Never Say Never

Over the course of my lifetime, there have been several things that I have said I would never do—until God called me to do them.  In fact, when I look back at some of the decisions I have made I cannot help but think that God has a sense of humor and certainly must chuckle at us much like we do at small children.  It seems that when we say “never” we are posing a challenge—perhaps expressing a willfulness that invites being broken.  The word itself invites intervention.  So it is with this confession that I begin blogging.

Ever since blogging became popular I have said, “I will never blog.”  It just seems so exposed and unfiltered.  I have kept up that mantra for years, and if you have heard me say I would never blog this is a shift for me.  Last spring as I talked with students, colleagues, and others I realized the importance of this arena.  I started thinking and praying about it, and I knew that at some point I would indeed break another one of my “nevers” and blog.  I thought about starting it last summer, but we were too busy for it to be practical.  I considered launching the blog in the fall, but after discussing it with a mentoring group at Fuller I realized that I needed to be certain and clear about why I was going to do it.  This past week, as I was reading through a couple of books for my next class I kept seeing material that I thought was important and wanted to share.  As it got me thinking about different topics I again began considering blogging and decided to go ahead and take the leap, trusting that God would catch me.

Since I am smack dab in the middle of my doctoral program at Fuller, this is a busy time, but also a rich time.  I am blessed to be exposed to a wide variety of readings and professors.  To make sure that I am able to complete my task, I plan to post once a week.  My area of interest is spiritual development and how to live Christianly in the twenty-first century.  Although these are two different areas, I believe there is significant overlap when it comes to practical day-to-day considerations.  It is my prayer that every once in a while God will use my feeble efforts to bless someone.

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About Anessa

Anessa is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Bible and Ministry at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. She is a graduate of Harding University (B.A. in Psychology), Harding School of Theology (M.A. and M.Div.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (certificate), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.). As a speaker and writer, her specialty is female spiritual development and textual studies. She is passionate about helping women discover their gifts. Anessa is married to Tim and they have three high school/college-age children.
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2 Responses to Never Say Never

  1. Lawrence says:

    Happy to see you blogging!

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