This blogging venture has certainly been a journey for me. I knew so little when I started, but its sort of like the Bible. No matter how much you learn, you realize how much more there is to learn.
I’ve shared with you before that God was the One Who put this “blog-with-a-Christian-influence” in my head (and heart), leading me to use my home sewing experience to attract those who may not know Him. I loved His idea of a mission trip without leaving home!
You may not have noticed, but I recently changed my tagline (the line below the name in my header).
When I first started this blog, I struggled to find the right tagline. How do you explain your site in one sentence and capture the heart behind what you do?
I changed it several times over the course of two years, but I never felt it was quite right. In the third year, I left it alone and tried not to think about it.
I did the best I could to put this site together, and in the beginning, I told God it was up to Him to bring people. In other words, “I did my part. The rest is up to You!”
He went along with that alright (or so I thought) until about three weeks ago. I got a loud and clear message that He wants me to do more to attract readers.
Huh? Aren’t I busy enough?
You do know that when God tells you to do something, He sends help, right? He has flooded me with help these past weeks – some I didn’t even ask for. Our Lord is so faithful!
The process of again working on my tagline drew me back to many original thoughts, and I was once again in a quandary of too-many-words-to-explain-what-I-feel-deep-in-my-heart. As I went to bed that night, I prayed God would reveal what He wanted me to use.
The following morning, I woke up with the tagline right in front of my eyes. I quickly ran to a notepad and wrote it down before forgetting His exact words. Do you love it when God does that – answers a prayer so quickly? It’s rare for me, so I saw it as another confirmation. I am completely at peace now with my tagline.
That day, Friday before last, I changed the tagline in my header name, and He has brought an increase of traffic every day since. (Isn’t that what God does sometimes? He moves after we listen and then take the first step, even a giant leap of faith.)
It’s about so much more than traffic numbers, though. It’s about expanding the number of people who see God’s Word sprinkled throughout. It’s about people finding value here enough to come back for more, because their need for encouragement and inspiration are filled, spiritual inspiration included.
I desperately want others to know that Christians aren’t the enemy – that we are fun, and loving, caring and compassionate, and to see Jesus shining through me.
The Lord has revealed new ways I can connect with you, as well – ways that I think you will enjoy. I want to serve you…to help you in your quest to make your home your most favorite place on earth. I freshened up my “About” page for more clarity, and I hope you see a positive difference.
You will see many changes coming in the next couple of months, including pictures of HH and me at our home. (Yikes! I should have gone on a diet!) That’s another thing God brought my way – a professional photographer, a patient friend.
Writing in itself is exposing, and splashing my picture on my site makes me feel (gulp) nervous – vulnerable. I haven’t seen the pictures yet, but I’m a little nervous because it wasn’t a good hair day. (Will I soon have a knock on my door from those people on What Not to Wear? Yikes again!)
Something that has always bothered me is that I write and I show you my projects. It seemed like your job was to watch and clap. I’m not comfortable with people clapping for me. I want to give you new ideas, to encourage YOU to trust your taste, for confidence in your abilities, for you to try new things. My focus is all about you and my goal is helping you.
I hope you’ll like the new “us”. That “us” includes you. You are already a part of that “us”. Without you, I would have little reason to continue here, so thank you! You are the blessing!
I know I’ve written far more than usual, and I appreciate your patience. It’s a spectacular Lord’s day, y’all! Let’s go live it and rejoice!