Stepping Forth in Faith in a New Year

Within a three week period we decided it was time for my husband, Aaron, to quit his job and begin a whole new business venture. It has been ruminating in our hearts for several months now. My husband has been working tirelessly. There is so many initial fears that resonated in my heart. I like the security of a regular paycheck. I am comfortable. I like paid vacations and health benefits. We have lived the self-employed lifestyle previously and its hard work. I wasn’t ready to step out again. I had my five year plan in place. But God is graciously reminding me that he doesn’t work in my timetable.

I have been mediating on the life of Rebekah from Genesis 24 lately. Abraham’s servant has been sent to his hometown to find a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham’s servant asks this young lady to come with him to marry Isaac. Rebekah simply says, “I will go.” In a moment, she was willing to say farewell to all that she had ever known. She knew that potentially she would never she her family and home country again. She was willing to marry a man that she had never met. That is amazing faith. I want that faith. To be so at rest in my Father’s arms that I could willingly walk the unknown path before me.

I don’t know what lies behind the next corner of our lives as we let go of my husband’s job and walk by faith and not by sight. We simply don’t know what it will look like this year. The only thing we can do is strive to be faithful in the knowledge that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Am I willing to take a leap of faith into this unknown? For it is in the unknown that fellowship with my Lord is sweetest. It is in the unknown that God’s mercy is most beautifully manifested. It is in the unknown that our faith is refined and comes forth shining more brightly. Am I willing to simply say with Rebekah, “yes, I will go?” Am I willing to follow my man, to faithfully stand by his side, as I committed to at the altar nearly six years ago?

We can be confident in one thing. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He holds me by the hand and walks before me. I am not alone.

I am excited about the new adventures that life brings with it as we set forth in this new year. We will certainly be living more frugally until his new business gets off the ground. Our budget is being trimmed down significantly. I love how God seeks to stretch our faith and get us out of our comfort zone so we can see His beautiful majesty in a whole new light.

Life is full of new adventures saturated with God’s gifts to be observed and recorded and if I stayed in my comfort zone I surely would not be able to experience them.

In addition to it all, during these past few weeks, I have honestly been really struggling and wrestling with the future of this blog. At the start of a new year I want to get all my ducks in a row, have a wonderful inspiring plan for my writing. I wanted to have amazing themes for this new year. I felt pressured that I need to be this professional, organized blog. But the Lord wasn’t opening these doors. No amazing creative ideas. Was this a sign that this season of blogging was coming to an end? I was willing if God wanted to close these doors. But then I felt the Lord speaking to be gently: “Lindsay, I just want you to be faithful in sharing your messy self with these women. I just want you to share My messages. I don’t want you to be about overwhelming women in all the little things they “should” be doing, but rather encouraging them to press in to know the Lord right where they are at.”

I believe in the importance of sharing my real life messes with you. I’m far from perfect. Daily I must cry out for grace and mercy to walk this rode of mothering and homemaking. I want our team of writers (many thanks to my awesome contributing writers) to be about encouraging you in your homemaking, mothering, and wife-hood. We want to see you grow to see the beauty of your work. It is a glorious task that we have been assigned. We need each other in standing strong even when our culture seeks to make us seem invaluable. But ultimately this is all about Jesus. Everything here is for Him. I want this new year to be flowing with His Spirit in everything that is shared here.

So there you have it. The dawn of a new year. You will still find practical simple living tips and healthy recipes sprinkled here and there. These are part of my day by day passions to live by our family mission to live simply in order to give generously. We’ll be sharing practical ways that you can live a generous missional life in the sphere that God has placed you. But ultimately, our writing will be Spirit led, sharing the day by day struggles to kneel humbly before our Master and offer up our hands and feet to his service.

Will you join us and step into the unknowns of God’s amazing grace for you today?

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About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

108 Responses to Stepping Forth in Faith in a New Year

  1. Colleen Sleadd January 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Lindsay, I have been so encouraged and inspired by all of your posts over the years. But I think this is the best thing you have ever written. We are so dependent on our Savior. Your humility reminds me that the safest place is at my Father’s feet.
    God be with you on this next adventure. Enjoy the ride. (My man is self employed too. As the years go by I am learning worry less and wouldn’t change it for anything.)

