant. The rest have not been invited but they think they live here: rats in my ceiling, geckos behind everything hanging on the wall, an occasional cricket in my bed, and cockroaches wherever they want ;(
    8. Hmm. Disappointment: boys who lead you on for months and then fall off the face of the green earth and do not have one more word for you in their entire existence. Elation: another language group previously without opportunity to hear the Truth, just joined us around the throne last week. Truly awe-some.
    9. Depends greatly on what country im in… I will give you the here and now perfect Saturday since I am here… now. Sleep until you want to get up, coffee, brunch and a study date with my best friend and coworker here. Some kind of crafting extravaganza, painting, or making cards. A late afternoon float down the river, singing all the way, and fish tacos for dinner after getting fresh avocado and cilantro from the market. A movie and foot soaks. The end.
    10. Only people who really know me realize that I… have a fault line of insecurity and fear (but I live there LESS AND LESS!!!)

  21. 1021
    Andria says:

    1. Andria, Berryville, Va
    2. 44
    3. age 14, Camp Christian
    4. librarian
    5. reading, sketching
    6. BRBC
    7. Mini and Lacey, Siamese rescue cats
    8. Biggest Elation-celebrating my 20th anniversary with my husband in Canada
    9. Perfect Saturday-My husband and I watching movies all day in our jammies.
    10. Only people who really know me will know that I would do anything that I possibly could to help someone and will pray for them unceasingly.

  22. 1022
    Tiffany says:

    1. Tiffany McLaughlin, Vero Beach, FL

    2. 30

    3. Sometime as a child-grew up in church so don’t remember

    4. Barn Manager at a Therapeutic Riding Barn

    5. Reading fiction

    6. Yes, 1st Church of God

    7. Dog-Harley, mixed Plott Hound

    8. Making the mistake of sex before marriage/Getting married to a wonderful man of God!

    9. Up by 7:30, run or walk with the dog, a few things that need to get done including errands (it’s hard to be completely unproductive an entire day), home by 11, eat a little lunch while watching a movie, take a good long nap, spend the rest of the daylight hours hiking in God’s beautiful creation (dog included of course), lazy evening at home and a good night’s rest.

    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am…quite silly at times and love laughing my head off

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    Shelley says:

    1. Shelley- Lakeland, Florida

    2. 39(until Dec 1st)

    3. Jesus has been in my heart since I was a child. I have always known Him.

    4. I work for our local water utility in new development

    5. I don’t really have a hobby, but I enjoy reading.

    6. My church is First United Methodist Church

    7. I have two dogs- Kali and Jasmine. They are chocolate lab sisters from the same litter.

    8. My biggest dissappointment is that people hurt people all the time (including me)/my biggest elation is that God forgives us all for the hurt that we inflict on eachother. He amazes me that no matter how big the sin is he forgives and it is wiped from His memory. How awesome is that.

    9. My perfect Saturday is waking up without an alarm clock going off, having my coffee by the pool with both dogs by my side and then getting a pedicure with my group of girlfriends. 🙂

    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am a Jazzercise fanatic!

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    Shelby Kasten says:

    Shelby Kasten
    Proudly 65 age,
    I was in 4th grade, when I was in 2nd I got a spanking and told the Lord I hated Him, thought he was suppose to protect me, then in 4th grade a I crossed through a ladies yard frozen over with snow, she hollered out the back door not to cut through, I yelled back it’s frozen I can’t hurt it. Come June she comes to our house and I am frozen at the front door as she ask for Mom, I think she’s there to tell on me, but she ask us to Vac Bible School and that week I found out Christ really did love me and wants to protect me, and I went forward and excepted Him in my heart.

    Sewing – Holloween costumes for the grandkids has been so much fun, won many contest.

    Southwest Baptist Church been there 23 years with my husband the Pastor who is the best.

    Dissapointment #1 grandson not serving Lord, thought he would be 4th generation.

    Recent elation – everyday a party with the Holy Spirit

    Perfect Sat – Preparing my Roast beef dinner for my # 1 and # 2 sons families that come over every Sunday after worshipping with them in church.

    Only people who really know me, know I’m not crazy LOL

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    Shelby Kasten says:

    Sorry missed – Line of work
    done everything from administration in Hosp to teller in Bank to driving school bus for 1 year.

