Things have been busy around here, especially last weekend and apparently I decided to take Tuesday and Wednesday to recuperate. Last Friday I had training for my new job at a coffee shop that is opening up in town. It lasted all day and then that night my parents and I traveled to Memphis to hang out with my sister and other family for the weekend. Check back tomorrow for a recap of the trips and pictures, of course! And more details on the coffee shop!
One of the things I love the most about the blogging world is that it truly can be a community. If you allow it to be. I've said it before, many times, that it doesn't matter to me how many people read my posts. But, I still admit that I constantly check my stats to see how many of you guys have stopped by. Blogging can sometimes be hard, especially if you are a Christian. Which, I am. As someone who claims to love the Lord, I'm called to let that shine throughout every aspect of my life. And let me tell you, it's definitely not easy. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and to let your focus drift.
In no way do I want to down play my faith and love for the Lord. But, at the same time, I never want it to seem like I'm constantly shoving it down y'all's throats. I'm sure there are plenty of people who stop by this little blog that aren't believers or that want absolutely nothing to do with the Church or Christ. It's easy to be turned off and snuffed by the Church, it's easy to walk away and think you can do it by yourself.
But, I also know the importance of community. And in community is where Christ can shine His brightest if we let Him. In community is where people can be real. Where we can share our struggles and talk them out together. Community is where you don't have to worry about saying the right or wrong things, because chances are, we have all thought them at one point or another.
Community is where we encourage.
Where we trust.
Where we accept.
Community is where we truly live.
Guys, sometimes it is really hard to write a real post. The entire time of typing it out, I'm constantly asking the Lord what He wants me to say. I type, delete, and type some more. I will sit there and re-read a post three times, out loud, before I finally hit publish. I'm sitting there thinking, "Oh, well no one is going to read this. Whoever does is going to think it is the dumbest thing on the planet." Then, I just turn it over to the Lord. And then that first comment comes in. Maybe I get a text from a friend. Or a tweet. "Wow!" "These are my thoughts exactly!" "I thought I was the only one!" "This is exactly what I needed to hear."
Those comments, e-mails, texts, and tweets are community being born.
And a reminder that you are never alone in your thoughts. Never.
Yes, I want to share pictures on this blog. Yes, I want to show you what I'm pinning on Pinterest. Yes, I want to share with you my fitness journey, or lack thereof. Yes, I want to show you adorable pictures of my pal, Henry.
But, I want to exalt Christ, as well. I want to show you the beauty that He is. I want to share with you what He is doing in my life.
I want you to be encouraged.
I want you to know that you are not alone.
I want you to know that there is a community of people who are just like you.
Whether you are married or single. Whether you are a twenty-something or in your 40s. Whether you are employed in your dream job or unemployed using the heck out of your Netflix subscription. Whether you are in high school, college, or beyond. Whether you have a blog or just read them a lot. Whether you are a Christian or not.
In true community, you always belong.
No matter what.
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