I wrote in journals when I was younger. Regrettably, I disposed of them along the way. I wish I could go back and read and remember the specifics of my life that I felt so impelled to let out of my mind and onto a blank page.
I was raised in a Christian home; thank you mom and dad for this gift. Religion has always been the corner-stone of my life. I have attended many Bible studies throughout the years which helped me to grow my relationship with the Trinity. The Father created me, the Son died for me, and the Spirit guides me.
So why this blog?
I am a student of communication and I love to share information in an organized manner. If I had an opportunity to share the Gospel in a public forum, I would not be shy to do so as I conquered my greatest fear of public speaking while I attended college. However, I find that my thoughts are even more organized when I write. Something happens to me as I lose all sense of time rearranging the alphabet into words that are easy to understand and absorb by my followers.
Why this blog?
I’ll blame the Holy Spirit. When God wants you to do something, He does not let anything stand in the way. Since my first post on June 5, 2010 I have found a calm presence within by letting the Holy Spirit use me. Sharing personal stories with my readers shows that I am human, but in the painful stories, as well as the stories of joy, I find a way to praise God, which is what God wants us to do.
I want to be an encouragement to everyone that even though life is hard, it can be dealt with when you let God in your life. Let Him funnel the Holy Spirit through you and see how your life will be different. And your life will be different; I can attest to this movement.
For my long time followers, thank you for sticking with me. If you joined me recently, thank you! If you just found me today, please take a look at some of my previous posts.
The Holy Spirit is in this place. And for that, I am thankful that God brought me here to be here for you.
John 14:26 (NIV)
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Today is January 1, 2017 and yesterday was so last year. I stayed awake to ring in the new year with my husband. Normally I get sleepy by 9:30pm and find myself crawling in bed by 10:00pm. Because I stayed awake, I, along with millions of other people, either in New York Times Square or sitting comfortably in our homes in front of a television or other electronic device, were witness to Mariah Carey’s train-wreck of a show minutes before the ball drop. Much to her chagrin, her reputation needs repair. I can only guess what her New Year’s Resolution is for 2017. However, a big round of applause goes to her backup dancers as they did a great job!
On February 12 my husband, and I, said good-bye to our little girl, Bean. She was the sweetest Grey Tiger-striped kitty who we adopted from a local no-kill cat shelter years ago. My husband picked her out and the first day in our house, she owned it. She sat up on the couch and took a nap, all while our other cats were sniffing her acquaintance. On December 5, my niece passed away. She was an awesome mom to her children and had a huge heart for helping people. We are blessed to know how many lives she touched in her short 31 years of life. My summation for 2016 is that the good die young.
This past year was heart-breaking, to say the least, but knowing that God is close to the broken-hearted brings me peace. That means He is near to me, my husband, my family, and Jill’s friends, holding us close as we mourn.
Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” But our minds hit replay on many episodes of days gone by, conversations that happened or didn’t happen, loved ones who were called home to eternity, or the voice of the doctor delivering news of a grave illness just discovered. God is close to the broken-hearted and he offers His outstretched hand for us to walk into 2017 with Him. Yes, God can even help restore Mariah Carey’s reputation if she reaches out to Him.
Isaiah 41:10 So Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
May God Bless you in 2017.