I've had more than a few people ask me recently if I want to be "so honest" in this blog. And, when I really think about it, the answer is "Of course not!" But, I've chosen to approach this blog (and a huge part of my life at this point) with openness and honesty. I admit, there are still chapters in my life which I have not chosen to make public. Perhaps those chapters will be released at a later date :) I've make a huge effort to share only MY story - not that of others. I believe that EVEN when someone else's story has a huge impact on your life, it's not your story to share.
I've been journaling off & on since I was a little girl. When I was in 1st or 2nd grade, my parents bought me a little diary with a lock on the side. I kept the diary under my pillow. I kept the key on the stand beside my bed hidden under a doily my grandmother had made. And, I am not ashamed to tell you that I penned some powerful notes in the days of pig-tails & puppy dogs! Many of them were about that cute neighbor boy who never seemed to notice me. Some were about wishing my dad wasn't the preacher but, my friend's dad - a farmer with 3 horses, chickens, cows, goats, fields & woods. Some notes chronicled the amount of strawberries my best friend & I ate while sitting on the dirt in her father's strawberry field - the same field that grew cotton on other years. Other notes talked of wishing I had a Palomino pony who'd take me to school each morning instead of me having to walk or a little monkey who stayed in my room but went to the bathroom outside so my mom wouldn't be upset!
Some of my current entries have been pulled from diaries, journals, notes to dear friends, etc. But, regardless of when or where they were written, I intend them to be open & honest as I share them. I want them to communicate that my life looks perfect from some angles & looks like burning rubble from others. My life is no different than anyone else's life -- in the fact that what is seen on the outside doesn't always portray what is happening on the inside.
If you've read anything I've written, you can see that the ONE thing that makes sense of all my craziness... the up's & down's... the seen & unseen... is my relationship with God & my love for Him. I am not & have never been a "perfect Christian." I've made the choice to wake up each morning & try to honor Him to the best of my abilities that day! If I leave nothing else in this world, I pray that I leave the HOPE for others to know that God makes the difference... only God... no matter how messed up you are!
"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."