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Q & A with HopeAnnFaith

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Hello. Well it’s been a while, again, since I’ve written. I have a bevy of your posts in my e-mail and I read Helen’s [I Will Bloom] post with this great idea from Carrie B.’s blog [Northwoods Scrapbook]. I’ve never read Carrie B.’s blog before but am intrigued by this post and will be spending some time this coming week getting to know her a bit – first through her Q & A post and then bouncing around her blog reading.

Like Carrie B., I also indulged in the Facebook and e-mail questionnaires, the ones where you answered the questions about yourself and your life and then tagged friends; particularly when I was bored or stressed and needed mindless fun to relax. I especially like Carrie B.’s questions much better, as they are not childish, high school grade questions. Rather they are simple inquiries that will help us to get to know one another better as people and writers.

On mine, here, I am going to add another question at the end; because I’ve had discussions with a particular blogger about how our blogs are a calling and not WHO we are, nor do the identify us or our worthiness, but rather our blogs are about … well you tell me at the end of the questionnaire. =)

 Here’s the most recent picture of me [last week]:

Andrea aka Hopeannfaith

Andrea aka Hopeannfaith

Onto the Q & A:

1.What part of the world do you live?

I live at the Jersey Shore – The REAL Jersey Shore, where we wear flip flops all year round and enjoy the salt in the breezes.
2.How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for 8 years now.

3.To visualize even better what you look like – what color is your hair, your eyes… and how tall are you? 
My hair is red [from a box]; my natural color was “dirty” blond but I will wager that it is now grey. I have green eyes and am 5′ tall.
4.What is your favorite color? Green.
5.What is your favorite kind of music? I love music of all kinds but lean toward contemporary Christian music with a southern rock feel; when I listen to secular music it’s alternative and classic rock.
6.What is your favorite food or kind of food? I’m a meat and potato girl! Steak and baked or mashed! I LOVE asparagus and cabbage. I am currently giving up on obesity and am on Nutrisystem and eating better [definitely a portion control and food combination thing!] and am doing well … just about 40 pounds down since October!
7.What is your favorite drink? Black tea and water with lemon. Derived from a discipline thing. When I crave carbonation and yes, it’s a craving, I drink flavored seltzer water.

8.What is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled? And where would you like to go that you haven’t yet?            I haven’t been many places, but then I am the quintessential homebody. I would love to go to Ireland and Scotland.
9.Which famous person dead or alive would you like to meet and why? I don’t know. I’d love to have a conversation with Prince and a cup of tea with the current Pope – though I’m not Catholic, I am intrigued by the man.
10.What new or unique hobby would you like to try? I would love to learn the violin. I love the sound of that particular instrument. Simply beautiful.

11. Why do your write, and what is the focus of your blog? I write because there’s a peace in putting my story on the page [even this blank white screen that is now our paper] it’s cathartic journalling I guess. I read someone’s story where they were pondering how the journal or diary went from being a private thing to this public forum of our lives; sharing and giving others a place to realize they are not alone where they are. I love that.

I blog because, for me, it’s my ministry. I am able to share the good times and the bad times and help others how this relationship with God works.

I share God here. The writing is a gift and a calling from Him, it’s about Him and it’s for Him.
*Bonus #12. Carrie B. was only going to have 10 questions,but she was  curious to see what folks would answer to this one [I thought it a good question!]: What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
People don’t believe me, and that does not matter but … I’ve seen Jesus and talked to Him twice. Once when I was 5 and again when I was 19; both times were in response to tragic times in my life.And … I’ve always been able to audibly hear God’s voice; whether it’s just a sweet blessing or because I’m stubborn and He must make Himself physically heard by me at times, I am completely blessed by this.
Someone once made the mistake of scolding me and telling me that I wasn’t hearing God, that I was just hearing myself or my mother. I quickly and VERY adamantly stopped them and informed them that they could not take this blessing from me or make me question it. That God did NOT sound like anyone in my life … His voice is very distinctly gentle, yet firm with me in a soothing way. It makes me feel the Father in His character, something I didn’t have in my childhood. Like I said, I’m blessed like that.

