I have the honor of being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This is my first nomination for this peer-recognition award, and it comes from Yvonne M Morgan, a Christian blogger, Jesus follower, wife, mom, grandmother, missionary and author.
Find Yvonne here. Follow her social media profiles: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can get her book here. You’ll be blessed by connecting!
Thank you, Yvonne, for this nomination! It’s been a real joy to be part of a blogging community with other Christian writers who encourage me and challenge me every week with their solid content. So, I’m thrilled to nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award other writers and bloggers who inspire and challenge me.
First, here are the rules:
Who would you like to visit with in heaven?
C.S. Lewis. He seems like the kind of person I'd enjoy chatting with. Smart, deep, but having a humor and creativity about him.
Where did you grow up?
"All over" is my standard answer. My dad was in the Air Force, so Mississippi, Guam, Arkansas, New Jersey, Kansas, and Indiana.
What is your favorite subject to blog about?
Christian parenting is my favorite because I'm in it now. I have been contemplating and researching it for years, and I like exploring it both in theory and practice.
What is your biggest obstacle to your Christian walk?
It feels like most people say that hardship brings them closer to God, but it drags me away. I become angry at God and question His goodness. I'm getting better at not going there, but I still struggle in my core to believe that God wants good things and is for me.
What author inspires you the most?
Right now I'm reading and loving Bill Hull's "The Complete Book of Discipleship." It's not as dry as it sounds. So many great and inspiring and well researched ideas about discipleship and Christian community. I like how clearly he communicates, too. I like concise.
What is your biggest regret in life so far?
I regret letting others define me, especially the manipulators and the unhealthy folks who projected their own issues on to me.
How has your relationship with God changed over the years?
I have gotten more honest with God about myself, my emotions, even being angry with Him. He can handle it, He's God. He knows anyway and I don't fear offending Him with honesty.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Hosea 6:6, "For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." It was quoted by Jesus more than once and I think is a message that Christians in America need to hear most right now.
What Apostle do you most relate to and why?
Peter. I'm like Peter in that I'm gung-ho, stick my foot in my mouth often, and prone to legalism. That's also probably why I find him super annoying.
If you could do or be anything in life, what would it be?
Super fit and really good with people - a smooth talker.
Why do you blog?
I feel like the things I'm talking about in my blog aren't getting talked about otherwise. I'm trying to change the conversation about Christian parenting. I'm also trying to figure out what I believe and what matters most. I think the best wisdom comes out of community and conversation, like on a blog.
Next, my nominations and I look forward to learning more about them from their answers to my questions- eleven great Christian bloggers.
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Here are the questions I’d like my nominees to answer. Can’t wait to read the answers!
Thank you again for the nomination Yvonne. I feel very honored to call you a friend. You are a blessing to so many of us. And I'm thankful to have connected with someone else passionate about helping the orphans of the world!
I hope all our readers enjoy connecting with this wonderful bloggers. They offer up words that encourage and enlighten so please follow them. God bless each of you.
My hopes were high that I would launch out of the starting gate, with great success on my mission this week, which was to focus on mission. Mission is chapter 1 of Parenting in Christ: Treasures for Parenting from Jesus. Essentially, it's about preaching the gospel clearly in the home, especially to your kids.
So here was the plan
Print off & post the focus verse of the week:
"For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Sunday – Talk about the gospel
Monday – Daddy shares his testimony
Tuesday – Mom shares her testimony
Wednesday – Talk about fruit of the gospel and resting in Christ.
- The fruit of the Spirit is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23)
Thursday – Warning about preachers of the false gospels
"I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ" (Galatians 1:6-7).
Talk about false gospels – doubt, fear, prosperity
Its fruit is "idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these" (Galatians 5:20-21).
Friday – sharing our experiences with missions with the kids
Saturday – talk about how they can live and share Christ with others
It was all written up & ready to be followed. But it was also Thanksgiving week, with family in town, shopping to do, and my first #GivingTuesday fundraiser to launch in my new role as Executive Director of Finally Family Homes. Did I mention I made all of Thanksgiving dinner, have a 3 month old, and my husband had a minor, but activity limiting surgery the day before?
So I more like sputtered and tripped and stumbled out of the gate over all of life's busyness. But how apropos, because it all starts with grace. And grace, God's desire for your good is intimately related to His mercy. In fact, the verses preceding those most famous words on grace in Ephesians 2 tell us that God "being rich in mercy .. made us alive together with Christ" (4-5). God's goodness isn't thwarted by our failures.
So here I am, in the middle of the second week and quite behind my original plan. I did however, make the time to share my testimony with my kids. In some ways, it's strange that I never thought to do this before. I've shared bits and pieces, but never just told my story all at once, as I have for others. It was brief, more tailored to their age, and over dinner. My 7 year old had a hard time paying attention. My 11 year old was keenly interested and asked many questions after. It a was beautiful and blessed experience for us all.
I also found an adorable FREE printable for the Bible Verses of the week here:
On to the next week and humility, the verse this week is "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." - from I Corinthians 1:31 and 2 Corinthians 10:17 which are references to Jeremiah 9:24.
I'm having trouble finding that one in a printable so far, but if you wanted to really go for it, there is this sticker on Amazon for $10 - that I've pinned to my Pinterest board.
I'd be curious to know, have you ever somewhat formally shared your testimony with your kid(s)? Please share in the comments.
If you've been following my blog you may have noticed a change of pace. I've moved and had a a baby in the last few months and am just now kind of getting back on my feet again in terms of having any time to do anything other than feed the baby, unpack, change diapers, clean the house, and wish desperately for more sleep!
This time of transition has inspired me to transition this blog and send it on a slight detour re-tour. While all this studying, research, and discussions about being a disciple of Christ have been a blessing to me (and I hope to you) I am seeing the need to focus more on practicing than preaching. Our transitions have unsettled us and have shone a light on where we can improve on living our beliefs. So I am going to take on topics from my books - one a week, tackling it as a family.
I'll start with Parenting In Christ: Treasures For Parenting From Jesus.
The lessons are in the following order and I'll report back on each on the following dates.
Mission - November 25th
Humility - December 2nd
Gratitude - December 9th
Authority - December 16th
Obedience - December 23rd
Integrity - December 30th
Repentance - January 6th
Righteousness - January 13th
Parenting in the Spirit - January 20th
Gentleness - January 27th
Join me, if you like, and share how intentionally practicing they way of Christ impacts you and your family!