So, the art of blogging isn't my favorite. But you know what keeps me here?
Yes, you sitting right there, wherever you are. Coffee shop? Dorm room? Queen-sized bed with way too many children clambering for your lap? Yep, you. I write for you.
I love to read comments and emails that say, what you wrote helped me so much! Not because it validates me as a person so I can say "Oh look, I helped them. Muah-ha, I'm awesome!!" but because it validates something deep and, I believe, God-given within me.
I've known for a while now that encouraging people makes me excited. Maybe it's one of my spiritual gifts, who knows. But, I love it. I thrive off of it. I love sitting down with someone and connecting on a deep heart level and coming away from the conversation saying wow, I learned so much ... and I think they did too.
At the beginning of 2012, I picked a specific Scripture verse to pray over each member of my family for that whole year. For Micah I picked Proverbs 29:17 and for Josh, I think I picked that one in 1 Peter about husbands helping your wives with the dishes* ...
And for me? This is the one I prayed over myself:
From the ministry that was born later that year as a result of Evie's diagnosis, I feel like the Lord really answered that prayer. Not to my glory, please don't read it that way, but to the glory of a God who allowed me an opportunity to do something that made my spirit come alive.
So please, tell me, how can I best encourage you? What do you like to read? What topics are your favorite? Is there anything you'd like to see more of here? Do you think my graphics are so unimaginative compared to those of other blogs? (Don't answer that last one ... I already know ... womp womp).
I still don't know if I'd really consider myself a blogger. But, I am a girl who loves connecting with women as we help each other along life's journey. Life is hard, tedious, happy, crazy, and a thousand things in between, but connections are crucial for survival. Thanks for letting me be a part of yours <3.
ps ... I have something brewing on the horizon ... would you please pray for me if you think of me?
* 1 Peter something: Husbands, as much as is within thee, after thine family has supped, assist thine lovely wife with the dinner dishes. And be not afraid of also changing a diaper, as the Spirit moves, for she may have grown weary of wiping that which is unclean. And lastly, open thine eyes to the housework possibilities that await those who diligently seek; for running the vacuum for thine wife will cover a multitude of sins.