Friday, October 12, 2007

I blog too much. This is post 599.

I really don't think I have that many important things to say. But I have to say it is fun for me to document the everyday stuff and to be able to look back and see themes and good times and bad times and how it all ties together to create my story.
I'm still trying to figure out why several of you stop by here each week. I have gained some friendships from blogging and have had some unique opportunities come my way. But still, I know there are people who just read and never comment...many who probably don't understand or share much in common with me at all. Yet you come back time after time. I find it interesting...and honestly I have prayed for some of you. Because I believe that stuff happens for a reason. I believe in coincidence too, but sometimes I like to think that there is more of a purpose for people's lives crossing paths than we sometimes give credit for. And so I am letting the people who read this and really aren't sure why they do, know that I am glad you find something worthwhile to come back for...and I am happy that some of you come out and leave me comments or email me and share your own stories. It really affirms to me that blogging can have meaning and purpose beyond just recording details of our lives. It really can change them along the way too.
On that note I am leaving you with a poem I read in my quiet time this morning. There is pressure being a parent and a lot of you know that. It is one of the questions I asked myself before taking on the job teaching high school yearbook. I really don't feel I am qualified to do some of the things I am asked or 'required of' in my life from day to day. This poem just spoke volumes to me. It ties in so neatly with what's been on my heart and mind- on and off my blog.

The Teacher
Lord, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day,
So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them knowledge, but I know
How faint they flicker, and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them power to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness through and through.

I teach them love for all humankind
And all God's creatures, but I find
My love comes lagging far behind.

Lord, if their guide I still must be,
O let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.
~By Leslie Pinckney Hill


~*AMY*~ said...

jody...i am one of the ones who stops by every couple of days. i find you sooooo uber inspirational and such an uplifting spirit. i usually stop by for my daily dose of inspiration!

Tara said...

I, too, am one of those people who stop by at least once a week. I think, no, I know my draw to you is God. In my quest to go deeper with God, I find myself drawn to your blog as well as a few others! So, today, on your 599th post - thank you for being one of the uplifting, spiritual things I read!

Just Me said...

I like this post, so felt like commenting. I'm one of those that checks in usually just to see if there is new post(probably too frequently to be honest--I will admit that I have some issues!). Sometimes I read the whole post, sometimes I skim, sometimes I don't read at all. I don't think that I have a rhyme or reason to my "system". I really probably don't have that much in common with you (no boyfriend, no husband, no kids!), but I enjoy reading "stories" about the lives of others. I started a blog that no one reads. And, when I read some of the nasty stuff people say to people they don't know on their blogs, I'm pretty okay with that. So, keep on blogging. I'll keep reading (sometimes), and blogging (even if I don't really have anything to say!).

Anonymous said...

I too am a browser - daily and sometimes a few times a day. Mostly for the inspiration, sometimes for the recipes, sometimes because it is a habit to visit your site!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jody,
I have been reading for a while but have never left a comment. I come to read for two reasons. First, after growing up in a very religious family and then moving away from it as an adult, your journey is giving me reason to reconsider mine. Always a struggle for me. Never sure what to do. Second, as a mom of two little ones, you have definitely helped me to appreciate every moment with my kids. Even on the days where I am pulling my hair out. Keep blogging and I'll keep reading!

Cynthia said...

Wow, I love that poem!

Dianna said...

I've been visiting your blog for only the past week or two now and I think the main reason is that your so real in your faith with God and that at this time when I am struggling in my relationship with God you are a source of encouragement.

Anonymous said...

as a teacher myself,
the poem spoke volumes to me..
thank you jody.