For starters, I serve a very loving God, who is my teacher and very best friend. At the age of 16, my heart was turned toward Jesus and it forever changed my life. I was headed in a precarious direction, so you can definitely say He saved my life. Since that time, He has filled my life with such richness and abundant joy, I cannot help but want to reach out and share.
Just before my 18th birthday, I married a very handsome and hardworking man and we began filling our home with 3 wonderful children, boy, girl, boy. Being a mom was a natural fit. I never wanted to miss a second of their growing up years. Often, I say that I was selfish with them when they were young, because I wanted to see their first everything. Even more than that, it became ultimately important to me that they grew up knowing that they too were children of a very loving God, who is their teacher and very best friend.
Being a 'stay at home mom' or more appropriately termed 'work at home mom' has its challenges. In the beginning, if you are not careful, you may lose your independent identity, or may not feel like you are contributing to your family financially. There are not dollar signs attached to every load of laundry, or every diaper that you change. There is no raise for a job well done. When finances get tight, it is tempting to set aside your ideals in effort to make ends meet. When this happened, somehow my Teacher always gave me a mental picture of the prize that I was reaching for and He began to show me ways that I could make a difference while still maintaining my first calling, helpmeet & motherhood.
In the early years, I would go to the library and checkout every book that I could find on a particular subject: cooking, cake decorating, floral arranging, decorating, painting, homemaking, photography or penny-saving. I would try all these things out at home, or make them as gifts. Challenging myself in new areas was necessary for growth while being at home with little ones. I began offering personally designed cakes for various occasions, coordinating the hospitality events at my church and dabbling in photography of my children and for friends.
About 10 years ago, the Lord opened the door for my husband and I to start an installation corporation.
Although I had studied business, this was an intense learning opportunity. It was amazing how this began to fit our family very well. This allowed us to be with our children, homeschool and provide for our family as well as create jobs for others.
As with anything, we have to be fluid and adaptable, because the climate changes and we must be willing to learn and grow as we go. The economy declined drastically and our business waivered, but remember, I serve a loving God who is my teacher and very best friend. He quickly reminded me that Isa 48:17 says "Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I [am] the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldest go." I leaned on Him hard and He encouraged me to draw from what He has already taught me. Each day, He equips us more and more to fulfill the role that He intends for us, and enables us to hold fast to the calling and commitment to our home, thus, the building of The Brick House. The journey into homemaking, health and wellness has given me a heart to share with others who want to find a way to make their homes strong from the inside out. The resources that you will find here will help you nourish your family from the inside out!
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Pentecostals of Deland- Women's Ministry Coordinator