Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blogging and Who I Am...


At some point in time someone will ask you,
 who are you? 
Who do you consider yourself to be? I have been asked this question in magazine articles and in conversations with various people. I have been told this is a difficult question for many people. It is not for me. I have no problem answering  it quickly and honestly. 
I am a woman seeking the heart of God. 
Pure and simple. 
All that I do comes from that phrase. I also believe that my whole purpose in life and why we are put on this planet  is for one purpose and that is to glorify God in whatever we do, so that He can reveal His love for us and through us.  
I am also a person that makes many mistakes on a daily basis. I am strong headed and jump into things whole heartedly and suffer the consequences later. I have been married 3 times and raised my children as a single mom for many years. I have not lived a fairytale life but I have lived a good life. Through all my choices God was there. I always knew that. I have a strong relationship with Him. I am not a religious person, I have an intimate relationship with my heavenly Father through Christ who lives in me. He is my daily companion, we walk and talk together no matter if I am making art or making dinner. 
I love sharing His love with others,
 it is my passion. 
I am not trying to push my beliefs on anyone they are just intertwined in who I am. I do not belong to a certain denomination, in fact I do not go to church at all right now. I haven't for years. If I found one I was comfortable in and I felt I was to be there, then I would join. I was active in a non- denominational church for years  but I no longer am now. 
I do not live a perfect life, but I am perfected through Christ. 

I started blogging 2 years ago this June. I started it to journal my life and talk about my work.  My blog has always been a mix of family, art, the shop, my home...my thoughts. My blog is me. It was always meant to be fun and to inspire others. It was not meant to be just a pretty blog. Oh, I love eye candy too but that isn't my focus. At one point I thought of having two blogs, one for the art and one for the spiritual side but I didn't know how to separate the two. I didn't do it with my shop or home or friendships, how could I on my blog which records my thoughts and life. Through this blog the Lord has blessed my life with lovely friendships that I would have never thought possible. I truly love many of you. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you. But I realize it is hard to really know someone from reading bits and pieces of there lives written in a few posts twice a week. That is why I am writing this now, because I care about you and what you think. I will support, pray, read and talk with you but I will not change who I am... I will just try to paint a better picture, a realistic picture and if that no longer blesses you then please take me off your blog roll. This is not about PR for me or getting my numbers up, this is about real life, real people, being real and sharing that. Whether it be fixing up the bath, losing weight or sharing my passion I would love to have you journey with me but know that somewhere down the road I will preach after all I am my fathers daughter...
:)
Blessings
Rebecca

39 comments:

  1. blessings to you my dear...
    for proclaiming JESUS!
    and so thankful that HIS grace is sufficent,HE is merciful & HIS love for us is unending!

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  2. Beautiful! You will be blessed for saying that.

    And it's a reminder that all the things you mentioned are the things I strive for, but forget and get off track all too often. Oh, who am I kidding? I stay off track in some way or another most of the time. Praise God for His mercy and blessings!

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  3. Hi Rebecca,
    Hear, hear! Preach it sista! I won't mind one bit! And praise God! I'm so proud of you for standing for Jesus! My main purpose for my blog was to glorify Jesus too. Well, I want to in every way of my life, not just my blogging. I have met some wonderful friends that have been a real blessing to me.
    Thanks for your awesome post.
    Blessings,
    Sonya

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  4. Hello there,
    Beautiful and heartfelt...thanks so much for speaking from the heart and sharing who you are :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Smiles and Blssings,
    sheila

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  5. I love to hear our Lord's name lifted up. He is so good, merciful, kind, and faithful!!

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  6. Woo hoo!
    Another kindred spirit who will be sharing what is real.

    I think once we realize that we can find all sorts of magazine like photos throughout blog land,
    we begin to value the posts from the heart.

    You are so creative and inspiring and I loved what you said about not trying to separate the sides of your life any longer.

    Bravo!
    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  7. Rebecca,

    Knowing your authentic self and sharing it with those you love is truly a blessing to you and to those who share your life.

    In this environment where honesty and reality can become distorted, the truth will always push it's way toward the light of day.

    I respect so much what you have said and you know we share the same attitude about this venue. The goodness in the forged friendships must supersede all the foolishness some wish to promote.

    Know thyself and be true, and keep on preaching your truth. :D

    Blessings to you and yours my friend.

    xoxo

    z

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  8. Love this post Rebecca- Love your honesty and love that you love the same Jesus I love. It's not about church or religion it's relationship with Him and I hear that in your blog!

    We are in ministry and have a ministry blog so I don't share as much as I probably should yet I hope He is spilling out just like He should in anything we do whether we speak HIM or not.

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  9. Great post. I would love to hear more about your ups and downs, your struggles and your strengths. And the disappointments.

