Deaconess Heidi D. Sias is a contributing author to He Restores My Soul, but do not let her title fool you. She can spout off sports stats just as quickly as Scripture references.
Describe a normal day in the life of Deac. Sias:
My days vary greatly as a deaconess who works remotely, living more than 1,000 miles from my organization’s campus, Lutheran Friends of the Deaf in Mill Neck, NY. I work from home a lot, so my workday might include sitting in front of my laptop with gesturing hands while working on a sign language translation, writing numerous emails or copy for marketing projects, or meeting with co-workers flung across the US via Skype or telephone. Working remotely also means a fair amount of travel, so spending hours driving in the car or going through the air travel dance to workshops, conventions, or conferences, is also part of the deal. On these trips, long days of work can include teaching church interpreters, attending meetings in various places (some completely in sign language), volunteering for fund raisers on the Long Island campus, or meeting new people while working at a convention exhibit. The balance of the hustle and bustle of trips with the quietness of working at home to recuperate is imperative for me. After work, the evenings are filled with spending time with my husband after his long day at the office: making a meal together, taking a walk at a local park, reading together on our patio while watching the hummingbirds battle it out for the sweet nectar contained in our feeder or the resident hawk look for his evening meal, playing a competitive game of darts, watching a suspense show on Netflix, running errands, or even sitting side-by-side while doing some more catch up on work, writing, or editing. My evening always ends with a devotion and reading in bed before I drift off to sleep.
What three words best describe your personality?
This is a difficult question to answer about oneself. With input from others I came up with loyal, thoughtful, meticulous.
Who do you go to for advice?
My husband, my mom, several close pastor friends, or a few of my closest girlfriends.
What do you like to read?
I like reading all sorts of genres: suspense books like Stephen King’s 11/22/63; historical fiction like Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City; sports books like Jim Abbott’s Imperfect; travelogues like Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country; war stories like Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken; westerns like Nannie Alderson’s A Bride Goes West; classics like Alcott’s Little Women or Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment; or theological books such as Walther’s Law & Gospel, Preus’s The Fire and the Staff, or C.S. Lewis’s Surprised by Joy. Suspense books are my current addiction. I’m also currently reading Stephen King’s book about writing, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, which is quite good.
Beverage of choice?
Mac or PC?
What do you want to eat when Mom is cooking?
Hmm … my mom doesn’t really like to cook, but she does make really good mashed potatoes.
Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.”
Which song do you hum the most?
I am more of a whistler than a hummer, but my husband says I have a wide whistling genre, from hymns, to pop songs, to commercial jingles, to making up my own tunes. And I often sing them, rather than just whistling them. Tunes seemingly come out of nowhere and often become my earworm for the day.
If you could name the heroine of a fiction book, she would be called:
How do you use hymns in your daily life?
Usually a Sunday worship hymn sticks in my head for the week, and I’ll randomly sing it throughout the week. It’s a good way to be exposed to a variety of hymns. I’ll also go looking for a hymn when I’m going through a difficult time, and use it for meditation and encouragement.
What scenery do you want to be viewing?
Mountains, mountains, mountains.
Shoe of choice?
Brooks sneakers for worn out knees
Favorite movie villain?
I have two: Darth Vader and Gollum.
Which Psalm do you pray the most?
Psalms 6 and 27
What is your chapter about?
My chapter is on living with a chronic disease, but I hope that it will help anyone going through suffering, so that they may look to Christ and His promises for comfort, realizing all we receive is gift.
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