Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The greatest lesson I've learned

Yesterday morning I grabbed a little journal off my book shelf, intending to find my life goals at age 13. I’ve forgotten why now.

What started as a quick search for a scribbled list turned into a long perusal of the heart of a young, growing preteen. From disjointed paragraphs in 2005 to sparse entries in 2010, I read about the confusion and blushes of early infatuations, the anger at those who hurt me deeply, the excitements of discovering a new genre of music, the lies I once believed about myself. I laughed at several of my childish rants, and shook my head at my immaturity and naivety in other entries.

When I came to some blank pages toward the end of the journal, I decided to write one more entry. I have learned numerous lessons since I began journaling, but there was one prominent lesson I had to address. The greatest lesson. And, since I don’t think I’m the only one learning this, I decided to share with you what I wrote:

February 24th, 2014

Wow.

Talk about an interesting read. Since 2005, this gal has been on an incredible journey. (Ugh, this journal is difficult to write in — and it makes my writing look pathetic. ) Rather embarrassing at times, colored with dreams and expectations, and mellowed by trials and heartaches, but overall, this journal is another record of God’s gracious and persistent work in my life — for His glory!

I see ways I have matured greatly since April 11th, 2005 — writing and style and is just one example — but I also notice besetting sins my heart easily falls into..."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Announcing: A new website has been born



A momentous thing has occurred in the internet: a new website has been born.

But really, what is a website? Some code, some images, some words, that’s all — birthed from an abstract idea, crafted into a concrete form, and intended for a purpose, a vision, a passion.

There are thousands, if not millions, of websites clamoring for your attention when you open your browser of choice. There are emails to check, friends’ blogs to read, world news to catch up on, music to listen to, and don’t forget “that thing” you’ve been meaning to search…which subsequently leads you to a nearly endless amount of sites to visit.

So, why would you want to read this blog? Maybe because I’m another one of your friends who blogs occasionally. Maybe because the name is intriguing, or the design appeals to you. Maybe you’re curious, maybe you’re bored — who knows?

Besides, you’re a busy person, and I’m a busy person, so why do I bother to write and ask for a few minutes of your already full day (and devote my own time to write)?

It’s simple. I believe we are missing our calling.

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