Great news on the 2. anniversary of familythatmatters.com
Since I opened this website two years ago, many things have happened in my life.
It has been a journey into something I am very passionate about:
Writing around the subject of family.
A platform to share my insights, thoughts, experiences and my personal learning process to the subjects of family-life, education, marriage, personal growth and faith.
And I loved it.
Of course, there have been challenging weeks when I didn’t know where to take the time from to think and even less to sit down and write.
However, today you can find more than 100 articles in four languages on this page, all around the subject of family.
Here I would like to give you, my readers a special thanks:
Your comments, emails, personal encouragements, your personal stories have blessed me beyond what words can tell. I loved every input, idea or insight. I loved to hear about the ways this website has challenged, blessed or encouraged you! And thank you, my guest-authors! Your content makes this website even more valuable.
And Benny, I am so amazed by you! You took the time to correct all those articles in German and English, adding so much of quality to this website. Thank you as well for helping me process my thoughts in listening to them and adding your insights! Thank you for your encouragement, support and for believing in me! I love you and I’m so grateful for your love!
Now, today, I would like to introduce you to another subject burning on my heart:
Ever since I can remember, freedom has been a cry of my heart.
First for my own life – I felt captive by the views and opinions over me. Parents, doctors, and teachers -the list goes on. But after – and even while – I went through a healing process my heart also started to cry for healing for the people around me.
Some time ago, I found an old journal entry, dated from 24. June 2000:
“Later I want to be a doctor. A doctor for the ones who are hurt in their soul, spirit and heart.
Or even better – a nurse. The doctor will be God, my God.
Tonight I went to this pub with Jocelyn. We had a great time, it was fun.
Then came the moment he wanted to kiss me. I simply put two fingers in front of my mouth, so that he couldn’t. I explained to him that I would leave overseas in 6 weeks and that would be the reason I can’t be with him.
But deep down, this was not the reason why.
I have a dream.
I have this dream to have a man that has the same heart for people as me.
I want to become a person who is able to help people into freedom.
I want to become a person that can help others enter into the freedom of acceptance, love and forgiveness.
I want to help them understand the why and the how.
For now, I am not there, yet. Not yet.
In fact, I‘m far from it.
However, I believe in an almighty God, who is amazing, capable and powerful, and has lots of patience. And he knows my heart.
Now, almost 20 years later, let me introduce you to my new website: www.freedomthatmatters.com
I will share what I have learned over all those years. I will share what I learned during those years when I found myself in this process of entering into freedom that matters.
Freedom that makes a difference in this world.
Freedom that enables me to be someone who is helping others in this process. There is little that makes me more passionate than seeing people grow, make steps, discover who they are created to be and walk their way into freedom.
Of course, even in my own life, this process is not done yet. There is much more to discover, to learn, to understand and to enter into. However, I am much closer to this dream than ever.
Therefore, this page will also include the things I learn and discover in the present.
There will be voices on the website who share their knowledge, understanding and their stories.
I am so grateful that God indeed is an almighty God, amazing, capable and powerful, with lots of patience. His love is relentless, his grace incomparable, and he is oh so faithful!
Also in April I will start a 3-year training to prepare myself to accompany people into this freedom more efficiently and with more knowledge and experience.
This is a school that trains people in the field of Christian counseling with a focus on (sexual) abuse. This school includes theory and practice and gives a good basic knowledge around the whole topic of abuse. The school provides knowledge on how to accompany and advise people with such a background. Surely some of the topics of this school will also be included on this new website.