Housewife Theologian

The Gospel Interrupting the Ordinary

Sophomoric Sophistication

Written By: Aimee Byrd

I’ve been at this blogging gig for a year now. Unfortunately, much of what I “confessed” on my freshman page about my ignorance in the technical field of running a blog still rings true. As a busy mom of three, I’ve poured all my blogging energies into writing. I still haven’t learned how to customize my header, work with code, or even explore all the options my web host provides. I’m afraid to click on all the cool icons my administration control panel offers. What if I blow up my whole website? Basically, in the web design field, I’m barely getting by as a sophomore. I’m riding off the coattails of other’s templates, as clueless about the technology behind it as I am about how my cell phone works when I text, talk, and take pictures. If they had a Jitterbug version of websites, that would probably be the one recommended for me.

But, I think I have been growing as a blogger despite these serious flaws. I have become a more outgoing cyber-friend. Here are some of the blessings that have come this year from blogging that I shared previously in an article, Public Journaling:

Open Eyes— There is such a great world of people out there beyond your regular circles of family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. The mystery of the blogosphere has helped me to see beyond my small world in a whole new way.

A More Reflective Heart– Since I am now disciplined in the art of writing articles, I have been able to slow down and process my thoughts better. I am always trying to take what I learn and the experiences I have and strain them through what I call the gospel colander. It has been such a blessing to my own soul.

Humility—Putting yourself out there is just plain scary. I am learning so much about finding my significance in Christ—not readers, publishers, comments, or great articles. My hope is that others will know more of him through my writing. Which leads to…

Boldness to Share—Every time I hit the “Publish” button, I cringe. Blog stands for “web log.” It is public journaling so to speak. While I certainly don’t share as personally as I would in a private journal, it is still a very vulnerable act for me. Along with this, my formal education (aside from some great elective courses) is not in writing. My degree is in elementary education and art. And when I graduated, I didn’t want to teach little kids. I wanted to open a coffee shop. So I did. As I had more kids, I have been a stay-at-home housewife. To call myself a writer is a bit of an overstatement.

Growth—God has been molding me through this process in ways that I never could have imagined. I am so thankful for his work of sanctification in my life. While I know I have a long way to go, I am even more confident in his faithfulness to transform me for my future state of glory.

Celebration of God’s Word—It is such a joy to write about God’s Word and share it with others. It is also a joy to share how other people are teaching his word through their writings.

My Readers–While I certainly don’t have a huge following, I am thankful to have readers. And like Nick Cage said on Family Man, “I have good ones.” It is a bit discouraging at times to see how small of a percentage of readers comment on the material. But the contributors I do have are such a blessing to me. They enhance my writing with their great comments. I am thankful to have an awareness of how my writing is being received and reflected upon by what they share. I have new people to pray for, and to look forward to meeting at least on that great day when we all shall worship our Lord together. And they have no idea how they are encouraging me in my walk.

Dependence on God—Seriously, I didn’t even care to have a Facebook account before I started this blog. I am not technologically savvy, and I do not have the time that I should be putting into learning about how to get more blog exposure and how to make my site look awesome. But my goal isn’t to be the best blogger out there. I’ve been focusing the time I do have on the content of the writing. Arranging this genre of writing into my housewife schedule has been an adjustment. Through all of this, I am driven to pray more fervently and trust in God to point me in the right direction.

As a sophomore, I am finding my niche as a housewife theologian. In some ways, I think I will always be a sophomore, that is in the etymology of the word. One of the theories is that it’s the combination of two Greek words: sophos, meaning wise, and moros, meaning foolish and dull. Sophomores should recognize they are merely second-year. While they continue to grow in wisdom, they should respect the more experienced who have tread before them. As a Christian, I should always recognize my own inadequacies, looking to One who gives all wisdom.

12 Comments

  1. Dana Tuttle says:

    You definately need to post this as an article! It is soo good and yet tucked up there on the icon bar. I just noticed it. Obviously, Tim missed it or he would be praising your breakdown of Sophmore in greek! Expose it!:)

  2. Aimee,
    That may come somewhat surprising to you. But your blogging (which I have now following for about 2-3 months) emboldened me to start my own blog. Whom am I? Well, that’s the most interesting part. There is a little country squeezed between Russia and Poland called Belarus. I live in the capital called Minsk and co-pastor a church of 30 people in a nearby town. In addition to that I do 2 jobs as written and oral translator. Got a wife and a 2 year old daughter. Anyway, the thought of blogging was in the back of my mind for a while. I felt the necessity to put something out for the people who are interested to know what I think about some theological and practical issues. I don’t remember how I bumped into your blog, but that was one of the last straws. When I saw a housewife theologian with three (!) kids blogging consistently I thought: those bloggers are ordinary folks, just like me. I don’t have to be a wizard for that! So I started one with the intention of stimulating biblical thinking among people of my generation and younger. I think your blog is great. It’s a blessing! I even bought “Creedal Imperative” on Kindle because of your endorsement. If you ever learn any Russian here’s mine :) http://anatolychukhalionok.blogspot.com/ But that’s a joke. Never mind. Keep up your work and always remember that God uses us beyond our awareness. In Christ,
    Anatoly

    • Aimee Byrd says:

      Anatoly, I am so humbled and blessed by this news. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. If only I knew Russian! I’m glad this housewife could be an encouragement to a pastor and father in Belarus. And you have definitely been an encouragement to me!

      • Whenever I am away preaching I ask someone to call my wife and tell her what my ministry in those days (and absence from home) meant to them. I know it’s encouraging for all of us to know what our humble effort can accomplish. I know exactly this combination of being humbled and thrilled at the same time. And I sometimes wonder why God would make use of me at all! So yeah… Let’s stay faithful in the daily routine till we see the result on the Great Day of the Lord!

  3. Bronwyn Lea says:

    Aimee, I’m delighted to “meet” you, introduced by a click on Tim Fall’s page. As a fairly new public blogger I have really been wrestling with the vulnerability and purpose of blogging. This post is so helpful and encouraging to me, and I’m looking forward to reading more on your blog. grace and peace to you.

  4. Kelli says:

    Aimee, your writing is terrific and I’m so excited to see a fun, Reformed woman in the bloggersphere! If that is a word.
    Kelli

  5. Jeannie Fadden says:

    On behalf of the tongue-tied (I actually looked up the antonyms for articulate,eloquent and linguistic and do you know the best they had was
    tongue tied, I came up with inarticulate on my own thank you very much, sigh…) I thank you. To read what you have been thinking, feeling, and stand on is almost like a release for those of us who just can’t put our thoughts into words. Those of
    us linguistically challenged long for the ability to take a snapshot of our thoughts scan it and wellahh! words on paper. Until this technology is developed I am blessed to read writers such as yourself all the while saying
    that’s exactly how I see it just could never find the words to share. Thank you Aimee. And my God continue to abundantly bless you as you encourage others in their walk with Jesus.
    Jeannie

  6. Dawne says:

    I love your style and the truth you share. Keep up the inspiring writing Aimee!

  7. Tiribulus says:

    Amen Aimee! What a nice piece. I’m not an expert on WordPress though it is my own software as well. I do however have pretty good computer skills overall. I host my own stuff. Meaning the computer that all my links are from including my “blog” is my own machine where I live.

    if you ever have questions or need help gimme a holler. Nobody knows everything, but maybe I can help.

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