  2. Priscilla Frazier January 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I too am very glad it isn’t in the Lord’s plans that you stop blogging. So many of your postings have been a big help to me, and I look forward to more as God leads and you are able. From coconut oil deodorant, to dishsoap, to placenta encapsulation, to childrens Bible referals; your research, experience and findings have saved me much footwork! Admitedly, there have been times I’ve thought to myself “she has it so together, how is it possible that she keeps things going so smoothly?!” I’m due in short order with my third little one, and will be happy to hear about the good and bad days in your life. It helps to know I’m not alone in the young motherhood struggles and joys. :) Blessings to you from our good and faithful God in 2012!

  3. Denise January 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Lindsay,

    Loved your thoughts on “It is in the unknown…” You’re spot on about God’s faithfulness in the form of soul-filling intimacy.

    My husband and I have experienced the beauty of living in the “unknown” through adoption. I related our story in our blog http://www.untohimwelive.blogspot.com, using your quote. I believe even the few words I shared from your post will encourage others. Thanks for making the effort to write. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! You gave me a precious reminder about our good God through your blog and my heart with joy today! Thank you!

    Denise

  4. Emily January 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I needed the reminder for faith today. Thanks!

  5. Lori January 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your messy self and seeking to encourage mommies. I appreciate what you do! ~Messy mom of 2

  6. Gabrielle January 7, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Praying for you and your family as you step out into something new! I can definitely understand what you are feeling as we are in the midst of a similar situation. My husband is changing careers. He has gone back to school and has a year and a half left.

    I have to say that I am relieved that you will be continuing your blog and also that there are no big formal plans. I LOVE that I can still hear your voice clearly through your writing. Other blogs that I have read for a while have seemed to just become more of a business. But yours still seems like a woman and a mother who has a heart for sharing and reaching out to other women. Thank you for what you do here. Thank you for your honesty and integrity. I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you also for sharing your struggles. Sometimes it’s also just nice to know that we are not alone in those things.

    Gabrielle

  7. Rebekah January 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi Lindsay,

    I would like to say that I really enjoyed the post you put up, and it was encouraging. I sort of felt it was intended for me too- since you mentioned Rebekah’s story and it jumped out at me, since my name is also Rebekah.

    Also, my family and I can relate being self employed. It truly forces you to literally live by faith when you are self employed. We always have to depend on the Lord to provide the jobs and it really exercises us in our spiritual walk with the Lord, to trust on Him for everything. So your post was inspired. :)

  8. Danielle B January 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Dear sweet Lindsay,

    None of us have it all together. The only one is Jesus. I bet if you asked each of your readers what they deal w/everyday you will notice how much of us struggle w/what you do. You have touched so many lives with you posts on everything from food to the gospel of Jesus Christ. You don’t have to put up a front anymore.

    Blessings to you and your family as you enter a new season. If God said for Aaron to quit his job, then no need to worry or fret. He will provide! Just as Peter step out of the boat and walked on water, as long as he kept his eyes on the Lord he didn’t sink. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and watch him do a new thing!

    BTW, I miss your monthly updates :-( . And I’m soooooo glad you are going to continue to blog!

    Love you Lindsay! And be encouraged!

  9. Holly January 6, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    You mentioned not wanting to be about telling women what they “should” be doing, but encouraging them to know the Lord (and thus become the mom/wife/woman we’re called to be!). Thank you for that! I think that is what you do most of the time, but I appreciate your desire to continue in that approach. I often point friends to your blog and tell them it’s one of my favorite mommy-blogs because doesn’t make me feel guilty for whatever craft or recipe or activity I haven’t done yet with my kids (though I love your ideas!). I walk away from reading your blog feeling encouraged, not burdened. Thank you!

  10. Lecia January 6, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    To know the Lord right where we are…
    Words I needed to read.
    Lovely post.

