When I read this Annual Report provided by Word Press, I literally caught my breath. A year ago this blog was a secret little dream, one that I thought would stay hidden in my heart.
It wasn’t until our small group leader introduced me to a book by Bruce Wilkinson called “The Dream Giver” (Thanks , Josh Grosshans!) that I began to consider the possibility. I was inspired by the book; I was encouraged by my hubby, whose confidence in me is epic; and I was terrified by the voice that said “You can’t”.
It’s been just over six months. I remember sitting in our favorite coffee shop with my sweet, patient niece. Armed with nothing more than a laptop and a name for the blog, Annie walked me through setting up the page. Since, then I’ve pretty much flown by the seat of my pants. Jesus, take the wheel because WordPress isn’t exactly babysitting bloggers! As I write I am so thankful that I didn’t wait until I had it all figured out to start. I wish I knew more about web design and had a bigger budget but one thing I know: this undertaking is a marathon, not a sprint.
This morning my grandson and I drove out to Epcot to watch his mom, MY daughter, cross the finish line at the Disney marathon. She didn’t train as much as she’d hoped and I’m sure that at 2:00 this morning when she ate a bowl of cheerios, hoping they would digest before race time, she heard that same terrifying voice saying “You can’t” This wasn’t her first marathon; she’s run a Goofy (that ‘s a half marathon on Saturday, followed by the marathon on Sunday – she’s her father’s child) a couple of times and she knew exactly what she was about to undertake.
C and I worked our way up to a barricade near the finish and stood anxiously on tiptoes, surveying wave after wave of finishers. That boy never looked away, his gaze intent for the face of his mom. As runners passed, the crowd cheered and shouted out names. In the hour that we stood there, I wept for those who obviously were overcoming more than 26.2 miles.
Before I could spot her, in spite of my height advantage, he shouted “There she is!” Her eyes lit when she saw him and she blew a kiss, then crossed the finish and collected the prize that finishers earn.
As we walked to the car, she talked about the tough miles and moments when she fought hard against the voice that continued to tell her “You can’t”. She chose the only way to overcome the lying voice; keep moving forward.
This writing journey has been an emotional roller coaster, but I’ve kept my head up and my eyes forward.
I cannot begin to express how encouraged I’ve been by friends and family who have faithfully read every post. You are part of the analytics that follow. I love you all.
Along this journey, my most faithful encourager has been my hubby. He proofreads my posts and cries with me over the words every week. I can’t imagine any journey without him. I love you, baby!
As we stood near the finish this morning, I witnessed the joy of a stronger, more seasoned runner reaching back to cross the finish line with a novice.
One of the greatest blessings of writing has been in the encouragement from other writers. One precious momma in particular has reached back and taken my hand. The unselfish sharing of her reputation and influence in the blogging world has been refreshing and life-changing. Thank you, Jami Amerine, for your friendship!
It is with humility and great awe that I share what HE has done with the dream that he placed in my heart. Take a few minutes to read the report. You will be amazed, as I was. Your dream is safe with him, but you have to take the first step, my friend. The only answer to the lying voice that says “You can’t” is “Watch me!”
To Him alone be the glory!
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.
How fun! To speak your wisdom and be heard. I am over the moon happy for you! Love, Jami
I love that you are part of my story…I’ve learned so much from your writing and your character already! Love, Lorraine
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“If you build it, they will come”. I’ve followed your blogs from day one and look forward to each week to see what you’re sharing. Love your blogs. I’ve never doubted you could do it because you excel at all you endeavor. It’s clear the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Running a marathon is no small feat. Congrats to you and that strong, amazing wonder woman daughter of yours. You both ROCK!
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You are so generous with your kindness, Regina! I’m blessed by your friendship and faithfulness.
I learn so much from my girls – the endure and overcome!
Thanks for hanging with me and being one of the people coming alongside me in this journey. Love you!
Such a wonderful tribute!
I’m so thankful I read this
Reminds me of the saying
“She turned the cants into the can do’s”
I ran my very first 1/2 marathon yesterday
And I use to say for many years
“I can’t even run 1 mile”
But then the right person ( my hubby)who belived in me more than I
Encouraged me to believe I could do it
I did it!!
Thank you lorraine
Your also an encourager to many
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Julie, you are an inspiration! Congrats on your 13.1!