I have been a Christian since I was 14 years old, and tend to describe myself as “conservative but not angry”. That statement reflects my belief in the authority of scripture and my emphasis on the positive message of the gospel. The views I share in this blog have been developed over a lifetime of study, prayer, and attempting to live a life committed to following Christ. The beauty of the love of God for His people and the sacrifice of Christ for our redemption is one that touches me deeply and has drawn me to God throughout my adult life.
I have been married for 37 years and have two adult children, a daughter and a son (in that order chronologically). I truly have been a “Dr. Mom”, having a Ph.D. in Family Studies but choosing not to work outside the home for most of the years I’ve been married. I completed the program with a goal to work in family ministry, ministering to the family unit as well as to its individual members, but found that this is an area of ministry that has not caught on in many of our churches.
That background, however, has shaped the way I try to understand God and His relationship to humanity. God’s many names describe different characteristics and roles He fulfills. He is Almighty God (El Shaddai – power), Everlasting God (El Olam – eternal), God Most High (El Elyon – sovereign), and Our Provider (Yahweh Jireh). These and other names for God tell us something about Him and give us a specific window to look through as we study His Word. Because of my lifelong interest in the family, I have chosen to look at God primarily through the lens of His role as self-proclaimed Father to us, His adopted children. This is the part of God that I can relate to the best, since I too am a parent. It’s also the part of Him that encourages me to draw closest to Him. I approach God primarily as His child.