My husband wondered the other day what kind of style I’d sport as a preacher. I shot up an eyebrow when without thinking it through, he cast his vote for fire-and-brimstone prophet. He had forgotten how much I’ve changed over the years – at least those few days out of the month between cycles. I reminded him how shockingly diplomatic I’ve become with those who test me. And he quickly ran through my writing in his head and realized I am generally very nice on this blog and will pose no threat to dissenting perspectives. Ah yes, he could see his wife the congenial, cerebral teacher and preacher delicately offering what may be unpalatable in a chalice honeyed with reason.
Holistic Husband jumped and burst out, “A stinking lie!!”
It was unfair that I’d get away with it when he doesn’t get away with much at home.
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Beautiful share! I love Holistic Husband his comment! I’ve heard this one myself! 😀 made me laugh! You are on a roll this is wonderful!
You’ve heard it, too, eh? Ha ha ha. We laughed that night. I got such a kick out of it. I appreciate your not being annoyed by the roll-out today. It’ll be quiet for a while now.
I do that too I blog in spurts! I think everyone should always love when we share 😀 XXX
Right – if it’s a genuine follow. =)
This is a new rhythm for me. I’ve had to make adjustmts with the new fall homeschool cycle. I’ll have to go longer stretches of quiet.
Oh I know that is rough but you can power pack your time! Plus you have a wonderful group that eagerly awaits your wisdom and beautiful perspective! 😀
You’re too much.
You’re too precious with your sweet ways and loving mommy heart! I love that about you!
A good one here. So funny and true for many women. Hell and fire from you? Not something that I could ever imagine.You are too nice, at least that is how I view you. 🙂
Really lol. That’s why he felt so indignant. Because I’m so lovey-dovey with you all, Y.
We had quite a laugh.
I am a new follower, so I am dropping in to say hello and that I really enjoy your voice. 🙂
I saw that. Thx so much for the support and thoughtful greeting. I’ll be visiting when I surface.
Go easy on him, he’s just a man! lol
Don’t stay quiet for too long. You dismantled your comments on a post where you said thinking you’ll be missed is narcissistic, so I couldn’t reply. But i look forward to your writing.
*smile* So so sweet. You’re awesome.
Life isn’t fair…LOL!
‘S RIGHT, MEN! You got off so much easier when God gave Us the estrogen. Take what you can.
his way of saying payback is hell? Bring on the brimstone!!
Oh yeah. From the first read of your work, I was aware that you could be a fire and brimstone preacher. No doubt in my mind at all. I’ll tell you why. Human nature is often tested and/or strengthened by God in a process that is analogous to producing steel in a crucible. The person is placed in a situation where they are “heated” by friction or challenge or resistance until the temperature becomes so high that the person is “purified” by having all the impurities stripped from them leaving just the molten pure soul. From the inside out, the crucible is pure steel except where the impurities have floated to the top. When you are writing, we get to see your world from the inside , looking out at existence. Pure, faith, strong etc. That’s when we experience you from the inside looking out. My experience with such people as yourself (who are fired by a higher power, are determined, are meticulous,etc) is that viewed from the outside one gets to experience all the fire and brimstone that has accumulated on the surface. From the outside looking in, you no doubt have a very challenging personality. If you expect half of others what you expect of yourself, you can be, I am sure, the purveyor of the wrath of God. I mean that in the very nicest way possible, of course 😀 , (**Run away! Run Away!**)
Oh, as an aside, I’ve been doing a few guest posts over at Cordelia’s Mom http://cordeliasmomstill.com/2014/09/04/red-stars-guest-post-by-paul-curran/#comments I’d love it if you had a moment to come visit. 😀
I’m about the head out for the next county over. I’ve slept very little this week – an understatement and need to catch up on the homeschool. I will do so when I surface. =) I am growing farther and farther behind on the visits back to dear readers. Just having trouble keeping up. Thanks for your patience, Paul.
Pretty remarkable observation and feedback, Paul.
“From the first read of your work”. You mean the first post of mine you ever saw, Praise, Smarts, the Myth of Self-Esteem??
Yes, I’m familiar with the process and Biblical metaphor of the crucible and its dross.
You nailed it, actually. Pretty amazing. “If you expect half of others what you expect of yourself”
I have grown to shed expectations of people – even friends. Mentioned this in the Lessons from my 30s, the post that launched AHJ. This act of surrender and freeing people freed ME and has helped me become more gracious than anyone on this planet would’ve imagined possible. I always said it was a supernatural change. =)
Problem is, there is one person you sorta can’t help but have expectations of. For the small matter of sacred vows and the fact that you need to keep serving each other to build a life together. =) And THAT is where my man doubled over from the indignation that I could be so longsuffering with others… LOL
HA is right!
I could see fire and brimestone In you but It would be more “no nonsense” then off to hell you go buddy.
Ha ha you could see it, huh? I’ve been revealing bits this year. And I actually JuSt fixed it to fire (from the hell I had originally). I was at the end of my tether, not having slept this wk, when I wanted to put out the last post for the wk.
So, are you married to HArsH ReALitY?
If OM and I were less who we are – secure, not easily shaken – we might for no good reason be embarrassed (I think, I can’t quite speak for him) and keep our distance hereon. You are tempting me to blip your comment LOL. But in the power of my innocence I shall leave it.
Sorry to disappoint what you mighta gotten a kick out of but those who’ve kept up with both our blogs know we are in different states, for one thing.
