“For each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs aren’t gathered from thornbushes, or grapes picked from a bramble bush. A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” Luke 6:44-45
Before Facebook and Twitter came along, making it fun and easy for me to be pithy, I had a blog. You can go check it out if you’re super bored and want to know what I was thinking and doing back in ’05, but the point (and confession) is simply that I have been a long-time fan of self-expression through the written word. I have also been a fan of fans of that self-expression.
Case in point, I like it when people “like” and comment on my Facebook statuses. And back when I had the first blog, I loved it when people commented on my posts. That blog was called “because i can”, appropriately titled, since my sole purpose in writing it was to update friends on the goings on of all things Hopkins, and to make them laugh in the process. We had just moved five hours away from the people we had done life with for almost a decade. We don’t live close to family, either. So because I could, I did.
This is different. It is primarily a devotional blog. I don’t know yet how often I’ll post, but my goal is at least once a week. It’s a dangerous proposition, in some ways. Out of the heart, the mouth speaks…or fingers type, as it were. Admittedly, there is both an abundance of good and bad in mine. But what I hope that you find here is less of me and more of Him; less of funny and more of faith. Many of you encourage me so much as I work on the book and get a website going (more on that soon). It’s all somewhat awkward, but what I hope happens is that as God continues to give me opportunities to speak and write, the “fruit” that comes from this girl would be the sweet stuff of Jesus. And as God gives you the opportunities to do whatever it is He has designed you to do each day, that your heart would overflow in a spectacular display — that people would see His character and love in you and be drawn to Him.
Thanks, Steph, for asking me to do this a couple of years ago. haha! I’m slow, but I didn’t forget! And to the women of FBC Midlothian – thank you for teaching me about the uniqueness and power of each person’s God-story. You have proven in no uncertain terms that a person’s story…whatever it is…does not define truth. Instead, Truth defines each of our stories – praise God for that! I treasure my own now more than ever. Let us each continue to allow God to use the experiences of our lives to reveal eternal truths and to make us fruitful people.
For our good and His glory-