I try not to engage in unhealthy introspection, especially when it comes to writing. A night when I read through most of the year’s worth of posts at once cured me of that. I thought most everything I wrote was petty and silly. Okay, so this was very late at night when I was feeling low anyway…which probably wasn’t a good idea.
The next day I faced the sick feeling of worthlessness in my stomach with the simple truth that I am not perfect, my writing certainly isn’t perfect, but God works in mysterious ways. I must not let my ego get in the way of what God might want to do.
I do enjoy seeing what people liked best–it’s not always the same as what I would pick. My six most-read posts for 2017 were these:
- When Parents Are Failing
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit: a personal testimony
- For Christian Women Whose Husbands Work Too Much
- The Woman at the Beach
- Choosing Joy
- Is Christ Divided?
Mennonite World Review’s blog The World Together reprinted three posts: God’s Voice and the Inspiration of Scripture, Is Christ Divided?, and What Faith Cannot Do. One post, Jesus Only, made it into the print edition of Mennonite World Review.
Stats aside, some of my favorite posts were simply stories about my experiences. Little Girl about foster care, I laid my burden down about forgiveness, and The Woman at the Beach about an act of God after the solar eclipse of 2017.
Of course, the very best posts are the ones which have nothing to do with my writing, and everything to do with God touching people! I love getting emails from readers and learning to know people all over who are struggling with the same things, and reaching toward the same God that I am.
I rarely plan ahead for writing projects…usually an idea hits me at a random moment, or I read something that sets me off…so I am just as curious as you are to see what will show up on my blog this year!
Happy New Year! May God be glorified!
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