New Chapter

How do you identify yourself? I’m a….. I’m a Biology Teacher, I’m the wife of Dr. Dunning, a mom, a daughter, a grandmother, a blogger (albeit inconsistent), a writer. On and on and on.

Some of these identities are fleeting. For example; I am no longer teaching biology, my children are grown and don’t need me as they did. If I only identify with one occupation or another it becomes dangerous.  These are not my talents or my core values, these are what occupy my life. God created me to be a Hopeful teacher who loves to serve. I delight in His promise of Hope. I get grieved when life doesn’t point toward Hope. I do all occupations based on this description.

When I introduce myself or someone introduces me to someone I usually get introduced in context. “This is Susie Dunning, Dr. Dunning’s wife.” “This is Susie Dunning, Ginny Schmitt’s daughter.” I will proudly wear all hats that are given me. I am never offended and think, “Is that all I am?” No this is all I get to be.

Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 

Life here is Zoe. Greek, meaning Life physical and spiritual in Christ: Abundant!

The Bios definition, also Greek is Life, all living things.

What defines me? Zoe. Abundant Life in Christ. Striving to be the best me God created me to be.

Who are you? Have you thought about what drives you in all of your roles?Dr-Seuss-Youer-Quote


Thankful ~ Susie


One Comments

  • Joan

    May 14, 2014

    You, my dear, are more than Ginny’ s daughter and Dr. Dunning’s wife. First and foremost you are a child of God. Someone who has grown into a beautiful, intelligent woman. Someone who has survived life’s problems and lives in the presence of a God who loves and guides you. You are not only a daughter and wife but a loyal, loving sister and friend. You are a precious result of God’s love and a great example to the world of what a woman should be. To quote part of a prayer, ‘ blessed are you among women’. Love you dear. Mama Joan


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