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  10. Hello dearest Rebecca-
    Your post is beautiful- and what you write is a truph for me,too--I might not be a loud speaker, but I speak to God,too--every day,- and like you,I never visits the church.But visiting you alwayes brings me a kind of piece and the beauty that comes from your heart, Rebecca.
    Love you, Dorthe

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  11. I am amazed to see such an amazing post. Keep up the good work.childrens furniture

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  12. Thank you for being so real! God Bless You!

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  13. R.E.,
    This is why I think you are beautiful. Don't get me wrong...the outside packaging is gorgeous, but what is inside is even more so.
    Often times "going to church" is confused with putting feet to words. You, on the other hand, walk the talk and it shines through your eyes.
    I've been blessed by God for allowing me to be your friend and I'm honored.
    XOXO
    Debbie

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  14. Good Morning Sweet one!
    It is as amazing in print as it sounded when you read it to me by phone last night!
    Thank you for addressing this! I know you would not have done it without the Lord's prompting so I am thankful the two of you shared your heart! I love the relationship you have with the Lord and share with each of us here on your blog!
    I am so blessed to call you friend and sister!
    Love you bunches!
    Donna

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  15. Rebecca, I am encouraged to know you are real and genuine. Not slicked up if you know what I mean. It is true we do not know what is behind the photos and the writing on a blog. I want you to know I too have a relationship with Jesus and have for many years. I can tell you put a lot of thought into this post...bless you and hugs. xoxo, olive

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  16. Wonderful words this morning! While I have always loved visiting for your beautiful pictures and projects, it has always been your words that keep me coming back. I am pleased to know you are who you are...through and through. You will continue to inspire me in every way!!

    Enjoy sweet blessings this day...Carol

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  17. blest be rebecca, Stand Up for Jesus! thank you for being willing to be available to God to be used to impact my relationship with Him, drawing me closer unto Himself so that He is glorified!!! :)

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  18. Your honesty is inspiring! As I read your post this morning sipping on my cup of coffee, I felt humbled, but at the same time happy that you are true to God and yourself and your pure humility. I often forget that God placed us on this Earth for a reason...life gets busy...I become "me-centered" or just plain hard headed...Your prospective is refreshing and gives me something to ponder on this beautiful Friday in Alabama. My thanks to you for sharing.
    tiff from The Cranky Queen

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  19. REBECCA, ALL THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT DRAWN PEOPLE TO YOU. WE HAVE SO MANY PARALLELS, THE BIGGEST BEEN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. THAT IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL ABOUT RENE FROM MS GRACIE'S HOUSE. YOU BOTH ENRICH MY LIFE DEEPLY. SO MANY TIMES WE DEFINE OURSELVES BY WERE WE LIVE, WHO ARE WE MARRY TO, AND MOSTLY WHAT WE DO. IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO RECLAIM OUR VALUE AS CHILDREN OF GOD AND ALL THE GRACES THAT ENTITLES US TO. I CALLED A COSTUMER THE OTHER DAY ROYALTY AND SHE DIDN'T GET IT. SHE TOLD ME "ROYALTY?, I FEEL LIKE S---". OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST IS SO IMPORTANT. THANK YOU FOR "PUTTING IT" OUT THERE. BLESSINGS, MARTA.

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  20. preaching is good for the soul,been on vacation doing nothing and loving it and getting back to my family history...I learned more about my family's past to enjoy every min i have....and we all need to fill our lives with what matters....and I enjoy your blog what ever you write...and loving my oatmeal i just made the way my mother would make it for me little milk, sugar and butter...as i get older..its really about the little stuff to me....

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  21. Dear Rebecca... such a Beautiful Heartfelt Post... I too could never separate the Spiritual side of myself with all the other facets... it is just too intimately who I am and Whose I am. I only wish you lived closer, I'd invite you to Church, I'm Blessed to live very close to a wonderful one that does not focus on Religion... but on Relationship and walking out our Faith in Love with the World daily as best we can. I know the Lord has never attempted to Call me to perfection, He knows me too well *winks*, but He has Called me to Love in Action and its wonderful to see and connect to others who are actively seeking Him and being His Hands and Feet in Action daily... Blessings from the AZ Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  22. I appreciate your post, thanks so much for sharing your heart. I had started blogging to motivate myself to get projects done and to have a little motivation for completing them, your blog was one of the first I started following and your art is inspiring to me. I think that I was drawn first to your love for the Lord which I saw from the beginning. I also think the fact that you have as many children as I do made me feel a connection. Your blog has blessed me in many ways.

