I've been MIA in Blog Land for a couple of weeks.
I feel like I need to give some explanation.
I've been blogging for 6½ years now, and over that time, many people have come and gone in the blogging community. I've known and been close to several of them, and built a relationship, only to have them "disappear."
Often I've wondered what happened…
Why did they quit blogging?
Was it burnout or something else?
Are they OK?
With that in mind, I wanted to at least explain my absence.
First of all, I'm OK.
Except that illness has come to roost in my body…again…GRRR!
After three weeks of some respiratory illness, and a five-day round of antibiotics, I managed to feel better for about two weeks. And then, I got hit with something else last week.
This time I have had a fever, aches, chills, cough…blah, blah, blah.
I don't know what's going on with me, except I've been around family a lot more lately, and it's that time of year…
I think we're ping-ponging illnesses.
Evidently my family is a "giving" family?!
So, missing my regular Monday posting one week, easily became two weeks, and here we are.
I'll be honest, the time off has been nice.
I have been struggling with my writing lately. Feeling uninspired and burned out. Questioning my place in Blog Land, and wondering if it's time to hang it all up.
I don't have the answers yet.
Part of me wants to stop, but I don't have peace about that.
And knowing that the enemy has a vested interest in silencing God's voice speaking through me, I don't want to make a hasty decision. And I certainly don't want to make a decision based on my current physical and emotional weariness.
Feelings must not dictate.
So, dear friends, I am taking a break for now.
Using some much-needed time off to reflect, refresh, restore, and renew.
Praying for God's clear direction as to what HE wants me to do with my blog.
Seeking renewed fervor and inspiration if He leads me to continue.
I'd appreciate your prayers.
I will try to do some visiting in Blog Land this week.
I miss reading the wonderful things that all of you contribute to the blogging community in general, and to my heart specifically.
I am always inspired, encouraged, challenged, convicted, uplifted when I visit.
So, forgive my absentee presence (oxymoron!!) lately. I'll do my best to rectify that as soon as I'm feeling a bit better.
And I hope that I will return to my writing and posting soon…if God so leads me in that direction.
In the meantime, keep the faith!!
What have you been up to lately? Would love to hear all about it in a comment!
Ah yes, this is the question!!
I just googled "God restores the weary" and the first entry referred to Jeremiah 31:25. I have read the whole chapter, and wonder if it isn't God speaking to me. I share the portions that spoke to me, personalized:
"Thus says the LORD:
Sharon…found grace in the wilderness;
when she sought for rest,
the LORD appeared to her from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines
and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
Again you shall plant vineyards…
the planters shall plant
and shall enjoy the fruit…
With weeping Sharon shall come,
and with pleas for mercy I will lead her back,
I will make her walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which she shall not stumble,
for I am a father to her…
He who scattered Sharon will gather her,
and will keep her as a shepherd keeps his flock.
For the LORD has ransomed Sharon
and has redeemed her from hands too strong for her...
She shall come and sing aloud…
and she shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD…
her life shall be like a watered garden,
and she shall languish no more…
I will turn her mourning into joy;
I will comfort her, and give her gladness for sorrow…
and she shall be satisfied with my goodness,
declares the LORD.
Keep your voice from weeping,
and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
declares the LORD,
and you shall come back from the land of the enemy.
There is hope for your future,
declares the LORD…
Set up road markers for yourself;
make yourself guideposts;
consider well the highway,
the road by which you went.
Return, O Sharon…
Once more you shall use these words in the land…
For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish…
I will watch over you to build and to plant, declares the LORD…
You shall not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever."
Yes, Lord, may it be so!
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