Well, well, well. What do we have here? I’ll pause while you dutifully applaud my decision to do what everyone else has already done 5 years ago: start a blog. The idea of starting a blog is something God put on my heart several months ago, but like any good Christian, I decided that God had no idea what He was talking about and that if I just ignored His prodding long enough, it’d go away. Guess what…didn’t happen. Shocking, I know! So, here we are.
If you know me, you know that blogging is not my thing. It’s about as far outside my comfort zone as it can get. To be perfectly honest (and that’s exactly what I promise to be in all my posts), I can barely say or think the word “blog” without feeling slightly ridiculous. I just can’t help it; technology intimidates me. I will be the first to admit I have zero idea about what I’m doing, but given it was God’s idea in the first place, I’m simply trusting God to guide and speak and handle this whole undertaking.
My goal for this first post is simply to help explain my purpose, or the purpose I believe God has in mind for this blog. As many of you know, five years ago I quit teaching in order to be a stay-at-home mom to our daughter. Along with many other unexpected blessings and challenges during this time, I discovered the privilege of being able to spend time each day doing self-led Bible study. Over these last few years, I have read the Bible from front to back for the first time in my life, began collecting scriptures to pray over my family, my friends, and myself, and completed a variety of Bible studies from teacher-heroes such as Joyce Meyer, Max Lucado, Beth Moore, and Priscilla Shirer. It was during the completion of these studies that I found myself desperate to share with others, women and moms especially, all that I was learning. But it didn’t stop there–I wanted to share ways in which God was actively teaching me these same Biblical lessons and principles in my own life while I studied His Word. So, all that to say this: my goal for this blog is simply to share what I’ve learned from others, to share what I’ve learned in my own studies, to share how I’m getting it right in my daily life and how I’m getting it wrong (LOTS more in this category!!), and to encourage others to see God in the same positive, peace-inducing, love-garnering way that I have.
Now, I am CERTAIN you’ve spent the last couple of paragraphs on the very edge of your seat, anxiously awaiting my explanation of the blog title The Samaritan Woman I’ve chosen. Right? No? Weird. Anyhoo, stick around for post number two. It will all be discussed then. (Is this how we do this blog thing…this bait-and-hook tactic??)
To address the title of this particular post, let me share a little bit of breaking news: comfort zones are, well…comforting. And because of this fact, many of us stay safely tucked away in them. However, that’s not what gets us those big blessings from God. That’s not how we grow His kingdom for our unreached friends and family. I know that many of you are likely facing something in your lives right this minute that you know God is pressing you to do that’s outside of your comfort zone. If anyone knows what this feels like, it’s Jesus. Unsure of what to do? Take your honest concerns straight to the One who excelled at doing the uncomfortable unlike anyone else ever has or will. He will listen. He will comfort you. He will tell you exactly what to say and do. If you’re facing something scary and uncertain, I ask that you join me in praying this simple, scripture-based prayer to our loving Father who wants nothing more than for us to trust Him while we stand back and watch His blessings flow.
Dear Lord, I am so grateful for your love and your guidance. I feel your Holy Spirit moving in my life, Lord, and to be honest, I feel scared. I ask that you uphold the promises in your Word to go before me, to prepare my way, and to uphold me in your righteous right hand. I trust you, God. Give me the strength to press forward into your will. Thank you for hearing me. Thank you for making me a conqueror through your son. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.
As I close, let me leave you with this. A couple of years ago, Nathan and I began watching a brand new show called New Girl. After episode one, we were completely unsure of whether or not we liked it, so we decided to watch it again. Episode two came and went. We looked at each other, shrugged, and decided that maybe one more episode would solidify our feelings about it. How smart we were! Episode three had us laughing out loud, loving the characters, and setting a series record on our DVR. We have watched it, laughing uproariously, ever since (we love you, Winston!!). I think it’s only fair that you know from the start that mine is likely the New Girl of blogs. Post number one: eh. Post number two: so-so. Posts number three+: possibly worth your time. So, please, stay tuned my friends. God has lots to share, and I am (optimistically) certain I’ll get better at communicating it.
Disclaimer: I LOVE sarcasm. Surely that was obvious around sentence number two. I might be wrong about this, but I think that sarcasm might even be a spiritual gift…don’t quote me on that. Whatever the case, it abounds. Please don’t take it personally, and please don’t let your panties bunch. Until next time…
Philippians 2:3–Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself.