May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Every morning, first cup of coffee in hand, I open my e-mail inbox to peruse the contents. I weed out the unwanted ads and news feeds. Click on anything which I think needs my immediate attention. Answer the pressing e-mails. And, save the best for last . . .
The blogs I subscribe to!
Most days, I don't read them until later in the morning or at lunchtime. I save them like one would a coveted chocolate or favorite cookie, a special treat to be savored slowly and sweetly, at a time when it's most appreciated. That, too, is the time I usually visit Facebook blogging communities to which I belong.
And, then, there are the blogs which I follow at my Blogger site. As I check often for comments which you, kind readers, so graciously leave, I note if there are any new entries from my writing friends. How delighted I am when something pops up! Often, I just dive right in to read them since I'm already on the Blogger page.
So many wonderful gifts of words to unwrap make every day feel like Christmas!
Out of curiosity, I decide one day to tally up the number of blogs I frequent. I am astounded! There are 50+ with two, recently recommended, in the offing. That many??? I say a quick prayer of thanks that most of these talented writers do not post on a daily basis. If that were the case, I honestly don't know when my own writing would get done. I'd be having too much fun reading their works instead of working on my own!
While most of the blogs I subscribe to are Christian reflections, others focus on poetry, short fiction, book reviews, photography, and personal growth. As different as they may appear on the surface, each blog always contains these two all-important ingredients: encouragement and inspiration. Is there any one of us who doesn't need those in our lives on a daily basis? I know I do!
It's been said many times before and will be said many times again: writing is a lonely profession. Just you, the computer screen, and the keyboard. Making the social connections I have through blogging and social media have bolstered me, comforted me, given me the human interaction I need to feel that I, too, can offer that word of encouragement or be the inspiration for someone else.
That is empowering.
That is humbling.
It's what loving one another is all about.
May the words we write, both in blogs and in comments, be ever acceptable in Your sight, Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer . . .
Are you currently a blogger? An aspiring blogger? Please share in the comment section and feel free to post the link to your website!
Will you join me in prayer?
Dear Father, we thank You for the gifts and talents You have so graciously bestowed upon us. May we do nothing displeasing in Your sight, but ever strive to shine the light of Your love into this hurting world. Amen.