It has been my custom, when hitting a personal blog milestone here at CB, to write a blog reflecting on how God has used this site to bless me. Today is no different. While there have been a number of members who have read some of the things I am about to write before, others will read them for the very first time which is exactly why I am writing this blog.
I believe that we all have a story to share. Our story. Whether the person realizes it or not, their story, both Christian and non-Christians is actually a part of a much larger story. God's Story. It is our responsibility as Christians to share God's story with the world, not just the story of salvation (though that is the best and most important part) but our personal story. The story of "God and Me".
In July 2007, my son said to me, "Mom, you should start blogging." I'd heard about blogging of course, but I had never read one and I knew very little about it. I quickly dismissed his words for I had heard about some pretty terrible things at some sites. I had no desire to simply be thrown to wolves. Still, I could not shake the memory of his words.
On July 29, 2007, I decided to do a search late one evening. I did what so many others here did. I typed in the words "christian blog" and the first thing that came up was CB. Intrigued, I decided to find out more about this place. Unlike so many others, I actually did carefully read through everything before becoming a member. Why? Because I wanted to make sure this was a place where I should be. It was and I became a paid member very shortly thereafter.
It took me a few days before I had the courage to write a blog. Actually, I might have never done that if a blogger had not written an encouraging comment in response to my lengthy comment on one of his blogs. Though he went by a different username then, I would like to say "thank you" to Steve Hurt (@serveonlyhim). Your words of encouragement gave me the courage to write blog number one and has in turn led me to blog number 1,700. My first blog was entitled A Love Note From God.
I wrote 13 blogs in August but when September rolled around, my time was taken up with the new school year. I only wrote four blogs in September and none in October. I returned briefly in November with a single blog and that may have been it if my life hadn't been about to take a very radical turn. Sixteen days after writing my November blog, I learned that I had tumor and the type of tumor I had was almost always malignant. In all probability, I had cancer. I did.
It was on that day that God told me I needed to head back to CB and blog. He wanted me to be transparent and He wanted me to be vulnerable. This meant people had to see my fear and my pain and I wasn't quite so sure I could do that but after five days, I decided that I had to be obedient, no matter how hard it was and I've been blogging ever since.
There is blessing in obedience. There always is. We might not always be aware of it at the time but God always blesses obedience. My treatment would be an aggressive one for I had an aggressive form of breast cancer. I was about to face months of sickness, pain and isolation from the world I had known. Yet during that time, "the world" stepped into where I was at via CB. God introduced me to some amazing people here. Some have moved on and yet some remain. God is still introducing me to amazing people. :wink:
And so my long journey continues. This blog is my 1,700th blog and by the grace of God, it will not be my last. May we all continue to share our stories.
[quote][center]In July 2007, my son said to me, "Mom, you should start blogging."[/center]
Sixteen days after writing my November blog, I learned that I had tumor and the type of tumor I had was almost always malignant. In all probability, I had cancer. I did.[center]
It was on that day that God told me I needed to head back to CB and blog. He wanted me to be transparent and He wanted me to be vulnerable. This meant people had to see my fear and my pain and I wasn't quite so sure I could do that but after five days, I decided that I had to be obedient, no matter how hard it was and I've been blogging ever since.[/quote]
Your areas of vulnerability that you've shared have deeply touched me, and I'm sure, they have touched countless others as well. God has given you a wonderful gift of writing; and from that gift you're enriching my life as well as "countless others." How right your son was to encourage you to start blogging!
God Bless you always, [b]K[/b].
[quote]There is blessing in obedience. There always is. We might not always be aware of it at the time but God always blesses obedience[/quote]
Absolutely, without doubt!
Err .. I see that you and B2Y and working on the same theme again :wink:
Congrats on your 1600th blog and thank you for continuing to open your heart and share of your joys, your fears, your triumphs and your stumbles. Thank you for being you and not being afraid to write about it.
You are an overcomer and God has used your transparency to encourage the hearts of many.