” For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:6
On Friday, I received a ‘congratulations’ notification from WordPress to let me know that I had reached my first milestone as fledging blogger; I had now reached 10 published posts!
Reflecting on my blogging journey so far – new as it is – I felt a deep sense of gratitude for all the process has granted me so far.
Each of my 10 entries has come from a place of prayer and each one has had great meaning for me. As I share on my home page, I have felt called to share my faith in this way for some time. From a very early age, I loved to write and I spent most of my childhood writing stories and adventures to entertain my friends. That gift was lost to me though, as I grew older, and I gradually wrote less and less.
Guided by faith, not fear
It is human nature for us to put obstacles in our own paths and, for a long time, while I sensed God was calling me to write in this way, I found myself putting different road blocks in the way.
I don’t have time!
I don’t have the technical skills!
I don’t know what to write!
God however has a way of moving those obstacles and helping us to navigate a clear path through.
Firstly, amid a pandemic, I suddenly had time.
Then, a conversation with my very good friend, Steph (who also happens to be a fantastic editor – check out https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpress.com/blog/ if you ever need editing help, by the way), provided me with the technical and moral support to get started.
Finally, in prayer, I found my inspiration and direction.
A journey of faith
Encountering Jesus in a personal way has truly changed my life and ignited my faith. I find it such a blessing to be able to use my love of writing to share with others how Jesus has changed, and is changing, my life and am so grateful to all of you who have followed this journey with me so far.
If you are new to my page, a very warm welcome and please do leave a message to say hello! I really enjoy chatting with people and hearing your views on some of the topics I have covered in my blogs. When you are new to blogging every comment or new follower really does feel like ‘good news!’
Another piece of good news I received on Friday was that my blog had made it onto a list of ‘Top Catholic Blogs’. Not only was this a humbling experience, to be honoured in this way, it was also a great blessing to read the full list and see how many wonderful Catholic writers there are online. I would highly encourage you to check out the full list for yourself, here:
Writing has really sustained me during this difficult period of lockdown and I have found so much encouragement in reading the faith-filled words of others as well.
I thank God for the gifts I have been given and I’m excited to see where the Spirit might lead me next.