I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I certainly couldn’t let this day go by without dropping you a line. Today, Full Measure of Joy celebrates five years. Five years of sharing my thoughts and desires and concerns and sorrows with you. Thank you for riding along on this journey with me.
I also wanted to share a bit about where I’ve been for the past month. When Full Measure of Joy began five years ago, it seemed like I had so much to say. It was easy to write. Material was plentiful and abundant.
Last fall however, things began to change for me. It became more and more difficult to find something to write about. And the real craziness is that I was still doing as much or more than I had always been. Still leading multiple Bible studies. Still working with the church in multiple roles. Still had my family and friends. I didn’t understand why writing had become a chore for me each day.
I decided it was time for Full Measure of Joy to cut back from seven days per week to just three. I thought for certain I’d be able to do it. Not so. I struggled to find worthy material for those three days per week. To be honest, it was easier to not write at all than to work through the struggles.
You’ve heard of writer’s block, right. Well let me tell you, it’s real. And it can mess with you. And that’s exactly where I’ve been. I wondered why the creative juices seemed to dry up. I wondered where my passion for writing had gone. I wondered if you, my reader, would notice the change in my writing. I wondered most of all if God would be okay with me dropping off the writing circuit.
My last post on Full Measure of Joy was on Christmas Day. I hate to admit that there have been days since then that I haven’t even thought of Full Measure of Joy. There were days I haven’t thought of sitting at this computer and writing at least a few words to encourage someone who might happen to read something I’d written.
I’ll be honest. The pressure became more intense than my desire to write. So I quit writing.
I don’t know what will happen with Full Measure of Joy. I certainly don’t want it to disappear into cyberspace, but I don’t believe I’ll go back to writing seven days a week either. I will seek God’s direction, guidance and wisdom to determine what will become of Full Measure of Joy.
Until I know, I would appreciate your prayers.
While I don’t think of writing, I do think of those who have followed Full Measure of Joy. I love and appreciate each of you and thank God for you every time I think of you. Thank you for being on this journey with me. You are very precious to me.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 – NIV)
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,