I rarely have it. In fact, I usually have so many topics I want to write about that I have trouble deciding where to begin. THAT’s when I get blocked!
Oh, I still have a ridiculously long list of topics to tackle, but lately I’ve had trouble getting motivated. My four-year blog anniversary quietly came and went (last Summer!), and I barely gave it a second thought.
I certainly could write about my incredible journey in Blogland—because it has been incredible! I’ve met new friends… and discovered new things about myself. I’ve played in the dishes, restored vintage linens, created inspiration boards, written several series, and shared hope and second chances through real-life stories.
Truth is, for quite awhile I’ve been discouraged. I hope it hasn’t been too obvious. There’s been a running dialogue in my head…
ME: Why do you spend time blogging? No one cares what you have to say. If they did, you’d have more comments–and more people would sign up to get your emails.
MYSELF: And more people who already get emails would actually read them.
ME: You know… When you used to do weekly tablescapes and more posts about vintage linens people actually stopped by regularly and commented.
MYSELF: I love doing those things, but my focus has changed. I want to write about things that matter. I want to share stories of hope and second chances–and challenge readers (while challenging myself!) to open their eyes to needs and peripheral people all around them. The ones Jesus called “the least of these.”
I want to keep pursuing dirty faith.
ME: Get ready to lose more subscribers…
MYSELF: Numbers don’t matter, people do–and I really want reader-friends to join me! This isn’t a journey for the faint of heart. And it’s really lonely…
ME: Of course it’s lonely! People don’t really talk about God and Jesus outside of church. You’re the oddball.
MYSELF: That’s not true. Well, not entirely… In fact, I know several Christian bloggers who’ve been having some of the same tumbled thoughts lately. The same doubts. It’s like the enemy is trying to discourage us–to get us to stop speaking Truth.
ME: Do you really think that’s what it is?
MYSELF: Yes, I do… and so I’m not going to give in–or give up. I’m going to stand firm. Readers will come and readers will go. I’m going to trust God to bring together an online community here at My Place that will encourage each other through thoughtful, insightful comments.
I do believe it’s possible to actually have important, ongoing conversations right here in the midst of tablescapes and linens. Right here in “the real world” where living out everyday Christianity should look the same no matter what day of the week it is… and where living out dirty faith gets easier with practice.
ME: Hmmm… I believe that, too. Lord, help my unbelief…
Like me, do any of you believe you can play a role in bringing God’s kingdom to earth? Anyone having a similar running dialogue in your head trying to discourage you from speaking Truth?
Are you willing to take a stand by commenting here and telling us the tactics the enemy is using to drag you down? (Never commented before? Maybe it’s a tangible way to take that first step toward being a Follower, not just a Believer.)
Be assured: You are not alone—and someone else needs to know they are not alone!
Forward this post with a note of encouragement to all of the bloggers you know who have written that occasional faith-based post. Now is not the time for them to give up—or to give in by worrying about what other people think!
Now is the time to find our voices… to join together and show the world that DIY and decorating and dirty faith DO go together—because we aren’t compartmentalized beings but rather Christians who create and love and stumble just like everyone else. The difference is we’ve accepted the forgiveness and grace extended by Jesus, and we desire to boldly proclaim Truth as opportunities arise.
ME: Get ready to lose more subscribers. You know you always lose subscribers when you write posts with God-words in them.
MYSELF: Oh, well…
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