  11. emily January 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    oh lindsay, this is so beautiful. thank you for your candor and honesty … for sharing your heart.
    so much of what you said resonates for me!! we, too, are walking that journey of faith … hubby (and i!) both left our stable jobs over 2 years ago. we felt certain GOD was calling us forward in faith … him to start a journey in self-employment; me to start homeschooling.
    we wouldn’t trade these past 2 years for anything; our faith has been stretched and grown and we’ve been able to experience GOD’s direct provision and abundant love for us, time and again!
    this type of dependence, for daily bread provision, didn’t happen when we were “depending” on our steady paychecks. it’s been so hard and yet so wonderful.
    (( we live in southern oregon, too, by the way! hooray for oregonians. :) we love portland, and will actually be up there next week when hubby is the keynote for the martin luther king jr day event. fun!! ))
    blessings to you,
    emily

  12. Kelly January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Sounds great!

    Really grateful you didn’t decide to stop altogether. Thank you for all the work you do on this blog.

  13. Nicole January 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m so thankful you are willing to take God at His Word and follow God and His Word rather than our culture. We only want to hear the authentic, messy truth of what following Jesus really looks like anyway. All God’s best blessings to you as you follow your Lord, your Man & your Ephesians 2:10.

  14. Jeaniene January 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Thank you so much Lindsay! Looking forward to the year ahead!

  15. Angela January 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    You completely spoke to my heart and my Spirit. What God has laid on your heart is exactly what I would love to read about more than anything. This new year has led us in a similar situation as you and your family. My jaw dropped as I was reading your blog. So….Thank you for sharing. I purpose to be led by the Spirit daily with you sharing and encouraging those around us with God’s promises and being real and open with our struggles as a mom and wife….because it’s in our weakness that He is made strong. !!!<3

  16. Valerie January 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Wow, thanks for being so transparent. Your blog is a huge blessing to me as well. Thanks for doing what you do. :)

  17. Amanda January 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Lindsey-

    I have been reading your blog for a long time now, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I appreciate your authentic. Thank you for encouraging me to draw closer to our Lord. Thank you for being a leader to many of us homemakers. I pray for you.

    thank you for taking the time to write this blog. You have an adorable family. :)

    thank you
    Amanda Brown

  18. Jessica Lynette January 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I full well understand your fears and excitement over this new journey the Lord is leading you into! November of 2010 my husband left his job and in January ’11 started school full time. We have two years left of school and while we have cut out almost all but the bare bones we are so, so happy! God has been so faithful in providing for us abundantly and we have grown closer as a family and to Him. It has been a trying year, but one we are so thankful to have experienced.

    I hope that you find this to be true too – that the trials, unknowns and fears surrounding those things simply serve to draw you closer to Him and closer to one another!

  19. Noel January 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Lindsay, I have been reading your blog for about a year now – I found it through your sister, Christa’s blog. I am 20, and though marriage and motherhood may be far away for me, you have inspired me in how I want to manage my household one day. I have begun to implement some of your ideas already, such as your tips for natural housecleaning, and your uses for coconut oil. Both you and your sister’s blogs have been a blessing to me, and I am glad that you are going to continue. God bless you and your family!

  20. Becky January 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Lindsay, I too have been reading your blog for a while now and find it so comforting to read about your walk with the Lord as I am striving each day alongside you! This morning I was thinking about the tendancy I have to get overwhelmed when reading other blogs and was reminded of how gracious, truthful, and inspiring yours is — so I am so glad to hear you will continue to share and encourage others through your writing! Thank you for sharing your messy moments because we are all a mess and so in need of each other’s encouragement!

  21. Donna January 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    I found this site years ago while searching for a homemade laundry soap (or something silly like that). And stumbled onto something much more sweet, a connection to my own growth as I teach my children about God and learning myself. And another person who has laundry hanging all over the house (unless life is crazy)
    I am always to shy to tell you publicly on the site what it means to me.–As mentioned above by other women, this is an amazing and inspiring blog. Your writing for me is like a prayer. It is hopeful, it is honest, it is heartfelt.
    On the outside, you and I have pretty different lives, but your blog highlights all things close to the heart and have no criticism and lack pridefulness despite the wonderful things you choose for your family. I read others, inspiring also, but on occasion I read and just feel the differences that separate women and sadly I feel like an intrudor for reading on.
    (Perhaps, I am too sensitive and misreading, but I know I am not alone in LOVING your blog)
    best wishes on your new venture, that does seem to be a similar path for you and I, self employed hubby to regular paycheck back to self employed hubby

  22. Nola January 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    This is so great: “Life is full of new adventures saturated with God’s gifts to be observed and recorded and if I stayed in my comfort zone I surely would not be able to experience them.”

