As I’ve been dreaming of this new blog, feeling the nudge in my heart to start writing again after coming out of the fog known as the Toddler Years, I drafted this ever important “reason for blogging” post so many times. And I deleted it and started over more times than I can count. Put so much pressure on myself to make the first post “just right,” thinking it was going to set the entire tone for this blog. I analyzed and analyzed…and got stuck.
After hours of internal debating and analyzing of countless words, I finally stopped to breathe. And pray. And I felt the Holy Spirit leading me back to this message: I am and always will be a work in progress. Most days I am a mess, and that’s ok because He loves me as I am; but even more importantly, He loves me too much to leave me this way.
As I loosen my grip on my life and lift my eyes up to focus on Him, He takes away my fears and insecurities and replaces them with trust in Him. He’s teaching me how to surrender EVERYTHING to Him (this is so huge and so great!) and live with FREEDOM.
The good news: we are always changing. We aren’t who we were yesterday. If your hope is in Christ, he makes us new DAILY. He works in us DAILY. While working and housekeeping and parenting and gardening and living, He is working in us.
All this daily life stuff IS the big stuff. It’s where He prunes us and grows us and changes our hearts and minds to want Him more. And as we long for more of Him, we change. Our priorities change. Little by little He softens our hearts and morphs us into new creations.
Am I my best me yet? Nope. Not even close. But this journey…going deeper and deeper with Him, growing and stretching and scratching my way through all my YUCK to find hope and joy and PEACE on the other side, it’s so worth it. Will you join me?
Here’s My Reason for Blogging
So here’s what this blog is about. I’m choosing in this moment to embrace Truth (with a capital T), the truth that He loves me and He loves you and that big picture, which is that our lives are about so much more than these selfish little moments we have on Earth. So I’ll be exploring faith, culture, books, bible studies, basically anything and everything that helps unveil Truth around us. You can read a little bit more about my heart here.
I’m choosing to celebrate goodness, the tiny things, the small moments that turn into the huge somethings that mean everything.
That means sharing ALL the goodness here, people! Let’s talk about chocolate and coffee and DIY projects and books (again) and everything else in life that is GOOD.
I’m choosing to open my eyes to the beauty around me, to enjoy the simplicity of the every day mundane moments, taking time to slow down and notice instead of flying blindly past it all. Little faces smeared with chocolate cake, wildflowers, quiet sunrises, huge thunderheads rolling across the prairie… choosing to see moments of loveliness worth sharing.
I’m excited about this journey. I don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like, and the control freak in me is freaking out a little about that. But my brave side says, “BRING IT.” Let’s face the day and the week and the road in front of us with courage. And let’s do it together.