Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pages...why does your mother write in a blog?

I thought perhaps you might wonder why your mother writes and posts on a blog.  So, I'll answer that for you.

We had just gotten our first computer, a hand-me-down from daddy's job with Larry Parks.  We bought and installed a modem and picked up an AOL disc and suddenly, we were high-tech rednecks.  As I was poking around on it when I was home alone, I found an area of AOL called Journals (or J-Land).  I thought to myself, look any AOL member can start a journal.  That might be fun. 

As I mulled it over, I realized it would be a perfect avenue for me to share my experiences with and lessons from God with other women.  I had promised God I would.  And there was a burden in my heart to find new avenues to do so.  So, Life & Faith in Caneyhead was born.  If you go back and read from the beginning you can see me sharing these things.  Being faithful to His leadership.  Along the way, I met some amazing Christian women.  Some still follow me and blog themselves.  I've had two precious souls pass on to be with the Lord. 

As I did this, I realized how very much I missed writing.  I hadn't written for anyone but me since I left school.  I enjoy it.  It is no work at all for me.  I have a thought, I sit down and I type.  I just try my very best to capture and express what I am thinking and feeling at that time. 

And this avenue that I've found makes it so much more fun!  Others come by and read what I've wrote.  Some are touched.  Some cry, some laugh, some question. 

I probably will never be a super mega blogger.  I don't follow fads or trends.  My writing, all of it, if still for me or the Lord first....everyone else is just invited along to join us.  I may never earn any money of consequence from it.  But then, it's a hobby to me, not a business. 

But it has its rewards.  I have gained friends that I feel I know in flesh and blood.  I've found I'm not as strange as the meaning of my name suggests.  I've had the honor of recording history here (with my Storm Stories).  I've been able to lighten someones day.  I've moved people, connected with people.  I have a folder in my email titled Proof of His Faithfulness.  There I've saved aways comments or emails from readers whose lives were touched or troubles were helped by what I wrote.  That is something beyond anything I could imagine when I first started out here.

And it is also a labor of love to you.  Because even if my time in front of this screen seems silly to you now, I know all too well how precious what is recorded here can be one day down the road.

10 comments:

  1. Hello Texas! Calling in from the UK on the AtoZ Challenge, I've set up a link to this blog from my post today, happy blogging!
    http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-ls

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  2. Here's a big ol' Texas Howdy for you Rosie!

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  3. You blog your heart. That matters more than a huge following. Keep the faith in what you are doing for God and for others.

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    1. You summed up what I was trying to say perfectly! Thank you for you input.

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  4. Hi Barbara, that's wonderful, how you've built up such an intimate community with your blog. God chooses to comfort people in different ways, and I'm sure He has used your words to touch others because you are such a compassionate soul. Lovely coming across your blog through the A-Z Challenge!

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    1. Hasn't the challenge been a hoot?! New followers and new blogs to follow. Thanks for stopping in.

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  5. I just wanted to say I liked this post. I too enjoy writing for its own sake but, as a novelist, I also covet readers, and I wonder if I care too much or am trying too hard.

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    1. Well readers make it fun, and comments are icing on the cake. I don't know yet what you blog about, I just know often times the posts of mine most people keep coming to or that get the most comments are usually the ones that I wrote most straight off the cuff just because it was wanting out of me.

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  6. Hi there, I was drawn to the title of this post on your reflection page, and I now know why. My heart always jumps for joy when I read Christian women pour their hearts out for the world to read how the Lord has worked in their lives faithfully. Thank you for sharing your faith ... and you have encouraged me so.

    I am April, visiting from the challenge, and blessed through your inspiration.

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    1. Thrilled to "meet you", April! Will be coming round to see what you've been up to on your blog.

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