Sorry for the joke. I don’t keep up that closely, it’s just too much! I’m quite sure that whoever you’re married to is a gem. He did dance with you, after all. 🙂
=) I appreciate whatever time you give me, Joan. It’s nice having you here, as we had started out together.
Thank you, that was sweet! See, you are sweet, tell hubby I said so. Yes, we did start out close to the same time. Your blog as sprouted wings! Mine, a bit of a tortoise, but moving along in the right direction for me. Still plugging along on my book, and getting lost in ancestry.com too! Fun all around.
“See, you are sweet, tell hubby I said so.”
Ha ha ha ha. I had to step out of the mom-pop restrnt a few hrs ago THREE times to ask the customers to smoke farther away. We were right by the door and I could smell it the moment they lit up. I was so mad, the second time it was a pack of Korean dudes who I think I frightened with my glare. “I’m not paying so my son can eat in a gas chamber.” LOL
Book. Wishful thinking here. So happy for you.
I hope ancestry.com was useful. The last I heard from you was when you’d expressed in contributing to the Race Around the World. I didn’t ask twice so as not to pressure and I don’t usu. visit when someone disappears only because I don’t want to obligate them to visit back. =) Funny thing is, it often turns out it’s because WP had wiped me off their READER. ^^ The Race was amazing. Several readers asked that I compile the series into an ebook.
Oh, was that the poetry compiliation? It’s funny; I wrote a poem for that and my hubby thought it wasn’t appropriate (about step-parenting) to air publicly, so I started an anonymous blog about step-parenting and then never got back to enter it! Are you still doing it?
You’re confused. =) The Race introduction is still up on the upper right of the home page right next to my About but here’s the conclusion:
Oh, yes, that! Huge undertaking. I felt too white. (Blush). I copied the questions, though, and will make an attempt. Kudos for taking on such and amazing challenge.
Again, confused. =) I did say I sent you the conclusion. The post I shared was the wrap-up.
Oh, my apologies. Not really confused, just poor of memory. I don’t recall that at all.
I was referring to the link I sent you an hr or two ago. =)
No worries. The series is past. =)
It was interesting hearing from the very white contributors. LOL
That’s sweet you remembered the dancing. =)
I just hope you wouldn’t be like the preacher from Footloose and ban dancing.
You guys can’t keep citing movies and pop culture stuff. I tOLD you I dunno!!
(But I love to go crazy dancing when I’m not going crazy not dancing so you might have that one wrong.)
My security software warned me that your site was dangerous, D. 🙂 I had to overrule it. Don’t send any fire and brimstone my way. 😉 C
LOL!! Well, if you don’t want it, don’t earn it, I say to Husband…
Interesting thought! I would have called you nice and diplomatic as well. I am glad you both could laugh together. Very healthy 🙂
lol We sure laughed. I’m grateful you see me that way. Thanks for being here.
I have been a preacher’s wife for 45 years. I have preached one or two times when he was ill in the past 9 years. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would preach again if he ever gets sick. He stays healthy, and I remain quiet.
Neat to know. Nice hearing from you, R. =)
Hi, D. The river of time and blogs is rushing by me . . .ahh. I am reading and I am thinking, but I may not be commenting right now. Liking, but not mindless likes, trying to send positive vibes through the ethernet. I know, I know, as you wrote earlier, no one cares . . .
LOL LOL So sweet of you to try and let me know you were here and wanted to say something but the river wa-a-a-a-ashed you away too quickly.
Ha ha ha.
Ha, ha…I view you as a very “congenial, cerebral teacher” and being able to capture attention from all different factions ~ a true talent. Then again, it is just a like a husband to burst the bubble 🙂
“I view you as….”
Quite generous of you, R, but nah. He knows better.
Haha. My husband says the same about me, ‘why are you so nice to everyone else at work but not at home?!’ Oops. I guess I don’t watch what I say (aka too honest) when I am at home!
One thing that draws me to your writing is your no-nonsenseness lol.
This is funny 🙂
I’m aware of two stereotypes labeled as hellfire & brimstone:
1. Generally a shouting, red-faced, sweating fundamentalist preacher with poor theology.
2. Any preacher who dares to proclaim the gospel of grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone.
I wonder which your husband was referring to? 😉
A mix of both lol. Of the style in the first with always the content of the second.
Diana, I can sense both versions living in you- and in the best ways possible.
LoL for real. So sweet of you, Diahann.
Diana you have a wicked way with words and I think what ever you took on you would do it in your own sleek style. As long as you have a man who believes in you, (and gets you) life is pretty grand. Laughing together keeps us sane.
Ha ha ha. I laugh those times so as not to cry.
Very sweet comment, K.
Haha…oh well ‘Husbands’ what can I say! 😀
This was almost like a song, “delicately offering what may be unpalatable in a chalice honeyed with reason.” And you really are nice in your blogs. Should I be scared? *gulp*
LOL (You caught a HiNt of the dragoness in the guest-editing). 😉
*Goosebumps* is right. Ya didn’t know you got away with your life.
He he he
I suspect you wear the pants? Similar in my household, lol, well . . . at least I like to think I do. 🙂
Was just thinking of you, Deb. Yep. For real.
I LiKe to think I don’t.
Lol, great perception! 🙂
How right he is…nice here but firm with your loved one. 😀
He he he. I’d better not cross the line. Your commentaries are reporting on my every move.
You will certainly be missed. What shall I read for inspiration?
Very sweet of you, David. Though I’m a bit confused – you may have misplaced your comment. This post isn’t about dying. =)