Be you and be salty!

photoI have been beyond excited to be a part of the launch team for Jen Hatmaker’s new book, For the Love. It has only been a week and the lessons from the book and the discussions within the launch team have been awesome. The full title of the book is, For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. I can’t say much about the book yet, but let me share this quote: “You are good at something for a reason. God designed you this way, on purpose. It isn’t fake or a fluke or small. These are the mind and heart and hands and voice you’ve been given, so use them.” So I have been encouraged to use my gifts, and to support others to using theirs. Go us!

The sermon given by Dr. John Bryan at church on Sunday just built on this lesson. The sermon was titled “Step Out . . . of the Salt Shaker.”  The verse from Matthew tells us that we are the salt of the earth. What does that mean? Dr. Bryan encouraged us to look at what salt is used for – to preserve and to flavor. Spiritually salty people preserve God’s Word and make a difference, they spread the saltiness, they flavor the world. Salt is useless just sitting in its container. Get out of the salt shaker!

So I was challenged. I had already been reading about being myself and using my gifts – now I was shown I needed to apply these lessons. So I am trying to apply them. Using my own special set of gifts. I don’t have to be like that other mom to be a good mom; I don’t have to be like that other teacher to be a good teacher; I don’t have to be like that other Christian to be a good Christian. I just have to serve God with my gifts the best way I can.matt513

Simple, yet profound lessons. Be you. Embrace your gifts. Share Jesus. Be salty!

Col. 3:23

Back in the (blogging) saddle again

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Here I go again. Trying to start my blog. I love to write, and it has always been my dream to write. Of course, I have had the opportunity to write for newspapers – a while ago – and now I am writing excellent discussions boards and papers while working on my master’s degree – yay (why is there not a sarcasm font?). I have been trying to work up the nerve to post, and I have been racking my brain to come up with a “post-worthy” topic. Still nothing.

However, I got an email the other night that showed me it was time to pursue my dream. I just began following author Jen Hatmaker – on facebook (not in a creepy, stalkery way)- and she recently posted about looking for members for a launch team for her new book, For the Love. I was so excited! I love books! This team sounded awesome! So I applied, and the next day Jen posted again saying 5,000 people applied for 500 spots. I thought, “Well, there is no way I will get a spot.” However, that email proved me wrong. I got a spot on the team! The book comes out in August (you can pre-order it now), but me and my 499 new best friends get to read it now. (It is a great book, y’all!)

Through this opportunity, I have been able to connect with many women just like me – and they have been so encouraging. So thanks to them and Jen (whose blog post about writing brought my writing dreams to the forefront of my mind again) I am trying my hand at blogging again.

I hope you will follow my blog – I have no set theme. I plan to write about whatever strikes my fancy at the moment. If you like it, please let me know. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to tell me.