I’ve been tagged!
Sheila of A Steward’s Heart has given me the privilege of continuing the Blog Hop topic of “Why Do You Write?” I’ve never met Sheila in person, but I have no doubt, we would have a lot to talk about if we ever do. She and her husband serve as missionaries in Italy, spreading God’s Word and the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have been “forgotten” by much of the world.
To participate in the Blog Hop, I have to answer 4 questions regarding my writing.
What am I working on/writing?
I’m always working on writing posts for the blog with topics covering different aspects of stewardship. Many people think stewardship is all about money, but it’s not the only thing. It’s the idea that what you have ultimately doesn’t belong to you because they truly belong to God. A steward is not an owner, but a manager, taking care of someone else’s property. So really, everyone is a steward, but not everyone is a good steward. The posts I write are mainly about how to be a good steward of all that has been entrusted to you: money, possessions, time, skills, and relationships … just to name a few.
I also like to write about our family, outside of the blogosphere. I keep up a family timeline, writing significant events that have happened in our family since my husband and I started dating. I also have a journal for each child, which is a collection of notes from Mommy (and sometimes Daddy), which I try to write in now and then. If I keep up with it, I plan to give the journal to each child as a gift when they turn 18. I do all this because I want to leave a memorable legacy to my children.
How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
I know there are a lot of “mom” blogs out there. And, I’m sure the topics that I write about are not unique. But, I hope that I bring something different to the table because my experiences are my own. The topics I write about, though perhaps nothing earth-shaking, are from my heart, fueled by circumstances in my life as well as my faith.
Why do I write what I do?
My desire to encourage others to be better stewards is not merely so you can feel good about yourself. Though, that can happen. Nothing wrong with feeling good. It’s not merely so others feel good … nothing wrong with that either. But underneath all the layers of doing good to one another, I hope that you can discover that the source of all that goodness is God Himself. What motivates me (and I hope what motivates you) to live a life with purpose and intentionally making the most of all that I have is because God is good indeed.
How does my writing process work?
I do have a process. I have to, or I will not be able to balance this passion of writing with all the other passions in my life.
Topics for future posts are always popping in my head, so I try to jot them down before I forget. At the end of the week, usually Friday, I create a schedule for the following week. I try to post 3 to 4 times a week. Once I have a schedule, I start working on each post. So the bulk of my writing really happens on the weekends. Sometimes I have a good block of time. Sometimes it’s a stop-and-go process.
I’m finding that the writing process is very challenging because of all my other responsibilities as a mom. It’s important to have good accountability. My husband is totally supportive of what I’m doing here, but he is also aware that I cannot pursue this to the neglect of my family and my God. It’s not always what I want to hear, but I need to hear it.
Passing it on
Well, to spread the blog hop love, I want to pass this on to two wonderful bloggers! I hope you get a chance to visit them!
Sasha blogs about her world of being a mom of two little ones at Hugs, Kisses, and Dirty Diapers: “Although it is my job to teach them, it seems most days I am the student. They are opening my eyes to life’s beauty and strength.”
Jennifer understands the challenges of having a full-time job and providing budget-friendly, quick meals for your family. She has a lot of useful kitchen tips to share. Check out her site at Kitchen Serf: “I created Kitchen Serf to help all of us find quick, delicious recipes so we stay out of the frozen food aisles and drive-thru lanes.”
What inspires you to keep doing what you’re doing? I would love to hear about it!
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