I didn’t really want to write a blog.
I didn’t want a forum to discuss myself, my family, or my take about what was going on in the world. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just felt like there were plenty of other selves out there being discussed already. So, why add one more? And since I thought to write a blog, I had to write about me….
Well, that just proved that I didn’t know as much about blogging as I thought I did.
But yet, the idea of creating a blog kept popping up in unexpected places. For instance, newly 40 and resigned from teaching, I found myself chatting with a long time friend about what I was going to do next. When she urged me to think again about creating a blog to share my family’s traditions of cooking and hospitality, I finally really began to contemplate the idea.
Before I knew it, she and I were praying about potential titles, and I found the idea of “discourse” just stuck in my head. It wasn’t really my idea, of course. All good things come from God (James 1:17– Every good and perfect gift comes from above.) Plus, it was what many other bloggers knew to be true all along. This blog didn’t have to be about me. It needed to be about something bigger.
It needed to be a meaningful conversation- about wonderful food that brings us together, about welcoming family, friends, and those around us into our homes.
A conversation whose purpose was to open the door for other more important conversations- conversations about faith, about the gospel of Jesus Christ, about ministering to others through what God has given us.
And in my case, this conversation had Southern roots because it is where I grew up and still live. It’s where I met Jesus, learned to cook, and to love others more than I love myself.
At SD, you’ll find different pull down tabs that hold all of our conversations, like:
- Recipe Box— simple southern family dishes, along with those special recipes to inspire you to make family meal time, weekends, and holidays something more! These recipes range from breakfast to dessert and everything in between.
- Hospitality— tips and how-to’s for hosting stress-free family meals and gatherings, simple moments around the table, and easy tablescapes to celebrate any season.
- Faith & Grace— Biblical encouragement to fill the well from which a love for others and true hospitality springs.
- Southern Moments— Sometimes, there’s just some southern stuff we need to talk about, like Kentucky Derby hats or the county fair.
Rest assured, the table settings, dishes, and insights you will find here on SD don’t require a skill level or budget that is unrealistic for where most of us actually live. If I can do it, I promise you, you can too!
With so many choices in the blog world, my hope is that at Southern Discourse you will find a place where you feel at home, where the conversations are honest and relatable, a place where you are encouraged and know you belong. A place that makes a real difference in your day-to-day and walk with Christ. Our conversations- the kind that could only happen on a porch, in a swing, between great friends.
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Welcome to the first of our many conversations together.
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