    This is totally where I am at. I keep being stretched WAY beyond my comfort zone and it hurts…but there are also blessings, too.

    I also love what you said here, shared from what God has burdened you with: “I don’t want you to be about overwhelming women in all the little things they “should” be doing, but rather encouraging them to press in to know the Lord right where they are at.”

    That is exactly what I know myself, and many other women, need. I don’t need another to-do list item. I don’t need to think (even though its not true) that bloggers are perfect. I am so encouraged when others share on their blogs in a real way. So thank you!

  23. Jess H January 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    thank you, sweet Lindsay, for sharing your “messy” and oh so beautiful self with blogland…PH has encouraged and challenged me when I needed it most, and I thank God constantly for the content that is shared here…everything truly is for and about Jesus, and I’m so thankful PH will continue to lead women to Him in their mothering & homemaking!!!! blessings!

  24. Lanai January 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I had this inside moment of “nooooooo” when I saw that you wanted a trimmed more perfect writing for the blog. I can’t tell you how MUCH you have inspired me as a new mom and growing Godly wife in the past few months I’ve been following your blog.
    I’ve ALWAYS struggled with wanting perfection in my life in my persuit for excellence.. And SO many other moms out there give you the classic answer for everything instead of being real and sharing struggles. This has been so difficult for me because I felt like I was doing everything wrong.. But then God led me to your blog lindsey! Please just be you, moms like me need it. Lol
    Your blog has become a daily read for me. I’m in the process of deleting unnecessarry cyber things out in my life. But you are a constant encouragement. I thank God for your blog! Seriously!
    So well all be messy together, k!? Lol
    There are times I feel an urging from the Lord to do things the way HE intended for them to be done (in the home) but feel so alone in my endeavor.. This blog brings encouragement to me in so many ways. God is starting a new generation of frugal Godly living with me & my husband in our families.. Were traveling a road unknown to us and how we’ve been raised. I feel a sense of family with this blog, the writers, & readers in some way. I pray for everyone on here because i know God has brought us all to this place for a reason.
    So blessings on your new journey! God be with you!

  25. Lexie January 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I love this blog! It has inspired me beyond explanation! :) Continue in the ways of the Lord.

    I must also say that my husband is self employed (he teaches private music lessons no less). I had a good job teaching during the day and my husband stayed home with our little girl while I worked before he went to work. We felt the Lord leading me to quit and we had no clue how it was going to work. A few months after I quit we found out I was pregnant again and my husband’s student load DOUBLED! God DOES and WILL provide when we honor him and follow him. :)

  26. Lindsay January 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Thank you to all you wonderful lovely ladies for these sweet comments! My heart is so blessed and refreshed by your encouragement. God is good! Thanks for confirming the direction the Lord is leading me.

  27. Megan January 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    “Sharing real life messes” sounds like an exciting direction to me. Who knows how strong the Lord will show Himself in your weakness, humility, transparency. Many blessings to you and your family, on the new path before you, and on your writing.

  28. Rachel January 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Don’t change a thing! You are blessing!
    I admire your heart for God’s will to be done and God will bless you for that.

  29. amandaginn January 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I think that many women feel the need to be something “great” in the world of blogging, even if it’s just “great” to our families. It often keeps me from hitting “publish” on posts I’ve written. Thank you for being vulnerable and honest with us.

  30. Heather January 5, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Thank you for your post Lindsay! I usually don’t comment, but I felt the need to tell you how much I do enjoy your blog, and that is has always been encouraging to me. I, too, would like to step out big in my faith this year. My husband and I have made some financial blunders, and now are realizing that we need to be better stewards of what He has given us! In the midst of all that, we now have our first child, born 2 months ago and I desperately wish to be a stay-at-home mom! I believe God can and will provide for us if we are faithful in what He has given us… but I am struggling with what the next step is to work toward my goal. I admire you and other moms who have been able to stay at home, and hope I can do the same some day.

