The one thing I am passionate about...
My relationship with God. Hiking. Relaxing at home while reading, cooking, or gardening. Healthy living: running, staying active in general. Exploring trails and wilderness areas. Spending time outdoors retreating to places far away from people (spending time on a mountain). Fishing. Bible Study with friends. Playing guitar and singing.
I typically spend my leisure time
In my leisure time I like to either (1) go for runs/bikes/walks and explore my surroundings or (2) stay at home and relax with a book or the Bible while cooking/eating something grown from the backyard or (3) drive out to places to go hiking or spear fishing. I really enjoy these quiet times for thinking, making me kind of introverted.
The most influential person in my life has been
Effort. Marriage is not about finding the person who is going to make your life the easiest or someone who is going to just be exactly how you want them to be. Marriage is a sanctifying process that God carries out (Ephesians 5). He does this so that ultimately the couple reflects His perfect sacrificial love. This requires 'effort'.
The first thing people notice about me
Warm, caring personality.
The last book I read and enjoyed
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It both a sappy love-story and a story about a book from the Bible about a girl, Sarah, who is trapped in prostitution but then is pursued by this man, Michael, who God uses to redeem the way she views "love." By a long, heart wrenching process, she comes to see love as it is meant to be. It made me think a lot about my relationship with God and others. Loved it.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- A healthy/able body that allows me to support myself and serve others.
- Being a teacher so that I can help young people grow to maturity and see the world clearly.
- The family and friends I have been blessed with throughout my life.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I think very carefully about things, and I care extremely deeply about people's well being, especially their spiritual well being. People know I care about them, but it takes a while to build the level of love and acceptance necessary to start getting into deeper issues, especially issues about which they might be insecure about. Basically when I see people hurting emotionally for whatever reason, be it self inflicted or something else, I want to be able to help them without them feeling judged or looked down upon for the things they've done or the things that have happened to them.
Friends Describe me as
Dependable, Easy-Going, Genuine, Rational