Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

I had pretty much decided to give up blogging.

My computer is broken. I have no internet at home. The stress of being misunderstood or held accountable to what I write is daunting.

It seemed easier to crawl in my little hole, limit my writing to my personal journal, and use the Christianese of “a season.”

I can’t do it.

Call it narcissism, a craving for attention, or {what it really is} a desire to connect and be connected. I’ve missed you all, and I’ve missed the perspective that blogging gives me.

It forces me to walk around with my eyes open.

To see the things that God is doing, and to acknowledge them outside of myself.

I can’t stop.

So, thank you to all of you who have encouraged me over these past few months, and also to those of you who have peeped in here at that same last post that’s sat there since October.

And…check out what God showed me yesterday! It’s over at the Everyday Testimony Project.

I’ll be back here tomorrow!

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20 thoughts on “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

  1. Please don’t stop blogging! You are able to say what most of us think and feel but just don’t know how to put it into words. :)

  2. I have been contemplating no longer doing my blog from lack of traffic but hopeful for connection……so thanks for the encouragement. It is good to know others out there struggle to with the same issues.

    • That’s one of the hardest things about blogging. And, I wonder if it ever gets easier? I know people with what I view as highly successful blogs who still compare themselves to others and feel like shutting it all down. What ultimately made my decision for me was that I would want to write even if no one was reading (although it’s nice when people do). I would encourage you to keep it up, because you never know who’s reading your words and what impact they will have. :)

  3. I was seriously just thinking about you yesterday as I was flipping through my daily reading of all the blogs I follow..My thought was,” I really miss Melissa!!!” So glad your back! Hugs!

    • One of my favorite things about Facebook and blogging is how it has enabled me to reconnect with old friends…and you are definitely one of those that I am grateful to have in my life. :) Love you!

  4. I think we all have our “hanging up the hat” moments. I so agree with you that writing keeps you awake to things you otherwise miss. I stopped blogging for a while too and felt like I was missing out on half of life. Glad you are back…enjoy your contribution to the “awakened” community.

    • A lot of it comes down to reassessing the reason for doing it. I think my motives had become skewed somewhat, and so it was definitely good for me to take a break. :)

  5. So good to hear from you Melissa. I say don’t worry about the critics. Write from your heart. There will always be those who criticize. I love that you will be blogging again. I take it you all got moved into your new place okay??

    • Bill! :) It’s good to see your smiling avatar again! Haha!

      We did get moved into our own place almost a month ago. We’re slowly getting settled in, and I’m really enjoying my job as Children’s Pastor at our church. Josh is still on the lookout for permanent work, but God is definitely providing for our needs right now. I have appreciated all your prayers and encouragement over these past few months.

  6. I wondered where you went. Need to filter out some of the blogs I read and yours would NOT be one leaving. Keep it up.

    • I was hiding! :) I know what you mean about filtering blogs, that’s why I never get hurt when people unsubscribe. There’s so much out there to read, and sometimes I like to switch things up. Thanks for the encouragement, Sharon!

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