I’ve been wanting to send this out to you at the very beginning of this year but I got a little busy with, well, if you’ve been following my blog for the last few weeks, then you know why! If you’re new here and you have no idea what I’m talking about, no worries, I won’t leave you out of the loop! Many of my recent posts have been written due to women responding to my now infamous pin!
But let’s press forward, shall we?
Some topics the Lord has put on my heart for 2013…
I’ll be putting together a series about when your husband isn’t loving you with Christ-like love. Many women have emailed me over this exact issue in their marriage and I will be getting to it soon! Also, my husband will be joining me in this endeavor so I think you’re in for a real treat! A sub-topic in this series that we’ll be covering is when a husband rules over you rather than servant-leads you like Christ. A title my man has tossed around for this post is The Backbone of a Submissive Wife. I’m not sure if we’ll use that title but I did get a kick out of it!
I also plan to write a series on obtaining Wisdom.
Walking through trials victoriously. (Not sure if this will turn into a series or not.)
How Not to Listen to the Lies of the Enemy. (Again, not sure if this topic will turn into a series.)
I have a few posts in mind for you single gals as well. (For those that are married with children, you can always use the concepts I present in these posts and apply them to the upbringing of your children. As a parent myself, what I share with the singles is what I share with my own sons. And if I had daughters, I’d share with them as well. Oh, and I don’t wait to share some of the truths and precepts in these posts with my boys for when they’re older either. They’ve been raised hearing these words all throughout their lives.
Of course I’ll continue with the Marriage posts!
In the meantime, I have some other commitments to follow up with, i.e., guest posting for other sites, (which I’ll make sure to bring you along once my posts are published!)
Now a few housekeeping updates here. (Maybe I should call it blog-keeping updates??)
Hundreds of you are new readers to my blog and first, let me give you a warm welcome to this ministry! I’m thrilled that you are here.
Now you might be wondering what you can expect here. Well, I post about 2-3 times per week. I typically write more posts during school vacation breaks since I have more free time on my hands as I take a break from homeschooling my boys. My posts are generally published on Sundays-Thursdays. (Fridays are busy mama days, so most likely won’t find me leaving any words of encouragement for you here.)
The main topics that I cover here at The Alabaster Jar are Marriage and Growing in Godliness; other names for that would be Biblical Guidance or Discipleship. The sub-topics of Growing in Godliness could range from: outside ministry, friendships, understanding and applying the Word of God, to the topics I’ve mentioned earlier; obtaining wisdom, walking through trials, and how not to listen to the lies of the Enemy.
What not to expect here….
My passions are the things that I listed above. It’s what makes me tick and really, I can’t NOT speak/write on such topics, so that’s where I spend my time. So don’t expect a nice recipe to show up here or some craft project, or even some homemaking how-to’s. These are all great things to learn, but they’re just not my things to teach.
I also do very little book reviews or giveaways because this place is a ministry and I want to spend my time doing just that….ministering to you. These other endeavors take up my time and I need to protect it because of the season of life that I’m in right now. (However, if you’re on Facebook, I might send out a link on a great book or product!)
If you have a question that you’d like to ask me…
You are more than welcome to do so! In fact, your questions are encouraged. One thing I heard the Lord speak into my heart this year is to meet the women where they are at. (My husband encouraged me to write a devotional for wives or a Bible study this year but I clearly felt that those projects needed to sit on the back burner for awhile because of what God pressed on my heart.)
If you decide to contact me and ask me a question I’ve created a form on this site for you to do so. In the past, your questions came straight to my email account but now because this ministry is growing, I need to separate the requests I receive from you from all of the other things that come to my email inbox. So, please use the form on this site. But don’t worry about others seeing your question, no one sees it except for me. It is NOT a comment nor will it appear as one.
One last thing to email subscribers…
Hundreds of women have recently subscribed to receive my posts via email. However, your account has been unverified which means you are not receiving my posts! So here’s the deal with Feedburner, which is the third-party subscription people who send out my posts. You put in your email address and then Feedburner tells you you’ll need to verify that you are who you say you are. Perhaps they do it because of spam? I don’t really know. But I have in the past signed up to receive blog posts from other bloggers and then realized I hadn’t heard from them in awhile. Thinking I hadn’t subscribed (because I lost my mind) I tried to subscribe again. Well, Feedburner let me know I lost my mind when they told me I was already a subscriber! So, if you’ve received that notification it’s because you didn’t verify your account. All this means is that you need to check your email inbox for an email from Feedburner. If it’s not in there, then check your spam/bulk mail folder, (that’s where mine was, and apparently my mind!) Just follow their instructions in the email and you’ll get my next published post!
Oh, and I can’t change your email address either. You’ll have to re-subscribe with your new address and then unsubscribe your old one.
Looking forward to growing in Christ with you in 2013!
Live a poured out life for Christ,