Yesterday was my four-year blogiversary. I started blogging as a "let's see how this goes" way to keep a handful of friends and family updated on my life in Africa. But the opportunity to write personally in addition to all the writing I do for ministry made it quickly become a passion.
Then about two years ago, the Grit took on a life of its own.
It became the welcome mat that invited people into my life. I began developing real friendships. Conversations progressed from comments to emails. Then there were phone calls, and webcam chats, and even hugs.
Nobody was more surprised than I was.
And it surprises me still.
I have more friendships now than I ever have---real, raw, authentic friendships---and that blows me away. The sense of community that's been fostered here is one of the most unexpected blessings of my entire life.
My eyes fill with tears just thinking about how God's used you to carry me through this difficult year. I'm humbled and honored to call you friends.
I no longer blog simply to keep people updated on my life. And I certainly don't write just to throw words at you. Or to hear myself speak.
I come to the Grit for strength, support, encouragement, and community.
And I've never been disappointed.
Here's to you! Happy four years, friends!