So there you have it … Now it’s …

Your turn!!

Thanks for reading my faithful reading friends and God bless.

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Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

10 thoughts on “Q & A with HopeAnnFaith

  1. Southern rock Christian…I bet you like NeedToBreathe!

    I like your picture. You look like you would be a stalwart friend, and I believe that you did talk with JC.

    Most of the question, I answered on Helen’s site – is she not a true model of courage?

    But one I missed was “why I blog”.

    Originally, it was to find a way to promote my first book, “Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart”…but it morphed into marriage ministry. How’s that for alliteration?

    Kind of odd for a rather hard combat operator to be writing about marriage rather than, say, the pros and cons of various sniper rifles…about which I know entirely too much…but I’m rather tired of the macho action stuff, and fully believe that courtship and marriage hold life’s greatest potential for adventure.

    Marriage is a sacrament, after all…an image of the relationship we will have with God in eternity. It therefore deserves our best effort, and more specifically, MY best effort in helping couples over the rocks.

    But I’d still be glad if everyone who read the blog bought the book!

    • Yes I do like NeedToBreathe … I am new to listening. My #1 is Third Day. But I love the song Multiplied, I’ve sung it often on the way to my husbands chemo treatments … an hour on the road there and back … I get to hear it, usually, there and back. =)
      I was the Marriage and Relationship channel manager on Helium.com before they closed down … wrote there for 8 years.
      Yes, marriage is a sacrament … and if lived right the marriage is the image of our relationship with Christ in the here and now. I must say I enjoy a good and healthy marriage. Oh and thanks for believing me about JC … I think only people who enjoy a very intimate relationship with God believe we can have audible and physical contact with God. Like I said, I’m one of those blessed. The “why do you blog” was my addition to the list … and I like your answer very much. I will check out your book … Thanks for reading and you remain in my prayers. God bless.

      • I love NeedToBreathe’s “Keep Your Eyes Open”. One of my favorites, and the video’s a hoot.

        Another band I like…one that infuses Christian values into their music while not being an officially “Christian” band…is Linkin Park. I’m going to take the liberty of adding the Youtube link to what i think is their best song, “Iridescent”. I hope that is OK?

        If I may, I will keep you, and your husband in my prayers. Chemo is rough. I’m doing without, since I don’t have health insurance, and “mind over matter” is kind of a fun challenge. Sometimes.

        If there was one wish I could have fulfilled, it would be that more couples realize that marriage is not about what it gives them, but what they are privileged to give. I’m not talking ‘sacrificial’, because that implies a sort of heavy martyrdom…it’s more the attitude of a servant who is in the employ of a truly beloved master.

      • Thank you Andrew, for the video … I’ve seen the movie but didn’t hear the words to the song … significant today, as my husband woke up from a dream in regret … I don’t sleep heavy, never have but I woke up to the sound of him talking to our pup and … well, you know, it was rough. Regrets are always rough and I softly tried to encourage him that he is and who God always intended him to be and that was what mattered … there was other more family intimate conversation about regret in there, but you get the jist. I welcome your prayers and I will be praying for you … I always force myself to remember that chemo is not medicine or a cure …. it’s poison. I have to remember because my husband is bound to quit this 3rd round, I think he’s only doing it for me … It’s been six months since he’s had treatment that kept the cancer at bay; the clinical trial failed so obviously it was of no benefit to him [but we knew that was the other side of the coin] … It’s been a hard night and morning to say the least. Your comments helped. Thank you.

      • Andrea, I am so very sorry you had a hard night..,your words have been on my mind through the predawn hours, as I let the dogs out and watched the new day rise in the east.

        I do know about regrets. But, if I may, I’d like to share how I have largely learned to deal with them.

