My writing and I have moved into a our new home–my new website! You can now find us on www.faithimagined.com and www.alisahopewagner.com (both sites lead here). It feels so roomy, and I can’t wait to spread out and get comfortable. I can post blogs, daily devotionals and vlogs (video blogs) all at the SAME time! I don’t know, but I may get carried away a bit. Just don’t get me started!
As I was thinking about moving into a bigger space, I realized that–unlike physical houses–websites aren’t actually real. There is nothing tangible about them. In fact, my highly analytical 11 year old son reminds me all the time that the Internet is just full of ones and zeros. I may have a lot of writing, images and links on my new site, but nothing is tangible. It’s all an awareness of the mind. But all my thinking, musing, wondering and writing must have some kind of existence, right?
I know that although I’ve spent thousands of hours typing a bunch of ones and zeros into a space that doesn’t actually exist, I have 1) grown spiritually 2) discovered seeds of faith 3) wrestled with my flesh 4) made a bunch of mistakes 5) forged many breakthroughs 6) drawn closer to Jesus and 7) stayed faithful to God’s call. A bunch of ones and zeros have sure had a profound effect on my life! Ten years ago, I started blogging out of obedience never realizing how God would shape my faith through my persistent pecks at the keyboard.
Many of the most important things in life are not tangible….they are all an awareness of the mind, the heart and the spirit. They are the products of God’s presence in our lives, and they cannot be bought or sold, but they can be ATTAINED!!!
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” – Galatians 52-23 (NLT).
And that is what I want to expand upon on my beautifully designed website made up of talent, effort, prayer and, yes, ones and zeros. I want to expand my awareness of my Father God, His goodness to me and my place in His plan. The Creator who designed this earth with all its lands, seas, plants, animals and people may not be tangible, but He is alive and well on this earth and in my heart.
I want to grow my awareness of Him. I want to take my mind off of my problems, my shortcomings, my desires and my wants and become mind-ful, heart-ful and soul-ful of a God who would willingly dip His Spirit into tattered flesh, so He could bring me back into relationship with Him. I want to apprehend His movements in my life. I want to sense His voice in my spirit. I want to feel His presence by my side. Every day is one day in His courts, every day is heaven on earth–if I could only perceive it. I may not be able to wrap my fingers around God, but I can wrap my life around Him.
Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?” – Job 26.14 (NKJV)
Thank you to Monica Lugo from Mphotographix for my author photos.
Thank you to Holly Smith from Crown Laid Down Designs for my website.
Thank you to my husband, Daniel Wagner, and to my kids, Isaac, Levi and Kiki, for all your encouragement and support!