Hey y’all, I’m back! Happy October! If you missed it, I wrote last month that I was going to take the month of September off to have a little end of summer sabbatical to rest, seek God and spend time with my family. I am so excited to be back, but I LOVED taking a purposeful rest to pause and step away for a second. I spent lots of time resting, lots of time with my family, and I consumed a LOT – books, sermons, devotionals, wisdom, and yes, even food 😋
While I was taking this break, I got to thinking about why I am doing this in the first place. I remember so vividly the moment I first said it out loud…I told my husband my idea on a walk one evening, and I was hesitant to even say it out loud because “blog” sounded so weird and generation “x-ey”…like I want to be a “blogger”? What does that even mean? But it came from that still small voice in my spirit saying, “I’ve brought you through some really tough things, now share it so others can come too.”
At that time leading up to my deciding to get back to blogging, 2 Corinthians 1:4 kept coming up in just about every study, every conversation and devotional and laid heavy on my soul:
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”2 Corinthians 1:4
What is the purpose of pain, suffering and all of that ”yuck” that life brings if it doesn’t bring us closer to God? And what kind of witness am I if God helps me, strengthens me, reveals truth and life and healing to me and I don’t pass it on? And the miracle of technology is so amazing that our reach and our scope for spreading the light of Jesus is huge and yet made so simple and focused for that one other mama who feels broken and hurt and hopeless, follows #miscarriage and reads about how God brought life out of my darkness and joy from my tears. For the one who follows #mthfr and can read about how God used a genetic difference to heal me and give me new strength, gratitude and perspective. We have the ability to have laser-focused input into people who are desperately seeking hope in the same circumstances that God has already brought us through…the question is, how can I not share?
So. I’m going back to basics. I’m going to stop trying to be a “blogger”. I’m going to stop trying to look Pinterest-worthy. I’m going to stop worrying about my theme and my color palette and the filters I use for my photos and only worry about the story that I share and how I can faithfully pass along what God is teaching me. I want to be real with you and some days that’s heavy and full of all of the feelings, some days that is sarcastic and full of laughter at the funny stuff that toddlers do; some days it will be full of sunshine and rainbows and gratitude and sometimes it will be “ughhhhh….LIFE!”…but through it all I hope you can follow the thread that holds me together, and that thread is Jesus.
Previously, in my “official blogger” mindset, I was sticking to a pretty rigid schedule of what I posted when, but over this little rest, God reminded me that I can’t be so pompous as to put Him on a schedule. I only ever write what I feel led to write, and I can realize now that putting Him and the Holy Spirit on a schedule was causing me stress and anxiety and that’s not how it works. I’ll share with you things that are on my heart as He leads me, sometimes in proper blog posts that are thought out and grammatically correct, and sometimes in just brief blurbs on social media as I get a moment to share…sometimes the healthy recipe I came up with that meets all of the diet guidelines that are necessary for me to be healthy, and sometimes our pizza carryout…because, balance! 🤣… but all good, all honest, and all real.
Along with that, there will also be things that I don’t share because let’s be real, sometimes faith is grown out of intensely painful, private moments, and sometimes out of places or times that affected other people and so it’s not only my story to share. I also won’t share everything about the kids because they are people in their own right and I am a guardian of their privacy until they are able to do that themselves – we have to keep some boundaries! But I am a chronic over-sharer, so no worries, there will be plenty of material!
So, short post today just as an “I’m back!” but I am feeling so refreshed and excited to share what God has been teaching me in this season of life, and I can’t wait to get to know you better as well! Drop a comment about something you’re learning, some advice you’d like to pass on, or where you find yourself in this season of life! I’ll be back soon, and in the meantime, don’t forget follow me on social media to keep up with all other non-blog posts and updates – I put the icons to link to my Instagram and Facebook accounts on the footer of this page. Check it out!
Happy fall y’all!