I wanted to take a quick minute and thank everyone who offered the supportive emails and comments regarding the new tab I added to the blog. Several thoughts occurred to me as I contemplated them.
The first thing I wanted to say was that I am very hopeful that the new prayer request tab is a source of hope and comfort, but I also want to be sure that any and everything said there is God-honoring so I thought I might set a few ground rules.
While I am very pleased that we have managed even in the midst of the most heated debates to avoid gossip on this blog, I know that we ladies can be a little loose with our lips ( or our fingers on the keyboard) when we’re not careful. So when prayer requests are made I’m asking that a couple of rules be respected:
- That all prayer requests be confined to personal, specific needs, or the needs of immediate family members.
- When making a request for a child or family member, please use a pseudonym, respect their privacy, and refrain from revealing unneccessary details online. The two prayer requests that have been left thus far are excellent examples of appropriate requests.
As I considered adding this to the blog (and I have been mulling it over for months), I was often gripped with apprehension because ideally, believers should have people in their churches and inner circle to whom they can turn for prayer. As I have repeatedly opined the limitations of the Internet as a means of Christian fellowship, I wondered if offering this level of support would serve to allow isolated believers to stay comfortable in their isolation.
In the end I decided to go ahead with the idea because I believe that people who are truly seeking God will realize the need to connect with other flesh and blood believers to serve and build community. But there are many believers who for any number of reasons, find themselves in a solitary place during seasons of stress and change. If anyone stumbles across this site, or has read my blog for a long period of time needs prayer, I want to make myself available to offer it.
Lastly, I want to say that in general, this blog isn’t changing all that much. Except for greater lengths of time between posts- this week is a definite exception-I will still be sharing my thoughts on culture, theology, and every thing in between. In a rapidly declining culture that is seeping its way into the church, I feel it’s important to think about and discuss these things. The vast majority of us are in positions where we need to be reminded of the importance of being in the world without becoming a part of it.
But because the gospel needs to be at the center of all I say and do, I felt it would be good for my blog to offer something a little more than just opinion/editorial pieces with a religious slant.
When all is said and done however, I really hate to waste time and space on endeavors for which there is no need. To that end, there’s a poll over on the bottom right side of the page. I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a minute and vote.