Welcome to this little life

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19 NIV

Blogging is like throwing handfuls of glitter out of an airplane window.  You don’t know where it will land, and whether people will see it and roll their eyes at the mess or smile as it brightens their day.  I prefer to share my writing only with close family and friends, but recently have been humbled by the brave women who put their stories on display, stories that prepared me for and helped me through life-changing struggles of my own.  I have delayed launching a blog for years. I am crazy enough to believe God has called me to this; however, I’m terrified of digital vulnerability (and, let’s face it, accountability).  But everything in me rails against the deceitfulness of social media- my Facebook conveniently implies that I’m a great snowboarder, know more than one song on the banjo, and haven’t shed a tear for ten years.  I’m over that.  I have so much more to give the world than that fake person, whoever she is, and I hope that what I give here will be a blessing to you.  It’s my turn to become vulnerable so that others may become strong. 

As a teen, I journaled online to satisfy my longing to be known.  Writing was a selfish act as I attempted to gain enough affection and attention to dispel my insecurity.  As a woman, I write to be a mirror, hoping my words will help you know yourself and your God more.  Writing is now an act of giving, allowing you a window into this little life in hope that you come away with fresh faith for today and hope for tomorrow.  Every Christian is asked to serve God with the abilities he or she has been given.  Missionary Tom Randall says to “Give what you can with what you have,” even if it seems like what you have to give is silly or redundant.  God can multiply our smallest efforts into loaves-and-fishes miracles.  I’ve seen him do it.  I don’t feel like I have much to give, but I can write.  So, here is my gift to you and to my God, who has given me so much for such little return.

 My writing goals are simple: I hope to encourage believers, provide those who are not believers with a clear Christian perspective of ordinary life, and to bring glory to my awesome and faithful God, even if he is the only one who ever reads this.  I do not know how often I will post or what the posts will contain, but I will try to make you laugh, bring a tear if I’m brave enough, and leave you uplifted.  God bless you and our new journey together!