I’m Lisbeth and I’m so grateful you’ve stumbled upon squeeze it into little inkdrops! Curious about the name of this here blog? Read about it here. If you don’t want to, here’s the short version: it’s from a poem. But you really should read the poem because it’s lovely.
So, I thought I’d tell ya a little about myself since you did click on the “About Me” tab, after all.
Into my 30’s and living near Houghton, New York. I work as a Biblical Counselor and I am loving it! I have received my Masters in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and am currently in the process of pursuing licensure in NY state!
Growing up going to the beach in the summers and then living a short stint in the Swiss Alps (L’Abri) has spoiled me. I’m happiest at the beach or in the mountains, and in His good providence, God has called me to a little college town full of natural beauty, mini-mountains, and breathtaking vistas. Despite some rough winter months, it’s easy to be content and thankful here. Plus, I get my beach fix almost every summer, visiting friends at the Jersey Shore.
You’ll probably gather from my many kitty pics and gifs that I’m a cat person. And now, we have a little kitty named Marvel! He’s very feisty, sometimes too feisty. But he makes up for it by snuggling me at night! I also enjoy lots and lots of cat videos, and I still tend to get a little wacky whenever I come across a live cat. I also love to dance…love doesn’t quite seem to capture it, so let me try again. Dancing is one of those few activities that makes my heart sing. Currently I teach a Zumba class 1x a week (wanna come?) and I get excited about any venue where I can dance with friends and family. Speaking of family, I wish you could meet mine. If you spend a lil’ time looking through the archives you’ll get to know my sweet husband, precious parents and dearest sister and bro-in-law (either through posts or their many faithful comments). Speaking of family again, my sister has a blog herself, which will ensnare you in its crafty, creative-ey, tentacles. In fact, it was her post called “how to revamp your about me page” which inspired me to revamp mine! #shameless plug
Other things you should know about me? I’m a story lover. Whether it’s a good fiction book, a TV series that takes over my life (LOST, anyone?), or hearing someone’s personal story, I’m in heaven. I heart coffee. Trying new accents is super fun for me, but I’ve never been able to nail down an Australian or South African one. I struggle with fear, especially fear of man, and escapism. Scripture is my nourishment. I’ve never been to France and really want to go someday. I’ve also realized through writing this “About Me” page that I really like quotation marks and parentheses. I may even “overdo” it (I definitely do). Okay, I think I’ll pause on this for now.
I need an entire section to express my thankfulness that I’m married to the love of my life, Dr. Ransom Poythress. What a man, what a man! We met in class at Westminster Theological Seminary and I’ve been falling ever since. We were married in June 2015 and we’ve settled in Houghton, NY while he teaches Biology at the college. We’re not a perfect couple, we’re actually quite imperfect. But our great God happens to be perfect at redeeming and using imperfect people for His glory. We are constantly being sanctified and learning together how to be more like Christ. I’m so grateful that in the process, I get to do it with this man who’s so quick to forgive, so quick to initiate tenderness, and so quick to love me, especially when I’m not loving him. Thank you, Lord, for my dearling Ransom!
WHY I BLOG
Way back in August of 2010, I created a wordpress blog because I was about to embark on a trip to Huemoz, Switzerland where I would be studying at L’Abri for 3 months. While there, I wouldn’t have easy access to a phone or computer, so I figured blogging would be the easiest way to keep in touch with my peeps. When I returned home, I continued to post from time to time. Fast-forward to today, and now this is a place where I try to work out the implications of the gospel. Following in the footsteps of James, I call you who visit “beloveds,” and my hope is that here we can press on to know the Lord together.
You’ll find a hodge-podge of things at squeeze it into little inkdrops. Sometimes you’ll see songs and music videos, other times I’ll post pictures, silly or cute youtube vids (you already know about the cats), articles, quotes, or verses that grab me. I haven’t been journaling here as much as I used to. Why not? Well, mostly it’s a time issue. It’s easier to post a video or a poem that I like instead of taking the time and energy to type out my thoughts, rework them until they’re decent, and share them with you all. And that’s the other thing: it’s risky to post my own writing. However, being known and revealed can be such a good thing. Perhaps I should get back to more of my own writing…thanks, you “About page” you, for challenging me. Will consider and get back to you on that.
My main desire is to love God and people well, and I hope that this little corner of the internets is a space where I can love him and his people. Do stick around and come back to visit! I’d love to hear from you in the comments section (don’t be fooled by my delayed responses…I’m slow, but I get to them eventually!). Beloveds, I’ll end this with a call to make God our refuge, for he is the protector and preserver of his people. Read this good word with me:
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
12 thoughts on “About Me”
I am 71 years old yet for some time now I have seen living my faith as following the wild dance of God, – You can imagine how these words resonate with me!
Thank you. x
Hazel! I’m glad these words blessed you! I love how you put that…”faith as following the wild dance of God.” Dance on sister!
The previous responses from Rachel and Hazel were for my original “About Me” page, which was short but sweet. I had posted only these lyrics:
“She can run beside the stream through the forest
The wind will lift her hair
She can almost see the moon and the waterfall
The music takes her there
She can be wild in the summertime
She does not feel these walls
She can give in, look up, take a deep breath
And step into the falls
She’s just dancing
She’s just dancing, understand
She’s just dancing,
Dancing to the band…”
This is a wonderful About Me. But thanks for including the “old” one for us to remember and enjoy! This was precious to read and I’ll be back to re-read again and again. I hope you do more journaling of your thoughts like you did at L’Abri.
I remember when you came up with the blogging idea just before you left for Switzerland.
Your posts are so varied…some fun, some poetic, some visual, some challenging for the brain, always something to think about and wonder! So excited to see you loving God and people here. Your Brennan Manning quote took my breath away…thank you!
Your writing is so rich and new as it is familiar, Lisbeth. Keep bringing us the Scriptural jewels and snow-diving cats. You make life full of color for us readers.
Thanks for the kaleidoscope of your life above.
Ahhhhhh! I loved this! And gobbled up your words like I do a bowl of cookie dough ice cream from Day’s in the height of summer. Wow. You really do have a way with words, and I love that the process of re-writing your “About” page gave you discoveries about yourself, your writing habits, and healthy challenges for you going forward. (Isn’t that one of the bestest things about writing?)
Also, you sort of rocked my world with the #shamelessplug shout-out (thank you!). And thinking of my blog as something with “crafty, creative-ey, tentacles” that have the power to “ensnare,” well it gave me a cheshire cat smile. You painted a vivid image my mind won’t quickly shake.
I love the snippets of life you pen for us here. I always leave my visits to “squeeze it into little inkdrops” feeling inspired or challenged or full of joy…and I think your “About” page captures all 3! Way to go, Lisbef!
To think I stumbled upon you one very stormy night in my head while looking for inspiration. I’ve been following you for years, you are my favorite secret internet read. You inspire me. I’m so glad and a bit sad that you’re graduating. How I’ve enjoyed you giving your readers the pleasure of your journey. Your mind is that of a beautiful one Lisbeth. I hope you continue to take us with you and share your passions with us. ❤
Oh Rachelle! Your comment meant so much to me upon first reading it, and it means even more to me now, several months later. You are a poet and your words have stirred my soul creating bubbles of joy. It’s not often that non-family members/close friends comment. So to hear from someone who randomly stumbled upon this lil’ blog and revels in a visit now and then, thrills me! Thank you for coming, thank you for enjoying, and thank you for saying so. Although I recently graduated, I do hope to continue wrestling, writing, sharing, questioning, and laughing with you all. God bless you, dear Rachelle! ❤