Thursday, January 24, 2008

Why I blog

A year ago yesterday-- I started blogging. I had been through a rough year and a half after the Katrina storm and some very rough family issues and I needed communication with people. We had torn down our storm damaged home and we were at the time living in a trailer on our property. We were planning to rebuild.
Because of where God was taking me I was no longer teaching womens group or children's church and I had no out put ---and I needed that.
So, my little brother said that he thought I would enjoy blogging because I sounded like
"I had something to say". Then Beth Moore started a blog and I started one
so that I could leave comments.
I found CWO and began going to different blogs to see what this was all about.
There were blogs that were about people trying to loose weight, blogs that were a social zone, blogs about family, the variety was huge.
I settled in on a few and I think today I still blog with some of those. One has been with me since I think my 3 post. I love her heart and share her battle. D--love ya girl. :)
I have had to adjust over the year. Sometimes I would get all caught up in trying to get readers. That is really not for me. Not that there is anything wrong with that--it is just not why I blog. If I am reading too many post it takes away from home time and God time and then I start to feel guilty.I don't really search blogdom any more for other blogs to read. I meet people here and there and if there is a connection--I add them to my list of subscribes. I really want to be able to read a post. Kind of like looking someone in the eye when they are talking to you--giving them your full attention. Blogging is about relationship for me.
Most of the women that I have met are sisters in Christ. I listen with my spirit to what they write. I ask God to show me what they need and how I can pray for them. Yes, I am probably a little more serious in nature and personality about blogging than some. That is not what they blog for and it is good that this blogging things meets all of our needs.
There are many I have come to love. I hurt when they hurt and I rejoice as I see that their eyes are open to the things of God. If someone asks me to pray--I do.
I think that is probably why I start to feel so close to them.
Sometimes people drift off-- and it's a little sad. Yes, I miss them. Not because I am loosing a reader but because I have come to love them.
Kind of like when someone you have grown close to moves away. I talked to another blogger about this about a week ago and she reminded me that God may have just brought them into my life for a short period. I understand.
I know that some just blog for fun. I think it is fun too.
But during this year I have also come to feel very strongly for women that I will never meet till we walk those streets of gold. I pray for you and enjoy encouraging you in this walk we are walking together.
SO--that is why I blog. (I know you were just dying to know) It is all about relationship for me.

Thank you for spending this year with me.
And for your reading enjoyment-
Below is my first post.
You will notice that I have gotten a little more talkative. ;)




I spent the morning out in the world. It amazes me that each day so many of us go out among the world and have any energy left to face our families. I spent the morning in court. Faces of so many filled with anger , sadness, despair. Voices raised when things did not go their way. It was not long before I felt the knot tightening in the pit of my stomach.
As I felt the tidal wave of humanity start to knock me over --I cried out. I did not want to be there. It was not my fault. "God help me!" And with the most amazing clarity I heard Him say "Relax, this is not about you." Immediately - my insides relaxed. Grace is amazing that way. Thank you for peace that passes understanding.

24 comments:

MelanieJoy said...

Sharon,

I'm so glad we've meet here in this place. You have become a wonderful friend and caring sister.
May God richly bless you with a new year here with new things to ponder and cherish.

Love ya my Other Sis....

Nicki said...

Wow.....you have come a long ways! I hope whatever you were dealing with is over now!! Doesn't sound like fun! I love your blog and I love your writing so I'm so glad you have "something to say". =)

luvmy4sons said...

I felt I could echo so many of your thoughts. May God continue to bles others through you. I know I have been blessed. Thank you.

Shelly said...

This MIA siesta is trying to redeem herself.

Good heavens sister - this post is about to make me cry, but I'm in the middle of Panera! lol

Thank you....I've missed you. And love you. And am so overwhelmed with thankfulness for you.

Andrea said...

I'm glad you have found fulfillment in this blogging business. Blogging can be very therapeutic and very enjoyable and it's great that you have formed the relationships you were looking for.

I am defintely glad to have 'met' you!

