We repainted our guest room a while back.
We hauled in a refurbished buffet and set the antique typewriter at an angle, right next to Granny T’s tattered hymnal. I opened the hymnal to my favorite song of all: “I Love to Tell the Story,” because as a writer who is a disciple for Christ, that one song has been my anthem.
The hymnal is always open.
We hung grandparents’ hats on the wall and found spots for a dozen or more yellowing photographs of our ancestors.
When it was all finished, I stood in the doorway, with my arms crossed over my chest, and nodded contentedly.
But there was a part of me that was a little sad, a smidge sentimental. Because let’s face it: a lot of important life happened within these four walls for many years. This was the place where we raised our babies. This new guest room formerly served as the nursery, the place where our girls’ discovered a tiny gray mouse in the “Goodnight Moon” book. This was where I sung lullabies, and nursed little fevers, and swaddled and swayed and tried to tuck every Johnson&Johnson lavender-scented moment in a glass jar.
This is where I learned how to be a mom.
But babies grow up, and they move out of cribs. So, we sent those two girls to new rooms. And we brought new life into the nursery. We turned it into a guest room.
We made a place to welcome our house guests — the people whom we love to the moon and back. People like you…
And that’s what is happening here today. We’ve repainted and rearranged. We we loosened our grip on some things we loved, allowing them to grow up and change.
Yep. The blog outgrew the nursery.
This blog was born in 2008 as “Getting Down With Jesus,” a place that got its name through a very scientific process called … um … random selection. 🙂 I sort of liked the name, and it stuck, but after a while it didn’t fit anymore.
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My little blog started as a way for me–a former news reporter who moved back to the farm–to have a writing outlet far away from the newsroom.
I kept writing stories, and while each story was most assuredly a part of my personal narrative, the story became less about me, and more about you. About God in all of us.
You came by, and I was changed.
That old nursery of a blog needed to become a guest room. The baby grew up, you see.
So this… A brand-new blog, with a fresh coat of paint and some special things for you. This space is for you, friend. It is a guest room. (Email subscribers, click here to take a peek. The door is open for you!)
Here on our farm, we have guests now and then. They are dear friends and family who show up at the back door with suitcases in their hands. Before they arrive, I tap out a message for them on that antique typewriter. I want them to know that they matter.
And I want YOU to know that YOU matter…
So, today, I typed up one of those messages for you as well:
I pray that I might repeat that message here every time I post — which is usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday (with an occasional weekend post).
We’ll add a couple more pieces of furniture over the next few days, including a brand new community called #TellHisStory every Wednesday. You can find out more about that over here. In short, the new #TellHisStory link-up is about the importance of YOUR story. You don’t have to be a gifted writer to participate; you only need to appreciate the gift of a unique story that God has placed right within you!
I have gathered a bunch of my writing friends to offer writing tips each week for those of us who are into that sort of thing… Won’t that be fun?
AND … I will feature one of your stories, from your blog, each week on my sidebar. (Today you’ll find my dear friend Michelle DeRusha in that space.)
I’m thrilled you’ve come by. This new blog looks a lot like my guest room, and that’s because I want you to know that you are a welcome guest here. Until Heaven, we might not meet each other face-to-face. So, until then, I’ll be tapping out messages, God-willing, intended just for you. And I’ll be lingering to hear your stories, too.
Because you matter to God, and you matter to me.
Our sincere thanks to Ted Barnett of Contemplate Designs for his work on this site. I highly recommend Ted. Five-stars!