I didn’t really want to write a blog.
I didn’t want a forum to discuss myself, my family, or my musings. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just felt like there were plenty of other selves out there already. So, why add one more? And since I thought to write a blog, I had to write about me….
Well, that just proved that I didn’t know as much about blogging as I thought I did.
But yet, the idea of creating a blog kept popping up in unexpected places. For instance, newly 40 and newly resigned from teaching, I found myself chatting with a long time friend about what I was going to do. When she urged me to think again about creating a blog, I finally really began to contemplate the idea.
Before I knew it, she and I were praying about potential titles and content areas. That’s when the idea of a “discourse” was formed. It wasn’t really my idea, of course. All good ideas come from God (James 1:17– Every good and perfect gift comes from above.) Plus, it was what many other bloggers knew to be true all along. This blog didn’t have to be about me.
It could be a meaningful conversation, a chorus of many voices, not just one, whose purpose was to encourage and inspire.
Naturally, the conversation would have to have Southern roots. You know the kind I mean- conversation that can only happen on a porch, in a swing, between great friends, the kind that makes life better one slow Southern moment at a time.
As a result, it was decided that the conversation at A Southern Discourse should focus on things near and dear to the hearts of those who live in the South and those who are simply Southern at heart:
- Southern Hospitality— recipes, tips and how-to’s for hosting get-togethers,
- Life and Grace— a look at life through the Good News of God’s sweet grace,
- Education— insight into educating at home and education in the classroom,
- From the Porch— a spotlight on the local South- real people, places, events- the special things that make our world go round.
Rest assured, the DIYs, dishes, and insights you will find here on ASD don’t require a skill level or budget that is unrealistic for where most of us actually live. If I can do it, I promise you, you can too!
With so many choices in the blog world, my hope is that at A Southern Discourse you will find a place where you feel at home, where the conversations are honest and relatable to where you really are in this thing called life, a place where you are encouraged and know you belong. A place that makes a real difference in your day- to- day and walk with Christ.
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