Media and the sexualization of children: Thoughts from a concerned parent

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The Today Show’s article about a transgender child came up on my Facebook newsfeed once again.

This is the third time I have seen an article from The Today Show featuring children whom, they say, have realized they were born the wrong sex.

These children are 10 years and under. They have yet to hit puberty. Their minds, personalities and bodies are still maturing, and, therefore, we would not consider them adults.

Yet, these children have become the poster children for a sexually hungry and motivated media. They are Exhibit A for a liberal, sexual agenda.

The unnaturalness of same-sex marriage or transgender practices has become naturalized, and if they can prove that people are just born that way, starting with young children, then they believe they have their argument made.

What has resulted, I think, is an overt sexualization of children.

In an important but disturbing article, Katie Yoder makes the case that the media is transfixed on transgender children and its movement.

But the media is not just using children who express a desire to be the opposite sex or love the same sex for its agenda. (This is the first problem.) Those few elite personalities behind the media are trying to influence and change the way our children believe, think about and view sexuality as evidenced in the kinds of shows targeted to our children.

Just take a look at the shows playing on ABC Family, whose tagline is “A new kind of family.” Becoming Us is about an “ordinary” (note the use of this word) Midwestern boy named Ben whose father, after his parents’ divorce, is now transitioning into a woman. Or, how about Baby Daddy, which is about another main character named Ben, whose ex-girlfriend left their baby on his doorstep and who is now raising this child with two other single male adults. Then there’s The Fosters, which is about two lesbian women raising six children. They are described as a “close-knit, loving family.” I could list other popular shows aimed at our children, like Glee, that are hyper-sexualized and seem to blush at nothing.

In addition, the media is obsessed with Bruce-turned-Caitlyn Jenner since this popular, all-American athlete makes the perfect model and spokesperson for the transgender movement. (He also was recently awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN).

I fully expect to see cartoons, video games, children books and movies reflecting these changing views of family and marriages. Already last week I saw a new Tylenol commercial that is trying to redefine conventional family by including scenes of both lesbian and gay couples with children using the hashtag, #HowWeDoFamily.

So where does this leave me as a parent, who believes traditional marriage is best for society and children and who doesn’t share the same views and sympathies as those shared in media?

I don’t have five suggested steps or three answers that will solve our problems. I’m simply sounding the alarm. For some, an alarmist is a bad thing. But for me, alarms have always saved my life – whether it was when my apartment burned down or when a tornado passed by our home. I am grateful for alarms.

I want to provide information and pose questions. As a former journalist, the best starting place is becoming knowledgeable. Knowledge truly is power.

I want to become vigilant and aware of how a minority is trying to change the views of the majority. I want to speak up where necessary and say “No” where needed, even if it isn’t a popular thing to do. Instead of watching Disney and Pixar movies on ABC Family (which has a ridiculous amount of commercials anyway), I can rent those movies. We lived for six months in England without a TV; it is possible (and wonderful!).

Most importantly I do not want to give the media any voice where it concerns my family, particularly my son.

I remember watching the show Friends in college, while my roommate’s favorite show was Will and Grace. We laughed and made excuses for the promiscuous hetero- and homo-sexual lifestyles. They won us over with comedy. It was just so funny. However, these shows, over time, can act like guitar strings on fingers, making us calloused.

But I see more clearly now that while these shows did not change my view of sexuality, over time it has played a part in changing our society’s views. Like a stream that over many years changes the appearance of mountains, the media over time has helped to change and bend hearts and minds to its will.

I don’t want to be ignorant. I want to be vigilant and prayerful. I pray that as my husband and I teach God’s view of sexuality, according to Scripture, to our son, that the Word of God and our feeble attempt will be a louder voice than that of the media.

Like King Solomon, I, too, will say to my son, “Do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.” (Prov. 3:1-2)

Concerning the media and those who wish to pervert sexuality, I will tell him, “For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.” (Prov. 5:3-6)

SCOTUS decision, marriage & Christian response

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Shortly after posting a critique of Jennifer Hatmaker’s response to the World Vision event as it related to gay marriage last year, I was asked by a reader to explain my view on homosexuality and how I find support for that in Scripture.

I haven’t done so before now because I thought others were articulating it better than I and because I wanted to give it careful thought.

