HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little blog!!! It has been one year this month that I started blogging and words can’t express how amazed I am at the fruit that has come from this site. BUT since it IS a BLOG, I will just have to TRY to use words :-). In all honesty I originally had NO intention of blogging! For a good 6 months I was standing on the sidelines watching the players play on the field with not even a small inkling of joining the game. In other words, I was an AVID blog reader but did not consider actually starting one of my own. That is, until one fall day I kept feeling a pressing on my heart to start my own blog and it just would not go away. I turned on the radio during lunch and this heaviness on my heart was kind of repeating “blog, blog, blog” LOL. So when the radio host mentioned their own blog site (which I’m sure they did a million times before, I just never paid attention), I caved. Ok Jesus! I will blog!!!
And blog I did :-).
I took that almighty leap of faith and poured out my heart to unseen readers who sat in various positions glued to their monitors ingesting the intelligent musings of Nicole M. (at least that’s how I picture it). And never could I have imagined the peace and joy writing would bring me. I have never thought of myself as a writer. Instead I opted for the self-perception of “devoted reader”. As a child and pre-teen I was often being found in a good book while others were out and about indulging in their various extroverted activities. But the extent of my writing before this blog was limited to personal journals dedicated to Yeshua. Now, instead of journaling, I blog and in doing so I get to share with the world the highs and lows of this walk with Him.
Probably one of the most surprising occurrences to me is that it really is the world I’m sharing with as many of my visitors are from countries I’ve never been to (that would be ALL outside of the U.S and Canada). And even some I didn’t even know existed (I know, I know, I really need to leave the U.S). I’ve connected with other bloggers like “Jesuslikespizza”, “Cshowers” and my UK friend “David Holland” (look out for his book, it’s going to be amazing) all through the internet when otherwise I never would have been acquainted with such beautiful souls. I have even taken on a sweet mentee located in Pretoria, South Africa by the wonderful name of Lucy (she is truly a jewel).
So I’ve been able to travel internationally without ever having left my homeland and that has been one of the best gifts through blogging…
Another spectacular event was being a guest writer for Ms. Candra Evans. When reading her blog a few years ago “Love & Grace Media”, I never would have guessed that I would one day not only get to meet with her but also write for her. That I would share with her readers the nuggets I’ve learned in my faith and that I would be a resource for single, Christian women on her site. I honor her and her faith in Christ. She is in a league all her own…
But probably by far the greatest surprise given to me by this little blog is my book. One low key day, I was visiting a blog site I often visit and noticed the topic of one of the posts was heartbreak. After reading it I thought, “How come I’ve never written on heartbreak? That is totally my testimony!” The truth is, I never wrote about it because I did not want to revisit the past, I only wanted to move forward into the new. But it was suddenly very strongly on my heart that I must write a post about heartbreak. Even when I tried to ignore this impression, again, it would not go away, until I sat down, put my fingers on the keys, and poured out my thoughts creating what is now the most popular blog post on this site: “How to Overcome Heartbreak: Recovering from Misguided Love“. And as soon as the title was given to me, I knew, “this is my book”. Through various confirmations I was encouraged to act out on this belief and within only a few months my book was written and will hopefully one day be published :-).
And so, “His Love is Better Than Wine” has literally been exceedingly, abundantly, above all I could expect or think. It was birthed out during a time of stillness. Most of my days were mundane and quite ordinary. There was no adventure, no excitement and I was looking for something. Well, apparently the something was writing. It is my gift to Him. It is my gift to you.