Answers: A Confession of Humanity

Saturday, September 17, 2016

You know, sometimes I may not like to admit it...but the questions asked in response to my Your Turn post have forced me to confess: I too, am human.  I had fun figuring out how to answer these!
Martha asks: What three personality traits do you admire in people? 
#1 Kindness
#2 Intelligence
#3 Diligence/reliability

Anonymous asks: Hello Bethany, You are an interesting girl, as well as pretty, and smart, and always seem happy, but do you ever feel sad, and if so, what makes you sad?
Why, thank you! :)
Yes, I feel sad when I say goodbye to those I love (and when I miss them).  
I also feel sad when I think of certain friends whose lives have not been happy.
And I feel sad when I think of the cruelty, injustice, and suffering in the world.

Kathleen asks: What's your most embarrassing moment?
I usually am too busy laughing at myself to get embarrassed...
I suppose the most potentially embarrassing thing I've done is unintentionally crash a wedding by heading to the nearest steeple without checking which denomination it was...  Oh, and we signed the guest book.  

Martha asks: What was the last thing that made you laugh?
See above, I am constantly laughing to myself over one thing or another.  And if I ever run out of things to laugh about, I can always head over to your blogs!

Martha asks: What three words best describe you?
Can I go with Anonymous' description of me above: happy, pretty, and smart?!  I sort of like that...  Add humble to that description, and we're set!  

Ok...maybe swap pretty for consistent.  I'm stubbornly consistent to the point of being boring at times.  How about happy, consistent, and unconventional?
Margie asks (+1 from The Lady Okie): What is your guilty pleasure? 
Thrift shopping--though I don't feel too guilty since I generally get out of the store without spending more than $10!  At my favorite thrift store everything is incredibly inexpensive!  

Also--I enjoy watching Studio C, my favorite sketch comedy (this episode is a good one)...and on weekends an episode of whichever old series I happen to be working through, currently The Fall Guy.

Christine asks: What makes you nervous and how do you conquer your fears?
Watching athletes attempt the course on American Ninja Warrior makes me a nervous wreck.  I *so* do not want to see them fall, and this season they all did.  If only Drew Drechsel or Daniel Gil could have won the million dollars this year!

I think of the show when I need to encourage myself to press on through the next obstacle: working, running, or in life.  Never give up!

"These walls were not built to shut out problems; you have to face them.  You have to live the life you were born to live.  Climb every mountain, ford every stream..."  --Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music.

Hopefully next season someone will climb Mount Midoriyama again.

Anonymous says: I admire your Spirit! Have you always had spirit, curiosity, and a thirst for knowledge? Explain!
My parents started me out right with the Bible, which says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

I didn't want to be a fool.
Courtesy of
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." (NIV)

Anonymous asks: What is your biggest fear?
I fear God, and faith in Him conquers my fears.

I used to fear migraines.  As a young teenager I had them often.  One day my parents and our mayor, Jim Daggs, prayed for me, and the migraines stopped coming with frequency (I only had a handful during the rest of my teens).

 Although I still have them on rare occasions, I'm learning my triggers, and I no longer fear them.  God is greater.  Pain is temporary.  He gives me peace.

John says: Tell us one thing you know for sure.
Jesus loves me!

I am sure, of this one thing, My God is Real, for I can feel Him in my soul...His love for me is like pure gold; my God is real, for I can feel Him in my soul.  
See here for the song as sung by Johnny Cash.

"I'm only human; I'm just a woman..."  But I know He's God!
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  --Hebrews 11:1


  1. Interestinf answers your life is very important not very common now

  2. This was fun to read, Bethany! I laughed out loud with the crashing of a wedding. It certainly makes for a humorous story. Thanks for answering the questions I posed. I would add a great sense of humour when it comes to describing you!

    1. Thanks. I love your sense of humor too. With a lot of things in life, you have to either laugh or cry. It's way funner to choose to laugh!

