#12: Gina

June 3, 2010

Name: Gina Munsey

Until recently, I was a systems coordinator / marketing assistant. Now, I write. I blog. I take pictures. I manage my artist-husband's website.

If we were to ask those around you, what role would they say you most often play in the lives of others?

I try to be a good listener. I try to encourage others. I'm that person who would urge you to take the risk, leap into the unknown, get out of your comfort zone and trust God with everything. It's the only way to live. After all, "The safest place to be is in the center of God's will." -Corrie Ten Boom

What is your unique place in your family?
Hmm, this is a hard one. Well, I'm the only daughter! That means mom has someone to call and talk, talk, talk! We live something like 2,000 miles apart so these phone calls allow us to stay close.

Hardest trial you faced, and ways it has made you stronger:
My perfectionism. I struggle with a ridiculous need for everything to be perfect and to never fail at anything. It flies in the face of grace. But it's taught me to lean on grace.
My food allergies. I can't eat corn, dairy, or wheat...or any food that's been near those things. How's this made me stronger? Haha, I'm not sure it has. I don't feel very strong most of the time.

And lastly...don't laugh...I really do feel quite an affinity for Charlie Brown [link to attached comic]. I'm constantly finding myself in situations which make me feel just like him. My mom has replied to my texts more than once with "CHARLIE BROWN!!!!" You know, being the 501th person in line for a "first 500 get in free" promotion, being called a blockhead in front of everyone, having the football pulled out from under you just as you're about to kick it...that sort of thing. It sounds humorous, but outside of a comic strip it's not always funny...

Your definition of beauty:
I am a boho-hippie-natural kind of girl. I love colors and patterns. I read cosmetic labels like a crazy person to avoid chemicals. I'm not ashamed to publicly proclaim my love for paisley. I think matching is overrated. Bottom line? I believe it's much more important to just be yourself than it is to pretend to be the someone you think other people want you to be. The most beautiful thing, though, is possessing a freedom and a peace that comes from resting in the arms of the Saviour. That's so much more beautiful than a stiff and legalistic "meekness and quietness for the sake of meekness and quietness."
Accomplishment you're most pleased with:
I'm really happy that I've lived all over the world and the United States, without feeling tied down to any one place. I know this isn't an accomplishment per se, it's really a testament to the example provided by my parents' obedience and willingness to follow God with reckless abandon...they have taught me so much.

Also, I'm pretty proud of the fact that I graduated from college with an A.S. and a B.S. in Criminal Justice...while managing to survive on the frozen shores of Lake Superior just across from Canada. I'm pleased that I didn't drop out and move to some (much warmer) foreign country, ha ha ha.

Although, the moving part is never out of the question. I married a very adventurous man...

Next feat you're tackling:
Trusting God for our future? No, really. Praying for my husband to find a job and trusting that God will take care of us in the unknown meantime. And oh, it's so unknown!
Dream job: To be a mom.

Favorite food:
Considering my limited diet...my favorite thing to eat is...uhh...anything I can? =)

Three things that make you terribly happy:
My husband, coffee, and warm sunshine.

Best advice you've ever received:
I talked about this Corrie ten Boom quote earlier, and it's really the best advice I've ever received. My dad always reminds me of this: "The safest place to be is in the center of God's will."

Favorite quote:
"Do the next thing" - Elisabeth Elliot. This one helps to keep me from feeling bogged down and really puts things in perspective for me.

Favorite picture of yourself:
My husband took this photo of me last spring when we were in France.

Book you're currently reading:

Um, I've kind of dropped the ball on book-reading lately, but I do have a nice stack waiting for me. The book on the top of that stack is "How to Live a Victorious Life" by "An Unknown Christian". It's a classic, out of print now.