Three Years And Counting

I have a very busy week ahead of me, but I don't want the week to end without sharing something with you. This week will mark three years since I started this little blog! I had no clue what I was doing that first time I wrote but I remember being a ball of excitement and nerves all at the same time. If you have followed my journey these three years (thank you!) then you know how out of the box it was for me to sit down and start blabbing to whoever wanted to listen about my deepest thoughts. I know for a fact that on the little tapestry that is my life, there will be a smiley face or a star, or something to signify that moment in my life when I followed that little nudge and started a blog. I know it will stand out because it was a turning point in my life. I didn't know in that moment that God would pour into me this yearning to write. I certainly had no idea that I would be a published author today because of it! :) Writing on here these past three years has been just as much for me as for anyone who has gotten anything out of it. I have grown so very much in my faith with Jesus from the things he has revealed to me and that I have shared with you. Thank you for being a part of it!

Jesus has changed my life these past three years. I didn't see any of it coming, but he has a way of working in ways I cannot predict and doing things only he can do. I want to encourage any of you who need it, that your story can be beautiful, no matter the mess it may seem at the moment. What you see as dirt and stains, he will turn into a perfect painting. It will take some stretching and growing and crying and smiling and running and resting....but it will be worth it.

Revelation 12:11 says we overcome by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony. Our testimony is a powerful part of God's story of redemption. People need to hear our stories. They need the hope that comes from sharing what God can do. Maybe that should be the title of my blog...

"Look what God can do."

Hope is what I'm all about now. God has restored much that was lost in me, and it has sparked that flame of hope in my life. I really believe now that God can do anything. I really believe that no pain is to big and no secret to shameful that he cannot turn it into something good. He can and he will...

if we will let him.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing in this journey with me. I am nowhere near the end. I have many more mountains to climb and valleys to walk through. This is the new me, though..sharing openly and honestly what God is speaking to me. I invite those of you who feel like spectators, to come and join the journey instead of watching from the side lines. Don't just thirst for this living water, drink up! There is no place he cannot meet you and no miracle he cannot give you. If he can do it for me he can do it for you. Give your story to God and see what he will do!

Happy Valentines Week!


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