So… how do I explain my absence from the blogging world for the past 8+ months? Well… I suppose I could blame it on being in my last trimester of pregnancy, or having a newborn, or going back to work full time, or moving into a new house (all of which happened these past 8 months!) but in truth, my reason for not blogging goes much deeper than that.
How can I write about being a striving wife when, for so long now, I’ve felt like a STRUGGLING wife? I’m sure I could have written about my struggles & found that I’m not alone, but for some reason I turned inward and refused to give a voice or any recognition to my struggles. I couldn’t figure out why I was so discontent & constantly snapping at my wonderful husband (& no, I am not suffering from post-partum depression!).
A few weeks ago, though, God finally got through to me & I realized that my attitude and struggles had NOTHING to do with my job, my baby, my husband, or my new house but had EVERYTHING to do with my waning relationship with God!
In all my busyness, I had been neglecting Him. Go figure, He’s the most important key to it all!!
Did I really think that I could handle EVERYTHING by myself? And then, when everything started overwhelming me, continue trying to do it myself? What a fouled up plan! I felt like I was failing as a wife, a mother, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and every other role I possess.
Several years ago, Jason & I had the youth group kids memorize this verse:
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NASB)
Did you catch that? Apart from Jesus, we can do NOTHING. Want to be a great wife? Plug into Jesus. Want to be a great mom? Plug into Jesus! Want to succeed at whatever you do? You won’t, unless you’re connected to Jesus!
If you’re reading this blog, I know it’s because you want to be a great wife and have a great marriage. Perhaps you’ve found yourself struggling to please your husband, to be the “perfect” wife, to have a great attitude, to be respectful & encouraging… Well, the struggle can be over! There’s only one relationship you need to work on, and that’s your relationship with Christ.
Reconnect & kindle the flame with HIM… & everything else will fall into place. Suddenly you’ll find you have more patience, more love, a better attitude, and a brighter disposition! Trust me, I’ve learned from experience, apart from a daily walk with Jesus, you can’t do this on your own!
Not a novel concept, but sometimes we need reminding.
So, ladies (& the few men that read this!), I hope you’ll forgive me for not sharing with you these past months. My heart and passion - both for my God and my blog - are back, and I hope you’ll continue striving with me!
I’d love to hear your thoughts & catch up with what you’ve been up to these past months! Leave your comments below!
Keep on Striving,
PS - If you’ve tried emailing me and have not gotten a response, it’s because my Outlook has been messing up & not letting me send emails. I’m going to work on that!