Happy anniversary to me

Next month will mark ten years I’ve been blogging, so I thought I would open a bottle of bubbly and toast this upcoming milestone with some personal reflections on my first decade in the blogosphere. Actually, I’m all by my lonesome here, and I don’t like to drink alone, so I’ll skip the bubbly for now.

Why did I ever start? (Blogging, not drinking.) I began this blog because I’m a God-fearing woman with a passion for TRUTH and a modicum of skill with the written word. A blog just seemed the most logical and effective vehicle for making a dent in the world by sharing what God has gifted me to understand and revealed to me as true. I pray I’ve made at least a small difference in one or two lives.

Truth be told (an apt idiom right here and now, I would say), I also began blogging to demonstrate that I’m not as intellectually deficient as I surely seem when talking face-to-face. I stumble and struggle to express myself well when people are looking at me. It’s just the way I am. Writing allows me to take as much time as I need to collect my thoughts and spew them out, in a somewhat orderly fashion, I hope.

Those thoughts are frequently on the sad state of our society, stemming from our increasing secularism. It’s so plain to me and to other believers in Jesus Christ that all our social and moral ills….crime, drug use, gender confusion, abortion, corruption, deceptions, etc….find their root in a rejection of or turning away from God. So I’ve just been trying to point that out, hoping to maybe change a few hearts and minds.

I suspect that I sometimes come across as a bit arrogant or just annoyingly opinionated. I’m sorry. I can’t help it if I’m always right. 🙂 Seriously though, I know that’s not true and I don’t have all the answers. But I do have common sense….a commodity in pitifully short supply these days. So I’m just wanting to share it.

I don’t know how much longer I’ll continue to blog. I often feel like quitting, but I also feel a compulsion to continue, not for my own affirmation or desire for significance but because it’s what I believe God has gifted me to do in his service. Like the apostle Paul, “necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

I am grateful to all who have encouraged me in this journey by their comments and likes. I likely would have quit a long time ago without them.

And just knowing that my posts are read by people from all parts of the world is encouraging as well. I don’t share the gospel much with my neighbors, but I have shared it with multiple people thousands of miles away. That kinda’ blows my mind.

So thank you for reading my (not always) humble opinions, thoughts, fears and concerns. You make a difference in my life. 

My very first blog post was on April 3, 2012. Over the next four weeks leading up to my ten year anniversary I will be republishing my top ten posts. I pray that God uses them for our good and his glory.