Who are you?
Jim and Carrie Nordman. We have been married for 17 years this week. We have two children, Kade who is freshman at Jefferson and Kayla who is in 6th grade at Taft.
What challenges do you face as a family?
It never seems like there is enough time. There is always something that needs to be done and there are always things that we want to do.
Have you seen God work in your life in regard to these challenges?
Our time is precious to us, and we don’t always like to give it up. But, we are being shown that our time is not really ours, and that we should be sharing some of our time for others and for God . Helping others – there are times that others may be in need of our help. We may be busy, but we will try to make time to help others. If we are blessed with certain gifts, why should we not try and share or help others? Jim will offer a lot of his time to help others with construction projects – what a great example to our children when they seen him doing these things.
What things have you implemented with your family to draw them closer to God?
With our struggle to juggle time, we still want to spend as much time together as a family as possible and feel that is very important. Something that we can do as a family, is opening our home to others for gatherings. We have had a number of fish frys/BBQs/potlucks in an effort to fellowship with others, and their families. It does take a lot of work and time, but it is something we can share with others in fellowship and do as a family. We have tried to show our children that our home should always be a place for fellowship with others.
God has also been working on my (Carrie) heart to volunteer some time in Children’s Ministry. There was a part-time need for the 1st grade Sunday school class. My daughter is attending Students Sunday school during second service, so this left some time open during first service. We talked about it, and decided to be a teacher and helper for the classroom. This is a commitment for us both, but we are learning about giving more time to the Lord in teaching his Word.
What advice would you give others facing similar challenges?
Try to remember that it is not “our time”, but everything we are and have is because of God. And make an effort to find things that you can do together as a family. Not only are you spending time with your family, but you are also teaching them the importance of serving and fellowship.
1Peter 4:10-11 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.