My Philosophy

The purpose of Pressing Toward is not to show you how perfect my life is (far from it), or even to purport to convince you that I am a superior arbiter of taste or style or success. The reason I am writing this blog is to document and share my progress as I attempt to live the life I feel lead to live, to become the woman I feel called to become as a daughter of God. I seek to obey His will: To love Him with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength, to translate the hearing of His word into a lifestyle. I want to know what it is like to know that I have given this life everything that I have to give that is in me. I want to know when I stand before Him that His will for my life was realized, that I have fought the good fight.

I also write with the intention of bettering my life and family’s circumstances and this blog in many respects is meant to become not only the documentation of where I am now but, as I’ve intimated, the outward projection of who and what I seek to become: An author and writer, successful business woman, and most importantly, a person who has been blessed to be able to create and cultivate a wonderful home and childhood for my son, to be able to give him a good education and to be able to bless my sibling’s children and my family members in the same way. Ambitious? Perhaps. I don’t believe there is any evil inherent in wanting a better life and future. I want to lay hold of and develop the God-given talents and interests I possess with the intention of realizing my self-actualization, not as outwardly successful to the world, but in the zenith of who I can be in Him. It is His opinion with which I have concerned myself.

Pressing Toward is inspired by Proverbs 31 with Philippians 3: 12-14 as an adjunct:

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Join me as I share with you my trials, travails, failures and victories along the way to fulfilling my individual purpose. I earnestly hope that along the way I may be able to give you a hand somehow in your own journey. Above all things Pressing Toward is about encouraging Christian women and those who are seeking Christ. It is my daily prayer that my work will be to the betterment of all who encounter it and that it will indeed bear much fruit. Peace to you all in Christ.

-Tricia