Hello, everyone! I know the new followers (welcome all of you) are not yet aware of how much I generally post here, but those of you who have been here for a while now know how much work I put into my blog and that I post several times a week at minimum. I am sure that a few of you very astute, attentive ones have noticed that as of late, I have been fairly quiet. Just wanted to let you all know that I am okay, so don’t worry about any of that.
I am, however, extremely busy, and I have had to let my posting schedule here fall behind in order to keep up with increased demands on my schedule. Because, even though I tend to run on the slightly insomniac side, I do need some sleep to remain coherent. While I may not post as much for the remainder of the month, I should have a post published Friday evening or Saturday at the latest and then expect next month to be back to normal.
I took out some extra time the past few months and committed myself to spending more time out in the ministry with my congregation. On top of my personal study schedule, preparation for my bi-weekly meetings, and weekly Bible studies, I have also worked crazy amounts of overtime, and yesterday offered to take a talk for one of the sisters in my congregation, and I must have this prepared for tomorrow evening. I take great care to nurture my spirituality, as it the most important aspect of my life, followed very closely by Kerwyn, who has been at the very least a dear friend of the best kind, and my friendships with some very strong, courageous survivors that I met through my blog. It has been difficult for me to leave this as a lower priority the past few weeks, but I have still tried to keep up with comments in addition to reading others’ blogs and commenting so I can provide them some encouragement that I know they are in need of. Since it is only temporary, I am at peace with my decision to not post so much here so I can still be active in giving you all support in your lives. This to me is far more important than personal proliferation, and I hope you are all okay with this as well. If any of you are in need of immediate support, you know you can always reach me via email or my blog. I ignore no comments so please do not hesitate to leave them.
Also, I am blessed that I have received a ton of award nominations. It has touched my heart that I have reached so many of you, and I promise I will respond to them as soon as I have the time. Thank you all for the encouragement. And please, if you see a bunch of posts come through for awards from me at once, please keep in mind that I must reply when I have time set aside, and I hope you don’t misinterpret a batch of acceptance posts in bad taste or a lack of humility.
I have had some random thoughts pop in my head as of late for ideas I want to consider (related to DV services, of course). When I have the time, I promise I will share them with you, as I may actually reach out to a few of you to get some input. I am sure Kerwyn doesn’t want to be (or have time for it!) my soundboard for all the things that pop in my head, but I would be remiss if I did not say that he has a knack to know what questions to ask me to get me thinking about things I may not have considered. He has given me copious amounts of advice, and I always take it all into consideration.
My lunch hour is running down, and I need to start working on the talk I mentioned earlier (I just accepted it last night), but I do want to add one more thing before I forget. Lately I have noticed a few of my followers have been absent (not only from my blog, but others I used to see them on, and their posts have gone silent as well). I hope this has been due to hectic schedules, etc., like me. The issue is I know there are potentially troublesome situations for some of you. However if it is not a busy life taking over, please drop me a line to let me know you are doing okay. This is, of course, if I do not look you up first. I may have almost 300 of you now, but rest assured I know my regular followers, I know certain difficulties that many of you face, and I am worried about several of you… a few in particular.
Likewise, if some of you have followers that you have noticed as being absent, take a second and send them an email, leave a short comment on their blog, tweet them (you can reach me there, too!) and let them know you are thinking about them. Just this one little sentence can mean the world to someone, especially if they are in distress.
If any of you are interested in my crazy willy-nilly life, or my random ideas, let me know. I will answer you but I just am short on time.
Be kind to each other, but also remember to be compassionate, loving, forgiving, and kind to YOURSELF. You only have one of you to go around. Love yourself. Cherish yourself. Care for yourself. Nurture your heart and encourage, inspire, and uplift yourself as you do for so many others. You are worth it.
With love and support,