  31. Kara January 5, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Thank you so much for posting this today. Perfect timing! I am expecting #4 (with a 5, 3 and 1 year old) and my husband is preparing to go out on his own in a few months. I am excited and nervous as his current job is a great one and people are going to think we are completely nuts! I must trust him and God and be a faithful, encouraging wife. I know that, but I needed the reminder, especially when I am drowning in all-day-sickness! Thank you!

  32. Weiya January 5, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I recently came across your site and cannot express enough how encouraging it was to meet another fellow lover of Christ who aims to live a life that is Christ-centered. There really is nothing more helpful to our family than for ourselves to spend time everyday to be infused by Him through His Word. This way Christ will be the source of our care and living.

    May He continue to grace you and your family abundantly with Himself! “We’d rather walk in the dark with God, then go alone in the light…”

    http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/nt/711

  33. Lacey Wilcox January 5, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Super excited for you and the way the Lord has spoken to your heart. I am just excited to read the things you share…and to share in “messiness” with you :) .
    I loved that you shared about Rebekah. I’ve had such similar thoughts with Joseph and Mary lately: thinking about how their lives were completely turned around by the birth of Christ. And while they had the privilege of being the ones called to be the earthly parents of our Savior, think about how scary that must have been for them. And yet, both walked into it willingly, with such humble submission. That is exactly what I want my life to look like.

  34. Alison January 5, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Lindsay – I’ve been following your blog for a few years now. Even before my husband and I were married, I knew what home life I wanted to provide for us as we entered the new chapter of our lives together. We do not have children yet, although we hope to in the near future. Your blog reaches not only mothers and homemakers, but all women. Your blog has been there to remind of time and again of how I can keep God first in my life. This blog is encouraging, it’s honest and insightful. Thank you for all that you have done, I hope that you continue in this journey.

  35. Kat January 5, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Lindsay, to encourage you: I came across your blog a little over a year ago as a newlywed. Your blog was the first place I encountered that presented the home as being a valuable and integral part of life, and being a homemaker as a vital, God-glorifying role. I realized that home was where I really wanted to be, but in my sin I feared the popular opinion of friends, family, and society at large. Upon reading your blog, my husband and I began a several month wrestling match with God. :-) We searched and searched Scripture and asked ourselves hard questions. I ended up quitting my job, which was a leap of faith for us. (He is self-employed and does not receive a regular paycheck). His business has done terribly this past year, but we have been blown away by God’s provision. He has shown us that we can live healthy lives on very, very little. Your blog has had some great tips for me along the way. I’ve shared this blog with the ladies at my church, and I hear stories occasionally of how God has used your encouragement here in their lives. Thank you for writing faithfully- God is using you!

    • Lindsay January 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      That is so beautiful to read, Kat! We have certainly been through those same seasons seeing God faithfully provide for us followed His leading in having me stay home full time. We have seen amazing provisions each step of the way. And as we have faithfully tithed, we have also seen increase in our cup. It’s a blessing!

  36. Katy @ Purposely Frugal January 5, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Your posts are always so encouraging to me! Thanks for your humility!

  37. Bonnie L January 5, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Lindsay:

    Thank you so much for your honesty! I love that God is prompting you to ‘share your real life messes’ and I love that you are willing. Thank you for being that example….it is rather Rebekah like! : )

  38. Nicole January 5, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Lindsay, I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate all of the effort that you put in to this blog.

    Keep up the good work, the honest posts and the wonderful recipes. Your family will be in my prayers. That God will bless you with his abundance.

    I just read this morning in Luke 5 about the fishermen leaving everything to follow Jesus. And Levi who walked away from his tax business and left everything to follow Jesus. It takes great courage to step out in faith. God is faithful, he is able and he wants to lead us.

    Blessings to you!

  39. Beverly January 5, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Thank you, Thank you for your openness and vulnerability. I have been a “stay at home” mom that works in the home for 14 years. Part of that was as a single mom of two before the Lord blessed me with the amazing man I am now married to. And now there are 4 daughters to raise and I feel like I am so disorganized and unintentional. Your blog is a recent discovery in my life and I feel like it is an answer to the prayers of my heart. Your sweet spirit shines through in your writing and inspires me to seek our Lord as well as be a better mom through my home-making. Please know your words are precious and some of the most valuable tidbits I receive each day. Thank you for what you are doing!

