I have a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Trinity International University, which I often struggled to reconcile with the fact of my stay-home-mom status. And which God uses in countless ways to teach me who He wants me to be. Not just the content of the classes, but the fact that He had me take them and earn the degree so I could stay home and minister to my family. I still don't see clearly what He was thinking, but I believe with all of me that He called me to it -- seminary as well as motherhood. It is a calling I do not take lightly, this motherhood thing. Hardest job I've ever had. Serious.
So, I spend a lot of my time thinking. I guess I'm what you might call a deep thinker. (Although you probably wouldn't know that to talk to me, because I can be a total scatter-brain at times.) And I really like to think through the reality of what God says in His Word. Because I want to live the way He designed me to live. And I believe He uses His Word, the Bible, to show us how to live.
Well, over the last several months, I've been challenged with the thought that real life is something different than the way I've been living. I mean, Jesus said
“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
And, if He really meant "real and eternal life" is "more and better life than (I) ever dreamed of," then I was somehow missing out somewhere. So I have set out to find His definition of real life. Realife. Because that's how I want to live. "More and better than I ever dreamed." Even as a mom.
It seems that, since becoming a mom, I’ve struggled to see my life as one that could be described as so full that it’s “better than (I) ever dreamed of.” In fact, I’ve found myself struggling to just survive the dailyness of motherhood instead of living. Real and true living. The kind that Jesus said He came to give.
So I’ve taken on the challenge to live the kind of life that Jesus said He came to give. Thus — this blog. It’s a record of my journey of life. Particularly this season of my life as a mom. Because I want to live. I want that life that’s better and more than I ever dreamed.
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