I’m so excited to share with you my most popular blog posts from 2017. These are posts that got the most pageviews, the most comments, pins, or messages to my email box. It’s been fun looking through them and creating this list. And of course, it’s January, so as I look back through 2017, I can’t help but look back at the things I wanted to accomplish but didn’t. That’s okay though. Those are simply new goals for 2018. Yay!
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BUT… I also can’t look back without acknowleding all the good things I was able to accomplish this past year.
- Learned how to create my website using Siteground and WordPress
- Recently (November 2016) made a 2nd blog too all about what I’ve learned in setting up my blog (It’s for people who want to create their own faith blog)
- Wrote and posted over 30 posts since I started this blog in April 2016
- Featured or guest-post on 2 other faith-based blogs (Building Unity in a Blended Family)
- Learned more about marketing, social media, and blogging than I ever imagined I needed to know
- Created my business social media accounts and started growing them (You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram)
- Completed my testimony about how my faith in God grew through the loss of our firstborn son Joshua Caleb
- Began editing my testimony to create a book, which will include a small journal and devotional section when complete
- Wrapped up my last private practice therapy appointment the last week of December 2017
- Opened my life and relationship coaching business to begin accepting appointments for 2018.
- Began work on my first big product that will be available for purchase on February 1, 2018
- I stand amazed as my blog received thousands of independent visitors throughout 2017 (I’m so thankful for my readers<3)
I present to you My 10 most and “loved on” posts of 2017 for SincerelyChristi.com.
Please feel free to love on them, share them, and pin them some more. 🙂
#1. An Intimacy Challenge to Transform Your Marriage
Somewhere along the way, life happens, we just get busy, and stop being intentional with intimacy. Why? Because we take our focus off of God first, and then each other. Our spouses stop being the priority in my life. I displace it onto kids, work, life, friends, family, fun, and … me.
#2. Part 4: Finding Miracles in the Midst of Hopelessness
The anxiety overwhelmed me as I got ready for my ultrasound appointment. Just moments ago, I was standing on my bed yelling and pointing my finger at God, and now I was in a heightened state of worry as I got ready to go. I could not find peace anywhere, and believe me when I say, I was searching hard for it that day.
#3. Capture Insecurity and Live Your Life in Confidence
It comes in waves for me. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes it overwhelms me and I allow it to stop me in my tracks. Sometimes I’m able to put it aside and do what I need to do. Some days it attacks me in my parenting. Some days it overtakes me in my marriage or
#4: Part 1: Faith isn’t Always Easy
That day back in 1992, we learned, in my 16th week of pregnancy, that our first son had a heart condition, a spinal cord that was broken in two places, and kidneys that didn’t work. That scripture brought me no comfort, in that moment. We were devastated. I asked God what He was doing, what He was allowing, only to get no answer.
#5. Part 2: Trusting God When Life Feels Out of Control
At 20 years old, I understood that I was not promised a life of rainbows and butterflies. I didn’t expect everything to always be perfect but that day in 1992 that I learned the baby I was carrying inside of me was sick, was more than I could handle. Problems during my pregnancy defied my expectations.
#6: Part 3: Finding Hope When You are Angry at God
As I look back over the years, I tend to focus in on particular days. Meaningful days. It’s not that the other days didn’t mean anything. Of course, they did. But as I’m thinking through the story of my firstborn son, I have to focus in and string the most important moments together. I have come to realize that the day I got angry at God was a pivotal moment in this piece of my journey. It was the day my trust in Him had broken down and I was truly afraid.
#7. Part 5: Naming Our Baby Was an Act of Faith
This pregnancy was such a troubling time in our life, especially as a newly married, young couple, but it was also a time that produced such faith, trust, and growth in our own personal walks with God. When doctors are telling you left and right that your baby may not make it, deciding to name the baby is difficult enough, but it is truly an act of faith. It says that we are trusting God no matter the outcome.
#8. Love is a Choice and I Got to do Better
Every now and then, it’s good to remember what that word actually means and let’s just not toss it around like any other random word. It’s a verb. It requires action, on my part. When I say “I love you” then there are expectations. I take it seriously, and I would hope that you do too. Now, I know we aren’t perfect and sometimes I get in my own way. But it’s important that I hold myself accountable to what the Word of God says love is.
#9. Random Acts of Kindness Challenge
What if we were intentional every single day of the year? My heart is broken when I see the news these days. There is so much hurt, anger, and division all over the world. As I hear of mass shootings in churches, at concerts, and schools, or bank robberies, or car-jackings, or the bullying epidemic we have in our school system, it’s hard to turn a blind eye to any of it. How can we? People are hurting. Nobody is perfect. I get that. I probably fail at this concept more days than I excel at it. But the idea is that I could do better.
#10. Part 7: Finding Hope in the Midst of Heartache
Even though, this day was over twenty years ago, my heartache remains when I think on that time in my life … even knowing the outcome, God’s blessings, and hindsight. Just real stuff here. So here goes …
The days following Joshua’s birth were exhausting, to say the least. If you have ever had a child (or even someone you love) in the hospital, you could probably understand what I mean.
I hope you enjoyed my most popular posts for 2017. I sure enjoyed writing them and sharing them with you.
I’ve already got several goals for 2018 that I’m working on now, so watch me grow this year. I’m not done.
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Have a happy and blessed 2018!