Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A New Idea

I’ve wanted to start a blog for quite some time now.  At first, I thought the idea was ridiculous but as I thought more and more – the desire to start one just kept growing.  After finally deciding to start one, the hardest thing was coming up with a name.  I’m not the most creative person in the world so this was pretty tough and I wanted it to be something that was different.  I thought about it for several days and couldn’t come up with anything good.  Then one day during my personal Bible reading time, I read Acts 16 and read about Macedonia.  This caught my eye because it is also a title to a hymn that has quickly become one of my favorites.  Acts 16 says that Paul travels to Macedonia because he has a vision of a man begging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” vs. 9  Interestingly, during the time of the early church, Macedonia was the first region of Europe to accept Christianity after God sent Paul across from Asia Minor (present day Turkey).

Macedonia, the nation that is begging for help in understanding God’s Word!  Macedonia, the mission field that is right outside our front door.  Macedonia, the condition of my own heart.  Our nation needs God’s Word.  The mission field needs God’s Word.  My heart needs God’s Word.

And so, this blog will be about my Macedonian life.  My daily life in Christ, complete with my failings and struggles – and the recognition that it is His goodness and grace that makes life worth living. 

So to start with, let me introduce myself.  I grew up in a small community in Illinois and only within the last year and a half left it.  I was raised by two godly parents who showed me to love the Lord and seek after His will for my life.  After graduating from college with Bachelor degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, I began teaching.  I taught third grade and first grade for 6 ½ years.  During my teaching years, I met a wonderful, God-fearing man and we were married in 2008.  My husband was attending seminary at the time of our wedding and graduated 2 years later.  He was called to serve a community in Iowa shortly after graduation and so we moved to Iowa in January 2011.  We love our ministry and love to share God’s love! 

Things I am most passionate about include sharing God’s love, serving my husband, children, music, cooking, and reading.  I love to play the piano or curl up with a good book!  I enjoy trying out new recipes and learning new tricks in the kitchen!  I love to laugh and have fun and enjoy encouraging others, as well.

I am looking forward to sharing my Christian walk and hope it is an encouragement to you as you also walk through this life to your eternal home!  Blessings!