Now in light of the SCOTUS decision, Christians again are asking questions about marriage. Some are asking, “Am I on the wrong side of history?” Like some pop-Christian authors and preachers, some Christians are buying into a redefinition of love that finds its meaning, not in God or Scripture, but in self-fulfillment. Other Christians chide fellow Christians for speaking up in any way negatively about the issue because they, too, have bought into a different understanding of love — that is, to put it negatively, love doesn’t offend nor does it hurt feelings, or, to put it positively, love is accepting and non-judgmental.

As it relates to the meaning of love, Christians who want to be faithful to Scripture, must ask how Scripture defines and lives out its definition of love. We must ask ourselves if our definition of love squares with Scripture. Was God’s message to Nineveh through the prophet Jonah, loving? Were any of the prophets’ messages to the nations and even to Israel considered loving? Why were God and his prophets so concerned with other nations? (Imagine doing evangelism like the prophets! And read the prophets if you haven’t already.) Was Jesus loving when he told Peter, “Get behind me Satan”? Was Jesus loving when he rebuked his disciples for not letting the children come to him? Was Jesus loving when he overturned the tables in the temple? Was Paul loving when he rebuked the Roman, Corinthian, and Galatian Christians or Peter? I could go on.

Make a test. Use the world’s definition of love (or even perhaps your own) and see whether God (in the Old Testament) and Jesus and his disciples in the New fail or pass your love test.

If the basis of love is truly self-fulfillment, then same-sex marriage is right before the eyes of God. However, this is not how the Bible defines love or marriage. Scripture speaks unanimously that practicing homosexual behavior is a sin. There are never any exceptions to this in the narrative.

But just because we oppose same-sex marriage doesn’t mean we oppose people. Love both corrects and welcomes. We welcome people (whoever they might be!) into our homes; we share with them the gospel of Jesus; we get to know them and have dinner with them. We can do all these things while at the same time teaching that Scripture teaches that practicing homosexuality is a sin just like any other sin.

We also do not teach that marriage is the end-all nor do we teach that one finds ultimate fulfillment in marriage. We do not separate the married from the singles as the haves and the have-nots. Instead of offering an institution as the savior we offer Jesus as the savior.

So how should we understand marriage, our culture, the SCOTUS decision and what our response should be?

Again I refer to others who speak on this better than I can. Over at First Things magazine, a number of “male and female, gay and straight, Christian and Jewish, Protestant and Catholic and Orthodox” contributors give their answers. I highly encourage you to read each response. The following quotes are some that really stood out to me, and I hope they are helpful to you as you process a Christian response and a biblical view of marriage.

For marriage policy to serve the common good it must reflect the truth that marriage unites a man and a woman as husband and wife so that children will have both a mother and a father. Marriage is based on the anthropological truth that men and woman are distinct and complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the social reality that children deserve a mother and a father.

The government is not in the marriage business because it’s a sucker for adult romance. No, marriage isn’t just a private affair; marriage is a matter of public policy because marriage is society’s best way to ensure the well-being of children. State recognition of marriage acts as a powerful social norm that encourages men and women to commit to each other so they will take responsibility for any children that follow.

Redefining marriage to make it a genderless institution fundamentally changes marriage: It makes the relationship more about the desires of adults than about the needs—or rights—of children. It teaches the lie that mothers and fathers are interchangeable. — Ryan T. Anderson

When a culture treats the family primarily as an arena for self-fulfillment and self-expression rather than first and foremost as the sphere dedicated to the education of future generations, that culture manifests a weakening of its faith in the abiding value and imperative power of its core beliefs. That this spirit of “negation and despair” has corroded liberal Western culture, to its detriment, is an old story. Justice Alito’s dissent notes the rate of illegitimate birth, and nobody is shocked at the routine acceptance of marital infidelity and instability. All this is ominous for the sustainability of Western civilization. To outsiders, however, it appears inconsistent and selective to judge practicing homosexuals, for whom same-sex impulses are usually deep-seated, more strictly than wanton adulterers. If the bonds of faithfulness have frayed, a 5-4 vote in the other direction would not have reversed the ravages of the sexual revolution, the fruit of chronic secular despair under the progressive commodification of late capitalism. — Shalom Carmy

However, there is one thing that, tempted as we may be to expect it, will not happen, either in our lifetime or beyond: Marriage will not go away. The Gospel-imaging union between a man and a woman as a sacred testimony to Christ’s pursuit of His church will never be scrubbed from our culture, as if it were a coat of paint on our social consciousness. No, marriage is not merely a cultural accessory, it is a cosmic, spiritual, and deeply human reality is embedded into the creation itself. No amount of same-sex marriage in the twenty-first century will change this, just as no amount of blue-collar, Bible-belt divorce culture in the late twentieth century changed it then.

