Where Have I Been?

Fallen down on the job, haven’t I? 

It’s been months since I posted a blog.

Well, a Blog isn’t really a job . . . at least not for me. It’s a pleasure; a way to connect with others; an opportunity to express what’s on my heart; a way to hopefully encourage someone else.

I wish I could tell you that I have been on a sabbatical, closed off from the world in a mountain retreat, lush with foliage and flowers and rippling streams . . . spending time alone with God and His Word. 

Or that I have been on a four-month vacation with my Honey, celebrating our fifty years together, seeing new sights and experiencing once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Lying in a hospital in a coma for the last four months, fighting for my life? No?

I’ve been remiss in writing but not for any reason nearly as interesting as the above.

LIFE.  It’s just been LIFE.   Everyday responsibilities . . . a few snags along the way . . . plus, good things like three smart, rambunctious, eager-to-know-everything, always-getting-into-things, never-a-dull-moment-with-them grandchildren. (Babysitting my grandchildren is my main job in life.)

And maybe just a smidge of blah . . . as in “What encouragement do I have to offer right now?”

Then when I started writing this, I came across five blogs I have written and never posted!  Life?  Distractions?  Old-timers memory?  I’m not sure.  How did I neglect to upload those blogs after I made the effort to write them?  Hmmm . . .

Really, it is no big deal whether I write a blog or not.  I’m not a greatly gifted writer.  I don’t have hundreds of followers.  There are thousands of bloggers out there who have plenty of interesting things to say . . . ministries, cooking, DIY, world views, crafts, healthy living, and the list goes on.

So why write a blog?

I believe the Lord impressed me to do it.  I believe He knows that sharing through this blog gives me an outlet to reach out to people.  It gives me a chance to get out of myself and do something besides babysitting my grandchildren and taking care of my husband and home.  Before physical issues became hard, I was an active person with many interests and creative outlets.  Now, not so much.

That’s the thing about God.  He knows what we need, even when we don’t know ourselves.  He can take a simple thing like a few words on a page and encourage somebody . . . including me.  I think He impressed me to write for my own sake.  And, in the process, hopefully someone else will be encouraged, and God will be glorified.

Wherever you are in your life . . . just starting out, looking forward to a future of marriage, children, career, and exciting experiences . . . or in the sunset years of your life, like me, with fewer responsibilities or fewer opportunities because of ill health . . . God has a plan for your life from start to finish.

He gives us each gifts and opportunities for doing things we enjoy . . . things that will bless others and glorify Him.  He knows exactly what will ‘hit the spot’ in our lives . . . what will bring us joy, satisfaction, and purpose.

If you are at the beginning of your life and not sure what the Lord wants for you, just ask Him.  He’ll guide you in His perfect way. 

If you are in the sunset of your life and think your productive years are behind you, ask Him what He wants you to do.  You may be surprised at what He lays on your heart.

You may even start writing a blog . . .

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

GOD HAS GOT A PLAN FOR ME

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