Monday, January 19, 2009

Forward - Welcome to My blog

It's the Beginning 

“Be strong and courageous and do the work...”From 1 Chronicles 28:20

I have wanted to start my blog for so long. In fact, it seems like years. I really was getting sick of thinking and not doing. But you know the drill. So many other things to do—finish packing away Christmas, clean up my messy office, prepare for an upcoming trip, catch up on wash. Then, while wading through my many e-mails, I came across a Blog workshop that was scheduled right in my town for the weekend ahead. It just so happened, this very same weekend, my last remaining at-home daughter was away and my husband and I had no plans!! This was extremely unusual. Could this be the opportunity I had been waiting for? Could it be that this class would push me past thinking to doing?? Could I actually have a blog by the end of this weekend workshop??? I thought I’d wait until Saturday morning to decide.

When I awoke, I went straight to my prayer chair and settled in for some warm, cozy time with God, using a few devotionals (aka, devos) I regularly enjoy. It had been a while since I had grabbed more than a few minutes for my quiet time. I picked up In Touch magazine (available FREE through the ministry of the same name featuring Charles Stanley, http://www.intouch.org/). It was the January issue and I had not read it yet. Well the words on the cover nearly screamed (in a nice way) at me, “What’s Holding You Back?”

The cover story by Dr. Stanley spoke right to me. Every word on the page encouraged me. The article was so practical, too, outlining “5 Essential Steps to Reaching Your Goals.” The bottom line for me: Trust God to fulfill your God-given desires and move forward in faith with a plan of action.

Well, I did move forward. I prayed first, then spent a good part of the weekend getting together my blog without ever taking that class. And this right here, right now, is the result. God used this little magazine to speak to me at the perfect time to propel me forward and help me to fulfill one of the God-given desires of my heart, to share Our Stories, His Glory!

That’s my story for today. So welcome to my blog!

What’s Your Story?
God can use anything to speak to us and move us forward in our lives. Have you had an experience lately where God has used something very ordinary—an article, a book, a CD, a song on the radio, a conversation with a friend—to move you forward?

3 comments:

  1. This very blog has helped to move me forward in the work I believe God has planned for me.

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  2. IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE A COMMENT, SIMPLY CLICK ON THE # COMMENTS BUTTON AND THAT SHOULD WORK!

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  3. Elise, it's wonderful!

    I went to a Chris Tomlin/Israel Houghton concert in our area recently. Israel sang a rockin' number with the chorus taken from Psalm 107:2: "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so..." Despite having heard this well-known quote from the Bible before, I was struck again by its simplicity and power. I'm not going to apologize for believing that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)--I'm going to continue to boldly SAY SO!

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