Welcome, Kristel Acevedo!

Hey y’all! I am delighted to welcome Kristel Acevedo to the blog today. She is a wife & work-at-home Mom living in Miami. Kristel is one heck of a writer and I’ve loved getting to know her more through her blog and our connection via The Influence Network. I’m especially impressed with her drivenness. Kristel is a contributor to Disney Baby and Mom.me – impressive, I think! I’ve learned a lot from Kristel and cheer her on as her writing career develops. Read two of my favorite posts from Kristel here and here.

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I’ve been writing on the internet for a long time. When I first started blogging I didn’t know if I wanted to write about my faith. I kept thinking that maybe I should step away from that sort of writing because I didn’t want to offend anyone. I didn’t want to alienate anyone who didn’t share my beliefs. So I often shied away from those topics.

I started my seminary education in 2008 and was consumed in the Bible. I was learning so many things about my faith and my relationship with God was growing. I couldn’t keep it to myself. I had to share. It was just too good not to share. That’s when I decided that if I was going to be me on my blog I had to write about my faith. How could I not write about such a huge part of my life?

Over the years my relationship with God has been up and down, but through it all I’ve continued to share about my faith – the good parts and the not so good parts. Because that’s life and that’s what “gut-writing” means. It means sharing the truth, and sometimes the truth ain’t pretty.

There have been times when motherhood was hard or my marriage was experiencing growing pains or I was left wondering where God was in the situation. The thing is, God really has been there through it all. I’ve experienced growth and refinement and my goal with my blog has been to keep it real and share how God is showing up in my life. I want to write about hard truths, but I want to glorify God in the process.I can’t say I always do this perfectly, but I’m trying and I think God is honoring that.

Something I love so much about this blogging world is connecting with other ladies who are like-minded. There’s a camaraderie and an accountability that happens among us. We’re all encouraging each other to keep it real and keep it God-honoring. Through our writing friendships are forged and community happens. We realize we’re not alone in the struggles we face. We’re not alone in the victories we celebrate. We have a community of honest, vulnerable, faithful women in this great big internet. Gut-writing brings people together, it really does.

So if you have a blog maybe you should consider what it means for you to be the kind of person who is “gut-writing for God’s glory.” And if you don’t have a blog, be sure to read the bloggers who are faithfully “gut-writing for God’s glory,” (like the lovely Victoria here). Because something special and beautiful happens on these blogs. We find God here and we also find each other here.

Kristel

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