April 2014. I took my first blogging challenge.

I’ll admit it: Before I ever started, I thought I wasn’t going to succeed.

But I did. Somehow I blogged my way through the alphabet, from A to Z, in the month of April. Twenty-six posts in thirty days! At the end, my fingers were sore, but the pain was worth it.

I learned that not only do I enjoy writing for me, but I enjoy writing for others as well. And to my delight, I discovered an amazing community of bloggers I never realized existed … bloggers who encourage me both in my Christian faith and as a developing writer.

So … I’ve decided to do it again. I’m taking on the A-to-Z Challenge and once again will spend most of my spare time in April typing away.

 

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015]

 

A lot of bloggers who take the A-to-Z Challenge will have a theme. Perhaps a gardener will blog through the alphabet about different varieties of flowers, or a cook might share different recipes throughout the challenge.

Last year I tried to come up with a theme, but never did. Literally, God gave my my writing topic each day, one post at a time.  (You can read all about that here, which is my “A” post from last year when I admitted my aspirations to blog through the alphabet in April.)

Truthfully, blogging without a theme and waiting on God to give me an inspiration for each day’s post was something of an exercise in faith. Literally, there were days when I had absolutely no idea of what I would write about until I sat down in front of my laptop and prepared to blog.

So I asked God to allow me to have a theme for this year. Actually, I didn’t so much ask as I pleaded with HIm. And this is what He gave me:

A Baptist Girl’s Confessions: Tales from My Ever-Growing Faith

 Hmmm … not exactly what I had in mind as there still isn’t a firm idea of what I will be blogging about each day. It seems like once again I will be doing what I do best, writing about the insights God gives me in my own little mundane life.

I expect during April I will write about motherhood, grief (as I am still very much processing the deaths of my father and grandfather), foster parenting, raising teens and tweens, marriage, homeschooling, personal memories and who knows what else. There might even be a day or two when I write about the laundry.

I can’t promise you  what sorts of posts you’ll find here each day, but I can promise you this:

I’ll do my best to share my faith

as I write from my heart

on whatever topic God gives me.

Most of all, I hope you will join me in April.  Please feel free to connect with me by commenting, either here or on Facebook. I love getting feedback and forming new friendships from my readers as well as with other bloggers from around the world.

Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for my first A-to-Z post for 2015, in which I will share all about:

Airplanes

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16 thoughts on “Here I Go …

    1. You should, Melissa! It’s fast-paced, but so much fun. And it really does draw a lot of readers to your blog that you might not otherwise get. 🙂 But I’m going to read you whether or not you blog from A-to-Z in April!

  1. very cool! I am doing this challenge as well, and I am hoping to do some posts about the animals and kids in my life. Maybe some gardening posts. I am not sure. As you do, I don’t usually know what I am going to write about until I am here at the computer. This is going to be so much fun! Vicki

    1. Vicki, sounds like we are kindred writers! Some of my favorite posts are the ones I didn’t write myself but rather God just used my fingers to do the typing. Praying for a lot of that this month! Oh, and I’m looking forward to reading your A-to-Z posts. 🙂

  2. I’m so excited to see that you’re jumping back into the A to Z Challenge, too! This was the first blogging challenge I ever tried, too, but was completely worth it! I think your theme sounds quite interesting, and I’ll look forward to following your A to Z posts again this year!

    1. John Mark, I think God just appeased me with a “theme” because I asked for one. As you can see, it’s such a vague notion of a theme that it will be next to impossible for anyone to figure out from one day to the next what I topic I might end up writing about … including me! I think the Good Lord likes to keep me guessing. LOL! I am definitely looking forward to reading all about the classics with you this April. 🙂

  3. I’m joining in the challenge as well with a brand new blog (started it oh a few minutes ago lol). I’ll be following along with you, as a non-denominational sister in Christ 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m so glad … and looking forward to reading everything you write. By the way, I am much more non-denominational than anything, though I still somehow consider myself a Baptist girl because I grew up attending that particular brand of church. My family now attends a Calvary Chapel Church.

  4. Paige I am so thrilled that you are doing this again! Last year the challenge surprised me with encouragement from reading other Christian blogs. I love the topic God has given you. I know the He will use your faithfulness to reach others. Thank you again for sharing.

    1. Janelle, I had the same sort of surprise myself last year. I never expected to find such an amazing community of Christian bloggers or the encouragement I received from reading their posts. I’m glad you are in against his year as well!

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