birthday…

 

Hey…today’s my birthday!

I am now one tiptoe beyond the halfway point of the 40’s…

Tomorrow is this little blog’s birthday as well.  I started this blog with the click of a few buttons on August 26, 2006.

It is hard to believe that it has been 4 years…I spun the clock backwards and the blog looks just like it did four years ago…except there are a lot more archives and sidebar jewelry…and comments…love those comments. I remember picking this theme because I loved how it looked like a journal page…and I liked the bit of whimsy  on the top.

Somehow taking an inventory of a 4-year-old blog is easier than 46 years…yet this blog encompasses a lot of my life…

I can go back through the pages and see what I was struggling with and what God was teaching me through those same struggles. 

I do know one thing and that is that I am not the same girl who began this blog 4 years ago.  This has been a place to pour out my heart and write out some of my deepest thoughts.  I know that in being vulnerable on this forum has changed me greatly and I believe my relationships as well.

I am so thankful for all who drop by and take a moment to read a few lines or more.

4 years ago, family members and a few friends knew this address and that was all that I dared invite.  Thank you for being my first readers and remaining.

Thank you for the faithful that ALWAYS leave me comments…you know how needy I am…ha!

It amazes me that there are many that I know…I see at church, Bible study or across the table at Starbucks  and many more  that I only hope to meet.  One day even if it is on heaven’s side, I will meet you that I now email, partner in prayer with, visit on Facebook  or just simply read your own words and am in awe…completely floored by your giftings.

There are those who every so often leave a comment…and I thank you. 

And I know that there are some that I will never know who just faithfully read…I thank you as well…it touches me beyond measure.

From the first day, A Work of Heart was intended to be a place to put all  that roams through my mind about living this amazing life that God has gifted us.  The ups and downs of life but all lived within the steadying anchor of Hope.  My desire has been to show my frailty thus showing  His majesty.  I hope it comes through on the page as well as in my life with others.

Recently, I read this before the acknowledgments, before the table of contents and before the preface in Mark Buchanan’s wonderful book
The Rest of God:

These verses* define what I’m about, as both a writer and a speaker; the ministry of reminding–of restating truth we already know.  I do this always, and I will do it as long as I’m around, so that even after I’ve departed, the memory of truth will live on.  I hope what I write is fresh, but is nothing original.  It’s all just a reminder.

I love these words and as soon as I read them, I knew that I felt the same.  I can remember years ago speaking in front of a large group and after my personal testimony and I was to share a brief exhortation…I said those same word…I am not sharing anything that you don’t already know…there is nothing new here, I am just reminding you.  I believe the bulk of what this blog is about is reminding myself first and then spreading it  forth.

I have no idea what this year of life will contain…nor do I know what my next blog post will be titled. I am actually quite excited because there are a lot of big unknowns…that I can’t wait to see what God has to say about them.  But I do know that I am blessed beyond measure and that in itself  is a very beautiful reminder.

Thanks for reading A Work of Heart…I came very close to closing the proverbial door this year…but I think I will stick around for just a bit longer.

Much love and much joy to you,

Helen

*”I will always remind you of these things, you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.  I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.  And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will be able to remember these things.”

2 Peter 1: 12-15

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8 thoughts on “birthday…

  1. Karen L. says:

    Happy Birthday Helen!!! Hope you have a marvelous day–and the reminding has been wonderful! And getting to know you even more through your writing has been a gift to me. Enjoy this gorgeous day! Hope you do many fun things!
    Love you,
    Karen

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  2. Jennifer says:

    Another birthday and you’re STILL younger than me! 🙂

    Happy Birthday beautiful friend.
    In Charlotte’s Web, Wilbur says (speaking of Charlotte) how rare it is to find a wonderful friend who is ALSO a good writer. So there you go!

    Jennifer

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  3. ci says:

    Congratulations on all that you are celebrating. The accomplishment of years is absolutley stunning on you! And I am so blessed to be your friend!

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  4. I always love reading your “Heart” and stopping by for a filling up of His Spirit. So glad to have met you via your blog/Bible reading with Bev–wishing you all the best this year and always. Happy Birthday and Happy Blogaversary!

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