Dear Reader | May 2013

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Dear Reader,

I've noticed when people want to make a point of how unpopular they are, they'll use the familiar line, "My mom thinks I'm great." Similarly, the common blog "success" story often starts with, "In the beginning, only my mom and my best friend read my blog."

It makes sense, because our moms care and think we're great even when others don't. But there's a little more to it than that.

On one particular day, I was overwhelmed with all the details of life. A passionate little boy throwing temper tantrums, a bored little girl on a never-ending quest to be entertained, and typical challenges of writing for pay, blogging for fun, and managing home.

I wondered if that fun part--the blogging for myself--mattered. You know, should I keep blogging if it's only just for me? When I click "Publish" and I'm returned with crickets and cranky children, it doesn't always seem worth it.

Then, I read a message from my mom. She had me in tears encouraging me on my writing and my blogging. (And I hadn't told her about the doubt.) Not false hope or instant popularity or anything to include in a resume. Just simple, honest, heart-felt encouragement. The kind only my mom can give.

And the great news is this: No one is excluded from that kind of motherly comfort...
As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you;
And you shall be comforted
in Jerusalem. | Is. 66:13

I pray that promise encourages you this Mother's Day.

Happy May!


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