Sunday, July 13, 2008

My Mission Statement

Becoming Me is hosting a neat carnival that challenges us to define our blog's mission. This is actually something I've been seriously thinking about lately, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to take the time to sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be) and solidify why I blog.

Initially, I think I just wanted an outlet - a journal to the world at large. A place to complain about bad doctors, to share great finds, to chronicle my life as I tried to live in a simple, God-honoring way. But things have changed.

Lately I've been more and more convicted that God is wanting me to use this site to encourage women in their roles as wives and homemakers. That applies to all women - women who work outside the home or inside the home (though women who work outside the home truly do both!), women who have kids or who don't, women who have happy marriages and women who are either single or in struggling marriages. Women who homeschool or women who have their children in public school.

I certainly am no expert. My home is more often than not chaotic. My energy level is too low. My weight is too high. My husband and I argue. My children are not perfect angels.

And yet I strongly sense that God is telling me to share with you what I learn about being a woman charged to minister to her family. Lately, that has seemed to focus on making my home a place of love, beauty and refuge for my family.

So, if you share my desire to serve God by serving and loving those in your sphere of influence, and by making your home a better place for your family and loved ones, I hope you will come back and visit.

Of course, I'll still be posting personal things - like the oddities of life in Doha, Qatar. After all, there is still my need to vent!!!


Anya said...

Lori - there are so few women willing to invest their lives in a new generation - so few willing to be vulnerable and real and unashamedly Godly. Share your heart, sister, and we will listen and learn... and grow into His likeness with you.

dlyn said...

I'm touring all the blogs on the Blog Mission Tour. Loving yours - I will be back to check it out more this next week!

Mari said...

I home school too and loved some of your insight...thanks for sharing.

Becoming Me said...

Oh Lori, I loved this. Thank you so much for participating. And the Lord speaks so clearly even through our chaos!

Peggy said...

Lori...your Mission seems to be a perfect fit to The Simple Life at Home...although your "home" is far from simple in a foreign country..
making adjustments and such but you definitely honor God and women!

What a simple beautiful outreach and purpose!May you find God enriching and equipping you for this mission! Be blessed as you bless...looking forward to more
on Doha, Qatar(lol)!

Mary said...

I think your mission is perfect. And yes I'm being selfish. :) I enjoy coming here daily and really appreciate you sharing what is working in your quest for a simple life. I know I can use all the help I can get.

Kristi said...

I just love your mission statement! Keep it up!

Wendi said...

So beautiful! I love how God gently guides us in our writing and uses it to bring others closer to him! I am stopping by from the mission tour and have thoroughly enjoyed my stop here. You've articulated your purpose so well. :)

a woman found said...

I love what you wrote about encouraging women to be homemakers whether they work outside their homes or not...the calling for us to be those "Titus 2" women applies no matter the circumstances of our lives. I'm so glad you're sharing this high calling and encouraging us in it while being real!


Julie said...

Beautiful post.

I too am a home school mother.


BP said...

God bless you. I enjoyed reading your mission. It sounds like God can use your writings to encourage many.

Sarah said...

What a calling--to encourage homemakers. Thanks for your heart.

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Great mission! I work outside the home, and have spent the past months re-organizing and simplifying my home. Sounds like our convictions are similar.

Glad I found your blog.

Cindy said...

I homeschooled while my children were young (now 23 & 26). I work outside the home now but love keeping my home peaceful and simple. Love your post. I'll be back to visit. Cindy

amy said...

my aunt was living in qatar for a while.. i think she's still there.. teaching english.

i love your statement.. the kids aren't angels and your weight too high.. etc... that is so much like me, and yet I still know God's got a purpose for my blogging!

Hugs and prayers!

Tracy said...

Came to you by way of the Blog Mission Tour and I'm so glad. I loved what you shared. Those who are most encouraging to me are those who are real and transparent, which certainly sounds like you. Looking forward to visiting again, soon! = )

Cindy Swanson said...

Excellent mission statement! I strongly believe that if we as Christians are salt and light on the internet, we can make a difference in this dark world.

Chatty Kelly said...

Wow - what an interesting blog! I wonder how you ended up in the middle east? You must have your own set of different issues just living there.

Hope to be back and visit to learn more.

Tammy R said...

Stop by from the Blog Mission Tour.

Just by reading your statement I can tell you have a heart to serve God by serving your family.

I will be back!

runningtherace said...

This is my first visit to your blog, but it won't be my last. I love the quote at the top about happy homemakers. Thanks for being an encouragement.


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