Regina said...

Well, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! Yes your blogs have changed in length but as God poured more into you, you had more to write about! God has definately increased your territory!!

Nise' said...

Happy Blogaversary! It has been such a pleasure and blessing getting to know you this past year.

Karen said...

You have an award from me :-)

Halfmoon Girl said...

I am so thankful to have met you. We started blogging at about the same time- my first post was in March I think. I will never, ever forget one of the first posts of yours that I read. You were still in your trailer and had a problem with the "gas". I still smile thinking about that one! You are a wonderful encouragement Sharon!

Deb said...

Ditto My Friend!!!, Sharon I feel the same and it is growing toward others.I am very happy that I met you:) You are a blessing to me and others. I love what Regina said, God has increased your territory!! You Go Girl!! Thank you for being my blog buddy:)

Denise said...

I have only been doing this since April and I have already gone through some phases of this blog world.. I am to some extent insecure and I really have to be careful to not worry about who comes and leaves comments and who does not and wonder if I write ok or if I make sense.. all those silly "feeling" things.. It takes my husband to bring me back to the real reason that he got me started here..... My love of the word of God and my desire to share...... thanks girl.. ( I have an email started to you. It has been crazy)

Kellan said...

WOW - I loved hearing this story and I think I am so lucky to have met you along the way. Congratulations on your year long blogging journey and I am so glad it has been a good experience for you and helped you in so many ways. Take care Sharon - your friend, Kellan

Cindy said...

And I am SO glad you blog! :)

North Carolina Gran'Ma said...

I think you and I share some of the same feelings about blogging.....I'm still fairly new to this...not yet a year at it. I LOVE reading all the other blogs because they are inspiring and have touched my life. You do begin to care for others, and lift them in prayer because there is a bonding there....
Thank you for yours!

Monkey Giggles said...

Sharon,

I am so thankful that I have found your blog. It encourages my heart. Thank you for blogging.

Smiles
Hope

Liza's Eyeview said...

Love reading how people started blogging - thanks for sharing. I came here through the blogoholic blogroll :)

Julie said...

Sharon, I think that is awesome, the reason you blog.

I am new to blogging. I have been asking myself the question, "why do I blog".

I am not aspiring to be published or to be a writer...
but need a place to put down what God has put in.

If in anything that I write down another heart is encouraged, then it has been worth it all.

I enjoyed visiting your blog.
Blessings,
Julie

Denise said...

Happy Blogaversary sis, so blessed by your friendship. I love you.

Mimi's Toes said...

Wow, I didn't realize you had been through so much. Your blog really does touch my heart. Everyone blogs for different reasons and I guess I started blogging last year just to keep a journal of family and every day life events. I am thankful for your blog because I look to it as a ministry and you have blessed so many bloggers out there, cause I am one of them. Thanks and happy bloggerversary!

Jessie said...

I'm glad you started a blog. Please, tell your nephew thank you for me. You are a treasure.

Lisa said...

I'm so glad you did! :o)

Cahleen 何凱琳 said...

Hello, Sharon! I;m so glad that we have become blog friends. Blogging is great, isn't it? I will be praying for you and your family. I feel like your blog has become more personal, and I like that. Thank you for blessing me all the time!

freetofly said...

Sharon, I "heart" you! What a splendid little bro you have to recognize your voice, & point you in this direction! I have only come to know you these last few months, and only recently better. But one thing I know is God DOES work through you to bless, exhort, teach & inspire women! Thank you for being a faithful vessel! & your sweet & sincere spirit!

All of us, your bloggin' buddies, are the better for your gifts and faithfullness!

Happy Blogoversary!
Maria

Dee said...

Lovin' your blogging girl! (and you!) The Lord has blessed me with adding you to my life -- and I thank Him for it. I have learned from you and I think we have shared some 'virtual' tears together! God has blessed your writing.

BTW, I love, love, love the dog story -- I read that to my family at the dinner table when you first posted it -- they still talk about it! HA! D