Firstly, I'd like to say to those people who have commented on my blog, THANK YOU. Your words have been very encouraging and humbling.
Secondly, my land line is down due to cable theft and I am doing this on someone else's computer so I'll be blogging intermittently until our line is back up. Frustration frustration! Hence the title re discouragement!
This blog for me is about combining two of the desires of my heart. One is to encourage other women and the other is to write. Over the years I have tried to write a short story or imagined being a writer for a magazine but have never gotten further than the thought of doing it, never mind even writing a title for an article. But this blog has been different. I remember an english teacher telling us that the best essays to write are those based on our own experiences. Because its something you experienced, you can write about it. Maybe that is why I have never been able to (even start) writing a novel. I have NO imagination. We even have a situation in our lives right now which is an ongoing family saga which I believe would make an awesome psychological thriller(a little sarcasm here) but I do not have the imagination to WRITE an ending. And anyway, as a Christian the endings I have in mind are not very wholesome! But again, this blog is different. I am so excited about it. I have no idea if anyone out there reads anything I write but when I push that button to send that Post out onto the blog, I pray that if there is anyone out there who needs to be encouraged by what I have posted, please let them see it.
So, I have been blogging for less than a week and what happens? They steal cables so most our area is without phone lines, thus for me, that means no internet. Man oh man, what frustration. I have tried to post a mini post from my cell phone to explain my absence, but my phone wont co-operate! One thing I have discovered is that I may not eat when I am angry, I may not over-eat when I'm happy, but I sure tuck in when I am frustrated and cannot do something about a situation and of course due to the time of year, easter eggs abound!
This morning my husband said something to me that had crossed my mind. I thought, no don't be silly, this is not about you, but when he said it I realized that this is typical of the devil. My husband said that the first thing he thought when he'd heard the cables were stolen is that the devil was trying to discourage me. Trying to make me give up. Well, I believe that if that is so, then obviously my blog is going to be of value. Its going to encourage other women and it is going to bring me joy.
So my encouragement to you is if you feel that God has given you something to do and maybe you feel incompetent or you feel silly for thinking of doing that which is on your heart, or things happen to discourage you, like my landline issue, seek God and He will guide you and if its from Him, no matter how imperfectly you may do it, God's will for, or in that thing, WILL be done! And you will feel the joy of having been used by God!
2 Corinth 12 v 9: And He said to me 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.