This is the page that will give you deep insight and mental clarity. Ok this is simply the page that tells you a bit more about the author of The Blessed In-Between and
what you may need to know in case of a blogging emergency.
About me: I’m a homemaker, dog sitter, and wife living in Portland, Oregon. Other things in my life include debilitating autoimmune issues and navigating an ever increasing desire to move away from Portland. I am a woman of faith married to another woman of faith. I understand if that is a confusing statement, and I welcome Christian readers to hold my words accountable in the Berean way, as I ask politically left readers to have an open mind to Christian principals. I also love to travel, appreciate nature, enjoy crafting, and am new beer/wine connoisseur.
My story: I’ve been a blogger for over 14 years. I’ve had a number of blog themes including religion and pets, a Sarah Palin spoof, and an online journal. The blog I had the longest focused on liberal activism and identity politics. After I retired that blog my life began to change and much of it was from reading the Bible again. My wife and I experienced a period of going down rabbit hole after rabbit hole, much of it spurred by local politics and medical issues. It was then I began to rethink what I was taught in my Social Studies college classes. Unbeknownst to me, I had swallowed a lot of lies the left taught me because I believed it was the only way to keep other minorities from future suffering.
Since November 9th 2017 I feel like a stranger in my city and country. Had I known that things I used to blog about or decry in others would come back with a vengeance to create a violent “resistance,” I would have never said them. I cannot undue the vitriol I abetted in the past but I can share my stories and thoughts, going from liberal activist to someone who fits no mold.
Audience: For a while now I’ve been trying to figure out who the words in this blog is meant for. Who do I want to hear from? My answer is that I’m open to all people and opinions, provided:
- Respect regardless of disagreement is adhered to
- Nuanced thinking abounds including having already considered, read, and examined multiple points of view
- There’s commitment to integrity, humility, and clarity
- A sense of humor is a plus
Interests and topics on this blog include:
- Documenting current affairs though the lens of history
- Sharing reviews and/or thoughts on recipes, movies (especially old crappy ones), dogs, Christian living, music, and books.
- Stories from the frontlines and standing firm in Christ.
- Going down rabbit holes and questioning modern day perceptions
The Blessed In-Between: For one brief paragraph I’ll get into identity politics. I’m a mixed race biological woman whose ancestors come from Central and Western Europe, Indigenous North America, and Africa. Racially I live in-between, but in life I live as a woman of faith. I’m feminine and married to a biological masculine looking non-trans female. I don’t identify as lesbian. Again in-between. I’m disabled but pass for abled. Yup…in-between.
As you can see from the description above, my life is kind of lived somewhere in between a lot of sides. Just by my sheer existence, someone is bound to be offended. A Christian may say “how dare you engage in a sinful lifestyle and claim victory in Christ”, while a sexual minority may judge my faith and desire to not to call myself gay by default of who I married. I’m also pretty sure that if a future race-war broke out, and I had to pick a side, I’m not sure any of them would even want such a racially muddled member.
I’ve learned that attempting to fit in-between sides is pointless because someone will always disapprove. And someone else will always think they are exalted when really they’re a hypocrite or apostate. In the in-between I found what mattered most, faith in the truth of the Bible and learning my truest of identities: child of God. The in-between has become a beautiful gift and a blessing.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
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