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. 🙂
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 tall🙂
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. 🙂
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:34