Friday Five: We Shall Overcome Edition

Sally brings us this thoughtful Friday Five. While I'm thinking about it, please keep her in your prayers today-- a near and dear one will be in the hospital today.

1.Have you experienced God's faithfulness at a difficult time? Tell as much or as little as you like...
Confession time, here's my deep dark secret: I was academically suspended for a semester in college. (No, I hadn't been drinking or partying or carousing... I had just been displaying my more extroverted tendancies, learning from my fascinating peers more than my books.) It shouldn't have been a surprise when I was suspended, but I was shocked and terrified. I spent the semester living with my mom, working and going to a community college full-time. Somehow, the whole time I was trying to work my way back into my beloved alma mater (see below), I knew that whatever happened, I would be OK. I desperately wanted to go back (and I did), but I had more trust that God was with me then than I have before or since.

2. Have you experienced a dark night of the soul, if so what brought you through?
I think I'm coming out of one now, and I think that trusting my own abilities to hear God again gets me through. When I relinquish my own power to hear and know God to others, I'm completely unable to sense God's presense.

3. Share a Bible verse, song, poem that has brought you comfort?
I'm a huge fan of "How Great Thou Art," actually.

4. Is "why suffering" a valid question?
Absolutely. I don't have an answer, but it's a question that comes from deep within us, and I think we need to feel free to ask honest questions.

5. And on a lighter note- you have reached the end of a dark and difficult time- how are you going to celebrate?
With a night on the town with my girlfriends. Which would, of course, mean they'd all have to gather in the same state.


  1. Great play. Very similar answers, hmmm. Thanks for your comment. It was much needed! I'd love to email.

  2. Loved your answers - and your honesty. Great play.

  3. so a night on the town with girlfriends wouldn't quite as perhaps rowdy as your college days then? just kiddn'... college, oh college were those not the days?

  4. i totally relate to the problems with having a night on the town with the girlfriends! it's a huge bummer to always be far away! i hope you get to have it someday soon!

    wonderful play!

  5. Thanks for a great play, esp Girlfriends Night Out!

  6. I am so with you on #2! And I have always, actually, liked "How Great Thou Art" too. :) (But kinda had the feeling I wasn't sposd to) Great play!

  7. Great play! Our #3 is the same!

  8. Thank you for your honest answers. Fortitude.

  9. Wow. Reading your stories and others is giving me a profound sense of gratitude for all we have plowed through by the grace of God...


  10. Thanks! I know Denison--I grew up on the east side of Columbus. And...there was a semester when I SHOULD have been suspended. My grade point would have been better off.

  11. thanks, Mrs M. I'm with you on losing all sense of God when I look to others for my sense of God. Hmmm...you're inspiring me to confess a similar college experience...

  12. I really like #4 (and the others also)...but affirming that it is OK to wrestle with God...huge in my book.

  13. I wanna go out on the town! Which town? I'm there!


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins