1. Sick child. My oldest son has had the virus that causes croup since Thursday evening. Although his fever is gone and his breathing is much better, he is still not feeling himself. My first priorities are always being a wife and mother, so that has taken precedence over writing blog posts.
2. Hospitality. In the last week, we have had someone in our home every day, with two exceptions, to eat with us. This is not usual for me, but I have enjoyed being blessed and trying to be a blessing to others--mostly family members. Preparing meals and conversing with company doesn't lend a lot of time to writing blog posts. I try to put "real life and real people" ahead of my online world although I do realize that all of you out there are, in fact, real people with real lives.
3. New Pursuits. If you read on the blog (as opposed to by e-mail or through a reader), you will already know that I have a few affiliates with which I have been dealing. I've also joined Thomas Nelson's book review team which you can also see from the sidebar and which you will be hearing about later this week. I have a few writing assignments in the nearish future to complete as well.
4. Soul searching. That sounds a bit too philosophical for what has actually been going on, but for lack of a better term, there it is. I'm trying to decide exactly what direction the Lord has for this blog and my writing in general. I get occasional comments and e-mails from you, but frankly, I'm not really sure if you all are out there! :-) I'm not sure if you are getting anything from my feeble attempts to write from my heart. I want to best redeem my time for the Kingdom, so I'm praying for focus. Some of who I consider to be among the best in the Christian blogging world have decided to cut back and give their blogging time to their families. It is a fine tight rope of balance that I want to tread carefully as well.
So...what am I saying? I have a few favors to ask of you if you feel it on your heart to help me with my focus as it relates to blogging.
- Pray for me. Many of you have become dear friends instead of "just" readers. I desire and ask for your prayers that the Lord will lead me in what He wants me to do with Joy Ever After. Bring me and my humble little blog before the Lord as He brings us to your mind. I strive to glorify Him in all I do and redeem the time for His purpose for my life.
- Comment. I know we are all busy. I'm not the only one trying to strike a balance between family and computer time. Yet sometimes I feel as though I am writing into a vacuum. If you all don't comment back, my words just seem like a monologue and though you might hear my heart, I cannot hear yours. I welcome your comments, even if they are of the not-so-gentle variety that I referred to earlier.
- Feedback. In the next weeks, as I seek the Lord's face for this blog and my writing, I would appreciate it if you would take time to e-mail me and let me know what posts have spoken the most to you and what type of posts you would like to read in the future on this blog. What improvements can I make? What suggestions do you have? This blog is from me, but it is for you. So let me know what I can do to better minister to you.