Facing My Scarecrows

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"A wise bird knows that a scarecrow is simply an advertisement. It announces that some very juicy and delicious fruit is to be had for the picking. There are scarecrows in all the best gardens... If I am wise, I too shall treat the scarecrow as though it were an invitation. Every giant in the way which makes me feel like a grasshopper is only a scarecrow beckoning me to God's richest blessings... faith is a bird which loves to perch on scarecrows." (Hannah Hurnard, quoting a sermon she once heard)

I've thought about starting up this blog for about six months now. I hope to get a book published someday, and this is a necessary part of the process. But until today, various fears have hindered me from doing this:

• Fear of not being self-disciplined enough to write regularly.
• Fear of making myself known in a public forum.
• Fear of nobody reading my blog posts.
• Fear of people reading my blog posts and finding them dull or irrelevant.

You know what, when these fears are typed out, they don't look even half as scary as they did when they were knocking around my brain and harassing me. In fact, they look a lot like scarecrows. So today I face my blogging scarecrows, with the hope that they do stand between me and an abundant harvest of God's blessings!

In this blog, I intend to share my thoughts on topics that have impacted me the most, in my ongoing journey to know and be the person God created me to be. These topics include: identity, purpose in life, parenting, homeschooling, race relations, and the writing life. Undergirding most of what I write is a sociological question that constantly runs through my head: why do we do the things we do?

I hope you'll find my blog posts thought provoking and relevant to your own unique journey through life. Thanks for joining me!

What are some of the scarecrows in your life?


  1. Thanks for being so open and honest. This is great stuff and made me think about a lot of things in my life. Write on Marlene!!!

  2. Life is forever the roller coaster for me. Never the merry-go-round. You're letters have been an inspiration to me and now I can enjoy your blog. Thank you.


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