and welcome to my blog archives. You can see my latest posts and subscribe at http://www.sewnolivette.com. Since I began writing here, my purpose for writing has shifted from simply sharing projects and recipes (which I will continue to do) to encompassing more of my journey back to the faith of my forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I know I am not alone in searching for Truth, so I have placed my thoughts here in prose, and more recently in poetry. My primary desire is to convey those things that fill my mind and heart to you, the reader, in order that you might feel encouraged, exhorted, and refreshed in your own spiritual journey.
May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be pleasing before Hashem and give you, my dear reader, hope to continue to seek Truth until the day of His glorious appearing.
Seven Facts/Things about Me:
- I’ve been married to the love of my life/soul mate since 2004. We didn’t realize it at the time, but after watching a thought-provoking lecture from Rabbi Manis Friedman, we realized that we didn’t get married only because we loved each other, but because we believe in marriage. We have the same vision and goals for what we want our life to be. That is what made us compatible. We have been blessed with three amazing, beautiful children, and we recently moved out to the rural Ohio River Valley to give our kids a better childhood experience like I had as a kid growing up in a small town.
- I grew up in a Christian home, but in 2010, I left organized religion and began focusing my attention on what the Bible says, trying to do those things I was reading in the Scriptures, regardless of what church leaders have said for centuries concerning what we should or should not be doing if we believe Jesus (Yeshua) is the Messiah.
- I love learning. I used to hate sitting in a classroom, but as an adult I see the benefit of education and that just because I am grown-up doesn’t mean I’ve arrived; I will–thankfully–never have anything “figured out” in all its fullness.
- I love writing. I used to really struggle with speaking. When I was about seven or eight, my mother bought me a picture dictionary, because I was always struggling with my vocabulary. I still do sometimes; my brain has a tendency to deal very quickly with numerous thoughts, and I tend to not take other people with me in my thinking process thereby losing them when I finally open my mouth. I have found that I do much better conveying how I feel or what I think if I can write it down, reading it again and again for clarity so that I don’t leave any important information out.
- Poetry is a new thing. I’ve always loved poetry and always wanted to be good at rhyming, but as I stated before, just being able to remember words was a big deal, so I especially struggled with rhyming; I still do. I have to give credit to my Heavenly Father, who is the bestower of all good things. Any poems you have read on my blog, have been inspired by Him and what He’s taught me over the last few years.
- I run from too much structure. I do believe in boundaries–having a structured set of beliefs, morals, or traditions–but need freedom within those boundaries. Too much structure makes me feel heavy and overwhelmed; I am an “air” energy type, so I tend to like randomness in my day. This is, coincidentally, why I don’t write on my blog everyday–that would just be too structured.
- I am, unapologetically, me. When I rediscovered the beauty of Hashem’s Word back in 2010, I found that some of the beliefs I was raised with were incorrect. Many things that were closed off from inspection were now open to my scrutiny, because I no longer recognized the authority of “the church”. I began a new journey of not only faith, but of self-discovery. I believe that we are spiritual beings on a human journey and that what we fill our lives with now will either enrich our souls for the World to Come, or will make us incapable of holding all that Hashem wants us to have when this world ends. I don’t wish to give the illusion that I don’t care what people think of me; rather, I care more about my soul’s journey, so I’ll more often than not go with what will increase and benefit my soul’s experience.