Nine days ago, on the morning of my birthday, just minutes after waking up, Lance presented me with a manilla envelope containing my birthday present. Naturally, I had no clue what it was but the look on his face told me it was a good one.
Was it ever.
He purchased the rights to HappyGoStuckey.Com AND moved my blog over to WordPress!!!! (Yes, I totally cried.)
This was more than just a small gesture. This was the gift of support. He knows I love writing. He knows it is not only a hobby, but a form of worship for me. A way for me to stretch my creative “legs” and also work things out that I struggle with. There are so many times that I come to the computer with nothing but questions, and then I leave with answers. It’s good for me. It’s hard sometimes, but it’s good.
Can I tell you a secret? For someone who has a blog and tries to be disciplined about writing regularly, I’m incredibly shy of what I write. But again, it’s good for me. I struggled for a long time with this…. desire to do something about it. I struggled with the thought that no one would read it. Then I struggled that anyone would. Then I read this post by Sarah Markley.
She said the following about writing:
“But for me, the learning of it didn’t come until I wrote about it.This is what I believe: If you are a writer then God has given you a gift that He intends to use to bring you closer to Him. Let me clarify: yes, your writing may help others become closer to Him. Maybe you write in a devotional style or a challenging style or a style that helps people figure God out more. If that is true, then it is only the icing on a very grand cake.
Writing, if you are a writer, is God’s thoroughfare to your heart and your spirit. It is through the writing that He will draw you to Himself. The gift of writing, as a Christ-follower, is His means of crafting you into who you are supposed to be. You will learn, you will expose parts of your heart you intended to keep hidden and you will examine your soul as you do it.
And the same is true of all gifts and art, not just writing.” (SarahMarkley.Com)
So very true. There are so many lessons I only partially grasp until I get them all written down, then it’s a like HUGE lightbulb clicks on.
So here’s my prayer: If the writing continues to bring me closer to Him, or make me a better Wife and Mother, or bless, encourage or challenge somebody else– then I want to keep at it. If it ceases to be useful for any of those things, then I pray God gives me the strength and wisdom to stop.
In the mean time, I’m blessed to have an amazing husband who wants to support me. And thankful to have YOU along for the ride!
P.S. If you are wondering (and I know you are) who did my amazing Blog re-design, it’s none other than the amazing Chloe of English Tea Paperie. She listened to what I wanted and then came up with this beauty! I owe her all the creative credit. Contact her if YOU need some design work done!!
Ambie Keen says
Stephen and I were talking about your writing just the other day – about how WONDERFUL it is that you are making changes and pursuing it with such a clean heart!
And now there’s this, wow!!
LOVE the new ‘place’ and can’t wait to visit you here in the coming months!
Happy settling, Cindy!!
Meredith B says
What an amazing gift!