Last year was huge. Part turmoil. Part grief. Part adventure.
It was my third year in the blogging world and my second year as a full-time homeschool dad; directing, teaching and ministering to my kids, leading them to where God has led me. Helping them to see their own call. Enabling them to step up and out, to encounter the One who chooses to walk with us and longs for us to respond in kind.
The year also brought grief. The death of my father, not long after the death of another valued family member, meant that the long-held hope of a healthier relationship, an apology or acknowledgement of wrongs, was no longer a possibility. This said, the eight-hour road trip to visit him, his coherence and words on that day are things to be thankful for.
Still, the subtle sadness lingers. C.S Lewis wrote, ‘grief is a process, not a state of mind. We all experience it differently.’ (A Grief Observed) I’m learning to agree with him. My own grief comes in waves. It overshadows the day, like skies that are drenched in clouds, but the land remains untouched by rain. The promise of it lingers, but disappears before it can deliver.
I don’t write this blog for a living, so I have no real need to “obsess” over stats. However, the retailer manager in me does find them interesting and encouraging to note. In all, there were 42 articles less than 2014 and 77 less than 2013. This had no overall significant impact on visits or views.
The top twenty posts for 2015 are:
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Looking back over my posts for this year, I’m content with the work.I’m particularly excited about sharing my journey through Barth’s Dogmatics, homeschooling, theology, politics, and creating some of my art, and music.
My hope is that this project, now entering its fourth year, will continue to be a blessing, challenge and uplift.
Thanks for reading in 2015. All the best to you and yours for 2016.
May it be to the glory of God.