This is my 100th time posting to this blog. What started out initially as a way to share pictures of the kids with family has turned into much more. It's a place for me to share my heart on the things that God is dealing with me about. It's a space where I can write what I want to (for the most part) without worrying too much about whether the people reading it will care. I have shared stories of friendship, recipes, photos, videos, "God-Stop" moments, and struggles.
When trying to think about the unifying theme of this blog, it seemed as if RELATIONSHIPS was the best choice. I've been sitting here for the last 15 minutes writing a post on relationships and how important it is to love those around you and in turn let them love you... To have people who truly know your heart and will speak on your behalf when you aren't there... To speak truth when it counts, whether that be in person, through email or facebook, posting to a blog, or through a letter.
But you know what, friend? I had to delete what I had written because I don't have it all figured out. The truth is, I'm almost 30 years old (goodness gracious, how can that be possible?!?!) and I feel like I'm just starting to get a glimpse of the type of relationships I want to have with people. I do believe that we are called to love each other, to support each other, to pray for one another. To not always jump to conclusions and to assume the worst about someone. In fact, I believe that maybe we should always assume the BEST when trying to judge a friend's motivation or intentions when you aren't sure. We. Are. Called. To. LOVE.
I feel so guilty and convicted right now that I'm tempted to delete those last few sentences. I can think of thousands upon thousands of times I have failed so drastically at this. So here I sit, 100 posts into this blog and I'm still just beginning to figure things out. At times I've had to eat the words I have written here, and at other times I've received some really wise counsel from a few of you that read it. But it is such fun to look back over previous posts and to see where I was in life at that point. To see what God was doing in that circumstance. To see how He has spoken to me through the words of many of you when I have gotten off track.
On my very first blog post I wrote:
"My intentions right now are to start a blog to keep photos of my kids for family and friends, videos, coupon ideas for really great deals that average people can do, and reflections on where I am in my walk with Christ and what He is revealing to me"
If I were going to sum up my blog at this point I would just say that my intentions are to write about the things that God is teaching me. If they help some of you, well that thrills my soul. If they do nothing but point me to remember God's faithfulness, that's great too.
Thanks to those that follow, to those that read daily, and especially to those that send comments, emails, or facebook messages with your thoughts and reflections based on the things that I post. It's so nice to know I'm not always talking to myself. Although, even if I was... still, I'd post. Love to you all!