Happy 1st Yr Blog Anniversary!! Blog Updates, Thank You’s & More

March 31 was my blog’s 1 year anniversary!! On March 31, I was in the hospital preparing to give birth to our little girl, Ms. Elyssa Janee. This first year anniversary is very important to me and even though the last few weeks have been busy, I wanted to take time to acknowledge it, update the readers and thank those that have been instrumental in helping me with my blog over this last year.

BIG thank you to Kim Brookes for encouraging me to start my blog and for giving me guidance on where to begin and how to make it great. Also BIG thank you to Versandra Kennebrew who was my book coach last year and who helped me take my writing, creativity and blog to the next level!! I love you ladies!! Also thank you to my sistafriend Blair for helping to proof read my posts. Girl you have a gift!! Last but not least, THANK YOU to my husband for ALWAYS being supportive of my writing! Sometimes he helps me develop titles, research scriptures and helpful information for my posts. I love and appreciate you honey!!

When I first created this blog, I had no idea what I was going to write about or if people would even care to read it. Since I was a young girl, I’ve always had a passion for writing but I had stopped writing when I graduated from college for whatever reason. Starting this blog has helped me to fall in love with writing again and it’s provided me with a platform to share my testimonies to encourage others. It’s also helped me to start walking in my calling, which is to minister to women and to help them walk down the road of peace, wholeness and restoration.

Over the past year, I’ve written about several different topics but I’ve been most passionate about dating, marriage, sex, sexual assault and pregnancy. I know what it’s like to be a Christian single person trying to walk in patience and holiness. I know what it’s like to be a wife and want to please God and my husband in my marriage. I’m a 10 1/2 year sexual assault survivor and I know the emotional rollercoaster that survivors go through. I’ve also travelled down the long road to healing and restoration. Sex is very important in marriage and it’s sad that often times singles have lots of sex and married people have hardly any. The devil is a LIE!! God created sex for married people to enjoy and I want to help married ladies learn to love their bodies and sex with their husbands! It’s also very important for Christian singles to avoid sexual sin in order to set themselves up for great legal, holy, sex in the marriage bed one day! I was blessed to recently become a mom and I LOVED being pregnant! I enjoyed writing pregnancy updates and information about pregnancy and pro-life information.  

Blog Facts:

I published 166 post. Holy Ghost is awesome because He continues to give me ideas to write about and the right words to use to bless others. I’m honored that He picked me to use in this way!

The blog has 26,488 total views and counting!! 

631 comments and they keep coming in! It’s always so exciting to receive comments and meet new people who are being blessed by what I write.

78 Categories and 478 Tags

On July 26 I published my 100th post.

The highest number of views to date occurred on 4/11/2011. There were  was  260 views that day. On 4/10/11 the most recent post published was She’s Here! Nursing, Burping and Changing OH MY!

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/shes-here-nursing-burping-changing-oh-my/

Thank you to EVERYONE who has ever visited my blog, posted a comment and forwarded my posts to their friends and family! I REALLY REALLY appreciate it!! If you haven’t yet subscribed to my blog, I encourage you to do so now! The subscribe button is located at the top left corner of the blog. Once you enter your email and hit “sign me up,” you will have to open your email and confirm the subscription. Thank you in advance for your support. Also please continue to share my blog link to your loved ones https://joannawillis.wordpress.com

Some of my favorite and most viewed post over the last year have been:

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/a-rape-survivors-letter-to-her-unborn-daughter/

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/3-ways-to-meet-your-husbands-needs-during-pregnancy/

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/pregnancy-and-the-single-saint/

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/im-a-survivor/

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/5-myths-about-love-and-sex-after-rape/

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/tips-to-avoid-baby-mama-drama/

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/4-reasons-why-glee-is-no-longer-for-me/

https://joannawillis.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/stop-giving-the-honey-up-for-free/

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Death Could Not Hold Him Down! HE GOT UP!!

