If you are anything like me, you are researching this blog, trying to decide if it’s worth following. Don’t worry, I’m not offended in the least! Life is too short, and too busy, to give our attention to something we are uncertain about. So here is a little information about me, to give you a better understanding of what Claiming the Promise is all about!
A little about me:
My name is Carrie, and I live in Northwestern Ohio, right on the shores of Lake Erie. Here in Ohio, we get to experience all four of the lovely seasons. I grew up here, and I love being close to the lake and rivers in this area. My favorite color is green (all shades of it!), and my favorite things to do are reading, camping at the lake, cooking for my family, and getting together with friends for coffee and laughter! I have always loved to write, and have been a keeper of journals since I was eight years of age. I even took a 2 year writing college course after my daughter was born!
I have been married to a wonderful man (Gabe) for 17 years, and we have four children, ages 7 (Curtis), 9 (Bryce), 13 (Dominic), and 15 (Audrey). My husband is a software engineer, and I am a stay-at-home mom, trying to keep everyone organized.
My family began to attend Hope Baptist Church when I was 8 years old. It was there, in a Sunday school class, that I received Jesus Christ as my savoir. I love Hope, and it is where my husband and I met and got married. We are pretty busy there, serving wherever we are able. My husband is a deacon, and some of the ministries we work in are Sunday school, special music, choir, kitchen, and much more!
In 2013, when I was 35 years old, I experienced a sudden onset of extreme anxiety. Being a Christian, I felt confused and guilty. I believed my anxiety was a result of my somehow failing as a Christian. Slowly, I began to learn that my thinking was wrong. My determination to heal naturally, and to draw closer to God, gave me a better understanding about what anxiety really was. During that difficult year, I searched extensively for information on anxiety written by other Christians. I was disappointed in my search.
In December of 2016, I posted my first article on Claiming the Promise! I was so afraid of what my friends and family would think, I didn’t share my posts with anyone! However, a few months later, I had a change of heart.
My husband was going through cancer – for the second time in the same year – after having had a stroke. It was such a difficult year where I struggled with fears of losing my husband and becoming a single mom. My relationship with God became sweeter, and I began to notice the hundreds of ways in which God was blessing me. He was providing my needs in such a personal way, needs that no one else could have possibly known about! God was also giving me daily strength to get through the surgeries, appointments, treatments, and regular life situations I was trying to help my husband through. I decided to make Claiming the Promise public, so I could share God’s blessings with the world!
My prayer is that by sharing my personal musings of this present valley I am in, I may somehow encourage someone else in their own valley!
My prayer is that by sharing weekly devotionals and articles offering tips and helps for those suffering with anxiety, I may remind Christians of God’s precious promises!
I hope you decide to “follow” me! If you know of someone who is going through their own valley, or who suffers from anxiety, please be sure to share my blog with them! You can also find me on Facebook!
Love in Christ,
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7