Welcome Back to The Growing Edge Blog!

February 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM 8 comments

Welcome Back (rainbow pencils)

Rainbow Reunion

Last time I blogged, I posted a relaxing picture with rainbow-colored chairs on the beach…and then promptly fell into the sea of blogging forgetfulness til well after Valentine’s Day!!

Ever do that? Take a “brief rest” only to find yourself opting out completely…simply by default?

Sometimes it’s because what we’re doing isn’t really for us, but we just don’t have the courage to quit. So we “take a break” and then conveniently never quite get back to it. Other times, it’s because we have too many plates spinning and don’t have the time or energy to pick up the ones that fall to the ground. And sometimes, we simply need to live our way into the next stage of life before we’re ready to re-engage – and that’s definitely been the case for me.

Because to me blogging is both a love and a passion. I enjoy it. I love putting words down on paper and watching with anticipation to see where they end up. I love choosing photos and clicking keys and that lovely feeling I get when I finally press “publish.”  But most of all, I love connecting with others over our shared struggle to walk with Jesus and “find the growing edge” together…and how writing and faith and the internet all combine to make that possible!

So why the needed break?

Well, for one thing, the busyness index on my daily life has definitely shot through the roof. Since we last talked, I’ve networked, connected, partnered, and launched.  I’ve traveled, journeyed, jaunted, and joined. I’ve done an incredible amount of “showing up” to see what God would do in the process, and to my delight He’s totally blessed my socks off. He’s given me kindred spirits galore in Tennessee, Texas, the Carolinas (and beyond) and has grafted me into some wonderful groups of women who are serving God in a variety of ways. As a west coast girl from way back, it’s been exhilarating to witness firsthand what God is doing in this part of the country, and I’ve seen my roots go deeper into the soil of Middle Tennessee than I ever dreamed possible.

I’ve also seen my health rebound beyond my wildest dreams. My first year in Nashville was difficult by any standards. A year of chronic illness and a half dozen undiagnosed symptoms gave birth to many angst-filled blog posts, as you may remember. I did my best to cling to the faithfulness of God despite some extremely recurrent feelings to the contrary…with varying results. Yet true to His character, God came through. I’m happy to report that after several months of diagnosis and treatment, my migraines are 100% gone (hallelujah!) and the chronic stomach and back issues have been healed and/or brought under control by detox, diet, exercise, and chiropractic. In a word: I’m healthy again! Oh Lord, words cannot express my gratitude…both for my healing and for the prayers many of you sent up on my behalf.

So today as I contemplated jumping back on the blogging merry-go-round, it seemed only fitting that I return to the rainbow motif – since the past several months have definitely renewed my faith in the good things He has in store for ALL of us, as we cling to His faithfulness along “the growing edge.” So it’s settled then. Rainbow colors. Apparently that’s the portal through which I temporarily exited the blogging world…and now I’m back, more fired up than ever.

Blogging at The Coffee House in Franklin, TN...

Blogging at The Coffee House in Franklin, TN…

The past seven months I’ve been so busy LIVING…I couldn’t figure out how to keep BLOGGING at the same time. In this season, I look forward to learning to do BOTH…in happy rhythm with each other.

Hope you’ll join me!


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. vondaskelton  |  February 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Welcome back to blogdom, Kim! I’m thrilled with all God has shown you these past few months and the doors He’s opened. Praising God with you!


    • 2. Kim Aldrich  |  March 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Hello dear Vonda! It’s great to hear from you…and to be back in blogdom again!


  • 3. Barbara Green  |  February 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Yay! So thrilled to hear your health is 100% What a great blessing. Looking forward to hearing all God is doing in your life. Miss doing life here with you!


    • 4. Kim Aldrich  |  March 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Yes Barb, it’s a blessing to be healthy again! Hope you are experiencing the same. Miss our times together and sunny SoCal!


  • 5. Danie Marie  |  February 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    I wondered where you had wandered off too, and missed you! It’s so good to connect with you again!

    Praising God with you for healing. I know what that’s like … awesome indeed!

    Love ~ Danie


    • 6. Kim Aldrich  |  March 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Hi Danie Marie, so sweet of you to drop by! Yes, I know you know what it’s like to be sick for a prolonged period. Praying for your heath as well!


  • 7. kaylafioravanti  |  March 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Welcome back to the blogosphere! I love this line, “simply need to live our way into the next stage of life…” So true!


    • 8. Kimosphere  |  March 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Thanks Kayla!



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Each new day offers a fresh opportunity to learn or languish, stagnate or grow. Like all sincere Christians, I face the ongoing challenge of finding THE GROWING EDGE.


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