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Anna Goodman

Dec 22nd 2021

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Psalm 101:2-3 says this: ‘I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile’ (NIV).

In our family household, we really want to help one another live pure and blameless lives, lives that are full of light. This has meant that we try to do everything with as much transparency and openness as we possibly can, whenever it is appropriate. For example, we have a little rule that if any of us wants to use the internet, we don’t do it behind closed doors. This helps us be accountable to one another for the things that we are watching and filling our minds with. I ask my children to picture Jesus sitting with them as they play on the computer or watch their TV programmes and for them to think about whether He would feel happy about what they are watching. 

We also live in a neighbourhood where all the houses are built around a central green area. This means that people can easily look into our house and see what we’re up to! Most people, when it turns dark outside, close their curtains or blinds. But I like to keep them open with our lights turned on. Knowing that other people can see us helps me remember that I represent Jesus both inside and outside my house, and the way I live my life should be one of openness and transparency.

Pause and reflect: Is there anyone you trust enough to be fully transparent with and accountable to? If not, ask God to put someone like that in your life.

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Anna Goodman

Having lived in Honduras, Nepal, Belgium and Barbados, Anna has a heart for the nations. She holds degrees in neuroscience from the Universities of St. Andrews (BSc) and Cambridge (Ph.D.) and also completed five years of Postdoctoral research. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Anna enjoys writing and serving alongside her husband who is an elder in their local church. She is the author of “Connected: God’s quiet voice in a world that shouts

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