Friday, May 26, 2017

An intro to my blogging life

Life is a winding road. A journey full of triumphs and failures, joys and trials and full of those we love and those who have hurt us. I have been wanting to write a blog for many years but wasn’t sure how to go about it. So many of my facebook posts became quite lengthy as I began to share my heart about those things I felt passionately about. Now that I am writing books I decided it was time to put these thoughts into a blog.
In beginning this new path as an author I will sometimes be sharing about my book Not Really A Princess and the struggle of choosing joy over adversity. This book surrounds the life of three women who overcome incredible odds including rejection, issues of widows, adoption, grief, and poverty. I believe we do have a choice in how we choose to respond to life’s struggles. We can choose to hang on to them and blame others or just shrink back and hide. Or we can chose to overcome and learn to love and reach out to others in need.

For many years I put on a brave face, seemingly okay and functioning. Going through the motions of doing the right things. I leaned on God and His Word which held me steady BUT I still did not fully believe I was worthy of His love and this affected my life and those around me.
My deepest desire would be to help others to rise above their circumstances in their lives and not use their past as an excuse to wallow.  Yes, wallow. You know that thing we do, feeling sorry for ourselves and being selfish. Because when all we can do is think of ourselves and we are SO focused on  number one we can not love others.
When I was in college I started clinging to God’s promises. It would take years before they fully were embedded but Philippians 3:13,”Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” These two verses became a deep promise. I did not have to be burdened with my past but I could just press on.
More twists and turns continued in life and I started thinking of writing a book. This was over twenty years ago. Time passed with kids and moves and ministry. I learned of new family members from my birth family but I was not ready to write about it all. I did not feel I had all the pieces. How could I write a story not yet finished? God kept prodding and I realized I don’t need to have all the answers. I can still encourage others and reach out. So about five years ago I finally got serious and started the long process of writing a book.
I now have four other books outlined, have started a website, new facebook page and am ready for this new phase of life I have been given to encourage others. I had to come up with a logo. I didn’t just want my name on it so I tried to think of a Bible verse that spoke my heart. I could only use part of a verse but Colossians 3:12 seemed fitting, “Put on a heart of compassion”. I love the entire chapter but then it would not be a logo!

I hope to share some fun things too. I will enjoy reading your comments and writing my heart and story for you. Please share with others and lets encourage them in their life too.

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