In keeping with the #TBT tradition, I am introducing a throwback series on the blog. It turns out starting a public diary a decade ago based on absolute naivety and curiosity has provided more than just embarrassment of my youth and ignorance. It has reminded me that I did in fact make video blogs many years ago from my very first bachelorette bungalow (a very small studio apartment off Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.)
I discussed such urgent matters like the opening of a place called Pinkberry where I first experienced cereal on tart frozen yogurt. Such video is never to resurface. My blog #TBT posts will be much like my Facebook or Instagram "Remember when" funny photos with friends, but also a little something more.
As I continue to share more of my newest ventures with you on this blog, it is important for me to share that my writing journey and more importantly my faith journey began long before my father's suicide. I want you to know that as you get to know me more, and I get to know you. As embarrassing as some of my old posts can be—like a contrast and comparison piece on finding the perfect fall handbag, they are also a map that chronicles a treasure hunt of sorts. My hunt for something more--often hitting dead ends or taking a scenic route. And a treasure that was (WHO) and is with me all along. A God who has guided me, carried me, and let me wander into the desert to lead me home to Him.
The HOME in Him--the settleness He provides in an unsettling world IS the treasure. @@The ETERNAL PEACE He graces us with at conversion is just the beginning of a lifetime of experiencing the joy and peace we can have secure in Him for this life.@@ But, sweet friends, it is not something I have figured out(I know, shocking, right? bhahaha), and it's not something ANY of us just "figure out" on this Earth. It's a continual journey here! But take heart! We are moving. You can grow and move onward!
I challenge you to begin journaling yourself and taking account of the PRESENT. It can feel silly or meaningless to chronicle our often mundane daily life, but it is in the present that God is shaping us for our future good. There were periods during my twenties when I felt like the future was so out of focus and that I was living a life that was leading to an unknown and probably very disappointing 'Emerald City'. But in the most radical and life changing 10 months of my life, God has come straight down to my broken heart and keeps wiping my ugly girl cry tears. He dries them long enough for my focus to shift from blurry to clear. The clarity He provides in moments and hours and even days is beyond anything in the merry old Land of Oz. And the answers He gives us can come in the form of a stream of consciousness post you wrote almost eight years ago(ony my father's birthday):
So yes, be encouraged, He truly is a God who is working ALL THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (from Romans 8:28)
May we all have a "SURRENDER DOROTHY" moment and life...
I am so excited to keep easing down this road(most of the time it's more of a dance and a hustle) but it's best when I keep on beat with HIM. I really am grateful for you dear family and friends of old and new—the ones who have patiently loved me through so much.
My first blog was called "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" I guess it was part Judy and part Elton.
So with all that introduction, let's get to today's
#TBT: blog edition
This is a post from several years ago when my first BFF, Taylor and I took a wrong turn en route to a wedding! Such a fun detour, and the lessons are still the same today!