On Facebook a couple weeks ago, I made a comment that writers are only as good as their readers. But, in hindsight, I misspoke. I should have said:
Bloggers are only as relevant as their readers.
If they are blogging for an express goal of having people read their messages, they have a choice in the messages they send – much like news outlets, bloggers have a choice in what and how they write.
I try very hard to give my readers insight into my thoughts, my successes, and my failures. The writer you read about on this screen is very much the person you would most likely meet in her home – trying very hard to maintain positivity… and, sometimes falling short of that goal!
When we moved last year, I made a goal – to focus on cultivating this blog… to growing readers and gaining followers, so that my messages of positivity and hope might reach the minds and hearts of those who need them most. And, while I didn’t start out stressing over the number of followers I had, somewhere along the way, I began to stress it all too much.
But in doing so, I went back on my initial promise to God when I began blogging – that I would write His messages, and trust He would place those messages in the path of the ones who need to hear them.
About a month and a half ago, in an effort to gain more readers and “likes” on Facebook, I made a deal on social media – if I could get at least 300 followers on Facebook, I would offer a giveaway. My followers rallied, and I surpassed my goal!
Yet, this past week, I have remembered why I blog. I have remembered the deal I struck with God – to put His words and messages on the screen, and let Him guide them to the one who needs to hear the words the most… whether He spreads through likes… through shares… through feeds… or, random Google searches.
Which brings me to my Gratitude Project post this week.
We may have never met in real life, and you and I have possibly never even exchanged words. But, as you read this, I want you to imagine sitting at a table with me – a cup of coffee, tea, wine, or beer for each of us.
I want you to imagine me staring intensely into your eyes as I deliver my following words to you.
This week, dear reader…
This week, I am grateful for…
You are wonderfully and fearfully made.
You are beautiful.
You are special – to me, and more importantly, to Our Creator.
In this great big world, with as many people as there are, you stand apart as a fantastically unique individual.
And, while we may sometimes carry similar burdens, or share the same outlook, fears, and successes, there is nobody else like you in this world.
You, and your life story, amaze me!
Even if you haven’t figured out what it is yet, you have a purpose in this world.
Without you, the world would be a little darker… a little dimmer.
And you help make this world a special place.
So, thank you for joining me on my blogging journey, as I try to find a way to make our world a little brighter, and a little more positive.
If you aren’t aware, I have a pretty special devotion to Divine Mercy, trusting God sees the goodness within each of us and is ready to bestow His Mercy and Forgiveness upon us, if we are only brave enough to seek it.
Therefore, I have put together a special giveaway for one lucky reader of this post.
It comes with a blessed Rosary, with a copy of the certificate of authenticity for the Baltic Amber beads. Designed and made by a dear friend who has challenged me to grow deeper in my own faith journey, she has ensured the Rosary has spent some time with Jesus at Adoration.
I encourage everyone to head over to Forever In His Presence on Etsy to browse her current selection of Rosaries, and if there is ever an occasion in which you find yourself considering a Rosary, think of purchasing a lovingly, prayerfully designed and assembled Rosary through Forever In His Presence.
This Divine Mercy Rosary was gifted to me for the express purpose of this giveaway, and I cannot thank my friend enough. Our combined hope is that the Rosary goes to a good, loving home; and, if you are not Catholic, but choose to enter the giveaway, we hope you have a desire to learn to pray this Christ-centered set of prayers, or know a Catholic who may love this Rosary as much as both of us do!
The giveaway also includes a Divine Mercy coffee mug – a duplicate of my own, favorite coffee mug, and a pamphlet and booklet of the Divine Mercy Novena and set of prayers.
The raffle is open for a week (until next Thursday) – so,
click right here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!
And, remember, you are deserving of all of God’s Mercy and Love! All He asks is for you to hold Him close, and seek His merciful love.
**If you would like to have a printed version of my Letter of Affirmation for my readers, please click the title below.
Read it… Believe it!**
Until next week, dear reader…