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by Blue Cotton Memory

About 2 years ago, my family set off on a journey that took us to another place. God said, “Go” and we went. People would say, “But your house hasn’t sold yet. . . . your son isn’t out of high school yet… but…but…but…” I would answer, “God said, ‘Go.'” And, He wanted us to go now.

A few months before we set off on our journey, the author of “The V-Files,” encouraged me to start a blog. “It’s easy,” she said.

My husband and I have often wondered about, “Why” and what God wanted us to accomplish on this journey.

A dear bloggy friend suggested it was a test of obedience.

You see – this journey has not been a summer vacation or a get-away time. It has been a Odysseus journey, I guess, completing one arduous challenge after another. 

I have been frustrated because I have applied for jobs – and the doors just are not opening. It made me feel old, to be honest. 

The one area that has grown and doors have opened have been here – in the blogahood. A heart-felt thank you for every visit, every encouragement, every connection, invitations to write, always making me feel like I was contributing something valuable.

There are 3 “dreams” or “hopes” I have had in my life. I wanted to marry for a lifetime a Knight-in-Shining-Armor-kind-of-guy – and God blessed me. I want to show my children how to grow old loving the Lord (am working on it). Since I was 6, I wanted to be a successful writer. I have been thisclose to finding a publisher for my children’s book – only to have the publishing house sold. My editor was lost in the shuffle. You’ve heard of un-requited love? Well, I have felt un-requited success. I gave my dream to God quite a few years ago – my dream of being a writer.

“What God. . . . what do you want me to do?” I asked over and over again – more so in these last two years which seemed like painful limbo.

Friday, God took the blinders off my eyes. Eyes wide open to truth, I paused, amazed. Nothing goes to waste. I am not a failure. I am the goose girl unveiled.

God gave me these past two years as a gift. . . to write for Him. As I waded through tears, heart-wrenching moments, I wrote. Many of you were there with me. He gave me my dream. Bigger than I imagined. Maybe not bigger than many blogs, but Bigger than I dreamed.

You see, on Friday, my blog viewer statistics hit 75,000. 75,000 visits to read what God put on my heart. To bunches of you, that is just a drop in the bucket. But to me, who thought that well maybe I ought to just write for my children, store it away for after I am gone, that no-one wanted to hear what poured inside out – that is 74,995 more opportunities to let others know about the love of Jesus, 74,995 more opportunities to lift someone up with the love of Jesus when they are down, 74,995 to let someone know they are not alone, that they are beautiful creations of a loving Father, to encourage others to reach out of their comfort zone to Jesus love someone not their own, 74,995 opportunities to encourage a cultural shift in how we view men in our society, 74,995  opportunities to encourage mothers to not give up when they are challenged beyond themselves.

Little things can have a big impact. It reminds me of one of my favorite songs from Les Miserable, “Little People”:

“A worm can roll a stone
A bee can sting a bear
A fly can fly around Versailles
‘Cos flies don’t care!
A sparrow in a hut
Can make a happy home
A flea can bite the bottom
Of the Pope in Rome!”

All the while I thought I wasn’t achieving anything, I really was. All the while I thought my dream had escaped me, I was living it the entire time. Maybe you are, too!

Psst! Thanks for coming by every now and then and listening to what I have to say:) You bless me!

 “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)

  “If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. {11} The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” (Isaiah 58:10-11)

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, {25} not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10: 24-25)

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