Nine years or so ago, I started blogging. Shoved to Them became a second home to me. Its name was inspired by a quote from my Nanna, may she rest in peace, who looked at the rebellious girl in front of her and warned,
“One day God is going to have enough of your foolishness and demand that you hit your knees before Him. You can either do it willingly, or He will put His hand upon your head and shove you to them.”
I lived in that place of learning humility for a lot of years.
Last year, I picked up the whole thing and moved it over to Patheos. It was a larger platform, and a huge opportunity, but when the management changed, the friendly community of writers which had made it such a draw for me began to dwindle away.
LarryD (of Acts of the Apostasy fame) and I began talking about what we had loved and not really liked about our time as Patheosi, and decided that there was a great value in being a part of a writing community. It was something neither one of us wanted to do without, so we decided to found our own writers’ commune. That’s how The Conspiracy was born.
As I began thinking and praying about this huge step, I began to feel very strongly that it was time for a major change. I ran across a quote about how Ginger Rogers had done everything Fred Astaire had done, except she’d done it backwards and in high heels. I fell in love with the idea of dancing with God, and following (gracefully?) wherever He leads. I can’t see where we’re headed, but as long as I’m in His arms, I’m where I’m meant to be.
I’ve spent a lot of years being shoved to my knees. It’s time for me to get up and dance.
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