Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bloggin’ Chocolate Eatin’ Coffee Drinkin’ Gabbin’ Gals and God.

There it sat… like a big blank piece of paper handed to me in school. The teacher had just assigned an impromptu writing assignment due in 20 minutes. I had no clue where to start. I was in shock. What do I write? Where do I start? Will anyone read this blog? What am I doing?

That’s how I felt the day I decided to start this blog.
I had read a few blogs here and there, but hadn’t given much thought to it. I had been busy building my website, and had never planned to do much with blogging. I had some blogger friends that seemed to be having fun, but I wasn’t sure it was for me. Lately, as my decorating site had been growing, I was feeling the need to connect with women in a more personal and heart-sharing level. There seemed to be something missing and I needed to find out what it was.

Then, I began to pray for God to lead me and show me what He wanted for my blog and for me. I knew through my less-than-normal life experiences, struggles, hurts, triumphs, and victories God had things for me to share, hearts to reach and hands to hold.

Like a huge door opening wide, like a big breeze had just blown through my back door, I stumbled upon the Relevant Conference.




Relevant was going to be a gathering of Christian bloggers, who had a common interest to blog with a purpose while blessing their family and others. As I read that, I knew this was for me. That’s all I needed to hear! It came like a shot in the arm, at just the right moment.

Immediately after signing up for the conference, it was like the floodgates opened up. I had instant friends and tweeting peeps to join me in my blogging journey. I quickly felt encouraged by common hearts who would come alongside me in this journey of faith, home, marriage, mothering, and LIFE. I began to read blog after blog of women sharing their hearts on a common life path. I instantly felt connected.

As you can see I am now over my shock and stage-fright and getting my feet wet with this thing called blogging. But it is so much more…


As I look forward to the Relevant conference, I pray God will reveal my unique voice for my blog. It’s easy to feel intimidated by those who are further along than me in their blogging pursuits. Maybe feel I have nothing unique to give or say. However, I know God has a unique purpose and plan for me in any endeavor I pursue. I am on the Road to Relevant as a jumpstart to my blogging pursuits and very ready to take in all God has for me in that special weekend.

The best part of the conference will be meeting face to face for the first time, all my new-found tweetin’,bloggin’, chocolate eatin’, coffee drinkin’, gabbin’ gals who love God!

Hope you can join me. See ya there!
Are you bringing the chocolate?

If you want to know more Relevant gals and see the blog that has become a place to meet other christian blogger gals like me. Head over to Gather Inspirit where you can even join a forum and get in on the fun!
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20 comments:

  1. This is such an awesome post. I am also looking forward to meeting everyone and I am going to bring some chocolate too. The blog thing still has me feeling the same way you do. I wonder if we ever get over it. I just keep praying that God will reveal to me what the purpose of my blog it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Can't wait to meet you!

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  2. I am so excited about Relevant, and I haven't even registered yet. I am SO looking forward to meeting in person, all of the wonderful women I've "met" online! And eatin' chocoloate, and drinkin' coffee, and gabbin'... :) I hope to register within 2 weeks if budget allows!

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  3. Oh how I wish I could go to that!! I never really wanted to go to a conference before until you wrote this post. GREAT job!! I do LOVE your blog!!

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  5. Beautiful post and website! Printing your cleaning recipes! :)

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  6. I love your blog and your designs! :) I'm so glad you have joined in the fun at Gather Inspirit, and I am looking forward to meeting you at Relevant! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post!

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  7. I'm so looking forward to meeting so many people at Relevant! Love this post! : )

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  8. Denise it is so nice to meet you! I've stopped by your blog often and love what you post here. I can't wait to meet all you lovely ladies at Relevant!!

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  9. I so love your site! I am so excited about the conference. I am trying hard not to wish away spring and summer just so it will get here sooner. I can't wait to meet you at Relevant!

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  10. You, my dear, have won a sweet little blog award. Stop in and pick it up.

    http://dayngrzone.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-sweet-it-is.html

    xoxo

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  11. Your blog is lovely! I would love to be able to go to Relevant, I found the site the other day and was in awe of the speakers and the attendees. So Jealous! Glad I found your blog :)

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  12. Carrie @ comfortedbyGod.blogspot.com

    This is my first visit to your blog--love your sweet honesty about the trials and insecurities of starting a blog. I felt the same apprehension at first, too. Youve given me some great advice about Relevant...I think Ill check it out!Keep up the good work on your blog!

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  13. Oh you are too lovely! Of course your voice matters! That's what community is all about - the chocolate and the women who share it along with their stories. It's a beautiful thing online or in person!

    ~Lisa-Jo

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  14. I know how you feel about being a new blogger and finding identity here. It looks like you are doing really well though! :)

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  15. wow what a very neat experience to be able to attend this conference, it sounds awesome.....enjoy yourself =) i just went and looked and it's sole out already!

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  16. Hi Denise,

    I love your blog! I signed up for the conference today and I look forward to meeting you and so many more of these lovely ladies.

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  17. So excited to meet you at Relevant! It is going to be an amazing experience for all of us!

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  18. Wow, Denise...I think I could've written this post myself. It is exactly me. And I stumbled upon the Relevant Conference too and felt an immediate 'God-thing' feeling settle over me. It sounded like exactly what I needed. I still hope to go,if it isn't sold out. Finances are just NOT there to make it happen right now. And if not, I look forward to next year. But taking it to prayer and praying God will find a way where there seems to be no way.
    (that's how I found you, by the way- on Relevant! nice to 'meet' you!)

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  19. Yay! I'm really looking forward to connecting with you at Relevant!!!

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