  3. Dearest Bethany, I had to laugh heartily about your crashing a wedding! And I enjoy your sense of humour, your ability to laugh at yourself, your willingness to learn and your faith in God. Thank you so much for sharing. Love and hugs to you.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Linda. Always enjoy my visits to your blog.

  4. I love getting to know you better, Bethany! You are very interesting. :) God bless you with a wonderful Sunday!

  5. So nice to read your answers. You are an amazing young woman. So glad to be a reader of your wonderful blog.

  6. This is a fun way to get to know you better, Bethany, the wedding crasher! Hope you have a good week!

  7. I am enjoying getting to know you!

  8. Great fun to read these and I love that you laugh at yourself.

    So great.

    1. I figure if I don't appreciate my own sense of humor, who will?! :D

    2. I appreciate it. You crack me up.

      I also took a page from you, Debra and Martha and did a ask me anything about decluttering. I dunno how many are interested in that subject but thanks to you girls, I was inspired to give it a go.


    3. So awesome! Thanks for letting us quiz you! I'm looking forward to reading your answers.

  9. Hi Bethany, You have, at least in my humble opinion, done an excellent job of answering some tough questions. I have to admit I scrolled down quickly to see if you answered my question and, yes, it is there! I love your answer and I must admit, I'm not at all surprised with your answer! I've followed your blog for a long time and know that your faith is beyond question. Your witness makes the presence of the Holy Spirit in you unmistakable! Just a wonderful post here!

    1. Thanks John! You gave a very interesting and thought-provoking question.

  10. Great post Bethany!'re human?! ;) Laughing at oneself is a good quality to have, I think. We can take ourselves to seriously. And I shall have to watch that episode of Studio C.:)

    1. Thanks Paige...hope you enjoy it! I could almost write a blog post on all the episodes of Studio C that one should not go without watching... ;)

  11. the qualities you mentioned are the essence of humanity .i will add the quality to replace other to feel other's pain

  12. Bethany,
    I found out about you a lot of interesting information.
    You're a girl very beautiful, unique, very wise, loving God.
    I wish you all the best.
    Greetings from Poland.

  13. I love reading all these answers :) You are a great person, Beth!

  14. So many great, fun answers, Bethany! Thanks for being so honest and forthright!

  15. Wonderful answers!
    Your wisdom and fine character is shown through the things you admire, seek, and enjoy...
    I also truly respect people that are reliable and diligent...meddling around in the music industry/world, I can tell you that is a weakness in most musicians.
    Something I always want to be careful about!

    once again, wonderful answers! thanks for sharing

  16. some interesting information here, a bit of getting to know you better. this must be a lot of work for you!!

  17. So did you run into Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn at the wedding?

    Thanks for answering my question! You're saving the environment by thrift shopping! And if you shop at charity stores, you're basically donating money to them, right???

    1. I don't think they were at this one...but I watch so few modern movies I'm afraid I wouldn't have recognized them if they were!

      Good way to look at it! Now I have two more good excuses for my thrift-shopping indulgence! :D Thanks!

  18. I like thrift stores too! And I'm glad that you chose Kindness as #1.

    1. Kindness is an important quality. Happy thrift shopping!

  19. I want to PROFOUNDLY thank you for turning me onto Studio C. I love it. A few months ago I saw a video from what I thought was a real soccer match. That in turn was a Studio C skit. I laughed until I almost lost consciousness. I now subscribed to them and when I need some cheering up, I go to their YouTube channel. Once again thanks and have a great night.

    1. So glad you are enjoying Studio C! They have some great ones. I think I've watched (or at least looked at) every episode, and I always look forward to seeing what they post next.

      Poor Scott Sterling... That must have been hilarious watching him when you thought you were going to see a real soccer match though.

  20. Hello Bethany!:) Getting to know you is a pleasure. Thank you for answering my question, those are the same things which make me sad too, and kindness is also at the top of my list. Your insight and maturity are rare things in a young woman these days. Bless you!:)