celebrating 25 years

This August marks twenty-five years since we moved to the Cottage. I’m planning a BIG celebration. I just haven’t determined what the theme of that celebration will be yet.

Over the weekend — between watching the Summer Olympics, hiding out from the 100+ degree temps California has served up this summer, and working on my “mental health” — I’ve spent hours reorganizing posts on the Blog. That turned out to be some job. There are more than 600 posts here!

In the process of overhauling the menus I realized that the focus of the Blog has evolved from the things I love to the things I’m passionate about. Early on my posts and pages featured gardening and cooking and the daily minutia of cottage life. Those topics are still available, but lately most of my posts focus on inspiring my readers to build a more personal and intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

The new categories and tags were designed to make navigating the Blog more intuitive and far simpler. While I admit, with hundreds of posts, and more than thirty individual pages, finding your way around may be somewhat challenging, but it’s better today than it was before.

As my Blog has evolved one thing has become obvious: the things I planned, the things I thought of as my purpose were not essential to a peaceful life. The more posts and pages I’ve written in an effort to inspire others the more I’ve come to understand it’s NOT about my plan. God has a plan. God has a purpose for my life. I can choose to go along with His plan, or I can insist on going my own way. But, here’s the thing…going my own way is NOT walking in the path of peace. I have grown passionate about walking the path of peace with the Son of God.

Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace.

Luke 1:17 The Message Bible

“Don’t allow the chaos of the world to settle within you. True miracles happen everyday, even if the news doesn’t show it. Choose for yourself peace and light, even though you know that wars and darkness also exist. Appropriate what’s good for you.”

Erick Tozzo

So…I invite you to follow along this month as I celebrate my 25th year as a “blogger” and I pray you will find some small encouragement, a moment of motivation or a shred of inspiration for your own path.

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