“Love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
“Love is patient” is not the verse inscribed inside my husband’s wedding band. “Love never fails” a few verses down won that spot. “Love is patient” is probably a much more accurate description of my husband’s love for me, though. He blesses me with encouragement to create, to battle, to seek, to pursue onward. Such is the case with this blog.
About eight years ago, my loving man gifted me with a writing brief case, of sorts. It was a black business travel case, holding a thesaurus, dictionary, several journals, pens, pencils and a lovely card of encouragement. My kids were both in school and as a stay-at-home mom, he tried to get me out of my comfort zone and explore a dream I had pondered. I wrote a few articles for the church newsletter and then something happened. After a nervous breakdown, I began seven years of on and off again therapy. The process of my breaking, building, and healing became part of our family experiences as we tried to live, love and parent through an unsteady sea of revelations that came with each therapy visit.
Writing, although therapeutic probably to most, became an insecure notion that I looked at with failure. We’d watch “Julie and Julia”, I’d get inspired. Opening a journal, I’d write a few pages and then tear everything apart. I toyed with the idea of a blog, but didn’t want the outside world to be able to criticize me. As friend after friend began to blog, I wrestled with, “Should I jump on this band wagon? Should I try? You don’t have to please everyone else, just try it because you desire to write. Conquer fear!”
This last Christmas, my loving spouse decided to try again with writing encouragement (as I said, a very patient man). A subscription to Writer’s Digest, a leather pencil pouch and “A Tool Kit for Writers” showed up in my Christmas gifts a week after he had posted, “Great post! You should start a blog” to a testimonial I’d shared on Facebook.
So why not give this a try. The beginning of the year is usually a great time to try new things and chase after dreams. However, I know me. I will need a challenge to stay accountable. My goal is to write once a week for a year on topics that affect my family here @Thorntonville. Topics will vary from faith, marriage and raising a family through the teen years to practical homemaking; plus, they are to come straight from my heart.
Plato once stated, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Here we go one foot in front of the other… Welcome to “Life @Thorntonville.”