Thursday, July 16, 2009

Plain and Simple

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

I stayed up late last night glued to this computer. I have been feeling like my blog needs a little makeover. There are so many wonderfully designed blogs that I follow and mine is lacking a little in the bling. I sat here and searched trying to figure out what to do, but I went to bed with nothing.

Of course then I could not sleep, I was thinking about this little blog and I couldn't get it out of my mind. When I finally pushed it out long enough to pray, I realized something. . . Maybe it isn't just my blog in need of a makeover, maybe it is me. God was convicting me and sleep was not going to come until He and I had a little conversation.

You see, it has been way to easy for me lately to rush through my morning devotions to get on this computer. I love to sit here and read and write, but I was putting it before Him. My days have not been going as smoothly as I would like (remember yesterday's post about the Stinky Feet). Yesterday was a Stinky Feet kind of day.

I heard it loud and clear last night. Focus on Me because it is not about you. I really do know that and I remind myself of it often, but I don't always follow His plan.

After my prayer time I started to think about this blog. Yes, I would love to make it more visually appealing and hopefully I will find the right person to help me out in that area. However, I started to think about why I am blogging in the first place. I started this blog to share my faith journey and believe me it is not always pretty. It is seldom organized. It is a little rough around the edges. A lot like my blog. I wanted this blog to touch others, not because it is pretty, but because it spoke to their hearts. It is the "real" me and I am pretty plain and simple.

So maybe as I refocus my mind, my heart and my priorities I will start to see myself transformed. And who knows, maybe as I pull myself together my blog will keep getting better, too.


Chele said...

Amy, I have started mine for the same reason. Everytime I get all worked up I remember that my whole reason was this... to reach others. This is why I realized I needed to put what He wants first. I've had my conversations with God (that is what I call praying). I've listened. Sometimes it is not so clear. So I have to go back and try again. It takes time. One thing I have realized is that the Devil doesn't want me to do this for the reasons God does, so I am going to have issues getting this together. But ultimately if God wants it, it will happen. I feel exactly the way you do! I think you and I were meant to meet on here! :)

Chele said...

oh goodness, I wrote my own blog in your comments! LOL...sorry about that!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I like your blog. I like it b/c it's honest. No need to "pretty it up" if you don't want to. It's the words that count.
Have a blessed weekend.
~ Wendy

Anonymous said...

Content is definitely more important than bling. Sure, it's nice to have a snazzy blog, but if the packaging is nice but there's nothing inside, what's the point? Your blog has quality...that's where it counts!

Nice quotation from Romans....

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Amy do not be disheartened! Your blog is wonderful and the look of it is great. You are not distracted by anything popping up or flashing. I love your total honesty and I sometimes, like you get distracted from why I began my blog in the first place. My reasons were kind of similar to yours. I wanted a record of how I see my journey with God. I am so glad to have met you online and really enjoy your blog.
Love Collette xxx

the ungourmet said...

My first thought when I saw your blog was that is was really pretty! I like the soft colors and the things you are sharing are from your heart. :0)

I have been blogging since February and my blog is completely different from how it was when I began this little adventure.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Prairie Chick said...

This was my favorite template from the blogger choices, Amy! I started with it and only slowly, one little thing at a time have tweaked and added and "cozied" my space to reflect my tastes. I enjoy adding new little accents to the interior design of a blog, but don't lose sleep over it, girl! If there is anything you would like to do and aren't sure how, drop me a line and I'll see if I can give you a hand. (not that I know alot, but who knows, if I can help I would be glad to!) I'm one who really doesn't like to much bling and buttons, and links and thingamabobbies, I find them tiring on my eyes and brain. But blogs I enjoy that have a lot of bling I just read in reader so to each his (her) own!

Kee said...

I love both the look and content of your blog.
Like Prairie Chick, when and if you want to change the design I would be more than happy to help.
I like to play around with blog design, as you can tell by my blog which changes almost weekly.I'm not a professional so there's no charge. And three heads are better than one. :)
you can email me at