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By Rhonda Ritenour
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"Honey, I've told you a thousand times it’s perfectly fine the way it is. You’re just overthinking it, as usual."
Kathryn rolled her eyes and took a deep breath in an attempt to relieve the tension building throughout her body. Her husband was right, but she wasn’t ready to admit it aloud. Writing these posts was extremely important to her and she wanted them to be perfect.
Having shared her thoughts, prayers and daily devotions online for less than a year, Kathryn wondered if any of it was making a difference in the lives of her mysterious readers. If the eight months of intentional writing with only one comment was any indication, then it appeared she was making even less of a difference than she had hoped. What’s the point? Why should I keep doing this, Lord, if nobody is going to read it?
As Kathryn worked on perfecting the post for the tenth time, her husband shook his head. He’d come to know her all too well over their fifteen years of marriage. Placing his hand on her shoulder, he spoke softly, “Lord, I come to You right now, asking for You to be with Kathryn. Help her let go and trust You to speak through her. Remind her it's not about her or even about being perfect; it's about obeying Your Spirit and trusting You for the results. In Jesus name, Amen."
Taking a slow, deep breath, Kathryn realized her husband's prayer was exactly what she needed to hear. Reluctantly, she let go of her worries and put her work in God's hands. She slowly stood, looking into her husband’s loving eyes and thanked God for blessing her with such an amazing partner.
Suzanne wiped the tears from her eyes as she reread the words on her screen. She still could not believe a person she’d never met, was able to read into her very soul. The main message of the post, trusting God even during the most difficult times was exactly what she needed reminded about right now. She was grateful to her friend, Julie, for directing her to this special site. New to blogs, she found this resource in her young life as a Christian to be a tremendous blessing. Immediately, Suzanne knew she needed to thank the author for being obedient to God in sharing this timely post.
Rachel reached for her laptop and plopped down on the couch in a state of complete exhaustion. "Lord, I don't know if I can take this anymore. I’ve reached the final straw. Life has become ridiculous. If it's not one thing then it's another. I just don't think I can handle any more. To say I am overwhelmed would be a vast understatement.”
When she opened her email, over one hundred emails clamored for her attention. Rachel knew she was going to scream if one more person pointed out what she was doing wrong. You would think a family of Christians would be more loving. When she had taken over as worship leader at Middleton Independent Church, Rachel had been terribly disappointed at the lack of patience and understanding. She wondered what she’d gotten into when she gave into a friend’s pleas to help her dying church. Isn't there any ray of hope, any encouragement in being a follower of Christ?
Scanning the emails, her eyes landed on one from her a college friend. Quickly she opened it and saw directions to a blog. When she read the post, she cried out, “What a blessing! Praise You, God. You know me so well. Forgive me for doubting Your faithfulness and love.“
Kathryn was shocked as she opened her email and saw several comments left on her blog. With eyes wide, she read as each person told how much her post had blessed them and was exactly what they needed to hear at the time.
She continued to sit in stunned silence, reading each comment with tear-filled eyes. Lost in thought, she almost jumped out of her chair when her husband's voice came from behind and whispered in her ear, “I told you so.”
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