Twelve years of blogging as of today! I would ask, "Where did the years go?", but actually, they're here, all written down, recorded.
Well, I don't tell you everything, of course.
Like, I kept two local tragedies from you. One happened in our farming community (immediately upon moving there) and another, an accident, Tom saw happen while buying donuts for his work crew on our main street, here.
Some people probably believe I should have shared those, especially the farm town thing, for it haunted me for months. We'd met one of the teens it happened to and it still can shake me.
But you know? I'm not a journalist meant to record everything and we're all, you and me, surrounded by too many sad reports. Instead, I want this to be an uplifting place each time you click here and frankly, I couldn't find the words to write those stories.
Which reminds me--almost never do I sit here agonizing over what to write. Oh, a few times I've asked God, "Do I really have to write this embarrassing story about myself?" and proceeded slowly, hoping He'd change His mind in the middle. heh.
Yet whenever I've tried forcing words in any post, before becoming a frustrated mess, I just
How much better to follow God's plans rather than my own. Perhaps blogging has illustrated that to me more than anything else. (It's also shown me the difference between being faithful to an activity and being faithful toward God--and how, often, they appear quite different.)
And you--my kindred spirits! How kind of you to let me blather on and on, especially about God (not everyone in my real life lets me). And how fun to have met you when, otherwise, I'd have had to wait until Heaven.
Yes, the Internet can be a pain, but oh, it can also be a joy once you discover the best way to use it.
So thank-you to all my readers, long-time or short, for checking-up on me and my simple world to see what's new and what 'classes' God's got me attending each week.
No, really. You are much appreciated.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." ... Galations 2:20
Anyone who emails me (GladOne4@yahoo.com) or adds a comment here or at Facebook before noon (EST) tomorrow (July 26) will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon.com.
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And here's something which so inspired me yesterday:
Read about it here: Arizona's Mystery Castle.
Then find marvelous indoor/outdoor photos of it here.
And if you have Netflix, you can watch a segment about it on Monumental Mysteries, episode 10.