This week, the Good Morning Girls completed the final chapters of the book of Luke. Now we are on an extended break. Our reading this week was heavy yet full of hope, as we looked more deeply at the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
Because He Lives – I can face tomorrow!
That is what this blog is all about.
Jesus – the King of Kings.
He died for you and me – to take away our sins. And He loves us and He desires to walk intimately with you.
In August of 2008, I began my blog here at WomenLivingWell.org. The future was unknown. I did not know how to make a Youtube, or how to put words on an image and I did not have a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram account. Good Morning Girls was a ministry in my church that I had begun in real life but it did not exist on-line. And I had zero blogging friends and definitely no publishers, conferences or television shows – ringing my phone line.
I was a wife and a homeschool mom – two “titles” that I no longer carry. And there is pain and heartache there, as I wholeheartedly loved my husband and enjoyed the life of being a homeschooler. But I have found that my identity is NOT in my titles of being a wife or a homeschool mom or…a blogger – it’s in Jesus.
I am a daughter of the King!
My kids have grown and changed so much during this time. Here’s my kid’s first day of homeschooling – they were in pre-school and kindergarten. This was August of 2009:
And here they are now – 8 years later. This was their first day of “brick and mortar” school this past August.
They have done so well with the transition – both of them are straight A students, with lots of friends and attend a discipleship group at our church.
So, I had never dreamed of being a writer and still find it awkward to say I am one. I am more of a talker and an external processor and perhaps a cheerleader at heart.
Blogging came as a simple act of faith. I could not have imagined what was about to happen, as I put my fingers to my keyboard and began to write about God’s Word and my personal –walk with the King.
I believed that the world wide web was a good place to take the gospel. That there was a lot of darkness here, so I wanted to be one voice – one light – just one girl in Ohio, writing from her bathroom. Yes – my blog began in my bathroom because at the time, the only place I could get away from my kids to study God’s Word and write –was my bathroom. Lol! Some of you might remember my cartoon character in a bubble bath – that’s because I was writing from my bathroom. Later, I was told it was inappropriate by a few readers. Live and learn and roll with the punches – that’s what you do in ministry right? So down went that header.
Here’s my first video ever posted (it’s a little embarrassing but here it is)…and yes – it’s from my bathroom:
My very first blog posts, from 2008, are no longer available – they were lost when I moved from one blogging platform to another. But I was here writing and I was alone – writing my heart out to whoever stumbled across my little corner of the world.
Through this ministry – God has changed my life. The emails I’ve received both good and bad – have changed me. My new friends in the blogging community, have changed me. The difficult road I have walked in my personal life during this time – has changed me.
But most of all – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has changed me.
He has opened my eyes to the needs, hurts and beauty of my generation.
He has opened my eyes to the powerful truths of of His word and how alive and active his Word really is – through all seasons of life!
He has opened my eyes to what the word “grace” really means and how there are no cookie cutter Christians. God has woven all of our stories differently and all of our puzzles are different. But his principles in His Word apply the same, to us all.
So I began this blog with this prayer: “here I am Lord, use me”.
I made this video below a few years ago about how Women Living Well began.
Has God laid a ministry on your heart?
Have you surrendered your life to God, saying “use me?”
Oh, it’s scary to say those words – but let me testify – it’s so exciting too! I am reminded of Noah building the ark for days on end. Others walked by and wondered what in the world he was doing! (and trust me I have had plenty of people say “you do what? You blog? Why?”)
In Genesis 6:9 the Bible says “Noah walked with God”.
This is what Noah was doing – walking with the King!
And this is what happens when you walk with the King. The King might ask you do to something outside of your comfort zone! Luckily, He didn’t ask me to build an ark.
Is the King asking you to do something big or small today? Be brave – do it! Take risks! Follow the King of Kings. You can trust Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Through all my mountains and valleys, God has never left me alone. He truly walks with me and many times – carried me.
Friends, if you are a believer – then the King of Kings – already walks with you.
The question is – who is at the lead? Are you living surrendered and letting Him lead or are you trying to run ahead of Him or taking detours independent of Him?
Don’t take detours, don’t turn around and go backwards, don’t get 5 steps ahead of Him – walk in step with Jesus.
Walk with the King.
That’s it. That sums up my 9 years of blogging here.
And that’s my final word of exhortation until we meet again here on-line.
You don’t need me to be here for that. You need your Bible and you need a church family to worship, fellowship and serve in.
The King – is pulling me in closer right now – it’s time for just me and Him to be alone and walk together. I’m not sure where he’s leading me. I look forward to one day sharing my journey with you all. I pray that this will be a time of comfort and that I come back, filled up to overflowing and refreshed and ready for many more years of ministry with you all.
Until we meet again here on-line or in heaven…I love you girls more than you you will ever know.
Keep walking with the King.
**The website and all the past archives will remain open and available during this time. If you are looking for a past Bible Study to go through – you can find all the links on the GMG Resources page. If you are not sure where to start – I recommend the book of Ecclesiastes. If you are looking for a Bible Study Journal – they will remain available out on Amazon as well. All of my videos are still up on Youtube and I may post updates from time to time on my social media. God bless you all – I miss you already!
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