When I re-started this blog almost three years ago (September 22), I never imagined what it would become for me. And I didn’t realize–until these last few months–how much I would miss it when life took me away for awhile. I would never have thought that blogging was so closely linked to my faith walk, but as the summer months pulled me away from the blog and out into the sunshine/pool/car/park/kitchen/zoo/lake/mall/library, I realized that my blog has become a gratitude journal of sorts, a place to stand before God and thank Him–with my words and my photographs–for the beautiful world and beautiful life that he has given me. The blog gives me a chance to pause and reflect. It puts perspective on the daily trials and helps me to realize that broken sleep and a messy kitchen should never take away my joy. Even real, deep tragedy like a profound illness, unemployment, injury, poverty, and death do not have to be the end of joy when your joy comes from God. This little spot on the internet gives me a chance to remember those things.
And so…I’m now blogging for peace. To my own surprise, I’ve found that I need this space, this chance to be myself, stretch my creativity a bit, and ponder the goodness of life, in order to have peace in my mind and spirit. I had been forgetting to make time for such things, and the truth was revealed in my shortening patience, my negative “self-talk,” my discouragement, and a general sense of being down. Time to get back on track!
Time for joy to take over.