My 100th post! –

Remember when I said I was nearing 100 posts? Back in April when I wrote that post about my one year blogiversary? Well, posting has been slower than I expected when I said that (I thought finding time for blogging was supposed to be easier in the summer months? haha Guess I was wrong), so I didn’t near it quite as quickly as I had thought, but today I’m happy to announce that this is my 100th post on A Heart For My Shepherd!

100! Can you believe it? And I thought 50 was a huge accomplishment!

So today I’m going to share some things about me and about this blog. I’ve gotten a lot of question from curious readers since I first began this blog a little over a year ago and I thought I would take the time to share some of my answers to the three questions that I have been asked the most. Here goes:

How did you come up with the name A Heart For My Shepherd?
When I knew I wanted to start a blog, I sat down with a notebook and wrote down every name I could think of. In the end they all seemed to revolve around my heart. At the time I had just moved to a new state and was in the beginning months of dealing with my chronic illness, so I was really learning to trust God and seek Him with my whole heart. It was becoming ever apparent to me that serving God was not a half-hearted business… He deserves all that I have. And that was what I planned to share – the journey of giving my whole heart to my Savior. Therefore I knew that the word “heart” had to be in the name of my blog. So I read through the titles (all two pages of them) and A Heart For My Shepherd stood out among the rest. In fact, I knew from the moment I wrote it that it was the one. You see, growing up, sheep were my favorite animal; mostly because my name, Rachel, literally means “little lamb.” I didn’t actually think of the meaning of my name when I picked the blog title, but the idea of the Shepherd leading His sheep seemed to go well with the theme of sharing my journey of following God, and shepherds and sheep were something that I had always had a connection to. And so A Heart For My Shepherd it was. πŸ™‚

How did you come to know Christ?
Growing up in a Christian home, I have always been familiar with the Gospel. Of course, knowing something and believing it because your parents do is entirely different than believing it because you’ve found it to be true in your own experience. So for me, coming to know Christ as my personal Savior was a gradual thing; it was the result of head knowledge slowly seeping into my heart until I saw for myself my sinful state and my dire need for a Savior, but it didn’t all happen in one day. So while I don’t have a date, I do know without a doubt that Christ is my Savior and that I will spend eternity with my amazing God – and that’s what’s important.

How did you come to be such a God-loving and well-rounded young lady?
I’ve been asked this question a lot. In fact, I guest posted about it last December in a post titled, High Expectations. And as I said then, “if I really had to give someone a good, solid reason for my outlook on life, the first one that comes to mind would be my parents.” But I’m going to change that to say “my family,” because that’s really what it is. It’s all of them who have helped to make me who I am. It’s not me, it’s these people right here that are standing around me:

And I love them. I am so thankful to God for putting these people in my life to lead me and encourage me and grow me in my walk with the Lord. And it’s purely a God-thing. I didn’t pick my parents or my family or my life; He did and all the glory goes to Him for all that He has done to bring me to where I am right now.

So thank you Dad, Mom, Justin, and Matthew, for being there for me. And thank You, God, for blessing me with such a wonderful family.

(By the way, my mom really isn’t that short… the rest of us are just very tallπŸ™‚

So there you have it. Feel free to leave a comment below to help me celebrate my 100th post! Also, if you have a question for me, you are welcome to ask it. I cannot guarantee that I will be able to answer it, but I will do my best to put your curiosity at rest. πŸ™‚

Blessings!
Rachel Allison

β€œFor where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:34

22 comments

  1. Congratulations. May God richly bless you. I just did some reading on your illness. It just served to confirm to me and hopefully your readers that despite everything you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.

    • Thank you, Andrew! This illness has definitely been difficult to deal with, but it has been a tool to grow me deeper in my faith than ever before and I would not undo the last year and half for anything.

  2. Gerry says:

    Congrats on the 100th post. You’re writing has been a blessing to many, including me. Looking forward to your 200th post, even to the 2000th post!

