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Question # 1: When do you feel most connected with others?
When I’m teaching them. It seems to be true whether I’m teaching the Word of God or a writing class or a blogging class. Any period of time when I am sharing with people some part of knowledge that will make their lives better or that will help them to grow and do something important to them, I feel very closely connected.
I relish those times because so much of my life is lived in a solitary state. Because I’m in ministry, I spend a great deal of time studying the Word of God and praying. Both of those activities are best done alone. When I’m preparing a lesson — regardless of the subject matter — I need to be alone in order to concentrate and give it my best work. And since one of the biggest parts of my life is writing, that, too, requires total solitude. I’m not the kind of person who goes to a coffee shop to write my books. I’m able to do some writing even when I find I have to sit in a restaurant or library at times, but I do my best writing when I am totally alone and with no noise.
I enjoy sitting and visiting with friends and family, and I do manage to connect with them pretty well during those times, but it’s when I’m actually teaching and interacting with someone to whom I’m imparting knowledge that I “feel” most connected.
Question # 2: What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life?
Returning to a pattern of cooking and eating more regularly. Because I have the freedom to do as I please where most meals are concerned — and because I am generally doing much of the solitary work that I spoke of in question # 1 — I often eat at erratic hours and seldom put the time and effort into actually preparing food the way I did 10 years ago. But I always enjoyed cooking. I guess it just can’t compete with the writing and the teaching these days.
Question # 3: What one mini-little-adventure would you like to have in the coming week?
I’d like to fall in love. It’s been a long time since I was really in love, and it’s such a great experience. Of course, it has it’s up’s and down’s — as all things do in real life — but all the joys are worth the aggravations ——— well, at least that’s how I remember it. Maybe this week, if my adventure comes true, I’ll find out if I still feel that way. I’ll let you know.
Question # 4: List at least 5 things or events that changed your life.
- Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord.
- Being baptized in the Holy Spirit
- Marrying my husband
- My husband’s death
- Writing my first novel
Bonus Question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful that I FINALLY finished a novel that I started 4 years ago and have struggled to get finished. During that four years I completed two other novels and saw them published, but this one kept getting away from me. I don’t feel I am required to finish every story I start, but I felt this one had real merit, and I didn’t want to give up on it. But whew! I thank God it’s done! (A lot of my readers won’t like the ending of this book, because it’s different from the norm in my novels, but I believe the ending is what it’s supposed to be, so that’s what counts.)
This coming week, I’m looking forward to basking in the joy of not feeling guilty and not mentally beating myself up because I didn’t write another chapter in that book. It’s done, it’s done, it’s done!