Where you live: Santa Clarita Valley, Southern California, USA
What you do as a vocation or avocation?
Along with my full-time job of wife and homeschooling mom of four, I am an author. My first novel, THE FALL (Rapha Chronicles #1) gives the story of the fall of Lucifer and creation through the eyes of an angel, Rapha, who was once best friends with Lucifer.
Your two favorite books:
The Bible is more than a book to me so I am excluding it from this short list. Therefore, my two favorite books would be J .R R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy (forgive me if that’s cheating) & Gene Stratton Porter’s “Girl of the Limberlost,” a beautiful tale of a young woman raised without love who finds meaning and the means to clothe and educate herself through the riches of the Limberlost swamp. That novel is a naturalist's dream.
Your two favorite songs:
You’ll laugh. I’ve told my family if ever I was in a coma, they should play Michael Jackson’s “Shake Your Body.” If there was the slightest trace of life in me I’d have to move ☺. Wow, it’s hard to limit this to just one more since music ministers so deeply to me in all my moods. Okay, since you force me, I’ll choose Sting’s haunting tribute to his father, “Ghost Story.” It contains some of the most gorgeous lyrics ever written. “What is the force that binds the stars? I wore this mask to hide my scars. What is the power that pulls the tide? Never could find a place to hide. What moves the earth around the sun? What could I do but run and run and run… afraid to love afraid to fail… a mast without a sail.” (heavy sigh)
Why you are interested in spirituality?
There is a wonderful C.S. Lewis quote: “You do not have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body.” To ignore my spirituality would be to ignore what will last for eternity. Besides, I have found my deepest meaning and fulfillment through the spiritual pursuit of prayer, communion with my Father God, and this gives direction and purpose to every other pursuit and relationship.
Your favorite quote:
Hmmm. I think I gave this answer above.
Your favorite web sites:
The Pioneer Woman, The World of Steve Quayle, Unleashed Beauty, One Roof Africa, 24/7 Prayer—in whatever order the current mood dictates.
Jesus, all the way. Even though He is the Son of God, He took on the role of a servant and obeyed all the way to the cross. Therefore He fulfilled God’s highest calling for His life and made a way for ALL to return to Father God. My deepest desire is to fulfill God’s highest calling for my life and Jesus is the best example there is. There are a couple normal human examples, though, who show that mere mortals can make a huge difference in eternity—Mother Teresa and Kemper Crabb (I am working on the biography of the latter—he worked alongside Mother T. and has built hundreds of churches and orphanages, even hospitals, in Africa and India.)
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
I hope to learn that the spiritual really does trump the physical realm. It’s easy enough to say I believe in God’s power and that I know Christ’s life, death and resurrection give me authority over darkness, but dang, the darkness can sure be overwhelming. Please God, give me faith!
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?"
Anywhere there is heartfelt worship music and people singing praise is wonderful, but my favorite place to “be still and know He is God” is an old barn that was next to my parent’s property when I was growing up. That barn became my quiet retreat and a sort of weather-beaten cathedral for me. Even nowadays, just to close my eyes and see that quiet, dusty, bleached wood with the huge openings on the top level that framed views of the East and West horizons, ah! My heart slows, the daily grind fades away and I breathe in peace.