    Pets, the most beloved Australian Sheppard that has torn up almost everything in the house, but now at 2 is setteling down. LOVE

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    April Lynn says:

    1. April. Manhattan, KS

    2. 34

    3. I accepted Christ as a youngster at youth summer camp. You would think that I would have it “all figured out” by now…but no:)

    4. I gave up a wonderful, stable career to follow my Soldier husband (military folks move frequently) so now I teach undergraduate marketing.

    5. When I have time, I can be found talking to friends or reading.

    6. I attend PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel on Fort Riley – they meet every Tuesday). Military communities are different in that they don’t have “roots” that the typical community church has. For instance: every Sunday we ask who is there for the first time, who is there for the last time and who is deploying soon. The entire congregation will turn over/change out, on average, every 24 months.

    7. No pets. :-/

    8. My most recent disappointment involves dealing with difficult people – I haven’t always had the best responses. My most recent elation involves working with family programs to make big improvements that will benefit Soldiers & Family members.

    9. The perfect Saturday = one spent with my husband talking and hiking.

    10 Only people who really know me realize that I am in a season where I am struggling to find my identity.

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    Donna says:

    My name is Donna and I live in Bartlett, TN. I’m 49 – turning 50 in January! I’ve been a believer since my early years however it took until my 40’s to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. I’m currently on week 5 of Believing God through a women’s study at my church – Hope Pres. I’ve worked at the same company for 24 years and am currently in marketing and working on our website. My #1 hobby is being a docent at our zoo – teaching children about stewardship. I love Hope Church because it’s allowed me to become involved with kids and adults that I can share my relationship with.

    I DO have pets – always have and always will – Lex & Ozzie are my boys. Lex is a border collie / golden retriever mix and Ozzie is a gray cat. Both are rescued… and they rescued me!

    I’m not sure what my recent disappointment would be but my biggest elation has been this wonderful bible study. I’ve struggled for years with insecurities, wondering if these promises could be for me too. Week 4 hit it out of the park for me. Blessed Chosen Adopted Accepted Redeemed Forgiven and Loved – oh yeah!

    Perfect Saturday – morning at the zoo and hanging with my boys in the afternoon.

    Only people who really know me realize that I am… a big mess!

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    Suzy E. says:

    Sorry I’m so late – busy weekend, and just seeing this.

    1. Suzy Edwards – Smyrna, GA (Atlanta metro area)

    2. Just turned 59 – and am in the process of planning a big celebration for next year!

    3. I was a preacher’s kid – grew up knowing all the “right” songs and “right” words, was a leader in my youth group, even memorized scripture, etc., – but had never committed my life personally to Jesus Christ. I became SO convicted (and miserable!) about the “show” that I was putting on, until finally Christ broke down the pride that was holding me back. At 16, during a revival meeting, I laid down all those pretenses and asked forgiveness for everything, and promised to follow Him all my life. Many years and “ups and downs” later, I’m still at it, more committed than ever. And so thankful and blessed that He keeps urging me on with His gentle, quiet spirit – so persistent and faithful. I love Him more today than ever before, because He loves me so much. It just warms my heart.

    4. I have been several things over the years, but presently am a courtroom deputy clerk for a federal magistrate judge.

    5. In the spring/summer: gardening
    In the fall/winter: sewing

    6. Yes. I go to a non-denominational church called Vinings Lake. It is a church plant from a large baptist church. Very contemporary. I presently am leading a small-group Bible study in my home on Sunday nights.

    7. I have a pet in my home (that belongs to my husband). Beagle named Annie. (That’s a whole other story that you don’t want to know about.)

    8. Elation: My son and daughter-in-law have started the adoption process for an Ethiopian baby!

    9. Every Saturday is perfect, what are you talking about?????
    –Saturday morning at our friend’s mountain cabin – coffee on the deck looking at the mountains, shopping at the small town nearby later on.
    –Saturday morning at the farmer’s market, breakfast at a café on the square, and gardening by noon.
    –Saturday morning watching my grandson chase a soccer ball with his team, quilting in the afternoon
    –Saturday morning fixing eggs and grits for my man, doing whatever all day, dinner and a movie in the evening.
    –Saturday morning hiking down by the river, spending the rest of the afternoon in Bible study.

