I’m woefully behind on participating in Ms. Kimberly’s September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge. Shameless plug (and payment of penance): click on her button at the bottom of my sidebar and see all the topics in the blog challenge!
Now, Kimberly started the challenge on September 2. Here I am, more than a week later, dragging my blessed assurance into her blog challenge. Is that shameful or what? Mercifully, Kimberly has extended grace so that I can still participate.
Kimberly’s debut blog challenge topic is an “introduction to one’s blog.” It’s a chance to say to readers, old and new: “Delighted to meet you!”
I have an “About” page on Embrace the Struggle that provides a quick intro to the blog, but I figured a “who-what-where-why-when” approach could give new readers a better sense of what Embrace the Struggle is all about.
I’m Alison, an island girl! LOL! I was born in England of West Indian parents, grew up on the island of St. Kitts and now live in Maryland, USA. I’m a Christian who loves writing, editing, praying, organizing, social media, decorating, reading, and good music. I also love meeting new people, so . . . welcome!
Embrace the Struggle doesn’t really fit into a niche, which is fine with me. 😉 Gives me leeway to write whatever I darn well please. I’m a niche-less blogger! But seriously… The name “Embrace the Struggle” sprang from a line in an El DeBarge song called “Joyful” that goes: “I’ve learned to embrace the struggle whether I lose or I win!”
Philippians 4:11 talks about being content in whatever state we’re in, and that, to me, is a huge part of being able to embrace the struggle: accepting the reality, praying about it, taking necessary action, and then keeping it moving!
I started blogging to express myself creatively and to be able to share experiences and describe how I get through them in God’s strength. I write to encourage women to tackle the challenges we all face in life joyfully, prayerfully, and fiercely. Posts here can veer from the silly to the serious, but the goal is always to encourage, inform, exhort, inspire, educate, and–every now and then–to entertain.
I normally post on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursdays are for my main post of the week, and then on Sundays I link up with Deidra Riggs’s Sunday Community, where we share a combination of a photo, a quote, or a Bible verse. But sometimes (like with this post and guest posts that I’ve done), I post mid-week.
And I blog monthly with The Exodus Road, a coalition focused on rescuing victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery.
I hope to bring back my Saturday Soup series at some point, too.
All right, guys; there you have it! Roam around in the archives and check out some of my earlier posts. I’m delighted to meet you all!