When I first starting tapping out words here at Abiding Love, Abounding Grace - I did it out of sheer obedience. The Lord asked me to give Him a year of Tuesdays and, well-- I know a good thing when I see it and so we just kept on going!
I started writing just once a week but typed hot and cold for quite awhile. I didn't really think many people were reading along and it was simply where I logged my thoughts and encounters with the Lord. I was never really blogging to be a 'Big Blogger', or get a book deal, or build a platform. Way back when I started, I don't think anyone was blogging for those reasons! Still, even today, I pretty much do it all wrong and pay no attention to numbers or hits or followers, etc. That was never my goal. (Insert "Not that there's anything wrong with that.")
It was back in the Fall of 2012 when I felt the Lord ask me to be consistent with this whole thing and to treat it like it counted - because, according to Him, it does.
This little corner of the interwebs is, to Him --for Him, a ministry of sorts. We partner together and tap out words and stories and offer friendship and prayers and He gathers a community and we love and encourage each other and it counts!
No matter if you have an agent or a huge subscriber list, or if your Mom and a handful of friends are the only ones who know how to find your blog --it counts!
He fills up... you pour out. It counts!
So in 2012, I sort of recommitted to spending time here and pouring out here and just offering up the words He gives me and letting Him do with them whatever He will! I discovered that, by then, Blogging had become a 'Thing' - and millions of people were doing it... which meant that I stumbled upon entire online communities of bloggers who hung out, linked up, and went to --wait for it, blogging conferences!? What the what?
Get. Out. (Insert Elaine Benise' voice and shove.)
So ever since then, I have had the joy and honor of growing some amazing friendships and even meeting a few of these bloggy friends in real life!
We are a strange breed of writer and I can't tell you how thankful I am for those of you who read my offerings... I don't take it lightly, your gift of time and trust and willingness to slow enough to read and to connect in the Comments and especially when you let me pray for you.
And pray for you, I do! I really do. If you are reading this right now - rest assured, I have prayed for you, my friend!
And as my way of saying Thanks... whether you were one of the three who started out with me - or are new and just stumbled upon my little corner of the world wide web --well, in Bloggy talk - we say Thank You by hosting Giveaways, right?
So to celebrate TEN YEARS (#Icantevenyouguys!) - I am super excited to offer this fun little Giveaway... You're going to love it! I can say that because I have one (or more!) of each of these items myself, and I love them all!
Here's the run down...
Up for grabs for ONE lucky US resident reader is the following prize:
* A copy of Create vs. Copy by Ken Wytsma (Thanks Moody Publishing!)
* A Custom made Bracelet by The Finest Kind Co. (with the blog tagline: "Speak Life. Be Love. Shine On.")
* An Altered Custom Journal (I will add a Monogram Letter before shipping to winner!)
* The 2015 Legacy Necklace purchased via Help One Now - A fair trade, handmade necklace made in Haiti.
* A few prints by Hannah over at Woven Beautiful - Frame or hang with washi tape and share the inspiration!
* Two Retro Mugs from IKEA because - of course! (And: Fun!)
Enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I am also linking up with these lovely communities online:
Kelly Chripczuk for #SmallWonders
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday