Preparing the Soil

You Should Know

There are a few things that I think you, as a reader, should know about me and the things I write:

  • First, and most important, I am a Bible-believing, God-loving, born again, ministry-minded woman, humbly and imperfectly trying to follow her Lord.  These basic truths about me weave their way into everything I do and write.
  • Second, I am on a journey.  I don’t claim (or believe) that I am a perfect wife, mother, Christian, or anything else.  I’m just one woman who loves her Lord, cherishes her family, and longs to help other women be the best mothers they can be.  The things I write to you are also things I am writing to myself.
  • Third, I am not a parenting expert.  I make mistakes with my children every day. I have room for growth in almost every area of my parenting.   I simply have a passion and desire to be so connected to the Lord that HIS love and HIS goodness and HIS patience and HIS faithfulness and HIS gentleness spill out of me and onto my children.  I can’t do it on my own, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Where I am weak, He is strong.  His strength is perfected in my weakness.  That’s a good thing, because I have a lot of weaknesses!
  • Fourth, I think best when I think “out loud.” That means, I sometimes will write when thoughts are fresh and are newly simmering.  Sometimes I don’t even really understand what I am thinking until I write it (or say it). I may have errors in my thoughts and angles I haven’t looked at a situation from. If I write something, I might find later on that my thoughts change, evolve, mature, are proved false, or are spot on. But remember, these are just my thoughts.  You and I both need to test everything against the word of God.  I may (inadvertently) say something that is false, immature, or even hurtful.  It isn’t my intent. I’m still learning, and growing.  Let me grow in grace, showing me (with love) the places where I have erred.  I’ll try to do the same for you.
  • Fifth, I read a lot. I read all sorts of books.  I am at a place in my spiritual maturity that I am usually able to successfully separate the wheat from the chaff.  This means that I can read a book, appreciate it, learn from it, and even be inspired by it…but not agree with everything it says. Other than the word of God itself, no book is without error or personal bias. So if I mention that I like a book or am reading a book, just know that it doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with everything in it.  It just means that there is more wheat than chaff and I think that you, too, could benefit from it. If a book has more chaff than wheat, I probably won’t mention it at all.  You know that whole, “If you can’t say anything nice” thing.

2 Comments

  1. “Sharing is caring” is our families motto! I can remember my little man being only 2 walking around the house telling everyone ….sharring is caring…look forward to the next post

  2. Hello, I ran into some stuff of yours out there on pinterest. But I was just going to tell you I was very intrigued, until I read you were in Indo….then I became VERY intrigued!! :) My husband and I lived on Sumatra for almost 3 years, and just returned 2 Octobers ago. I was just encouraged to see you and your thoughts on fun things to do with family on a budget, and even more interested that these are things a large family might can do overseas. Are there things in the book that you are able to do in your environment there, where resources might be more difficult to come by there than in the states? I hope to be back over one day, so the things that we start with our family now are things I would like to be able to transition should the Father call us back over! :) Anyway, just wanted to say hello, and that I was glad to see you on here. I hope to get a copy of your book one of these days. Looks like it probably had some great things in there! – DeAnna

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