Follow God’s Leading

When you see God leading you into something new, something unexpected, something exciting …. what do you do?

When the world is telling you it’s crazy and irresponsible … do you still follow Him?

When you know — really know — that it’s where God wants you to be … do you go?

That’s what our family has been facing. The peace we feel deciding to step out in Faith and follow where He’s leading, no matter what “the world” says or thinks, has been amazing.

There’s an adventure over the horizon for this family. And everyone is excited to see what He has in store for us.

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It all Boils Down to Respect

[I feel I should put some sort of warning here before getting to the post. I know how nasty the internet can get at times. I realize that there are some things towards the beginning of the post that may make people mad. That is not my intent. Please make sure to read the entire article before commenting.]

“I hold enough conservative values to call myself Conservative, but I also hold a few liberal values that some Conservatives think block me from entering the Conservative camp.” {from the About page}

I’m not a huge fan of labels. They describe just a portion of who a person is.

But I realize some people like labels. They like to know what labels a person identifies with, so they can know quickly if it’s someone they’d like to get to know a little better. We all like hanging with like-minded people.

So, for that reason, you could call me a Conservative. I’m ok with that.

I believe a woman’s place is taking care of her home.

I believe women {and men} should carefully choose their clothing to present the importance of modesty.

I believe parents are fully responsible for their children’s education.

I believe homosexuality is sin.

I believe abortions are murder.

I believe women getting all hot and bothered about a man that’s not their wife is adultery. Same goes for men checking out women not their wife.

I believe Christians should be careful about what they read and watch.
BUT.
I believe in a person’s free choice. I was given choices, as was every single person … Christian or not.

I believe there are times a woman feels the need to work outside of the home. That’s between them, their husbands, and God.

And due to that choice, sometimes that means sending a child to public school systems. Again, between them, their husbands, and God.

I believe modesty is more of a heart issue. Usually, it’s reflected on the outside as well. But not every person is led that way. And that’s ok! .

I believe all those who aren’t heterosexual are human beings deserving of love and respect. Bible thumping does nothing to show the Love of Christ.

I believe all those women who have chosen abortions more often than not come to regret their choices on down the road. They need our love, not our judgement.

I believe women and men who can’t be happy enough with their other halves have deeper issues than just adultery-of-the-heart.

I believe that certain things should be no-brainers for Christians to stay away from {examples: Magic Mike and 50 Shades of Grey}. However, I know I read things or watch things that some may think are inappropriate for a Christian to read/watch … but they don’t effect my life, my marriage, or my Walk and I feel they are ok for me.
What it boils down to is this: Respect.

Respect each others freedom of choice — we have all been given free will to choose as we wish and not all Walks will look at all the same.

Respect each others Walk with Christ — you may be mature enough to move on to meat and partake of things that don’t take you away from God, but others may not be to that point in their Walk yet.

Respect your past — you didn’t start walking a perfect walk with Christ right from the get-go … remember where you came from and what you went through to get where you are right now.

And, most importantly, remember there is not one of us who doesn’t sin. Not one. They sin, you sin, I sin. All of us. Every day.

The Road to Improvement

I haven’t been the wife or mother I used to be lately. I haven’t been the homemaker I used to be. Haven’t been the Christian I used to be, for that matter.

And I’ve been beating myself up over it all.

It’s been prayed about. It’s under the Blood. I know what I need to do to fix it all.

I just hesitate to begin. Which is why I’m blogging about it — to hold myself accountable.

*Getting the Walk right again

Just a matter of dedicating more time to prayer, worship, and study. I need to go to bed at a more reasonable hour, so that I can wake up before everyone and begin my day with prayer and study. In the evenings, I have at least 2 hours to do more prayer, study, and worship.
*Being a better wife and mother

My marriage isn’t a bad one by any means, but I do feel recent stressful times have pulled my husband and I apart a little. It’s not a feeling I enjoy in the least. Christin at Joyful Mothering recently posted about The Husband Project challenge that she’s going to head up … and I happen to have the book … so I signed up!

With the children, I’m going to work on raising my voice less, including them more {in the kitchen, with chores, special projects, etc}, and asking them to go play with the door shut less often. I love our children. Very much. I enjoy having them around and I enjoy including them in what I’m doing.

This may or may not have anything to do with it, but I used to cover my head. And when I had my head covered, I was more aware of how I was acting towards my family. I was able to more easily remind myself to be gentle with the children in tone when speaking to them and in submission to my husband even when I highly disagreed with him. So, at least for a time, I think I need to return to headcovering.

*Being a better homemaker

This can mostly be solved by not allowing myself to fall so easily into laziness. If I just set a timer and continuously moved and worked on some task(s) during that time, I could get much accomplished.

While I know outer appearance isn’t as important as what’s going on inside of a person, I can’t help but remember that when I was wearing dresses and skirts exclusively, I not only looked more put together, but I also was more productive in the home. My husband prefers how a dress or skirt looks on me more than a pair of sweatpants or yoga pants anyway. And if I’m honest with myself, not only do I feel more like a lady … but I prefer myself in dresses and skirts over pants too.

Yes, these are all fairly simple things to get problem areas fixed. I’m the sort of person who doesn’t like even the smallest issue to fester, though. It usually doesn’t take long for a small issue to grow into a larger one, afterall.

Are there any areas you’re currently working to improve yourself? Please share in the comments. Let’s encourage one another!

 

Welcome!

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I’m not online a whole lot lately, so this space will slowly change as I add things to personalize it a bit more. I just wanted to put out the welcome mat, in case someone decided to drop by 😉

I’ll be working on the About Me page next, I think. So make sure to check back!
Blessings to you all.