When I first got into blogging I am not quite sure what I was really looking for. I think maybe just something fun to fill my “sitting” time that had been forced upon me do to the arthritis in my knees. I have always loved to write, and felt like maybe I could journal out my ever increasing jumble of feelings that had been swirling around in my head while I was experiencing “an empty nest” as well. It would be a place to organize my pictures and maybe even put it all together someday as a journal type book for my kids and grandkids (in case they would ever be interested in what this lady was all about). I originally named this blog Debs Daily Dribbles as I honestly thought that was somewhat of a clever journal/diary name, haha, and no doubt just my random thoughts dribbling from my head…I hate to admit that I had not a single clue that thousands upon thousands of people blogged, or that it was actually OK to read anyone’s blog I might “happen” upon. It never occurred to me that total strangers might ever actually read it. All of this of course is a total admittance to the fact that I am really obviously somewhat naïve. Of course if you write something and POST it on the internet, potentially thousands of people could read if they so chose to do so. I just wasn’t much into computers or the internet or any of it at that point in my life. I am sure my daughter is flipping out about now that her mom could be soo behind the times, haha. But anyway, you can imagine my surprise and pleasure when I discovered just what the world of blogging was REALLY all about. I have watched in total amazement as my “followers” have increased to over 90 and can still hardly believe that anyone might be interested in much of anything I have to say. On the other hand I cannot believe the amount of women whose blogs I follow soo faithfully that I find myself talking about them to others around me as if they were people I actually know. But I guess that is the point. I DO actually know them all in a way. I follow their lives from day to day. I pray eagerly for them whenever I have the opportunity and laugh and cry at the stories of their lives. I admire the pictures of their precious little kids and grandkids and share a part of my heart I never dreamed I would as well. The fellowship from other Christian ladies I have come to know was just the icing on the cake. I LOVE this whole thing. But I have also found it to be a bit more of a responsibility that I ever gave thought to. I feel like as a Christian it is important that others know just what “being a Christian” means to me. I would never want to offend or cause anyone to look at me or my life and think that being a Christian is something they would never want to be. It is sooo my desire that everyone might come to a saving knowledge of Him, and experience all that He gives us through His Holy Spirit here on this earth. On the other hand, it is also important I think for others to know that we ALL struggle from time to time. We ALL have our moments of fear, anger, disappointment and sadness. We really aren’t perfect ~ just forgiven ~ as pat or cliché as that might really sound. But I also think it is important from time to time to stand up for what you believe and why you believe it. To not worry if some might not like what I have to say. I have struggled MANY times right from the beginning of my blogging experience as to rather or not I should write about controversial things. Like abortion, homosexuality, the celebrating of Halloween and many other such things. Others of you have and I can’t tell you how much I admire your courage of conviction and your hearts that are soo willing to share what you believe and why. I will admit I have VERY definite opinions on all of these things, because to be really honest, HE does of course. But I have decided again that I will leave the controversial topics to others who feel so led to share their hearts on these issues and stick to what I have felt He was leading me to do in the first place. And that is to sing His praises to all who have ears to hear and hearts to listen. To talk of what He does in my everyday life, and how I can’t imagine a life without Him. To encourage those I come in contact with when they might be feeling overwhelmed and unsure. To spread the good news of His love and joy around. Recently I have been giving a lot of thought as to why someone (including myself) considers themselves to be a Christian. And so my questions to you are…“What” is it that makes you a Christian? Why do you feel that you are? And most importantly….What does this mean to you?
I could write an entire (and very lengthy I am quite sure) post about what it is that I feel makes me a Christian. Maybe this is something no one else is really interested in and that is OK too. I don’t know if it is better for you all to just leave a quick comment here, or to write a post about it on your blog and reference it back to this post. I guess I will just see if there is an interest before I write mine out. This is NOT meant to be a judging tool for others to decide rather or not they indeed think someone else is or is not a Christian. I think we can ALL agree that only God Himself can judge our hearts. I just honestly have a desire to hear how soo many of you have come to believe this and why. This again is NOT a place to discuss what our particular church believes or why we go there, or even why we consider ourselves a certain domination. It is quite simply just really wanting to know what being Christian means to you.
Much love and His richest blessings to you all...