It’s been a long 3 1/2 months since my last blog post, but many of you have kept up with me at my Facebook page (of which I am truly thankful). A lot has transpired in our lives since moving just over 500 miles to the sunny coastline of Southern California. I want to thank you for being patient with my zany questions about faith and religion. Leaving an isolated form of Christianity left me with a whirlwind of questions and heartache. In addition to that, the massive transport of our lives to a whole new community left my thinking process quite chaotic. In the past year or so, I have been able to connect with some friends via Facebook who happen to live down here. We had them over a couple of times to the house before my husband and I decided to take our family to their fellowship not far from here. It has been such a sweet experience getting to know them and we look forward to connecting with them regularly.
I have taken these past few months to reconsider the direction of my blog. My thoughts and feelings on many issues have taken quite a turn, but I pray that the feel of my blog will continue to have the same conversational style of writing coupled with home spun hospitality and inspiration for life. I welcome you to get your coffee or tea and enjoy life with me in a community of support no matter where you’re at in your journey. I pray that my blog will be a place where you can be comforted (not condemned), while still being challenged to think, feel, and love deeply. You are warmly welcomed to be a part of my online community and I hope we can grow together in grace.
While it is true that we came from a place of legalism in years past, but I don’t want my blog to be all about those painful memories. We have had some unhealthy experiences in some church communities, but there are some really sweet Christians out there that don’t deserve to have their faith represented by believers who…well, let’s just say they need to grow. Even the media highlights the believers who end up making decisions that smear the name of “Christian”, but that doesn’t mean they represent Christ by their actions. I don’t want my blog to be a ‘wanted poster’ broadcasting all the brokenness that people endure. I’d rather my blog be a place of rest. A place where you can put up your feet and know they are washed white as snow. I want my blog to be a place where we can grow together through our stories of brokenness and be in awe of the Light that uses us as lamps in the darkness.
I look forward to sharing with you the thoughts I’ve had about ‘the home’and life over these last few months. Whether you’re a full time ‘stay at home mom’ or a ‘work outside the home’ mom, you all work and are all welcome here. We all have homes and lives that thrive when inspired and encouraged, and my prayer is that you will find that here.
Now, I ‘d like to share some photos that show the beautiful new life we have here in Southern California.
Your friend and sister,
At the pier:
Our Coastal home across the street from the beach:
Some thoughts I’ve had recently. I hope you’ll be inspired.
Inspiration for the Home and Life can be found anywhere, if we’re looking through the eyes of love.
Sometimes a mom has got to be her own best friend.
Nurturing unity in the family is a high calling for a mother. May you be granted with wisdom to keep the family strong through love.
As hard as we try to be good parents, our kids eventually make mistakes. May we be good Ambassadors of God’s grace in their lives.
Lives will grow by being rooted in love, from the home.
Even a busy family can develop nurturing evening moments for bonding. The home is truly a special place.