Fellow bloggers, is it just me, or are any of you finding it overwhelming to keep up with everyone's posts?
Don't get me wrong. The Linkups are terrific! I am having a blast getting to know you all. I'm establishing connections, learning from you, and hopefully encouraging some of you. I'm impressed (and admittedly, a bit envious, but I'm working on that) with how many of you have written books!
I've learned so much in the last few weeks simply from reading your posts and checking out your sites. I've (hopefully) improved my own site from ideas I take away by looking at yours.
I'm especially impressed with the younger women of faith---how mature you are. How much more you seem to know than I did when I was your age. How blessed you are to have this network, and Pinterest (which I still don't quite get). When my children were young, we didn't even have an internet. Actually, I don't even think I had a computer (can you believe it?!).
I can relate to some of you more mature women of faith. Jean Wise's Falling With Grace. I loved that. Sheila Kimball's finding love the second time around.
I love the humorous and sarcastic posts. I love the contemplative and thought-provoking posts. I love the bible study posts. I even enjoyed reading the posts meant for home-schoolers or Sunday school teachers.
But I'm finding it exhausting to read all these posts and comment and linkup and remember to link back and add widgets and gadgets and enhance my pictures with PicMonkey and create pictures with biblical sayings and make sure I reply to comments left on my page (something I never had before!). I don't want to forget anyone or leave anyone out or come across as rude or uncaring or self-serving. All of this seems to take several hours a day. Oh, and I work full time (yes, I'm doing it on company time, but I work for family. It's okay).
I kind of miss the early days of my blog when all I did was write what the Holy Spirit downloaded into me. I just wrote my blog and
Am I doing something wrong? Am I striving? Does anyone else spend THIS much time doing all of this...stuff? How do you do it? How do you make your blog look so beautiful, write posts, linkup, comment, reply to comments..(and so on) AND take care of your family and home and work and friends and...
AND to boot, you post these adorable how-to things, like crafts and food...when do you actually find time to cook?
Maybe you're reading this and you're not a blogger and you have no idea what I'm talking about. Still, you have something similar in your circle...maybe you're a professional and you're trying to stay current on LinkedIn, or maybe you're a busy mom, or a nurse who works 12 hour shifts. Or maybe you're retired and you're wondering why you don't have the time you thought you'd have. Or maybe you're sandwiched in between still caring for your children and now caring for your elderly parents.
We all come face-to-face at many points in our lives with overwhelming exhaustion, especially in this age of social media and technology. Don't you sometimes just miss the simple beginnings?
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin (Zech 4:10).
So often, we want more. We want to build our blog. We want to be known. We want big ministries. We want to be asked to speak. We want to write a best seller. We want to be in the Million-dollar Realtor club. We want to have that corner office. We want to be the popular mom with the popular kids. We want, we want, we want. When is it my turn, Lord? When will the world recognize my talents and gifts? Why doesn't my church ask ME to speak/sing/teach? Why doesn't my boss see all the good I'm doing?
Too often, in all that bustling to move forward, it's so easy to lose sight of the One who promotes us, who enables us to move forward. We forget Who we're serving.
I spend hours perusing blogsites. I read and I write and I read some more and I comment and I read some more and I research and I read some more until I realize I don't even know what I just read. I'm just going through the motions. It's exhausting!
So, my blogmates, I hope you'll understand if I forget to reply to a comment left on one of my posts. I hope you'll forgive me if I forget to thank you for hosting. I hope you realize that I may not comment, but it doesn't mean I didn't read your post and that I didn't like it. I hope you can relate. Because I think I may have stirred up that old anxiety and I can't relax. I can't enjoy what I'm reading and what you're writing.
I need to step back and step into rest.
Blessings Along the Path,
Song of the Day
Psalm 121 (Sons of Korah)
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