You know, that moment when you realize:
- you're up to your ankles in dirty laundry.
- you're holding a calendar that can not possibly squeeze in one more element.
- you forgot to pick up milk - again.
- every person in your life needs assistance you can't provide.
- your guests are arriving early and dinner is definitely late!
Our under-thirties often call this The Epic Fail!
And that's what I've experienced lately in regards to this blog. I have not written for two full weeks now. That (according to every blogger I've encountered) qualifies as an Epic Fail for sure!
But each time I would attempt to sit down and write, something urgent would take center stage.
I've had several great blog ideas. Timely stories. Humorous occurrences. Powerful illustrations. But here we are, two weeks out and not one has been recorded. Huge SIGH!
I would think of all you kind readers/commentators who actually take time to stop by here and follow my ramblings.
- "Will they think something is wrong?"
- "Will they wonder if you've just stopped writing entirely?"
- "Will they loose interest?"
- The worst of all: "Will anyone know you haven't posted?"
AAGGHHH -entirely too must introspection for an extrovert!
For me, blogging is such a great honor. I take it quite seriously when anyone chooses to pull a moment from their limited cache of free time and read or listen to anything I have to say. That person needs to be rewarded with a nugget of truth; a word of encouragement; at the very least, a smile.
But for the past two weeks, I just haven't felt the spark of inspiration. And after starring at my computer, totally devoid of words I deemed valuable enough to record, I got "stage fright". And just. could. not. write.
Silly, I know. But please understand how much I want to offer you something of real value when you stop by "Embrace the Grace".
So it was that in the pre-dawn hours of this very morning, I lay awake praying about this blog. I thought of all the regular comment-leavers and how much they've encouraged me these past two years. I recounted the fact that TWO WEEKS have passed without so much as a word; incredibly rude by Southern standards. I rehearsed the joy of pressing the Publish Post button. I questioned my ability to craft a post worthy of your time.
And ever so quietly, I felt the Father whisper to my heart, "You believe in fresh starts for everyone else.............why not yourself?"
"Well, mostly because I should be able to live up to my commitments," was the harsh response from my condemning heart.
"I'll give you a fresh start, then!" His reply always brings comfort. "Just write something. Anything. Just START!"
And so I have.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for reading Embrace the Grace! I truly count your partnership (I write. You read. We both benefit.) as a gift in my life.
May yours be blessed beyond measure today! And may you also encounter a fresh start where it's most needed.