Monday, July 02, 2007

The New Look

I thought I would write about the reason behind the new look/new title. First, I'm still working on the new look. I'd like to get my husband's input and help with it because he's a lot better at that kind of thing than I am. But, this is what I did on my own, which for someone technologically disinclined, is pretty good I think! :)

The new title is first a practical move. The blog has morphed into an online journal about my whole life, not just updates on Judah's health as it once was. I now have three children, and I want to brag about all of them to the world. For those as technologically disinclined as myself (Gretchen), the address remains the same: http://www.judahupdate.blogspot.com/, so don't worry about changing that on your favorites list or RSS feed (is that right?...I mean bloglines and things like that). Only the title and look has changed.

The new title, "Pleasant Places" also comes from a verse that has become my life verse of sorts. I have found too often I'm tempted to look at my circumstances and doubt God's goodness. Anything as tragic as losing my father to brain cancer at age 12 to the less tragic but nevertheless heartbreaking incidents of unrequited loves (yes, there was sadly more than one).

I am constantly having to confront my sinful heart that seeks to compare my life and lot to others' lives and situations and accuse God of witholding good from me, or at least the best. I think, "my life is good, but it could be better." I play the "if only" game far too often. This verse has informed my thoughts and moved my heart on more than one occasion, bringing me to a place again and again of both surrender AND joy in all that my life is and all that it is not.

This one verse consistently says, "SHHH" to my disquieted heart that grumbles and complains. It reminds me of what is true, that truly God has placed the boundary lines of my life in pleasant places and that I do indeed have a delightful inheritance in Him.

9 comments:

beth said...

I love it Bri....the look, the verse, the journaling, all of it. Way to go girl!

Danielle said...

Love the new look and title!

Zoanna said...

Well said, and you're the YOUNGER woman here? I haven't been setting a very good example with my abrupt honesty, have I? I am feeling guilty that my lines are so pleasant here in America, in my neighborhood, my church, etc. ALL THINGS CONSIDERED I've got it better than I deserve. Sometimes my filters just come off and the very base Zo lets loose. Thanks for the realignment. (You and other people, but your personality is most like mine, I think--hope that doesn't offend you!--and your "lot" harder than most, so it's easier for me to hear from you that from others.

Now, can you post about Tucker. Haven't heard enough bragging about him lately.

Shannon Eder said...

I love the new title! Thanks for sharing what you did, I was very blessed reading it. It helped me to get my eyes on God today instead of in my own little world. God Bless!
Shannon Eder

Beth Young said...

I love it, thanks for your constant encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Good look...even if i am a turtle in adapting to change! God is proving that verse in your life! P.S. Now the whole world-wide interweb knows of another of my ineptitudes.....and the list only keeps growing.

Anonymous said...

Good look...even if i am a turtle in adapting to change! God is proving that verse in your life! P.S. Now the whole world-wide interweb knows of another of my ineptitudes.....and the list only keeps growing.

peg said...

lovely look and thoughts, Bri.
"Isn't He good? Isn't He kind? Hasn't He blessed us time after time?" Yes, yes, yes, a thousand, million, quadrillion (is that a #?) yesses (sp?!)

Ella said...

Great work.