I started writing consistently in October and have written almost every day since culminating in over 100 posts. Some of those posts have one view and some have thousands.
I find it interesting that the posts with the most views are not the ones that mean the most to me. In fact, There’s No Behind in Homeschool, my most popular post, was written as an afterthought. It was just an attempt to not have to explain my homeschooling philosophy over and over on my Facebook group.
So I thought I would share the posts that mean the most to me.
My most popular posts are about homeschooling, but the topics that are nearest and dearest to my heart are not homeschooling-specific.
This post is my testimony. I was on a path to being a rebellious teen when the Lord got ahold of my heart and life. I have never been the same. When I decided to follow Christ, everyone around me saw the difference. This is why I can confidently say that when Christ changes you it is a real and total change.
Living with a chronic illness and the ongoing judgement that is associated with that –especially when that illness was undiagnosed or misdiagnosed– has be a huge motivation for writing this blog. I don’t want other people to endure the loneliness of hiding because others are harshly judging them. I don’t ever want other people to feel like I was made to feel. God cares so much more about our heart than the condition of the space we live it.
This post is just brutally honest about how hard some days are when you are chronically ill. The feeling of abject failure staring you in the face day after day, the depression and anxiety, knowing that you will never be able to do what is considered normal or acceptable– all these culminated into a rather amusing incident that we still talk about a few years later. I still can’t read this post without crying. God has brought me so far, but I only get through because I continually throw myself upon His grace.
What would you tell your children if you knew that you were going to die? That is the premise for this post. The truth is that none of us know how long we have. While statistically I am probably more likely to die sooner than most of my readers because of my severe health problems, none of us have a guarantee that we will see tomorrow. This post was what I wanted my boys to know if they wake up tomorrow and I am no longer here.
This post is about unconditional love. I almost didn’t include it, but this represents what I think has revolutionized my life and my ability to be joyful regardless of my relationships and the struggles in them. While this post is specifically about homeschooling, the veracity of the topic applies to many areas of our lives –not just homeschooling. Imagine the difference that could be made in our marriages for instance if we actually practiced Godly unconditional love. Unconditional love loves without requirements or conditions. Not “I will love you if” but “I will love you no matter what.” God’s love is unconditional. So should ours. But even if you are not a Christian, loving without conditions is what a child needs for emotional and psychological security. So it is in your child’s best interest to proactive this regardless of your religious persuasion.
There you have it. My top 5 favorite posts. I hope some of them will be an encouragement to you.