A Fresh Start

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This month marks 9 years since I stepped into the blogging world. My writing has been hit or miss, but that’s because  I’ve always tried to put my family’s needs ahead of my blogging. Rachel and I have been doing a lot behind the scenes to freshen up my blog (Rachel has been doing all of the heavy lifting, I just throw my ideas out to her). I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want this blog to go and what other avenues I want to pursue. I think I’ve come up with a plan, we’ll have to see if my life cooperates with it. 

I’ve had another blog, Joyful Homemakers, that I started several years ago. The plan was for it to be a blog that the girls and I would do together. The girls are pursuing their own blogs and youtube channels and it just makes more sense for them to keep their content on their sites. Since I don’t want to have two blogs Rachel has moved all of my content from that blog to this one.  I hope to be posting at least twice a week, though I don’t have my schedule quite firmed up yet. I will be sharing about my life, recipes, how-to posts, shopping trip hauls and if and when I begin the youtube channel I’m considering I will also share those here. I will be sharing similar content on my youtube channel that I do here. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to share and the purpose for this blog and future youtube channel. My desire is to be an encouragement to other women in their lives, relationships and running their homes. I have done a lot of thinking about pretense over the last year or so and want to be real. Sometimes real is rough around the edges, it isn’t always pretty and sometimes it’s just plain hard. I think that we have created a society (at large and in our churches) that promotes wearing facades and keeping up appearances. I hope that you will come along with me on this journey that is life, and be real with me as well. 

You might want to take some time to look around the site as my homemaking posts are interspersed between the original posts from this blog.   If there is a part of my life that you’d like to know more about, please ask. If you’re interested in how we juggle several different and some quite restrictive diets, or what our day looks like, let me know. What types of how- to posts would you be interested in?

Since I’m considering a youtube channel I’d love to hear what you enjoy watching on youtube (please no cat videos 😉 ). If you have a favorite channel, post a link to it and share what you enjoy about it. I will do another post about some of my favorite channels in the near future.  

Time For New Beginnings

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For a while I have been wanting to get back to writing but the Lord has been putting things in my path to prevent that. I am now at a place where I feel the freedom to write and with Gene’s blessing am starting on this adventure once again. In the last year the Lord has shown me many things, though it has taken great hardship and many trials to learn the lessons He has had for me. He has reminded me of the ministry He has given to me of serving my family, and how that should be my primary focus.

Though my primary focus is my family the Lord has also called us to be a light into the world and to encourage one another. That is the purpose of this blog. I chose the name, “My Titus 2 Journey”, because my life has been exactly that. He has taken me on a journey that has taken me through many dark valleys, but also some glorious and amazing mountain tops. I want to share the things He has taught me and is continuing to teach me as I go on this journey. The picture in my header is one that I took on our 25th anniversary trip to San Antonio. It is one of the walkways in front of the Alamo. When I look at it, it looks like a walkway you would travel through to start a grand adventure. While our lives may not be fraught with the adventures of Bilbo Baggins or the other Hobbits, our life is still a grand adventure full of unexpected twists and turns. Our ultimate goal should be serving Christ as we go through our days looking at every experience to see what He is trying to reveal of Himself to us.

 I hope to encourage women to be who they are in Christ and to follow the model of Titus 2 in this endeavor. I will be trying some new things as I begin again. One of the new things will be an online Bible study through the My Titus 2 Journey Facebook page. The first one will start on Aug. 5th. I will post more details about it tomorrow.

Please leave a comment and let me know how you are doing. If there is a specific topic you would like to discuss, let me know and I’ll consider a post about it.

May the Lord’s face shine upon you today!

Why Do I Write?

Many times I have asked myself this very question. Do I write out of vanity and pride, or is there a deeper purpose? Many think that writing online should be abandoned because at times conflicts arise due to a misunderstanding or just a plain difference of opinion. I must admit that there have been times after certain conflicts that I have considered throwing in the towel. Then I will ask myself the above question.

The first and foremost reason that I write is to proclaim the gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world. Through this medium I am truly able to witness around the world. I have had many visitors from countries where the freedom to spread the gospel is limited. I can’t remember all of the countries, but I do remember that there were several from the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia. Another wonderful thing about writing online is the ability to share the gospel, even when I’m sleeping. While proclaiming the gospel of Christ I also want to shine a light on the many false teachings that are prevalent today. Many people are being taught a gospel that is unidentifiable when compared to the scriptures, and this is a very real concern for me. I’m not a great theologian by any stretch of the imagination, but I want to use the understanding and knowledge the Lord had given me to bring glory to Him.

Another reason I write is to encourage other women. The world today bombards women with false images of who and what they should be. I want to take my little corner of the world to shine a light on being the women that scripture illustrates. I want to encourage women in their roles as keepers of their homes and as wives and mothers. I want to remind them that they are to focus on Christ in all that they do, and our actions should be borne out of a love for Him.

I also write so that my thoughts will be recorded for future generations. None of us are promised tomorrow and it would be presumptuous to assume that I will be around to share my thoughts and experiences with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I want them to hear about Christ from my words.

I don’t believe I am a great writer by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, commas and I really don’t get along well. My goal with my writing isn’t to gain accolades for my ability, but to constantly shine a light on Christ.

Happy 5 Year Blogiversary to Me!

Today is the 5 year anniversary of when I began blogging. It is so hard to believe that the time has flown by so quickly. Since I began blogging I have gone from having 5 daughters at home to having 4 and a grand-baby on the way. We have evacuated for 2 hurricanes and battled storms in our personal lives such as the girls going from being normal healthy girls to battling illness almost constantly. These last 5 years have brought about many changes, some of them good, some questionable.

In looking back over my old posts I see that things I pondered before, I am still pondering, sometimes from the other side. I wonder if some of these thoughts will never be answered for me and I will just have to do the best I can for this time. The Lord has shown me many things over these last 5 years (as well as the years before) and it is encouraging to be able to look back and see what He has been doing in my life. As I was looking back over some of my old posts I came across this quote by Spurgeon which is how I feel about many things that I ponder.

“That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not. It is just the fault of our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then, I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained, that is true; and if I find in another place that man is responsible for all his actions, that is true; and it is my folly that leads me to imagine that two truths can ever contradict each other. These two truths, I do not believe, can ever be welded into one upon any human anvil, but one they shall be in eternity: they are two lines that are so nearly parallel, that the mind that shall pursue them farthest, will never discover that they converge; but they do converge, and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne of God, whence all truth doth spring. (New Park Street Pulpit, 4:337)”

As I look back, I can’t help but look forward as well. Where will we be in 5 years? What changes will have taken place? How will God grow each of us? What family members will no longer be living? I am reminded that we are not promised our next breath, much less tomorrow and that we should do our best to serve our Lord in every moment that we have here on earth. How will we do this over the next few years? I don’t know, but I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me no matter what the circumstance. My prayer is that I will remember that His grace is sufficient!