Do you mind if we take a break from our regularly scheduled posts today? I’d like to share something with you…
When I started this blog, I simply wanted to make note of what God had pressed upon my heart to strive towards. In complete sentence form, not just random thoughts that flooded my brain. I had hopes it would help me move forward. Avoid becoming stagnant. Feel more purposeful. Why anyone would want to read any of that I had no idea, but I needed to put myself out there. To stretch myself. For my Jehovah.
I had always thought, there are so many sites, the world didn’t need me to add to it. I worried about competing against blogs I enjoy reading on a daily basis–ones that are saturated with prolific writing and encouraging words. Then there was the argument of time constraints, adding to my responsibility plate, and the unknown realm of prioritizing my ideas for posts, etc. I worried about my relationships — new and old, I fretted negative feedback, and cowered under the necessity of learning a bit of new technology.
I argued with God about this for some time.
a long time
To be honest, it’s still an open discussion between us.
As of today, Simplystriving has been on the world-wide web for 4 weeks. I’m certain anyone who’s been blogging awhile will tell you I still have no idea what I’m doing, and that’s okay with me. They’d be correct.
But I’m doing it. I’m striving. For my Jehovah.
I’m learning more than I ever dreamed.
And you’re making this journey easier on me.
I am still clueless about stats and traffic counts, but the friends I’m “meeting” are countless. I appreciate all of you. You have all encouraged me to keep striving. Thank you. And I’d love it if you gave me the chance to get to know you better. Feel free any time to comment a quick hello or send a private email to me.
I still have no idea how transparent I should be, but I’m striving to show my heart with every post in a transparent way. Which is harder for me to do than share with you all the ins and outs of my everyday activities.
I am still unsure how God intends to use me with this platform, but He is faithful and has been providing the time, the ideas, the support I need to continue.
So I write. I share my journey. I press ‘Publish’ with a trembling finger.
I remind myself, He’s worth being uncomfortable for.
And I listen. To my Savior. To my family. To my readers. (To you.)
Because we’re all striving. Stretching. Sometimes struggling.
Why not encourage each other along the way.
In honor of having a month of blogging under my belt, I’d love to open this post up to questions, comments, any feedback you have to give.
- Ask me anything.
- Share with me what you’re striving for.
- Tell me what you’d like to see more of on Simplystriving.
- Pass along a prayer request.
- Or all of the above.
You pick! I’d love to hear from you. And if you’d prefer to email privately, that’s perfectly fine with me. I can be reached at Simplystriving (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.