I’ve been writing in this space for almost 8 years. Part of me feels like I’ve shared so much of myself while the other part of me, knows I haven’t really shared much of anything. I’m good at that. Too good. My life is marked by the ability to only let others see what I want them to see, what I’m willing to let them see. I have mastered the art of hiding in plain sight.

Well, I’d like to let you know that from now on, Lord willing, I am taking my own advice and stepping out of the shadows.

As you may recall, in one of my last posts, I gave a glimpse into some of what I experienced growing up. There are many, many reasons that explain why I act the way I do and they are all valid. HOWEVER, I am choosing to NOT let them be EXCUSES any more. God has not brought me this far for nothing. He has not healed and changed my life to the extent that He has only for me to sit back and mock Him with laziness and apathy. No, I was made for something so much more than that.

So much more!

And I plan on growing in this area. I mean really growing.

I want to come out of the woodwork. I want to share all that my life has been and all that it has become. I’d even like to share with you some of my hopes and dreams. Especially now that I’m not afraid to hope or dream anymore.

Everything starts with a step.

One step forward, toward the goal, no matter what it is you are striving for, there must be that first step.

So here I am.

For me, this is taking that first step. Writing these words to you, telling you what’s really going on with me, opening my heart up to you.

As I think of all the people who have visited this place, shared their hearts and prayers with me, my thoughts turn toward honor and respect. I want to honor you, your time, your heart. By continuing to write, I hope you will see that honor and feel as though I am respecting you, your words, hearts and your time.

I don’t say it nearly enough, but please know you are important to me. You are very important and special to me. I may not say it enough, but I think it and feel it all the time. Even the days no one gets a chance to stop by, I still pray for and think of you. I hope you can see that the reason why I do this is because that’s what God does. He thinks of us all the time and Jesus intercedes on our behalf to the Father for us, night and day. You are a treasured gift to me because you are a treasured gift to our heavenly Father. I hope you know that, believe that and reach out with that love to others.

I can hardly believe it’s not only been another year, but it’s also 2014!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited and disappointed at the same time. I’m excited for all the possibilities a new year holds, and I’m disappointed because I was under the impression we would have some sort of flying car by now. Although, I am glad the earth hasn’t been taken over by robots that has forced the remaining humans to live underground. For the record, if that happens, I’d totally be part of the resistance. Just sayin’.

Ok, I think I’m getting a wee bit off the trail here…

{Psst. If you also mostly grew up in the 80’s and know where I was going with that tangent, please leave a comment sharing your thoughts about the lack of advancement in technology. Thanks.}

Ok, so, on that note…(’cause I’m totally giggling now…and I hope you thought that was as funny as I did… 😉 )

In conclusion, I’m really looking forward to getting to know you more, in this space, where I hope God will be glorified and you and I can be friends.



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb Weaver January 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm

This is a holy calling: “I want to honor you, your time, your heart. By continuing to write, I hope you will see that honor and feel as though I am respecting you, your words, hearts and your time.” Wow.

Deb Weaver


Helen Tisdale January 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

TRACI, TRACI, TRACI! I’m glad I looked a little further & found this today! You are doing so much girl! You know you are just one of my very favorite ladies! Just feel your heartbeat! Keep on writing. You have ignited me today, as I have just been so stuck! Thankyou!


ali @ an ordinary mom January 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Dare to let that light shine, sweet friend!


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