Get to know Betty…
What brought you to Vinelife for the first time?
My husband, Bob, was directed by God to come here. And, of course we did!
Why did you stay?
It was the excitement we felt here.
What was your first step in getting involved at Vinelife?
My first involvement was working with the babies. I love babies! When my first grandson was born in CT Iwanted to explore the stages he would be going through (since I couldn’t see him that often) by taking care of the babies at church. I’m addicted now!
Where have you plugged in at Vinelife?
I have volunteered in the Nursery and Foot Prints Bookstore but it is the people at Vinelife that I really feel plugged into.
What has been of your proudest moments?
The day I graduated from college. I was the first person in my extended family to go on to college and graduate.
What inspires you?
The mountains fill me. I never get tired of the view and I am awed at God’s beauty.
What makes you laugh?
Lot’s of things. I love to laugh. But, mostly my husband makes me laugh. He has a great sense of humor.
What’s a current indulgence for you?
I’m buying flowers. I love spring and working in my flower gardens.
What is one goal you have for the next year?
I want to organize my life to the point that I actually have a Sabbath day, a day of rest in the Lord.
What are you passionate about now, that you used to not care about?
I’m hooked on Sudoku and Mahjong. Don’t let me get started!
What’s your day job?
I spend my days at the front desk at Vinelife Church where I learn at least one new thing everyday and in addition, I am the Compassion Ministry for the church.
What’s something new that you’re learning in your job that has surprised you?
I would never have imagined how much effort goes into keeping a church running smoothly. Sunday mornings are the culmination of many, many hours of loving commitment by lots of people.
Your idea of a perfect day?
A perfect day would be my family gathered at our house, the kids running around the yard playing, their mom’s and dad’s talking and laughing, Bob barbecuing and me putting food on the table.
What’s currently listening to on your iPod?
Graham Cooke’s Unveiling the Kingdom seminar.
Your childhood ambition?
As early as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher.
Your first job?
I started working at the age of 14 cleaning motel rooms in Custer, SD.
What is your greatest memory?
The day I got married. Happy, happy day!
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is the original “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. (And, just so you know, I was just a little girl when this movie came out!)
Your last purchase?
Flowers, of course!!
What do you look for in a close friend?
I look for humor, loyalty, openness, sincerity, curiosity and generosity.
What’s something new that you’ve learned about the Bible lately, that has surprised you?
This is not exactly new, but it strikes me almost every time I read the Bible, and that is that God is so loving and patient with us (with me!) that he lets us (me) go over the same ground several times and keeps teaching in little pieces until finally, we (I) get it!!
What do you think makes a good leader, someone that you’ll follow?
I think a good leader is someone who respects people; knows how to listen before making decisions; and, is not afraid to ask for help or forgiveness when the situation warrants it.
Your favorite snack?
My favorite snacks are popcorn at the movies and chocolate covered peanuts.
If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be and why?
Abraham Lincoln (I do know that he is not with us any longer, but…) because he was a man of such integrity and strength. I would love to ask him about what kept him going when he had so many failures and how he had the courage to fight the Civil War and free the slaves. I know I would be terribly impressed with his answers and I think his answers would have a lot to do with God.
What is your definition of a retreat?
A retreat would be experiencing a peaceful, secluded place with time for prayer and reflection. It could be either by myself or with people of the same mind.
What has God been showing you lately that has surprised you?
His plan for me to be on staff at Vinelife is a great surprise to me! But even greater is His plan for me to work with the Compassion Ministry!! It stretches me!
Your fondest memory?
(this is not the same as your proudest moment 🙂 I have unforgettable memories when my children were born. The first time I held each of them was all encompassing.
What’s your biggest challenge?
One of the most challenging things I ever do is let my brain have some control over my heart!
If you were given an extra hour in a day to do whatever you want, what would you do?
I would sit in a quiet place and read.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I used to be very, very shy and could not talk to anyone I didn’t know really well.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
A blessing in my life was my Mother-in-law, Juanita, who taught me a lot about being an honorable, Godly person.
What have you read recently that really inspired or excited you?
I read “Intense Moments With the Savior” by Ken Gire, a very touching book.
If you could vacation anywhere…where would you go?
I have always wanted to go on a cruise to Alaska.
What’s God doing in your life that you are celebrating right now?
He is opening my heart and my mind to Him as never before. I think it is His loving patience finally getting through to me with new and different meaning. Awesome!!