I mentioned in my end-of-July post that I forgot my blogging anniversary until WordPress sent me a reminder. It’s been fifteen years!
Often in the past I’ve done something special to observe my blogiversary. Since it caught me off guard this year, I didn’t have anything prepared.
I had been pondering ways to bring some of old posts back to the forefront, since they were published before I knew some of you. Then, voila! The idea came to list fifteen of my favorite blog posts to commemorate my fifteenth year of blogging. There won’t be one from each year—that would have taken too much time to search out. But these were either fun to write or were special to me in some way.
So here we go, in no particular order:
- Coping when a husband is away. This is my top-viewed post of all time. I had no idea it would touch such a chord. My husband had to travel heavily for at least half, maybe as much as two-thirds of our 41-year marriage. Though I didn’t like it, I am thankful God used what He taught me to help others.
2. How Not to Become an Old Biddie. After seeing examples of different kinds of older ladies, I realized I needed to start working on what kind of older lady I want to be now. (Related: Why Older Women Don’t Serve and Ways Older Women Can Serve.)
3. With All Our Feebleness. Reflections on serving God with physical and other limitations.
4. My Ebenezers. In 1 Samuel 7:12: “Samuel took a stone . . . and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Till now the Lord has helped us.’” “Ebenezer” means “stone of help.” In this post, I listed some of my verbal “Ebenzers,” commemorations of the Lord’s special help in my life.
5. Having Devotions When You’re not Feeling Very Devoted. We’ve all been there, I’m sure. (Related: When There Is No Hunger for God’s Word.)
6. Strong Women. What feminine strength means and doesn’t mean, with literary and Biblical examples.
7. Encouragement for Mothers of Small Children in the area of trying to find quiet time with the Lord.
8. The Back Burner. The stuff on the back burner is all the more flavorful for its time sitting and simmering. So with the things in our lives we have to set on the back burner: they’ll be all the better for the wait.
9. Why Read? Why Read Fiction? Why Read Christian Fiction? Every reason I could think of for reading all of them.
10. Can Frugality Go Too Far? Even good traits can be carried too far.
11. It’s Not For Nothing. Caregiving can seem monotonous and futile when the patient sleeps most of the time, can’t speak, and isn’t interested in food, as was the case for my mother-in-law her last two years in our home. These were truths that encouraged me. (Related: Remembering the Loved One Who Has Forgotten You.)
12. Manufactured Spirituality. Routines and programs can help us spirituality, but sometimes we focus on them to the detriment of real spirituality.
13. The Quiet Person in the Small Group. How not to torture your introverts.
14 Going to a Church with Problems. They all have them, even the ones in the Bible. (Related: What You Miss When You Turn Your Back on Church.)
15. Myths and Maxims of Ministry gleaned over many years. Myth #1: “Since this is being done for the Lord, everything should go smoothly.” Nope!
These are the posts that floated to mind. If I had actually searched every year’s posts, I might have had a different list. But there’s probably a reason these are the ones that came to mind.
As you’ve noticed, I
cheated stretched my numbers a bit. Sometimes I couldn’t decide between a couple of posts on a similar topic, so I included one as “related.”
I’ve noticed that I should probably go back and edit some of the older posts. One of the tendencies my first critiquer at a writer’s conference pointed out was “long, convoluted sentences” that should be broken into two sentences (or three or four). Hopefully some day I can correct those in my older posts.
Thank you so much to all of you who read and comment. Without you, this would just be an online journal. Nothing makes me day like hearing that something here has blessed and helped someone.
(I often link up with some of these bloggers)
So fun to see what has resonated for you from your own writing life. Congratulations!
Thank you, Michele. Often I am retaught and reminded of truth by going over what God brought home to me before.
Oh my goodness, congratulations on 15 years Barbara! So happy 🙂 you are here!
Thanks so much, Wendi!
you are so welcome!
Congrats on 15 years of a beautiful ministry!
As of May, I’m in my 13th year of blogging. I didn’t even think about it!
Love the topics of your top 15. I’m definitely bookmarking this page and coming back to check them out.
I’ve been by your blog many times over the years and none of those title sound familiar to me. I must not have read those particular ones because I think I’d remember the one about old biddies!
Congrats on 15 years!
Congratulations on being such a long-time blogger, and this is a great idea for a post. Several of them intrigue me and I’ll be checking them out. Blessings to you as you continue to serve God through your writing.
Wow, Barbara, fifteen years! Congratulations on that You’ve written from a wide breadth of wisdom. I’m so thankful you share it here
I remember some of these from over the years! Congratulations on 15 years of blogging and some very well written, thoughtful posts!
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Congratulations on 15 y ears of blogging, Barbara! What an amazing milestone in your journey of writing with the Lord. I look forward to reading the posts you mentioned.
What a great list! I spotted a couple that I plan to read in the next couple of days.
Congratulations on 15 years of blogging! That’s amazing. I am having my 10 year blogging anniversary this Wednesday. I already know I’ll enjoy a lot of your favorite posts.
Congratulations on your podium spot for this past week in Senior Salon. Your post will be shared on Monday, Aug 16th, and published at 2 am PST Vancouver BC time. Thanks for your participation. Please check out the post on the blog on Monday
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