I cannot even begin to believe it’s already been an entire year! Praise be to JESUS! Alyssa approached me a few months before we launched GLOW. We really connected our last semester of college because of a class we had together. We went through boyfriends, engagements, and graduation together. We had many deep conversations those few months we spent together. She doesn’t know how grateful I am for those memories! So, when she approached me about being a contributor for GLOW, it peaked my interest! I already had major respect for her, so I knew it was time to seriously pray and consider. A few weeks went by without giving her a definite answer. I had recently had Liam and was a little preoccupied with explosive poops and the joys of breastfeeding. As soon as I knew God wanted me to contribute, I let her know. We were thrilled to move forward and establish a new community of believers who could talk about real issues as Christian women. Because ladies, it just ain’t easy sometimes! Especially when you try to do life by yourself. Can I get an AMEN?
I’ll be honest…contributing to a blog weekly isn’t always easy. Especially when a little toddler begs for my attention most hours of the day. Then there are meals to prepare, laundry to do, and errands to run. By the time bedtime rolls around, I’m ready to curl up in my big t-shirt and fuzzy socks and do NOTHING! (I know you can relate!) Writing has taken some discipline on my part. I have to etch out the time it takes to write and make sure I’m giving you gals adequate attention! Sometimes fears sneak in, too. Satan tells me I’m not worthy. I’m not a “good enough” writer, no one reads my posts, what I’m doing really doesn’t matter. Therefore, I try to lean even closer to Jesus to hear His encouragement that we are doing GOOD for His Kingdom. I pray for Him to hide me behind the cross with each post I write. I also ask that He will guide me to write just what He wants me to for the week ahead. It’s AMAZING when you ladies tell us, “That was exactly what I needed to read today,” because we know that we truly wrote what the Lord desired. I love it when He’s honored!
The days after having a baby can do funny things to your head. Emotions overtook me, and crazy thoughts flashed through my mind. I slipped into Post Partum Depression, and I didn’t know how to get out. GLOW has honestly been part of my healing process. There were days I had NOTHING left. I couldn’t even read a Psalm, for crying out loud. But for whatever reason, Jesus kept urging me to write. Write. Write. Write. The writing pushed me to listen to Him. It pushed me to actually spend time with Him. After all, so many were relying on me to have my post prepared for the week. Because of this “forced seeking,” I began to heal. I pushed through the darkness toward the light because I HAD to. I NEEDED to. Jesus used this blog to help heal my heart, ladies. Your input, life stories, encouraging words, and challenges to us have been so good for my aching heart. So, here’s my thank you. Thank you for being part of this amazing community of women. Thank you for being incredibly encouraging this year! Thank you for supporting us. And thank you for bearing with me as I have some of the cheesiest and “punniest” humor. Y’all are rockstars!
Please continue to be part of our lives as we move ahead to year 2! We love being part of this little slice of the world with you. Now grab a cup of coffee, throw on your comfy pants, and comment your favorite part of this year with GLOW! We would love to hear!