Nature submits to every season of change. Have you noticed?
Those who live close to the land are particularly in tune to the shifts that takes place four times in a year. In my mind, the autumn season brings most definite change.
Summer heat disappears with a snap. Cool nights settled over the valley floor. Leaflets that firmly clung to tree’s branches all summer now drop at the slightest puff of wind. Garden produce quickly dies back and the rugged mountains lining both east and west sides of our valley are dusted by early snow. It’s a beautiful, this season of change!
I find it to be refreshing. Invigorating. And it’s (almost) always most welcome!
Our Season for Change
Change. In the midst of harvesting the garden, fall hunting and enjoying the last of summer’s activities, my man and I have felt the need for change. This led us to evaluate how we are living the two lives we’ve been given!
Folks, we’ve been thinking. Have you ever noticed what a dangerous thing that can be?! Taking time to step back and evaluate, we’ve come to conclusions. We realized some things needed to be released and replaced by something better.
Something Good for Something Better
It’s (usually) easy for me to let of “bad” things that are damaging my life. It’s obvious they need to go! But after this evaluation, we’ve felt the need to let go of good things. Even “Christian” ministries we’ve been involved with since we moved here, 3 summers ago.
Letting go and stepping back can be…vulnerable.
Expectations of others can…almost make you squirm, particularly when they come, asking with confidence because we “almost always say yes.”
The things we’ve let go of are good. Very good. But not best for the particular season of life we are headed into!
Evaluating Blogging Efforts
One of the things we had to evaluate was the blog. Having been on my radar for a while, my man and I took time to discuss and pray. Was it truly benefiting my life? Or is it simply taking energy from me that is better invested elsewhere?
I’d had times of unsettlement throughout. As of late, I felt more convinced it did need examining. Yet I’d poured so much into my blog that to let it go would be…hard. Yet I was having the sense I needed to.
I don’t like having areas of life that aren’t surrendered to my Father. When I cling to other things and shield them from Him, peace of soul disappears. And that can be wearing!
A time of surrender. A time of prayer, of holding it up before the Father. What was best? Was there fault in the “why” behind it? If needed, was I willing to shut the blog down?
I let go. I told God I was willing. All the brain energy, hours of writing and photographs, the learning curves and time invested? I told God I would obliterate all that if needed to pursue the best.
Season of Change for Better Living
Something released in my heart that day. Clear and bright the way was made. It wasn’t what I expected and totally what I had known in my heart for a while.
It was revealed to me that, yes, too much time was being poured into hours of writing. But it didn’t stop there. Fears were addressed, my desire for purpose and significance.
Long story made short (that I did write out and erase because it was too long), I’m no longer promoting my writing in the way I “should” if I want to grow and gain more readers.
Posts are not going to faithfully appear every Monday and my writing style (and focus) will change, with less stiff tutorials and more relate-able methods of communicating.
A New Better Living
During that time of contemplation, I realized that stiff, informative writing just isn’t me. My strength lies in being real and honest. And my passion lies in helping people through life and being open about my faith.
Until now, the personal side of me has been “hidden.” This too, will change. From here on my writing may not be suitable for a lovely tutorial-based Pinterest board. But there will be more of me in it!
You can also expect to read more about my personal walk with the Lord. In the past, I’ve tried to gear my writing for both religious and non-religious readers. Some Christians can do this well.
And I’m no longer going to try. I lead a faith-based life and faith based my writing will be!
While content will still center around health, it will be shared in a personal way. That, my friends, is what was laid on my heart. It’s time for a season of change…in the blog.
I’m no longer counting numbers, no longer trying to “grow” my blog. Rather, I’m going to treat is as a source through which I can invite other into my life and share the good things I am discovering. Like nutritious food. Cold or cough remedies. Experiences and battles. My spiritual life.
You are welcome to join me as these changes come down the pipe at Better Living!