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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Bloggy Giveaway


In honor of the fourth birthday of Glad Chatter, I am hosting my very first, and very long overdue, giveaway!!!

On Mondays and Thursdays, author, speaker and my friend, Karen Chaffin, is hosting a Bible study on her facebook page. Heavenly Minded for Earthly Good is a wonderful way to set your sights high and accomplish more good on here than you ever dreamed you could.

Just leave a comment with your name and email and I will announce a winner on Monday. Meanwhile, hop over to facebook and listen in on the discussion about heaven.

And, now for your reading pleasure: My very first post. Why I started blogging...

Why do I love blogging?

I love THAT word! Blog, blog, blog. I have a blog. Doesn't that sound cool? All of my really cool friends have one. By really cool, I mean younger. I can remember when there was no such word as blog. Blog was a nonsense word, a word you could only find in a Dr. Seuss book. Now, it's a real word, a real activity, a real thing.

I also don't just love the word blog; I just love words. I love to say them (an understatement some would say), to feel them rolling off my tongue, to hear them inside my head fighting to come to an understanding of sense, to see them on paper and to read them. Anyway, words are in my blood. Really...

My maternal grandfather, a master storyteller, loves humor. It comes across in every conversation, each letter, constant joking...He never forgets the punchline!

My grandmother, an autobiographical poet, truly, writing of her deepest experiences in rhythm, rhyme and prose.

My mother has every paper, speech and thought she has ever recorded organized and filed away...Where she can find it!

My father can hold an audience captive with his lively, descriptive, creative and entertaining language!

My aunts, uncles and cousins are masters; they write, preach, sing and any other craft involving words.

Because I love words so much, one might say they are God's gift to me. I have felt the tug of God on my heart to write. But because of what I do all day, as Stasi Eldredge,author of
Captivating, said in a recent magazine article, I am in a season of "wiping" noses, bottoms, cabinets, floors, you name it, I wipe it hourly on a daily basis. I can easily be too busy in the day to day living of life to pursue the gifts that make me who I am. Last week I decided I needed to "practice" writing, God's gift to me...blogging.

After deciding to probably, hopefully, sometime to start a blog, Sunday's sermon was on vision.

The pastor gave an analogy of a farmer who planted his crops then got up day after day to sit on his porch and pray that God would give him a great harvest without doing any more work. Although it is God who ultimately sends sun, wind and rain necessary to produce a crop, the farmer is responsible for far more than only planting seed.

This blog is an attempt to keep on working the fields of my gifting, so to speak. Instead of letting these words roll around in my head and in my heart without ever actually being heard...I blog.

I don't want to be like the servant in Matthew 25 who had his talent(money) taken away by his master because he was afraid to invest it. I want a return on what God has given me!

I can now see that when the season of wiping is over, I may or may not remember who I am without wiping. I want to remember who I am and know who I am becoming. I am a person, called by God to use my gifts to bring glory to His name. I want to be found worthy of this calling I have received.

..."I want you to get out there and walk--better yet, run!--on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting on your hands..."
Ephesians 4:1, The Message

So, here's to happy writing...I mean, blogging!


7 comments:

Lindsey @ A New Life said...

"By really cool, I mean younger." This made me laugh. A lot.

:-) Have a beautiful day!!!

Jennifer said...

I love this! What a challenge to do what God has called you to do and not wait until a later season of life.

Also, I love your blog "look." Who did you get to set it up for you?

Renee said...

You are an awesome blogger! Love you my friend!

cpullum said...

I would love to read this book! God has really put me through some challenges lately it's how I use God to overcome them that matters!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kathryn Taylor said...

I love blogging, too...it connected me to you again.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I love blogging...and never dreamed I would love it so much

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book; I'm sure it will be good.
Nancy in NC
jhargett4@roadrunner.com