Time to meet someone interesting and new for a lot of you… A-U-D-R-E-Y—-G-R-A-N-T! Yeah!!!! ~~~~Fan fare!!!!~~~~
Please, introduce yourself… My name is Audrey Grant. I am 43 years old. I am married to the sweetest man in the world who waited 13 years for me! We have three healthy children, a 17yr old son who graduates high school this year, a 12yr. old daughter, and a 10 ½ yr old son.
Anything special we need to know about Audrey Grant? I was (am) a PK/MK. For those of you who don’t know, that means Preacher’s Kid/Missionary Kid. I was born while my Dad was in Bible College and spent my childhood moving and traveling from place to place.
You live in Alaska! Tell us mainland-ers a little bit about what it’s like up there. In Alaska we call the mainland USA the “lower 48”. I have lived in Alaska for almost all of the last 26yrs. It is wild & wonderful with beauty beyond compare! I am addicted in a major way!! There is nothing like the hiking, biking, horseback riding, four wheelers, snow machines, snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, boating, fishing, hunting, etc.
When and why did you start your blogs/websites? I started my first blog “AudOneinAK” about 5 years ago when I first started having bad health problems. It gave me an outlet for the things burning and swirling in my brain that I had to get out but being stuck at home so much I didn’t have anyone to talk to without adding more burden to my poor husband…Each blog grew from there.
What role does your faith in God play in your daily life, especially for you as a home schooling mom? My faith in God and my Salvation is often the only thing that keeps me going on some days with my health and the pain I deal with every hour of every day. As far as homeschooling…I taught in our Church’s Christian School for 9 years so have the experience and training to teach our children and I am thankful for that! God has blessed me in giving me a life of training for being able to teach my kids. Between growing up traveling, missions, teaching…I have a lot to draw from in teaching.
Aside from your first job of home schooling, tell us about the counseling you do. I have been through a lot in my life, for a long time I was ashamed & tried to bury my past. But God has taught me that if I bury my past and pain I am helping no one especially myself. It took me a while but I learned an important lesson that set me free! “God can and will use me, not IN SPITE of what I have been through, but BECAUSE of what I have survived!” When I grasped that concept, I felt a freedom & peace I have never known! So now God allows me to use the things I have gone through to help others.
It seems like God is gently leading you towards becoming an author/writer. What story do you have in you to tell? That is a scary question. I would love to say mysteries or romances. But I think the thing I have burning in my heart and soul is the story of survival. Survival of Abuse as a child from a “family friend”, Survival of an Abusive Marriage and Divorce, Survival of Single Parenting, Survival of Cancer twice, Survival of many health issues and surgeries…
What types of books do you enjoy reading? Favorite genre? A loaded question! I am a major bookaholic!! Probably my favorite of all is Mysteries. I love Christian Historical, Missionary Biographies and Autobiographies, Christian Novels, Alaskan, Cookbooks…ahh, the list goes on and on!
Do you have any authors or specific books that have been an inspiration to you? There are several but three of the most important are “Not My Will” by Francena H. Arnold, “In His Steps” by Charles Monroe Sheldon & “Streams in the Desert” by L.B. Cowman
Any words of encouragement to us fellow bloggers? Be honest, follow your heart and trust God! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and admit you don’t know what you are doing. You will be amazed at how helpful people are and how willing they are to give you advice and encouragement! Just ask! (Audrey’s blog can be found here.)
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