“He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 113:9 (NRSV)
Throw Up and Theology began in the fall of 2011 after the birth of my first child. My son was a tremendous blessing, but I wasn’t ready for how motherhood affected my ability to participate in ministry. Prior to having children, I participated in multiple services, and I was involved in several ministries. I was very active in church. After my son’s birth, I only had the energy to take care of him. I was sleep deprived and overwhelmed. I even dreaded going to church. The two-hour service became too much to handle with a two-month old baby.
It was during this time when I started seeking the Lord about how motherhood fit into my calling to preach the Gospel and serve the people of God. The Lord ministered to me during my postpartum and showed me that my roles as wife and mother didn’t have to conflict with my calling, but would add to my ministry by teaching me invaluable lessons about Him and the Kingdom of God. The Lord showed me that my family was my first ministry, and that I had to be faithful in my first ministry before He could promote me to a ministry outside of my home.
During my son’s infancy, I still wanted to feel like I was making a contribution to the Kingdom, so that’s how Throw Up and Theology was born! Blogging was something I could do at home while taking care of my baby, and I still could preach the Gospel through the written word.
Why Throw Up?
The blog is called Throw Up and Theology because both of my children had severe reflux. They vomited all of the time. I named my blog Throw Up and Theology because of the alliteration naturally and because throw up and theology were all I was dealing with while my children were young.
What We Do
Since the death of my husband, I am expanding the blog. I started a nonprofit organization called Gabriel’s House of Hope, Inc. in my husband’s honor. We provide free music therapy for children and teenagers in foster care. We also participate in outreach efforts in the community. For Christmas 2014, we raised money for gift cards and collected donations for families living in motels. It was a wonderful success, and I am planning more efforts.
We are in the beginning stages of securing our 501(c)3 status. It is very expensive to apply for not-for-profit status. If you want to help us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our cash app information is $revlaurelj
I also look forward to writing more. I want to be a published author. Hopefully, one day it will happen. I want to tell my story and help people by writing about Jesus!
In the meantime, I’m raising my two beautiful children and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ!