Sanctified Sections

Sanctified Sections

Years ago, I was introduced to a book that would irrevocably alter my warped, worldly thinking and set me on a new path to appropriate my identity according to God’s Word. That book was The Common Made Holy by Neil Anderson and the Freedom in Christ Ministry. A book that opened my eyes and heart to the idea of sanctification on a very practical level. A book that I recently picked up, reminded me of an important principle found in Anderson’s book. The importance of relationships in our sanctification process. The Lord uses relationships with others to sanctify US! Ohhh! So that’s why relationships can be so difficult – they touch areas that we would prefer remain untouched! YES! Some relationships more than others seem to touch such areas. And some relationship-seasons (husband-wife, parent-child, friend-friend, employer-employee, etc…), are more challenging than others at different times. While we have a tendency to (more comfortably) focus on the OTHER person’s need for sanctification during a difficulty, we must be careful to follow the command to work out our OWN salvation, or sanctification, with fear and trembling. The principle and application of “the log and the speck” has transformative power – personal transformation and relational transformation. Sounds difficult but desirable, yes? Yet many of us settle for the paralysis created by neatly placing blame and guilt on the other party, ignoring our own participation and contribution to an often relationally polarizing process. So let’s first look at the WHY question. Why do many of us have a tendency to solely settle for seeing others as the incessant thorn in our side and...

Wise Parents Wrestle…

Today produced yet another enlightening discussion with friends and fellow forerunners in the Christian-parenting journey. Personal struggles in passing along the live-giving ideas and principles wrapped up in a life based on truth as defined by the One who claimed to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. The communication and cultivation of these life-giving and life-altering truths to the next generation, in a world preoccupied with its own passing beauty, is appropriately marked by struggle – a wrestling if you will.  After all,  where there is no wrestling – no struggle – inherent weakness and frailty remain unrevealed.  A result no loving parent would intentionally wish to cultivate yet statistics bear an alarming frailty among young people emerging from “Christian” homes. Wise parents therefore welcome the wrestling and do not settle for the short-sighted temptation to exasperate our young adults by means of forcing mere external obedience while refusing to engage their young minds and hearts through relevant encounters of principles and ideas from scripture. While we, as parents, are often already resolved on such ideas and principles, we often forget how we arrived at such resolutions. Many resolutions have been made through our own struggles with truth and “truth” (and others through amiable acquiesce or clinging to a certain form or tradition, but that is a subject best left for another blog post). The next generation must be afforded the same opportunity, the same right to test His ways and truths against the world’s “ways” and “truths”. The Way, the Truth and the Life is more than up to the task, even if we parents are...

Recollecting Fearful Family Beginnings and Rejoicing in Festive Family Birthdays

Nauseous and tired, I poured myself into my Maxima at the early hour of 7:30am.  I drove a short distance to our neighborhood drug store, where I waited in the parking lot until 8:00am when the doors would opened.  While waiting, I pulled out my small Bible and began to read Psalm 139.  In my heart I knew I was pregnant, but my mind needed E.P.T. to make it real.  I was 26. I began to cry. Me, a mother? I can’t do this. What does this really mean? In my heart, I knew someone was getting ready to come into my world that would make me want to sacrifice many of my current comforts and perhaps delay a few of my personal dreams.  My own sleeping schedule, study schedule, speaking, teaching, work opportunities, etc.  I was good at my work, in ministry, but I wasn’t so sure how I would fair as a mother… In short, the reeling weight of pending responsibility had crashed into my world.  Don’t get me wrong, I understood how this all occurred.  Ed and I had talked about it a few short months ago. However, talking and reality are often two different worlds, aren’t they? Several months later, on October 13th, 1995, Daniel Edward Shirley was born.  My first born.  Named after Daniel in the Bible, Edward after Ed’s family name.  He came quietly into the world, almost peaceful.  His easy going nature continues to be his character trade mark as He has grown. This week is Daniel’s Birthday! Happy 13th Birthday Daniel! Daniel, just when I thought it wasn’t possible, I find...

Locks of Love

Well after almost 3 years, or maybe more…  Emily’s hair is long enough for Locks of Love. What is Locks of Love? BTW – the friend on the left, Kelsey, also donated her lovely locks to Locks of Love!  Way to go girls! And here is Emily now! Cute and sassy! We hope Emily’s locks will bless another! And oh… BTW  – Dottie got her hair cut today too!...

Celebrating the Next Generation…

Special family friends… Our families met in 1999 and as a result our lives have been much richer. I met Danielle when she was 9 years old and she has held a special place in my heart over the years.  From hosting one of her Disciple Now Weekends at my home to being honored to be her True Love Waits mentor,  investing and sharing in Danielle’s life has been very important to me and my family. I now look forward to sharing in her adult years. Back in May, we celebrated Danielle’s Graduation and 18th B-day in style. I have finally gotten around to creating the slide show! Investing in the next generation… Is there anything more...

Speaker Bio

Heather, an inspirational speaker and teacher, has been home schooling her three children since 2000. When she began her home schooling journey, she was overwhelmed and undirected. Recognizing this was a formula for frustration and defeat; the Lord graciously intervened and brought tools and people across her path to help her gain clarity and direction for her family’s home schooling journey.A graduate from the University of Louisville with a degree in Mathematic and Computer Engineering, Heather’s career path took a turn after the birth of their first child. Heather felt compelled to make the raising of their family a matter of great priority, and was later impressed to explore the possibility of home schooling. A new journey had begun. The journey has been quite a process, including times of struggle, sacrifice, and weakness, and other times of great joy, strength, and fruit.Heather enjoys speaking and teaching, and currently serves an integral part of Classical Conversations leadership team. She has taught Precept studies for over 10 years. She has taught and spoken at women’s conferences, as well as parenting workshops and practicums. Heather, and her husband Ed, live in NC, where they teach and disciple their children to use their lives and talents for the glory of God. It brings them great joy to guide their children in knowing God’s ways, recognizing counterfeit “worldly ways”, and praying for them to choose to trust and live more fully for the Lord; knowing His ways bring immense blessing, purpose, confidence, and peace that the world can’t duplicate or...