I've been praying for a long time about my writing. I pray for topic ideas that I write on Yahoo! and I pray to touch people's lives through my writing. I've always wanted to blog but felt that if I didn't have a purpose to my blog, no one would want to read it. Let's face it, there are a lot of general blogs out there about nothing in particular. I don't have time to read those types of articles. I'd rather read a good novel. Anyway, every time I sit in church, I get overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration. I'd take notes on the bulletin about what I could write or blog about, but once I got home I'd feel those ideas weren't good enough to write about. It's just silly stuff and no one would want to read it. So I've been praying for a theme for my blog, a more focused purpose.
I finally got the mail....
I picked up the mail after two weeks of driving by the mailbox. We aren't fortunate enough to have our own mailbox on our own porch. In fact, we haven't had our mailbox near our house for over 10 years. Getting the mail is rather depressing for me. It's either junk or bills, so why bother walking all the way down to the mailbox? When I got the mail, I received a letter addressed to me from my church. Columbia Heights United Methodist church is creating its own Lenten Daily Devotional book. A book you can mediate on a particular scripture each day that's related to Lent and the Easter season. It's a 40-day devotional book and they chose only 40 church members to write one devotion. I have been honored to be one of those chosen writers! I'm so excited but so nervous at the same time. I read a daily devotion from The Daily Bread and many times I don't understand that scripture until I read the little story that goes with that devotion. How am I supposed to write a devotion if I've never done this before?
Me? Walk away from a challenge????
Never! In fact, I'm one of those people who prove very good points through challenges. I'm right, I'm always right and my way is always better, and I'll prove it..... ok ok, that's my "teenage Jill" coming through but I've grown a lot since then. I might not always be right, but I typically don't walk away from a challenge, nonetheless.
I realized after I read that letter that my prayers have been answered. I found the new theme for my blog. I want to write a daily (daily?) devotion related to my life: as a woman, a wife, a parent, a friend, a neighbor, even as a human being trying to get along in this world. I certainly don't want to come off as a preachy kind of blog. I'm far from that, in fact, I'm nervous about this new theme for fear I "preach" something I'm not qualified to be preaching. I want it to be down-to-earth where anyone can relate to my daily/normal struggles but find peace, comfort and maybe even answers through the Bible.
Holding myself responsible
I am still contemplating on even posting this blog idea out there. I'm tempted to save it for a while and pray some more about it. I want to delete this post and come up with another idea. But I really do believe this is what God is calling me to do. If I post this entry right now, I'm holding myself responsible for following through. I guess for now, I can pray for guidance and
Stay tuned for the very first daily devotional from All About Jillzy!!!