Welcome to the blog party!!
We are kicking off our blogiversary with some of your favorite posts! It’s so interesting to me how the posts that I struggled with the most, cried over and even wanted to quit writing over….those were some of your favorites.
When I first began blogging it was really an act of obedience. I felt like God was pushing me out of my comfort zone and stretching me in a way I could never have imagined. The thought of sharing my personal experiences and thoughts on the “world wide web” literally made me sick to my stomach. But you guys… you have made it so enjoyable. You have encouraged me, cheered me on and confirmed the call that God has placed in my heart. For that, I am extremely grateful!
And God? Boy, did He show up! I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but He faithfully gave me guidance along the way. I didn’t have a ton of goals for this first year, but He showed up with a message written on my heart each week. Some weeks it was last minute, but that still counts right? However, this year I’m being more strategic. God has been speaking to me about being intentional about what I write. So, this year I have 3 new goals I’d like to share with you.
- Intentional prayer– I want to pray specifically over each post and for the one who reads them. I’m very aware that each person who visits, comes with unique struggles and worries. But I also know that God knows each one. As I’m writing these posts, I will praying for God to speak to each one of us specifically. I pray that He would so move in each of our lives as we soak up His word together that we could tangibly feel His Presence. Which leads me to my second goal….
- Bring more of the Word- What I noticed about each of the posts that were favorites, is that they were all full of the Word and biblical teaching. So this year, I plan to have more of those types of posts and maybe a few surprises along the way. Stay tuned for exciting news on this at the end of this month!
- Bring community– As I began thinking about each of our struggles, I realized how alone they can make us feel. When I was desperately battling fear and anxiety, the last thing I wanted was community. As I was talking to a friend, she made the bold statement: Fear Hates Community. And it’s true. The enemy hates community. But to overcome anything in life, we need others. There is encouragement and wisdom wrapped up in others that you and I can glean. Likewise, there is encouragement and wisdom inside of you and I that others desperately need. It has been my experience that the times we feel the least likely candidate to be used by God, are the times He chooses to use us. Again….more exciting news on this coming at the end of this month!
I just want to again tell you- Thank you for making my first year of blogging a success and a whole lot of fun! Without further ado….
Here’s your blog post favorites from this year:
Do you pray for your husband? My answer to this was always, “Of course!” I did pray for my husband, but not on a regular basis. It was usually when he had something going on or asked for prayer. I was rarely proactive in covering him in prayer. However the further I got in my […]
Forgiveness is a funny thing, isn’t it? Not a haha funny, but an interesting funny. Recently I ran into someone that I hadn’t seen in a few years. I thought I had forgiven them. It’s not like I really think much about this person. Yet when I saw them–that “feeling” began to come up. You […]
Can I be transparent with you for a moment? I’m not the best at dealing with difficult people. When someone is curt or snappy, I can tend to get a little defensive. Ok, a lot defensive. Depending on the extremity of their attitude, I usually leave aggravated or crying. Although I don’t love being in these […]
Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to pray? Or maybe you feel like your prayers are useless and instead of reaching up to heaven— like a deflating balloon they lose air and plummet to the ground. Friend, we all feel this way sometimes. I think if we are all being honest, our […]
Barren. Dried up. Fruitless. Every year was the same. Going to corporate worship should have been a powerful, uplifting experience, but for Hannah it was more like a funeral procession. Her dreams of having a child had been laid to rest. She had spoken to God about this on numerous occasions, but the answer was always no. At […]
Before we go, I would love to ask your opinion…What topics would like to hear about this year? What issue has been a thorn in your side that you’d really love to overcome? Would you share those with me either by email or in the comments? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Don’t forget to check back with us on Thursday for our first #giveaway!!