The Sexual Revolution always promises fulfillment but betrays its followers bitterly in the end. Even as we brace for a generation’s worth of confusion and enforced conformity, we must also stand fast in holding out hope to the refugees from the Sexual Revolution who will come to us, being wrecked by the fantasy of autonomy and self-creation. We must keep the light lit to the old paths. We must point out why marriage is rooted not just in nature and tradition but in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:32).

Marriage is resilient because it is God-created, not another government program. That’s why hand wringing and siege mentality has no place among those who want to champion traditional marriage. Marriage does not exist thanks to humanity, and so it cannot be unmade thanks to it either. Even in the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling, we know this to be true. Let’s be compassionate, confident, and, like the institution we care about so deeply, let’s be resilient. — Russell Moore

Bruce Jenner has become a celebrity because his decision “to define and express” his identity as a woman epitomizes our reigning view of freedom. It’s our national religion now, the religion of Me. Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, “Every country gets the government is deserves.” We’ve gotten the Supreme Court decision we deserve. …

We’re part of the culture that now embraces the religion of Me and it’s perverse view of freedom. Our first task today is do differentiate ourselves from this false religion—and to do so with clarity. This means speaking forthrightly about matters of moral substance.

We need to speak about sexual morality. We need to demand marriage equality. Why do the rich today get married, but the poor don’t? Why is our supposedly progressive culture fixed on the luxury good of gay marriage while ignoring the collapsing family culture elsewhere in our society? We need to talk about the complementarity of men and women, something political correctness tries to prevent us from doing. We need to sin against the religion of Me by speaking of God—and God’s laws.

In traditional Islamic societies, non-Muslim’s are dhimmis. They are allowed to exist, but they live under severe restrictions. Islam alone is permitted to define the public square. Over time, dhimmisinternalize their subjugated status, accepting their subordinate roles.

The greatest challenges we face will not be legal. They will be cultural. We will be tempted to submit, tempted to remain silent. We will be tempted to reorient our efforts, trying to find a way to survive in an American regime governed by the religion of Me.

We must fight against this temptation. We must resist dhimmitude and its false path of self-imposed submission. Now is the time for truth-telling. We need to find our footing in today’s cultural landscape so that we can speak boldly about the goods of marriage, the sanctity of life, and the true nature of human freedom. — R.R. Reno

There are many ways that we can respond in these coming days: prayer, conversations, posting articles that reflect truth, writing letters to congressmen, teaching our children truth, etc.

Here are my two concluding thoughts:

1. We should not shame each other for believing and standing up for traditional marriage. Nor should we shame each other for speaking up that nationalized same-sex marriage will have negative repercussions for our children. We believe traditional marriage is the best for our society, and working toward a betterment for our society isn’t wrong or shameful.

2. Should we shout and defame people? Should we cry and stamp our feet? Should we be rude to others? No. Whatever side you are on that kind of behavior is wrong. Rather we share the truth (notice that part) in love. A love that is patient, kind, not arrogant or rude.  A love that rejects and warns against false teaching, which leads to death, and upholds truth, which leads to life. And even when people reject the truth, when a nation redefines the institution of marriage based on a new definition of love, we do not despair, because “our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

February update on 30 for 30 list

Well it’s been over one month since I turned 30, and the actual event was somewhat anticlimactic. We had a big weekend planned. I was to attend a women’s conference at my church Friday night and Saturday (Feb. 1-2). Then Saturday night go out to dinner with my family. Sunday was church and the Super Bowl, which was featuring my husband’s favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers. We had a watch party planned with our best friends. Then finally, Monday, my 30th birthday, I was hoping to do something with my friends and family.

