When I was in fifth grade, I wrote a short story that made my teacher cry. She laid it on my desk with a whopping “100%” and told me she almost called my house to be sure my father hadn’t actually died because it was so convincing. I couldn’t believe it. I was ten years old, and from that moment on, I wanted to be an author.
Two decades later, I’ve finally produced my very first book! And let me just tell you, this time, I want to cry! This book is like my fourth baby. I’ve watched it come to life straight from my heart. It’s simple, really. It’s the best of my blog, revised, updated, and compiled to reflect my journey as a young wife and mom.
And here’s the honest truth: releasing it feels a bit like stepping outside in my underwear. Despite my best efforts, I can always find flaws. I can always find reasons to say, “Maybe it’s not ready yet. Maybe I’m not ready yet. Maybe next year.” But that’s exactly what I thought three years ago when I started blogging: “Maybe this is stupid. Maybe this will embarrass me. Maybe I’m not ready yet.” And then I thought, “So what?” and with the click of a button, I created this blog.
And I learned two things:
1. Being vulnerable doesn’t kill you.
2. In fact, it frees you.
Sometimes, the only way to become brave is to simply do that thing we’re so afraid to do. And in so doing, we just may discover joy unimaginable.
I have found such happiness walking this road of motherhood and marriage and mundane moments with you. You have pulled me through some very painful seasons and helped me see God with fresh awe and affection. And now…I’m gonna ask for a favor. Would you do me the honor of reading my book and sharing it with the women in your life? I chose to publish it in April so that it would be available for Mother’s Day. Perhaps there’s a mom on your heart who is struggling to embrace her lot, and who longs to see Jesus in it. She’s the mom I wrote this book for, and maybe you can help me get it into her hands.
All that being said, I apologize for the silence on my blog lately. I’ve been busy putting this project together, and also working on another one (surprise, surprise!) Oh, how I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day! But God is faithful. I will be MIA a lot in the next few months, popping in and out of your newsfeed with awful irregularity, as I try to finish this second book God has laid on my heart. In the meantime, thank you. Thank you for listening to me. Thank you for encouraging me. Thank you for journeying with me. I am better because of you.
With love in Him,