  3. Melody says:

    Way to go Allison! You have reached a milestone, so celebrate! We don’t do enough of that, I’m afraid. Use what you are learning to grow as a writer, as a woman, as a person of excellence! πŸ™‚

  4. Joanna Abraham says:

    After I read this, I went back and read your 50th post, since I wasn’t following you back then. Congratulations for doing 50, and congratulations for doing 100! By the way, in the picture, which one is Justin and which one is Matthew? (Had to get a question in there, didn’t I?) πŸ™‚

  5. C (formerly ~anon~) says:

    HAPPY 100TH POST, RACHEL! πŸ˜€

    Even though I only know you via the Internet, I know you are a very inspiring, Christ-honoring young lady and I most definitely admire you. πŸ™‚ To be honest, I actually remember reading your comments on the LYWB blog before I’d ever talked to you and being jealous–bitter, even–of how you always responded so well to the posts, with such an obedient heart, meanwhile I would usually find some way to complain about them, even if this wasn’t always evident in my comments. That shows how obedient you truly are to God and Jesus and, well, I think that explains right there how you are definitely someone I admire. I can tell you have the love of Jesus in your heart and that is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I know God will continue to heal you, and I hope He gets you healed completely soon!

    P.S. I don’t have a specific salvation date either! I have the same situation as you, I grew up going to church but gradually it came to the point where I wanted to honor God with my life and stuff, and I have asked to be saved before, therefore I see the whole thing as a process and do not have a specific date. Glad someone as awesome as you doesn’t either; makes me feel better. πŸ˜€

    God bless you, Rachel!
    xoxo πŸ™‚

    • Dear C, thank you so much for your encouraging comment! God has been so good to me and I am humbled by the way that He teaches and guides me as I walk along this journey. I definitely don’t want you to get the idea that I’m perfect, though. It is only by God’s grace that I am what I am and I still struggle each and every day. Alone I could not be the encouragement that I am to you or the person that you admire; it is only the result of God’s hand in my life. All the glory goes to Him.
      And I’m so thankful for the opportunities that I have been given to encourage you as we’ve talked through the blog and e-mail. Keep searching for Him, my friend, and growing each and every day… and by the way… keep an eye out for a post about salvation pretty soon. I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole “specific date” thing and I think you would benefit from the post I’ll soon share. πŸ™‚

      Love and Blessings,
      Rachel<3

  6. Ania says:

    Congratulations on the 100th post! You’re such a blessing and I so enjoy reading your posts, and I SO benefit from them. Your writing shows how much You love the Savior and how you desire to serve Him no matter what. And it makes me really glad to know you through the blog!
    And about that specific salvation date, it’s been the same with me! Raised in Christian home, I heard the Gospel frequently. And what I remember is that I was always afraid of hell and judgement and the rapture and reading the Revelation. I used to wake up in the middle of the night terrified that Jesus is going to come and I’m going to be left behind. And even though I prayed and prayed again and again for salvation, nothing really changed in my life. Only these past two years have been crucial in my life. I don’t really know the date, but at some point I have with all my heart prayed to be saved, knowing what it truly means. So now I read the Word with pleasure, and my deepest desires are to know Christ and to follow Him.
    THank you for writing. It’s been so important for me. You’re a blessing. Thank you.
    Love Ania,

    • Thank you, Ania!! πŸ™‚ You have been such a blessing to me as well! I am very glad to know you through this blogging world. What a joy it is to have such friends! πŸ™‚
      It seems many of my friends who have grown up in a Christian home have a similar experience. As I told C in the comment above, you should keep an eye out for a post I’m planning to do soon on this whole concept. πŸ™‚
      Anyway, thank you once again for stopping by to help me celebrate and for being such a blessing in my life. πŸ™‚
      Blessings,
      Rachel

  7. Looks like I missed your big celebration, but Congrats Rachel! I love reading your responses to reader’s questions; specifically about the name of your blog! As always, you are a blessing and I can see that you are inspiring and encouraging others. BTW, your family is beautiful!
    Blessings!
    ~Stephanie

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