Once again, Bloggy Boot Camp has been a catalyst for meeting some wonderful women. I met Debi in Baltimore, and was immediately impressed by her huge heart and deep love for her family. Please extend her a warm welcome, and be sure to stop by her home on the Web, Who Says 8 is Enough?
But, truth be told, the last 6 months have tried my soul like nothing I ever imagined and if you asked me now what keeps me going and how I manage, my answer has changed.
It’s a plain and simple answer- Faith.
I’ve always been a Christian, but I don’t think it was until September 11th that I truly found my faith. It was then that it became important for me to raise my children with Jesus in their lives, to make sure they knew Him.
I had always talked about Jesus, made sure He was a part of Christmas and Easter, but after 9/11, we became active in our church and Jesus became an active part of our life.
I started homeschooling the kids, as well as volunteering as a youth leader in our church and eventually held the position of Sunday school superintendent. For probably the first time in my kids’ lives, I was truly practicing what I was preaching and that was reflected everywhere in our home…
Faith does a funny thing to a family. It brings you closer together than you can ever imagine.
At a time when at least 3 of my children were heading into their teen years, at a time when they should’ve been pulling away from me, instead they respected me. They were able to see my soul, to know my soul, and that bond is immeasurable.
I am not saying our life is perfect, of course it isn’t.
Our life can be hectic.
The choices we have made, whether it was to foster children and then adopt, to homeschool our kids & then reluctantly send them back to public school, become openly Conservative and teach our children those values, eat a natural food diet only… all of these choices haven’t been made lightly and all have been made with trusting in God to lead us.
We’ve been both criticized and praised for our choices. Our children have felt both the sting of hatred and the warmth of love from strangers and it’s Jesus, always Jesus, that takes our burdens and keeps us grounded.
Our family has been sent spiraling through one of the worst trials of our lives these past 6 months and it’s prayer that has sustained us.
His amazing, amazing unwavering love.
There is no other way to explain how my home is so peaceful when it shouldn’t be. There is no other way to explain how I can have 9 children in my home and yet, not be burdened. There is no other way to explain the warmth, the harmony, the happiness except to know, to truly know, that His love is around us, with us, within us, always.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. ~ 1 John 3:16-18
I’m Debi (also known as debi9kids)
Blessed beyond belief and most days reminding myself of that fact.
The other days…. just remembering to breathe.
After all, tomorrow is another day.
A blessed day.