Advertisers often ask a question that no one ever asks me. Here it is: What are the most visited posts on your blog? It’s true, no one ever asks me this because really, who cares, right?
When I recently checked my stats, the post that has the most all-time views here at All My Happy Endings is this one: Motherless Daughters. It was one of those I-wrote-it-while-I-was-feeling-sappy-and-empathetic kind of posts.
As it turns out, sappy is a great motivator for the writing as it seemed to hit a chord with a lot of people.
The second most popular post was this one: May Group Giveaway. Why? Because who doesn't like free stuff?
Next post in the sequence of popularity (and then I promise to stop boring you with stats) is this one: Forgiveness. And this one was a tough post to put out there for the world to see. But the number of emails and Facebook messages I received on this one -- wow! It made me see the bigger picture and all the world's sorrow, to begin to recognize more women are in great predicaments than I can even begin to fathom. And to feel normal for them is to feel the eight of struggle for other's. My testimony was seen as a burden-lifter. Another thing by which to measure their okay-ness.
Friend, if you are weary, may you be strengthened. If you are discouraged, may you find peace. If you are asking questions without easy answers, may you discover a peace beyond your ability to understand. May your apprehension of the future melt into hope. May you make your choices from a place of truth and confidence, not from the shaky ground of fear. May you not be overwhelmed by too many options or underwhelmed by the lack of them. May you know your Father sees you and knows what you need. You have done well, not because your work has been perfect but because you have continued to show up – even when it was hard, dark, and impossible. May you be lifted with the courage to show up again.