I’m Allison, a slightly out-of-the-box mama! Welcome!
Out-of-the-box mama was started as a place for me to share about my favorite things in life: faith, family, and food. I sort of thought I knew the direction I was going to take the blog, but I just wanted to get started and worry about that part later.
In October, 2015 I participated in the 31 day writing challenge. I chose to write about living small, inspired by Emily Freeman’s work in the book Simply Tuesday. You can find that series here. After writing that series, I began to see how living small was really the kind of life I wanted to live. I began to see how God really does show up in the small moments of life. My writing kind of took a turn on that theme.
As I continued to find my voice, my writing continued to change. And while I don’t want to be just another voice in your ear, I’ve been continually encouraged from others to keep writing. To keep putting words out there. So I do, but in the process, I want my words to be God-inspired as He is my audience of One.
This is my inspiration for all I do in life.
Until then, you’ll find me here, sharing bits of pieces of what I feel God leads me to write.
In an age of information, where news and information are readily available, where people want to breeze from one thing to the next, where the pace of the world seems to move a mile a minute, everywhere we turn there’s distractions. These things call our attention away from being present with our families and our work. God’s been showing me that I have to purpose myself to be present in each moment of the day. When my kids are talking, really looking into their eyes, listening to my husband and not multi-tasking on social media. It takes work to be intentional in all areas and trust me, I’m far from perfect. I want to enjoy the small moments of life, and to stay focused and live in the moment. It’s hard to sometimes force yourself to slow down when everything around you moves so quickly and you feel like you might miss something if you’re not part of everything. So my goal in my writing is to share how I’m slowing down and to help my readers do the same thing.
I don’t want to live my life the way the rest of the world does, so I’m trying to get out of the box that is considered “normal” or mainstream, a little bit each day. That includes trying to make intentional choices about what we eat, the kinds of things we buy, the companies we support, as well as other lifestyle choices such as homeschooling. We don’t strive to be perfect, but to do the best we can with what we have and to make choices for our family. So while we do our best, we try not to worry about what we can’t do. God is first and foremost in our home and we try to live not by what we see, but by faith and His promises to us.
I’m far from perfect in any of these areas, but I feel called to make a difference in my corner of the world. To write about the messiness and beauty that is life.
While it might seem that our decision to travel might seem like the only way to seek adventure, I believe that the goal is achieved when we put God first. When we say surrender our desires and say yes to Him. When we leave the safety nets we’ve built and ask Him directly, “What do you have for me? For my family?” And wait to her what He says. And then to ask Him to lead you and guide you in that. I would say that when you ask Him these questions, His answers might not be easy. They are likely not paved with roses and red carpets. But they do mean knowing Him more which is worth it every time.
walk by faith
The Bible gives this as a basic premise of Christian living (2 Corinthians 5:7). Can I confess that most of my life, I just sort of did what made sense? Even if my spirit was fighting against it. Even if deep inside, I didn’t want to listen? There was mostly the part of me that wanted to please those around me and do what I should do and not make waves. But I found that in all that, the most important person was being left out of the equation. Sure, I prayed. I did a lot of talking. But little listening.
It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really come out-of-the-box so to speak and realized that God doesn’t always ask us to take the safe route. That to really trust Him, to really leave the flesh behind and follow the guiding of the Holy Spirit and walk this life out by faith, is so so hard. And yet, so so good. I could tell you many a story of God’s faithfulness in the last few years as we took seriously the call to walk by faith. And the more He shows me His goodness, the more I can’t help but to trust that He has us, even when our circumstances don’t show it. It’s the most rewarding way to live.
Find yourself to be a little out-of-the-box too? Join me on the journey. Subscribe to this space. Leave comments and share about your journey too. That’s how we all learn and grow together.
Above all, may God be glorified through this blog!