Hi there! My name is Glenda. What’s yours?
Welcome to my world, you’re on my turf now! Actually, I’m new in the blogosphere so I’m the new kid on this very big block. I appreciate your peeking onto my page. I hope you’ll keep coming back!
I am a Christian, a follower of Christ. I am single. I’ve been both for a long time. If you want to know more, I have a bio you can read, soon’s I can figure out to make sure it’s posted. I will be sharing my story as to how I have been single, along with many other things about my journey, as time goes along.
I love to observe, write, share, teach, counsel, comment, hassle, mess with, call out, love on, and laugh. A lot. I figured I’d better start writing down somewhere some of what I’ve been learning about being a Christian who just happens to be single. BTW I’m somewhere between “old enough to know better” and “young enough not to care,” so I’ve stored up a lot of observations, insights, struggles, mistakes, and triumphs to share. I did some research and realized blogging was a great way to do what I envision as sharing.
Don’t tell anyone, but this is an experiment.
I’m going to try blogging every week for 6 months and see what happens. I will post mostly on Sunday or Monday night. As I learn to navigate my way through the technicalities of blogging, my site will unfold.
Not every week will be about being single and unhappy about it. In fact, many weeks will not be about that topic. To those who may be incredulous, there is much more to life than just being unmarried and The Great Hunt For A Spouse.
We humans are complex. You are complex! You—and I—are multiple layers of humanity, intertwined like vats of spaghetti noodles, with physical and spiritual ancestry, genetic influences and genetic outcomes, family of origin, birth order, personality, emotional IQ, culture, skin tone, personal body chemistry, early life experiences, medical incidents and crises, religious practices (or lack thereof), learning styles, love languages, disabilities, skills, crimes, aptitudes, education, friends, neighbors, extended family, losses, media, entertainment, technology, choices, if you become a Christian add spiritual gifts, accidents, romantic attachments, the arrival of children and grandchildren, passing through various life stages, the deterioration of the human condition, local and national policy, international treaties, natural disasters, the climate, local and world economy, and who knows what else. I tired myself just writing that list. No wonder we’re so complex! Did I leave out anything?
The Bible declares in Psalm 139 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I think that includes all that stuff I just mentioned plus the stuff I left out that you’re thinking of right now.
So we’re pretty complex. All that to say that sometimes my topics will be complex. I’m a research rat, so I like to back things up, as much as I can. Sometimes I want to just put the cookies on the bottom shelf, though, and use that KISS principle of writing (“keep it short and sweet” or “keep it simple, stupid!”) so everybody can get it.
Yeah, I read all those articles about how long bloggers’ articles should be so that we get more hits on the SEO. I love to write or talk, but when I think I am done, I am done. I don’t need to hear myself talk just for its own sake.
Don’t worry, though. I definitely have a lot of thoughts, observations, insights, struggles, and so forth about being single and Christian, that I plan to share. I have been actively involved in all sorts of churches and Christian singles groups. There are a lot of scary things out there, as well as really great stories and relationships, that I have seen or gotten involved (or almost gotten involved, thank God!) in. And I am not afraid to rat out my brothers or my sisters for some of the goings-on I have seen, up close and personal! (Not rat out individuals, of course—I mean clusters of people who have been known to do some knuckle-heady things!)
Nothing’s off limits. I, just like you, have opinions, thoughts, observations, musings before and after coffee, struggles, triumphs, stupids, insights in the middle of the night, mistakes, and wisdom gained from experience, that will be fun to share and dialogue about. One of my favorite quotes about life is from Will Rogers: “You get good judgment from experience. You get experience from bad judgment.” Yep, I got me a lot of good judgment from that sort of experience. Hey, don’t snicker, I know you do, too!
I plan every once in awhile to ask a guest blogger who is Christian, single, and over 18 to write an article for this blog. When I have a guest blogger, I will post theirs on another day of the week. I have more than enough topics lined up to go over a year if I post once a week, not including guest blogs. I want to see what the Lord does first. Pray for me! You’re gonna need it!
I never thought of myself as a blogger until I put the money down to start this beast. And I know it will be a beast. Many of you have been blogging awhile so you’re already thinking, “Yeah, I know. Wonder if she’ll make it.”
Blogging, I have already discovered, is fun, but hard work. So you know that what you’ll be reading came from my heart and determination to share; my blood, sweat, and tears. (Not really, about the blood. Well, there was that time in third grade when I nearly cut half my left index finger off helping my mom sharpen a knife instead of washing dishes like she asked me to. But that’s another blog for another day!)
I don’t know it all, of course, and I don’t want to come off like I do. Definitely, I don’t have it all together and have a long ways to go in many areas of my life. Just like you. But what I have received from the Lord, I’m happy to share with you, if you also share a little with me. Freely I have received, freely I will give. If you are not able to post a comment, I’m working on that. No one can live long enough to make all the mistakes. We might as well consolidate and get experience as cheaply as possible!
Let’s start walking together, toward eternity, and invite as many people as we can to join us. One of my former pastors used to always say, “I believe in Calvinism, but God put me on the nominating committee for salvation. Since we don’t know who’s destined and who’s not, I’m nominating everybody!” The way things are cranking up around here for Christians, we don’t know how long we have on this planet. So we need to get walking, talking, and inviting.
Come back tomorrow for my first article. The Lord bless you. Make a great day!