To make a long story short, I got very sick on Thursday, January 31. I missed the retreat and church, and we had to cancel the Super Bowl party. However, even though I was still not feeling great, I did have a nice birthday. One of my best friends came over and brought me lunch and a present. Then Ozzie, Philip and I went out to eat. After dinner, when we got home, Ozzie had arranged a surprise birthday party for me with my closest friends. They were all there welcoming me with a cake and LOTS of candles! Even though it wasn’t the weekend I had planned or hoped for, I had lots of time to reflect on the end of one decade and the beginning of a new one.

So how have I done so far on my 30 for 30 list in one month? At the end of each month I plan to give an update on the list. (This time it was somewhat delayed with the passing of my grandmother.) Please hold me accountable! It would be awesome if I could do all the things on my list this year.

 

1. Run a 5K. – Been training with a friend. We were up to 2.5 miles then I came down with another infection the last week of February. Then the following week I was in San Antonio for the death of my grandmother; now I have bronchitis. I had planned running a 5K at the end of March but I’m not sure if I’ll be ready just yet.

2. Get a massage. – Haven’t done this but am hoping this is something Ozzie and I do for our 3rd anniversary, which is tomorrow! (Happy Anniversary, Babe!)

3. Publish a second Bible study. – I have a contract for a second one with Woman’s Missionary Union’s mymissionfulfilled! I am to turn in my copy by this summer so I have lots of work to do! Excited and grateful for this second opportunity.

4. Take Philip to a museum.

5. Read and work through the Greek of one New Testament book. – Ozzie and I started reading 1 John in its original language together but stopped when our household fell into sickness. Hoping to pick this back up again soon.

6. Take a trip to visit friends outside of Birmingham.

7. Read Lord of the Rings. – I started reading and am in chapter 7! But I still have about 900 or so pages to go! For the past week and a half Ozzie has asked me where I am in the book. My answer has stayed the same, “At the house of Tom Bombadil.” To which he replies, “Still?” Needless to say I think this one will take me the entire year.

8. Tell someone new about Jesus. – Had an opportunity to tell someone whom I sat next to on the airplane from San Antonio to Dallas about Jesus. This is a continued goal of mine!

9. Lose one pant size. – No comment!

10. Speak at an event, retreat or conference. – I did speak at my grandmother’s funeral, but I don’t think it counts.

11. Blog regularly. – So far I am failing this goal!

12. Learn to sew.

13. Go on a weekend “date” trip with my husband. – Maybe this will happen next week while we’re in Florida for Spring Break?

14. Finish mine and Osvaldo’s wedding scrapbook.

15. Consistently update Philip’s baby book and scrapbook his first year.

16. Have an international over to our home for dinner.

17. Do a jigsaw puzzle.

18. Paint one room of my house.

19. Take a trip with my Supper Club friends. – One of my very best friends, who is part of my Supper Club group, got engaged last month! She and her fiancé will be getting married in June. As of today, us friends are planning a trip to the beach in May before she marries.

20. Go to a college or professional football game.

21. Go to some place new that I’ve never been before.

22. Learn Spanish.

23. Volunteer with a ministry in town.

24. Play Settlers often with friends and husband. – Last month we played with our friends Michael and Meagan. Neither had played before so it was fun introducing the game to someone new.

25. Make a new friend.

26. Get out of debt.

27. Take lots and lots of pictures of Philip. – I took about 800 pictures of Philip this month. Let’s see if I take more next month!

28. Teach Philip a new truth about God.

29. Give lots of kisses and hugs to my husband and son. – Pretty sure I have already accomplished this in just one month! I love lovin’ on my two boys.

30. Have a big 30th party — which is up to my husband. – First item to check off my list! Ozzie was so sweet to invite my friends over to surprise me. I am so glad I got to ring in my 30th year with them.

Nana’s Tribute

Last Saturday, March 2, my beloved Nana Sue (grandmother) went to be Jesus. The Thursday and Friday leading up to her death and the days following were probably the most difficult I have had to go through to-date. Nana was active in my life, sending me texts and e-mails, calling and praying for me. My grandfather asked me to speak at her Celebration of Life service last Tuesday on behalf of the grandkids. It was my privilege to honor her in that way even though it was very difficult to get through. Below is the tribute I gave. Thank you to those who have prayed for me and my family during this difficult time. The only thing that got me through this was prayer and my belief in that God is good and is on His throne.

If Nana were here today she’d tell me, “Kristen, keep it short.” But Nana needen’t worry since Don Guthrie has already told me I have only three minutes and would be timing me.

