This was the year I restarted a blog, and this time I took it seriously. At the end of this post, I've linked to the pieces that seemed to generate the most traffic, but I really can't do a "My Top Posts of 2015" since I didn't start #thereyougothinkingagain until July. So, I thought I'd share with you some of the articles that I read this year that resonated with me, that stuck with me and made me keep thinking about the topic and the author's words for a few days.
Some were sermons or podcasts transcribed into text. Some were associated with events that took place during the year -- the death of Elisabeth Elliot and the Obergefell decision come to mind. Some spoke to my heart as a wife, or a mom, or as a teacher, or as a Bible study leader, but I hope that all met the prerequisites for biblical truth regardless which "me" heard it.
Many, I'm rather pleased to say, were written by lesser known bloggers, or at least those who wouldn't be considered among the top 10 in the Reformed blogging world. I'm glad about that because I love to champion the underdog, the writer who does a marvelous job of weaving words and ideas together, yet whose life is not charmed with the right connections with big ministries or publishing houses.
The one post that deserves mention right at the top is Tim Challies' piece from July 23, Why Bloggers Are Calling It Quits. Tim published that piece 6 days before I posted my first article on #thereyougothinkingagain. I had already been journaling for about 3 months -- something that in my 30 years as a professional writer I'd never done, nor had I in my teen years, which is typically when verbally-inclined females begin penning their thoughts and secrets. In that post, he addressed comments from well-known bloggers who were giving up the medium, saying that the internet is not suited to thoughtful prose, persuasion or storytelling. I've been thinking that more precisely recently, but at the time I was persuaded by Challies' own resolution to continue to provide a platform for Christian thought for whoever wandered his way. I called #thereyougothinkingagain a decluttering blog because it filled the purposes of decluttering whatever jumbled chaos was in my mind and of providing a space for folks to pick through the spillage for whatever the Lord would cause to be a blessing for them. Because he wrote about bloggers quitting, God inspired me to start blogging.
It goes without saying that I recommend all the posts at my daughter's blog, Mr. Hunter's Wife, and articles written by my friend Stacy Reaoch (mostly posted at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition or our church's blog).
I savored my time scanning the posts I've shared this year. Perhaps "scanning" is the wrong word and gives the impression I was able to glean quickly. Going through my social media shares was much like going through my bedroom closet as a teenager -- a job that should have taken an hour consumed an entire Saturday afternoon because I stopped to reminisce each scribbled note, each token, each journal entry. This time I was gathering delicacies from the blessed banquet feast the Lord has provided through the writing of Christian bloggers.
I have read again about the value of a community of believers, about contentment and the temptation to seek validation from idols in the world, about raising children all the way through to adulthood. There have been articles about the beauty of biblical feminity and how hard it is not being the kind of woman the church culture thinks is biblical. I have retraced my heart's footsteps through struggles with pride, kindness, extending grace, compassion and letting God judge others. Some are helps that I stumbled across as I prepared to teach Hebrews to a special group of ladies who met with me on many Wednesday nights this year.
Here are 42 posts, in no particular order at all, that zinged, fed, stricken, comforted, convicted or challenged me in 2015.
How Do We Help A Woman Become More Like Christ?
Busy Unlike Jesus
I Want to Burden My Loved Ones
God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle
Why You've Got To Have Guests When Your House Isn't Perfect
SCOTUS: Too Much and Too Little
Keep Your Circle Broken: When It's Hard Making Friends
Breaking News: We're All Judgmental
The Church Versus the World
Peaches in Paradise: Why I Loved Elisabeth Elliot
What If God Wants Me To Marry Someone Ugly?
You Don't Need a Date Night
The Greatest Wall
Perserverance and Assurance
Where Is God Asking You To Take Him at His Word?
Helping the Tempted
No Platform High Enough
How Do I Make Christ Appealing?
Theological Heroes and Villains
Guarded from Stumbling
Every Test and Every Temptation
Beauty, Truth, and Supreme Satisfaction
The Church Needs Marys and Marthas
Before You Burn the Books
When Fear Seizes You
If I Had a Million Dollars (Why I Am Not a Feminist)
Theological Black Holes
Monogamy is NO Joke
The Power of the Holy Spirit in Receiving Reproof
Never Sorry Enough
Ten Things We Should Get Angry About Before Yoga Pants
Why We Are So Insulted
What Is Your Exit Plan?
Loving Difficult People
When I Glory in My Shame
Letter to My Readers Upon My Death
Why God Makes You Wait
Is Mental Illness Actually Biblical?
An Extraordinary Skill for Ordinary Christians
Who the Unchurched Really Are
When God Interferes With Our Plans
Have there been some amazing posts you've read this year that you'd like to share?
Here are the blog posts I've written at #thereyougothinkingagain that seemed to strike nerves (good? bad?) among readers (based entirely on "likes"):
1. An Uncoventional Love Story
2. Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
3. Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
4. To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
5. Love Your Sister
6. Because He Came Home
7. Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
8. Shepherds and Sheep Remix
10. Zeal and Grace in France
Thanks for visiting! Thanks for hanging in there with me!
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
Looking for a list of articles published around the web?
Looking for posts written in response to 5-Minute Friday prompts? Click here:
Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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