        To me, regrets are the Devil’s Time Machine. They allow one to go back and in imagination change a decision, and assume that everything that would have followed would have been good. That’s how Satan kills life and love and faith.

        Not the case. Life is a mess, and we’re challenged by Jesus to keep faith and keep joy in the middle of it. He didn’t live in a Hawaiian mansion, and He didn’t drive a Ferrari 308 (sometimes I think of Jesus as kind of looking and acting like Magnum PI).

        He walked everywhere He went, and He sweated blood, and He died in agony, after asking why He had been abandoned. What a class-A disaster, if we look at it with a worldly perspective.

        The second thing I do is to look at the good things that would be erased if I could go back and fix a regret.

        If I had not moved to New Mexico, my teaching career would have lasted longer, and I would have eventually bowed out due to ill health…but with dignity. Instead, I came here from Texas, and was summarily axed.

        But there have been good things. My wife re-entered the workforce, and is a very highly valued member of her company…they want to clone her. Would I go back, change my life, and erase her achievement? As a paramilitary I had a reputation for cold ruthlessness, but even I would quail at that.

        And the dogs…the dogs we adopted since my career was ended would have died. What would I say to Josie and Reebok, Denali the Happy Husky, Pitunia Jezebull and Dukee and Bella the Miracle Dog? What would I tell Labby…that I would go back and change my life, and let your lives have been forfeit?

        No. I’m hurting and I’m sick (especially this morning!) and it’s hard to try to rebuild something of a meaningfully connected life…but this is where I’m planted. The good and the bad mingle together, like the cinnamon and dough in a Snickerdoodle, and they can’t be separated.

        I’ll just go on from here.

        You’re in my prayers, and good thoughts are headed your way.

  2. Thank you Andrew. Your words are precious and your courage and strength remind me of my husband’s. I thank you my friend, and you too are in my prayers with good thoughts your way.

  3. Another thought, if I may…I have two movie suggestions for you to see with your husband, if he’s up to it.

    First is “Fury”, Brad Pitt’s latest. it has an intentionally Christian message of redemption what comes through when you watch the whole thing (and parts of it are very tough). I will give you a hint – Isaiah 6. (And if you want to know what I am like as a person, follow Brad’s character…my wife says that when I’m dead, all she has to do is watch “Fury” and I will be alive again for her.)

    Second, “Black Hawk Down”, which is, if nothing else, a love story, the greatest kind of love, the kind Jesus had for us…No Man left Behind.

    Regrets don’t matter. Not breaking faith DOES matter.

    Finally, your image of linked hands in the dark reminded me of something I learned from some Boer mercenaries with whom I operated –

    The linked arms of friends span the abyss, and form the handrail on the path to Heaven.

    They lived this. A fallen brother would never be abandoned to the torturer (being, pardon me, skinned alive after capture was a threat), and some died making sure that the fallen did not die alone.

  4. Hi Andrea!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & for playing along with the Q&A!! I love making a new friend & your blog is so lovely. You are called dear Lady & it’s a beautiful thing.

    I loved getting to know you better. Good for you on the weight loss work! I’m always working in being healthier too. I would love to go to Ireland & Scotland too. They look so beautiful!

    And I don’t think you’re ever too old to learn something new – so you should go for that violin! My Mom recently started to take a class to learn Hebrew to go along with her bible study & she’s almost 70!

    I have no doubt you have heard God’s voice. I’m still learning to listen, but I swear there are times during my devotional I think I have heard Him talking right to me. I love that about you.

    Thx again for playing & God bless. Xo

    • Carrie! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and check out my humble little blog home! I loved your idea and it got right in there and broke my writer’s block this week. I don’t know if you read much of my other posts but my husband is getting ready to start his 3rd round of chemo for lung cancer; so though writing is definitely my calling I am having a rough time with inspiration and you were it this week! I am so grateful to you for that. I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. Thanks you so much for the inspiration! God bless you! ❤

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