It’s a privilege to stand here today on behalf of myself, my sister, cousins and our spouses to speak to you today about the person we knew as Nana. Immediately after Nana died I thought how my son Philip, my sister’s son Nathan, my cousin Ricky’s son Reed due the first of May, and all our other yet-to-be-born children will not have memories of our Nana. So the questions that come to us grandchildren are, “What will Nana be remembered for? What will we tell our children about her? What will be her legacy?”

First, I think we will remember how Nana never missed an opportunity to preach us a sermon. You never had to guess what Nana was thinking because she always would let us know. Her directness and bluntness were charmingly annoying but more often than not what she said was true. She told Ben before going to Cleveland that if she didn’t come back alive that he could be sad for one week but then after that he couldn’t be sad or she’d come back to haunt him. Sounds like something she’d say!

We will tell our children how our Nana loved playing games with us everything from UNO to Yahtzee to 42. If she lost, Nana would say, “Kiss. A. Pig.” But if she won, she’d shake her fists in the air and just smile. We’ll tell them how she loved to laugh at us and us at her. She’d get so tickled watching the boys make fun of the way she walked or by the quick witted comments made by Kim or Ben. She would tell us all the time, “All you want to do is laugh at me,” but she’d say it while laughing so that we knew she enjoyed it.

I think we’ll remember her sitting at the piano playing one tune after another from memory filling the house with a beautiful melody. This personally was one of my favorite things.

We’ll remember those blooper moments like Nana paying for my sister’s and mine Happy Meals at the McDonalds’ drive thru then driving away without our meals. Or that time when she bragged to Alex about how good her chocolate pudding was, but when she finally made it for him she had used lemon extract instead of vanilla extract. It tasted terrible of course and had to be thrown away immediately.

We’ll also remember to tell our children how much she loved Papa even though she fussed at him all the time. We’ll tell them how she dropped everything to go help Ben when he called her saying he was lost in downtown San Antonio. How she spent hours helping Ricky apply for college or how she stayed with Ricky at the hospital when he had brain studies. Or how she came to the hospital when Kim gave birth to Nathan and wouldn’t leave but stayed all night those first hours of Nathan’s life that he was so sick. How she came to our graduations and weddings; how she never forgot our birthdays; how she’d always send me texts when she saw storms were coming to Birmingham to tell me to be safe; and how she was always praying for us. Our children will know that she loved her grandchildren, and when Philip and Nathan came along she loved them just as much. In fact, I spoke to her the night before she went into cardiac arrest. She didn’t want to talk about herself; she wanted me to tell her stories about Philip, and that’s what I did. 

But these memories won’t be her legacy. No. Her legacy will be that their great-grandmother, our grandmother, loved the Lord Jesus Christ above us all and served Him faithfully. She showed us by example and by word what it meant to be a follower of Christ, to be obedient, to be a lover of Scripture and to be faithful to the local church. She demonstrated what it meant to suffer with grace. We never heard her curse God or be angry with Him for her suffering. Instead, she’d say, I’ll serve Him as much as I am able and if the Lord restores my health I’ve told Him I’d continue to serve Him.

In fact, if Nana were here today I don’t think she’d tell me to keep it short. Rather I think she’d say, “Kristen, don’t talk about me; talk about Jesus. For I’ve seen Him and have beheld His glory and beauty and nothing that the world has to offer compares to this!” So that’s what we’ll tell Philip, Nathan, Reed and any others to come that Nana’s life pointed to Jesus, and if you want to see Nana just look at Him. 

30 for 30

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So I turn 30 in 21 days!

The picture above was taken the day I was born — Feb. 4, 1983. So in honor of my 30th year, I am inspired to start off this next decade with a bit of gusto and zeal, not to mention a little fun. To make this happen, I’ve created a 30 for 30 goal list. The following are 30 goals I’d like to complete between Feb. 4, 2013 and Feb. 3, 2014 in honor of my 30th year, Lord willing.

I want to have fun with this list and I’d love to have your input and encouragement. Here goes nothing!

