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Welcome readers

I’d love for you to introduce yourself- whether you’ve read this blog for a while or are brand new. I think it’s neat to see who’s reading. And I sometimes even wonder, is anyone?

  • Tell me a little bit about your spiritual journey? Are you just checking out a relationship with Christ or are you a committed follower?
  • Where are you from?
  • Tell me about your daily life. What’s a typical day like?
  • If you’re a blogger, let us know. What’s the link? What are you passionate about writing on? (Don’t be shy).
15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2009 5:52 pm

    Hey Samantha,

    God reads everything you write. And I just started. So there’s 2. Actually 4. And there seem to be a lot of comments, so I’m guessing there are lots of us out here. Keep doing what you’re doing–it matters.

    I am a committed follower of Christ, although now that I say that, it’s interesting to think through what kind of commitment I offer to Him. He is my inspiration, my treasure, my king, my savior, my advocate, and my friend. Would that my commitment to Him mirror His commitment to me.

    I live in Ashburn, VA with my wife Anna who is the delight of my life. And I blog at My intent in writing is to proclaim Jesus as the greatest satisfaction to every human need by pointing to His superior worth over anything else life can offer. That’s a big job, and I’m not sure I’m fully qualified, but I’m going to try.

  2. November 25, 2009 2:21 pm


    So good to meet you. Thanks for being the first to introduce yourself. I always love hearing about the backgrounds of those who read my blog. Many readers I already know in person, there are some who we comment back and forth on each other’s blogs, but many I don’t know yet.

    Thank you for sharing the link to your blog as well. I can’t wait to check it out more and for others too as well. It looks we have a very similar “mission” to our blogs so that’s always encouraging.

    Keep pointing to His superior worth and never stop.

  3. December 9, 2009 11:43 am

    Hi Samantha,

    I have enjoyed your blog from time to time over the past year or so. I got connected with it through smallgroupexchange and certainly like the variety you offer on your blog.

    I am a pastor in Janesville, Wisconsin (southern part, just a bit above IL). I am married and have two young boys at home. Working with God’s Word and people keeps me busy from 9-5 and then some.

    I also host a blog MartyrPriest. My challenge to my readers is “Lose Your Life. Find Your Purpose.”

    Nice to meet you!

  4. December 22, 2009 11:26 pm

    Hey everybody,

    My blog just randomly showed up on Samantha’s dashboard today, which led her to read an article and post a comment, which prompted me to write a short article on how the sovereignty of God influences even the most random blog links to bring about His purposes of “uniting all things in Him.”

    You can read the article at

    It’s pretty cool to see how God uses even the most seemingly random small stuff to unite His body. I’m looking forward to the different blogs and connections in the Body of Christ that God will lead me to as a result of His sovereignty over dashboard links.

  5. January 5, 2010 2:01 am

    Samantha, I just came across your blog, don’t ask me how (God works in mysterious ways!) , and enjoy reading your “Soul food”. I don’t blog however get a big charge reading them especially the “Good News” ones. I am a believer and attend a CMA (Christian Missionary Alliance) affliated church. Have you heard of them? I call myself Christian eventhough I was born Catholic.

    I don’t believe in resolutions for the new year just committing to be all that I can be for our Lord Jesus Christ. I have to scoot however will continue in the next “blog”.

    God Bless,

    Denise <

  6. January 5, 2010 1:51 pm

    Rick- Thanks so much for that post. It is really awesome to see his sovereignty in the small things.

    Denise- Thanks for your encouragement. I am glad it’s been “soul food” to you. It’s actually one of my goals to write meatier posts that will do that. I have heard of CMA, but don’t know much about it. I will def. look into it.

    I like that resolution!

    I look forward to seeing you around.


  7. February 12, 2010 1:39 am

    From one Dallasite to another: “Howdy!”

    After a long day of maneuvering through slushy roads and beating out my neighbors in a snowball fight, I warmed up with a big mug of Starbuck’s Sumatra coffee….bad idea; now I can’t sleep!

    I’ve been blogging at for a few years now. My blogging began as a way to share my (and my husband’s) missionary stories while we were pursuing full-time mission work in Ukraine. After we went & returned, I stopped blogging regularly for about a year as I lost a great deal of motivation and purpose while I tried to seek God on what He was doing in my life. Apparently, I’m not the only one who lost motivation, because most of the people on my blogroll stopped blogging too…and I need some blogs to read! I found you by searching “Dallas Theological Seminary”.

