Heart, Mind, & Body

The Nitty Gritty About Holly Fister

Let’s get down to the Nitty Gritty about Holly Fister.

Here are 12 Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Me:

1.What ends up in your dryer’s lint trap?

Gum, green berries, and lots of hair

2.Who is your inspiration?

Cicely Mary Barker, author and illustrator of “The Complete Book of Flower Fairies” She was a sickly young woman who worked hard to create something beautiful with no guarantee that anyone else would value it. You can tell she was truly inspired by the innocent beauty of children. Her poems are clever, and each painting is unique and lovely.

3.Where would you like to travel to next?

I would love to go to Ireland, ramble around the countryside with the sheep.

4.What scares you?

Living a life that doesn’t touch the world somehow and make it better.

5.What is your favorite movie?

Pride and Prejudice

6.Coffee or tea?

Both! One cup of coffee in the morning (cream and sugar, please!) and a cup of hot tea at night. This is my new favorite:

As a matter of fact, I’m drinking a cup right now!

7.Weirdest thing that happened to you yesterday?

I found a fluffy grass seed in my ear at bedtime. The kids shook them over my head earlier in the day.

8.Pet peeve?

When people in cars don’t yield to pedestrians when it’s RAINING!

9.Best friend?

Easy- Thomas Fister!

10.What song always gets stuck in your head?

“Time For Your Checkup” by Doc McStuffins. It’s a classic.

11.What is your good luck charm?

Well, today I saw my third albino squirrel in two weeks! That’s gotta be good luck, right?! They’re so cute! I want to catch one and make it my pet!

12.What one thing can you not live without?

Jesus

This last one is crucial. Seriously, I would be a hopeless mess without Jesus.

Would I have hope for the future without Jesus? I don’t think so. This depression and the tough toddler years are overwhelming. I know people say that this is just a phase, but seriously, some days feel like they’ll never end. I know that this is a formative time for my kids when they’ll soak up every little thing I say and do. My job often feels trivial, but I’m investing in a future generation that will impact the world. And I still have time to impact the world too. Please pray for guidance for me as I continue to write and seek out what the Lord wants for me.

 Would I be at peace about my dad’s death? Nope. My dad loved Jesus so much, and I know I’ll see him again one day in Heaven. The day he died, I asked him if he was disappointed every time he woke up and wasn’t in Heaven. He said yes, he was so ready to meet Jesus. I am confident that happened.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

Could I forgive myself for my shortcomings? I could forgive anyone before forgiving myself, but Jesus died for my sins, so there is no need for me to punish myself again. My hateful thoughts towards myself were often the start of downward spirals during my depression. I need to claim my inheritance as a Daughter of the King! I want the love of Christ to shine in my life for others to see. My darkness of spirit this past year was definitely blocking that light from shining.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 Surely that applies towards ourselves too.

I pray every day for patience. And I still handle things in a less than perfect manner, which is why I’m so thankful for forgiveness and grace. I try to use my flaws as a teaching tool for my daughter. When I mess up, I tell her I’m sorry, and we talk about it. I hope she will understand God’s forgiveness personally one day.  I strive to be like the woman described in Proverbs 31:26, “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” It’s good to have goals!

I often have a hard time expressing what I believe to others, but today I wanted y’all to know. And that’s the Nitty Gritty about me.

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