Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Five years of blogging...and a give away to come

This blog was started 5 years ago this month. FIVE years. It was a tiny thing, sent off into the blogisphere with just the slightest notion of what it was meant to be. The idea was to pay attention to where God shows up, to where He interrupts ordinary interactions in the course of ordinary days. That idea hasn't moved very far from center. It's been an important aid in allowing the Holy Spirit room to spread out in me, to open my eyes to the myriad ways He's at work in the world. I'm enlarged by the writing of it, and for that reason alone, I praise God for the chronology of this blog. And I pray that it's had the same effect (some days more, some days dropping like a thud) on those who read it.

This little blog hasn't grown to amass a world- or even-nation-wide audience. But that was never its aim. To write what He gave, and hope that it's read by those who needed such words--that's my prayer. Still, amazingly, there are readers on almost every continent (I say almost because Antarctica hasn't logged in yet!) and from every corner of this country. It's rather stunning that it should be so. There's been no marketing, little joining to more well-known and well-read blogs. Just the words going out and praying for Him to use it. Why I'm surprised that He does does not speak well of my faith. We're like that, aren't we? We don't really believe He will use us, even when He's called us to the work. We're small and faithless creatures. And yet, we're His instruments. This truth alone is witness to His awesome love for us. "Praise God for His indescribable gift." Indescribable that humans are His chosen instruments.

And that, in my case, a tiny blog, a few paragraphs most days, are the tool of His choosing for this restricted, earthly disabled life. To think, I cannot stand on my feet all day, but the words He gives me can reach around the globe. How counter-intuitive is that? Only in the Kingdom. Yes, only there.

But the reality is that whatever your earthly reality, it's not the real story of your life. There's a whole lot more going on than you can see. And your impact is profound. Whether your job is teaching children or working in  a business office, you are doing Kingdom work because the Kingdom of God dwells within you. The third person of the Holy Spirit is engaged in ever aspect of your work because the moment you said yes, He came in. Whether you acknowledge Him or not, He's there. And lives are impacted because of His presence in you. They are. Pay attention. Allow Him more access to every conversation, and allow yourself to be the fragrance of Him in even the most inconsequential of tasks...because you'll never know what He intends to use.

That's sermon enough for today.
In honor of this 5th anniversary month, three bloggy housekeeping items:
I've applied for (and received) my own domain for this blog. It sounds more important than it is; simply means that from search engines it's easier to find me, I think. And more difficult for anyone else to take a portion of the blog's title. The idea of having the blog's domain is a bit of a spiritual concept, like it's a creature God gave me to control ala Genesis 1. Under His ultimate authority, of course.
Secondly, it's now possible for anyone to comment on my blog posts whether or not they have a google account. I don't know if this will make a difference, but I wanted people who have felt hampered to have the freedom to respond if they so chose.
Thirdly, during the month of March, I'm going to post several of my favorite blog posts from the last five years. And...on the actual 5th anniversary, which is March 31st, I'm considering doing a giveaway. And it'll be a big one. A GIANT one. Worth the reading. If you know my hobby, you'll guess what that giveaway is. But you'll have to read on March 31st and comment to have a chance.


M said...

Can't wait! For the give away and the good olden stories reposted! Oh, and happy blogiversary! I'm glad you decided to start a blog (otherwise we wouldn't have had "met")!

krystal lynn said...

Yes, congrats on five years. I just announced my giveaway for one year..I hope I will continue for five years like you have.
I loved your shower post!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! I've been blogging for a little over a year, and I hope I can continue for that long.

Thank you for reminding us in the post about how much difference we can make in the world, even in small ways.