Leah’s Story

Getting my feet wet in children's ministry
If you are looking for someone impressive or important you may want to just move on to another site, but if you are looking for someone who is honest, real, and who wants to make a difference in a little corner of the world….well pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and settle in so we can get to know each other.

I have spent my adult life working in various ministry positions.  I started out in college student development, living in a dorm with 180 freshmen women.  I listened to their stories, watched them discover who they wanted to be, and prayed that God would find his way into all the parts of their hearts that had been damaged and broken by Satan’s lies and the cruelty of others so they could live the beautiful, free lives that God intended for them.

I married a pastor, who also worked in college student development when I was 30.  Together we moved to Kansas to continue working in college ministry and spent the next 11 years working with 18-22 year olds.  I began to teach classes on spiritual formation and Christian Education and I also became a mom to three children.

As the demands of family life increased, I pulled back from college ministry to stay at home with my kids only teaching a class here or there.  But God was growing a passion in me for children’s spiritual development.  When a job in Children’s ministry opened up at my church, I took a part time position there working with preschool children.

I loved being at the beginning of children’s journey to discover who God is.  I have been changed deeply by the way children approach God and the way they express their faith.  I was able to learn about an approach to Christian Education called Godly Play which I write a lot about on this blog.

But sometimes, God takes us out of places we love and ministries that we are passionate about to do something new in our lives.  And that is what we are living right now.  Just this past summer, my husband took a position as the Pastor of Family Life at a church closer to family and so we loaded up our three kids and moved to Illinois.

Somehow in all of this transition, God convinced me to homeschool our children.  My reasons for making this choice are many and I will go into more detail about that another day.  I never saw myself as a homeschool mom, but surprisingly, I am loving this new life in a new place.

But like I said, I am not important, and most of what I do really isn’t all that impressive, but I am a person who strives to experience all of life’s beauty and enjoy the goodness around me.  I write about what it means to be made in the image of God and experience life from that perspective–even in our human brokenness..  I write about our family’s adventures and our success and utter failures at parenting, and I write about learning and growth and what God can do with a teachable heart.  Sometimes, there are practical ideas for homeschool and children’s ministry..

Thank you for joining me here in my little corner of the world.  Let’s grow in grace as we do some wondering together.

 

Leah