Inspired Blogger: Rebekah @ A Soft Gentle Voice
The most beautiful thing about blogging is meeting like-minded, Christ-loving and amazing women along the way. I’m not sure exactly where or when I stumbled upon Rebekah’s blog, but her words are a beautiful reminder of the love of God. She has a way of getting my attention and pushing me toward that desire in my heart that yearns for more of Him.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I once was dead, but have been made alive. I have been redeemed through the blood of Christ, according to the riches of His grace. I am in Christ. I want to love Him more and come into a deeper and more intimate relationship with my Lord.
As the leaves turn gold and crimson red this year, I will celebrate 15 years of marriage with the wonderful man I fell in love with the first time I saw him ~ when I was still a teen. We have been blessed with three beautiful children ~ a darling first born daughter, a dazzling middle son, and a delightful ‘not-so baby anymore’ little girl. We live in a small rural subdivision in Ontario, Canada. We are enduring this never-ending winter, but I look forward to spring which so eloquently speaks of new life. Our lives, although plain-vanilla, are rich and sprinkled with love and grace. Our days are filled with rhythms and routines of living and learning. We are curiously discovering about the world God made and learning to love and live authentically.
I am a pediatric cancer survivor living with long-term effects. Living a life after cancer has always had its challenges, but God has been and is and always will be faithful. His grace is sufficient and truly amazing.
Life tends to teeter-totter between obscure and insignificant to overwhelming at times and can leave me paralyzed in fear. So, I am slowly learning to listen for the Soft Gentle Voice of God in the valleys of the dark and turbulent times to the heights of laughter and sunshine in our days. His Word never returns empty.
How long have you been blogging and how/why did you start?
I began blogging on January 1, 2008. To be honest, I really had no idea what I was doing when I hit publish for the first time. I knew I wanted to grow in the Lord and listen more intently to His whispers and share with other women to encourage them in the Lord. However, I had to step back from blogging for a few years. Then, in 2012, I was able to put more time and energy into it. I committed to my first 31 Days series and found a blossoming desire to communicate the love of God in this way. I have much to learn about blogging, writing, and God and His steadfast love, so I will keep learning and praying to be brave enough to keep hitting publish.
What is the purpose of your blog?
To share the message of God’s love, grace, the glorious Gospel and the living hope we have because of Christ. I can see how God has pursued me and it is a joy to share that with other women to encourage them in their journeys as God authors their stories into His greater redemptive story. Living as light in this dark world is not easy and I desire to live authentically and to grow with the body of Christ and this is one way that I can do that in this stage of my life.
What do you most enjoy about blogging?
Blogging makes me intentionally wrestle my thoughts into words. I enjoy reading and delving deeper into the things of God and sharing the things that I am learning and living is one way to live vulnerably and to be a part of bringing the message of hope to a dark corner of the world. I tend to share where I am coming from in life and I pray that it might encourage and build others up.
I love the creative outlet as letters unfurl themselves into stories on a blank screen and offer hope to someone reading them on another screen. The connection and community is powerful.
What are you passionate about?
Making a difference in this world while I long for Home. Living a real and authentic life while communicating the love of God and learning how to pick up my cross and follow Christ.
Who or what inspires you?
Motherhood has taught me so much about life, loving, and surrendering my ways to God. Doctors told my parents when I was three and undergoing treatment for a rare childhood cancer that it would be very likely that I would not be able to have children. God has graciously given me three. My children inspire me to live the Gospel—to give of myself for the sake of others; to sacrificially surrender for others who cannot help themselves. Mothering has helped me to see how self-centered I am and has caused me to turn to the Lord to depend on His strength in my weakness and to grow in the grace He bestows upon me and to give it to those He has put in my care. Moment by moment I need His grace and the hope of the Gospel and I have discovered how desperately I need Him as I have grown up in this role of Mama.
Tell us something random about yourself.
Oh boy, random? For an introspective person this is a tough! How about this: although I have a fear of deep water and am not a strong swimmer, as a teenager I learned how to water-ski on a slalom ski. By that I mean, I learned how to start off from sitting on the dock with two skis on, drop one and occasionally cross over the wake, but mostly get dragged by the boat and gripped the tow rope for dear life, determined to not fall in the deep water and arrive back at the beach still mostly dry. But, growing up in a competitive family with three brothers and two sisters, ‘not trying’ was not an option. And just so you know the rest of the story, the last time I attempted to do this was two years ago and I could still get around the lake! I know, incredible and random!
Will you share with us one of your favorite posts and what you love about it?
I’m truly amazed at how God orchestrates our days and desires that we fully trust Him. He gives us the faith to follow Him. When God Makes A Way And Heals Hearts is a post I wrote last spring that shares how when I opened my eyes I could see God’s hand at work. I am thankful that He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.