A little about me ...
My name is Joanne and I am a single mother of 3 children whom I enjoyed homeschooling. Tylor ('93), Brianna ('95) and Corban ('97). We homeschooled in a more relaxed way - eclectic or 'child led' would be a few terms that come to mind. I appreciate the "Charlotte Mason Method" and used a lot of the book recommendations from Ambleside Online, however I did not follow either 100%. I found it was much easier to take what worked for each child and go with that ... they are all different!! All of my children are still living at home with me. For post on homeschooling see this link: HOMESCHOOLING
My spiritual journey has been a long one and is still continuing, praise the Lord. A condensed version is that I grew up atheist and was raised by my dad. Somewhere in there, thanks to homeschooling and being exposed to a lot of professing Christians, I began reading the bible. I had enough exposure in the past to know that Jesus said he was the way, the truth and the life and that no one could come to the Father except through him, so I started in the "Gospels" - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - to see what Christ taught. I quickly learned that much or maybe even all of what Christ is teaching in the New Testament is disregarded by today's "churches" ... but that's something you can learn on your own if you want to.
Christ is offering each of us our own cross and my cross probably does not look the same as yours. That's ok and that's good; he knows what each of us can handle. He showed me right away in Matthew 5 that "whoever marries her that is divorced is committing adultery." He said this 3 other times in the gospels (Matthew 19, Mark 10 and Luke 16) and then Paul mentioned it a few times in Romans 7 and 1 Corinthians 7. This, coupled with the warnings in Galatians 5 and 1 Corinthians 6 about how no adulterer will enter into the kingdom of heaven, really hit me hard. At the time I read those verses I was attending an "Independent Fundamental Baptist" church in Washington state. I had all sorts of questions for them but they told me I was 'covered by the blood'. I didn't actually have to obey what Jesus said because that was in the past ... yet I could not stop hearing those words: Whoever marries her that is divorced is committing adultery. That was ME and my second husband! It took me about 3 years to finally surrender my adulterous marriage to the Lord, step out in faith and follow him, come what may.
Needless to say, many around me thought I was crazy and still do. Misunderstandings continue to abound, even in conservative circles, but I am committed to following Christ. He said my second marriage was adultery and I believe him. While I do pray for reconciliation, I do not see that happening and am content to live single. Only God knows what my future holds, and that gives me comfort to keep pressing on.
All through my struggles with divorce and remarriage I did not have a church fellowship to call my own (I never did). I tried out a few places but could not find any place that seemed to be following all of what I saw Jesus teaching. Finally, through what I believe was an act of God, a sister from Missouri contacted me through this blog and became my penpal. After a few months of writing she mailed me some sermons from her group; I was so blessed and encouraged! Her husband offered to pay for our trip 'down there' and back (we were living in my home town of Omaha, NE, at the time) if we wanted to visit. I sent a long email to the pastor and he called me the next day. It was very refreshing to have someone take the time to answer all of my questions.
Long story short, we've been living in Monett, MO, attending The Church of Monett, since the fall of 2009. It's been a great blessing to say the least but words cannot express my love and gratitude to all of my family here - brothers and sisters who are just trying to do what pleases the Lord, each working out their own salvation with fear and trembling.
Yes, there have been a lot of trials along the way ... but trials only serve to make us stronger. I wouldn't have it any other way. God is good!
If you are interested, I have another blog about cooking and homemaking that I am not very good at updating: Frugal Home and Health
And a youtube channel that gets updated a little more frequently: Heritage Homestead
Our sister church in Mexico has a blog as well: La Iglasia Peregrina Mexico