My name is Meghan. I am a homeschooling mother of three little girls (ages 7, 5 and 2), living in the city of Detroit. My husband Kevin pastors a campus church at Wayne State University.
I am by nature a deep Christian thinker. I am, by vocation, a homeschooler in the classical/Charlotte Mason tradition. A gargantuan and readily accessible stockpile of food for thought exists for someone like me. I love to study.
I do not find it natural, however, to act upon what I study. So…
It is by doing just deeds that a just man is made, and […] a temperate man is made by acting temperately. There is not the slightest prospect of anyone being made good by any other process. Most men, indeed, shirk it and take refuge in the theory of goodness. They fancy that they are philosophers, and that this will make them good. But they are really just like people who listen attentively to what their doctor has to say and do not obey one of his prescriptions. There is about as much chance of those who study philosophy in this way gaining health of soul as of such people getting well and strong of body.
–Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Bread without the divine will is poison; with it, true sustenance. Without the divine will reading only blinds and perplexes; with it, it enlightens. If God’s order does not make this reading and spiritual discourse the duty to the present moment, they will always emerge troubled and find themselves confused and uncertain.
–Jean-Pierre de Caussade, The Sacrament of the Present Moment
I have been deeply convicted about the way in which I retreat into study, hoarding and accumulating information of all kinds, without allowing it to change my behavior. This is like over-eating: taking in far more food than my body can hope to process for the sake of nutrition and energy. The food for thought becomes burdensome and contributes to ill health instead of right action.
This blog is simply my processing space as I seek to put the rubber of my study to the road of my real life. I look to the Holy Spirit to change me, as I slow down, relish, and fully digest the ideas He presents to me, that they might energize my parenting, my home-keeping, and my life-living.