Mrs. Jeanie, you are a person who is known for delighting in the Lord, loving your family and thoroughly enjoying life. You’ve always been an example of a godly and devoted woman, fearing the Lord and loving others. This is why we’d love to hear you answer some of the most important and meaningful questions pertaining to life.
Would you share with us one of the miracles that God has done in your life, one you always remember?
The first thing that comes to my mind is when I was in junior high and it was summertime. I was playing softball and I was the last one left on the field and no one else was around I was sitting on the side of the concession stand and there had been a young man out mowing the field and he was coming around to where I was and at that exact time my mother drove up to pick me up. I’ve always thought of that and I’ve been always thankful how God was taking care of me even then.
Speaking of the time you were a teenager, what would you tell your teenage self, if you could go back in time with the understanding that you have now?
What I would tell my teenage self is… I would say to trust the Lord. I didn’t know the Lord at that time. I had great friends and a wonderful family, but I would’ve loved to have known the Lord at that time.
Is there anything you would do different in your life if you could reverse time?
I guess. I think about a lot of things I would do different if I had a chance, but I truly believe in the sovereignty of God and that He has caused all things to work together for good. I’m so thankful for that.
What brings you joy in life?
What brings me most joy in life apart from the Lord Jesus (and He is my foremost in the church and serving Him) are my husband and children and grandchildren. I absolutely adore my grandchildren and delight to be with them. But I also love to be with my children and their spouses. God has blessed me abundantly and lavishly through my family. And also my mother and brother and sisters and their families. What a joy God has given me.
What things do you find difficult in life?
The things that are most difficult in life to me right now are the things that are going on in our world. The anger and the violence. Also the extreme needs of people everywhere, in my church, my neighbors. So many are desperately sick physically. I’m praying for them, but it makes me so sad.
In light of this, what are some of the things you’re most grateful for?
I guess what I’m most grateful for right now is my church family, my biological family. I’m so thankful for those who have gone before me and what they taught me. I think of my parents’ example throughout my life. How they always visited family in other states and cared for their loved ones. It still ministers to me today.
What is one of your most treasured and favorite memories in life?
I believe one of my most treasured memories concerns my son Jimmy. He was born with a lot of health problems and he continued to have health problems the first 13 months of his life. It scared me so bad and I wasn’t a Christian at the time, but it caused me to turn to the Lord. And, yes, Jimmy recovered.
Praise be to God! You’ve been speaking of your family and how grateful you are for them… Would you share with us how you met your husband?
I first met my husband, I think, when I was in about sixth grade, but when I went to high school he was a senior and I was a freshman. And then about two years after that we started dating.
What do you enjoy most about him?
What I enjoy most about him is how he loves to protect me and take care of me. I feel so loved.
How wonderful! This is a true blessing from the Lord! So what is your favorite thing to do with your family?
I love to be with my family and I love to get together with all of our family; to gather and eat and visit and share what’s going on in our lives. My family is such a blessing to me.
Indeed! So let me ask you this: What do you pray about most?
I pray most about my family, my sons, their spouses, children. And then other pressing needs in the church and my neighborhood.
What is one thing you’d love to have more of?
I would love to have more time with my grandchildren and my children. They are my heart.
On the flip side, What would you say you’d like to have less of?
I guess the burdens of life. The worry over sickness, our country.
What is one thing that blesses your heart?
I love beautiful worshipful music. It absolutely brings me into God’s presence.
Speaking of beautiful music, What is your favorite song?
My favorite song right now is a song by Alvin Slaughter, called the “Wonders of His hands.”
Who are your role models?
I have several role models. One is my dear mother. She represents Christ so well. She loves freely and gives generously. And another one that comes to mind is a dear friend that’s already in heaven and her name is Dorothy Baker. She would talk to anyone about the Lord Jesus. One time she went to the meanest man in town and told him about Jesus.
What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in life.
One of the biggest lessons I believe I’ve learned in life is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. God’s word is so true and that’s what I want to do.
Is there anything you don’t like about yourself?
What I don’t like about myself (and I’ve prayed about it), is I speak my mind a little too freely. I haven’t quite gotten victory over it yet, but that’s what I want. I don’t want to hurt people with my words. I want to bless them.
Thank you, Mrs. Jeanie! May I ask you, what is your favorite Bible verse? And what does it mean to you?
I have a lot of favorite Bible verses, but I think right now it is John 3:16. I believe it’s the key to the whole Bible, because God loved the world so much He sent the Redeemer to save our souls.
Amen. Let’s switch gears for a minute with this question: What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
Three things I would take to a deserted island would be my Bible, my husband and my purse.
What is you favorite drink, favorite dish and favorite dessert?
My favorite drink is sweet tea. My favorite dish is homemade tacos or anything Mexican. And my favorite dessert is coconut pie. My mother makes the best coconut pie.
All of these sound so delightful! I have another question: What skill or ability would you love to have or to have time to learn?
I would love to I learn to truly know how to work computers.
Very well! And what science or subject are you most interested in?
I would love to study more of creation.
What do you love doing most?
I enjoy walking every morning, visiting with my neighbors during that walk and praying during that walk. So it’s so beneficial.
What is your motto?
I’ve said this before, but I guess my motto would be to do unto others as I would have them do unto me.
What is the most important thing you’d want to relate to your children and loved ones?
The most important thing I could relate to my children and grandchildren without a doubt is to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; to serve Him by spending time with Him in prayer and His Word, and serving others. Visit the sick, share the gospel, love others while you can.
Thank you, Mrs. Jeanie for your time and for sharing with us your answers to these important questions! God bless you and your wonderful family!