So, I’d like to introduce myself. (When writing this, I discovered where my daughter learned and now uses ALL the time the word “so…” before every sentence).
Now actually back to introducing myself! My name is Rachel and I am married to David. We have been married 6 years and had our first date 10 years ago in May! Not that we have dated for 10 years, but that is a whole different story. We have two children Anna (2.5) and Paul (1 year old as I am posting this). We also have a 4-legged child.. otherwise known as a dog, who I have technically lived with longer than my husband!
I love arts ‘N crafts, reading, taking pictures and just about anything where I can let my creativity flow. I love Jesus and making Him known.
So, (there I go again… I think I need to work on the ‘so’ thing). Let me start over.
What am I doing here … what am I doing!? Why, oh why with two littles and a recent move across the country, would I want to start a blog? I will start off by saying I am doing this for an audience of one. Who is that one? God.
I am excited and hopeful that I can bring you encouragement, laughter, resources, helpful tools… ect, ect. But I do not want to get caught up in numbers of views, likes or shares. I am writing and sharing this to be obedient to what I feel is that small voice on the inside, telling me to move forward with this!
I began to hear God whisper things of blogs and blogging… but didn’t fully “get it” until it smacked me right in the face while reading a devotion book accompanied by a video*. The author said …
“What has God asked you to do… how has he called you to act…” (she then began to list things that God may have called different people to do…)
wait for it…
“HAS GOD ASKED YOU TO WRITE THAT BLOG SO YOU CAN INFLUENCE YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE?”
That was the moment my heart felt as though it were on fire! (Different from heart burn!) Instead, it’s the fire that comes when God is really wanting me to take notice and understand quietly, but loudly, all at the same time that He is speaking directly to me.
It has been a challenging process trying to make, plan and prepare this blog for its debut (wanting to have everything perfect and planned out, which, don’t get me wrong, is a good thing). However, it eventually turned into procrastination and then into sin… a sin of omission … a sin of NOT doing something I truly sensed and felt God calling me to do. I needed to put my pedal to the metal and START working.
Side note here: My first AHA moment was March 13th and my final little kick in the pants was May 8th, while listening to a sermon at church that I finally realized that my planning had turned into a sin of not moving forward. There were definitely some moments during those 2 months where I knew this was something I needed to start… for instance:
- Trying to rationalize myself out of it.
- Trying to make all the dots connect first.
- An identity trap of performance (what can I do / offer), comparison trap (how will I compare to other), insecurity trap (who would want to read something I wrote, what do I even have to offer) … this list could definitely be longer but I will not bore you with my own insecurities).
Trying to rationalize myself out of it. Trying to make all the dots connect first. An identity trap of performance (what can I do / offer), comparison trap (how will I compare to other), insecurity trap (who would want to read something I wrote, what do I even have to offer) … this list could definitely be longer but I will not bore you with my own insecurities).
The long chain of events that brought me to this point is much longer than I want to write about for this “short intro blog”. (I started with ‘so’ again, but deleted it for your sake this time
My hope is that I can offer encouragement, joy, laughter, maybe a piece of mommy advice here and there, and some real-life moments of honesty and openness. Who knows where this will lead…But I’m excited to start this journey and I hope you will join me.
*Shirer, Priscilla. The Armor of God.LifeWay Press, 2015.