    Those are all normal for me – how could I go wrong with any of them?

    10. A music-lover. Can’t sing, can barely play piano, but absolutely LOVE music. Have it on all the time. Love to dance. Love to praise. Can’t wait until I get to heaven and God gives me a beautiful singing voice to praise Him with!

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    Tiffany says:

    1. Tiffany Portage, IN

    2. 31

    3. I have believed in Jesus for as long as I can remember, but I started hungering for Him around 19.

    4. I do Software support, but dream of going back to school someday and getting into Women’s Ministries

    5. Sharing God’s love. I know how hard and unexpected this life has been for me, so I want to show love to all I meet.

    6. Valparaiso Nazarene Church

    7. I am allergic, so we recently had to get rid of our sweet kitty Sundae.

    8. My marriage. Separating with my husband is something I never wanted or expected to have to do.

    9. A nice sunny fall day, hiking in the woods and just spending time with my daughter.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am hurting.

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    Susan Clark says:

    Susan Clark 65 I accepted Christ in church while in college
    Labor and Delievery Nurse
    My hobby is being a grandmother I attend Tabernacal church I have one dog (chahuahua) and one cat My biggest elation was a new Granddaughter
    A perfect Saturday would be a day with the whole family at the beach.
    Only people that know me well know I am very shy.

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    Tracy says:

    1. Your name and where you live. TRACY Elizabethtown, KY

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin) 46 and going strong!!

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting?

    WOW, I grew up in church (thank the Lord) but it really wasn’t mine and/or a relationship untill sept 13 1992 when i was immersed at our tiny country church (80 total including babies and the preacher!)

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)

    I AM A MOM, FARMER, BOOKEEPER, AND BIBLE STUDENT.

    5. What is your #1 hobby? READING, RIDING A MOTORCYCLE, ANYTHING OUTDOORS (SORRY I CAN’T PICK JUST ONE)

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one? ABSOLUTELY!! UNION CHRISTIAN CHURCH , HODGENVILLE, KY (BIRTHPLACE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN)

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind. TWO HORSES, A BUNCH OF COWS,THREE DOGS, TWO CATS, TWO SNAKES AND AN ALLIGATOR AS OF LATE LAST NIGHT!

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation. MY DISSAPOINTMENT IS TO PERSONAL TO PUT HERE IT INVOLVES FAMILY/ ELATION DISCOVERING SEVERAL BOOKS BY LOIS TVERBERG!

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday. 80 DEGREES, LONG MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO A REALLY YUMMY RESTURANT, RIDE BACK HOME, CUDDLE UP WITH A GOOD BOOK.

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am RECKLEESLY ABANDON TO CHRIST! (TO THE REST WHO DON/T KNOW ME THEY JUST THINK I’M A NUT! 🙂

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    Julie Elrod says:

    1. Julie Elrod; Smyrna, GA

    2. 37

    3. I was at a revival in my home church in Rome, GA. At the invitation time the Holy Spirit called my name and I could not resist Him.

    4. I am a part-time music teacher to K5-3rd graders at a Christian school. I am also a FULLTIME mother of 2 and wife.

    5. I love to cook.

    6. Yes. First Baptist Smyrna, GA

    7. Nope. We only accept humans at our house. Sorry Beth:-) (seriously-we like animals, we just have allergy issues.)

    8. Elation=just got home from an amazing couples retreat w/6 other couples from my SS class. So fun!!

    9. Perfect Saturday: sleeping IN until 10:00!! Going to J. Chrisopher’s or somewhere for brunch; going home to take a nap; doing something fun w/my kids like the park; ending the day w/a date w/my hubs.

