Hello blog world, I’ve got some news


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I’ve debated for quite some time about whether or not to start a blog.

On the one hand, why not start a blog? Everyone’s doing it!

On the other hand, why start a blog? Everyone’s. doing. it.

See, I love blogs. I read several pretty regularly and love it when I find a new one that teaches me new things or makes me laugh. And with blogs out there covering everything from Biblical womanhood to how to decorate your house on the cheap to the best restaurants to eat at to what books you should be reading…well, it just seemed to me to be unnecessary to add my voice to the blog world.

BUT, here I am starting one, and here are the two things compelling me to do so.

First, I want to be an encouragement to the women in my church and community as they fight to stay the course as children of God, saved by grace.

I teach a Bible Study at our church and one of the things I hear most from women is how distracted they are from their primary purpose – to love God and follow His Son, Jesus. We’re distracted from living out our calling, whatever that may be, by TV and magazines and blogs and podcasts that give us thousands of ideas about how to be super women but no source of strength for the task.

What does Jesus say to Martha when she is “distracted with much serving?” Awesome job, Martha, I’m so pleased with how perfect your hospitality is . NO. He says “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.” What is that one thing? To sit at the feet of Jesus. To love Him. To desire His presence and His teaching above all else. Many women hear this story and think that this gives a ‘one or the other’ ultimatum. Serve or sit at Jesus’ feet. But what is Martha’s problem? That she is serving? No, it’s that she’s distracted from Jesus by her serving.

This is the story of my life and I suspect it is the story of most women’s lives. Feeling the tension between all that we need to do and the knowledge that the one thing we need to  do is love Jesus. The truth is, we shouldn’t get rid of one or the other, but rather of the tension between the two: our sin.

Our sin leads us to value our tasks above all else: creating the perfect home or living for our jobs or homeschooling or being great cooks or DOING ALL OF THOSE THINGS AT ONCE (we’re so crazy, us women). OR our sin leads us to say, “Eh, forget it. I’m just gonna read my Bible and use it as an excuse to do nothing.” But the woman who loves Jesus does (or doesn’t do) all things in His name and for His glory. Loving Jesus frees us to serve our husbands, children, churches, co-workers, roommates, friends and communities as we ought to, with the primary purpose of loving our Savior and making His great name known.

So I guess I want to encourage women (especially the ones I know!) by telling you about my failures to do this and about the huge grace God has shown me in helping me to grow through those failures. Should be fun!

The second and kind of pressing reason I’m starting this blog is that the Hughes family is about to do something crazy (or rather, God is about to do something crazy) and I want a way to keep everyone updated.

Are you ready??

Drumroll please…

We’re adopting!

That’s right, we’re adopting from Uganda. The story of how we got here is an awesome one because we did nothing and God did everything, and I’d love to share that story with anyone who wants to know.

I also want to talk about our experience as we go. Adoption is something the church is called to, and it is our prayer (Josh’s and mine) that hearing about our experience will compel others to ask God if it’s something He’s calling them to as well.

So, check back in the weeks to come and I’ll tell you all about it…

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