I recently posted that I had considered giving up blogging.
My mind has been like a desert. Dry and parched. A mind without words or ideas for writing.
There are hills and valleys…but not many words. Not many ideas.
What could I possibly offer that was worth reading?
I am still not sure that I have anything to offer, but I believe from the depths of my soul that I am not supposed to permanently abandon this space.
So, I wait. I wait upon Him to lead me. I review Kristina’s post from the 31 days series on the allume blog. I read books on writing and ideas.
I pray. I listen. I wait.
And that is the hardest part.
And friend, if you are reading this…I truly thank you for your patience.
I am not giving up on you!
Can I share a phrase I have on my dry erase board in my kitchen this week?
"No Wilderness=No Revelation"
In scripture exciting things came out of times in the wilderness.
I believe this Trina! I've been reading your series for the smaller blog too-it is very good.
and we expectantly wait with you!
Thank you Heidi!
I've been in the same place. Looking forward to hearing about what God taught you here. <3 Blessings!
Thank you Natasha
I have been there, so often. I've been reading The Jesus Creed, by Scott Mcknight, and he talks about desert experiences. He said that Jesus began his ministry in the desert because everything we experience in life, Christ experienced for us and in perfection. He knows about the wilderness and the desert. He's been there.
♥((hugs))♥ I remember you from Relevant!
I don't know if this relates to what you are feeling/saying, but I go back and forth with this whole blogging thing myself. Sometimes I forge ahead, full of enthusiasm and creativity and other times… well not so much;) After a season of disciplining myself to blog every day, I have given myself permission to take time off when I feel like it. (I mean as in take a couple of months off- or even more!) It's true that my numbers have taken a pretty impressive nosedive as a result, but I feel more balanced within my spirit as well. I have had to trust that the folks who come to my space are *truly* the ones the Lord is bringing and to allow that to be enough. Does that make sense? I know it's hard tho… believe me, I do♥
Praying for you dear.
I remember you too! Thank you for encouragement…and yes, it makes sense.
"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10
Writing, like any relationship, has it's highs and lows…the times in which things are flourishing and the times in which things are stagnant and we want to just throw our hands up in the air.
It will come…maybe not tomorrow or even next month, but it will come.
Ah, Mary, I have been here. So many times. It is a season. Just as the earth needs winter to rest and to nourish new life, I think our hearts need quiet seasons to ponder, and focus and to rest in Him. Get ready for Spring, because I have no doubt that it will be beautifully filled with sweet fragrances from His heart through yours!
I totally understand and yes, blogger block is no fun! I will be waiting patiently and praying for you. I am not a fan of waiting on God, but I have been growing in this area. Can't wait to "hear" what He is doing thru you at the moment and to read it too! I know you have A LOT to offer!
Oh yes, those times of quiet, they are scary for one used to many words… But I always find the writing, the meaning, renewed after the times of waiting. Keep trusting. Keep waiting.
I totally feel where you are at. Sometimes life just has us in a holding pattern. I am glad you wrote this post from where you are! Thanks for sharing.
I can totally relate! I've been thinking about just focusing on my photo blog, but I really don't think God wants me to abandon the other one. I do try to keep in mind that my primary blog is a way for me to journal and document for something to look back on and maybe my nieces will benefit from it. Since Lent, I have been determined to use my blog to focus on gratitude and on the truths that God is teaching me. My original intent for the blog was to write about what God was teaching me and to journal for the future. I intend to get back to that. I'm not going to post just to post. It has to become a tool used in my relationship with God. I don't want to be frivolous with it. Your blog is a blessing. Don't be pressured by what you think others might think or expect from you. It's between you and your Lord. A few word of truth is much better than a long page of randomness!
God will give you the words he wants you to write–keep listening for his voice and the words will come.
Don't give up… give it a rest… pray and wait… it will come and it will be good. Be patient.
Stacey of 29LincolnAvenue once said something to me that has always stayed with me …
She mentioned coming to the editor in prayer.
Just opening up our hearts, and being yielded to what He might want to say.
The waiting can be hard… but it's the lessons you learn WHILE waiting that count the most!
Praying for you!
I'm quite used to my mind going blank, sometimes for months at a time. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing – I often feel refreshed after these blogging breaks and words come more easily. You definitely have a lot to offer…never doubt that!
Praying that you are strengthened in your waiting season. "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope." (Psalm 130:5)
Mary – I so understand your words. I too sit and wait, reflecting silently where the Lord and I are on our journey. Praying Father will speak to you in the quiet.
Thank you for this and thanks to all of those who commented. I maintain 2 blogs. 1 personal & the other is spiritual. I recently wrote about my struggles with writing on my spiritual blog. It's not about not knowing what to write about (although that may have been part of it). But I do have issues with that on my other blog. Not that I'm pleased it happens to anyone, but it's nice to know that I'm not alone. I wasn't expecting so many, who can relate, though! After I wrote the blog post, people began giving advice to not wait. Although I had stopped writing for 2 months, I'm glad I waited.
I see that you were inspired to continue writing soon afterwards.:) God sent you a writing angel.:)