Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hi Everybody! I'm still alive!

Over the past couple of weeks I've had a few e-mails and comments regarding my well-being so I wanted to let you all know that everything is okay and give you a little enlightenment on my blogging hiatus.

On our way to school one morning, the following conversation took place:
The Boy: Mom, Lent starts today.
Me: Yeah, I know.
The Boy: What does Lent REALLY mean?
Me: Well, umm, you know, it represents the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness.

It was at that point that I realized that I am failing myself, my kids and especially my God. I decided right then and there that I was going to take full advantage of the Season of Lent and better myself through Christ. That night, I went home and dusted off my Bible (which desperately needed it since it probably hadn't been opened in a few months) and prepared to start an on-line Bible Study. When Sunday rolled around, I practically jumped out of bed to get ready for church (which meant also dusting off my church clothes since we hadn't been there in a while either). For the first time in my life, I was excited about getting up early on Sunday and herding three kids out the door. During the service, I felt like Pastor J. was talking directly to me and only to me. I genuinely wanted to be there and my heart had opened up and I could, for probably the first time in my life, truly feel the love of God.

I really have missed all of my bloggy friends but I have been using the time that I would normally blog in to do my daily Bible Study. I have been going back and forth between two on-line studies and today I bought "The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren. I am excited about starting that and it says that it is really helpful to read it with a friend or group so if anyone is interested in reading it with me, let me know.

So anyway, that is where I have been and what I have been doing; I'm sure you can all understand. Ha! I guess you could say I gave up blogging for Lent. Well, except that I just blogged.


Tori :) said...

I think that's wonderful Dana! Good for you!

Toni said...

Word to my Christian sister. JC's in the HOUSE!!! You know I'm behind you 150%, Dana. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING is more important that Him. If there are a hundred steps between Him and us, He'll descend 99. He'll come allllll the way down to the 99th step, if only you'll take that one toward Him. Much restoration of peace, joy and HOPE I pray for you as you study His word and He draws you closer. Beth Moore has some great studies online (is that one of the ones you're doing?). Check her out.

MGM said...

Thanks for being inspiring!

FRIGGA said...

I'm glad to read your okay! And congrats on your new found relationship - I remember having that feeling, but it's been a very very long time. Please don't forget about us Bloggers though!!

Happy Friday :-)

Ed (zoesdad) said...

So glad to hear from you. I thought something bad may have happened.....I see it's worse!

I'm only kidding. I think that's great. Your story reminds me of Psalm 51:12.


Rebecca said...

((HUGS)) I miss your blogging.

Sniz said...

Welcome back, Dana. You couldn't have been using your time any better!

EE said...

Good for've inspired me!
What online study are you doing?

Jenny said...

I really missed you, but what a great way to be spending your time instead!!

If I suddenly disappear, now you'll know where I went. :o)

Big Doofus said...

I wondered about you, but this is GREAT NEWS. It's right where you should be. There are many of us who blog that share your love for Christ. So, when you DO decide to blog, we'll be here to encourage you.

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Serina Hope said...

Good for you! But I still miss you....again...and still...

Rebecca said...

are you still alive?

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I was gonna ask the same things as Rebecca. Where are you Dana??

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Hello? Is this thing on? Hello?

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