A Letter to My Friends

Dear friends,

It has been a long time since I have written in my blog. A lot has happened in that time, and I simply could not keep it up. For those of you who keep checking back (if there are any of you), thank you. For those of you who are new to my blog, thank you for coming to visit! I hope that you will find posts of the past that will help you in your journey. 

Even if we are not personal friends, if you poke around this site long enough, you will figure out several things. First, I am a Christian. I am not a perfect saint, but I do believe that through the perfect blood of Christ, I am justified, redeemed, and adopted into the family of God. Second, I am a pastor’s wife and have four children. One of them was adopted almost four years ago. She has Down Syndrome and has been a great challenge to our faith. I have personally struggled with her daily care as well as the impact of her presence in our family. Third, I am a stay-at-home mom who is homeschooling her kids. I have been doing this since my oldest daughter started 2nd grade in 2003, which makes this the start of our 14th year.

You may also discover that I like to cook, scrapbook, and read. I am also a homeschool curriculum junkie and all-around geek. I love to learn with my children and count it one of the greatest privileges I have as a parent. I have a passion for the discipleship of others and seeing them grow and mature in Christ, whether they be my own children, friends, or parents. I believe that investing in the lives of people and helping them to know, love, and follow Jesus is the greatest thing I can do with my time. I view my personal ministry of teaching as my contribution to the kingdom of God, equipping and mobilizing the saints with a foundation in the Word of God, a sense of purpose and vision, and a friend on the same journey to lean on when the going gets tough.

In this way, my prayer is that my life may be poured out on others so that collectively, we as His people may have an impact as salt and light in our country and world today for Christ, even in the midst of the social upheaval that is going on. My prayer is that as I write, speak, and teach, others will be encouraged and excited about their faith and that together, we will courageously take a stand for Jesus. For those of us with children as well, I hope that our lives and our faith will be poured into their lives so that as they grow, they too will be equipped to serve Him all their days and carry on the faith in their generation. 

I still have children at home and homemaking and raising a special needs child keeps my plate full. We live on a single-income pastor’s salary, which means that at times, we go without or I need to figure out creative, low-budget ways to care for my family. What we lack in finances, I make up with my time. I have been prayerfully seeking the Lord and asking Him how my writing, speaking and teaching skills can one day be turned into some supplemental income for our family, but the truth is, right now, I am not in a place to fully develop a home business. I’d like to do that, not just to generate income, but to serve others. I am waiting on the Lord for His direction and timing as this unfolds.

I hope this blog can be a place where you can join me in the journey God has called me on—as a believer, wife, mother, homemaker, homeschooler, and minister of the gospel. Whatever role you identify with, I hope there can be a place for you here. I cannot promise that I will post regularly, but one of my goals this year has been to start writing again. Perhaps in time, I will get a rhythm going, but I don’t want to disappoint you by saying that I will write every day or even post every Friday. I am sure that flies in the face of all the business advice out there, but I am also learning that my God is greater and wiser than all our collective human wisdom. It may be another two months before I post again (I hope not!), but for those of you who happen to wander onto my site, I do want to let you know what has been happening. For those of you who are my dear friends, thank you for being a part of our lives and growing with us. 

And now, onwards and upwards! 

In Christ alone,

Vera