Well, ever since I got the message from the Lord that He wanted me to begin this blog undertaking, I've been asking Him stuff. The name for example. I had a lot of ideas that were making me yawn. Servants' Hearts, yawn. Hearts at Home, yawn. I asked the Lord if He thought it would offend any Christians for me to spice it up a lil bit and call us Triumphant Chicks. I think He said okay, but if you visit the blog tomorrow and it's called Servants' Hearts at Home you'll know He called me into his office and gave me a talkin' to.
I asked Him if I could use a fun name because I started to feel like Elmer the elephant.
A children's book called Elmer is the story of a colorful, patchwork elephant. One day he was standing among all the other elephants and they were all so absolutely still, motionless and serious that it made him want to laugh. "Boo!" he said and they all jumped into the air in surprise. He livened things up a bit. Christians take their faith really seriously and they should. We know that life is spiritual warfare. But maybe we are taking ourselves so seriously that we've lost perspective. Especially homeschoolers, sorry y'all you know I am crazy about you and you're my very heart, but my we can be a serious bunch. I want to remind us that other women aren't the only ones having fun. Ladies like us are cool and we know stuff and we're having a blast.
I have also been praying about remembering that it is not my blog but rather His. He called me to do it, not my idea. One day, the number of visits to my blog was more than just the two of you kindly reading right now. I got a little excited. I got a little weird for a while there. It was like someone reading a stock market chart and placing all this emotion in those numbers. I'll tell you what I think happened. I had sent out a mass e-mail that some spammers picked up, and a lot of guys saw the name "chicks" in our title. They came to the website, then saw what it actually was and went, "Oh."
"Nevermind. This is boring."
But in any case, for whatever reason the blog's numbers took a big spike one day and I got excited. I used to work in public relations before I had children and so I know how the whole news release thing works. I got caught up in going PR blitz for this blog one day to keep that momentum going. I forgot the world is harsh. People really didn't care, they thought it was facebook, or they told me to buy an ad. Excuse me, I'm not selling anything, I'm writing for the Lord here. And the three people who read this thing really love it.
I realized this inner turmoil silliness was happening and so I had a chat with God who told me to shake the dust off my feet. I'm pretty sure this is what I got from this conversation with Him: "Jennifer, you do the writing, I'll bring the people."
Now I try not to care if my readers are 600 people, or just you and my Mom. I'm His blogger, not my own.