Redeeming the Time

 

Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 12.17.42 PM.pngHi friends, thanks for being a faithful reader of the blog! After much consideration and prayer (many months), I’ve decided to step away for a while. Since Allie was born I haven’t had much time to devote to it, and as she is getting older things are getting busier! I know there are a lot of mom bloggers out there who use nap time for blogging. The truth is I could do that, but it’s just not a big enough priority. I feel like a wiser use of nap time is to serve my family by preparing meals, cleaning the house, handling administrative tasks, and managing a constantly expanding to-do list (If you’re not a stay-at-home mom, you may wonder what in the world we do all day, but I assure you, it’s a lot!) I also would like to use any leftover time for my own personal development through Bible study, reading for pleasure, exercising, and DIY/creative projects. Blogging at this point in my life takes too much time and effort to be worth the trade-off for the other things I could be doing.

You may have noticed that I no longer use my Instagram. I stopped using it a while ago and have not missed it one bit. It’s nice to not have to worry about staging photos or even catching “perfectly imperfect” moments to gain likes from other people, even dear friends. It’s been a refreshing change and I feel like it’s already helped me save a lot of time as well as envy, wishing my life was more like someone else’s Instagram. I feel like that’s been a good forerunner to stop blogging and a lesson in redeeming the time for more edifying things.

There’s also a tension with personal blogging and social media as a Christian. Blogging says, Look at me! Look at how pretty I am and how well-dressed and how talented! Leave me nice comments and likes and follow me! Instead, I want to say, Look at Christ! Look at how beautiful He is and how loving and powerful and magnificent! Praise Him and follow Him! I think that tension can be minimized, but right now I’m not sure how to do it so I’d like to step aside for Christ to be magnified. I’d love for you to read John 3 for more about this.

I’m unsure if I will start blogging again in the future, or if this is goodbye for good, so I’m leaving the blog up to allow me to come back to it. I do know that this is the right decision for my family right now. Thanks for following along with me on this journey for the past two years! If you’re interested in keeping up with me and what’s going through my head (mostly recipes and DIY projects), you can follow along on Pinterest.

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Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

 

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One thought on “Redeeming the Time

  1. I’m sad, but I hear everything you’re saying and agree it’s a fine line to walk with blogging and Instagram. You’re a wonderful writer and have so many talents we’ll miss hearing your thoughts and seeing your ideas come to life. I’m certain the Lord will use you in other ways to honor His name through the gifts he’s given you. And I have no doubt when you find the right avenue, you will have peace and joy about it and will know without doubt that it’s the right thing for you, your family and Him.

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