1. I married Jason, the man of my dreams, on June 21, 1997.
2. I am a serious chocoholic.
3. Even though I'm scared of snakes, spiders and most things slithery and slimy, I love to hike.
4. I despise talking on the phone. . . even to order pizza.
5. I'm a full-blooded red head, which means red hair, fair skin, green eyes, freckles, easily flushed and, yes, feisty.
6. I'm very health-conscious, but sometimes I have to remind my body of that fact.
7. I love cow stuffed animals and figurines, but I'm actually terrified of real cows.
8. I currently have one dog, Mitchell, a 90-pound shepherd mix.
9. I am a huge fan of Southern Gospel music.
10. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and taught kindergarten for nine years before beginning a career in writing.
11. Though I don't consider myself a very accomplished musician, I serve as the pianist at my church, Bible Baptist Church in Pickens, SC, in addition to teaching the ladies' Sunday School class.
12. My all-time favorite television show is BBC's Merlin.
13. I'd rather haul and stack firewood than do any type of housework.
14. I am naturally a very emotional person. I cry at weddings, funerals, commercials. . . you know, the usual.
15. My favorite Christian authors are Max Lucado and Karen Scalf Linamen. My favorite non-Christian author is Lynn Kurland.
16. I don't understand time-travel, and movies that deal with it give me a headache.
17. I don't like to be rushed. In fact, I'm slow and deliberate to a fault, which often annoys my poor husband.
18. I'm a perfectionist except when it comes to housekeeping. Go figure!
19. Over 90% of my wardrobe comes from a thrift store. What can I say? I love a bargain!
20. My biggest struggle in life is the act of balancing my many responsibilities.
Dana Rongione is a full-time Christian author and speaker, fulfilling her call to share God's message of hope and comfort through her books, lessons, podcasts and blog posts. Though her passion lies in writing adult devotional books, Dana has also authored Christian books for children, including her middle-grade mystery series, The Delaware Detectives. Beyond her roles as author and speaker, Dana works to balance her duties as wife, homemaker, church pianist, Sunday School teacher (Bible Baptist Church, Pickens, SC) and "mommy" to her rotten dog. She resides in Greenville, SC with her husband, Jason and her canine companion, Mitchell. In her spare time, Dana enjoys reading, hiking, daydreaming and eating chocolate.
When I was around the age of six, I was sitting in my Sunday School class, half-listening as my teacher told another story. Suddenly, I realized she had asked a question, for everyone but me was raising one hand. The other lady that helped in our SS class, took me by the hand and led me out into the big chapel area. "You aren't saved?" she asked me. Confused, I shook my head. "Would you like to be?" she asked. I nodded, remembering that everyone else in the class had said that they were saved. I really didn't have any idea what she was talking about.
We knelt down at the pew, and she told me to repeat the words of her prayer. I did, though I can't remember them because at the time, they really didn't mean anything to me. After saying, "Amen," the lady rose, hugged me, told me I was saved, and led me back into the classroom. I understand that she meant well, but I left the class that day thinking I was saved, yet not even understanding what salvation was.
A few weeks later, a friend and I were playing at Day Care. Somehow, we started talking about salvation. I don't remember the specifics, but I do remember that we got into a fight about it. He was telling me that salvation was accepting Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior. I informed him that he was wrong, and salvation was just saying a prayer with your Sunday School teacher. It wasn't long before the Day Care administrator noticed our dispute. After we explained the disagreement, she informed me that my friend was correct. She sat down with us and explained in detail what it meant to be saved. She told of Christ's death on the cross and of His glorious resurrection. She spoke of hell and the torment within. Suddenly, it clicked, and I understood. I knew what I needed to do. I knelt there with my friend and the administrator and asked the Lord to save me.
Since that day, there have been many spiritual battles. I've been tempted to quit. I've been tempted to turn back. I've been tempted to believe the lies of the devil. But through it all, the Lord has been with me. He has led me and protected me. Yes, through it all, God's been good!
My Statement of Faith
Quoted from Wes Tuttle's song, "Statement of Faith"
I believe there is one true God and that Jesus Christ is His Holy Son. That He is the living Word and that by Him and through Him all things were made. I believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. He lived a sinless life, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and brought the dead back to life.
I believe in the Cross - that Jesus, God's sacrificial Lamb, shedding His blood, was crucified as atonement for the sins of all the world and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
I believe in the Resurrection - that on the third day He rose from the tomb conquering death, hell, and the grave, and today He sits at the right hand of the Father and that because He lives, we shall live also.
I believe in the Church, a harbor for souls where God is glorified, saints are edified, grace is multiplied, and mercy is magnified.
I believe in the Holy Spirit who lives within all who are saved by grace through faith. He is our Comforter, our Friend, our Guide.
And I believe that one day Jesus will come again to claim His own and prove once and for all that He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.