Happy Anniversary Flourish readers!!
(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a book give-away!!)
One year ago, I felt God prompting me to begin this blog. I knew it was His idea, because I have never been a “writer”. I’d rather just have a conversation with you! Nonetheless, I listened and began writing. Some were devotional, some have been about our crazy homeschooling life and many posts celebrate the way that I see an extraordinary God throughout my ordinary days…oh and an occasional recipe, because I can’t help myself.
It’s been such a rich year!
Starting something new is always a little bit scary. Will anyone read my blog? What will I say? All of those types of questions raced through my mind. I also knew that I didn’t have a lot of time. Honestly, I have very little time to write before 9pm, when I’d rather just fall into bed.
My four children demand so much of each day, so I thought my
doubts questions were pretty valid. But, the urge to share Jesus with others burned in my heart and I was reminded of how God takes the little that we have and makes beautiful things out of them. Like, the widow who gave her two mites to the Lord; it was just a little, but it was ALL she had.
I started writing very prayerfully and asked the Lord to take the little that I had: little time, little energy, little words. I believe He has done good things and so I just want to praise Him and also say thank you for joining me on this journey! I love your comments and your notes on Facebook, so don’t be shy, keep them coming! Thank you also for sharing me with your friends!
Believe it or not, this little blog has made it to 75 countries since it started one year ago!! I’m blown away by this. I love to think about people around the world falling more in love with Jesus as they receive encouragement through what’s written. I often pray for those countries and trust the Lord to either reveal Himself to that reader or bring great encouragement to their heart. So, I’ll continue to share “the boundless riches of Christ”. (Ephesians 3:8)
Jesus left his disciples with the command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”. I desire for Jesus’ name to be praised and for God’s heart to be made known to the nations. He’s changed my heart so much and many of yours as well, so I can’t help but believe in real life change like we celebrate on “Monday’s Life Change”. I’ve asked the Lord if I am to write, if He will “write it on my heart”. So Lord, I lay myself out here again. This is all I have. Please use it for your glory!
In celebration of Flourish’s one year anniversary, I am going to give away two copies of Anne Graham Lotz’ new book, Wounded by God’s People. This is such an open and honest book and should be on your “must-read” list. I absolutely loved it and have been telling everyone about it, so what better way to share the content than to share the actual book!?
Here’s how you qualify to win: Leave me a comment and tell me a topic you’d like to read/discuss this next year. You’ll need to leave a comment on my blog in order to qualify. Or if you’re new here, sign up to “Follow Flourish” before the contest ends and you’ll also qualify. Celebrate a year of God’s goodness with me!
Contest ends Tuesday 9/24 at 10pm. So hurry and share!! Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email.