I can tell you exactly what I was doing one year ago today. I was sitting in my room, staring up at the ceiling fan. I was scared. I was unsure. Everything was about to change and I didn’t know how I felt about that.
Thinking back to that moment almost makes me feel sick. I hated how worried I was. I remember when I graduated I began praying because I knew everything was about to change. I remember praying and asking God to use me. To open up some type of door because all I wanted to do was share God’s message.
In high school I turned to Christ as my rock and it was the best decision I had ever made. It has to this day been one of my biggest blessings. All I wanted to do was be able to let others see God in me on a larger level. I also wanted to have something that wasn’t going to change. I knew everything was about to change and I wanted something that would be constant. I prayed on that for a while andon June 27, 2014, God answered my prayers with the idea of Southern and Thankful. I knew people blogged, but I wasn’t sure I could do that. I mean, I have never been a gifted speller or grammar freak. Because of this for the first couple of weeks I decided it would be best for me keep it to myself. Just a space to express myself. I eventually got bored and realized that no one could see God in me if I didn’t allow them to. I shared Southern and Thankful with the world. I call that the best decision of my life.
I never knew a daily blog would open up so many doors for me. Some people blog for followers and some people blog to tell a story. I blog to let others know that life is precious, life is full of good and bad events, life is crazy busy and crazy boring, life is full of easy and hard decisions, life does change, but no matter what happens God has a plan and God blesses us everyday. And it is because of those blessings that we have to be thankful. I will always be thankful, but today I feel extremely thankful… It has been a great year.
365 days ago I blogged for the first time and I was thankful for acceptance. Today, one year later, I blog and find myself again, thankful for acceptance. Friends, Family, and complete strangers… thank you. You have read, loved, and supported this crazy dream that is Southern and Thankful. Every single time I tell people I have a blog they accept it because they know it’s a huge part of who I am. I appreciate that more than all of you know. It is easy to feel alone in this huge world, but I don’t feel alone anymore. I feel accepted thanks to Southern and Thankful.
Happiest of Birthday’s to my other half, my constant companion every night, my gift from God, my gift to others, my space where I can ALWAYS be myself, my space where I can always be thankful, and my greatest dream. We have come a long way in one year thanks to all those who accept and love us everyday. I cannot wait to see how this anonymous blog turned unique brand changes the world. I am SO thankful God chose me to be the face behind this blog (even though I may add a few spelling mistakes here and there). Here’s to many many more days of sharing my thanks and letting others see God from the South. Happy Birthday my friend…I am so thankful for this day!
Southern and Thankful
Amy Davis says
Thank you for your willingness to be a beacon of light for Christ. I have truly enjoyed reading and sharing “Southern and Thankful” with my friends and family. Thanks for giving us this daily gift. I pray that your words will continue to inspire and bless others.
Debbie dore says
Happy special birthday! You are a beacon to so many with your blog! I have enjoyed following you on this journey!! I told your Janjan that I thought you have a special gift -and can connect so many people to a deeper faith! Keep this light shining!!!!