Start Here

 

Hi, I’m guessing this is your first time stopping by, or maybe you’ve been here a few times and want to get a better understanding about this little corner of the web.

First of all, Abiding Woman is written primarily to Christian women. If you are not a believer, it doesn’t mean you aren’t welcome here, but it will probably mean that much of what I share will feel a bit like foolishness to you. If you want to know how to become a Christian, please check out this page. Otherwise just know that I tend to write with the understanding that another Christian woman who loves the Lord and takes His Word seriously is on the other side of the screen. I’m sure others will stop by, but most of these things won’t be very applicable to them.

The encouragements I share here are written in hopes of fostering Biblical thinking. I hope to get people looking at the world and our culture through the lens of the Scripture, not the other way around which is what tends to happen if we are not being intentional. Sometimes I share my opinions (it’s my blog after all), but I try to align my opinions with Biblical thinking and to make clarifications on preferences vs. Biblical commands when I see fit.

I don’t really view myself as a teacher here, although by nature when we talk or write about anything we are teaching. Honestly, I view this blog more as a conversation than I do as a platform to preach from. As with all conversations, there are times to exhort and times to encourage, and there are times to share your latest diy or homeschool schedule. It’s pretty informal around here.

Please hear this, it’s so important! I don’t know everything there is to know about God and His Word: I am still and always will be a student of His. I am learning every day. That being said, I write from my current understanding. From time to time I try to look back at posts and update if need be. I try to be careful as I share, but also please be Berean as you read here and anywhere. Always compare everything to the Scripture.

Try not to pull one blog post or sentence out of the context of the blog as a whole. It can be easy to misunderstand something when you don’t have the bigger picture. I don’t have time to add a million caveats to every post, so please read with grace and understanding.

I do use affiliate links in posts and in my side-bar, which means when you make a purchase through them I get a small percentage. I’m not getting rich off of these, but they do give me a way to bless my family financially by using my gifts. You aren’t required to use them, but just know that I’m thankful when you do.

What I believe. (Statement of Faith)

This Puritan Catechism is probably the best summary I can find to explain clearly the things I believe. These are the things I affirm as true. These are the things I teach my children and the things I try to meditate on myself. Let this be the backdrop for anything I write here. These things shape everything in my life, and I hope that will continue even more as the years go by.

Who I am. (get to know me a bit)

I live in East Tennessee. I’ve been married to my amazing husband for 10 years, and in that time the Lord has blessed us with five sweet daughters.

We homeschool, and I have written a post about why we homeschool here. We are currently using the Classical Education model and participating in Classical Conversations. You will find that many of the posts here are about those things. I wouldn’t classify this as a homeschool blog by any stretch, but I like to put little helps and ideas out there to encourage other mamas who are also homeschooling. It’s a big job, and we can all use a little inspiration.

We live in a little farmhouse and do a bit of homesteading. I’m definitely still learning, but it gives our family something fun to do together and my children love caring for our farm animals.

I am not very talkative in mix and mingle situations. In fact, 1-5 minute conversations at a party or after church tend to wear me out completely; however put me with a friend or a small group of friends and I could talk for hours and leave feeling refreshed and encouraged. It’s just my personality, and maybe that’s why I like blogging so much more than social media. It’s a chance to go deeper with words than most things on the web will let us do. So I like it here, and I hope you will too.

A few other details: I love coffee with lots of cream, being out in nature, smothering my babies with kisses, sermon audio, words that make me think, beautiful photography, and music that exalts the Lord.

I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog and that your heart is moved to love and serve Jesus more by what you encounter here.

In Christ,

Stacey