I have been neglecting my blogging duties. Well, not entirely. I have kept up my monthly contribution to the Good Enough Mother site. If you haven’t been there be sure to check it out! Apparently I need to have deadlines in order to force myself to put thoughts to paper (or computer screen). However, this blog has been sorely lacking.
To be honest, “neglecting” isn’t the correct word; “avoiding” would be more accurate. I could say that I’ve been really busy, and every blendie parent would know that is true, but the real truth is that life got hard and I didn’t know how to talk about it.
This may come as a shock to you but our blended family is not perfect.
Okay, I’m throwing in a little humor here, but what’s been going on behind the scenes is not funny at all. A thief has been sneaking in through unguarded cracks and doing what thieves do… steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)
I am not ready to go into all the details, but you can see from the link below one or two examples of areas under attack…
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What’s resulted is that my confidence has been shaken, my marriage and family have been targeted, my emotional health and my diet have suffered (stress eating is a thing), and obviously, my desire to blog has plummeted.
I believe it’s because I am actually on the right track and about to step into the calling that God has for me. I don’t even know exactly what it’s going to look like but if the desperate attempts by Satan to take me down are any clue, then things are about to get really good. If you’re not a believer then this may sound pretty wild. That’s ok, just follow along and watch what happens.
How do I know?
I have been in this pit before. I have struggled with listening and buying into the lies of the enemy. The difference is, this time I have Jesus. I have hope. It’s hard to explain but it just feels different. I can be completely overwhelmed by heartache, yet way deep down there is a flame of joy.
What do I do to get out of the pit?
Pray a lot!
Read the Bible more than ever before
Take classes at church that target the areas of attack
Seek wise counsel (in other words, get professional help)
Read books that provide a strategy (these are the 3 I’m reading/praying daily)
- Fervent by Priscilla Shirer
- The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
- The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
Basically I am leaning on the Lord, surrendering all my thoughts/desires/fears to His will, and trusting Him to give me strength.
Here are my go-to verses for faith, hope, & grace:
- Jeremiah 29:11-13
- Ephesians 5
- Psalm 23
- Romans 15:13
As much as I want to type these out I know it’ll mean more to you if you look them up. (in other words, go look them up!) Plus, I know the enemy doesn’t want me to share this. He certainly doesn’t want me to blog about how a marriage and a blended family can survive and thrive by the grace of God. That is exactly why I’m going to do it! I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. Well, recently I learned that my rebellious spirit is actually a gift. It keeps me from going with the flow. In our world today “the flow” is filled with a bunch of hurting & broken people. I want to stand out!
Hang on tight friends; we’re in for a heck of a ride. Hope you like adventure because we’re throwing away the map and trusting God’s plan!