Hi. Welcome to my blog!
Here’s a bit about me, and how this blog has completely changed my life.
My name is Natasha and I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Bryan, for 16 years. We have three kids—a son and daughter who are 7 (twins) and a daughter who is 5. Bryan and I met when we were freshmen in college. We married about a year after we graduated and have lived in southern California ever since.
Before we had kids, I went back to school and got an MBA in marketing and statistics at UCLA. I worked my way up the corporate marketing ladder for several years and was an adjunct university market research professor on the side.
Although I grew up in a Christian home and spent my childhood going to church every Sunday, I can’t say that I took my faith very seriously. As far I had thought things through, I was “saved” and would be with Jesus someday, but for the moment I had more immediate interests here on Earth…like what I was going to do on a given weekend. And who was going to win American Idol.
When we eventually had kids, I wanted things to be different for them. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like, but I knew faith was meant to be a more integral part of life and I wanted them to experience that. So I took the next logical step.
I started this blog.
What? Well, I figured it would be a great way to connect with other Christian parents who were figuring out how to build a Christ-centered home. Without much thought, I gave it the name Christian Mom Thoughts and started writing.
Over a couple of years, my readership grew significantly. I was connecting with a lot of Christian parents as I had hoped, but something very unexpected happened as well: I was attracting a steady stream of blog comments from skeptics and atheists.
For the first time in my unexamined Christian life, I had a front row seat to experience every imaginable challenge to Christianity. I was regularly informed that Jesus never even existed, that I was intellectually inferior for being a Christian, that faith was opposed to reason, that we have no idea what the biblical writers actually said because the text has been tampered with so much, that evolution has put God out of a job, and so on.
I had no idea what to do with any of that.
And it bugged me. A lot.
I’m a VERY analytical person and I couldn’t believe I had gone on so long being a Christian without probing my faith more deeply. If I couldn’t answer the claims and questions of anonymous internet skeptics, how could I answer my kids’ questions eventually? Surely, they would face the same challenges. It became clear to me that they were growing up in a very different world than I did.
The realization changed my life. I discovered the need for apologetics (learning how to make a case for and defend the truth of Christianity). I set off into an intense reading journey, got a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and shifted my blog writing to focus on helping equip other Christian parents with an understanding of the common challenges to Christianity today and how to address them with their kids. If you decide to follow my blog, that’s what you’ll find here.
Along the way, Harvest House Publishers gave me the amazing opportunity to write an apologetics book specifically for parents. Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith came out on March 1, 2016 (it’s available from your local Barnes & Noble and Christian retailers, as well as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and ChristianBook.com). This year I left my corporate job to focus on writing and speaking on apologetics for parents going forward. It’s amazing how God used something as simple as a blog to completely change my life in such a short time.
Thanks for reading! I pray you’ll find something valuable here for your own Christian parenting journey.