  40. Juliet January 5, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    I doubt I’m the only reader of your blog who comes from a wholly different background and who probably holds many views that you would disagree with. Nonetheless I feel regularly inspired and encouraged by your posts. Your witness of determined, joyous faith amidst all the tiredness and hard work that accompanies being a mother of young children, a homemaker and a wife is, to me, amazing. Here’s one more person who will be praying for you and your family and giving thanks for all I have received from you.

  41. lisa January 5, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Wow, as I was reading through your post (so happy to see a post from you, by the way!), I was thinking about how refreshing your writing is and how encouraging it always is to me. I felt convicted that I need to go through all the blogs I read and unsubscribe to those that are just extras or ones that aren’t encouraging but showing me what I haven’t done or need to do. I want to spend more time in His Word and less time on the computer. The time on the computer I really want to be God-honoring. Then I finished reading your post and thought “oh no! Please don’t stop writing!! Yours is one of the few I plan to keep!” So I just want to encourage you that God uses your gift of writing and the wisdom He’s given you to bless and challenge us. And our family is “stepping forth in faith in the New Year” as well, so I know that as you share real life messes here, know that we all have our own, too! Hopefully we can all encourage each other through it. And thank you for the section you wrote about the unknown…needed to hear that encouragement today. Ok, off to clear out my subscriptions! Blessings to you!

  42. Jane January 5, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    i’m so glad you write about your mess :-) I think there are many many of us all over the world with our different mess, and it’s encouraging to know others are persevering in it. So thanks :-)

  43. Nicole January 5, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Hi Lindsay,
    I just wanted to tell you that I have read a lot of diff. blogs. Yours is one of my most favorites!! I Love Love Love getting to see your Jesus heart. He shines through you as you write. I have felt very encouraged and informed from what you share. Never once thought you were any less than one of the best! I only have a little time to get to read blogs during my day and I always know yours will be great :) I am so grateful for this blog and what the Lord has done through you and your heart. :)

  44. Tyffany January 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    As I sit here late at night pondering the directions the Lord is taking our family, I am so thankful for your honest and open words of encouragement. It is exactly what I needed to hear tonight.

  45. Kara January 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Lindsay,

    Wow! It is amazing to see how the Holy Spirit can work. I have also been feeling that it is not profitable to live a life of “shoulds.” It is so much more important to do only what the Lord is leading us to do! Thank you, thank you for being willing to share your “messy” life with us, and be real about what the Lord is calling you to. We can all learn from that kind of inspiration. And we will all be more encouraged to know that life may not be “perfect,” but it is of infinite and eternal value if lived to the glory of God.

    God bless you, dear sister!

  46. Elizabeth January 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Hi Lindsey,

    I have been wanting to write an encouraging note one of your posts recently on how much I appreciate your blog, but kept putting it off and putting it off. After reading your post, I realized today is the day.

    I have been faithfully reading your blog for about two years. I stumbled upon it as a newlywed while searching for natural house cleaning ideas. What a blessing it has been =) I not only got great natural house cleaning tips, but have been encouraged in my faith and in my role as a wife.

    Both my husband and I come from broken homes and I had no idea what marriage as a Christian looked like. Our church is full of young women like me who are new to the gospel and are getting married without really knowing how to manage a home and what a high calling it is. A lot of us have been reading your blog and been so encouraged by, not only your good advice, but especially by your good news. Today’s post brought me to tears, but that could be because I am pregnant with my first, a boy, and the hormones are running high.

    I look forward to reading your blog this year and gleaning more wisdom for mothering my little guy. I will be praying for you and your family in this season of big change.

    Happy New Year!

    Elizabeth

  47. crystal January 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Thank you for keepin’ it real on your blog and being Spirit led. That’s exactly what I need in my crazy- mama- kid- raisin -life! Thanks again!

  48. Jessica B January 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Thank you for honestly sharing your life and passions.

  49. connie January 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    hi lindsay…..yes, i’ll definitely join you! praying for your wonderful family and looking forward to hearing about your journey.

  50. Jessica January 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    My heart seems to always be near where yours is. I look forward to reading and being led closer to my Savior. Thank you.