    10 Only people who really know me realize that I can busta move!

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    Katy Flood says:

    1. Katy Flood, Lewistown, PA
    2. 45
    3. Jesus became my lord in 1984 when I was in 11th grade. I had been attending a youth group and on the way home the youth leader asked where I would go when I died. The gospel was explained and I asked Jesus into my life.
    4. I am a speaker and have a ministry and I also work at a local pregnancy center as their abstinence director. I go into the public schools and talk to teens about waiting until marriage to have sex.
    5. #1 hobby? Love to shop and decorate. But really most of my time is being a mom to 3 boys.
    6. I attend Calvary bible Church in Lewistown, PA and am the director of women’s ministry there.
    7. I have a golden retriever named logan – he was adopted when he was 13 months old and is now 4. BEAUTIFUL!
    8. disappointment: knowing my nephew is moving to georgia to attend a boarding school because of his behavior. biggest elation: having 30 women sign up for bible study!!
    9. perfect saturday: hanging with my husband and boys at our farm. No phone and no internet!
    10. Only people who really know me realize I am not as confident as I seem to be.

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    Pat says:

    1. Pat in Emporia, KS
    2. 53 and counting
    3. I came to Christ as the result of a bus ministry in Muncie, IN in the 70’s. I am so thankful for the faithfulness of those bus workers who came by every week.
    4. I am on the end of raising our three children, which included home schooling. I am transitioning to working more in my husband’s ministry to the international students at our local university, and finding what my next step in my journey will be.
    5. My number one hobby is hanging out with my friends when I get the opportunity to do so. I also love puzzles and thinking games. And I love looking through book stores with my husband.
    6. I belong to the body at Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church.
    7. We have a cat named Kaya, after one of the American Girl series characters.
    8. My biggest recent elation is sharing the Word with my international student friends. There is no greater joy! No recent big disappointments.
    9. My perfect Saturday is one where I’m with my family doing whatever we’re doing together, whether working, playing games, hiking, or watching a movie. My perfect place would be by water…a stream in CO, the beach on the ocean (with plenty of sunscreen so I don’t burn).
    10. Only people that really know me realize that Christ holds me together. Hopefully that is an encouragement that HE can do that for them as well. =)

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    Maria says:

    I know I’m late, but I still want to participate.

    1. Maria-Richland, WA

    2. 31

    3. I was four years old. An older grandmotherly lady from our church was reading the Bible to my brother and I and asked if we wanted to accept Jesus. I did and I remember bursting out the front door of her house to tell my dad afterwards.

    4. I’m a high school English teacher

    5. Reading

    6. Life Church of the Tri-Cities

    7. Ack…two British Short hair cats. William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill (my kids and husband love them, but they’re a housecleaning nightmare)

    8. I’m my biggest disappointment, just because I am so aware of my shortcomings. Biggest elation-the joy of my kids.

    9. Sleeping in, cuddling with my babies, drinking coffee, and it’s summer so no obligations to be anywhere in particular

    10 Only people who really know me realize that I am very moody and can be mean.

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    Cynthia says:

    Ok I’m a nerd too and feel like I have to leave a reply even though it’s late. 😉

    1. Your name and where you live. Cynthia, Pauls Valley, OK

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin) 36

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting? I was at Falls Creek (an enormous camp here in OK that’s awesome!) It was after devotionals in our cabin with my youth director.

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.) I am a middle school counselor.

    5. What is your #1 hobby? Probably reading. I don’t get to do it very much because I become too engrossed and let everything else just fall by the wayside. Lol!

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one? Trinity Baptist Church, Pauls Valley. We are the youth Sunday School teachers.

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind. We have Sophie a 14 year old cat and Bradford, a 4 year old Cocker Spaniel.

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation. I think this one is hard. Elation would be when my sweet hubby sent me flowers for no reason a couple of weeks ago. 🙂

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday. Sleeping in, being able to get caught up on cleaning/laundry, some good college (read OU) football, spending time with my 8 and 3 year old boys, and a date night with my hubby. That can never all happen in one Saturday, but a girl can dream…

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am more soft-hearted than even people realize.

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    Katie Bruce says:

    1. Kati, Nashville TN

    2. 30

    3. 10 years old at church, more fully understood my decision at 15 year.

    4. Pediatric Pharmacist (my focus is with children with cancer)

    5. Reading.

    6. Crosspoint Church

    7. No pets right now

    8. Disappointment- not being able to overcome my insecurities (even after reading Beth’s book). Elation- my 2 year old boy is starting to talk up a storm and every day I am elated by a new phrase that he has come up with. Yesterday he kept saying he was going to be a firetruck for Halloween (instead of a fireman).

