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100 Questions to Inspire Rapid Self-Discovery & Understanding: Q&A #1

A short while ago, I met a church member at a coffee house to sit and chit chat. I see her every Sunday and we’re Facebook “friends” but had never had a real conversation. So, I invited her to “coffee.” And, by “coffee” I mean vanilla bean cream fraps. I’m asking the usual questions What do you do? What do you do for fun? Where are you from? when out of the blue she asks So, what’s your salvation story? Huh? What? Um…

It reminded me of Alexandra Frazen’s 100 Questions to Inspire Rapid Self-Discovery & Understanding. People are so much more than their occupation, relationship status, and the town they grew up in. And, if we asked these questions around the table, I think we’d all get to know, really know, each other a little bit better.

So, I’m going to post & answer one or more questions per week. Answer the question for yourself in the comments. Or, you could type your answer as a blog post. Just be sure to link-up with me so we can all read your answer.

So, are you ready to learn more about me than you ever wanted to know?!! This should be fun! 

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Question #1

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? 

Two come to mind.

One Christmas season I was driving home with my daughter, brother, and nephew. Christmas is my favorite holiday. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year! When I was younger, my grandma always took me and my siblings to look at the lights. We’d ooh and aah in the backseat. My daughter was about to turn 2 years old and this was the first Christmas she was old enough to join in the ooh-ing and aah-ing. So, whenever we’d see a neighborhood with a lot of lights and decorations, I’d pull in and drive up and down the streets pointing out star, snowman, and reindeer. And, oohing and aahing with her, of course!

We’re heading home when my nephew says, “Aunt Brandi, you’re a good momma.” “Why do you say that?” I asked. “Because you took the time to take Arden to look at all the lights.” Taking your child to see Christmas lights isn’t really a huge thing, I don’t suppose. I mean, parents do that every year, right? But, somehow, in that car, on that cold, winter night it meant a great deal to all of us.

My 2nd answer…

I was working as a pharmacy technician at CVS and there were lots of issues with a lady’s prescription. I don’t remember all the details, but let’s just say her daughter drove her through the drive thru at least 5 times as we worked and worked on getting her medication ready. I’d guess there were probably insurance issues or something outside of our hands. I felt horrible as they would pull up to the window for the 2nd and 3rd and 4th time and I’d have to say, “We’re still working on it. I’m so sorry. Please pull over to the side.” And, about the 4th time, the daughter looks at me and says, “You’re a Christian, aren’t you?” I did that thing where you open your mouth and nothing comes out. And, finally I said, “Yes. Yes, I am.” And, she said, “I can tell. You’ve been so helpful and so kind…” and she goes on about the customer service they had received that day. And, there I was dreading seeing their car in the drive thru because it was taking so long. But, even though they were inconvenienced, they saw that I was really doing my best to help them. Needless to say, I felt pretty awesome for the rest of the day.

I can’t wait to read your response in the comments! 

With Love,

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15 thoughts on “100 Questions to Inspire Rapid Self-Discovery & Understanding: Q&A #1

  1. I’d have to say that mine was a ‘You’re a great mom” compliment too. Except it came from a neighbor of my parents’ at a gathering. I was a single mom to three little boys, and one of them had been naughty. I didn’t let him get away with it just because we were around a lot of people. Instead of looking at me with disdain, like so many people did at that time, she gave me that compliment. I’ll never forget it.

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    • My kiddo is 4 and many times I have to decide how to handle misbehavior in public. I admire the mom that (appropriately) handles it right then and there regardless of what everyone else thinks/says. I wish I was that courageous all the time.

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  2. I love reading your best compliments. I can’t remember mine off of the top of my head–now I could answer, “What is your salvation testimony?” We will have people share that quite often when we eat with them, and it is always interesting to hear how different people came to know Christ as their Savior!

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  3. The best compliment I ever received.was when my grandpa told me that he was proud of me. I don’t remember what he was referring to, he is not one to hand out compliments and rarely even says I love you, so it was a big deal to hear that from him.

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    • I understand, Rebekah. Having someone say “I’m proud of you,” always makes me feel a certain kind of special. My grandma isn’t sentimental, either. So when she says “warm” things, I tuck them away for later!

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  4. Those are such great answers and i love that you’ll be working your way through the questions. I will be staying tuned and playing along.

    The best compliment I received was from my oldest son about a month ago. I worked full-time outside the home ever since graduating college. For his whole childhood, I worked and even when his two younger brothers came along. I left my job in June. My son told me “mom, I’m a little jealous that you didn’t stay home with me when I was little. But I’m so happy that you are staying home now. You are happier, we have more fun and our house is getting nicer and more organized!” 🙂

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    • Thanks, Tanya! I can’t tell you how excited I am that you’ll be staying tuned and playing along. <–A blogger's dream!

      WHOA @ his compliment. That was huge! Sometimes we think kids don't notice, but they do. They know when we're happier and more "together." It affects their lives more than we (care to) realize.

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  5. God is definitely getting the glory out of your life. All of your stories are so inspiring. He brought me to your blog for a reason. I look forward to reading more of your writings.

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