Friday Findings #1

Computer Aren't you glad we live in the 21st century? Okay, so even if you aren't, for some reason, God has saw it fit to place us here on earth at this time---and not in the Middle Ages or the Roaring Twenties, but right now. I think He's got a reason for that.

And in the 21st century, we are blessed (or not, depending how you look at it) with access to a wealth of information at our fingertips through the World Wide Web. The downside of it is we easily can get information overload. I know I do! There is no way I can do or use or even try every recipe, idea, or suggestion that I see or pin or share.

But I can meaningfully interact with a post or two each week and chew on what I learn from them. Friday Findings are going to be my journal of ideas from others, but not just links. My goal in these posts is to do a little processing, reflecting, and chewing on what I learn, and then trying to put things into practice. I'm looking forward to the mental, spiritual, and practical challenge!

This Friday, I had some time in the morning to myself and discovered Christian Mommy Blogger. I have sorely neglected my blog this past year, and I know it. Between lack of time, fatigue and writer's block, I know the posts have been a bit on the thin side. I sometimes wonder if anyone reads it anymore.

But as I sat and prayed over the blog after reading the post How to Develop a Mission Statement for Your Blog, I realized that I needed to revisit my mission and vision. My husband and I have been big on writing mission statements for our family, our homeschool and even with our college students when we were involved in campus ministry. It's been awhile since I took a look at it...and I think I definitely need to remind myself of what those goals are!

So, I am in the re-evaluating and refining. My goal is to review my mission statement and make any updates by the end of the month. I think this is going to important for me as I slowly get rolling again. I have used it for homeschool reviews, adoption updates, and a lot of little bits and pieces, but it's starting to feel a bit messy. I'm going to need God's help to clarify what He desires Mom University to look like. I know I've got plans and ideas, but are they His?

How about you? Sometimes in our grand plans and schemes for life, for our children, for our marriages, for our homes, or maybe even just for our free weekends (ha!), we forget that we are ambassadors on a mission. He has written every day in His book (Psalm 139:16). He has good works for us to do (Eph. 2:10). He has given us a commission (Matt. 28:18-20) and at least one spiritual gift to use for the building up of His body and equipping the saints (Eph. 4:11-14). Am I willing to hand over everything in my life---including this blog--- to Him for His use?

How about you? Even if you are not writing a blog, is there something in your life that requires some time at His feet, listening, discerning, and dreaming with Him? Even though He has a plan for our lives, I don't think He intends for us to be robots either. My job is to discover, steward and offer to Him what He has given me for His purposes. Even the deepest desires of my heart are not really my own. If they are in line with His way, His Word and His will, then they really originate from Him. The big dreams I have are not because I am so original, but that He has planted them in my heart in the first place.

And so, that's what I learned today. Of course, if you are interested in starting or are currently writing a blog, then you may want to check the post above out yourself too. I'm looking forward to seeing what God is going to unfold here at Mom University as He helps me solidify my purpose and vision. Stay tuned!