ABOUT

Welcome!

My name is Belinda and I am a God-Seeker. I always have been. A fellow struggler who enjoys a wide, wonderful spiritual life when I seek and stay out of my own way. I have thought about launching a blog for a long, long time, but since I am not known for my consistency (more like a short attention span) it just never seemed a smart thing to attempt. Yet, here I am sharing stories with you.

The real truth is that one day while I was praying, I felt like God was nudging me to start a blog with Him. A place where I would share my God unboxed adventures–you know those special times with Jesus when it feels like He just walked into the room? Times when you perceive things, both good and bad, that no one else recognizes? And what can you say to Him when He asks such a thing? So here I am, being more brave and more transparent than I have ever been and wondering if I can stay on task. Thank you for stopping by, I am really glad you’re here! (Maybe if you write encouraging comments it will help me keep on track…just sayin’)

Backstory

Life is incredibly hard when you are born sensitive. Apparently voices are louder, colors are brighter and arguments are more troubling to us than the average, more resilient, population. We are the artists, poets, musicians and writers. The photographers, storytellers and crazy ones. What I found most disconcerting was my inability to make anyone else understand what I felt and saw.

We are easily broken, but most of us, weary of communication that falls short of connection, simply raise walls and stay safely behind them. Not that my parents didn’t try to figure me out but without a frame of reference, something like a duck-billed platypus in a family of minks is an oddity and the worst kind of trouble for young parents.

When I was young, I was so encouraged by the story of The Ugly Duckling. It filled me with glorious hope that one day someone would announce that I was a swan and point me in the direction of the swan family. Many years later I realized there was no swan family. The world was a place pretty much led by and populated by very loud ducks. What a crushing blow. 

I learned to build walls early on, so although I was not flexible enough to be resilient, I was surrounded by thick, protective walls. Until one day God showed up at the gate. This blog is the story of what happened next.

Who & What

My day job is building websites as co-owner of Seed Stock Media. I am a wife to a seriously fun guy as well as a mom and grandma to some wonderful sons and grandsons. Oh yes, I am also a wannabe gardener and hopeful graphic illustrator.

I have had the pleasure and chaos of self-publishing a children’s book, working on an e-magazine about human trafficking and designing and managing a statewide website for rural economic developers. My life is rich and full.

Thank you for joining me here and I pray you are blessed to see beauty in your life!

Belinda Strotheide

If you want to reach me for some reason, just fill out the contact form and I will work to get back to you as soon as I can.

Photo Credits

All the wonderful paintings you see on the site are from graphic artists at Deposit Photos or Pixabay. I will let you know in ALL CAPS when one of them is mine. 🙂 Editing tools include Canva and Photo Fun Editor.

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