  1. Run a 5K.
  2. Get a massage.
  3. Publish a second Bible study.
  4. Take Philip to a museum.
  5. Read and work through the Greek of one New Testament book.
  6. Take a trip to visit friends outside of Birmingham.
  7. Read Lord of the Rings.
  8. Tell someone new about Jesus.
  9. Lose one pant size.
  10. Speak at an event, retreat or conference.
  11. Blog regularly.
  12. Learn to sew.
  13. Go on a weekend “date” trip with my husband.
  14. Finish mine and Osvaldo’s wedding scrapbook.
  15. Consistently update Philip’s baby book and scrapbook his first year.
  16. Have an international over to our home for dinner.
  17. Do a jigsaw puzzle.
  18. Paint one room of my house.
  19. Take a trip with my Supper Club friends.
  20. Go to a college or professional football game.
  21. Go to some place new that I’ve never been before.
  22. Learn Spanish.
  23. Volunteer with a ministry in town.
  24. Play Settlers often with friends and husband.
  25. Make a new friend.
  26. Get out of debt.
  27. Take lots and lots of pictures of Philip.
  28. Teach Philip a new truth about God.
  29. Give lots of kisses and hugs to my husband and son.
  30. Have a big 30th party — which is up to my husband.

Wish me luck! These goals should make for some fun blogging over this next year. In all seriousness, I am deeply grateful to God for His faithfulness these past 30 years (wow, I sound so old) and for allowing me to serve Him. I pray that He will be even more glorified in and through my life as I start a new decade. No doubt His faithfulness will not change.

Blogging again

It’s been two years since I blogged, well almost two and a half to be precise. Why the absence you ask? Well, if you want to read the shortened version, you can go here to my about page. For those of you who like the longer versions, here’s what I’ve been doing, why I am back and what I hope to do.

My last post was January 23, 2010, less than two months before I married Dr. Osvaldo Padilla (affectionately known as Ozzie). As you can expect, I was distracted and busy between working at my job, preparing for marriage and planning a wedding. We married on March 13, 2010, at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills (a suburb of Birmingham). He is the love of my life, and he has already and will continue to add a lot to my ministry in his support, encouragement and biblical knowledge.

March 13, 2010

My dad performed our ceremony, which was held in the Conference Center at Shades. We were blessed to be surrounded by family and closest friends.

A little over a month later, I went full-time as a news writer at The Alabama Baptist. About a month later, we bought and moved into a home. About a month after that, we found out we were pregnant.

The whirlwind of an adventure had started. I was very sick my first trimester, while holding down a full-time job and trying to “make” a new home. I was better my second trimester, but by the third I was sick again. So for nine months, I worked, came home, and slept – at least it felt that way.

Philip Joshua Padilla was born on April 7, 2011. Perhaps I will post on his birth at a later time. Sixteen months later, I can safely say that how he acted in the womb was a pretty good indication to his personality outside the womb. Philip is active, stubborn, strong-willed, sweet, strong and smart. How did I know all these things in the womb, you might ask. A mother just knows. He has been a wonderful blessing and addition to our family.

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Philip was born just after midnight on April 7, 2011. We were thankful that he was a healthy baby.

It took me a while to adjust to having a baby and staying at home. Before Philip was born, I had told my boss that I would be leaving to become a stay at home mom. When Philip was about three months old, I took a part-time job at Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) with WorldCrafts. I needed something outside the house and we needed a little extra income. It was a great job to have while I was adjusting and transitioning. I finished the job in December 2011, ready to focus on pursuing the ministry to which I felt God had called me to many years ago – writing, teaching and speaking. I knew it was a leap of faith, but I was ready.

I soon had a contract to write my first Bible study for WMU’s mymissionfulfilled. It took a lot of prayer, focus and time, but I finally finished it in July. Around the same time, I was also given another writing project, this one for The Alabama Baptist – a research package on human trafficking due this fall.

God also opened another door for ministry at my church, to help girls who feel called to full-time ministry prepare for that call. I will post more on this later. So here I am, ready to continue serving God via this blog. As you may have noticed, if you followed me before, my blog has a new name and new look. I switched from blogger to wordpress because I thought wordpress would better serve my needs as I move forward. My domain name and name of the blog has changed to my name so that it might be easier to find and to recognize as people (hopefully) read and use the things I am blessed to publish.

The great thing about a blog is that I can post things quite frequently – and it’s free to read! My prayer, as in everything I do, is that God would be glorified and His church strengthened.

And I promise not to wait another two and half years before posting again…