About

Carolyn Henderson is a lifestyle writer who writes about family, finances, homeschooling, food, and contemporary Christianity.

The co-owner of Steve Henderson Fine Art, Carolyn is a regular columnist for Fine Art Views and has contributed to the Artist Daily blog. She is a contributing writer to Thoughtful Women and has been published in Deseret News and Deseret Connect.

Carolyn has also written for Homeschool Handbook Magazine, Epoch Times NYC and the Walla Walla Union Bulletin. She is the author of Live Happily on Less — 52 Ways to Renovate Your Life and Lifestyle and Grammar Despair: Quick, simple solutions to problems like, “Do I say Him and Me or He and I?”

A former public relations writer, Carolyn successfully homeschooled four children over 20 years.

 

3 Responses to “About”

  1. Angela says:

    Hello Carolyn. My name is Angela, and I was so happy to find you when I googled “unchurched christians” and saw your “Commonsense Christianity” article on the website, Beliefnet. It seems my life may be similar to yours in that as a born again follower of Christ (and I use that term very carefully) I was called out of the institutional church several years back and have never returned.

    However, for me it is a very lonely place to be because other believers treat me with disdain, so trying to connect and fellowship has been a struggle. The reason for my message to you is simply to connect as strangers who, by Christ’s definition are also like minded sisters.

    It’s nice to know that there is someone else out there. Thank you for courageously sharing.

    • Angela — I am glad that we found one another. It is a lonely road, my sister in Christ, but it can be harder when we continue to try to find fellowship in all the old places — namely, among those church-going Christians who look at us and see backsliding sinners because we sleep in on Sunday mornings. (Not all church goers think this way, obviously.)

      I live in a really small town, and it took years before I realized that 1) not everyone who lived in it attended the church we used to go to and 2) there were all sorts of people in the area, from all walks of life, and this was still my town, too. God has introduced us to all sorts of people through various experiences in our lives, and many of them we literally would never have seen before, because we didn’t hang around “those” kind of people. There was much humbling to get us to this place.

      My best advice to you would be to stay away from people who treat you with disdain — Christian or not — because you don’t need this message in your life. Fellowship with people who do not respect you is not fellowship.

      Ask God to open your eyes and heart to the fellowship He provides — and He may already be providing it, but it’s difficult to see, because it doesn’t look like what we think is “normal.” This conversation we are having, right now, is fellowship, and as your sister in Christ, I am praying for you on your journey. You, like we, have been called out to a difficult place — a truly narrow road — and when God puts us together in some form, we support one another in prayer.

      You are not alone — more of us are out there, and if God calls you to speak up about your experience, you’ll find people seeking you out because they’ve thought, for so long, that they were alone in their thoughts. Seek God. Read His Word. Pray. Grow. This is what He calls us to do. As He continues to teach and lead you, you will see, more and more, that you’re not some rebellious weird person who can’t get along with others, but you’re a frustrated truth seeker who can’t understand why people are so content to bob along with the flow.

      Quite frankly, some days I want to pull my hair out in giant clumps because I feel that no one is listening, and I’m banging on a tin drum — and then I get notes like yours, and I am grateful to God for the encouragement. You are the fourth person today who has contacted me, one way or another, to tell me that you are frustrated with the establishment church and you find some encouragement in what I write. What a gracious answer to prayer that is from the Father!

      Be of good hope. You are God’s daughter, and precious to Him. — Carolyn

      • Angela says:

        Boy, did I need these encouraging words! THANK YOU!! My greatest struggle right now is to “meditate on that which is good…” because it’s been so long since I’ve noticed goodness. But God has used your message of encouragement to take the blinders off and give my heart hope again. I can’t thank you enough for your articles, AND for including your husband’s art work. It’s absolutely beautiful! Please tell him that.

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