Hello friends, my name is April Schwarz. I am a mom to my 4 fun and active kids (ages 10, 9, 5, & 3), and a fortunate wife to my college sweetheart.
- I love good coffee and chocolate. ☕
- I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with my homemade salsa!
- Music is my jam- My heart skips a beat whenever my hubby makes me an iTunes playlist (like an old-fashioned mixtape).
- My favorite color is lime green. 💚
- I love watching sports.
- I am giddy over shopping for school & office supplies!
- But most of all I love Jesus and I am a Bible History nerd. 😊
A common question I am asked is why I chose the name fishymom. The truthful answer is that I just really liked the name! It is a little quirky, a little different, a little descriptive (the mom part anyhow), and a little bit mixed in with a pet name my husband gave me when we dated. Ultimately, it just fit me. 😊
To fully answer the question; a fishymom is the heart of who I want to become as a woman and how I desire and believe that God desires, for me to live my life.
These days, life seems to move too fast. Things need to be done and done quickly. Too many people and circumstances pull at me, dividing my focus and attention and making it difficult to get anything of significance accomplished.
Today, I see too many people with their faces stuck in their smartphones, lacking in kindness and respect, and selfish in their approach to life. Too many seem to be without basic educational or communication abilities, where relationships are secondary to technology and accomplishing a lot of forgettable stuff in a short amount of time trumps developing one thing of quality and endurance.
How I deal with the chaos?
In the midst of all this chaos, I have come to realize how important it is to focus, and specifically to be able to focus on the right things. Ultimately, I have some control over the things that I do – in my life and with my time, but I have no control over what takes place around me.
My focus is first and foremost to my relationship with my Lord and Savior. Submitting myself to God, accepting the forgiveness of Christ, being washed and cleansed and immersing myself in God’s Spirit – this is my primary responsibility in life. I want and I need to prioritize my time and my energy to deepen my relationship with my God because only in Him is my life complete.
When I look at the world around me, I often feel a little out of place and time. Growing up, I never really wanted to be more or do more than to be a homemaker. I truly feel like taking care of my husband and raising and teaching my kids is my full-time job and that I have been called to do it. I believe that sweat and tears, time, patience, endurance, and discipline are all needed for me to be a success in this and anything else I attempt to do.
While I feel that my calling is to my husband and kids, I can only be successful while operating out of a solid and stable relationship with God. In this fast-moving world, taking time to focus on this most important relationship with God can be so difficult. But without it, my relationships with my family members will never be close to sufficient. Without it, all that I do will be in vain, and anything I try will be lacking.
I believe that we live in a broken and sinful world, that man’s relationship with God was severed because of man’s sin and that God provided a permanent and eternal solution through his son Jesus that we might again have that perfect relationship with God, as did Adam and Eve in the Garden before man’s fall. I believe this relationship is eternal and that no one can ever take it away.
Fishymom™ is my attempt to go back to the basics of prayer, devotions, and growing my relationship with God. Subsequently, my relationship with God should overflow more into all the areas of my life even more abundantly, more dynamically, and more powerfully than I could ever have accomplished on my own.
If I live my life walking in tune with God, full of His love, full of His mercy and grace, operating in His wisdom and power, then everyone around me will be impacted in a positive and even life-changing way. I believe that to only develop my relationship with God, but to forsake my calling and responsibilities in life is selfish and wrong. God has not asked me to know Him intimately so that I might then hideaway. I must work to develop my relationship with God and then share myself, with Christ living in me and full of God’s Spirit, to my family and the world around me.
I hope you join me on this quest of digging deeper into God’s Word, loving our family and friends well, living joyfully with the Holy Spirit as our guide, and sharing the Gospel to a hurting world.
Blessing sweet friend,