If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Officially Taking a Break

I'm finally making it official. I need a break.

If you haven't noticed, I've been on an "unofficial" break from blogging for a while now.

I didn't really intend to abandon you. I'm quite fond of you, my fine blogging buddies. And I love sharing my life and experiences with you.

And yet I've been mysteriously sucked into the blogosphere vortex. Drafted for an episode of "Without a Trace." Rendered more elusive than a good-paying job in this sad-sack economy.

Well, I can't go into complete detail, but I think I owe you an explanation:

1.) I'm in a dry spell. Normally, I'd think of that as a negative, but I'm seeing it as a positive right now. I'm taking this time to get closer to God and He's revealing to me some weak spiritual areas in my life and is exposing some lies I believe -- about myself and about Him. I'm actually enjoying taking this break from writing and just concentrating on deepening my relationship with Jesus.

2.) I'm concentrating on family. I just feel like I'm in a period where my kids need some extra attention, so I've cut my activity level over the past five or six months. Again, I'm enjoying this. I'm seeing fruit from this.

I am confident I will be back. I'm not sure when, but I think it will be sooner rather than later. But instead of limping along like I have been lately, I've decided to just take the pressure off myself, enjoy a break and, God-willing, come back renewed and stronger.

In the meantime, I will miss you.


  1. Good for you! Enjoy your renewing time...You'll be missed!

  2. We'll miss you, but I completely understand! :)

  3. Enjoy!! I've had to do it myself over the last year. Every time I post, all my old readers return. I'll miss your posts ... but you will pop up in my reader when you return and I'll be back... Have a great summer :))

  4. God's blessings to you and your family! Sara

  5. I SOOOO look forward to seeing you back! Have fun with the kids this summer and please, check in once in a while so we know you're doing alright!

  6. Blessings, dear friend. God first, family and then bloggerville.

    Relax and restore yourself. Luv ya!

  7. You have been missed, lady. And will be missed!

  8. Just have to tell you that I will truly miss you but totally understand and applaud you for your break time. Sometimes I think we get so incredibly busy, we miss what God has in store for us.
    I will keep an eye out for your return and in the meantime, enjoy!!
    ~ Paula

  9. Something tells me that way back in May you may have felt this coming on. By the way, that was a great post and I want to read that book!

    Good for you to know what your needs and or limits are.
    It is a prized few of us who recognize that call/need and then even less who heed it. You are an example for us all!

    That is one of the things that makes us enjoy following along with your life. You are honest and "real".

    May you find what you seek!
    Embrace who you are.

  10. Yes..its good to take a short break once in awhile..
    Do enjoy spending time with your family..
    Looking forward to seeing you blog sometime soon...

  11. Wow! It's your (temporary) last post and blogger FINALLY lets me comment?!?!?!

    Well, I have to say, you will be missed. Enjoy your time away and soak up that time with your family!

  12. Glad for you and the time away. I pulled back by half this summer too. It's good to be refreshed! Have a great summer!

  13. Wise priorities. :) You're in my prayers. Have a blessed summer as you rest in God - our strong tower- and His encouraging and comforting Bible verses each day.

    The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

    :) Blessings!

  14. Hi..I left a little something for you in my blog..do take a look when you are free..

  15. Enjoy your break and time of re prioritizing!

  16. yup we all need a break from time to time :) i am trying to get back into the swing of blogging again after a year of being off. relax and enjoy it!

  17. You've been on my mind the last couple weeks with school starting and all. I hope you and yours are enjoying the new school year and each other. Stay safe out there!

  18. Melinda...thought of you this morning and saying a prayer for your break.


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