Sunday, January 8, 2017

Spiritual Check Up My Answers Part 2

So I want to share my answers to the last five questions I posted a few days ago. But before I do that I want to go back to question 1 about worshiping well with others. Our pastor reminded us today that worship is not just about the music. It's about spending time with the Lord giving Him complete reverence. An active response to God. I'm not sure where we got the idea that worship is about the music only. Perhaps it could be because we call those who lead us into song "worship leaders" or "worship teams"?   Maybe they should be simply known as "song leaders" or "music directors". I don't know. I guess I'm just rambling.

Okay, getting back to the topic here are my last 5 answers.
6. How much joy do you have? I gave myself an 8 though I could have given myself an 9. I like to consider myself a joyful person but let's face it. There are times when I just don't feel joy. When things are going badly I want to crawl under the covers and wait for things to get better. Then there are people who are joy suckers. You know who they are. The ones who are always negative and never have anything good to say. I'm part of a online community who have such people. There will be a sweet picture of a child doing whatever kids do and someone will say something negative like  "That child shouldn't____"" Or why is he/she doing ______?" I've come to the conclusion these people are just negative and honestly don't have any joy in their lives.

7. Are you a loving person? I scored 8.  I would have loved to say 10. I hate to admit it but there have been people in my life and in churches I just don't like. There are celebrities I just don't like. That's no excuse though for not loving them. I think the people we don't like are the ones who may need our prayers the most.

8. Do you have peace in your life? I said 9. I have more peace now thanks to devoting myself more to prayer and God's Word.

9. Are you a patient person? I'm extremely embarrassed about this one. I gave myself a 3. I get impatient waiting on the Lord for answer. I get very impatient with people who want to argue the validity of the Bible. Truth be told, I have wanted to tell them how stupid they sound. But there was a time before I became a Christian, I was "ignorant" of the scriptures and well, I said stupid things.

10.   Are you kind towards others? I scored 8. Over the years that I have been saved, I realize I want to treat others the way, I want to be treated. So I try to be kind. Even when they are driving me crazy and I've lost my patience with them, I want to be kind. I really want to try better to be "Jesus with skin on."

So that's my check-up for this year. There are areas from this check-up I need to improve and grow in. Lord willing, next January, I hope to be doing better.


  1. I read all 10 points and your responses to each; you are brave to be so honest! I think I am also shy when it comes to outreach. It's easy to be bold on the computer, but face to face is another matter.
    I think that you brought up something important: as we make goals we are usually looking forward to how we can improve in the future, but it also helps us gain perspective when we look back and see how far we've come. We may not be where we want to be, but at least we're not where we were. :)

  2. Thank you Jessica! I agree with you it's good to look back to see how far you've. I heard a saying that goes something like "God accepts you as your are, just don't stay there". Makes a lot of sense to me.

  3. Hello Regina,

    First I want to tell you how much I agree with you about the whole "worship leaders" idea. In the churches I've been blessed to be a part of the people in charge of the music were known as song leaders. :)

    I enjoyed reading your answers (and your honesty) to these five questions. I want to look back through your blog and see the first five questions and your answers. I took the test as I read along the questions and answers. I have some of these areas that I need to ask the Lord to help me with.

    Lastly, thank you so much for stopping by my blog (Forgiven) earlier this evening. It has been so nice to meet you.

  4. Dear Regina,

    I just finished reading a book by Michele Barnes McClendon, called 'Life as a Prayer, Recapturing the Wind of Head Covering'.

    There is a chapter in this book on a woman named Regina. The story was well written and heart-warming.

    What a blessing for you to have your story published and a blessing for those to be able to read your story.

    Your blog is such a lovely place to visit.

    God Bless!


    1. Thank you Melissa. I forgot my head covering story is in that book. I haven't read it yet. Maybe Amazon has and I can get it from there.
      Thanks again!

  5. Regina,

    I ordered the book from Amazon. How fun it will be for you to read your own story in a book.



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