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  23. Wonderful Rebecca..I recently started going to church and discovering Jesus. I went through a really hard time in my life a few years ago..hit my knees for the first time..and knew something in my life wasnt right. It is funny..I sought out Jesus..wondering about him and where he was..all the while he was right beside me. My hubby and I have always believe in God. We just didnt want to be "religious". Our children are now starting to see what we see.

    I LOVE honest bloggers. ;) Your blog..art..personal life..and love of Jesus..inspires me. I am slowly getting to know Him..and understand Him.

    I am also learning to live my life..the way he wants....and not the way I want. It is so much better that way.

    I always think...I wish I would ahve realized this years ago..but then again...I had to go through what I did to get where I am. I always say I am not where I need to be..but thanks to God and his mercy,grace and love...I am not where I use to be.

    Love,
    Cyn

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  24. Rebecca-I LOVE this post. I am so honored to have you as a friend here in blogland. You are so inspiring and wonderful! Your love for God is beautiful...I attended church for many many years and stopped going about 10 years ago. I can honestly say that I have felt closer to God in the last year and that is largely due to heartfelt blogs like yours. I never felt this way while attending church. Thank You!
    Have a Blessed Day Sweet Lady!
    Tammy :-)
    JUNK WILD

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  25. Hello beautiful lady. To be a real person with a loving heart. Yep, that's what matters. I'm honored, delighed and oh so happy to be your friend.
    Love ya bunches!
    shell

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  26. You go girl!!!! I love you just the way you are and wouldn't have you any other way!

    I'm wishing all you girls great fun on the losers challenge. I haven't joined you because I lost the weight about five years ago, and luckily have been able to keep it off (but know that it could change at any time) I made an effort to change to a healthier lifestyle after gaining thirty extra pounds (sucks to get old) in my late forties. Packed it around for awhile and decided that it had to go. The only drawback to losing it was 'WOW, it sure makes a difference in the appearance in my wrinkles when my face wasn't chubby. Grrrrrr. My biggest problem at the time was that I worked part-time and it was a thirty mile drive to and from work and I ate the entire sixty miles. (no kidding) So I'm wishing you much luck with your challenge and I'm joining with you in spirit!
    sending big hugs....

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  27. You so inspire me!-in so many ways-decorating, organizing, but most and most important is your love for God. I am to always seeking an intimate relationship with him and struggle from time to time with many issues-but I want that relationship. I always read your blog-even if I don't comment on every post(I even went back and read all the past entries!). God Bless you for sharing your faith and love of Christ!

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  28. Hi Rebecca,

    Great post! A church is just a building. It's the people who make up the body of CHRIST. I do hope that you have people around you that are part of that and support you in your faith! I too belong to GOD and I don't believe for a second that you have to go to a building to call your self a Christian.
    I love your blog and love your spunk girl!

    Blessings,
    Shelley

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  29. Hi Rebecca..what a beautiful way to end my day.. right before I go to bed..as always you have a special message for us. Thank you. O.K. now the weight thing I am very down on myself yesterday I went to Fifis book signing & when I looked at my picture I could not beleive what I saw. I look like I ate a whale & left most of it in my cheeks..I am going to try my best to be good & loose some pounds in the next two weeks. Life change I am ready.. & tonight when I say my prayers I will be sure I thank the man upstairs for having me connect with you.like all of us do.
    xo Laura
    P.S, any apple cider vinagar?

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  30. Please do preach, I need it! I don't go to church right now either, and I miss it. Some of the most spiritual times I have are outside the church walls....in God's nature or sitting in my sun room reading devotionals. Thank you for sharing who you are. I found it interesting.

    Cindy Bee

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  31. I love this post, I feel so connected to you because that's how I am, I truly believe in God, but don't attend church, I think that you can have God with you at all times, not just when you are in one special place. I really missed Studio Sunday.
    Have a wonderful day!
    XXX Ido

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  32. You were created to shine and dear sister you just did!
    Hugs
    Becky

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  33. Yes indeed, my dear, you are our Father's daughter, and I'm proud to say, my sister in Christ. Thank you for your beautiful blog Rebecca, it's an inspiration!

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  34. Beautiful post.
    I love being perfected daily through Christ.
    I need to say it more often on my blog.

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  35. Oh Rebecca,
    What a beautiful and heart felt post!! You have really struck something inside of me. Thank you. It's nice to know that there are others that feel the same as I do. I try so hard to walk with God and do what's right, it's not easy at times, but I do try. Thank you for your honesty and your words.
    Have a lovely day.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  36. Thank you for Sharing Your Thoughts & Blessings with Us.... You have really touched My Heart~
    xox
    Cheryl

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  37. I am also a follower of Christ. Let your voice be heard. I love your blog, and the spiritual connection makes it even better.

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  38. ohhh...beautiful post. thank you!
    melanie

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