I started blogging around the spring of 2010. It all sort of happened through a coupon phase I was going through, and I’ll spare you the boring details, but over two years later I’m still here, madly in love with blogging, writing, and most of all, you!
When I decided I wanted to create a blog of my own, I immediately went in the direction of ministry based blogging. I wanted to share my faith, my love for Jesus, and encourage other moms and women. The majority of my earlier posts were faith based, and I treasure those early posts.
My faith is part of who I am, but there’s more to me, and that doesn’t mean I love Jesus any less.
I started writing more. I began digging deep and letting words flow from unexpected places. Sometimes those words didn’t always fit the mold I thought I needed to fill. I thought that in order to be a ministry to others I needed to label myself as such.
I was wrong.
I began writing for me, and I shared thoughts and feelings that didn’t always mesh with being a perfect christian wife and mother, and it felt good!
I shared my heart because it was therapeutic. I shared whatever I wanted because I believe in honest blogging. I wrote because by telling our stories we encourage each other.
I learned that by categorizing myself as a “christian mom” or “faith based” blogger, I was closing myself off to a huge percentage of women (and men) who may not share the same beliefs as mine. I realized very quickly that labeling myself was going to leave me with a readership of people just.like.me.
I didn’t like that.
1. Because that’s boring. 2. Because I want to meet all of you. No matter what your faith, beliefs, or parenting styles. And 3. That whole WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) thing kept coming up. He didn’t just reach people like him, who thought like him, and did what he did. He wanted to reach the world.
“And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others”-Matthew 5:47
Sometimes I think the church has it all wrong. We need to love each other regardless of background, beliefs, and religion. We may not agree, but love has nothing to do with opinions.
“Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than this.”-Mark 12:31
My blog has seen it’s seasons of “blogovers”. I wish I had screen shots of each stage. Like me, the blog has grown. It’s gone from being what I thought it should be to a perfect place of what I want it to be.
Even though I no longer have a Bible verse in my tagline, or focus on faith every time I hit publish, I am still the same person.
I’m just a girl, who wants to write.
I am a follower of Christ, christian wife and mother, and homeschooling parent, who is blessed to share God’s word with my children everyday, and Jesus is at the center of my life. I am an imperfect mess, saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8).
Because of Him, I am me.
Because of His great love, I am not consumed. (Lamentations 3:22)
The world of blogging will take me in all sorts of different directions. It introduces me to new people. People that are different from me, and I love that!
It’s been a journey. One that has been challenging, and one that I cherish deeply.
I’ve learned that having an open mind and heart doesn’t change my faith, it only makes it stronger.
I want my faith to shine through in my writing, not because I tell you it’s going to, but because you feel it in my words. I want you to “see” my faith and love for Jesus without the the labels.
I realized that it doesn’t take a Bible verse in my tagline to create an online ministry.
It takes light.
I hope you see mine.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorifyyour Father in heaven.”-Matthew 5:14-16