A Very Special Post

This is a very special post. It is my first collaboration with another blogger, a 10 question post in which I give answers and reveal more information about myself to you, the reader.

Now before we delve into the mine of questions I will answer from said blogger, I think I need to answer a question that you might have wracking your mind: who is this magnanimous blogger who deigned to collaborate with you, Jenna, you, of all people? A just and fair question that is, and allow me to tell you; this blogger is none other than the beautiful, bright, beloved Ainsley from the lovely, lighthearted lifestyle blog Ainsley Beth.

Ainsley and I have been friends for years; from little girls running like tomboys in the backyard of our church to the women we are today. I cherish her friendship and admire her sweet spirit and care she has for those around her. I’m delighted that she agreed to collaborate with me, and so, without further ado, on to the questions she has granted me, and let us hope I do them justice.

1. What is that one song always gets stuck in your head?

This question comes at a time where my siblings just discovered the most annoying earworm of a song titled–wait for it–Baby Shark. There is no purpose to the song other than to drive one absolutely mad with the effort to get it un-stuck from your head. And thanks to this question, the song has once again made it’s appearance in my brain. Excuse me whilst I go bury my head in a pillow and scream.

2. What do you want to do with your life after high school?

There are multiple things I want to pursue, but the top two items on the list are running for office or becoming a fulltime political commentator. I want to be involved in politics, writing about issues of the day with a clear tone and a witty take, or making laws that will benefit my state or even the nation. As I am almost finished with high school (good God how’d I get here so soon??) I have currently begun my after-school life by taking a job with a state based nonprofit dedicated to bringing a Biblical perspective to public policy in the land of Lincoln. I’m not sure if I need to go to college yet, but rest assured that I will inform you, dear reader, if I do decide to go–or it will be obvious by the radio silence on this site.

3. What’s something you’ve written that you are most proud of?

It might surprise you to learn that of all the words that have spewed from my fingertips, this poem is the one piece I am most proud of. I only am inspired to rhyme when a topic is close to my heart, and though I love writing everything (essays, articles, captions, stories), when I am able to write a ditty which rhymes, is pleasant to read, and makes sense, it leaves me with an accomplished and fulfilled feeling which only happens when I pull something like this off.

4. If you could be famous for anything, what would it be?

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10

If you asked me this question a few years ago, the answer would have been a recording artist or an actress. Strutting the stage in a sparkling outfit with thousands of fans screaming your name or the lyrics to your song, or wowing on the red carpet coming off a movie shoot with the top names in the acting business (cough*Tom Holland*cough). But in the grand scheme of things, what on earth do you accomplish for Christ’s Kingdom in those walks of life? Will God tell you “well done child for topping the music charts with a hit single” or “for winning three Oscars”? I’d much prefer to be infamous for fearlessly standing for truth and changing my community for the glory of God instead.

5. How old were you when you learned your first word?

Erm, considering the fact that I do not remember anything of my life prior to my 5th birthday, I have no idea (and no, that is not a picture of me as a baby).

6. What is your favorite bible verse and why?

I have several. The first that comes to mind is this one:

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:18-19

This one makes it on my favorites list because I think the parallel between Adam and Christ is so powerful: Adam was the reason all of humanity is in sin, and Christ–the second Adam–is the reason all of humanity has a way out of eternal damnation. The comparison and the contrast between these two figures is so beautiful: the fallen Adam and the glorified Christ, parallel in opposite ways–who says God isn’t a story-teller?

Another favorite Bible verse comes from the account of one of the great historical events–and one of my favorite books of the Bible:

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:13-14

The story of Esther is a reminder to us all that God allows things to happen in our lives for a reason: no matter if we see it or not, we were placed exactly where we are right now, we underwent everything we undergo, for such a time as this. God knew what He was doing when He planned your life before the foundations of the world. Don’t forget it.

7. How would you describe your style?

I got that red lipped, classic, thing that you like… Oh you mean style as in clothing, not the song or the entertainer? Well, umm, I’d describe my style as non-classifiable–I literally have no idea. There was a time where I would have described my style as boho (yes I looked up that word; the only reason I know it has something to do with style is because one of my friends described one of my outfits that way), but boho is more in the summer months. In the winter my style is whatever I see in my closet first.

8. What snack could you always eat?

Brownies–yes I eat them as a snack, don’t judge, what other gloriously satisfying snack could there possibly be??

9. What’s your favorite meal your mom makes?

My mother is a whiz in the kitchen; she can make a meal up on the spot or spin off a recipe to make it 13 times better than the original. My favorite meal is when she makes these delicious chicken drumsticks with a side of potatoes cooked in the chicken’s grease–it is just to die for. She also does this insane meal of pork chops and wild rice with a side of either asparagus or green beans that is a close contender.

10. Do you want to go on a mission trip at all?

Now, don’t misunderstand me, missionaries are one of the greatest blessings we as Christians can send to other nations, for they bring the Gospel to peoples who may have never heard it. But we’re talking about mission trips, and that’s a different story altogether.

Why do you need to go halfway around the world to help others over there instead of the people in your own community? I truly don’t understand the appeal of raising money for yourself so you can go to another country for two weeks to hand out food, build a school and take pictures with the local children. I believe I was born here, in America, for a reason. I wasn’t born in Europe, or Africa, or Mexico. This country is my mission field. Here too, are people who need us to hand out food. Here, too, in our neighborhoods are children that need a school. Here, too, are people who need the Gospel. So here I’ll work until I am called home or the work is done.

Thus ends this post. Huuuuuge heartfelt thank you to Ainsley for the questions (go follow her blog to see her answers to the questions I posed to her!)

What would your answers be to these questions? Pick a question Ainsley asked me and give me your answer in the comment section–or don’t, if you feel like being a stick in the mud ; )

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