Welcome, dear friend. Please allow me to introduce myself so we can get to know each other better. My name is Ruth Meyer, and like you, I wear many hats. I am first and foremost a child of God. Thanks to His saving work begun in me through Baptism, I have the assurance of redemption. I certainly don’t always live up to the name “Christian,” but I also know that through Jesus I have forgiveness when I fail. This is no small matter, and my prayer is that through my blog you are assured of this as well!
Switching hats, I have an earthly family as well. I am both a wife and mother. My husband and I have been married more than ten years and have had seven different addresses in those years. We have faced our share of roadblocks and disappointments, but we have also been blessed in many ways. One such blessing is our five unique children. As all parents know, raising children is a challenge! Again, I hope to offer you encouragement and support through my posts, because I know I’m not the only one to face challenges (both expected and unforeseen) in home life.
In a beautiful paradox, I also consider myself a “working stay-at-home mom.” I say this in all seriousness. I have two outside jobs, really, which reflect my passions and gifts. I am an author, for one. My first book, Our Faith From A to Z , was published by Concordia Publishing House in July 2014. I have other book ideas I am working on, and my debut novel, Grace Alone, was released in February 2017. I honestly didn’t ever intend to be a writer. I did well enough in English and writing classes in school, but I didn’t grow up thinking, “Wow. I can’t wait to get published!” As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until things in my life started getting chaotic that I ended up writing my first book. It was almost an accident. I won’t bore you with the details now, but if it weren’t for the “Job season” in my life, I probably wouldn’t have started writing at all. God has an interesting way of working through His children. Now I see book or blog ideas all around me. I have been told I have a way with words (and I’ll let you decide that for yourself), but know that I do love to write.
My other passion is two-fold, really. I love music and I love church, so my second job is a church musician. I play the organ, piano, and flute, and only wish I had the time to practice two hours a day like I did back in college. I don’t have a full-time position, mind you. Most Sundays I sit in the pew with our five children as my husband does his pastoral duties. But I do fill in as a substitute organist and have directed choirs and served as full-time organist in the past. As I mentioned, I also love church. That’s somewhat generic, so I’ll be more specific. I have a passion for theological truth. (Hence the blog title…) I belong to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and find great comfort and hope in the rich theology we confess. Another hope I have for my blog is that you find encouragement and perhaps even challenges for you in your faith walk. Nothing else has more important and eternal implications.
We’re in this together, dear brother or sister. This thing called life can be a challenge for sure. I have no idea what challenges or hardships you face. I don’t have all the answers, nor would I ever presume to think I do. I’m not an expert on any of these topics, so read my entries as I write them–from one friend to another. The name “Ruth” means “friend,” so please consider me as such. I do not write to give advice and improve your quality of life. I make no promises that any of my entries will fix anything for you. But in the end, if I can be a friend, encouraging you in the truth, I will consider that a huge success. So please, grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat, dear friend.