God started planting the idea of writing a blog in my mind over a year ago. I did a little reading about blogs, but I really didn’t know what I was supposed to write about, how to get started, or where to go to for the technical help. I am good at e-mail and I am good at surfing the Net, but I don’t make web pages. Much to the disgust of my friends and family, I don’t even Facebook. It’s not that I am unsociable – I just would rather pick up the phone and call you or talk to you face-to-face. E-mail is okay for short notes in between those personal visits. I’m sure they’ll eventually wear me down and I will have to face Facebook.
I had forgotten about blogging until recently, when our church got its own website. Then the thought came back to me and I felt that little urging in my spirit.
And I quickly crushed it before it got too loud."I don’t have time to write a blog," I told myself. It’s hard enough finding enough time for studying and getting my weekly Sunday School lesson together. I work part time and I have my family to care for. I am on the Praise Team and have regular practices. I am on the Council and I am involved with the Ladies Ministry. When would I have time to write a blog?
Then God showed me all the "I’s" in my self-talk. There was too much focus on "I" and "me", instead of on Him. If He has called us to do a work, He will equip us and He will make a way where there seems to be none.
Pastor Craig talked about this in his message on Sunday (2/14/10). In 1 Kings 17, God sends Elijah to the widow in Zarephath, who is busy gathering wood in preparation of what she believes will be her last meal. She had no idea that God had already commanded that she would supply food for Elijah throughout the remainder of the drought. She was a reluctant and skeptical servant when she fetched some water and bread for the man of God. However, her obedience resulted in not only fulfilling her calling to be Elijah’s food supplier, but also in saving her and her son’s lives. (For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.' 1 Kings 17:14)
I don’t know what God has planned through this blog, but I know He has one. I believe that it will touch lives, not because I am a great writer, but because God wants to use it to fulfill His purpose. I pray that because I have put fear and self-doubt aside and written this first article, God will honor that and will provide the material for this blog each week. If He made the sun stand still for Joshua, I know He will help me find the time in my hectic schedule to get the job done. I hope you will check back each week and read this blog. Share it with friends and please share your comments with me.
Here’s the unfortunately necessary disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are that of the writer, and not necessarily Spirit Life Fellowship. So don’t call Pastor Craig and complain if you don’t like something I’ve written. Believe me, if I’ve written something not pleasing . . . I will hear about it! Feel free to let me know what you think.