The other night after I tucked in the kiddos for bed, I had a brief phone interview with a local magazine. One simple question she asked stuck out more than the others:
Why do you blog?
I write because I’m learning.
I’ve had a lot of experiences over the last 20 years of parenting and I remember what it felt like to be a new mom and completely terrified and clueless.
I remember being exhausted, hopeless, frustrated and hormonal…heck, I still am most days.
I write to encourage other moms, fight with them in the trenches, and to let them know there is someone out there who believes with you that through Christ, you can do this job.
But most times, I write because I am preaching to myself.
When I write to dress nice and wear your makeup, I do so because I have to remember to take care of myself too.
When I write about the importance of a routine, I do it because I see that I have become too lax around here and need to button up my ship.
When I preach on purpose, I am reminding myself why I do this job day in and day out — to make a difference in this blessed country!
When I talk about fighting for our children and our families in prayer, I’m really preaching to myself, because it isn’t always rosebuds and butterflies in our household either.
When I share a personal devotional, it’s because it’s what the Lord spoke to me in my quiet time and I needed to keep a record of it and I’m hoping it encourages another mama too.
When I tell you that writing a letter is a great way to communicate with a child that is having a difficult time, it’s because I’m using the technique myself and thank God, I see fruit.
Folks, I can only teach you what the Lord is teaching me. I can only share with you what I have learned…many times the hard way…through mistakes, misgivings, and misunderstandings. I share with you because if I can help you, encourage you, and perhaps you avoid some of those bumps and bruises I have encountered because I share them here, then all the late nights and effort spent on this blog will have been worth it.
I write because I am with you. I am for you. And I believe in a God who loves all of us infinitely and desires this:
“Therefore, encourage one another, build each other up, just as in fact you are doing…”
I Thessalonians 5:11
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