It’s a delight to share an interview of Blogger Voices Network member Beth Steffaniak from messymarriage.com! Beth is a veteran blogger with a unique history. Read on and be encouraged.
Meet Beth Steffaniak
Please start by telling us a little about yourself.
I’m a Christ-follower—have been since I was about six years old. My dad was a pastor, so I always heard the gospel day-in-and-day-out being spoken and modeled by all of my family. In fact, it was my big sister’s influence that drew me the most to Jesus. Her example has been the catalyst and inspiration in my own life to do the same—point others to Christ.
I’ve been married for 31 years to my husband Gary, who also happens to be a pastor. We’ve raised and now launched three sons out of our “nest.” My oldest son and his beautiful wife are expecting their first—my first grandbaby—this October. So I can’t wait to meet my long-anticipated grandson!
List approximately three favorites.
- I love traveling.
- Photography has to be up there with traveling—taking lots of pics wherever we get to roam.
- My absolute favorite thing to do is to sit and chat with friends over coffee!
List one unique fact about you.
I did the whole Ancestry.com thing—researching my side of the family tree. And when I was done, I researched my hubby’s side. One name stood out—sounded familiar—Moses White. So I looked back at my tree and saw that Moses’ name was there as well. I checked the dates and spouse it was the same dude! Yep, my hubby and I are distant relatives—going back to the early 1700’s.
Beth Steffaniak’s Blog
Tell us about your blog/ministry?
I’ve been blogging for nine years now with eight of them being at messymarriage.com. That’s where you’ll find lots of true stories from my marriage, as well as how God’s word has shaped and fueled my view and commitment in marriage.
It all began with feeling like God was calling me to speak into the messy parts of marriage—not an easy calling by any means! The vision behind my blog is to not only be real and raw about these messy parts of marriage, but to also share about God’s redemption done in and through those messes. God has used the challenges in my life and marriage to not only draw me closer to my hubby, but to draw me closer to Him as well. So I wouldn’t dare rewrite my marriage history without including those messes, because God has used them to refine and define me! My desire is that this perspective gives my readers hope in the messiness of marriage and life as well.
Have you created a special gift for subscribers or written a book?
I offer upwards of 35 marriage- and spiritual-related resources in a subscriber library, as well as my free ebook, Forgive U. You can sign up for all of this at messymarriage.com.
Steffaniak’s Spiritual Growth
What is your most favorite verse/passage and why?
One that stands out is …
For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth. For the LORD has called you, Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,” Says your God. Isaiah 54:5-6 NASB
This reminds me that whenever my earthly husband fails me, I can trust that I am still loved unconditionally by my true Husband, who also just happens to be my God! The truth of this passage has gotten me through many a messy moment in marriage!'…whenever my earthly husband fails me, I can trust that I am still loved unconditionally by my true Husband, who also just happens to be my God!'
Wisdom from Beth Steffaniak
How do you keep your Daily Time with God regular?
I discovered over the years that this is one of the most important things I can do in life, in particular for my marriage. So I’ve learned to make it my number one priority each day.
I started out finding and setting a consistent time in my day in a spot that’s quiet and conducive to time alone with God. Then I make a habit of never beating myself up for missing that time. That’s key! I also pair my time with my morning coffee, as well as good instrumental music to help get and keep me in the mood.
Any other words of wisdom you’d like to share?
Rather than focusing on being successful as a blogger—stay faithful to an audience of One! That, in and of itself, is success in my humble opinion!
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