Ten Year Anniversary of This Blog

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Ten years ago, on August 13, 2012, I wrote the first post on this blog. It is really hard for me to realize it has been ten years. Goodness. If I wasn’t doing a little blog archiving, I wouldn’t have even known the anniversary was here.

Some of you reading this have been with me from the very beginning. Thank you. Some of you are newer followers. Thank you.

Whether you’ve been with me from the very first blog post, which by the way, those early posts are evidence of a novice blogger learning as she went, or just joining I want you to know how deeply I appreciate each of you who takes the time out of your day to open my blog and read what I believe God gives me to share.

I especially appreciate all of you who stuck with me in the early days when my blog was hacked, and later when it was shut down completely.

There is no way for me to tell you what your encouragement and sticking with me meant at a time when I wanted to just quit. If it hadn’t been for the help from an amazing Wordfence support member, the blog probably would not have ever restarted.

Because of the hack, shut down, and changing blog hosts, I’ve lost some of my early subscribers’ email addresses and names. I didn’t know enough to make a list when I first started out in all of this.

When I first started this blog, I wasn’t really sure I had anything of value to share, but I kept at it. As I kept writing, I discovered what I want to share with readers is encouragement, along with the hope that lies in a relationship with Jesus. I pray that comes through each post I write.

Along with posts of encouragement, I added gluten-free recipes, guest-written poetry, book reviews, and have hosted three guest posters once a month.

From statistics recorded after the blog came back following the shut down, as of August 10, 2022, there have been 1,376 posts, 1,836 comments, 71,390 views, and 35,169 visitors.

My numbers are insignificant compared to most blogs, but for this girl who is absolutely terrified of technology, they are a testimony of what God can do when we say yes to him.

People from all over the world have read this blog. That, my friends, is indeed humbling. What is more humbling, is to hear from readers who tell me what God led me to write arrived at just the right moment to speak into their pain. Only God can do that.

My prayer is that you have been blessed in some small way through what you read on my blog. I love it when you comment. It helps me connect with those reading what I write.

I also love it when you share what I write with others. That gives God the opportunity to bless more people through what he’s given me to write.

Thank you so very much for reading my blog. I appreciate you more than you know.

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Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20 NLT

You can find my August Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.


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Birthday Candles

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

My son, Pie, has a milestone birthday coming up. Do you think I should get him a tombstone cake like he got me on one of my big birthdays?

Seems like only days ago, okay, maybe a couple of years ago, I hovered over his crib and couldn’t believe I had actually given birth to a real live human being.

Only God could make that happen.

Thinking about those early days, middle years, teen years, and adult years made me realize several things. Some of which I’ll share here.

Although parents believe no one could possibly love their children more than they do, that’s not true, you know. God loves our children more than we ever will. And he loves us more than our parents ever could.

While parents are imperfect beings who mess up over and over, God is the perfect parent. He disciplines and restores in his perfect timing. His love knows no bounds.

Children aren’t “Mini Mes” and that’s a good thing. The goal should be to point children to Jesus. He is the one they are to model their lives after.

While we hold our child’s hand through the ups and downs of life, there are some boo-boos we can’t kiss and make better no matter how hard we try. That’s when Jesus steps in, wraps his arms around them, and refuses to let go.

Aren’t we glad it isn’t all up to us?

Any parenting words of wisdom you’d care to share, either from your days as a child or a parent?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below. If you think others would appreciate reading this, please share it through the social media buttons.

The Lord made an agreement with Jacob and gave the teachings to Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children. Then their children would know them, even their children not yet born. And they would tell their children. So they would all trust God and would not forget what he had done but would obey his commands. Psalm 78:5-7 (NCV)

I wish you well.


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