Real .. Life .. Now

with Debra Hogervorst

Why Do I Even Have this Blog???

I am taking part in an intentional blogging challenge and am being stretched in every way possible. The following piece is a writing assignment I had to do and submit to the other bloggers (over 1000 of them!!). I wanted to share it here on my blog so you can understand why I am even trying to start up a blogging site called Real.Life.Now.

I have taken a few days break from the blogging challenge but there’s been no reprieve from thinking about it or mentally rehearsing blogs and new about pages (that page on your website that describes who you are). I am honestly really stirred up by this challenge and feel like there is a war going on between myself and my blog. My blog is screaming out to be real and vulnerable and my ‘self’ is trying to continue to pretend I have it all together and can write and lead from this place of having accomplished Real.Life.Now. But that’s just not true. I struggle daily wondering why I get so stuck on the issues of day-to-day life and so easily lose focus on what really matters, which to me is knowing God, being His ambassador, and establishing His Kingdom here on the earth.

In 2005 I set out on a journey of which I am still on. I have been a Christian practically my whole life because I was raised in a home with God-fearing parents who really lived and modeled a Christ centered existence. I knew God and I knew the Bible. I was really good at all the Church stuff, meaning I had practically perfect church attendance, I tithed, led Bible Studies, mentored young women, coordinated this and organized that… but inside I was dissatisfied, I was empty and something in me was crying out for more. At times I remember wondering if I was even saved. What was wrong and what was I missing?

God began to leave me clues by making my heart very tender towards two things. The first was I began to crave to really understand what it means to be created in the image of God. I felt there was so much more to that than what I knew or what I was being taught. If God was so amazing, supernatural, and indescribable, then why wasn’t I? Why did I feel like a robot just trained to do and say the right thing? What DOES God really intend for me since I bear His image? The second thing that was being highlighted to me was a verse from Romans 8 which talks about creation eagerly awaiting the revealing of the sons of God. I honestly thought I was weird for loving this verse and for the strong desire I had to find out what God had in it for me. What I didn’t understand then, but I do now, is that God was at work in me to stir up a hunger to search out these things so they could be manifested in my life and in turn shared with others.

That brings me to the present and the reason for which I have this blog entitled Real.Life.Now. Originally I thought God would take me on this journey, give me the answers for which I was searching and then let me blog and share them, but that is not the case. We are a body and we do things together… SO, I guess now it’s time for us to figure out what it means to be God’s “image bearers” and to relieve creation from the burden of wondering and waiting for us to be revealed. It’s time, it really is. You are much more than you think.

If you would like to join me on this journey to know and understand who we really are feel free to subscribe to this blog by filling in your email address on the right column of this page. You then receive any new blogs I post in your email inbox. I hope to post 1 to 2 times a week and share short simple truths that will unite us and empower us to live Real.Life.Now. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Any thoughts or feedback is invaluable to me. Be blessed!


 

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  • Looks like we are on similar journeys—the blog challenge and Romans 8:19 challenge. We shouldn’t keep them waiting any longer.

  • Wonderful Lynn! God is really on the move! I’m going to check out your blog!

  • Kim Vermeulen

    Hi Deb! Love your blogs, I will probably just read them via Facebook but appreciate the notice of when you post one just in case on the rare occasion I’m not on FB 🙂

  • Debra, I am encouraged. You articulated your focus for the blog and your heart. God clearly wants to work through you, I can already read that. I’m trying to express my faith through mine as well, and the vulnerability part is HUGE. I think I think too much about it, but hearing your blogging voice is an honest and humble sound that has some great salt and light. Keep writing and glorifying Jesus!

  • Jean

    Hey Debra, so happy you’re blogging again! I have tried twice to sign up to follow your blog and still haven’t gotten the confirmation email or any email about updates. Any thoughts on what I’m doing wrong? Anyway, praying that the Father will reveal Himself AS HE REALLY IS to and through! Love you! Jean

  • Thanks Kim! I so appreciate you!

  • Katie, thank you so much for your powerful words of affirmation! I so appreciate all you said. I agree with you, vulnerability is HUGE! One of the hardest things to do is to hit the ‘publish’ button, right? =)

  • Hi Jean! I always love your encouragement and love. You are so genuine and I appreciate how much you have blessed me over the years. I am not sure what is up with my subscribe button but I will look into it. Thanks for the heads up! I’ll get back to you!

  • I like what you are writing. I look forward to hearing more. Your voice is pure and clear. I feel the excitement of discovery.

  • Sheryl Anne Lehman

    Nicely written. I am intrigued by the journey to find our existence in His image. I am also excited to join your blog to share in this challenge of Jeff’s. If you would like to see my blog you can find me on our Int. Blogging page to get it. GBYD ~ God Bless Your Day

  • Thank you Sheryl. I will look up your blog. GBYD also! I am glad you wrote out what that acronym stands for? I would have had to google it to find out!

  • I agree with what Sandy said. Your voice is ver clear and pure. Very calming and sure. Great job!

  • Wonderfully encouraging and inspiring. Looking forward to reading more about your journey in the days that lie ahead.

  • I love the way you share your heart and are transparent about the issues that provoked you to search out God and then ultimately start minis trying to others from the place that God brought transformation to you! You have such a grace on your life to encourage others and inspire them to look deeper and find More!

  • Hi Debra! Like you, I was also raised in a Christian home and went to church for all of my childhood. But I think it’s so important for us “church kids” to make our faith real, for ourselves. I love how you have articulated this process, and are encouraging us to see how God is in us. Very deep stuff! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  • Thanks Sharilee! As sons and daughters we need to ‘believe’ that our Father loves and accepts us then we truly blossom and release such a sweet fragrance to all who are around us. You are a great encourager, I think you represent Him beautifully in this way! Blessings!

  • What an awesome page and blog, Debra! I really love the topic of this, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to future entries. Anything that can help me along in my journey to knowing Him is very appreciated. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you so much Lindsey! I really appreciate your encouragement. Be blessed big time today!

  • Hi Debra – this sentence really resonated with me: My blog is screaming out to be real and vulnerable and my ‘self’ is trying to continue to pretend I have it all together and can write and lead from this place of having accomplished Real.Life.Now. When we write for an audience there is such a tussle between our real and ‘imagined/projected’ selves. I admire your honesty and recognise your struggle as a fellow writer. I’m not a religious person but you sound authentic and empathetic – someone to relate to. I wish you the very best for your new blog x

  • Debra Hogervorst

    Hi Michelle! That is my favorite sentence in this whole post too! And your comment came at a time when I was questioning what the heck I was doing… so thank you, you have reminded me of why I am doing this in the first place. I wish you the best with your blog also! Enjoy life!!

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