Hi, I'm Na'
I’m Na’omi. Please call me Na’ (pronounced naw), all my friends do. I am excited and so thankful you stopped by.
As of March 2017, I am new to blogging and I pray this endeavor will be a successful one. How am I defining success? I wish to reach people in the name of my Lord. I hope to offer encouragement, spiritual food for emotional and spiritual growth, and tips for living as an heir in the Kingdom of God. God placed a desire in my heart to create with a purpose; I hope that my blog will help fill this desire. In my life, I have noticed a pattern of working with and serving people who are going through similar circumstances I have experienced. It is an awesome and humbling experience to see God using me as His instrument.
This blog is designed to encourage the hurting and those who feel broken, to help give spiritual sustenance for those who are growing and thriving, and inspire and encourage those individuals who wish to serve in the Lord’s Kingdom. The hope for Royalty by Grace is to help people find hope in Jesus. I will draw from my own experiences of trial and of hope, as well as share how God became my anchor. My hope is to assist my fellow creations to find peace in The King. Also, I hope to offer spiritual food for those who have found their worth and strength in God. Once we reach a place of peace there is no guarantee that we will stay there 100% of the time, that is why it is so important to spend time daily in the presence of the King. The goal is for Royalty by Grace to be a place of community; a place where you can find encouragement, spiritual food, and tips for living as an heir in the Kingdom of God. The plan, down the road a bit, is to:
- have a prayer wall, where we as a community can pray for one another,
- have weekly devotionals,
- encourage and inspire my readers to live for our Father. I will do this by sharing ministries that I know of and some I have worked with, that are doing good work in the name of God across the United States, and by offering tips and resources for living a Spirit-led life,
- invite guest writers.
I have a T-Shirt somewhere that says “Dream Big. Start Small.” And that is my intention with this blog. With a BIG Dream in my head and a prayer in my heart, the plan is to start smaller, then grow. Throughout this process, as my blog grows, I want to hear what you have to say. It is important that I am writing about what you feel you need to hear about. Fair Warning: some of what I have to say will not be easy to swallow. My goal is to facilitate growth. Growth means that sometimes you have to push your way through the dirt.
With all of that, I am an almost 30 years old wife of a preacher. Yes … that’s right … a preacher’s wife. I have to tell you that my husband, Jay, and I are a little unconventional. He is 18 years older than me … I’ll let that sink in for a second. … Got it, ok. Even though there is a big age gap between us, he is my bestest friend on earth. Our favorite things to do together include: serving our Heavenly Father, playing games, and cuddles (although, I think I enjoy the cuddles more than he does). God put him in my life during some of the darkest days I have experienced yet. With his encouragement to keep the faith, I made it to sunlight. He fell in love with me at my worst, and he absolutely loves me at my best.
Jay has a teenaged daughter, a fiery red-head whom I adore. We met when she was 12 or 13 and she didn’t like me at first, but now, after some trials, we love each other. I don’t expect her to ever see me as a mom figure, and that’s something I am Ok with now, but in my heart, she is my daughter. While we live in Vidor, TX, she lives a few hours away with her mom, so we miss her bunches. She is in our prayers and we think of her daily. (In case you’re wondering: No, we don’t have children of OUR own yet. But we would like to and pray about it almost daily).
I am the pet mom of three adorable fur babies. Sugar, the black and white Papillion is the oldest, but acts like the youngest and has the biggest personality. Whitney, the black dachshund mix, is the middle but only by like 6 months, she acts like the oldest and her more than 12.5 years shows on her. Whitney has been my baby since the day she was born; we have been through a lot together and she is the most loyal of the bunch. Honey, the blonde pup, is our youngest at 8-10. She is a bit skittish and acts tough, but deep down she is a honey bear.
You should know: I am a bit of an odd duck. For instance, I am looking forward to my 30s. Also, I have a lot of Na'omi-isms, I tend to make up my own words at times. So if you see a word in my blog that is not in the dictionary, it is because it is a Na'omi-ism. Additionally, I come from a unique background. In my life, I have experienced love and abuse. Both my parents served in the Air Force at different times. Because of this experience: Texas is now the seventh state I have lived in. I have seen the Space Needle, walked on Hawaiian beaches, visited the Grand Canyon, and looked up at Mt. Rushmore. The Lord has blessed my family. My parents had very different upbringings and it was reflected in how they raised us. Us: I am the middle of three. Because of the uniqueness of my parents and their individual and united styles of parenting, I have grown to think of my upbringing as being well-rounded. I have spent most of my adult life serving children. However, I think the most important thing I can tell you about me is that I am a work in progress. You know that verse in 1 Timothy 1:15:
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
As a young adult, I remember reading this and sobbing hysterically because … that’s me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been responsible for the deaths of the people I oppose. It’s that feeling of undeserved grace and forgiveness. The humbling love and favor God gives me. HE came to save me. Me. And, He came to save you too. I had been treated as if I was worthless so many times that I believed the lie when the enemy whispered it in my ear. But the Lord tells me—and HE gets louder everyday—I am loved.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
I think that is all I have to say about me at this time. So I wish to leave you with my theme verse. It is the verse that reminds me of His love and that He is always at work – even in the hard times. This verse empowers me to reach for Him and use my anguish as a benefit not only for myself but for those around me.
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:17
Thank You for reading my blog. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a Blessed day Y’all,