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When I won the CWO Challenge a few weeks back, Darleneemailed me and said that the blog design was only for blogspot, what would I like to do?

Well – my answer was a resounding — -“I don’t mind MOVING!!!!”  Please go here and check out the new Ponderings of The Heart.   I will post on my beautiful new blog from now on!

Be sure you tell Darlene what a GREAT job she did!!!!

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Last week, I entered the Spring Into Summer blog challenge with my post entitled Blogger Blessings.  I just learned that I WON!!!!

The only other thing I have EVER won in my life was a quilt made by my Granny and her friends in the Quilting Club where I grew up!!! I am SOOOO excited!  I won a blog design done by none other than Darlene Schadt herself! I am so excited that I feel like jumping up and doing a dance – but I won’t.  Instead I will just walk around with this grin on my face all night long!

THANKS SO MUCH Darlene for choosing my post!

I just can’t wait to get my new blog design up and going!  I know it will be fabulous!

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      This article is my submission to the blog challenge sponsored by Darlene Schacht,, the founder and editor of CWO Magazine, Uniting Women of Faith.

Challenge #5 asked that I write a post telling how God has blessed me through blogging.  There are many ways. What follows are some of them!

  I have always been a journal-er (is that a word?)!  As young as about 10 years old, I can remember having a “diary”.  I can’t say that I am the most eloquent writer or that I follow the rules of perfect grammar, but I enjoy writing down my feelings.  Over the years my “diary” has taken on lots of different forms and today comes in two different forms. One is a prayer journal that I keep as I pray each day and talk to God or as I study His word and pray through what I am learning.  The second is through this blog.  There aren’t usually a lot of people checking out my blog but I really enjoy writing on it.  God allows my soul some rest when I write these things down turning them over to Him.

Writing a blog myself is a blessing from the Lord in itself but there even bigger blessings from HIM out there in the blogosphere.  Allow me please to give you a little background so you can see what wonderful blessings the Lord has bestowed on me. My hubby is a United Methodist Pastor, and in the Methodist church, pastors are on an itinerant system where they are appointed to churches by the cabinet of the church.  Last June, hubby was appointed to a new church about an hour from where we had lived for the past 6 years.  Moving was hard on me to say the least.  The place where we were before was really like family.  That church saw my husband and I get married and saw each of our three daughters be born.  It was very difficult to move but feeling that God knows best, move we did. 

Over the course of about 5 months after we moved, I became increasingly anxious and depressed.  To be honest – I had no idea that I was either anxious or depressed.  I knew I didn’t have much of an appetite and that I felt tired and not well most of the time but I didn’t think I was depressed.  By December of 2006, this past Christmas I was a wreck and stayed that way, in a dark place, for a while.  I just need to be honest here and tell you that as a pastor’s wife it is very difficult to have close friends. When you move to a new place and are known as “the preacher’s wife” it gets complicated.  People are cordial and nice to me, but generally don’t see me as REAL friend material.  For one thing, most of the time people have an established group of friends already. Especially if they have lived in this place their entire lives. For another thing, I’m the “preachers wife” and therefore cannot possibly understand their broken humanness…..It’s hard for people to see “the preacher” and the “preacher’s wife” as normal people. And another thing that I think makes it even harder for a Methodist pastor’s family is that people know we won’t be here in this place for the rest of their lives or ours so it is hard to want to get really close to people who will eventually have to move on.  The hard part is that I am the kind of person who needs CLOSE friends.  The kind of friends that you can tell anything and everything to.  The kind of friends who you can be honest  with about your relationship with your husband — friends who you can tell the good – the bad AND the ugly to.  Because, let’s just be honest, NO one is perfect and we all have the good – the bad- and the ugly in our relationships.

I do believe that the Lord has been teaching me through all of this to be fully reliant ONLY on HIM! To see HIM as by best friend and the ONLY friend I really need.  And I am learning to do that .  Slowly – DAILY and sometimes HOURLY – I choose to trust HIM and rely only on HIM, and to allow HIS grace to be sufficient for me.  And although, this is a continual growing place for me, I do think that The Lord has begun to bless me with wonderful sister’s in Christ, who feed my soul, out there in the blogosphere.

 One day about 3 months ago I got an email from my aunt to her daughter, Lisa’s, blog.  She thought I might like to read it since Lisa and I are both preacher’s wives and have much in common.  It is funny to me looking back.  See, Lisa’s step-dad is my uncle and when Lisa first became a part of our family, she was in high school and I was a “lowly” middle school-er…..therefore, by the laws of teenagers everywhere, we weren’t allowed to be friends.  I was closer to her younger sister who was only a year older than me and thereby still in middle school herself.  So, Lisa and I weren’t close and really only saw one another once in a while and after she got married I didn’t see her again for years! Literally. years. I have seen her since she and her hubby became a ministry family themselves once in a while but never long enough to really have deep conversation. Not to mention the fact that Lisa is the mother of 4 and I have 3 little ones – so deep conversation at family gatherings is – to say the least – IMPOSSIBLE.  Anyway, I digress.  Back to what I was saying.  Lisa’s mom sent me a link to Lisa’s blog. I read it, laughed so hard I thought I would cry and was hooked.  Lisa, over at The Preacher’s Wife is a blessing from God.  She teaches my soul and she makes me laugh. What a blessing!

From Lisa’s blog, I found CWO and Darlene Schacht. Darlene is the editor of CWO and she has her own personal blog.  The magazine and Darlene personally encourage me in my daily walk with HIM.  Darlene also started Jehovah Java Cafe’ and this group of ladies bless my socks off each morning as I read their posts.

Also from Lisa’s blog, I found Tracey over at Show Me State of Mind.  She is also a fellow “preacher’s wife”.  She is SO encouraging to me and is always the first sister to offer prayers when I’m in need.

From the Jehovah Java Cafe, I found Cindy at One Day More and Kim over at Lifesong. God always allows these ladies to have words of wisdom to speak to my heart!

From the CWO blogroll, I found In The Midst of It, Boo Mama and Big Mama.  I read this ladies blogs every day and when I am having a challenging day (which as a sahm of 3 little girls – ages 5, 3, 2 – and care giver for a 6 month old happens to be MOST everyday) they make me laugh and lighten my mood considerably.

How has God blessed me through blogging you ask.  I’d say in more ways than I can count!  The sister’s listed above are some of them. Most of these ladies don’t even know me – and may never know what a blessing they are to me. For the few of you who do read this, I hope you hear me when I say God us using you in a BIG way to bless my life and I am ever so thankful to HIM for allowing me to find these folks out there in the blogosphere! 

If you have made it this far into this long post, I ever so humbly THANK YOU for reading it!  God bless each of you this day!

Mindy

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