"If you remain silent because what you say could be taken wrongly, you will never speak."
This is a quote that a friend posted on her blog today. Interesting timing as I have been pondering this very thing lately. I have been asking the Lord if I am blogging about the things He wants me to.
I want my blog to be a place of Hospitality, Encouragement and Friendship. I want you to feel welcome here, just like you would if you came to my home. But just as you would hear my heart for the Lord, my family, and others if we were visiting and fellowshipping here in my home, that is what I want you to 'hear' from my blog. I want you to leave this place knowing that you are welcome here, that I care, and I want you to be encouraged.
I began to blog because as I read blogs, I found out that I was not alone in the world! There were so many ladies out there that cared about the things that I care about and this was so encouraging to me! I wanted to do the same thing, and perhaps inspire and encourage women to love the Lord, love their families, to love their homes, and like me use their homes as a place of outreach.
As I started to do this I have developed such precious friendships with ladies that I found through blogging. I have been blessed to meet several of these folks and a few families as well! So wonderful and encouraging.
On the other hand, there has been criticism. Funny isn't it that when I go to post now I think "Oh, I am sure I will hear about this!" or "Better not say that," instead of "I know this will be a blessing to ____," so I end up not posting about the things on my heart.
It is good to be on guard with our tongues, to be careful about what is shared. This is public after all!
But I am wanting to get to the place where I don't worry about who might be upset by my sharing what the Lord is teaching me. To be free again like I was in the beginning.
Have you dealt with this? How were you able to get your 'voice' back or at least to the place you would like it to be?