First Blog Goal: Hone Layers
I meant for this blog to be recreational–a way to cultivate a couple of my layers: my creative side and my playful side. My partial vision was for it to be fun, whimsical and at times a bit goofy. The stuff that brings life to life. However, it wasn’t long before I realized that my layers can’t be separated so easily.
Like an Onion, But Not!
Unlike an onion these layers are fused together. As one they form our personality. Some layers run very deep, emerging in everything we do.
My love for Jesus is one of my deepest layers. Because nothing can separate those who know Jesus from His love, He is ever present in my life. This, too, is expressed in what I write. (Really, I can’t help it. I love God, and all that it means to belong to Him is too good not to express and share.)
I chose to use a nickname for my blog title because I’m very sentimental. More than this, nicknames are powerful. Not only are they an expression of our fondness for one another, but they can also remind us who we are or who we’re meant to be.
Jesus sometimes chose nicknames for His disciples. He called them His friends because they knew His business. (John 15:15 ) Therefore, God chose new names to remind His people of their purpose. (For a full explanation read John MacArthur’s blog post [here]. It’s a great blog series.)
Nicknames can also reflect the characteristics that we need to keep in check or abandon. For example: when my husband started calling me The Garbage Fairy. Though I found this quite humorous, I didn’t love the nickname! Fairy is cute though.
Pippi, however, is a great nickname! It not only expresses my playful side, but it also reminds me of my purpose: to go and sow, since a pip is a seed.
Second Blog Goal: Enjoyment
Life can get hard. In times like these we can lose our wonder and joy. This means that we do need reminders to enjoy life.
This includes enjoying the presence of God. Encouraging others to draw close to Him and know Him makes our joy complete (or full) because it’s exactly what we who are called to share the Good News about Jesus were made for.
“We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!”1 John 1-3(MSG)
Since God is just as much a part of me there will definitely be some deeper more meaningful tones to my writing as well.