If you’re reading this, you’ve either stumbled upon it (amazing where you can wind up on the internet these days!) or I told you I was starting a blog! Either way, welcome! Hope you stick around to see what develops.
Speaking of stumbling, several years ago I watched a sermon by T.D. Jakes called Stumbling into Place. It’s one of Bishop Jakes’ classics. As events developed recently (which led to starting this blog), I couldn’t help but be amused and amazed at how closely I could relate to what he brings out in this message as he tells the story of Ruth stumbling into the place of her destiny. Check it out:
Many times in our lives, it is not our plans that get us into our destiny, most of the time we stumble into the place that God wants us to be.
— T.D. Jakes
Okay, granted, my starting this blog probably isn’t quite as dramatic as Ruth winding up in Boaz’s field, which led to him meeting then marrying her…which then, four generations later, produced King David!
But that doesn’t mean what I’m doing isn’t valuable or worthwhile. I believe that everything I do in faith and obedience to His promptings and leading is good, and in one way or another fits into His master plan for me AND for the kingdom of God!
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 (AMPC)
A Co-Laborer with God
In his devotional book, A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God: Dreaming With God to Transform Your World, Bill Johnson says,
“…we were created to co-labor with God, seeing dreams and desires fulfilled. The fulfillment of dreams is, in part, our reason for being. God is looking for the Godlike dreams from His people shaping the course of history on planet earth. This is our privilege.”
Have I dreamed of being a blogger? I enjoyed blogging on BigChurch.com (where I met David) back in 2006 and thought perhaps I might get back into it in 2010. But then I ran into major technical difficulties trying to set up my WordPress self-hosted site. 1
I was also up to my eyeballs, managing our apartment business at the time, so shelved the idea.
Then a few weeks ago, while reading Bill Johnson’s devotional, my heart was stirred. At the same time, God began giving me clues that writing would indeed be in my future.
My favorite Bible teacher and the person who has had the greatest impact on me spiritually is Joyce Meyer. She often says, “Step out and find out!” So that’s what I’m doing.
I may be stumbling along, but I’m dreaming with my eyes wide open, believing that somehow He will graciously enable me to share my thoughts…my faith…and my life in a way that enlightens, encourages, and entertains you. (And maybe even keeps you coming back for more!)
I’ll end with my favorite song from the hit musical film, The Greatest Showman. May you too be inspired to dream with your eyes wide open. It is, after all, your privilege!
- Any time you see articles online that say you can do this in 20 minutes, laugh and keep right on scrolling until you find someone honest enough to tell you the truth! If you aren’t geeky, don’t have tons of patience AND money to pay for all the add-ons you’ll need, and aren’t willing to allocate a good portion of time maintaining the site once it’s up, then do not even think about attempting this. There’s a reason people PAY a professional to do it for them!