I'm a pretty passionate person and tend to get fired up about whatever I'm doing. But the driving passion in my life is serving the Lord. I don't know how anyone could live without God's grace and love covering them; my heart breaks for the lost. I try to live my life available to God for whatever He wants me to do. My desire is to share Christ's love with each person I cross paths with day to day.
And living life available to God like this is so exciting! You never know who God's going to send your way...
(Not to say that following God is always easy. But truly the safest place to be is in God's will. And what a privilege it is to be held in His hands and sheltered under His wings. Oh how unfathomable it is to think that God, who created everything, chooses to work in and through us in all our weakness.)
Recently God has been bringing many Muslims across my path. First I met a young couple who came here as refugees the beginning of January after having been jailed for their new-found faith in Jesus. They are so new in their faith and it is such an encouragement to visit with them about the things of the Lord! What a precious brother and sister they are to me!
Well...within a few days of meeting these dear friends I started to hear about and meet many other Muslims who do not yet know Jesus' love who have come here as refugees. I'm spending a lot of time meeting with these various new friends right now, and I'm looking forward to soon getting them all together weekly to read the Bible and discuss who the Koran says Jesus is...and who God says He is. Isn't God's timing just so incredible?! What an awe-inspiring master we serve!
Four years ago I started a ministry that rescues women from the sex trade and helps them find hope and freedom in Jesus.
...But I guess what I'm actually supposed to share here is a bit about my homeschooling experience.
When my mom started to homeschool my older brother and me homeschooling was still illegal in B.C. We couldn't go outside during school hours because if a police officer saw that we weren't in school we could have been taken away from our family. But my mom felt very strongly that God wanted her to teach us at home. ...And I'm so glad she did!
When young couples thinking about homeschooling ask me about my experience, I always tell them that even more than all the academic lessons my mother taught me, I am so thankful for the life lessons she taught me.
My mom's #1 priority was always serving others and showing them God's love--unconditionally. We had an open door policy and over the years had many people live with us, from prostitutes wanting to get off the streets to single moms and their kids who had no where else to go but the streets. (These people still regularly keep in touch and visit us...and many of them are like part of our family.)
I remember one time when mom got a phone call from a lady we didn't know who lived in a city 10 hours from us. The lady had been given our phone number by someone after having been turned onto the streets with her two babies and teenage son. Before the woman had even finished explaining her situation my mom said "We have a room all ready for you. You can live with us as long as you need to." A bus ticket was bought, my little sister and I moved to bunk beds, and soon we had four new additions to our dinner table...and hearts. (Oh how deeply I love that dear family!)
The lessons of love and sacrifice I learned from my mom are of far greater worth than anything you can learn in a classroom.
I saw my mother open her heart freely to people over and over again--without worrying about how that might inconvenience or even hurt her. If she felt God leading her to do something there was no hesitation, no matter the cost (which was sometimes great). And without her godly example I know I would not be the person I am today--thanks to God's grace.
I love reading! There is nothing quite so cozy as curling up in a quilt with a good book and a cup of tea. I've recently reread Bonhoeffer's 'The Cost of Discipleship' ...for the third time at least. (If I could meet anyone from history it would probably be him.)
Some other favorites of the books I've read in the last few months are 'Paradise Lost' by John Milton, 'Hind's Feet on High Places' by Hannah Hurnard, 'Filling up the Afflictions of Christ' by John Piper, and 'Humility: True Greatness' by C.J. Mahaney.
I really love to read missionary biographies as well as anything by Brother Andrew, C.S.Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Oh, and some of my favorite poets are Robert Frost, Longfellow, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Lord Byron.
Have you heard the song "Beautiful Things" by Gungor? It isn't my favorite song by any means, but it's one of the songs I was singing today while cleaning old hearing aids to send to Nigeria. The chorus is so beautiful and true!
Another great song I recently discovered is "Worthy Is The Lamb" by Hillsong & Delirious? I sang it at my church with only percussion (a number of African drums and a gathering drum) as accompaniment a few months back.
If you haven't heard it before you should check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR4CCLnmf1Q
I lead worship at my church, and as much as I love many of the new worship songs...I must say I have a special place in my heart for the old hymns. They are just so beautiful!
FAMILY & LIFESTYLE
On My Own
Want (more) Children:
Yes - a bunch
Homeschool your children?:
Yes, I plan to homeschool.
PROFESSIONAL & EDUCATIONAL
Homeschooled all the way
Hiking, kayaking, cooking, composing, singing, playing guitar, studying scripture, showing people God's love...
Hey! By the way, since this site has basically stalled, (can't contact any admins to get threads approved, etc.) There's a new forum set up recently by some of the community, where HSAers can talk and be active.
I've started several threads on there, so if you get a chance, check it out and consider joining us!