When I first started reaching out to the community in 2017 it seemed really easy to keep up to date. I’m not sure exactly if it’s because I follow more people now, or what, but I feel stretched sometimes. The problem is…I get anxious about getting so behind…and the dread makes me want to walk away even more.
Admittedly toward the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, I certainly was getting burnt out on reading other blogs. But there were a few reasons for that.
1. I was trying to read everything everyone wrote. This created problems because I would spend at least 4 hours or more reading blogs DAILY! It became a “chore” and not something I enjoyed. The whole purpose of the community is to be able to flow freely and fellowship with other fellow bloggers. This is something we GET to do, not something we HAVE to do.
2. I was reading…for a lot of selfish reasons. Please do not misunderstand, I did and do LOVE to read your work and hear how God is moving in your life. But last year God was really showing me how my heart was focused on stats. I would be upset at reading so many blogs and when bloggers stopped commenting on my blog, and only interacted with me on their blog…well, sadly, I took it personally. I was not humble about it.
Stepping away has helped me understand and have a better perspective. People get busy. People sometimes lose interest in our blogs, it’s okay. People, like me, have so many others they want to connect with, and we can’t do that every day, or with everyone. Besides, it’s not about me, it’s about Christ and you all.
I’ve been broken free from this hold, and I hope what I am sharing can encourage you, too.
3. I HAD to break routine. In addition to reading for stats, I was realizing that keeping a consistent routine ALWAYS for the sake of numbers…so not Christlike. So some weeks I have held back on posting for one or two of my main days. These days allow me to get ahead with blogging for the next week and read a little bit more easily. But I had to cut off my routine of reading…because the routine sometimes was only to feel good about myself. I want to read and comment on other blogs to encourage YOU and show the love of Christ. Again, I don’t want it to be about me.
A little thank you…
Recently, I’ve been working on adding more life application posts, as the community seemed interested in the topic, and…I’m grateful for the feedback you all have been sharing with me. The life applications posts HAVE been connecting to you, and I’m so thankful for that.
I know I discuss some pretty hefty posts for people, and I will not apologize for it. That’s the overall goal for Inside Cup. Clean out our inside heart for Jesus and draw closer to Him. However, God has been humbling me and showing me that there are multiple ways to talk about heavier topics. He’s also reminding me that even though I feel called to talk about the “meatier” topics of scripture, there are people who are on the milk.
Christ reached those who were ready for the meat, and those who were on the milk. And I want to follow His footsteps. So, I’m grateful my Christian Wife Life series has been connecting to you all. I’m glad that my letter for the single Christian girl has been positively received. I’m working on furthering these topics so you can be equipped.
Thank you all for your patience, your suggestions, and all of your support. I wish you so many blessings during this month and I hope that you continue to hear Christ through my pen ❤ This is all about Him and then you.