“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
A Trial Becomes A Journey
Good-bye’s can be tough. I’ve been wrestling with this one for awhile. I’ve so thoroughly enjoyed blogging here at Homemaker at Heart over the last year! However, I feel it is time to move on and pursue other things. I started this blog when I was physically ill and unable to do much, eat much or enjoy much of anything. It provided a much needed outlet for my heart and mind. Over the course of the last year, the good hand of God has continued to strengthen me and enable me to heal. What was once a wonderful way to spend my hours at home has become quite time-consuming as I am now more able to keep up with my busy family! While this has truly been a season of suffering in my life, it has also been a season of unimaginable growth and change. What was once a crisis has become a beautiful trial that God has used in so many amazing ways. And as I emerge from the valley, God has granted me a new lease on life anda deepened faith and trust in His almighty wisdom and care. This trial has been a gift in so many, many ways. And as I heal and continue to improve,each small thing we so easily take for granted has become a gift to enjoy once more.
My Heart’s Desire
Homemaker at Heart has become very much a part of me. Writing from the depths of my heart has been freeing, encouraging and a testimony to all God has done and continues to do in my life. It has been a sad, long and difficult decision to close it down; yet one made in prayer and surrender. My heart’s desire is truly to call women back to the word of God, as sufficient for ALL of life. We have strayed so far from it, and are often “tossed to and fro on every wind of doctrine.” (Ephesians 4:14) Faithful reader, if you take anything away with you, may it be this: love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and never, ever leave that first love. Don’t allow life and distractions and trials to pull your heart from the Lord first and foremost,and don’t ever set aside His word for the words or opinions of men. Walk in the love of God, the fear of God and obedience to His infallible Word. All else comes second, dear one, all else. May His word always be the treasure of your heart.
I realize this is not a popular thing to say, nor will it ever be. My faithful readers are few, and the cost of continuing the blog is too great to bear with such a low readership. On August 1, Homemaker at Heart will be closed down for good. But, I trust God will be faithful to His word as He promises to be, and not one word of His good word will ever return void. Each article was written with my bible open and after much prayer, and was always published with His glory in mind. I believe the Lord will honor His word and I was honored to speak it.
What Comes Next?
What comes next is just as much of a question as where my heart is truly burdened. What comes next is my children. Not that they were ever set aside or weren’t my main focus! However, as I continue to heal I feel very much that my heart’s work is to continue teaching my children the word of God, equipping them to stand firm on the unshakable, unchangeable truth of His word in the midst of dark and troubling times. Teaching them, praying for them, and encouraging them as they go out each day in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, letting their little lights shine to the glory of God! This has always been my first desire as a mother and re-dedicating myself to it after such a difficult trial is necessary. I believe we are living in the days of the Lord’s return for His church, and the time is short my friend. It’s time to go all in, and be found faithful when He returns.
So, This Is Good-Bye…
Just as I felt led to begin this journey, I feel it is time to say good-bye. So, thank you! Thank you for reading! Thank you to those who let me know that an article touched them or made them think a bit. Thank you to my family who lovingly supported me through the valley and encouraged me to keep writing. It’s been a journey I will never forget. A journey in which my Lord and Savior get all the credit and all the glory! And in some small way, a journey that I hope you won’t forget either. So, good-bye faithful reader. And, Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus, COME!