A Very Special Day


If you have been a reader of my blog since the beginning of Full Measure of Joy, you know that today is a special day. If you haven’t been with me long, let me tell you why today is so special.


JoFirst of all, today is my husband’s birthday! I’m so happy to be celebrating another year with Mason. He’s been such an inspiration and encouragement to me. He deserves this special day to celebrate who and what he is. Happy, happy birthday Mason!


Secondly, today marks the three year anniversary of Full Measure of Joy. Three years ago I began the journey of putting my thoughts to paper (or computer screen). Three years ago I was captured by the blogging bug. Three years ago, I devoted my writing to God and it’s been pretty remarkable.


I’ve learned so much through these few years. How to blog. What to blog. When to blog. And why to blog. Now when I say blog, I really mean write. Because even if I didn’t have a blog to throw all of my thoughts toward, I would still be writing. It’s become part of who I am.


I’ve also learned a few things about myself. I’ve learned that discipline is very important when it comes to blogging. I wake up every morning at 5:30 to do Bible study and quiet time with God. Then I sit at my computer and write until my blog is posted.


I’ve learned that my mind is active all the time. I’m always on the lookout for an idea to write about. I’ve learned that my memory is nearly as good as it was when I was in college. That’s exciting! And I’ve learned that God will show up and present His glory in every little part of my life.


But what I’ve learned most is that without God’s Spirit leading me, without the love of Jesus encouraging me and without the grace of God to inspire me, Full Measure of Joy would have fallen face first into the vast expanse of the World Wide Web. Without my Lord and Savior, none of this would have been possible.


My goals were simple when I started three years ago. Write and post every day and to show others how God shows up in my life each day. Yes, they seemed so simple, but as it turns out, these two little goals have transformed my thinking and opened my spiritual eyes to God’s amazing work in my life. Simple? Maybe not.


Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) has been an important verse for me since I started blogging. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” I committed FMoJ to God from the very beginning.


Yes, I believe Full Measure of Joy is a success, but what I believe more is that God’s plan through me has far exceeded success. I have grown. I have learned. I have wrestled. I have been humbled. I have cried. I have laughed. I have repented. All because of the transforming work of God’s Spirit within me.


Maybe all of this would have happened without Full Measure of Joy. Maybe I’m in a place in my life where I would have been open to this work of God’s Spirit. I don’t know.


What I do know is that I have been able to share my stories, my memories, my struggles, my joys, my life, my Jesus with you, my reader. You have made a difference in my life. You have made the journey sweeter. You bring great joy to my life. Thank you!


So happy birthday Mason and happy birthday Full Measure of Joy. I love you both!


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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