He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Something is missing from Mud and Mire. A piece of the puzzle. After a lot of hard searching and praying we have realized this: we were jumping in mid-game with the Romans 12 study, when we should really be starting at the beginning. Our teeny internet space was never meant to be a copycat blog. We realized that God has been speaking to us about Mud and Mire for a long time. Separately, we have climbed mountains and walked through valleys. We’ve hit bottom and watched our loved ones do the same. Through all of it, we have discovered a new love for God and a deeper understanding of what it means to be God’s daughters.
In reality we are nobodies. Two women who don’t hold bible degrees, who aren’t any different from you, the reader. The cool thing is that God has inspired a strange and persistent desire to do something we wouldn’t normally do, together. To share our hearts and our experiences openly so that we can inspire spiritual growth and nurturing to the everyday woman.
Earlier this month we jumped ahead with the Romans 12 study in full gear, and suddenly it felt like we had been halted. Neither of us could write, nor think of anything to add to what was already written. It seemed like we were done before we had started. Separately we each prayed about Mud and Mire. Sarah pondered scrapping her two year long journal of notes about Romans 12 because she thought it didn’t fit. I was stuck on what to write and how? And then the thought occurred to me after praying one day. It is presumptuous of us to think that you are all at a similar spot in your walk with God. It took myself a long time to get to here, to where I am now. Some of you like me, may have scars on your hearts, or maybe open wounds. Either way, digging deeper into Romans 12 might mean absolutely nothing to you if you are stuck in some mud like I once was and sometimes still am.
So it boils down to this: we are writing for a purpose. To expose the lies and uncover the truths of who we are as women, wives, daughters and mothers so that we can encourage the freedom that all of these people talk about when they share their stories. During this time we will talk about the areas of our own lives that have brought us to this point. We will share the painful things, the fun things, and the extras, so that you can see that it is possible to be free from the things you dare not speak about. We hope to encourage each of you, so that those things you hang on to that cause insecurity, fear, sadness, pain, can be let go of. So that we can all flourish in our walk with the Lord and not be held back in a slimy pit, so that we can have courage to be a living sacrifice, to not conform and to know ourselves with sober judgement.
Please enjoy our vision for mud and mire, and let us encourage one another in our walks in a genuine and loving way. After all, we are all sisters here.
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please guide as we begin to speak on what we have in our hearts. Use us as conduits to speak to the hearts of women who read this blog. Give us boldness, gentleness and honest hearts to both us as writers and to the readers. From together a community of courageous women who can speak openly with their testimonies and not have shame knowing who they are in you.
In Jesus Name, Amen.