From Pastime to Passion
God never ceases to amaze me. Four years ago this month, I began Devos and Dumplings. Since then, I’ve written 375 posts. If you know me at all, you know that’s a miracle! According to the WordPress Review, in 2013 Devos was viewed 7,700 times in 74 countries.
In the beginning, I knew next to nothing about computers, much less about creating a blog. Apart from Claire, my computer guru friend, it would have never happened, and I would have given up many times along the way.
I’ll be eternally grateful for my ever gracious, oh so patient friend. Why? Because this blog is much more than a pastime for me. It has become my passion.
Let me explain. When I was 28 years old, I invited Christ to come into my life and live His life in and through me. Over the years, God has given me an insatiable desire that eventually became my life purpose. That is, “to know Him and to make Him known.”
In 2006, my husband and I officially retired after 36 years of full-time ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ. While adjusting to our very different life, I learned something important about retirement. At least, it was important to me. There’s nothing wrong with retiring from the way we do a job or ministry. But hopefully, we never retire from our purpose for living.
For a while, this was a struggle for me. I knew I could continue to grow in my pursuit to know God. All I needed was my Bible and a willing heart. But how was I going to continue to make Him known? And then, one day I asked myself, “What do you love doing more than anything else?”
Immediately, I knew the answer. I love to write about knowing God personally. And I also love to encourage others to pursue God. It was clear and simple. And that’s when Devos and Dumplings was born.
For me, blogging has been a roller coaster ride. Exhilarating but often scary, challenging but always rewarding. At times, doubt consumes me and I’m convinced no one is going to read my blog. So why spend all this time and effort to merely fill cyber space?
But then I remind myself of two things. One, I write for God’s eyes and if He chooses to include an audience, that’s His business. And two, if only one person reads what I write and is blessed by it, that’s enough for me.
This is where you come in, my faithful reader. As we continue this journey together, I hope to be able to personalize my thoughts to speak specifically to your heart. I realize you may not believe as I do. Therefore, I pray before I write that my words won’t offend you. Instead, I pray God will reveal to you how much He loves you. And if my words somehow whet your appetite for knowing Him, I’m sure God can do the rest.
Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever your beliefs, I’m awed by the fact that we’re able to connect through this blog. That’s what I call amazing grace. So, I thank you for allowing me to share my heart with you.
Meanwhile, feel free to leave a comment and share a bit of your heart with me. After all, connecting with you is more than a pastime to me. It’s my passion!