My theme for the year is just that: mending hearts with threads of hope and memories of past
I’d say my first year blogging has been a successful one. I’m the first to admit, I’m not a profession, but am a work in progress. Being a mom takes first priority in life so I write when I can which definitely can be tricky at times. The decision to blog was something I prayed about before I began, not sure of the path I was supposed to take. Then, one morning I woke up and the answer came to me. I was to start a blog. So I did. Not having a clue how to set one up, for days WordPress became my good friend, and before I knew it was up and running by an act of God. Computers are definitely not my forte!
At first, blogging took some getting used to as baring your deepest thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see can be very frightening, yet very freeing once those superficial beliefs are diminished.
I haven’t strived to attain the biggest audience of followers or network of people, but just started to get my voice out there to share what God has done in my life. Social media and I are not the best of friends, but I try and will continue to improve my skills.
Nevertheless, God has brought some amazing people into my life and I have made some wonderful friends and connections who have given me the support I never knew I needed. But most of all, I’m thankful to all of you who are on this journey with me.
My goals and what I have learned this past year:
Those affected by grief are starving for answers, grasping at how to survive after their loved one died, hence my most popular blog post from 2014, My Ten Secrets to Survival After Losing A Child.
Grieving hearts are in search of a how to manual and ways to fix their broken souls. With the pain so intense and frightening, we need to know that it is possible to continue living and will take whatever tips, pointers, and help we can get when we are in our most desperate hours.
I can tell you, there is no easy solution. Although we can’t get out loved one back, eventually, we can smile again and find the purpose of our new lives while learning to live without regret. We can find the silver lining of that dark cloud by leaning on God’s promises and before you know it, you will be thankfully embracing those precious memories of past.
This year, let’s focus on the hidden treasures of life. You know, the things we may overlook daily or take for granted in our busy lives. Let’s try to heighten our awareness to our surroundings and be open to seeing those blessings that God has brought into our lives on a daily basis. By opening our hearts to possibilities of healing and hope, we can change our future.
Personally, for the New Year, my goal is to finish my memoir and publish it for the world to see. By sharing my journey, I hope to help others see the sparkles of hope that dwell among the storms. It absolutely helps to know we are not alone. By hearing others and sharing our own struggles, we can connect and see the bigger picture.
So please, I encourage all of you to share your stories. I want to hear about your loved one gone too soon, your struggles and your triumphs. How has God impacted your life since loss? We all have a story to tell. I appreciate you all and please know that your story matters.
Please join me on this year’s journey as I share my weekly blessings and stories of faith, bible verses and quotes of God’s promises in addition to spotlighting those who have found light in their darkness.
What a difference we can make if we can help others find their sweeter side…
From me, an ordinary gal and a loving yet exhausted mom whose life has been transformed by loss and love; the loss of my precious daughter and the love of God who rescued me from the depths of turmoil and hopelessness.
We’re in this together. And if you join me, we will start mending those hearts with threads of hope and beautiful memories of our past. You’ll see.