Sometimes it takes a year to respond to God’s calling. Last year, when WordPress sent me an email with how many had visited this site, I knew I was to revive it, but I “dragged my heels” in doing the work needed to make it happen. I had too much to do with my business, family, new grandbabies and life to revive my blog.
But I heard the call again in the Spring and I met with a blog designer, received her proposal and then put it aside. It still wasn’t time and anyway I heard that blogs were no longer popular. In May, I read a quote from blog writer Jennifer Watson (on Holley Gerth’s blog) that really spoke to me …
“I would much rather hear from a 50-something, or older, who is killing it and more beautiful than she’s ever been because she knows what really matters in life, not some woman afraid of aging squeezing into skinny jeans who is terrified that she’s no longer relevant and useful. Every day is a battle and we are nothing without each other. Maybe it’s time to stop comparing and join forces.”
I pondered and rolled this quote over and over again, wondering if these words could be speaking to me – do I have valuable thoughts, lessons learned, words that I need to sharing with others? But then I put the blog thoughts on the back burner of my to do list and keep doing the next thing.
And yet, God continued to send women to me to talk through life’s hurts, painful experiences, and struggles. We would meet in our home, on the phone, in a coffee shop, in networking meetings wherever God brought us together. I would ask myself. who in scripture experienced what they are going through and share, and then pray (with them, for them, on my own). So many of them mentioned that they wished they could be reminded of my words, and I would think of relaunching the blog and then did nothing.
But September came, and a career position change got my attention and I felt free enough to do what God had been calling me to do all year long. With an email to the blog designer (thanks Jennifer of Ink Splash Designs), work with my favorite Graphic Designer (thanks Beth) and time spent planning and reviewing – Recognize and Remember is ready to be reintroduced. Volia!!!
I don’t know if I am a 50-something who is “killing it” – but I am definitely in my 50’s and I have definitely lived through many different life events. delights and struggles. I know what it is like to raise children, marry them off and see God fulfill His purposes for them – I know what it is like to be married for 34 years and still make a daily decision to love the man I committed my life to when I was 21 – I know what it is like to live with a “thorn in my flesh” that doesn’t heal – and I now know how to live my life without my parents. Through my 20. 30, & 40’s I kept waiting for things to work out and get better, but I no longer wait for the better life – instead, now I seek to make “much of Christ” through the journey of my life.
So welcome (again or for the 1st time) to Recognize and Remember – a place where God has called me to share my desire to fulfill His purposes for me. I make no promises for this blog, only that God use my simple thoughts and words.