This is my 100th post. Before you get all excited, let me first confess there is no giveaway. Clearly dropped the ball there and hope you’ll forgive me.
Many ideas flooded my mind while determining what my 100th post would be. First I was going to list one hundred things I have been most thankful for since creating Simplystriving. Then I thought I would list one hundred things I’ve learned since starting this journey. Believe me, I’d have no trouble filling that list.
My last idea (after thinking I would bore you with 100 things) was listing the top ten lessons I’ve learned as well as answering ten of the most common questions I receive in my email.
But none of them seemed right.
And I think I know why.
Besides the fact they are all lists, they all focus on me.
Not Him, not you, not the brand new community of us.
I didn’t start this blog because of me. Frankly, I’m not a fan of talking about myself. But myself is all I have to give. And my heart is all I have to share. God told me that was enough and asked me to open my door. So, I started this blog with the intention of simply sharing what I’m striving for on this journey we call life. I opened the doors and asked one small request from Him: That I would get to meet you along the way.
For we’re all striving, stretching, sometimes failing.
Why not encourage each other along the way.
“So encourage each other and build each other up,
just as you are already doing.”
I Thessalonians 5:11 NLT
Wasn’t it Ram Dass who said,
“We’re all just walking each other home.“
So with this 100th post, I simply want to say thank you. Thank YOU, reader-turned-friend, for sharing your time with me. I do not take you for granted. I see why God delights in you so. For your heart is longing, aching for more. More of Him. Just like me.
Please know, I would have to do this without you here. I write my words to the audience of One with the hope of pointing you to the One in which I write along the way. But YOU, friend, make it easier when it comes to clicking that publish button. You returning the favor, extending a bit of your heart to me, makes this pride-swallowing journey pleasant.
So thank you.
Thank you for walking me home.
I’m thrilled with your company.
I never dreamed I’d be able to write 100 posts and still feel I have so much more to share.
Please, Lord, keep me striving.
I never dreamed I would be able to find so many kindred spirits along the way.
Thank You, Father, for answering my plea beyond my wildest imagination.
But I had always hoped I would enjoy the journey home as much as I am with you.
And as you go along your day, walking in His grace, I will be praying for you. I will be thanking God for you.
Today, my prayer for you is this:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 NIV
How about you? How is your journey home? How can I pray for you? What would you like to see more of on Simplystriving? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.