By Way of Explanation

1:46 PMHeather

I certainly hope one or both of you who read this blog may have noticed my absence?!  And, I'd like to think my posts were missed (if not--just humor me).  Well, good news!  I'm BACK!  And, I wanted to start by explaining where I was.  

Well, I was here...with Mickey!  Because we were here....
On the Disney Dream!  It really was a dream.  And, while I wish that yes, we have been on that vacation since my last post, it was only a five night cruise.

So, here's the rest of the story.  My husband bought me rights to this website name several years ago for my birthday--as a nod to his belief in my writing.  It was his way of saying that he thought others might read what I have to write.  And, I've been a sporadic blogger at best.  But, I felt challenged as 2011 started to be more intentional about my writing--just as I felt challenged to claim "INTENTIONAL" as my word for the year.  I have long asked the Lord how to use my skills and interests and gifts in a way that pleased him.  Just what is it that He wants me to do when I grow up?  And, I felt that being consistent and intentional about this blog was part of that plan in this year.

As the month of May marched on, I found myself wondering if I'd said the same thing every time I've posted?  I'd wonder if I had offered anything fresh or new?  And, I found myself worrying more about how many people were reading my blog than seeking the audience of ONE who created this love of writing in me.  Because I recognized that my motivation was off, I thought it best to take a break to refocus.  

And, then there was Mickey and all his friends, and a trip that truly was remarkable for our little family of five.  I'm sure I'll have more to say about that in the weeks to come.

INTENTIONAL challenge:  What an interesting journey thus far in being intentional!  Because I've certainly been schooled on one thing for sure.  My intentions must be HIS intentions.  Otherwise, being intentional is completely misguided.   Writing a blog for the point of impressing people or gaining an audience or improving my writing skills is not the right intention.   Pressing through my days in my own strength spells trouble.  Oh, I can have good intentions...but He has certainly been teaching me that HIS intentions must be my pursuit.  

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."  Proverbs 19:21

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