Tuesday, January 20, 2009

PIECE OF MY HEART...Blogoversary

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE, but today is my one year anniversary of penning this blog - WOMEN TAKING A STAND. This past year, as I have delved into this area of writing, and pouring my heart out on the blogging airwaves -I have found out some things...

1. I found out that I have a love for expressing myself through writing. Never in a million years would I have thought God would use me in such a way.

2. I found out that by being obedient in the small things (writing a blog) - God would use me in bigger things. Such as being asked to join the writing team of Laced with Grace and pursuing the writing of my first devotional book.

3. I found out that there are ALOT of Christian women across the nation connecting with other Christian women. It amazes me every time I look at the little ticker that tells me where all of the readers are from - they span from a good long distance.

4. I have learned that there is ministry in encouraging other believers. Don't box yourself in to thinking that you have influence with only those that you rub shoulders with - your influence goes much further. It is my desire and prayer that everything that I write, every comment I make will be uplifting, encouraging and pleasing to God!

5. I have learned that not just WOMEN read Women Taking a Stand, but several men also tune in each day. Thanks guys! (God's Word applies to them too ladies!)

6. My walk with the Lord has grown closer as I have studied more, read more and sought more for His leading for what He would have me to write about each day.

7. And lastly, I have found so many new friends thru blogging. Friends that have become closer than just receiving a comment like "good post today" - but friendships that have grown from a kindred spirit with each other, a kind of friendship that I feel comfortable to email you with a prayer need and you encourage me, pray for me and support me. And I do the same for you.

So many great things have come from blogging this past year...

  • God has opened so many doors
  • I have met so many neat ladies
  • I have had so much fun
Kind of makes me wonder what the second year will bring?

Whatever God has planned...I hope it involves prayer, passion and pursuing of His Holy Spirit. And most definitely, I hope it involves all of my blogging friends, both old and new!

PROVERBS 17:17 " A friend loves at all times."

God bless!
and thank you for faithfully reading the writings of my heart!

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

HAPPY "BLOGGY" ANNIVERSARY, LAURIE!

It has been a privilege to follow you this year. You have ministered, blessed and helped me so much!

I love you, girl!

((hugs))
Jenn

Peggy said...

Happy Blogoversary Laurie & Women Taking a Stand! Excellent points with much PURPOSE! My Prayer is that God continues to bless you and your precious heart that you pour out on these pages with Spirit filled inspiration & He continues to flow through you, healing & restoring you in every way ...
keeping you safe & from all harm
for the GREAT plans He has for YOU!
You bless me and many & my hope is that blessings overflow on you & yours continually! Thank you for shining Jesus! One great year of many blessings & blog friends that
love & care for you!

Debbie said...

Happy one year Blogoversary Laurie! I couldn't agree with you more. Blogging can be such a ministry. It's wonderful to meet so many new people and offer encouragement. Keep it up as I enjoy visiting you.

Beth in NC said...

Awwwww, happy blogaversary Laurie! I'm glad I found you through Jenn. :o)

Congrats on writing your first devotional! Wow! And yes, the bible is for men too (lol!). That made me giggle.

Many blessings to you as you walk in obedience.

Love,
Beth

Cheri said...

Hi Laurie,

I have enjoyed your blog over the last year and look forward to reading more in the year to come. I find great encouragement when I stop by.

Thanks you for praying for me lately...I have needed it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Laurie,
Congratulations on completing your first year of your blog ministry! I have been so blessed by your ministry and sharing with us each day. Thank you so much for all that you do. :) I love you!
Love, Rachel

Esthermay said...

Congratulations on your milestone. God is Good. He does bless even the ministry of blogging!
:-)
I've learned many of the same things in my years of blogging.
I'm glad we're freinds and can minister to and learn from each other.
AND congratulations on the Lace w/ Grace opportunity!
~esthermay @The Heart of a Pastor's Wife

Laurie Ann said...

Happy blog-versary, Laurie! You've made such an impact on my life through your writing. I'm much closer to Christ because of you, my friend.