My Interview For “Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket” & A Book Give-away

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My friend Jenny Rae Armstrong just wrote an incredible book, Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket, a compilation of creative ideas for wanna-be world changers. I love this book, and not only because she was generous enough to include several friends from her writing community to be a part of it. You will be encouraged, challenged, and inspired by the more than 150 ideas for doing kingdom work in your everyday lives.

I will send one reader who comments below or on The Blessed Nest Facebook page a copy of the book!  Contest will stay open until Wednesaday, 9/21/16.

This is amazing gift for friends for Christmas, I plan on buying a stack of them. Here’s part of my interview from Jenny’s blog:

Look for small ways to join in kingdom work”: An Interview with Heidi Wheeler

One of my favorite things about Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket is that I got to feature the voices of some of my favorite people in the book. Today’s interview is with Heidi Wheeler, a nurse practitioner and fellow Wisconsinite!

Tell us about yourself, your family, and how motherhood and ministry connect in your life.

My name is Heidi and I’m a seeker of beauty and advocate for justice. After suffering a few years of infertility and multiple miscarriages, I’m now the grateful mother of two girls and two boys, aged 7 and under. My wonderfully supportive husband Josh and I got to know each other when we were both musicians on our college’s worship band; friendship blossomed into love and we were married outside Colorado Springs, CO, more than 13 years ago.

I pursued a graduate degree in nursing and earned my nurse practitioner certification just before we moved to Chicago where my husband attended business school for two years. It was there that I learned about human trafficking and sex slavery through our church and God began to grow my heart to take a stand for justice. We continued to move (New Jersey/NYC, Denver, Michigan, and now Wisconsin) for different job opportunities, and in each place met great people, were exposed to new ideas, and witnessed the way God is weaving all of our lives together for his glory.

I began blogging and writing a few years ago in order to generate a passive income from my blog. That part didn’t pan out, but I fell in love with writing and realized God was providing a way to use my gifts and experiences to do ministry right from my computer. I also still work as a clinical instructor two days a week at a university teaching nursing students.

Despite my passions for health care, justice, and writing, the most important thing to me is raising kids with a kingdom perspective. I want to have kids that view life in light of eternity and global awareness and realize their own lives are privileged compared to the rest of the world.

We try to integrate information and experiences whenever we can, from having them watch a video about children in Haiti eating “dirt cookies” when they complained about their dinner to getting plugged in with an organization that supports reintegration of homeless families. We also host house concerts several times a year featuring indie Christian musicians where they get exposure to hospitality, building community, and the value of the arts in faith. Right now we’re mostly doing mostly small things, but hope these things will result in kids who are in love with Christ and want to care for his people and world.

You wrote an essay about stewarding finances for Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket. What made you choose that topic?

I focused on how we can use our finances to God’s glory in creative ways because our family wants to be intentional about meeting kingdom needs that arise—money can be a great source of life to ideas for and established ministries. We can’t claim to be living sacrificially, but try to make conscious choices that are counter cultural and live below our means.

Continue reading here.

Comments

  1. I know that raising our kids to have a kingdom perspective (instead of an entitled one) is one of my greatest challenges as a parent. Thank you for sharing what you are doing; it doesn’t always have to be a big thing, but just moments of awareness help to prepare them to serve as the opportunity arises.

  2. Hi! I know the giveaway is over, but I just want to say thank you for this, and thank you for your writing today on MkeMomsBlog. I feel like I oscillate between doing a million things and totally crushing this mom thing and apathetic chocolate eating on the couch when I just can’t get it all done! Your writing is appreciated and needed. I’d love to be Facebook friends or real friends. 😉