The following is a guest post from Just Peachie!
To blog or not to blog?
Sounds like a simple question. In my life it might as well have been penned: Act 1, Scene 1: The War Within. I do have a tendency to take things to the dramatic side. In my mind that question was just as mentally taxing as its derivative quote, “To be or not to be? The ‘what ifs’ in life tend to plague me terribly. For example, most likely I won’t fall out of a vehicle moving at 60 miles per hour on the highway just because my car door is unlocked. Most likely. I hope. But it’s that one tiny maybe that moves me to lock my door every time I get in the car, just in case. To blog or not to blog? The response to that question would be life changing. How did I ever decide? And how did Christian Mommy Blogger coincidentally play a part?
The answer came in the strangest place. A messy office.
I came across a contest for organizing an office. I love to win anything and with the bulk of mess in my office, I figured I was destined to win! In order to enter, though, I had to set up a blog to detail my progress.
To blog or not to blog?
The sweat started pouring as the gears started turning. I had always wanted to write. I have published a couple articles in a small paper. I even have a kid’s book I wrote years ago. But I had been extremely fearful to begin a blog because frankly, my work would then be available for everyone to critique. To blog or not to blog boiled down to whether or not I would let my fear keep me from my pursuing a dream. At what would look to most as the worst timing ever (one month after my fifth child was born) I decided to blog.
I should say, I decided to obey the calling and gifting that God gave me, and blog. I took it to prayer. I brought the idea to others I respected to pray and the Lord gave me the strength to go forward.
And I blogged!
After that clean office came the not so coincidental meet up with Leigh Anne and Nikki…the Mrs. Intentionals themselves. I say not a coincidence because the meet up happened through steps of obedience.
Had I not started that little contest that jumped me into the blog world and gave me some practice posting and blogging, I would have never run across a neat blog called Christian Mommy Blogger. I was first impressed at the site itself. Then the heart of the blog caught a hold of me. These ladies were writing for me! Well, for thousands, but at the time, I was an audience of one. And one of the first posts I read about had to do with blogging…from the Christian perspective.
Next thing I know, I am a part of my first twitter party. If you haven’t done that with this group, you are missing out. I got connected and I got excited about my new adventure. Then through this twitter party, the ladies had giveaways. One of which was their ebook Intentional Blogger. And I won it! (Seriously, if you blog, you should read this!)
I would like to call it a coHimcidence.
I had to do my part. I made the decision. I took the steps. Nikki and Leigh Anne had to do theirs.They needed to hear what God had for them to do in blogging and in their writing ministry. But ultimately, God had to work us all together.
You can do all you can, but without His touch, your “doing’ or ‘not doing’ will always lack. But with His leading you can do anything He sets you up to do.
The question to do or not to do will continually present itself through life. To be or not to be? Should I work or stay home with my kids? Should we move or should we renovate? Should I marry him or should we go out separate ways? To blog or not to blog? But I would like to offer the thought that it’s not the question of should I or shouldn’t I, your success in anything is a direct a result of your steps in obedience. And I believe obedience is rooted in this key as God calls us to just Oh, BE (as in O-BE-dience). He is calling us to “Oh-Be” His by obeying what He speaks to us through His Word and revelations of His word.
God wants you to know His will. For I know the plans I have for You says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:11). He wants you to ask His will and He wants to order your steps (Proverbs 3:5-7) But most importantly, He wants you to be His. John 15 encourages us to abide in Christ like branches on a vine. Whatever flows through the vine, also flows through the branches. The branches take their cues from the vine. Most of the time the matter is not whether God will tell us; the matter is our willingness to simply obey what He says. Flowing out of the relationship of our ‘being’ His.
I am still bombarded by decisions on every side, and admittedly so, drama still continues and will continue to fight for top billing in my life. But with God as Lord and Guide, my life series will end with a rousing applause as He speaks “Well done!” And the credits will include all the great people, like Nikki and Leigh Anne…and you…that I am privileged to meet along the way. I am so thankful for His connections through this ministry and so hopeful for the coHimcidences that He has to come for me…and for you!
Thanks for listening! I’ll be oBEying Him with you and staying,
My name is Eydie Reiser and I call myself Just Peachie for blogging purposes. I am a mom of five, a volleyball coach, pastor’s wife, and a staff pastor. Call me a buffet style personality…I love many things and the more diverse the better. I live in Wisconsin. I am praying that God uses this blog ministry to bring souls to Him and grow souls in Him as well. My very fresh blog site is justpeachiemenu.com or justpeachie31daychallenge.wordpress.com.