The possible audiences to address:
1) Those who are not Christians, they don’t know Jesus yet. I hope to bring some Light to these folks and show them even the teeniest part of how wonderful it is to belong to the Lord. I hope to start the questions in their hearts that the Light can inspire, to give them a craving for Jesus.
2) Those who are Christians, who love Jesus and want to please Him. I want to walk with these folks and share our journeys together. “When you go through the swamps, watch out for the mosquitoes!” We have good stuff to offer one another – I’m here to offer my life, my walk, to be transparent so maybe it makes some part of your walk a little easier.
3) To folks who are nominally Christians but don’t care about pleasing Jesus. I hope I can inspire them to fall in love with our Lord and obey Him with all joy. He’s where it’s at. Sometimes we can get so mixed up and think that doing stuff on the outside will fix our insides.
Why isn’t my blog about “how to be a good Christian housewife”? I have a homemakingish blog – although mostly I talk about sewing, but it’s not like, “here’s how to be a good wife”. Other women do it, and they do it well. It’s their calling.
I don’t want to argue with folks. Either you love Jesus and you want to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and body… and we can compare notes and learn from one another along that path – or you don’t. If you don’t, maybe I can change your mind about Jesus. But if you don’t have a soft heart to our Lord, all my arguments are useless… because that’s what they’re based on. My worst rebuke is, “Do you think what you’re doing/saying is bringing glory to God?”
See, I don’t think you can build a good house without the right foundation. I tried. I tried that Sunday Christian dreck… and it was lousy. I tried the outer righteousness bit, where I worked really hard on my outsides and “if I can just get this right, my world will be okay” … and that crumbled too. The *only* foundation is Jesus. So get your relationship with our Lord right and tight, and everything else will follow. You’ll want to be good at being a good wife or husband – because you’ll want to please Jesus. Love Jesus, then follow His commandments. That’s the order He put it in, there’s probably a reason.
It’s not that the following part is unimportant. It’s just that you have to have a reason to follow Him. You have to be utterly sold out to Jesus, with the determination that NOTHING will pull you away from Him. If you are… well, the rest *will* follow.
And I’m not pretending I’m there, that I’m perfect or I don’t have stuff to deal with. I am far from perfect and I have lots of stuff. But the thing is – I know it, I’m working on it, and the reason I’m *doing that* is because I want to please my Lord and Savior.
(I know there are people who take this as a reason to not work, and I don’t get that. If you love Him, your actions will show it. Generally I take those folks not-very-seriously. If you care, put your money where your mouth is … or shut up. One or the other, thanks).
So. That’s why I write what I write – and don’t write.