HOW CAN GOD USE ME?

It seems that once or twice a year, I wonder why I’m still writing this blog.   The truth is, I often wonder if I’m writing it for the right purpose.  As soon as I see my ratings drop, I can’t help thinking that I’m being selfish in continuing.   I’ve been blogging for about 7 years.  It was an offshoot of some inspirational quotes I was posting on Facebook, along with a creative desire to write.  In a way, I was keeping a journal of my daily living and finding something in each day that might help someone else to get through theirs. 

I started writing when I first learned how to actually form sentences and wrote my first full length musical play when I was twelve.  I thought it was phenomenal.  It was the story of a prince who becomes a member of the working class. He falls in love with a commoner and we all know the end of that story.  It consisted of songs, magnificent costumes, a cast of hundreds and words that went on and on.  I was so proud of myself as I turned it in to be graded by my eighth grade teacher.  He took one look at the size of the manuscript and said, “This is much more than I asked for and definitely not something we could do in our classroom.”  I was crushed.  In fact I didn’t write another thing for a couple years. 

When I got over myself, I let the muse loose and started to write again.  I’ve written over a hundred plays and skits, three unfinished novels, many children’s stories, a memoir, articles, a screenplay or two, commercials and dabbled in poetry.  I’m not saying this to impress anyone.  The only things I ever published were my memoir, “Stages,” which was self published and an article for Chicken Soup For the Soul.  I have a fear of rejection, so most of my work is stuffed away in a loose leaf binder or on a memory stick.  

In writing a blog, I saw an opportunity to share my love for my Savior with others – to show them that if God was interested in me and my failures, he certainly would listen to them and give them answers, comfort, guidance or all of the above.  I’m not a qualified teacher of God’s Word.  My words are often clumsy and not well thought out in advance.  When I’ve written without editing, I immediately pick up on mistakes once the piece has been published.  Some times I express my political views, while other times I address things like parenting, aging, humor, entertainment and art.

So this weekend, I decided to take a vacation from blogging indefinitely.  When we went to church and enjoyed some fellowship with others after the service, my husband relayed the information about my blog to one of our members.  We talked a lot about how important it is for us to share the things that are “really” going on in our lives with fellow believers, so that we can lift each other up and encourage one another in all those trials.  Maybe this is what God wants me to do. 

As Paul and I talked yesterday about growing older and not being able to physically serve in the church as we did when we were younger, I suggested that our time of serving might be over, but our time of grace was still available.  That thought stuck with me through the day, and I realize that this blog needs to continue – not for my glory, but so that God can be magnified and others will see how He can change lives.

So, you’re stuck with me.  I may not be around for another seven years, but I guess you’ll be seeing me – Kathy Boecher at atimetoshare.me for a little longer.

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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8 Responses to HOW CAN GOD USE ME?

  1. ken riddles says:

    Long may you continue – this post is full of reality – and I share similar cogitations – so you are helping me – Be blessed sister, while you continue to give us this good stuff. 😎

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  2. oneta hayes says:

    That’s good news to me. Heavens, I just started when I was older than you and I started it as a ministry to God because I could not physically or financially continue face to face interactions. Our stories and advice will be drifting around in the clouds for many years. Can’t you just imagine that in 2032 someone might stumble onto our wisdom – it can happen if we give God the tools/blogs to make it happen. If no one else needs you right now, I do. See you tomorrow.

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  3. When I was in the 2nd grade, we all brought our teacher gifts for some occasion that I can’t remember. She gladly accepted all the gifts, but when I brought mine, which was a multipack of fruit lifesavers, she gave them back to me and said, why don’t you go ahead and keep these. As an adult I can see that she probably thought I’d be thrilled to have the candy back, but I was crushed thinking that she didn’t like my gift, that it wasn’t good enough. I walked away sad and embarrassed and I’ve struggled ever since with giving gifts because deep inside I’m convinced they won’t be what people really want. And even if they accept them, which of course everyone is polite enough to do, they will probably just tuck them away somewhere or regift my inadequate offering. It’s sad how one act by one person can affect us our entire lives. That said, I’m so thankful you’ve decided to stay and keep blessing all of us with your beautiful words! Now if you could just gather all those unfinished pieces and go get them published!!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Your words are so encouraging. I am deeply blessed by them. I know I should get on the stick and have my work published. I’m not financially able to self publish and I haven’t got a clue where to start, doing it the conventional way. Paul and I will probably have our work recognized when we die, and that’s all good. As long as it brings joy to someone as your words did to me. Thank you. I would’ve loved that box of Life Savers.

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      • Have you thought about self-publishing as a Kindle book through Amazon? I lot of people do that and I think Kindle books are much more widely read than actual paper books. It’s definitely worth a look. If my words are a blessing to you, it’s because you blessed me first. “I would’ve loved that box of Life Savers.” That put a big smile on my face. 🙂

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