Separation of Church and State… that idea permeates not just politics but also the business world. Good business is when you put faith on the back burner so everyone feels welcome and you can stay focused on business. Like a clinical hospital… good business is when you stay “professional” and don’t get personal.
In the past few years I have had people question me when I post controversial or faith-based content. Why wouldn’t I just make it easier for myself and have a positive environment without all that hate and conflict? To be honest, I’ve asked myself that same question. Is this my fight? Am I called to this?
Called to the fight
The answer I keep coming back to over and over again is yes. I am called to the fight. I don’t believe that as a Christian I can put my beliefs in a back corner and succumb to passivity and a lukewarm voice. I believe I am called to stand up for truth, to stand up for God, and to be clear about who I am and what I believe.
I know it isn’t popular, I know that it means people will unfollow me, I know it limits me and my growth. I know there are homeschool conventions that won’t touch me, I know there are businesses that won’t work with me, I know that I have set wheels in motion that I can’t ever reverse. The path has been set.
What brought me to this point?
A year and a half ago I went through one of the most jolting experiences of my business life thus far. I thought I would lose everything, I thought God was asking me to give up this whole blog and I was devastated. I had to come to the place where I was willing to surrender and let go and it was painful… but I got there.
After months of grieving I told God, “I’m good. I can let go. I will go a whole other direction.” And at that point I felt like He gave it back to me and told me that it is my ministry.
Here’s the deal… I never imagined myself a homeschool “expert”. I never imagined that I would be traveling and speaking and writing books and curriculum. This was never the plan and if I am being honest, I don’t think it is the end goal. If I could be untethered and had the opportunity, I would speak beyond homeschooling. I would speak at women’s conferences and events about God, about having a relationship with Him, about a life of more. I would travel and lead worship with my husband and be able to say all the things that are burning in my heart to say. I feel limited by the title homeschooling, and yet it’s where I am today and what God has given me.
Why am I telling you this?
I am telling you this because I will never be able to separate my faith and my business because my business is born out of my faith. I will never be able to stay silent about God because everything I have is from Him and for Him.
Every word that I speak, every idea that I have, every passion of my heart… is from Him.
Think of it as my “faith disclosure statement” of sorts. If you follow me, you’re going to see it. You may see it more and more in the months to come because I am finding myself less content with being bound to homeschooling. I’m trying to be patient for the moment when I get a request to speak or lead worship at a conference (hint, hint, nudge nudge) but until that time that I am unleashed… you guys are my people.
Or maybe you’re not. Maybe this is all super offensive to you and you find yourself unable to relate to my enthusiasm. Maybe you are looking for a page that keeps these things separate. There are SO many amazing pages out there and I encourage you to find your people!
I tell you this so that you can make a decision one way or another and know who I am and what I stand for and the heartbeat of this website.
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