I remember when I published my first little post on this blog. The only person who saw it (I’m pretty sure) was one of my closest friends, Meg, who sweetly commented. I didn’t really know anything about blogging at that point– I just knew I wanted to practice my writing.
By the next month I was averaging about twenty views… a week. But I was quickly learning that I loved this blogging thing. I loved the challenge to of taking my own experiences and processing them until I could write something other people could connect with.
This past October we passed the 3 year mark of this blogging journey and soon after that I decided it was time to make some changes. Although things probably *appear* much the same to those of you reading this– I’ve taken a big step and moved the “platform” of my blog. In this new space I have a lot more freedom and control of what happens on my site.
In the process of all this, I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect. To ask God the why and if I should keep writing. To my surprise (us writers are always surprised when God leads us to do what we love most 😉 ) I felt His leading to not only continue writing here, but to work diligently at publishing a whole bunch of my work this coming year. (This means– make sure you’re signed up for my newsletters so you can catch the inside scoop on my upcoming books!)
I also felt His leading to remember every person who reads these words I write– to pray His blessings onto you. To pray that you will sense His presence when you’re here and when you stand up from your computer, or turn away from your smart phone or tablet– that you’ll have a truer sense of who He is and what He’s working in your life.
He is a God who loves lavishly, and He wants to pour that love onto you.
So my promise to you? I will be praying with every post I write. When I press “publish”, not only will my words go out, but also prayers for each one of you.
I think it’s going to be a great year, don’t you?!
And to start off right– I’m giving away 4 great books.
1) a signed copy of my latest book, WordSnacks. Devotions. Pretty quotes. Lots of space for writing down thoughts and prayers. It’s a great book to own or read and pass on!
2) a gently used copy of Every Bitter Thing is Sweet. Another woman who faced infertility and allowed God to use it to reshape her heart. A spiritual memoir that will turn your focus back to the King of kings.
3) a signed copy of Embracing Beauty. A beautiful reminder of how God views beauty. Filled with spiritual encouragement that is blended right in with practical and thrifty tips– this book is a treasure.
4) an ESV Bible. This is a simple, but exceptionally pretty, Bible. I’ve been doing a lot of my studying with the ESV version over the past year and I’ve come to appreciate this translation a lot.