Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Psalms 103:1
This is my second year doing the A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a post every day of the month of April (except Sundays) using the letters A-Z.
At the end of the challenge last year I decided I would plan ahead better this year and write some posts in March. March started off strong with choosing a theme and writing out possible post titles for each day. But, then the flu hit our house for most of March, and my mom duties trumped writing.
When April 1 rolled around, I had decided I had too much on my plate and I wouldn’t do it. Then April 2 came and I saw my calendar with the theme chosen and a word for God for each day of the month written in and I decided to go for it.
And I’m glad I did. Thank you to everyone who read or commented this month. You’ve been a blessing to me!
My biggest takeaway
After spending a month reflecting on the character of God my take away is that God is God and I am not. He is so beyond what my mind can grasp. As I read Psalms 103 this morning I realized I could spend the rest of my life trying to answer the question, “Who is God?” and still only have a glimpse of His majesty and power. Yet, it is a worthwhile pursuit, I believe. As I realize more of who God is my love swells for Him and others.
Lessons I learned
- I love writing. I mean I really, really love writing – like catching the drips of a triple decker chocolate ice cream melting down my hand on a hot July day.
- Doing one thing means not doing another. Time is a limited commodity – that was evident to me last month. My zero-inbox email has become the 100’s of unread emails inbox. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked. My husband is a saint, and cheerfully cereal for supper more than once.
- Even when I’m short on time I need to take care of myself (sleeping, eat healthy, exercise, time in the Word). When one of those slips, I get grumpy. When I’m grumpy I don’t love those around me well.
- Done is better than perfect. Often I would have preferred to edit and re-write the posts over a period of a few days. Needing to post each day and having a limited amount of time to do it meant I had to resist the urge to edit and edit.
Blogs I discovered
Part of the challenge was to visit five blogs a day and comment. That was fun and I found some new friends – too many to list here. But here are a few of my favorites:
Heather Erickson – Her husband has stage IV cancer. She writes candidly about their journey. I appreciated advice and thoughts on how to encourage and bless someone going through cancer. Her writing is full of grace, love, and life.
Tossing it out – His theme was It’s About Time. I enjoyed his thought-provoking posts.
Life and Faith in Caneyhead – I enjoyed her theme on Perspectives.
Word Dreams – Her theme was Literary Genres. I was not surprised to learn I love biographies and historical fiction. Zombie fiction – not so much.
Missed a letter or want to go back and re-read one? Head to my website Filled to Empty. There is a A to Z Challenge link under the tab Devotionals at the top of the page where you can find all the posts. Happy reading!
What was your take-away from the series? Has your view of God changed? How do you read your favorite blogs? I have a list of blogs I discovered and would love to read on a regular basis. I’ve tried email, bloglovin, and Feedly with little success. I’d love to know if you’ve found something that works for you?