Today, Rebecca speaks to us about a powerful lesson we can take from 2 Kings, how her family goes “superheroing”, raising children to not be a product of culture, and the important lesson we can learn from Moses’ mother.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I grew up in a Christian home that had a lot of drama. It had it’s good and bad, but I knew was loved.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16
My family desires to walk on those ancient paths, to follow the good way. I don’t want my kids to be products of the current culture. I want them to grow up in Jesus. Knowing their identity in Him, able to stand on their own for His truth. We try to be outdoors as much as possible, limit screen time, eat dinner together around the table, invest in relationships in our community, and work hard. These are ways I feel like we are walking in the good way.
“I don’t want my kids to be products of the current culture. I want them to grow up in Jesus.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: I’m trying to focus more on relying on Jesus’ strength and not my own. I have the word ABIDE on my screen protector as a visual cue that I need to stay plugged into Jesus 24/7.
Profession: My first job is a homemaker. I homeschool my 2 children. Olive is in kindergarten and Noah is in pre-K. I love learning along side of them! My second job is in a company my husband and I started called Heart’s Guard. We make custom screen protectors. Our goal is to help you take back control of your devices with the use of visual cues.
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? Never Say Never. I can’t count how many times I have said, “I’ll never and God came in and said ‘yes you will!’” – perfect example – HOMESCHOOLING!
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? When I was 22, Jesus came into my life and changed it forever. Even though I knew about Him, I didn’t personally know Him. After years of doing it my own way, He came in took over. I was sitting in my hallway lost and unable to see any good in the future. I opened a Bible, and it was the story of the woman who poured the oil on Jesus feet. He was so tender with her, and in that moment, I knew He was tender towards me. I gave Him my life and symbolized it by breaking a bottle of perfume over that Bible. I still have that Bible, and it still smells like that perfume, 13 years later! It is a really sweet reminder of how Jesus came down that day and saved me. He gave me a beautiful life in Him.
“I gave Him my life and symbolized it by breaking a bottle of perfume over that Bible.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? My favorite things about technology has got to be the ability to be mentored. With podcasts, I have grown so much. Some really great women who I would never have met come into my living room a few times a week and inspire and encourage me! Favorite podcasts: At Home with Sally, The Mason Jar, Don’t Mom Alone and Wild+Free.
“My favorite things about technology has got to be the ability to be mentored.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I just finished reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. WOW! That is a women who lives out her faith. It has challenged me in all sorts of way but mostly in the area of my home. I want to have more of an open door policy. I want my home to be filled with all sorts of people and to be known as a safe space.
Top three essentials:
Camelbak chute mag water bottle. It’s white and beautiful and just makes me happy.
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. It smells good and gives my hair life even after a sweaty visit to the gym.
Adidas Slides. I wore them in 10th grade, and I wear them now. Ha!
How did God speak to you recently? I can overwhelm myself with trying to get all the knowledge. I love reading and learning but God has recently been telling me to slow down and just be still. To sit more in His presence. To calm my mind.
Hobby: I really love working out. Something about sweating makes me really happy.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
1. Be in God’s Word and pray every day. His Word is my lifeline.
2. Play worship music whenever you can, especially on the “bad” days. I think it is one of our greatest weapons. The Victory Album by Bethel is on repeat at my house. Still by Amanda Lindsay Cook is another Battle Fighting Song. It is a balm for the soul!
3. Find a community of women and do life with them. I have three close friends that I know I can text or call at any moment and they are there! These friendships are new within the last couple of years. I prayed for women like this and God was faithful to answer.
Favorite person in scripture? Moses’ mother – she trusted God completely with the life of her children and by doing that allowed God to fulfill a purpose in Moses she could never have imagined.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That your education or childhood doesn’t determine who you are. God does. He is waiting to fulfill HIs purpose in each of us.
How do you leave your mark on your community? My husband often has our whole family dress up in capes and masks and go “superheroing” – We walk around downtown and look for people we can interact with, encourage and pray for. It is part of our family culture. I really want to be a person who is just always ready with an encouragement or practical help for anyone that comes across my path. Taking a meal to someone in need is one of my favorite ways to do that.
Favorite holiday? This is going to sound anti-Christian, but I love Halloween. Ha! Dressing up and eating mini candy bars… I mean that’s hard to beat!
A goal you have? I turned 35 this year, and I want it to be my healthiest year. I have struggled with hormone imbalance for a long time, and I’m so happy that with exercise and experimenting with different ways of eating that I have seen significant improvement. Especially in mood swings, and energy, I have less brain fog and improved overall well-being. The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution by Aviva Romm is a great resource.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: As simple as it sounds, we eat together around the table for almost every meal. My husband is blessed to be able to come home for lunch. So these meal times create an atmosphere of coming together after being apart. It also helps us engage in intentional conversation because there are no screens allowed during this time. It is real meaningful connection that gives us all roots.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Did I love well and live well? I only have this life and I don’t want to waste it. I really want Jesus to look at me and find me faithful.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: So many “big” Christians in the faith just aren’t finishing well. Every day, it seems in the news another one has fallen away. I’m super aware right now on the attack of the enemy to let ‘little sins’ slip in or little thoughts that aren’t true to take root. These have big consequences. I just finished reading 2 Kings and even the good kings except for a couple of exceptions did not take away the high places. They worshipped God but not in the way He required. I want to be true to God until the end, and that means be sensitive to what I’m believing about Him, how I am worshipping Him, and not allowing current cultural ideas to shape or change my way of thinking.
“I want to be true to God until the end, and that means be sensitive to what I’m believing about Him, how I am worshipping Him, and not allowing current cultural ideas to shape or change my way of thinking.”
What does your morning routine consist of? I wake up around 6:30 and have coffee and spend time with Jesus. My kids wake up around the same time and play and beg me for 1000 snacks.
What is on your nightstand? I have an essential oils diffuser, a sound machine and a ceramic dog my daughter painted for me and dried out daily disposable contact lenses. Ha!
Define Christianity in a sentence: A daily surrender to God’s will, through Jesus alone as the only Way, not “Jesus plus” or “Jesus and.”
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Until next time, keep witnessing!