A year ago I finally yielded to the burning in my bones and started this blog. I said I’d try blogging for a year, then decide whether or not to keep on.
Here is a picture of me writing on a typical Sunday afternoon. Once the children are in bed for naps, I hibernate in my bedroom and write and read and sleep for a few hours while Will watches the kids. It’s my way of regaining energy for the week.
Hibernating doesn’t always work, though! Last Sunday the children kept popping into my room for this and that, so I finally locked the door. But there’s more than one way to enter a room! Stuart popped his head into the window to ask if I would come play Sorry with him. Sure, I said. Give me 20 minutes and I promise I’ll come. I had to laugh even though I felt so tired. Isn’t he so cute?
Back to blogging. After a prolonged writing hiatus and then finally picking it up again through the form of blogging, I’ve had several surprises. First of all, I’ve been surprised at the flow of ideas running faster than the time to write. I thought my brain would soon empty out. But life is a continually changing scene with God speaking in and through all of it, and I never lack for things to process.
I’ve been a little surprised (but not too much) how blogging scraped open some insecurity. I’m not an assertive person and hate conflict, so when my writing touches controversial subjects I’ll often wander around with a sick feeling on the pit of my stomach for a day or two. The desire for truth and new life outweighs the desire for keeping peace, but it’s still hard.
The best surprise by far has been the connection I’ve made with some of you readers, especially the personal emails and messages. I love hearing what you are thinking and feeling! I love learning to know so many beautiful people who are listening to God’s Spirit and thinking carefully about life. I feel deeply humbled and blessed to be involved with a piece of your lives.
I decided to do a giveaway as a little birthday present. It bothers me very much that I can’t give one to everyone. But I’ve chosen to give the book The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken to one of my readers. (Perhaps it will prod you to go ahead and get the second book, The Insanity of Obedience. You should not stop with just the first one!) If you already have The Insanity of God but not The Insanity of Obedience, I will swap the two books. (I wrote a little about The Insanity of God here, and The Insanity of Obedience here. These posts only touch on a few aspects of the books, though.) The books are both quite readable, being full of inspiring stories, but they are life-changing, too.
To enter the giveaway, post a question in the comments. I like questions, and think of them all the time. You can give me more brain fodder by adding yours! If you don’t like to read or already have the book, I’m sorry. I’ll offer a different gift next time. But you can still add in your question! 😉
The question can be random; for example, “What was Jesus’ personality as a human being?” (I thought of that question after taking the Myers-Briggs personality test.)
Or it can be a weightier question such as: “Is it possible to change a religious system, or is a religious system by nature impervious to change?”
Or it can be something introspective like “Why am I trying to reason myself out of doing what God is asking me to do?”
You can even ask a question directed toward God. “Does God want me to keep blogging, or not?”
There. I’ve just let you in on four of my questions.
Your turn! I can’t wait. 🙂
Giveaway will close Sept 22 at 11:59 CST.
Readers outside the US, you are welcome to enter, too. I will ship the book internationally.