The last few weeks sum up to a plethora of various feelings related to anticipation. Starting a blog… There are thousands (if not millions) of blogs in the vast ocean of the world wide web.
What makes mine different?
There are millions of people who want to have their voice heard.
What makes mine unique? Does it even matter?
But I am getting ahead of myself. You see, the desire to start a blog was in my heart for years. But, somehow, there were always excuses.
Life happens. Every day. Life dictates our actions and inactions. Life is full of choices and we choose to do one thing or another for a variety of different reasons.
The first thought to start a blog was planted in my heart many years ago. I was a fresh-faced nursing student, struggling to survive the barbaric tactics of the notorious “nursing boot camp” professors. Blogs authored by other nursing students helped me survive. Okay… I am over exaggerating.
Nonetheless, the hectic and frequently emotionally bipolar nursing school life was stabilized by these blogs.
I could relate to what other students in the same boat were going through. I could validate my own feelings of frustration, helplessness, (and an occasional joy of actually doing something right), because I knew there were other humans who were going through the same experiences…
Fast forward one year and I was planning my own wedding. Right in the middle of a two-year nursing program. Crazy, I know… But two young people in love preferred not to wait. The wedding, another year of nursing school, graduation, job hunt, got a job, bought a house, had our first baby, worked some more, had our second baby…
Life… Isn’t it wonderful? Isn’t it full of joy, and love, and happiness, and dreams?
One of my favorite authors, C. S. Lewis, writes the following in Mere Christianity,
“The Christian way is different: harder, and easier. Christ says, ‘Give me ALL. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want YOU. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there… I want to have the whole tree down… I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked — the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you MYSELF: my own will shall become yours.'”
This blog was born out of a desire to share with you a journey of an imperfect human being. A journey full of highs and lows, joys and despairs, failures and triumphs.
What I find profound and humbling is that the real highs, joys, and triumphs were present only when God was at the center of my heart. I am NOTHING without Him. He is EVERYTHING.
I do not want to use this blog to “preach” at people. That may be a difficult task, however. I am extremely passionate about many issues and I hope that my husband will keep me in check, should that happen.
By the way, he did agree to be my general editor.
I am not expecting a big number of followers. In fact, I don’t even know if there will be ten faithful readers!
The number does not matter to me. What matters, is the prompting of the Holy Spirit to start this.
God knows where He wants to take Renewed and Transformed.
I was not ready eight years ago.
The time is now…
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