I have a new plan and vision for blogging that I am excited to share with you today. I am not a person for whom structure and discipline come naturally, so it is often beneficial for me to share my ambitions and intentions with others. It helps keep me on track. So this post is to give you a flavor of what I intend to do on Spur in the coming weeks and months, and also to give myself a structured and specific goal moving forward.
At my weekly Bible study I am privileged to hear a couple of brief testimonies each Tuesday afternoon, and it is one of the highlights of my week. It occurred to me today that this blog could be a great way for people who love Jesus to share their testimonies, so beginning next week, each Tuesday Spur will feature a personal testimony. I realize that most people who read this blog are already familiar with my story, but I think it is a wonderful and needful thing to be able to concisely present how Jesus has impacted our lives, so please look for my 3-minute testimony next week. And as for contributors, I’m not talking about anything high pressure, just a willingness to share with others how you came to know Jesus and how He has changed your life. Some people will have really dramatic stories. My pastor, Lon Solomon, was raised Jewish, sold drugs, and came to know Jesus through a street preacher. Talk about an amazing transformation! You can listen to his story at http://www.mcleanbible.com. It’s called “The Story of a Changed Life.” Other people have no memory of not knowing Jesus and have consistently served Him throughout their lives. These people are rare, of course, but what a gift they are. Most of us lie between these two extremes, yet since we serve an infitely creative God, each story is uniquely inspirational.
I’m super excited about Testimony Tuesdays, and will be praying that many of YOU will be willing to guest blog for me!
Also starting next week, I’m going to launch two other new series: Theological Thursdays and Jackson 5 Fridays. These are pretty self-explanatory, but I will say that I’m going to start with the theology of the Sermon on the Mount. As I study it this year, I am convicted that I need to better understand this foundational teaching of my Lord and Savior. And as for Fridays, well, I’m going to write about my own family. Sometimes the post will aim to be light and fun, and sometimes a bit more serious. But I truly love sharing and memorializing this stage of life, mothering these incredible boys, so I hope you’ll check it out.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read Spur. I am so honored that there are people who carve out time from their busy lives to hear from me. I cannot adequately convey how encouraging, on so many levels, it is to have friends like YOU!