You know those spiritual gift tests? (No? Here’s an example.) On each one, I score some combination of teaching, exhortation, and prophecy. Basically what that means is I’m a know-it-all who’s not afraid to tell you so. Not exactly pleasant company at a social gathering! Unsolicited advice is apparently only welcome on blogs. (Isn’t that what a blog is anyway? An unsolicited advice column? A public avenue to parade our inner Ann Landers?)
Thankfully, I’ve (mostly) learned to curb my tendencies to speak my mind where nobody wants to hear it. You might get a raised eyebrow, or you might get an incredulous expression, but my lips are zipped! Usually.
I speak with tongue in cheek, but truthfully, I’m driven by a God-given need to share what He lays on my heart, to teach what He has taught me. The trick is learning to speak with grace, to fit my words so perfectly together that they are as beautiful as golden apples in silver settings. My prayer is that each word here is fitly spoken just for you. That, like arrows shot in the dark, God takes my meager word offering and aims it right at the heart that needs it most. Words that heal, remind, inspire, encourage, and even occasionally provoke you to action.
So yes, unsolicited advice. Sometimes practical, sometimes insightful, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes theological, and above all – hopefully – helpful.
I’m just a 30-something wife and mom who loves words, the Lord, her husband, her kids, chocolate, and coffee (not necessarily in that order). Richly blessed by a spiritual heritage that spans generations, I am daily reminded that to whom much is given, much is required.
If your curiosity is not satisfied with that, here are some random little-known facts about me.