I'm still here.
I looked at the date of my last post and saw that it was January 20. I was really surprised that it has been that long since I had blogged.
At first, I didn't blog because I was so preoccupied with my schedule. January is the month of Annual Business Meeting at one of my churches, and it always takes up a lot of my time getting ready. But the meeting has been over for awhile now.
A couple of my sweet friends left me messages to let me know that they noticed I hadn't been blogging. One said, "Have you given up blogging? What's wrong?"
I assured them that I was going back to blogging soon.
I began to think about my blog. What is my mission? Why do I blog? I wanted my blog to accomplish two things: 1) leave a record of my life for my family, and 2) I wanted to share insights that the Lord has given me.
I believe in being positive. I want to be an encourager. I try always to put things in my blog post that lift up a person's spirits. I love to share thought-provoking quotes and scriptures.
I rarely, if ever, share negative stuff. However, if blogging truly means sharing life with a community, then sometimes I need to share the bad. The messy stuff of life is something we all, at some point, have to face.
Perhaps what I share might help someone to know they are not alone, others go through challenging and difficult times as well. And maybe, just maybe, someone out there will have good advice for ME. We are all in this thing called life, together.
Right after the Annual Business Meeting, about the time I had a blog post ready to publish that I was excited about, "The Opposite Life," I came under a vicious attack from the enemy. I really should have seen it coming, but I was blindsided.
Our youngest child one night just decided to leave home. She is 4 months shy of being 18 years old and she was tired of living by our rules. After a couple anxious days, we discovered that she is living with a boyfriend.
You can imagine how devastating this news is to us. She knows that we believe that living together is a sinful lifestyle that is not pleasing to God.
I know that we are not the first parents to have a child reject all their teaching. I also know the Bible teaches that if you train up a child right, in the way he should go, when he is old, he will not depart from it. It's that span of time, between the training and when he is old, that bothers me.
I do know one thing, I have to love her through this, but I can't make it easy for her. I have to confess that so often through life I have caved in to my kids. I cannot do that now when the battle lines are so clearly drawn: there is only one lifestyle that God will bless, the life of walking in His commandments and His way. All other lifestyles lead to destruction.
Please pray for us as we walk through this trial. Pray that we stand firm and look to God for salvation. Only He can deliver.