Today marks a very exciting day in my life, the date of my first blog post.
For a whole year, I have been writing and posting, and you, my sweet readers, have been visiting me at my “online home,” www.onceuponawriter.com.
Whether this is your first time reading or you like to stop by and visit weekly, I just want to take this chance to say, “thank you.” This year, this blog, and your comments have meant so much to me…literally…nothing short of a miracle.
As I look back, I have no doubt that God planted this task/goal/dream of writing a weekly blog in my heart to teach me about His ways and His love. These weekly writings have changed my life. I have fallen in love with writing and I have fallen in love with Him all over again. He’s written me a love story, and I hope and trust it will never end.
With this in mind, I’m ready to celebrate and I’d love for you to join me.
I am working hard to prepare fresh ideas for my site that I hope to launch this fall. A few of these ideas include:
- A new, mid-week post
- Fun resources
- An awesome ministry spotlight
And, to kick it all off, I’m doing my first ever give-away!!! (Details below)
To say the least my heart is full of thanks, gratitude and love.
If you’ve read my posts, chances are good you already know how much I love the fall. To celebrate this love, to celebrate this season and to celebrate my “Blog-iversary,” I’d like to challenge you to make this a season for falling in love. In love with beauty. In love with adventure. In love with God.
Because when I get right down to it, I know this is what my blog, my writing, my walk with God are all about. The falling in love and the filling of my heart with beauty, adventure, and the love of my savior.
I long to live by my pen. I long to write of the heart. Because everyday spent with the King really is a fairy tale.
Won’t you join me? Are you ready? Let’s fall in love…
20 Ways to Fall in Love This Season
1) Start your day by reading a favorite verse or a passage from a favorite devotional (My recent favorite is One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp)
2) Pull out your wedding vows and repeat them with your spouse
3) Flip through a photo album or scrapbook of friends and/or family
4) Re-read an old journal. Consider the ways He works, the ways He moves, the ways He answers prayer
5) Re-read your favorite love story (Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is one of my all-time favorites)
6) Take time to write, paint, create, build, bake, or sing your own sort of love story
7) Start a gratitude journal. If you already keep a journal of this sort, take some time to look through it. Re-count the ways He loves.
8) Give something away
9) Go on a color tour, a walk or drive through a patchwork of autumn trees
10) Hug your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews (big or small.) Listen close to sound their voices, get lost in the magic of child-like laughter
11) Make a memory: apple picking, pumpkin carving, a surprise get-a-way
12) Compile a playlist of your favorite love songs, as you listen, consider the words and how they echo His love
13) Take cookies, muffins, or flowers to a friend, a neighbor, a nursing home
14) Find a need and fill it
15) Find a vase and fill it, too
16) Send a text, an email, a card to friend in need of encouragement
17) Hunt for beauty, find it in places obvious and places unexpected
18) Do something that scares you
19) Revisit a favorite movie, because all stories speak of His-story (Les, Miserables, The Notebook, Becoming Jane, and P.S. I Love You are a few of my favorites)
20) When the crisp chill of autumn fills your lungs, when the warmth of a pumpkin spice latte warms your hands, when the sun catches a branch of golden leaves just right and fills your heart with joy, with awestruck wonder, remember that this is for you. All of it, for you. The love story of a savior.
Will you keep the list going? I’d love to hear from you. What are your ideas for falling in love this season? How has God romanced your heart recently or in the past?
Leave me a comment below and your name will be entered for a chance to win at $25.00 Barnes & Noble Gift card. The perfect gift to help you purchase a new devotional, love story, journal, or warm beverage of your choice.
I told you I was ready to celebrate! The winner will be chosen by random drawing next Sunday, so be sure to check back and see if you won.
Thanks again, sweet friends.
May your fall be happy, your heart full.
I have fallen in love all over again with the beauty of this season and have a renewed thanksgiving in my heart for a loving Heavenly Father who gives us all things to enjoy–especially my family–my husband, children and grandchildren!
Yay! Fall and family, two things that are worth celebrating again and again.
I’ll buy Eldridge with it! 😉
Yes! I love it! Sarah Wallace, you sure do know how to make this heart go pitter-pat!
When those leaves are blazing in color I just can’t help but think of God and his awesome love! Thanks for a great year of blogs.
Thank you for a great year, of love, support and encouragment.
my first visit to your blog will not be my last. You have a great talent (gift).
Thanks, Traci. I’m so glad you stopped by. With two little girls of your own, I know you’re a busy mama. I appreciate your visits more than you know and hope you were encouraged.
Jennifer dear, long time no speak! I noticed that you were sharing some of your blog posts on Facebook and I am so glad I stopped by–I’m loving your posts! I wish I had listened to Sarah and stopped by sooner! Happy Bloggiversary.
No worries! It’s so good to hear from you. It’s actually kind of funny because the first time I stopped by your blog was on your bloggiversary. So happy to share this common love with you.
Jennifer, I was feeling badly because of all the fall things i will not be able to enjoy with the upcoming surgeries. It is my most favorite time, too. There is going to have to be some refocusing for me!!! Grandbaby laughter is must though!!!
Grandbaby laughter cures many ills! I know you have a tough season ahead, but God is good and you have the love and support of many family members and friends behind you. Thanks for reading, Kathy, I hope you were encouraged.
Support an orphan or an orphan ministry! Taking care of the least of this is the responsibility of the entire Body of Christ and it is such a joy to care for these priceless treasures!
Absolutely! Great idea, Jolene and thank you for sharing. Chris and I have found Kids Alive to be a great organization for this type of ministry. Do you know of any you’d like to recommend?
As I watch the leaves fall from the trees this fall, I want to be reminded that two thousand years ago there was a tree whose leaves and branches were stripped bare. It was then fashioned and crudely carved into the shape of a cross. Then in agony my Savior took my certificate of debt, and he nailed it to that wooden cross, and with his blood he cancelled out that debt by marking it PAID IN FULL. Meditating on Colossians 2:13-14.
2787. my sister’s name in print
Wow! That’s amazing, and I thought I was the writer in the family…Thanks for sharing these thoughts.
1940: Making my sister proud.