I started my ministry, A Journey of Faith, in 1984 … and grew my ministry for 25 years. I loved to write and speak.
I wrote regular columns for two magazines for eight years: “Hearts at Home” and “TEACH: To Encourage & Challenge Homeschoolers”. I also self-published a few booklets and handbooks that I sold at my speaking engagements.
Over the years, I spoke at Women’s Retreats, Family Camps, M.O.P.S. Groups, Mother/Daughter Retreats, Homeschool Conferences, and a wide variety of Women’s Events. At each of my events, I sold my booklets, handbooks, and my “Talks on Tape”. Oh.My! Cassette Tapes. Times have certainly changed …
In 2007, friends encouraged me to start a blog, in order to document our international adoption journey. “I’m Ghana Adopt” was born. I loved this new writing platform, and so enjoyed connecting with adoptive moms around the country and across the world. My topics expanded to include parenting, homeschooling, and budgeting. And, as my blog continued to grow, I shared my journey of faith, talking about hope, faith, and miracles.
In 2009, my world began to crumble, and by 2010 my life had imploded. I put my speaking and writing ministry up on a high shelf, as I focused on survival. Thankfully, I never completely let go of my dreams of rebuilding “A Journey of Faith” … as I continued to pay for my small business website and domain name every year.
Now, twelve years later, I survived. I was left battered and bruised, with a lot of scars; but … I survived. I am now ready to dust off my dreams.
I am excited to start writing again, though I have absolutely no idea what that will look like. I will probably not be “publishing” my books on my comb-binding machine … or selling my cassette tapes at my book tables (though I still have some if any of you have an old cassette player).
I am seeking the Lord for His guidance as I take steps to write the second chapter of my life. I need His wisdom as I move forward … with what to write, where to write, and who to write for. Ultimately, I want to write for Him. I want to share the stories that He has written in my life. I want to share the hope that He has given, as my life fell apart, and as I turned to Him to put it back together.
Over the last twelve years since my life imploded, I kept waiting for life to “get back to normal”. I kept wanting to write and wanting to minister … but I wanted to wait until my life was “put back together”. I kept thinking, “When all of the messy relationships are healed … when all of the pain is gone .. THEN the Lord will use me to minister again.”
But, the Lord has shown me recently that I don’t have to wait. I can write … I can minister … even when life isn’t perfect. In a family with 12 adult children, 7 sons & daughters-in-law, and 18 grandchildren … there may always be a few messy relationships. I can hope and pray for full restoration in every relationship … but I cannot put my life on hold until that happens.
I don’t have to be the perfect mom, in order to minister to other moms.
I don’t have to be the perfect wife, in order to minister to other wives.
I don’t have to be the perfect homeschooler, in order to minister to other homeschoolers.
No. I will never be perfect; God doesn’t expect me to be.
God wants me to humbly seek Him, every.single.day. He wants me to write, in the midst of an imperfect life. He wants me to minister, in the midst of pain and grief.
Today … is the First Day of the 2nd Chapter of my writing life and ministry.
Welcome to my Journey of Faith! Please pray for me, as I start this unexpected yet exciting new journey.