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Why I Stopped Blogging & The Reason I Decided to Return

As I sit on the sofa, listening to the thunder and enjoying a strawberry smoothie, I can’t believe that it’s been almost 2 years since I last posted an article. [July 2018 to be exact.]

Today was the first time I had obviously logged into WordPress in quite a while.  To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if I still had access or if the website still existed because I was no longer paying for my own domain.  I was thrilled to find that not only did it allow me to sign in (the fact that I still remembered my login and password is a miracle in and of itself!), but that everything I had published before is now on a free website.  The design is a little different than before because the free sites are more limited, but I’m still super-content!

Why the Abrupt Stop in Blogging?

Well, the answer is quite simple.  Before beginning, I had made the firm decision that if the blog began to eat up too much of my time or interfere with other things that God has called me to do, then I would end it.  Although the idea was to build up the website and post more blogs, it was really began on a trial basis.

I enjoyed many aspects of having the website, but little by little, I began to realize that continuing in that season of my life would require me to sacrifice other things that are more important.  So, it began to become more of a burden than a blessing-and that was never the goal.  And that was my cue that it was time to end (or at least take a break from) the blog.

And I don’t regret it for one moment-it was what the Lord was leading me to do in that time.

And I believe the Lord is leading me to blog again.

[**Well, this blog article ended up being 2 parts because at this point of writing I experienced the most unusual interruption. The soft, rolling thunder outside began to turn into a tornado. My husband and I took shelter in the guest bathtub from the strongest wind either one of us have ever heard. The news said it was headed in our direction and we prayed for protection of all in the area.

In our neighborhood, huge trees were uprooted, fences laid flat and shingles and siding were ripped off.  Close by a building was destroyed and in a neighboring town, houses were severely damaged. And at one second during the strongest part of the storm, I thought the roof was going to be ripped off.  But as quickly as the noise started it stopped.

Praise God that no one was hurt or worse.  And for the house, just a small piece of siding near the roof was damaged.]

So…By God’s Grace, I now pick back up where I left off yesterday…

The Reason I Decided to Blog Again

As you all are aware, we are presently living in a world that this generation has never known before-a world in quarantine.

Planes have been grounded worldwide. Churches, schools and businesses are closed with no certainty of when they will be re-opened.

As the government seeks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, “Social Distancing” has become the new norm and probably one of the most common phrases out there right now.

Many people are experiencing fear or going through difficult, painful and trying circumstances.  More than ever we need certainty to stand on as all that seemed to be certain is being washed away little by little.

With all that is going on, I was (and continue) praying and asking God,  “Lord, how can I show love to others?” “Show me please how I can help other ladies whose hearts are fearful or women who are suffering great loses during this time?”

I believe that one thing He is calling me to do is to connect with other women through this blog again.

We were created for interaction, not isolation.

Get rid of the Morning Blues

God tells us to comfort one another with the comfort we have experienced and to show love to one another. So how can hope and comfort be shared with others while we are called to maintain distance?

My preference is to speak to others in person, but the last thing I want is to be harmful instead of helpful or be seen as inconsiderate in place of caring.

This blog originated out of the idea of reaching women’s hearts and lives wherever they are, and more than ever people are on their cell phones.  More than every, it truly is a “Text Me” world.

I can’t have get-togethers with ladies in our home or in the church right now, but I can share the certainty and hope of God’s promises with precious women around the world through this blog.

And Lord willing, soon, we will be able to congregate together once again.

So, What Now?…

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Well, today the tornado and all its danger is gone. The sun is shining, the skies are blue, but hardships remain.  Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but take heart, I have overcome the world.”  John 14:27

If the Bible is correct about what is coming in the future, as it has already proven to be in the past (And I wholeheartedly believe it is), then this is just the beginning and what to come is much worse.

But, no matter how hard or how great a tribulation we may face Jesus is greater and His words remain the same during it all.   He said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

Lovely one, if you haven’t already, come to Jesus, turn away from your sins and turn to Him.

He is the one Rock, and His promises will never pass away.  He is great enough to carry any burdens you may have. In fact, He already did,  when He took all our sins and burdens on the cross so that we may be reconciled with God.

Before He took His last breath as He was crucified, He said “It is finished.”

(Praise God that He rose back to life 3 days later, defeating death as well!) And since He lives forever, He still invites us to cast our worries upon Him (1 Peter 5:7).

I pray that the words that are published here are full of truth and hope and bless every one of you ladies who read them, during this time.

What has been the most trying thing for you? 

Please share in the comments below so I can pray for you and we may encourage one another-and remember to always turn your worries over to Jesus.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Blogging & The Reason I Decided to Return”

  1. Hi Lauri! Welcome back to blogging. I’ve done that many times. Stop blogging and then going back. Nonetheless, God’s called me to it and I can’t get away. I think the hardest thing for me right now is not being able to gather together especially in bible study and in church. I miss the praying amongst each other, the touching and agreeing, the worshipping together. However, I’m learning to deeply embrace this time as a rich opportunity to hear God’s voice and strengthen our intimacy and relationship. I pray it remains even after the self-quarantine. –Lindsey

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    1. Hi Lindsey! It’s so nice to meet you! It certainly has felt strange the last few weeks. We are definately living in a time that is unique for the church and I believe it’s the perfect opportunity to, as you mentioned, strengthen our fellowship with the Lord as well as to share the gospel and reach others in ways that may not have occurred to us before. I know for me God has used this time to get me to think “outside the box” which meant returning to blogging, starting a podcast as well as a T2TMW Facebook page. Things I didn’t know much or anything about, but opportunities to serve other women by pointing them to Him. To be honest, doing some of those things makes me a little nervous. But I pray that each one of us as God’s children will rise up during this time and do what He calls us to do so the world will know the God who Saves. [P.S. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Zoom, but it’s a free app that can be downloaded on your phone and you can have video conference calls of up to I think 100 people. My husband, who is a pastor, just used it today to pray with 7 other pastors. Maybe it’s something you can do with the ladies at your church?] Blessings! –Lauri

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      1. I agree 100% My husband and I were just talking about churches thinking outside the box as well. AWESOME!!! I’m glad that you’re venturing out beyond the written blogs and doing podcasts. I’m venturing out and exploring other media ventures as well to get God’s Word out. Between you and me, I’m a little nervous about doing new things too. I’m glad I’m in good company. YES, I heard of Zoom. Me and my ladies get together every Wednesday to not only do bible study but to also pray. I also teach them also how to use it (since most are older and not as tech savvy). Thanks for reaching out Lauri. Have a BLESSED Resurrection Sunday – Lindsey

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      2. That’s great Lindsey! I will pray that God will help you know what His will is for y’all. If you are thinking about Podcasting, just let me know. I’m still in the learning process but I’ve found a lot of helpful videos on how to do it for free I’d love to share with you. And thank you, we had a very Blessed Resurrection Sunday. May we be and do all that He desires! Blessings!

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      3. Thank you for your prayers, Lauri. It’s much needed. AWESOME! Thanks for offering to help with podcasting. I know that this would a great learning experience for me. I’m glad you and yours had a blessed Resurrection Sunday. Yes, may we be and do all that He desires indeed. AMEN!!!

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