It hardly seems possible that it’s been over three years since my last blog post. I took a coffee break that lasted way too long. What happened? My husband David and I had a lot of life-changes in this period of blog darkness.
The youngest two children grew up and went off to college. I started a new exciting job exactly three years ago (my writing and speaking does not pay the bills). During the same period of time David’s mother came to live with us prompting a move to Austin, TX. With moving, job transfers, getting settled in a new state and trying to find our way, my love of writing was stifled while we adjusted.
I also came to a new revelation that when my writing stops, I tend to stop growing. For a long time, I really thought I was writing to help others. In reality, writing has helped me throughout my entire adult life. It just so happens that the challenges in life I write about are similar to the challenges other people encounter. When I share that, others are helped.
I recently reposted an old blog post called, “Think Your Faith is Unshakeable?” I quickly realized that I had fallen in some of those old habits I wrote about that can subtly whittle away at our focus and commitment to God. It’s like my favorite refrigerator magnet that says, “Take my advice, I’m not using it.” I sometimes need to be reminded of the very things I write about.
I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” This is why I write. I write for me and for you. I write because it’s what I was called to do. I’m not content unless I am sharing the very real grit of life and how God shows me the way through.
I am back. I am done lamenting over the fact that I abandoned my blog and I’m setting my pride aside to get back to it. I’ve quite telling myself, “A real writer would have never done that” and I’m beginning the process of opening my heart and mind to what the Lord would have me share.
Today, I will leave you with three questions,
- Has the busyness of life distracted you from your calling?
- Have you stopped growing as a result?
- Has your pride become a stumbling block to making a new start?
I have had to say yes to all three. So, I’m still going to drink coffee, but it’s going to be with a side of grit I plan to share with you.
Carol Urton is the founder of Finding Hope Ministries and the author of,
“Where is God? When Hope Hurts”
For more information about Carol’s book, Life-Coaching and availability to speak ,visit http://www.findinghopeministries.com