Blogging. Seems like everyone’s doing it, but I certainly never intended to. BUT I do like to write. So, with a whisper in my head first compelling me to write a little something about a trip to the hospital with my dad last September, I began. My daddy passed away suddenly a month later. Unfortunately, the next time I wrote was as my mother lay on her deathbed a few weeks after that. Grim, huh? But not without purpose. As I shared those two very personal narratives with friends and family, I was overwhelmed by the positive response. People forwarding my writing to their family and friends and saying, “you really made me think.” Huh? I am stunned, but also humbled at how God directs my life sometimes. (I will post those two items shortly, if only to keep it a permanent record of my writing journey.)
God’s whisper to write has now become something I can’t ignore: As I sort through the writings of my mom, I am feeling more and more the compulsion to write – mostly about the little bits of treasure I am finding, but I’m sure I’ll throw in some random thoughts about life in general now and then, as my thoughts tend to be a running narration anyway — maybe finally those insights will see pen to paper ~ or at least fingers to keyboard!
My dear mom was a pastor in active ministry for more than 60 years by the time of her death just before last Christmas at age 90. As we go through her things, I find myself grabbing every single piece of paper, notebook and folder containing anything she wrote. Another whisper from God, another compulsion… write! Write WHAT, God? Mom wrote so much — it will take months to organize and figure out what to do with it all, but the thing that overwhelms me the most right now is that I must write! Some days I sense I am to co-author a book with her, perhaps. A prospect so overwhelming I can’t imagine where to begin. For now, though, I will write — and share with you some of the treasures I find along the way. Mostly this blog will be dedicated to my mom, Gladys Johnson, and of course my daddy Lloyd, too. I hope you’ll forgive me if I occasionally delve into other random topics that tickle my fancy. (For WAAAAY random topics, I’ll be posting at my other blog, Blondemonium.) In the process, I aim to follow after love the way my mom taught me by her example, and maybe encourage someone in their journey along the way. Here’s to an interesting year!