Not another blog!!!

Every time I think about starting a blog, I can hear all the bloggers and readers saying “Not another blog!!”.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) I can’t seem to shake it.  So here goes.

The things that bring me life are Jesus, my family, reading, writing, and being outside with my flowers and garden.  So those are the things that I will write about.  This blog is mostly for me.  I process my thoughts through writing, and maybe it will speak to someone in the meantime.  But mostly, I want to glorify God in what I say and do.

There's my girl, BethAnn!
There’s my girl, BethAnn!

I will also be writing about how God redeemed me from my sins, and how He continues to redeem my life, taking my ashes and creating something beautiful instead.

I am crazy nervous about doing this whole blog thing wrong and failing miserably.  Is it ok to fail?  I’m not sure.  Another lesson that God is working on.

failure

On to today’s post:

This year I have been reading a Proverb every day (along with other scriptures).  Today was Proverbs 27.  A verse that stuck with me is verse 19.  “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.”  God has been working in my heart to get rid of the ick and to replace it with his holiness, a painful process.  But the joy and peace that comes from God’s work is more beautiful than I could imagine.  (More on the “ick” at a later date.)

Peace-and-Joy

Thanks be to God for his persistence.

I needed it.

And so do you.

I hope that you allow God to persist with you.  What is he whispering in your ear?  What is he telling you to do today? 

Will you say “yes”? 

Today God is telling me to think less about myself and more about others.  I am a teacher, so my summer days are precious.  I get a little riled up when someone tries to tell me what I need to do on my days off.  So my poor husband tiptoes around me, even when he really needs help with something.  So I’m trying to figure out how to manage my free days and not get too selfish about them.   I’ve noticed that the selfishness leaves me grumpy and ungrateful I want God’s joy and peace.  So I’m trying to listen to God’s voice in this matter.  Any advice??

I would love to hear what you have to say.  Leave me a comment 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Not another blog!!!

  1. I am so very glad you started a blog. I will read, and I will leave comments from time to time. Today, I’m glad you shared this little gem: “Thanks be to God for His persistence.” Oh, yeah.

  2. As far as I’m concerned, new bloggers are always welcome!
    As for finding God’s joy and peace in these summer days, perhaps take time to find one person each day and pray for them. Pray for them throughout the day and maybe ask God ways that you can do something for them. Just an idea 🙂
    God bless!

  3. Becky,
    Sounds to me like you are making very good use of your time off. Self reflection is essential for self growth. Time is so precious, and it slips away so quickly. I hope you enjoy your journey this summer. Saturdays are free throughout the summer at Jazzercise; I would love to see you.

  4. Looking forward to more!
    Peace?? I have NO idea how many times my mind has recited Phil 4: 4-8! I am ALWAYS wondering if I’m doing enough for His work. It’s those times that “pray without ceasing” and Phil 4 come to mind! Blessings on your Blog….waiting for insight from Him through you!

  5. Your wonderful post makes me think of one of my favorite songs when I really need to hear from The Lord. “In the secret in the quite place, in the stillness you are there”. I find God in the stillness when I align and connect with my creator without distraction. I believe distraction is robbing us from intimacy with God as I find I have to contend everyday for time with Jesus. Great post!

  6. Becky, thank you for your blog. As a teacher, I totally understand about the precious time off. God has also been working with me in this. It’s been helpful for me to ask Him in the mornings to guide my day. Sometimes He guides me to clean out a closet or drawer and sometimes to visit a family member who is sick. I used to be concerned about not getting done all the stuff I wanted to get done around the house while I had the chance during the summer. But God is showing me that relationships are the most important. They will last. It’s amazing how He has provided me time that includes relationship opportunities as well as house cleaning stuff. Have a blessed rest of the summer, and I look forward to your next blog.

    1. Kim, thank you for your thoughts. It is a real struggle throughout the summer to rejuvenate and take care of all that doesn’t get accomplished during the school year. I like the idea of asking God to guide my day. Peace and joy to you, my friend!
      Becky

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