    9. Alone time with my son in the morning while I let my husband sleep in, having something fun planned as an outing (the zoo, the pumpkin patch, etc.), time to catch up on reading or tv shows during nap time, and dinner out!

    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am not as confident as I pretend to be.

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    Erin says:

    1. Name: Erin Boling- Denison, TX
    2. Age: 32
    3. Saved: When I was 8, my brother accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord. Through that experience and his baptism, both my stepmom and I made the same choice- and were baptized together. 🙂
    4. Work: I am a fourth grade teacher.
    5. Hobby: Being crafty (or at least trying)
    6. Plugged-in: Parkside Baptist Church- Denison, TX- First Grade Sunday School Teacher, AWANA leader, KidZone helper
    7. Pets: See answers #4 and #6 (Just kidding- no pets at this time.)
    8. Elation: Not having school yesterday, sleeping in, hanging out with some of my favorite people, and just getting to “be”.
    9. Perfect Saturday: Little things- a little reading, a little shopping, a little cheering for sports, a little family time, a little friend time, a little nap, and a little quiet time.
    10. Only people who really know me realize that: under my very, very dark brown hair- my roots are as blond as can be!

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    Meggie says:

    1. Meggie, Winnipeg, Canada
    2. 47 (for another month!)
    3. at the age of 10, on Christmas day 1974 in a little house church in Moldova.
    4. Office administrator of a church.
    5. Reading
    6. Yes, Mennonite Brethren church.
    7. No.
    8. I was very disappointed when I wasn’t able to loose the pounds I wanted to loose so badly. Recent elation: a trip to Holland & Germany!
    9. Sleeping in, a lazy breakfast in PJs before I get ready to run the errands and do some shopping & laundry.
    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am VERY shy.

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      Traci McLaughlin says:

      1. Traci McLaughlin, Canyon Country, CA
      2. 48
      3.Camp Forest Home
      4.Accounting Administrator for a Real Estate and Escrow Company
      5. Making cards, scrapbooking
      6. trying to find a new place to worship….waiting on God to direct us.
      7. A dog named Toby…he is a mixture, of what, we are not sure.
      8. recent went to my Pastors wife for help with a situation and was told that she could not help because it would look like she was taking sides. Biggest elation..went to a birthday party for twin boys (2 years old) and one of them came running up to me yelling Grandma, Grandma. No I am not his grandma but I sure do love him like I am.
      9. My husband having the day off and getting to spend the whole day with him and ALL the kids
      10. I have a very hard time trusting woman.

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    Alison says:

    1. Your name and where you live.

    Alison, Norman, Oklahoma

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin)

    Just turned 39 last week, gasp!

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting?

    4 years old, Mrs. Wolgemuth’s kindergarten classroom, San Diego California.

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)

    I’m an RN, I do ultrasound at a Pregnancy Resource Clinic and counsel women on the choices ahead of them in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. It’s an evangelical ministry so I have the amazing privilege of praying with co-workers, sharing the Word with patients, speaking truth and life into them, it’s wonderful!

    5. What is your #1 hobby?

    It’s a toss-up between Facebook and Twitter right now so…lol! Actually my hobby is words. Reading them, writing them, singing them. Music is a close second.

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one?

    Crosspointe Church in Norman OK where I have been for almost 20 years.

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind.

    I have two dogs, a basset hound mix named Baby and a cartoon monster named Max. Picture the White fluffy thing in Neverending Story, only brown.

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation.

    My biggest disappointment lately was at seeing a Law Enforcement Wives organization I had become a part of (long time goal and dream, calling even) split in half in ugly mean girl fashion. Broke my ever loving heart in two.

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday.

    Fall Weather, on the couch with a blanket, hot cocoa, and a good book. Family nearby, but being quiet. 😉

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am not actually mean, just honest. And datgum funny!!

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    moongirl says:

    Hope this isn’t too late!