Today is Good Friday, the day that Christians celebrate Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. It’s a celebration because on the third day He rose from the dead!!! Death could not hold Him down! Jesus died so that we do not have to live in sin, that our sins could be forgiven, our bodies could be healed and so that we can have life more abundantly. I am forever grateful for the sacrifice Jesus made that day. Crystal Lewis has a song that she sung a long time ago called “You Didn’t Have To Do It,” man I love that song! The chorus goes, I’ll never know why, why you did what you did, you didn’t have to die, but you did. You hung on the cross so that I wouldn’t be lost, you took my place, now you’re pleading my case. You did have to do it, but I’m glad you did. Those words are so personal and true to me. If Jesus hadn’t died for my sins, Lord only knows where I would be; some where messed up, alone and hurting, that’s for sure. Once I accepted Jesus into my heart and truly started walking according to His word, I found a joy and a peace that words can’t describe. I know with God on my side, there’s nothing I can’t do. My sins have been washed away, I am a new creature in Christ. All of this is made possible because of Jesus obedience to die, go to Hell in my place and rise again on the 3rd day! I love you Jesus!!!

On this Resurrection weekend, please remember what Jesus did for you. Take time to say thank you. It’s not about cute outfits and easter bunnies! It’s about Jesus raising from the dead!! HE GOT UP!!

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

She’s Here! Nursing, Burping & Changing Oh My

Hello World!

I know it’s been a little while since I’ve published a post. Last Friday, April 1, our daughter Elyssa Janee’ was born. She was 7 lbs, 14 oz and 20 inches. The last few weeks of my pregnancy were challenging at times but my faith and relationship with God as well as my husband, family and friends helped me to get through. All in all I enjoyed my pregnancy and was very ready to meet our baby girl!

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Elyssa cry, held her skin to skin or the first time we looked into each others eyes. My husband, our loved ones and I were in love with her the moment we laid eyes on her! Now, eight days after her birth, we’re adjusting well to parenthood and I to motherhood.

Being a dedicated, nurturing and compassionate mother is a serious job! Mothers need to be selfless and give their time, attention and love to their children. I take my role as a mother seriously and though I am far from perfect, I am trying my best to learn how to be better for her everyday. God blessed us with Elyssa; she is our answer to prayer. It is only right that I try my best to be patient and put her needs before mine. Here are some of the joys I’ve experienced this far and some of the challenges.

Joys of motherhood so far:

1. Being able to nurse Ms. Elyssa, knowing that I’m providing her with the best form of nutrition. I love being able to meet her needs and have bonding time with her. Also, nursing is something that only I can provide her with.

2. Her looking into my eyes during the precious moments when she’s wide awake and quiet (newborns sleep majority of the day)

3. The times when my husband and I watch her sleep and sit and amazement that God blessed us to create such a beautiful sweet baby. My husband and I have grown closer throughout this pregnancy and Elyssa’s birth. We make an awesome team. It has been a joy to have him by my side.

4. Being able to kiss and hold Elyssa and tell her how much I love her. 

5. Having so many family and friends come by to meet her and bring us meals and words of love and wisdom. The support means a lot and we don’t take it for granted.

Challenges of motherhood so far:

1. Trying to nurse Ms. Elyssa when she is tired, frustrated and struggling to latch. I try my  best to stay calm and help her get comfortable and ready to receive me. We are both learning each other and this process. She’s very well with it!

2. The crying spells that occur at night sometimes, where we try our best to discover what she needs so that we can provide it for her. My husband has a lot of patience and helps me handle the crying spells without panicking.

3. The lack of sleep or naps on some busy days. God has truly helped me to adjust to fewer hours of sleep and on most days I am able to function just fine. I will take care of myself by learning to sleep when she sleeps but during the day that can be very challenging.

Ladies, if you desire to get pregnant, know that with God all things are possible and He has not forgotten you. Keep praying and believing, if it’s God’s will it will happen. Ladies who are currently pregnant, on the rough days when your emotional and tired, remember that God is on your side and soon you will meet your little blessing. Remember to ask for help when you need it. Ladies who are moms, let’s try to remember that we are not superwomen, as much as we want to be. We must eat right, get sleep when we can and take time out for ourselves and time with our husbands. Let us never get so caught up with our children that we repeatedly reject or neglect our husbands. They are our life partners and desire our love and attention also.