Thank you for giving us another day! I thank you for blessing us with the opportunity to share our faith, love, and joy with those around us. Thank you for placing people in or lives that support us and encourage us to be and do better. Lord, I pray that I am that person to my nutty followers. Please help me to offer support even when I may not know they need it!
Welcome back y’all!
I am so excited to see the out pour of support- y’all are the best and know how to make someone feel special! I wanted to jump in and tell you how and why I decided to start a blog. It has been a long journey of self-doubt and negative talk that has kept me from it in the past!
When I was pregnant with my first child I read several blogs to get parenting advice. After he was born I stopped – who has time as a new mom or parent to read blogs? Then on his first birthday I had my first doctor’s appointment for my pregnancy with my daughter. I really was not going to have time for it now, chasing two kids around is so much work, right?! As time went on I had random thoughts that would make a great blog post. Most of the time I thought to myself – “Oh, I wish someone had of told me this” or “Surely, I am not the only parent that feels this way”. Of course, a year later, I don’t remember those ideas! I am sure they will come back to me, eventually! Don’t get me wrong, there are some great blogs out there that have a ton of valuable information on them, but some of the things I thought of I had not seen yet!
I talked myself out of starting a blog for over a year. I made excuses after excuses. “I will start it when I am done with my Masters”, “No one will like what I have to say”, “What if I offend someone”, What if I am too boring”, “I won’t have time to keep it up”. These were some of my thoughts. I let myself talk me out of doing something that I really wanted to do. Then I decided so what if I fail. If I don’t try, I will never know!
I prayed for several months; “God, I really want to do this and to share my life and your Glory with people. Please show me if this is the path YOU want me to take”. Seriously prayed this prayer for months. One day in mid prayer (this will sound crazy to some)- it was as if God stopped me and said “Why do you think you still think about it and have ideas to write about. If I did not want you to do it, I would not give you such things to write about”. Oh ok, I got it God! BUT- I still doubted if I should. I am sure I am not the only one who has doubted their self or God. I kept thinking that it had to be the devil trying to play tricks on me.
Have y’all heard the story about the guy stuck in the ocean on his boat? His boat broke down and he prayed God would save him. Three times people came to help him and offered him on to their boat and he did not go. When he passed on, he asked God why he didn’t save him. God replied, “I sent you three people to save you and you didn’t take my help”. About a month ago, I heard this referenced. I had heard it before, but this time it hit home. I knew that I needed to do this blog! I needed to take Gods help and to fully put my faith in Him.
This morning I opened my devotional, “The Confident Woman” by Joyce Meyer, and the topic was “Take the Step”. The scripture is Matthew 14:29 – “[Jesus] said, Come! So, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus”. How perfect is that? God wants us to have faith in him and to listen to him. He will protect us if we put all our faith in him. That is exactly what I am doing with this blog. The out pour and encouraging words that you all have given me is amazing! I really appreciate it! I truly hope that you all are listening to what God is saying to you and following your dreams!