I have been writing something since I met Millie Bishop, Plainview High School journalism teacher, back in the 70s. In May of 2006, I wrote my first personal blog online @ In His Hands. As my journey is woven by the Master, I share as a testimony to His goodness & love.
For a few years, the Plainview Daily Herald published blogs, and I wrote a blog about living in Plainview for them. When they stopped featuring blog-writers, people asked me to continue to share. In July of 2014, I wrote the first entry of Exploring Plainview Texas.
In between, I have written three books, and have a fourth one, the second collection of photography and thoughts in the works that may get finished one day. I am either taking pictures, recording thoughts or volunteering.
To date, I have written 6,286 blogs entries. In these years there have been 547,960 views from the website, and there is no measure of views from Facebook, which I joined in 2008.
There are moments where I don't see the purpose in what I do. I ask God often if I should continue or if I am in the ministry spot He desires. Always, he affirms this through an audible sign of words of encouragement. Numbers matter not to me because if I am allowed to share in the deliverance of joy to one person, they are worthy of His joy. How he uses what I write is His to do with as He pleases. I am only a vessel to be used for His glory.
I assure you that I would cease to write if God was not the center of the ministry. Facebook is God's platform, as well. There are times that I consider stepping away from it all, but I know that God uses me. I most often don't know who sees what, when or where, but God is at work. No doubt.
Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
This is the art photo shared on in the first Exploring Plainview blog in 2014...
Here is the first blog entry for the In His Hands blog from 2006...
Today is a wonderful day! I watched the Plainview High School graduation on TV tonight. It looks like folks were hot. I enjoyed so much seeing "my" HC-JR-LC members graduate! They are such wonderful kids!!! We do have some great kids in Plainview! Speaking of great kids...Brant Wall graduated tonight, too! Woo-hoo Brant! I love that kid!!!
Zoey Belle is here visiting today & tonight. I love my little grand-dog! Chrissa & B are here for Brandon's great-grandmother's funeral.
Today has been a day of just kicking back. I mowed & edged the yard, but other than that just did what I wanted to do!
My new business, Arissa Designs, is doing good. I got in my first order for personalized notes. They are so cute! Does anyone need a nice little gift? Give me a call. I do creative social & business stationery, invitations, etc.
Well, this is a crazy world with some crazy people in it. Maybe if we took the focus off ourselves and placed our labor into helping others, then it would grow into a more compassionate world! At the very least it will make us feel a sense of accomplishment!
Fresh Find: A sweet baby swing.