Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Inaugural Blog Post and God's Timing -Feb. 20th a Pivotal Date in My Life

Salt and Light is my first blog and you are reading my inaugural blog postAs I humbly approach this project, it is my heart's desire to use this blog to serve God and advance His Kingdom using the time,talents and gifts He has graciously given to me. It is my hope and prayer that this blog will bless you. 

I affectionately call my blog a "GodBlog." It is His and not mine.
I will go where He leads me. The will of God be done not my will as I prayerfully consider what to write.
So I invite you to join me for the journey as we see where God takes you and me. 

I have been praying to God for the words to type and to spur me on to finally post something on this blog. 
I actually had the idea, named the blog and obtained my blog address in October of 2010. Why did I wait until now? Why did I hesitate to make this blog a priority? 
The truth is sin.
"I was chicken" (sin of pride). I was "busy" with other things (sin of not putting God first),
I had so many ideas so I did not know where to start (sins of pride and procrastination).
I just did not get it done! (sin of laziness) and the list goes on...excuses excuses. You get the picture.
Thankfully God is good and His timing is PERFECT.
It is fitting that I write my first post today, February 20th. I will explain why below.

Earlier this week I finally wrote my first draft. I was fairly happy with what I had written, yet I delayed posting it, needing to correct some misspelled words and review it again.
I must admit that I am a perfectionist so a little procrastination is not unusual.
I continued to pray that God would give me the words to write and His timing for publishing this first post, officially "launching" my blog.

Today I arrived home absolutely determined to finish the draft and post it. 
Then it occurred to me, that today might be the 20th. In my "busyness" I had not looked at the calendar. 
I immediately knew, that if today was that date, this was surely God's sign for me to begin my blog.
I checked the calendar on my phone.
Amazingly, I had not noticed that today was indeed the 20th, a pivotal date in my life.

So I scrapped the now infamous "first draft" and wrote this post. 
Why? 
Today is the date that God in His mercy and love saved me from certain death.
On February 20th,1991 exactly twenty years ago, my husband and I were in a plane crash.
My precious husband died.
This clearly had far reaching effects on my life, the lives of others and my walk with God.
I will save that story for later.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11

Indeed God has given me a future. By His infinite grace and loving provision God has given me a godly (and very humorous) husband Russell and our two wonderful sons. 
By no merit of my own, God has given His son Jesus to by my Lord and Savior.
If you do not know this Jesus, I pray you click here. You owe it to yourself to investigate.

God has always richly blessed me (whether in joys or trials) and now beyond measure.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.- Romans 8:28

Thank you for reading my very first post
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To God be the Glory!  God is Love