Is it just me or did July sneak up on anyone else? Before I know it, we are already over a week in, and I am so far behind!
Today I am excited to introduce a new friend of mine. I met Vanessa through the Five Minute Friday. (Okay, insert plug here. If you have not yet hung out with this community of inspiring people, what are you waiting for?) Her 5MF posts were always so inspiring that I knew I wanted to hang out with her more. Her writing is laced with His grace, as she offers hope and encouragement to others through her own journey.
Without further adieu, meet Vanessa of Hearts On Guard!
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Wow. Where to start. I’m a midwest girl, a middle child (and all that implies), an impulsive planner (how is that possible?), and a somewhat newer Christian. I am known for being impatient, a talker, and an over-sharer. I’m a proud wife to an Army National Guard blackhawk pilot, and the exhausted mom to a 3 1/2 year old son and 1 year old daughter. I work full time, blog full time and mother full time.
How long have you been blogging and how/why did you start?
Only six months! Feels like so much longer. I had a couple friends who blogged, and they encouraged me to get into it. I originally wanted to focus on our being a National Guard family and how our faith helps us in that strange not-quite-Army-not-quite-civilian world. I leaped in with both feet and an open heart. I wanted to learn as much as I could. I was eager to get out there, get my words to people and make connections. And very quickly I learned I didn’t quite fit well with the military blog community as my main niche. I found a deeper connection in the Christian community.
What is the purpose of your blog?
My goal every day is to encourage someone. Anyone. Every post I write is something very dear to my heart (and I often worry that it leads to my blog being too serious, so I try to lighten the mood once in a while). I strive to use my words to lift others up, hold their hand along this journey, and celebrate God’s love for them.
What do you most enjoy about blogging?
Without a doubt the friendships I’ve made. I never, in a million years, thought blogging would connect me to so many amazing women. Without these connections, I would have likely given up on blogging months ago. It’s a hard road with a lot of doubts and struggles, and these women make it worth traveling.
What are you passionate about?
My Lord. Seems like the standard canned answer – like “world peace” at Miss America – but it’s true. Every other passion I have stems from Him – my marriage, my family, my friends, my writing. All are blessed gifts from Him, and I strive to keep Him at the center of them all.
Who or what inspires you?
For general life-stuff – I am most inspired by my husband, this amazing man who has encouraged me to not accept what others think of me as truth, to be willing to try new things that scare me, and to strive to be a better person each day. For my writing – I am most often inspired by a sermon or scripture, a quote, lyrics in a song, a picture or a conversation I’ve had with a friend.
Tell us something random about yourself.
I love potatoes. Mashed, fried, baked, scalloped, hashed, sweet, red, white… I used to hide them all over the house as a toddler. I had a mashed potato volcano at our wedding reception. I lick the beater after whipping up mashed potatoes (just like you would after making a cake). I could eat potatoes every day.
Will you share with us one of your favorite posts and what you love about it?
This is so hard, since so many are really near and dear to me. But the one I wrote last Wednesday (His Dream is Worth the Wait) is probably the one that hit me the hardest. It’s not my best writing, or my best editing, but it’s a message I really needed to hear personally. Initially it was meant to be completely different. It was to be titled “Ever-Changing Dreams” and was going to reflect on how hard it is to discern God’s calling when your dreams keep changing and fading. It was a tough post to write. I struggled with it. I had it all written out, but it didn’t feel right, so I scrapped most of it, prayed, and started over. I truly feel like God took over and wrote the words my heart desperately needed. My husband and I both are struggling to determine what path He’s calling us for, and that struggle has been creating a lot of anxiety. We have felt a lot of pressure to know His calling for us now, and while writing this post, God brought us a great deal of peace.
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Thank you so much Vanessa for sharing more of your beautiful self with us!
Friends, please click on the button below to visit Vanessa over at her blog! You will not be disappointed!