    A little about me:
    My hubby (josh) and I have been married for almost ten years and have no children (which you can read why on my blog); but we do have a Lhasa Apso dog that I spoil. I hold a B.A. in English and am currently pursuing my Masters in Counseling at DTS. We go to Livingway Church in Garland, where my hubby is the Worship leader and I’m the Director of Outreach & Missions.

    Life is busy, but fully blessed!
    Look forward to following your blog!

  8. anapancevska permalink
    March 6, 2010 8:51 pm

    Hi Samantha,

    I am a teenager that has recentley decided that I want to strengthen the bond between God and myself. I have attended my local Macedonian Orthodox Christian church ever since I first came to the United States. Lately with all the stresses of school, and all the normal teenage life drama I have chosen that I need to work on my relasionship with God. I was wondering if you have ever done a post on some ways that you can really strengthen the bond? I have had a Bible since 2005, but today I opened it and read the first couple pages. Since it was an adventure Bible it gave tips and such on how to make God an important part of your life and it said that one of the best ways was to Pray, and that if someone had a hard time praying they can start a Prayer Journal. I decided that I would create a Blog to share my Journey. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    – Ana

  9. June 17, 2010 8:30 pm

    First of all, congratulations!!
    I found your blog while searching for Dave Ramsey to find people with the same goals as me. I just wondered if you were still following his plan and how it is going for you. We read the book Total Money Makeover and have been regaining financial control for about 2 years now.
    Then I read your more recent posts and saw that we are similar in another way, too. I am also the mother of 2, our first son is 16 months old and our second is 2 weeks old. Yours will be close in age also, won’t they? Well congrats again! It’s an absolute blessing!

  10. June 21, 2010 10:24 am

    Thank you so much. I love “meeting” people with similar goals, interests, and overall life-stage. We are still following his plan but we’ve been a little slack on the budget lately. We’re trying to get back on track. My husband is in school full-time so it adds some different challenges but we are getting through.

    Yes, ours will be close in age as well so any advice you have is much appreciated. I am due at the end of October. By the way, what is your name? Thanks again for your comment.

  11. September 27, 2011 7:49 pm

    Just found your blog after I used “Sara Groves” as a tag and WordPress showed me that you did too. I am the wife of a family minister, raising and homeschooling five kiddos in a tiny town in Western Kentucky. I blog at (The Beautiful Ordinary) on life and kids and basically just sharing my journey. Nice to “meet” you!

    • November 28, 2011 7:46 pm

      That’s so great. Way to go for investing in your five kiddos! I’m looking forward to checking out your blog too. Thanks so much for reading!

  12. Val Walton permalink
    November 28, 2011 4:53 pm

    I just found your blog today. I am 45, single and still waiting on God for marriage. I stumbled on your blog while I was searching for anything on letters to my future husband. I am very impressed with your blog. Your testimony about writing love letters and your subsequent relationship with Jeremiah is so inspirational. I love your writing style and your love for the Lord. I am a newspaper reporter in Birmingham, Al.

    • November 28, 2011 7:51 pm

      Val- thanks so much for writing here. I’m so thankful that the article was inspirational to you. It was my prayer in writing it that it would touch someone and encourage others as they wait on God’s timing. As I look back, all I can really say is that it was God’s grace and a lot of prayer in God bringing me Jeremiah but yes, those entries really helped in the waiting process.

      I will pray for your patience as you seek God’s will for your life and that while you’re single that you will continue to serve and bring God glory.

      Love that you are a newspaper reporter! I’m so fascinated by reporters 🙂 Great to “meet” you and thanks so much for your encouragement.

      – Samantha

  13. September 5, 2012 4:01 pm

    I am a son of a preacherman…my Dad was the Protestant Chaplain at a Psychiatric Center for many years and a member of the United Methodist New England Conference, under special assignment…to the hospital in New York State. Me? I am born again…leaning toward the conservative side of Christian theology, tho’ not exclusively. My major ministry at the moment is writing poetry—not all of it strictly sacred—come visit at OUR POETRY CORNER, a Word Press blog, and look around. If you E-mail me, I’ll put you on MY MAILING LIST FOR ANY FUTURE OFFERINGS (oops—doing this at work!). My wife has the Bible School degree—I’ve sat under some really good preaching over the years! Hope to hear from you! —Peace, Jonathan.

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