Today you’re in for a treat with a guest post from our sister Val about her path to blogging!
How the Ministry Groomed Me For DIY Blogging
You read that right. The ministry groomed me for blogging. That sounds backwards, doesn’t it? If you’d told me a few years ago I’d be out of full-time on staff church ministry and into blogging as my career, I’d have thought you were nuts! Let me ask you…
Are You One of THOSE Women?
- Who think, “I’m not smart or talented enough.”
- Who think, “I lack the beauty or brains to make a significant contribution.”
- Who look at others and just know, “I could never be like them.”
- Who feel, “I don’t have the money to have a pretty home.”
I’m here to dispel all of that personal trash talk!
God Works in Mysterious Ways
Thirty years ago God called my DH and I to serve Him in a unique full-time discipleship program – special needs adoption. We had a two-year-old homemade daughter at the time and after a moving message from our pastor, we surrendered to full-time ministry. After we adopted our 15th child (Yes, that’s not a typo, I said “fifteenth”), God gave us an opportunity to church plant with another adoptive family, our second full-time ministry.
From there we moved on to two other churches, finding our main desire to be that of a support to the pastor (My husband was the “Aaron” and I was “Her”). In our third full-time ministry, my DH was the assistant-to-the pastor and I taught full-time in the Independent Study classroom. Some had behavior or educational needs – from disabilities to brilliance (frustrated or bored!) and some just wanted my type of teaching that was tailored specifically to their needs. It was there I took on many other roles in the ministry that allowed me to fine-tune my photography and graphic design skills, trained me in discipleship, developed my teaching skills, and gave me a love for writing. I started my first blog Mom of Many as a creative outlet (free therapy!).
God Groomed Me for Something Greater
Teaching the Ladies’ Sunday School class brought me a new understanding of the daily struggles of women, their sometimes skewed view of others, their need for support, and a right view of themselves and God. We frankly discussed women’s roles, struggles with faith and God’s expectations. After having raised many “interesting children” and working alongside my DH experiencing the isolation and never ending demands of ministry, I determined that not another woman within my reach would live unsupported or isolated.
After nearly 10 years of serving, we left that ministry under difficult circumstances. We were heart broken and deep in debt due to ministry demands (too long of a story to tell here!). Fortunately we hibernated at a friend’s church for the next 3 years while our house was on the market. When our house sold, we moved from Michigan to Wisconsin to be near family. Grandkids are a balm to the soul and our soul needed healing.
Through It All I Discovered the Key
Women could do great things if they possessed:
1. Confidence in their gifts and abilities.
2. The right tools, direction, information, AND SUPPORT.
1. To have a warm and inviting home didn’t require a lot of time, talent or money. (Being a good steward, contrary to what I used to believe doesn’t mean doing without.)
2. A person’s view of their home and family affects their level of confidence in who they are – which in turn greatly affects their home, church, and family life.
Enter Blogging @ LOVE MY DIY HOME – A New Twist
All that God had taught me through the parenting, ministry, hardships and blessings have come together to be used in my new online ministry where I encourage others to be confident in their ability to create a warm and inviting home.
I used to look at the well-dressed-got-it-all-together-woman and think, “I could never be like her.” I’m here to tell you that I couldn’t have been more wrong. God has given us all the ability to learn and grow. No woman is better than another and we all have qualities and abilities that will allow us to do great things with God’s help. There is no room for, “I’m not talented enough.” Fooey on that!
At LMDH and in my newsletters you will find tips and tutorials along with some free downloadable gifts that will help you create a home that anybody would be proud of (and no, I don’t mean the bad kind of pride, but the “I want to share what God has blessed me with,” kind of confidence). Call it what you want, but to be boldly confident is to be enabled.
Please come for a visit and get plugged into the LMDH community!
-Val @ Love My DIY Home
Val Frania is wife to one, Mom to 15 and Grammie to 11. She lives with her husband in Wisconsin where they live and breathe Christian service through church, business and blogging. Her goal is to empower women God’s way at Love My DIY Home by building confidence and satisfaction in a warm and inviting home, self-sufficient family, and successful ministry life.