For those of you who are very schedule-oriented, you may be remembering that the first Monday of the month is supposed to be a review/giveaway day and since this is the first Monday of November … where is the correct post? Well, you’re right – I was planning on introducing you to a certain home business today but due to circumstances, I decided to introduce you to a young lady who is from my home state (and almost my hometown!) instead 🙂 And don’t worry – you can come back next Monday for the review/giveaway!
Shining Stars: Tell us a little about yourself (name, age, where you live, family, interests, etc) …
Cameron: My name is Cameron Turner and I’m a nineteen year old from just outside Richmond, VA. I’m an ‘only child’ but have two siblings in heaven. Unfortunately, I only have one cousin, but I make up for it with three grandmothers, one of whom is my best friend! I enjoy writing on my blog, vegetable gardening, and spending time with my pets and grandma.
Shining Stars: What is your testimony (how did you become born-again)?
Cameron: My Methodist family always went to church, donated to charity and prayed regularly. After my confirmation at age thirteen I took my commitment to Christ seriously and tried to enact His biblical principles in my daily life. But the burden of Hell and God’s amazing Grace wasn’t front and center. Then, several years later, the Lord clearly put on my heart that I had to trust Him completely and give my life to Him. At the time, as a senior at the 14th best public school in the nation which was highly influenced by a feminist culture, I thought that meant turning my career over to him- changing my potential career from hotel management or teaching to something more biblical … non-profit, charity, perhaps? Soon after leaving home for college 500 miles away, the Lord lead me back to the Bible and showed me that He sets out very clear, distinct, different, equally important roles for men and women. Therefore the best path for me is to live at home under the leadership of my father until married. What a radical path for any young woman in today’s world, particularly for a young woman whose family doesn’t necessarily share all of her beliefs?! My friends and family were shocked but a year later the Lord has opened their hearts. Being a Christian means complete and total trust in Him; not culture, secular education, or arbitrary authority figures.
Shining Stars: What led you to stay at home?
Cameron: Primarily, a return to Scripture and looking at 2,000 years of the Christian family unit. I recognized that in order to have a healthy spiritual life (now and in the future) I had to heal the very strained relationship with my parents. This entire experience has brought us closer together in ways only the Lord could orchestrate.
Shining Stars: What are some ways that you help and serve your family?
Cameron: My mom and dad run (together) a small construction business, so I assist my mother with bookkeeping and cook family meals. I purposed to cut our food budget in half and started a large vegetable garden under the tutelage of my father. I’m also the primary caregiver for my aging grandmother who lives near us.
Shining Stars: Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
Cameron: Creating fellowship with other like-minded young ladies has helped the isolation of holding different believes from friends and family. Attending conferences, reading blogs and books hold me through tough times. Vision Forum, NCFIC, Bill Gothard’s ministry, No Greater Joy, and Living Waters are great resources. A Weed in the Church, So Much More, Family Daughter, Boy Meets Girl, The Way of the Master, Passion and Purity, Joyfully at Home, Heaven is for Real, Preparing to Be a Help Meet and The Rewards of Being Reviled are must reads.
Shining Stars: Do you have a ministry? If so, please share about it.
Cameron: The Lord has put a burden for the unborn on my heart, and a desire to share my unique testimony with young ladies searching for the Lord’s purpose in their life. I run an online non-profit through Etsy and my blog called New Breath Thrift. Three days a week I’m a homeschooling nanny for three kids and the Lord has definitely used this job to foster in me homeschooling and child training practices to utilize with my own children one day.
Shining Stars: Do you have a home business? If so, please share about it.
Cameron: My blog and New Breath Thrift keep me busy. Even though I’m nineteen, the Lord has allowed me to finish my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education through high school credits, the semester I spent at college and online. Finishing my degree was my first substantial act of obedience to my father and I see it paying off tenfold every day.
Shining Stars: What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
Cameron: Don’t listen to the world’s voices on your life’s purpose! Don’t be afraid to ‘step out’ – if the Lord is behind you it will be the easiest and hardest decision you’ll ever make. College isn’t the only option. Look into certification programs, internships, volunteering, community college or online courses as a way to develop your skills. Test your faith – it will make you a stronger witness to others. No one can ever accuse me of being ‘brainwashed.’ God may not reveal His plan for your life overnight – it took Him over a year for me, but He used that year to put me in places that He would use for His glory.