How this Christian homeschooling family ended up with the theme for this website
My name is Janet. We are a Christian homeschooling family in Canada. I want to tell you how I actually decided on the concept for this site. It took a year and a half! But looking back, none of that time was wasted because it was all done according to God's timing and planning. And what a steep learning curve I was on! I homeschooled myself on the ins and outs of "doing business online."
About thirteen years ago, I left my business and career as a publisher and technical writer for the software industry. I "came home" to raise our kids and over the years, I kept getting into various home-based businesses. I'm a compulsive business "doer". I can't help it. I see opportunities and can't keep my hands off. I love it; starting businesses is my hobby. I think my first taste of business was in grade 5 when I made MacTac-covered paperclip necklaces, and even my teacher bought one from me for 75 cents. I was hooked. I LOVE the learning and accomplishment that comes from it. The money I make is nice too, but because my work as wife and homeschooling mom has to come first, there's been little time left to create any income that is consistent! This has been frustrating but I see God's timing in this too.
So a year and a half ago, when our last child was 3, I got the go ahead (from God) to finally start my online business. I'd been thinking of doing this since the internet became popular in the late 90s. And for the last year and a half I agonized, stewed and mulled over all kinds of ideas. I needed to find the ONE idea that was close to my heart AND one that I knew something about. In the meantime, I tried all kinds of methods, programs, styles, courses, ebooks on "how to make an income on line", how to sell online, how to get traffic, how to do ezines, how to .... the list is ENDLESS! I spent all kinds of money, needlessly!
Finally, I narrowed it down from a list of 50 ideas to THE ONE! It was going to be on PUBLISHING ONLINE. This may seem obvious to you but, sometimes we can't see things right under our noses! I love publishing. It's like taking some unknown and making it available to a worldwide audience. Sorta like "something from nothing."
SO, the idea was to develop and publish ebooks, audios and videos for niche audiences online. My focus was going to be on videos; afterall, they were the wave of the future.
Another way of looking at it was: multimedia. A charming word that can encompass many, many different things that I would publish online. Plus, I wanted to honor God in my web business so I chose LOGOS, meaning "God's Word." So I registered the domain name: www.logosmultimedia.com. I was set! Until ...
Six months later, Divine Intervention!
One day, a magazine we just brought home from church leaped up and just grabbed my eyeballs: "The Bible Must be Published", it shouted (so it seemed to me).
I did a double-take. My world went still for a moment. Huh? What do you mean? Who ME? You want me to do WHAT? You want me to publish WHAT? Really? Yeah, sure (eyes rolling). You must be kidding! Surely not! I'm not a Bible Scholar! But that catalystic thought quietly settled in my brain, never leaving me alone for the next month.
I continued do my research for the multimedia publishing theme. But God started to speak to me in various ways. Then
Site Build It!
(the entire support system for my online business) started to give me great keywords (showing healthy demands from internet users) such as "Bible download", "audio Bible", "online bible", Bible stories, Bible, Bible, Bible ... I started coming across scriptures telling me to "go and preach the gospel; and a lot about commands and obeying them. Sigh!
And the gospel must first be preached [published!] to all nations.
1John 5: 2-4
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
Psalm 119:33 And THIS one just undid me!
Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.
Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.
How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your righteousness.
But I don't know HOW! What do I write about? Where would I get the information? Who would believe me? What credibility do I have? Who'd want to hear from me about the Bible? Why would I want to do this? This website is a BUSINESS. You're really joking right? No? Oh.
Long story short (it's already long): I dropped my previous ideas and started researching and stewing on "Publishing the Bible" or more commonly expressed as "Preaching the Gospel to the world."
So here I am, publishing the Bible in Multimedia, with a personal view of "How my family and I learn the Bible from a multimedia angle." I have felt an odd sense of peace about all this. Even my writing for these pages seemed oddly "easy." But it's kind of like "easy" hard work. Very satisfying, and true to who I am. And do you know what? EVEN THE DOMAIN NAME I registered six months ago fits beautifully!
I now marvel that this is quite a natural concept for me because publishing, my family, the Bible and multimedia are all close to my heart. This "Bible in Multimedia" is literally foundational to our Christian homeschooling! It seems like the website is an expression of all that is important to me. And God is using it to draw me nearer to his word on a day by day (as I hope you will too).
My family is woven into this business and website. And God has amazingly provided me with thoughts, ideas, resources and experiences that I can use to help YOU learn the Bible. And I would also love to get ideas about how YOU do things in your family.
Although I'm spending a lot of time on this website, I haven't totally abandoned the pure publishing theme. I still love it. And here's something that will help you if you are interested in developing an online publishing business: