Saturday, June 12, 2010

A picture of my dad's laptop screen.

You may have noticed that my blog has a new look. And, you may be sighing with relief and saying, "Finally!" I know I am!

You probably wondered why I waited as long as I did to put "more" into my blog's layout. If you know anything about the blog world, you know the layout that I had was one of the most basic that Blogger offers.

But, I had a few strong reasons for using that old, boring template for as long as I did. I wanted to wait because:

#1- I wanted to prove to myself that blogging was more than just a "phase."

I've spent a lot of time and money in the past preparing myself for hobbies that didn't really "take," if you know what I mean. I have everything I need to make quilts, decorate cakes, cross stitch, oil paint, make tile mosaics, etc. So, I wanted to make sure blogging was going to be different.

#2- I wanted to focus on my content.

I wanted my blog to have substance over form. I've seen many a beautiful blog with only a few superficial, sporadic posts.

You may wonder what will come of all this writing. That's okay because I wonder the same thing, too. I don't really know what "the point" of all this is and I am not sure there needs to be any point, besides the obvious:

#1- I enjoy it.

#2- And it blesses my family.

My parents, in laws, brother, sister, at the very least, enjoy hearing about my days and seeing pictures of my kids. My husband also reads my blog religiously. When he and I talk in the evenings, it is like we pick up where my last blog post ended.

I've taken my blogging habit before God's throne more than once, just so you know, checking with Him to make sure it was still "okay." I like to make sure I am letting the Lord be Lord over every part of my life, especially the things, like blogging, that are "extra."

My friend once told me, "If you set your heart on God and your passions don't change, that probably means those passions were given to you by God. He means for you to keep them."

So, I've set my heart on God and so far, it seems like the closer I get to Him, the more I want to write. And, it's strange, but at times, it also seems like the more I write, the closer I get to Him!

I found this quote that expressed how I feel perfectly.

“I profess to be one of those who, by profiting, write, and by writing profit.”—Augustine

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