    1. Katie, Bismarck, ND
    2. 30
    3. I was 11, at a high adventure Bible camp in Montana
    4. Stay at home mom, work as an illustrator from home. studying toward MDiv. Not sure exactly how God wants to use it! But He wants me doing it!
    5. snow skiing or painting pictures
    6. yeah. Truth Fellowship Live. We are 4 months old!
    7. Nope. Only dust bunnies
    8. disappointment: looking my pride-issue square in the face! Elation: finding out I get to go to NYC with my mom, 2 aunts, and 3 sisters at CHRISTMAS TIME!!
    9. After a typical autumn week… Sleeping in. (past 5am). Bible study to start the day!! Slow morning. Coffee. Chocolate Chip scones. Quietness. (did I mention my boys are 2 and 4?) My two toddler sons in a snuggly mood. My husband too! watching a movie together during the day!, or reading books together in front of a fireplace, (did I say snuggling?), some time to paint on a stretched canvas, go for a jog, read a book, and dinner out after boys wake from naps (or without boys!). Lots kisses and hugs!
    10 Only people who really know me realize that I am quite funny. 🙂 For some reason, I’m most funny with those I know really well! Otherwise I can’t pull a funny sentence together for the life of me! Ha!

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    Fran Dockins says:

    1. Fran — Knoxville, TN
    2. 48
    3. I was 9 years old and at a Vacation Bible School.
    4. Executive Assistant for an insurance agency
    5. Gardening (Flowers)
    6. Yes – Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church turning 6 on 10/16.
    7. Spunky — a miniature schnauzer
    8. Disappointment — a friend’s critical attitude at work
    Elation — God’s reassurance he loves me despite myself
    9. Sleeping late, windows up, gentle breeze, sitting outside listening to and watching the birds and butterflies.
    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am too hard on myself.

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    Lisa Raburn says:

    Hey Beth, I would love to meet you, some of my patients tell me that I look just like you, and am just as crazy!!! LOL I had never heard of you until then how funny is that????
    Lisa Raburn, Danville,Alabama
    Age: 41
    I was saved when I was 13 at church.
    I am an office manager at a Chiropractic Clinic in Decatur, Al.
    My hobby would be hmmm if I had time I guess would be putting puzzles together(lodge scenes)
    I am very involved in my church, My husband pastors our church (Lindsey Hall Church) thats why I have no time for hobbies!which is just glorious to me!!!!!!
    I have a black and white Toy Poodle, his name is Max.
    I was so diappointed when my Preacher son age 20 decided to join the National Guard and was gone to Fort Benning, Ga for months. So HAPPY that he just got home and missed us very very badly!!!!!
    My perfect Saturday would be curled up in a blanket with a roaring fire sipping hot chocolate or coffee watching Christmas movies, or better yet Gaither’s Homecoming shows.
    Only people who really know me say I am just GOOFY!!!!!!!

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    melody says:

    Name/Residence: melody, Jefferson Ga.

    Age: 34

    Accepted Christ at 10-11 yrs old at the church I attended but have recommitted my relationship about 5 years ago.

    [email protected] & just started a very pt position as my church’s finance admin.

    Playing with my 3 yr old daughter & watching how she looks at life so simplistically yet with such wonder & great curiosity.

    Crossroads church of Jackson county, Jefferson ga.

    1 outdoor dog….Rottweiler named Bo.

    Seeing family members emotionally hurting that I prayed (&hoped) to be open to more healing & accepting of God’s control & plan in all things./Praise: Great sense of God working in different challenges in my life & molding me into a better person for His greater purpose.

    “Perfect” Saturday: hanging outdoors with my family

    Funny & have a big sense of humor 🙂

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    Tanya Hoffman says:

    I am so totally late on this but it looked like so much fun that I had to join in. Here goes:

    1. Tanya Pittsfield, PA

    2. 30 years old

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting?

    7 years old in Sunday school

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.)

    I work in Financial Services at a bank.

    5. What is your #1 hobby?
    READING!!! love it!

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one?

    YES! Warren Alliance Church

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind.

    A brindle boxer who is an 80 lb dog that likes to sit on my lap. His name is Boston.

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation.

    diappointment…realizing that because of work schedules I am not going to be able to go “home” for Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

    elation: Realizing that I do not have to be perfect, I just have to give God my best.

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday.

    All of us home, cleaning in the morning then going outside and playing all day, followed by a campfire and smores in the evening!

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am the biggest klutz ever! In fact when I was in Reading for the Simulcast I actually fell out of the hotel shower! I grabbed the shower curtain on the way down which of course ripped right down on top of me. Seriously…I cannot make this stuff up!

