Dwell in Me

Seeking God in the Every Day

I’m Coming Out

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I created this blog at a vulnerable time, and I made it anonymous. At the time, we weren’t ready to share what we were going through with just anyone. But now I feel differently, and it’s time to come out.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I’ve made a few changes–not only to the layout and title of the blog, but also to the content. I’ve taken out a lot of medical details and left the nitty gritty doctor stuff intentionally vague. I guess I’m still not ready to share that with the world of people I know. I don’t expect I ever will be.

In real life, I go by Tori. Tori Andrew. Like Ria, Tori is short for Victoria. A new name, but the same girl you’ve gotten to know since you started reading my rambling thoughts.

So, if you came here looking for “Fill My Nest,” you’re in the right place. The blog’s name has changed, too (in large part because I wanted a .com address and someone bought fillmynest . com to try to re-sell it). But  I chose to call the blog Dwell in Me because I feel like God has really impressed the word dwell on my heart this year.

I’ve been reading about that word. It’s a word that implies some permanence. To dwell is more than just to pass through or to stay for a moment. It’s about living, about staying. It’s about finding a home.

I want to do that. To dwell. To dwell in the Spirit and hear what the Lord has to say into my heart. To make my home with my husband in accordance with God’s grace and plans for us. To be willing to dwell where God calls us (so hard, sometimes, and yet, so worth it).

And I want to be a dwelling place. To be open and available for the Spirit to make a home within my sinful flesh. To relinquish control and the determination for my way and allow myself to be led by the Spirit instead. To be open and willing to change, to bend, to be molded and shaped in God’s preferred form.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (I Corinthians 6:19-20)

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8 thoughts on “I’m Coming Out

  1. Brave! Thanks for your transparency!!

  2. Love the new blog name and look!!!!! Still so pumped you have a little one in you! Thanks for being transparent!!!

  3. So awesome!!! Love the new name!

  4. My dear Tori, this blog brought me to tears and at times laughter. You are truly a gifted writer and a remarkable woman of God. Thank you for sharing your soul with me by opening up the blog; I know that your words have brought and will bring encouragement to others who are walking the same path. Reading your transformation throughout the blog was inspirational. I love you and that dear son of mine! God is so good and His timing is perfect.

  5. Awesome! Congrats on “coming out.” This is a big step and you should be proud.

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