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She’s got… Personality

Remember the jingle; She has personality, walk, personality, talk, personality?

I just took a personality test, for the 10th time. They all come out the same. I am enthusiastic, persuasive, idea girl, cooperative, talkative, trusting, I like to be bossed rather than boss. I like to be liked. This works out great because Dennis likes to be the boss and loves to quote Putty from Seinfeld and say, “Quit bossing me!” He is results oriented so he follows through with my ideas. He is bold and mixed with my enthusiasm we push through our plans.

Oh this doesn’t come without challenges. How about when he asks me to fill out forms or do mundane tasks, which I abhor and I get distracted by shiney objects (aka people or some kind of social interaction)? He is goal driven and judges by goals achieved! Ugh, this can get ugly fast.

Alas, in all of the joys and trials of our differences we have come to appreciate them.

The other day Dennis was flying, we headed to a place we hadn’t been before in a crowded air space. Dennis was nervous and uptight. Sometimes I forget to keep my mouth shut. I chit chat, he is quiet and curt. Oh, I realize he is focused and I need to be quiet, there is so much to do when you fly. So we land, beautifully and when we took off to return home he said, “Sorry I get so weird.” I returned, “It’s not weird it’s focused. If you aren’t focused and driven to be the best we wouldn’t own a plane!”  He smiled.

Not so long ago that would have gone a lot differently. I would have been hurt and felt rejected because he wasn’t responding to me. He would have gotten frustrated. He would not have apologized, I would have pouted and we would have flown home in silence.

We chatted with the pleasure of his accomplishment!

Marriage is tough. We learn from God’s word to be humble and put others first:

Philippians 2:2-4 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Sometimes it’s tough to look at our spouse’s differences as strengths. When we learn how our spouse ticks and recognize our own strengths and most importantly in marriage, our weaknesses. We understand that he is not just being difficult or thoughtless. She is not just being thin-skinned or impulsive. We just need balance and understanding.

There are many personality tests out there. The Enneagram has a free personality test on line, I think you can find it on Facebook. Just ask one of my nieces to find it for you!

Learn the personalities of those around you. There are great books by Florence Littauer, Laurie Beth Jones, Gary Smalley and more to learn your’s, your spouse’s and your children’s personalities. Relationships around you will flourish with understanding.

Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 

I love learning and most of all I love learning about people.

Affirmed ~Susie



Roots and the Old West

We did it. We purchased land in Kingman, AZ. Mohave County will see another Home built on the Haulapai Mountains in the Juniper, Pinon Pine forest. I showed you pictures previously, now I will show my heart.

115 degrees in Las Vegas at Costo

I went to Las Vegas to shop at Costco, I had Dennis’ car. I opened the trunk, it was sweltering hot and there staring back at me were two snow brushes. I couldn’t let the moment go. Now, we will get a little snow in our new home, which will be nice, make us feel like four seasons. We will not need snow brushes!!

I have up until last week felt like we are on vacation. We are enjoying the surrounding area, discovering the desert, flying in 100 degree weather and meeting new people. I love this stuff. Suddenly we purchased property. Wow, that is pretty permanent. The funny thing is, I haven’t really mourned for Grand Rapids, MI. Oh sure I miss people, the comfort of 20 years in the same church, Meijer. I’m not sad. I thought I would leave and grieve. I am so content in the city of Kingman. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t miss certain things. I wish I could run over to my mom’s. I wish when she says her computer isn’t working right that I could run over and fix it. I wish that when Samantha calls crying over a broken relationship I could run over to her house and eat pizza together. But other than that I’m good. I feel a little cold hearted sometimes and don’t want to say it out loud.

God has told so many to “go”; Aaron ~Go find Moses, Joshua ~ Go into the promise land, Ruth ~ Go follow Naomi, David ~ Go fight Goliath. Jesus told the disciples to Go do some crazy things, go tell this stranger my teacher said, “the time is at hand,” go get the colt. Think about the triumphant percession we hear about every palm Sunday, Hosana! If the disciples questioned Jesus’ “Go.” We wouldn’t have the celebration.

I feel Dennis and I obeyed when God said GO. I believe He takes care of everything. So the grieving that might have happened, didn’t. We have yet to see what His plan is for our lives. We do see that He is faithful and has and will take care of us out here in the desert.

Running on Stallion Dr.

This is my new road. Whew, it is very steep running with more elevation and hills! I am excited to break ground and build our mountain retreat.

Home ~ Susie

The Good Part

Oh my Zoe Girl!
My girls

 My children and now my grand children are the joys of my life.

When we made the decision to move we knew we had a call on our lives and we knew this was going to take us further away from our children. God told us to go, we obeyed.

Well, here we are. Dennis’ practice is thriving. We had no doubt that He would take off. Kingman Regional Medical Center and cardiology in the Mohave desert will never be the same.

My little love Carter
Brett and his Zoe

We also knew God was taking me to the desert for a reason, to be quiet, study and be emersed in God’s Word so I could be equipped to write. I took off and got busy. First it is busy unpacking. Oh and I have to make friends. I have to be busy doing errands, looking for land, now building a house. Wait! Remember Martha?

In Luke 10:38-42 we find the story of the 2 sisters of Lazarus. Martha welcomes Jesus into the home, according to verse 39 they both sat at Jesus’ feet to listen to Him. But Martha was distracted by worries and she was troubled. She was serving Him. She said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

Josh, so happy to be a dad.

Jesus tells her she is too worried and troubled and her sister “has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

I don’t think Jesus wanted Martha to give up her hospitality, He just wanted her to have balance. He was speaking His Word and Mary was listening. Hearing (reading) the word of Jesus is the key.

The importance of obedience and doing the “good part” is what will effect and influence these next two generations.

This morning I felt just as Timothy or Titus must have felt when they received Paul’s letters. My brother, Pastor Jim can encourage and rebuke in the same breath and just like Timothy and Titus, I am refreshed and ready to move ahead with God’s plan. I feel safe in the multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14).

Continually learning and thankful ~Susie