    Love you all!

    • 1045.1
      Lindsee says:

      Tanya, I hope you don’t mind that I just read that out loud to my co-workers. I can so relate! Thanks for the laugh today!

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    Cindy Dobbs says:

    Your name and where you live. Cindy Dobbs, Quakertown, PA

    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin)55…yes, i can officially retire! 🙂

    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting? 1989 in my livingroom while watching a tv evangelist.

    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.) I work for a pharmaceutical company as a Quality Assurance Documentation Specialist

    5. What is your #1 hobby? Reading, gardening

    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one? yes, Hilltown Baptist Church and a small group in my home

    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind. oh yeah! one dog, two cats, three birds and a rabbit

    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation. seeing my Mom’s dementia progress/being at the Similcast!

    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday. sleeping in but not too late, then getting outside on a beautiful day and enjoying God’s magnificent creation

    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am lazy and a procratinator. I have to a really push myself to get things done or I will waste the whole day doing nothing.

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    Brenda B says:

    Brenda B
    53
    I was 8 years old when I walked the aisle at my church, crying me eyes out because I realized that Jesus had died for my sins.
    Lifeway Customer Service
    scrapbooking
    Charlotte Rd Bapt Church
    Bear and Beau my almost 2 yr old Cocker Spaniels
    I am disappointed that I just cannot get my house organized and I am elated that my little grand girl got saved yesterday
    A perfect Sat means never leaving my yard.
    how insecure I really am.

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    Joy Specht says:

    1.Your name and where you live. Joy Specht, Glendora California
    2. Your age or general age grouping (grin) 61 
    3. When did you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and, in briefest possible terms, what was the setting? Kitchen table in Venezuela at the age of 4. My parents were missionaries and YES I do remember that moment.
    4. What line of work are you in? Or, if you’re in school, tell us where and what line of work you’re steering toward. (Do not hesitate to tell us you’re a stay-at-home-mom. No harder work exists nor longer hours.) Executive Assistant for the CFO of APU
    5. What is your #1 hobby? Shopping
    6. Are you currently invested in a local body of believers? If so, which one? Yes…Faith Community Church, West Covina
    7. Do you have pets? If so, you surely know we’ve got to know what kind. Sadly no pets 
    8. Your biggest recent disappointment – slash – your biggest recent elation. Recent elation/our family has found healing after 2 ½ years when our grown children were not getting along. It totally affected our grandchildren 
    9. Describe your idea of the perfect Saturday. Early walk on the beach and late walk on the beach…the beach being the operative word.
    10 Complete this sentence: Only people who really know me realize that I am happy to be alone or with people.

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    Debra Graybeal says:

    1. Debra – Huntsville, AL

    2. 31 years old.

    3. I accepted Jesus as my Savior on June 23, 1989 at the age of 8 at a VBS I was visiting with friends.

    4. I am in school to become a medical transcriptionist. My parents both passed away last year, and I learned a lot of medical terminology in the several years they were sick. It is very fascinating to me!

    5. My #1 hobbies would be reading and baking… can’t choose!

    6. We just moved to Huntsville from Gadsden, AL and have joined a new church plant, Courageous Church. It has already been a huge blessing to me!

    7. My husband and I have a 5-year-old, black & tan chihuahua named Cesar. We’ve had him for over 4 years, and he is our baby!

    8. Disappointment – extra bills Elation – a heavy situation I’ve had to deal with for over 4 years is coming to a close!

    9. My husband and I spending the day exploring the city we just moved to!

    10. Only people who really know me realize that I am … very shy and deal with extreme anxiety. But God is faithful!

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    Janice says:

    1. Janice Euless, Texas
    2. 53
    3.At age 18. After my whole family accepted Christ within 3 years
    4. Mission Photographer
    5. Repurposing items
    6.Gateway Church in Southlake
    7.Oh Yes. I have a 90 pound Golden Retriever, Travler 2 years old
    8. Hmm, I almost was able to meet Billy Graham but it did not work out. I am able to work from home with my dog by my side.
    9. 75 degrees and sunny. Go out to eat breakfast. Play golf. Have dinner with friends.
    10. Very Serious

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