Thursday, November 15, 2012
Today is an extraordinary day for me beautiful friends.
November 15th marks the five year anniversary of this blog.
Five years of writing and sharing and encouraging in whatever
way the Father has prompted me to.
Five years of meeting the most incredible bloggers and forming friendships
with amazing women. I have never in my life met so many inspiring, creative, talented
and truly brilliant women until I discovered the blog world.
You all have blessed me so much.
I want to thank you for the years you have encouraged me with the kindest and most beautiful words, emails, prayers and comments.
I have cherished this space here with you.
And today my heart is overflowing with gratitude.
I am so thankful that five years ago, I took a leap of faith and wrote a post about my faith
and my hope and desire to encourage others.
From day one, this space has been about Him.
It's not about me, although I am grateful He uses pieces of my story.
It's not about numbers, because I've never wanted that to be my reason to write.
It's not about the praises of man, because I long for His praise alone.
It's not about trying to be a big blogger, because I only want to be big in the eyes of my children.
This space has always been a place to share my heart as a mother and a platform to encourage and a way to minister the gospel and point others to Him.
I remember attending my one and only blogging conference a few years ago.
I was a nervous wreck. Didn't know a soul. Went by myself and spent much of the day
trying to figure out which track or group I belonged to. I was overwhelmed at how much I didn't know and how I was doing everything wrong if I wanted success.
I was also terribly starstruck. Everybody and their Mama was in attendance and I'm pretty sure I spent much of the day in awe over all of the pro bloggers there that day.
I also remember walking out of one ballroom and into another because I was so confused about
which category I was supposed to be following.
I'm still not sure I would know today.
I don't know that I fit into any category. But I know that I always fit with Him.
I left the conference completely overwhelmed by all that I didn't know and by what a big business this can be and most of all just feeling very small.
I am so grateful that I just kept writing even though I felt small then and still feel small today.
Because I would discover that words are my love language.
Words can bring life.
Words have power.
Words can change lives and heal hearts and speak light into darkness.
Words in the blog world can confirm to someone else miles and miles away the powerful truth that they are not alone, they are not the only one and it is not over.
What an opportunity.
I don't think much has changed here as far as stats and such. And I don't think any professional blogger would look here and see success of any kind.
But when love is your motivation and encouraging the hearts of others is your mission statement, I don't think you can ask for a greater platform.
I thank you for five very special years beautiful friends.
I count this space shared here with you one as one of my greatest blessings in life...
What a gift it all has been.
Love you so,
With A Grateful heart by Sibi at 9:59 AM