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According to the Webster’s 1828 dictionary, the word abundant means “plentiful; in great quantity; fully sufficient; as an abundant supply. In scripture, abounding; having in great quantity; overflowing with.”
That definitely describes my life! Wherever I look, there is abundance. Abundant family. Abundant chaos. Abundant blessings. Abundant bills. Abundant provision. Abundant love. Abundant “issues”. It’s all there. And I strive to live my abundant life joyfully. It’s not always easy and I don’t always succeed at being joyful, but I know that God is working in me to make me more like Him (and if I’d get out of the way, He’d be able to work so much faster!)
WHY ANOTHER BLOG?
Almost six years ago, a friend posted on my Facebook wall. Her post said, “so last night I had a dream that you had a blog…. just thought I should tell you, in case it was God speaking.”
Since that time, I have started and stopped and started and stopped. Because it turns out that blogging is hard, y’all!
Before I made it public, I had ideas out the wazoo. (Is that even appropriate? What is a wazoo, anyway?)
I purchased a domain name. I purchased hosting. And nearly every idea I had dried up. Just like that.
I almost gave up entirely. I even gave up my domain name.
THE 10-10 MYSTERY
At some point in 2017 I started realizing that everywhere I looked, I saw 1010. Whether it was the time when I checked my phone, or a text or email that arrived at 10:10, or a street sign. In fact, just this week, as I was preparing to write, I was checking out an Instagram profile and noticed that the person had 1,010 posts.
I know. I know. It’s weird. My phone is filled with screenshots with the number 1010 somewhere in it. I didn’t know if it was a date, a time, an amount, or what! Or if I was just a complete freak.
Then it hit me. John 10:10 . . .
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Abundant life. My domain name. 10-10.
Is it God speaking to me? Well, I can assure you it’s not the enemy speaking. Is it me speaking to myself? Maybe.
But I’m willing to step out in faith, believing that God has placed the desire to write. Believing that He has a plan and a purpose behind this. Believing that if I keep my eyes on Him, He will guide me through this process.
MY VISION FOR A JOYFULLY ABUNDANT LIFE
1. To glorify God. If this is not my number one reason for writing, I may as well give up right now. Through this platform, I can share the greatness of God so that the world will know of His great love for each one us.
2. To encourage women to discover and experience the abundant life Jesus has promised. As a pastor’s wife, it breaks my heart to see women stuck in the trap the enemy has laid for them. I want to see women break free from the lies that keep them settling for a less-than-abundant life. I want to encourage these women and cheer them on. Not because I have achieved perfection in this area, but because I am on the journey too and we need each other!
Are you ready to join me? Are you ready to reach out and grab hold of the joyfully abundant life that He has promised us? Let’s do this!