"Scarlett: What are you doing?
"Scarlett: Oh, Rhett! *Scarlett watches Rhett walk to the door*
Scarlett: Rhett! *runs down the stairs after Rhett*
Scarlett: Rhett, Rhett! *catches him as he's walking out the front door*
Scarlett: Rhett... if you go, where shall I go, what shall I do?
Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a dime. *Rhett walks off into the fog*"
Well, we’ve come to the last day of my 1 year blogaversary party. *sniffles* Thank you guys so much for all the great comments that were left! I’m sorry if I haven’t replied to Y’all’s comments yet , but I’ve been sick all week…and perhaps a wee bit lazy. But, I just wanted to let ya know that they really made me day.
Q1. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Me: I think you would make the perfect editor, though being a caterer would be a fun challenge. My mom is a caterer and I always help her by busing tables, but it’s the cleaning up afterwards that’s not fun.
Q2. If you could live/go anywhere, where would it be and what would you do there?
If I could “live” anywhere, it would be on a secluded beach in front of a moody stretch of ocean. If I could “go” anywhere, it would be to Ireland, England, France, Tahiti … and Boston, of course!
Me: Those places all sound so good. Might I tag along, when you go? We can smuggle me in a large carry-on, if I scrunch up my legs real tight. LOL
Q3. If you were planning your “dream” party, what would it be like?
Well, my husband has a subscription to Architecture Digest Magazine, and OH-MY-GOODNESS, the lavish getaway bungalows you see in that book are sooooo what I could see as my setting for an intimate dinner party with just a few close friends (6-8 max). It would begin with an exquisitely set candle-lit table nestled in a spacious gazebo perched at the edge of a sprawling lawn overlooking the ocean while a warm breeze rustles the palms. Crystal, china, calla lilies and an orange sun sinking into an inky-blue horizon while impeccably dressed waiters serve a seven-course meal that lasts for hours. Gourmet menu, fine wine and good friends to laugh and pray with throughout a magical evening that would end with a bonfire on the beach. Sigh. Where do I sign up???
Me: LOL. Your guest will think they dies and gone to party heaven. ;)
Q4. If you were hosting a party, what favorite (living or deceased) author(s) would you love to invite? Grin … you have to ask??? Margaret Mitchell, of course, then Harper Lee, Francine Rivers, John Grisham and the ultimate “Author” of Romance, Jesus Christ.
Me: So many great and diverse authors. That would some party.
Q5. You’re stuck on a deserted island with one other person and a box of party supplies filled with a helium tank, balloons, noise makers, Care Bear themed paper goods and a giant inflatable bounce house; who would you want to be stuck with and what party supply do you think would be the most useful?
Uh, I’m a romance writer who writes about passion … what do YOU think??? My husband with the giant inflatable bounce house, of course!!
Me: Hahaha. I guess that was sort of a stupid question on my part. I’m just going to blame it on the flu meds I was on. LOL;)
Last, but never least...
Q6. Do you have a favorite verse from the Bible about celebration and joy that you’d like to share, or a verse that still speaks to your heart no matter how many times you read it?
YES!! Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I love this Scripture, particularly the first two sentences, because it underscores a deep-rooted belief of mine that we are to praise God in the midst of ALL things, good and bad. It’s easy to praise God when things are going good, but the true test of our faith comes when things are not so good. When a believer praises God in the midst of pain and trial, I believe it not only deepens his or her faith and trust, but it releases God’s power and blessing in his or her life in that particular situation and beyond. And quite frankly, I take great pleasure in rubbing it in satan’s face (I NEVER capitalize that name!) that God and only God is to be praised because the devil tries SO hard to get us to curse God and die, just like he did with Job. But when I am able to grit my teeth and praise God instead, I actually feel like I’m spitting in the devil’s eye, which, to be honest, feels REALLY good!!
One time when I was a new Christian, I was barefoot and moving really fast in my bedroom and rammed my toe (I have VERY sensitive toes!!) into the steel leg of my bed. The pain was SO excruciating, that a once-familiar curse word sprang to my lips and at the last minute, instead of screaming it out like I would have before I came to Christ, I forced the following words out through gritted teeth as I fell on the bed:
“Praise God, praise God, praise God!”
I said it over and over again until I was laughing so hard that tears came to my eyes. It was a WONDERFUL feeling, and I almost felt like God was laughing with me for the simple victory He gave me over the devil. God showed me that day in that very simple way that we need to take great pleasure in our obedience to Him because He equates obedience with love (John 14:15 — "If you love me, you will obey what I command”), so to me, it’s one of the easiest and most simple ways we can tell God we love Him AND spit in the devil’s eye at the same time! ;)
Me: What encouraging verses and so true. My whole family is going through some hard times now, and you’ve reminded me that I need to praise God now more than ever.
Julie has the tag line “Passion With A Purpose” and Boy is that true! Her books have equal parts passions and romance with a mega dose of God’s love and precepts mix tighter to make to some of my favorite books. I recommend them to everyone I meet, even to a Wal-Mart greeter if I got the chance.
I just did it and I got 18 out of the 20 questions right. WOO HOO! After watching the movie enough times to be legal and that jazz, I’m just glad I hadn’t fried my brain. So what did y’all get? Leave a comment and let me know. Are you a GWTW Fanatic or is the notion of reading/watching it, gone with the wind?
Oh, you didn’t think I forgot about the giveaway, right?
Well, Mrs.Lessman is SOOO sweet, and she has offered to give away not just one, but two books.
The winner of the giveaway will receive a signed copy of Julie’s book and a "surprise" top CBA book.
It’s simple to enter . Just leave a comment with your valid e-mail address. That’s it, just remember you must have a valid U.S mailing address, as well.
As a recap, all Gone With The Posts blogaversary party giveaways are still open and will be so until next Saturday. That’s one week left to enter, so scoot your boot and leave a comment with your email address to enter.
This is the link to GWTP day 1
Here is the link to GWTP day 2
Alright Y’all, it’s been a great year, and I’m so glad I got into blogging and I got to meet you guys. I hope we’ll have another year of fun to come and that y’all have a blessed Saturday!