Hello and welcome to Peace Amid the Pieces! My name is Alyssa and I’m hoping to use writing to encourage and inspire others in their relationship with God. I write mainly Christian devotionals and teachings for now, but I’m open to other opportunities that glorify God in the future as well. I’m a social worker by trade but I enjoy writing (obviously), TV show and movie binge-watching, reading, listening to music, knitting, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.
I created this blog very recently (December 2017), but it has definitely been a long time coming. About five years ago, my friend encouraged me to start a blog. I was very reluctant to do so, partly because everyone seemed to be blogging at the time and the little bit of hipster in me wanted no part of it, but mainly because it felt too personal. I don’t like the idea of sharing my personal thoughts, opinions, and stories for the world to see and not having control over who has access to these thoughts.
Nevertheless, I overcame this little obstacle and started my own blog many years ago by attempting to disguise my identity from the blog. I created a new email not attached to any old emails and didn’t put my name in the blog. I was also planning on not revealing any personal information. Seems like a lot of trouble to go to for the sake of anonymity, doesn’t it? Regardless, I started the blog with the intent of using it to encourage others and share my love of writing. However, there were quite a few problems with this “plan”:
1. I never used the blog
2. I don’t remember the name of the blog anymore
3. I don’t even know the username or the password or what blogging platform the blog is on.
I have tried everything imaginable to find this blog, but for the life of me, I cannot. The funny thing is I was so worried about hiding my identity and making sure absolutely no one could connect the blog to me, that I can’t even find the blog myself. It’s lost in cyberspace.
Well, fast-forward to the present, and I’ve reawakened this past endeavor and have attempted to start a blog again. Only this time, no more hiding.
That isn’t to say that I’m not still terrified by this whole thing…because I definitely am.
Here’s where I’m at: Yes, I’m still really uncomfortable sharing personal stories about me on a blog. But, I still really want to use writing to encourage other people. I may shy away from the personal at times, but I’m open to being vulnerable if it encourages others and brings God glory.
What’s been hard for me to realize, being the private person that I am, is that my story isn’t MINE. It’s God’s. His fingerprints are everywhere. Better yet, my story is part of God’s larger narrative that is way bigger than just me. It would also be selfish and unwise to not share my struggles, because I know there are other people out there who may be struggling with the same things.
Just to be clear, I am definitely not so haughty as to think my story and thoughts are so great and powerful that they are going to transform millions of lives. That is not what I’m saying at all, and not my intention in writing this blog. It’s one of many narratives out there. I hope that this blog does help someone in some way, even if it is just one person.
It’s not so much the hope of radically changing someone’s life, but in just reassuring others that they’re not alone, that someone else out there is struggling with something similar and to encourage someone in some small way.
Basically, I’ve decided to restart the pursuit of years ago with a renewed purpose. I pledge to be me. To be authentic, encouraging, empathetic, passionate, bold, and above all, bring God glory.
I pray that somehow my narrative can encourage you in creating and editing your own narrative. I pray that this blog will encourage you and bring you closer to God in some way.
Soli deo Gloria.