This is me

I love writing. I can always express things better through writing. Often, my writings become a conversation of sorts, between my heart and my mind. Writing often helps to bring clarity for me during difficult decisions or situations.

Over the past year or so, God has really started to birth these conversations in me and I have felt nudges to share them with others. The idea of my thoughts being out in the open for anyone and everyone to read scares me to death in some regards. However, I am realizing more and more that God is using these imperfect words to restore, renew, and redeem not only me but those around me.

It will never be a chore to write, so if days go by without another post, that’s ok. I never want to feel forced to write something, anything, because forced writings are never good for me.

Many of my struggles have to do with finding peace and rest in day to day life, so many of my posts, at least for now, will have something to do with one or both of those. Also, almost all of my posts will be about things I’m learning or that God is teaching me. God has been instrumental in my being where I am and who I am. I never want to lose sight of that. Plus, by laying it out for the world to read, I can’t hide behind myself. I have to get out of the way.

It is my hope, desire, and prayer that God will guide the right people to this site when they need to read it. I am just the instrument. God is the musician.

My blog’s name and whole theme is based on one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Ezekiel 36:26 states “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” God is constantly renewing and restoring my heart. He is removing the stony, hard spots and turning them into soft flesh. It’s painful at times, but so worth it. He’s changing my heart to be more like His and less like me.

I have a fantastic and incredibly supportive husband. He is my champion and cheerleader, and such an incredible encouragement. he blogs as well, and has such a kind, gracious heart. He loves God, me, family, and others deeply.

My three kids are each unique and quirky in their own ways, but I am seeing how God is shaping their personalities and molding them into who He wants them to be, and I’m excited! I am incredibly humbled and honored to have this responsibility to raise these three beautiful, incredible children to chase after God with all of their beings. I just hope I can be that example for them.