This is my last post on “For His Glory”

Today marks the end of an eight-year blogging run for me on For His Glory.
This will be my last post.

As I watch God’s plan for me unfold, I sense Him moving me in a new direction, with new priorities and challenges. But blogging doesn’t show up on His agenda.

I will miss everything about blogging.

I love to write. I spent my working career writing. I’ve been writing paragraphs since I was in second grade.  I taught writing and composition to middle school, high school and college students for years. I was a newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, sports writer, ad agency copywriter, technical writer and more.

Blogging gave me opportunities to meet and make friends with lots of dedicated bloggers and very gifted and talented writers. I will dearly miss my camaraderie with them and our many friendship moments.

I couldn’t give up my blog without sharing my deep, heartfelt gratitude for the thousands of viewers who have visited FHG and come back time and time again. The folks who shared a “like” or written such wonderful, encouraging comments have all kept me writing blog posts year after year.

Probably the richest blessings I’ll miss are those comments from folks who tell me how blessed they were to read the words God gave me.

But most of all I am grateful beyond words for Almighty God and the opportunity He’s given me to share His words and His love and grace with others on my blog. It has always been His blog and everything I have written has been for His glory.

my answer

Several years ago I fell just shy of making my blog my god. Everything I read in God’s word, every sermon I listened to, every devotional, every blog someone else wrote–all of it became grist for my next blog post. I committed to publishing a new blog post Monday through Friday. Occasionally I revived a post to publish from my archives. Sometimes I published posts written by some of the great spiritual writers I followed. But most of my posts were original and fresh. I was spending two to three hours a day writing posts or reading and researching material for future posts.

During the past few weeks God has shown me He had a lot to say to me in His word and in those sermons and devotionals I read that others wrote.  I haven’t the foggiest notion how much I missed that God was attempting to tell me and teach me. But I was too busy focusing on and gathering all that material for my next blog post.

I prayed about my blog and talked with Marie about what I think God was showing me. So,  I decided to stop. The same day I made the decision, God blessed me with a peace I hadn’t known for most of the past eight years.

He is showing me He wants my relationship with Him and my relationships with my family to become first and second on my list of priorities.  I am getting back into God’s word regularly FOR ME, not for my blog. I’m spending more time with my family and my brothers in Christ in our church men’s group. I’m learning deeper surrender. I’m meditating on Scripture. (Now I’m giving myself time to do that.)

I’m growing closer to my Father, and Marie and I are happier together now than we’ve ever been. I’m investing my former blogging time and energy on impacting my beautiful granddaughters and serving Marie.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for showing me my new direction I’m taking and the new path I’m on to allow You to work in me so everything I say and do and think and feel will be For Your Glory.

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I thought it was time she lost her fear of the water.  We moved down to the waist-high area of the pool.  I stood in the water a few feet from the edge.

“Jump in, Leah,” I said.

She would have no part of it. She stood on the bank with one of those 5-year-old “No, I’m not going to” defiant objections.

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“No! I’ll get water in my nose.”

This war of pleas and objections went on for 10 minutes. She finally worked up the courage to walk to the edge of the pool. “Hold your nose and jump in,” I said. “I’ll catch you. I promise. Just trust me.

She finally held her nose and jumped. I dunked her head under water for two seconds. She survived! She thought jumping intotrust and obey the pool and daddy catching her was a blast!

So, my five-year-old jumped off the edge of the pool and daddy caught her . . .again and again . . .for the next 45 minutes! She never got tired. Daddy did. Or we’d still be at that pool.

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