Smiling with Tears in my Eyes

For quite a while now, I have been putting off starting this blog.  Short of fire falling from the sky, God has been doing a lot of elbow-nudging, shoulder-tapping, and head-thumping to get me to start.  I have so many stories, some already written and some stilling swirling around in my head – that I know He wants me to share. Oh – but what are people going to think of me?  Will I make a fool of myself?  Will I expose too much? Will it be good enough? What about my grammar? Can I handle any criticism? Would anyone bother to read it?

After sharing an article I had written, a friend commented that she was “smiling with tears in her eyes.”  Hearing her say that really has given me the courage to share more. My stories may make you laugh, cry, or even both at the same time.  I really just want to share some of the lessons I have learned the hard way, and to tell you about the amazing ways God can show up in our lives if we let Him.  There have been so many times God has left me smiling with tears in my eyes, too.  I want this to be a place where we can be real with each other – which can be so hard sometimes for many of us. It may not always be pretty, but let’s give it a try.

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