Personal stuff – blog game answering five questions from readers

Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Chain Interview ThingieINSTRUCTIONS:
1. Leave me a comment saying, ‘Interview me’.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. Only respond if you are willing to answer ANY question that is asked of you
4. Update your blog (or leave them in my comments section for those without a blog) with the answers to the questions.
5. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
6. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.(6/22/13 – Xanga is closing so this link won’t work soon.) Tina  gave me the following questions.

Here’s your interview questions:

1. What is the strangest job you’ve held?

Two come to mind. During my “hippie” days I worked in a head shop that sold posters and other hippie paraphernalia. I started out there rolling posters for 2 cents a poster, but did it so quickly that I ended up earning more than minimum wage, so they gave me a “promotion” at minimum wage. I also spent a summer stripping wood in a house in St. Louis. It was a very caustic sort of job, but fun.

2. What are your spiritual gifts? I am still rather new to Christianity, so I am not certain what gifts are going to manifest in my life. I know that I have a calling to work with children and do so. Pastor Don says that I will be a good teacher, and he has prayed over my hands for healing. I still sort of feel like a sponge, soaking up lots of stuff. I feel that God and I are working things out, and I kind of stray away from some of the spiritual gifts until I can make sure that they are not connected to the occult roots that I once had. I used to be a psychic, so am careful about what I speak over a person, making sure it comes from God, and not from things from my past. But Pastor Don has said that I will be a secret weapon, and one of the realms I will be working in is helping break people free from the occult. And he has also told me that Xanga is like a ministry for me. He has approved of all that I have shared on Xanga of his Bible teachings, and loves reading your comments. But right now, I think God is just doing a work in me to help me sort out all of the things that still need sorting out. My biggest goal is to be obedient to God, to the best of my ability.

3. How many states have you visited? 13  states: Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Ohio, Minnesota, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia  I am assuming that you mean actually stayed and toured or spent time there, not just drive through.

4. What nicknames have you gone by in your life? The only nick name I have had is Heather Dawn. I picked this name after I decided to live and not die, when I was very suicidal. Heather is a plant, growing alive and living, and Dawn is a rebirth, a reawakening, a coming anew. It still fits in my Christian life, way better than my legal name of Shirley (I was named after Shirley Temple, and I do not sing, dance, and am not a cute, little thing.)

5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? My kids will be grown, hopefully I will be a grandma. I would love to be involved in ministry, and might like to go to college and take some actual Bible courses and learn much. I have a fear of teaching in error, and do not want to be held accountable for any error in teaching by God.

Thanks for asking these questions, it was fun to answer. I like surveys like this because they are smaller and have more content. The ones with millions of questions I can’t deal with.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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