Vision For Blogging | Part 1
I started blogging in July of 2010 shortly after having my firstborn son Elias. After a few short days of playing around with words, I settled on the title Pencilled Daydream.
I recently realized that I have never shared the story and meaning behind it. So as I share a little history behind that title, I hope you not only get caught up in the vision for this blog, but also the much greater story that we are a part of.
I originally started my blog as a way to grow in my writing. I wanted to share stories, and use words as a way to document and share what I was learning or thinking about. Hence the word ”penciled.”
The heart behind my writing is pretty simple.
1. I want to publish salvation. One day several years ago I felt like the Lord highlighted Psalm 96:2 which says, “…tell of his salvation from day to day.” In some versions it uses the word ”publish.” And that is my goal, to day after day publish salvation.
So as you read this blog you will see glimpses into my daily life, and by sharing that with you, I want to document God’s faithfulness. I want to rejoice in my salvation. Through my writing I hope you can see that I am a weak and broken sinner, but also that God did not leave me alone in my darkness. He came for me and saved me by sending His Son Jesus to live a perfect life and to die a sinner’s death. Giving me what I needed in both life and death I now permanently his servant.
Psalm 27:1 says, “ The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” God came and shone light when I was in darkness. He came and brought salvation, when I was on the path of death, so I can not help but share what He’s done.
2. I want to talk with my mouth full.
In Gloria Furman’s book Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, she mentioned how we’ve all heard the admonition, “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” But the Bible says otherwise, “We are to talk with our heart and mouth full!”
Consider Psalm 71:8, “My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all day.” Also, “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright in the congregation” (Ps. 111:1).
As a wife, mom, and lover of God I want to talk with my mouth full! I want a heart that is overflowing with words that can bless others. And the only way that can happen is because God has not remained silent. God’s word is living and active and His words “decisively create, confront, convict, correct, and comfort.” as Justin Taylor said in his book The Power of Words and the Wonder of God.
Jesus stepped into human history as the Word made flesh. Jesus came on my behalf and lived a perfectly obedient life. He not only used every word perfectly, He paid the full penalty that I deserve for using my words so poorly. So as I read God’s word and it changes me, my prayer is that my words would bring glory to God and that they would be used for the good of His people.
John 1:14 says, ”And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
3. I love words. I use so many every day. I speak words, write words, think words, and even sing words. I love the meanings of words. And I think it is fun to learn new words. Words are my craft.
I believe that crafting my words well can actually be a type of art. While artists may use color, brush, and canvas, I use words. Words that evoke emotion, expand the imagination, and share stories.
If anyone reads this blog and delights in the beauty of language, I pray that my words would only serve as a witness to say, “It’s like this, only better. The beauty of my words is the shadow. Christ, who created and sustains and mercifully accepts imperfecty beauty, is the substance. Turn to him. Go to Him.” – John Piper
My prayer for this blog is from Deut. 32:1-3
Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
ascribe greatness to our God.
My prayer is that as the word dwells in me richly, my words would then in turn equip, and encourage the church and to call the lost to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise.”
Stay tuned for Part 2 as I explain the meaning behind the rest of the title pencilled ”daydream.”