Hey all! No, this post is not about how to keep your kitchen clean and shiny and your floors free of debris (those of you who know me know that I would never give advice on how to keep your house clean! I’m laughing as I type this!) Anyway, the “housekeeping” that this refers to is more about some details regarding this blog. Some of you have asked me why I haven’t written in so long. I know! I know! It’s been too long. I thought about it and here’s what I’ve come up with. I haven’t written because of three “T’s”…Topics, Teaching & Time. Allow me to explain.
The first “T” is Topics and this is where you come in. I’ve written 26 posts in the last two months. That’s a lot of topics for me and frankly…I don’t have much else rattling around in my brain! Bottom line…I just can’t think of what to write about! This isn’t always the case but lately it has been. So, do me a favor and send me an email letting me know what topics you’d be interested in hearing about. I can’t promise I’ll have something to say on every topic that is requested but it would be tremendously helpful if you could give me your ideas. My post on “worry” came from a request (thanks Courtney) so I could use more ideas like that. Thanks! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching…this is a big one. I’ve had feedback from some that they want more Bible verses…more teaching. I’ve had the opposite viewpoint shared with me as well…that maybe I shouldn’t put too much scripture or God stuff in because it might turn readers off if they don’t believe like I do. I have to confess that I kind of let these two polarizing opinions paralyze me for a bit. (hmm…I like that last sentence…alliterative. Say that ten times fast, “Polarizing opinions paralyze, polarizing opinions paralyze…” Okay, sorry…back to reading…)
Here’s the thing; I didn’t start this blog to teach anyone anything. There are teaching blogs out there from some great Bible teachers. But I’m not one of them. My purpose is simply to share my thoughts on random things. And occasionally maybe God will give me a bit of wisdom that makes you go, “Hmm…interesting,” and then maybe he’ll use it in your life somehow.
I have nothing against teaching (I actually enjoy teaching). I have great respect for some incredible Bible teachers that are out there. But I feel like my blog is supposed to be more of an encouraging blog rather than a teaching blog. Sometimes it’s just nice to know that you’re not alone…that someone out there understands you. That’s what I hope people get from this blog. And I will put scriptures in my posts if they are relevant to my topic because that’s who I am. I learn from the Bible and if I’m writing about something I’ve learned, I’ll certainly say where I learned it from. I don’t really think it will turn people off if I’m just being real and sharing from my heart. So, now that I’ve identified it, I promise not to let that stuff hold me back any more.
The last “T” is Time. This is huge and I knew it would be when I started blogging. As a matter of fact, it was one of the first excuses I gave God on why I shouldn’t start a blog. I’m a terrible time manager and I’m truly busy. But I need to conquer that if I’m going to write consistently and God knows that. He’s trying to help me get better at it, I’m sure.
The thing is, spring is my insane time. I have three boys in sports and all have different schedules. Hubby works nights so that means I’m the Sports Chauffeur Extraordinaire. My schedule in the spring makes my brain feel like a rubber band that is stretched to its limits, just on the verge of snapping.
Now, I’m truly not complaining…just explaining. I chose to be a mama and I’m happy to have healthy kiddos who want to play sports and volunteer at church and play with friends. I’m thankful to have a mom-mobile that I can cart them all around in. But it does mean that my time is limited. So this is one you can’t really help me with except by keeping me accountable. I received a sweet email this morning that started with these words, “I keep waiting for another blog writing from u and c nothing since the 10th!!!” (thanks T :))
Ouch. Guilty. So I promised her I’d write something this weekend and I promise you all I will be writing more often. I have a couple posts I’ve already started…one is about raising a strong-willed child and the other is about hurtful words and how they stick with us. Other than that…I’ll have to wait to see what you request! To sum up…you can provide me with topics, I’ll stop worrying about whether I need to be teaching or not and I’ll ask God to help me better manage my time. Excellent. Thanks for reading! (Now send me that email!)