I feel like there should be a big, bold line between all that I’ve already written here on Just a Mom in Training and these new words that I am now typing. It has been a whole year since I’ve been actively working on this blog or anything pertaining to it (including social media!) A whole year…free…
So what have I been up to in the past year after my mysterious silent disappearance from the online world? Well, that’s what I’d like to talk about today.
First, I want to say, God is so good. He is so gracious. He is so faithful. He teaches us just what we need to know when we need to know it. This past year has been one of intense growth, not just for my kids (they’re 4 and almost 3 now and getting so big!), but also for me personally in my relationship with God and my family. I feel like a different person!
The biggest change (not surprisingly) came from time spent in the Word of God. From September to May, I went through a Bible study called “Changed Into His Image” with the ladies from our church. Through what that study taught me about my own flesh, the Holy Spirit, and the process of progressive sanctification, I’ve come to realize my former faulty view of God.
I used to view God as an extra bonus. Something I got back when I was “saved,” and Someone I’d see someday when I went to Heaven. He was there to answer my prayers when I prayed (maybe), but He was distant. Over the last year I have been personally overcome with how BIG our God is and how present He is right here. Right now. He loves me. He orchestrates my daily life.
He wants me to acknowledge Him and give Him back the throne of my life every day. He created me to worship Him, not myself or my own ideas. Because I was created to bring Him glory, He wants me to acknowledge Him not just when I need something, but in every breath, with every fiber of my being, in even the mundane-ness of everyday life. Can I see God in my regular, average, ordinary life? I’ve realized He’s there if I look.
God is everything. He is in all, above all, through all, before all…He is all I am. He is all I need. He provides all I have. He oversees all I do…including this blog.
So, here in August of 2016, I am giving it to Him.
- Before, I wrote what I was passionate about. After, I will write about the passions God gives me.
- Before, I worried about what other people would think or say about what I wrote. After, I will only be concerned with what God thinks.
- Before, I obsessed over finding a photo that looked “professional” enough or good enough. After, I will choose to put up any photo that honors God.
- Before, I was overly concerned with SEO and trying to make my blog “visible” to the search engines. After, I will focus my time here doing and writing what God gives me to write and allow Him to control the outcome of who sees it.
Before and after. All of it is to the glory of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Just a note: I’m thankful that everything I’ve written thus far on Just a Mom in Training is still true. It’s all still biblical, yet I feel it falls short of how I would have written it now, should I be able to do it all over again. Nevertheless, all my articles from 2015 and before will still be here and I pray they will help many wives and moms. (As I have time, I plan to go back over each article editing and updating to reflect what God has taught me about parenting and marriage, but for now they will stay the same.)
And going forward, you might notice the changes, you might not. But just know that this mom is different. Brittany has changed and by the grace of God will continue changing for the rest of my life until I see my Savior face to face. Thank you for your patience as I took time off to grow. I’m excited to be back! 🙂