Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Why Blog???

OK, for several years now, yes I said years, I've considered writing a blog. My first thought is, "why would anyone want to read what I am writing?" feels a bit presumptuous. I am caving to the electronic peer pressure, however, and this is the first entry to my blog. Who knew there were so many decisions to make when setting up a blog? What will it be called? My teenage daughter suggested: A Day in the Life of a Middle-Aged Mom. What!! It was quickly followed by, "lol, I love you." As you may have guessed, this whole conversation takes place on text. We humans just converse through the typed written word--blogging, texting... I chose Lisa's Leanings. My son, also a teenager, expressed his feelings with a stifled guffaw. He couldn't think of anything better though. Once a title is chosen, a color scheme and design is picked and then I can begin writing.

Why now? I've been reading a book, Respectable Sins, Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, by Jerry Bridges. This week in my Sunday morning class I will begin a teaching series on this book. It's a great time to write about what God is teaching me as I begin to look at my "respectable" sins. It's very easy to point the finger, as I'm reading, at others I think these particular sins may represent, but I've been challenged to hold up the mirror to myself. This self reflection enables me to see the places God can work. Here is an example of where God is at work:

Last night, on my Facebook, a friend posted pictures from her wedding 21 years ago, in which I was a bridesmaid. As I looked at the pictures I realized I was 50 lbs lighter back then. It was more than a little depressing. I looked at my loving husband and said, "do you wish I were 50 lbs. lighter now?" He said, "don't you?" OK, I don't think he meant it the way it came out, but I was IMMEDIATELY angry! I think it could be justified as righteous anger, too! I went to bed and pretended to go to sleep. No more talking to him. As God would have it, he began talking to me in my sulking state. Bringing to mind the VERY chapter I just read entitled, "ANGER." In this chapter Mr. Bridges encourages us to ask ourselves, "How would God have me respond to this situation? How can I best glorify God by my response?" I really wanted God to side with me. Instead, He is growing me, stretching me, and this morning in our regular time together we had quite the conversation. I have repented to the Lord, but have not apologized to my husband :-) I will, I will....


  1. I have now included the picture of me in the wedding. I'm the one in the green dress.

  2. Hi Lisa...don't ever say you cave in to peer pressure. 5 years sitting on the "fence" is not a caver! :)

    Great to see you out here on the blogosphere!

  3. Hi Lisa...enjoyed your entry and am looking forward to class tomorrow. I too have been entertaining the possibility of blogging, and you encourage me to go ahead and take the leap!

    Maggie Anderson

  4. Who's wedding is this? I can't see the picture well on my phone. It looks familiar when it is fuzzy ;). Andrea