Greetings. My name is Sarah Bramblett. I’ll be contributing monthly to The Kingdom Life Now in this column beginning January 2015. The idea of writing a column of some sort has been percolating in me for quite some time. Many years ago, I had a sense that the Lord was going to have me encourage younger moms and wives with the wisdom that I learned from my mom. I’ve been doing this now for years in a personal or group setting but sense it’s time to extend this ministry to this written form. For the “mature” crowd, this column will be styled in the Dear Abby genre with a simple question and answer format. Readers will submit questions, and I’ll do my best to provide practical, godly counsel. This counsel will come from a biblical perspective, from the wonderful example I enjoyed from my parents, especially my mom, and from my own practical experience raising children ranging from 10 years old all the way up to their upper 20s. I’ll share what has worked and, maybe as importantly, what hasn’t worked in my experience. Just about any topic is fair game including family, children, teens, marriage, health, sexuality, abuse, relationships, ministry, healing, freedom from addictions and emotional disorders, etc. If topics are submitted that I’m not well versed in, I’ll find an expert or pass on commenting. Picture this: You and I are sitting on my front porch swing in the evening with coffee and candles lit, having a conversation about life’s joys, sorrows, questions, and difficulties. This will be the feel of this column. To that point, examples of some of the recent swing conversations I’ve had with women lately include:
- My baby is almost one, when should we start to use discipline?
- How do I balance ministry and marriage?
- How can we know we are hearing God correctly?
- How do you discuss trafficking with mid-schoolers?
- My husband and I are so different. What can I a avoid fearing an empty nest?