It's been a long day. I'm tired. I have a lot on my mind. A lot. I'm wondering how Belinda keeps this up, day after day, after day. She must feel pretty passionate about it. I, for one, am really, really glad she'll be back on this side of the pond come Saturday. I'm sure we'll hear from her again on Saturday evening, if she isn't able to get one last draft in tomorrow from the Alvechurch Library. It's been challenging and fun to help keep the blog going while she's been away, sometimes by posting her drafts, sometimes by writing one myself, and sometimes opening it up and finding she's surprised us all by posting something herself from one of those temperamental computers she calls ahead to book at the library. And then there was that beautiful celebration piece posted a few days ago by Angela (AngCat), which was also a welcome surprise.
Belinda has been doing these posts for almost a year and a half now. I know I'm not the only one who has enjoyed being her audience as she has honed her craft -- the art of devotional writing. I have really enjoyed how she has shared "the journey" with us - her life, her thoughts, her insights, her revelations, her growing pains. It's been a distinct pleasure watching her writing mature and benefiting first hand from what she shares so generously with her readers. God very often uses her posts to speak directly to my heart about some matter or another. It blows me away sometimes when I open up her blog in the morning and there laid out on the computer screen is the answer to a concern or a question I have voiced just moments or hours earlier to God alone.
So let me just take a moment with you to pause in our busy lives to ask Father-God for something special. It's a selfish request really, but I think that's okay...
"Father, keep on blessing the gift you've placed in Belinda. Keep on speaking through her words, keep on blessing your children through them!" (And please bring her home safely and on schedule! Please! 'Cause I'm tired! And keep on blessing the stamina you've given her too!) Amen.