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Breaking for Lent.

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I’ve started and stopped this post so many times because I’m not quite sure how to put into words all the reasons I’m taking a break from my blog during Lent.

First and foremost, I’m feeling it as deep down as you can feel something…I know it’s what I need to do.
I could just end it there, but that wouldn’t be the least bit fun, so here goes…

People start blogs for all sorts of reasons. Mine is a super simple {somewhat ridiculous} reason.

When our family moved to Florida back in 2008, I left behind a sweet community and my precious family.
I felt lost.
My boys went to public school about a month after we moved, and I was at home all day with our brand new daughter who came to us from China just 6 months before the big move.
I was lonely and all out of sorts.

Lost and Lonely. Those seem like perfect reasons to start a blog, right?!
The good news is that God uses all things, even ridiculous things. Thankfully, in God’s economy, nothing is wasted.

Somewhere along the way, my love for design and my love for words collided, and our sign business was born.
The life lessons that developing and running an on-line business are teaching us are endless.
Blogging has also introduced me to some people I’d like to think would be genuine friends, if we lived closer.
So many of you have emailed me after a post and shared some of your story with me and asked me to join you in prayer for things going on in your life. What an honor. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it is sacred ground.

After just a few years in Florida, our family moved home to North Georgia.
We’re able to do life with my family again, we’re serving in a church with dear friends, we’re at a school with parents and teachers who are partnering beautifully with us for our kids’ education and spiritual formation, and we’re in a small group with people who are opening their stories up to us and letting us do the same.
Life is full. People are in the arena with us.

It’s been about a year or so that I’ve struggled with blogging. It’s been a struggle to become willing to just lay it down. Apparently, I hold tight to the things that bring me the least amount of comfort. I guess we all do.

It’s time to reevaluate what place blogging needs to have in my life.

I’m not lonely and lost and all out of sorts anymore.
All of those people that make life full are right here in front of me. I want to be fully engaged and present.

Also, God has been stirring something in me all year. I knew when the kids went back to school in the fall that He would use this year to make some things clear to me.

Here’s why it’s been hard to just lay it down and take the needed time to process and pray:: I’m afraid.
Fear often finds a way to step in front of faith.

One fear is that taking a break from blogging might somehow hurt our sign business.
We’re not closing our shop, and I’ll still be reaching out on Instagram and offering discounts through other bloggers, so there’s absolutely no relevance to my fear.
I want to surrender to the truth…the business is from God. He is our provider, and whatever he brings to us is exactly what we need.

Another fear is trusting him to lead me in the desire that he’s been stirring this year…to trust that everything will fall into place. I want so badly to operate in my old ways…taking the bull by it’s horn and making a way for myself. We so often make his will about our plans, and it’s just not where his peace resides.
I want to surrender to the truth…he knows the plans he has for me, and they are good. His timing is perfect. His will is that I know him and make him known. His peace is found in knowing him.

Lent is the perfect opportunity to be disciplined and sharpened by Jesus and to refocus my mind’s attention and my heart’s affection to him. I’m breathing lighter just taking the step of obedience away from myself and my fears and towards him.

Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ - Release your fears and go with where HE leads you.

Lori H - Speaking as one of the people who would love to be friends in person if we lived closer (smile), I will miss your posting during Lent, but it sounds like the right thing for you. I hope that you will return after Easter, but know that you only make big decisions with prayer and thought so I would understand. I hope your Lent season is God-drenched and that you can continue to breathe lighter! Hugs!

BARBARA N - Good for you it will be a nice break to be all in in this special time. xoxo

Bethanie - I will miss you, my friend. I always feel like I’ve done a devotion after I’ve read your words…. I understand the need to follow His will. Don’t stay gone too long :) xoxo

Starr - Goodness how I love you.

paige - you are brave my friend, not only to step away but to share your heart!!
not brave like…ohmygah what if? but just brave in its pure form.
i love that about you

will miss “hearing” from you over here but glad that you’re doing what you think is best!!

xoxo

Amy Avery - Tara, again your words have touched my hear in a deep and profound way. I will pray with you as you make this leap of faith onto the path God is guiding you. What I hear in your words is not fear. What I hear is that your ready. This is your time and he’s waiting for you. Enjoy this time as he draws you nearer and whispers his love into your heart. Let it fill you with his peace and strength as you prepare for the transformation that you are now ready for. God bless you, my friend!

Glenda Childers - Enjoy your rest and time to hear from the Lord. I put in my tiny vote for you coming back … your voice would be missed. But sometimes there is something even better ahead.

Fondly,
Glenda

Christy - I will miss you.

Jackie - I’m proud of you and inspired by you, Tara. I know this is hard; your step of obedience will make the path before you clearer. And I’m thankful that I’m in the arena with you here, so I don’t have to miss you during Lent. Love you much, my dear one.

Regena Fickes - I too struggle to let God do the very thing I have asked Him to do…. Take my life and make it into a reflection of Him. Bless you for following Him. If you are to return, we will be here. If your life takes a different path, our prayers will follow. Take care, dear spiritual sister. God’s love shines through your words.

Sandy - You are an amazing inspiration to me! We must always listen to God, follow His direction. I’m so proud of you & your dedication.
You have so many blessings … They need your touch & nurturing. God bless you & your beautiful family! xo

Lemonade Makin Mama - Alright, I get this. Lately I keep thinking maybe I should quit blogging altogether. There are so few people reading them anymore yet I adore my loyal little commenters and readers and I don’t want to ever let them down… I didn’t give anything up for Lent… I just purposed to change some things and in the process some of my blogging energy and drive up and left. I don’t know what the future holds but I could quit it ALL and just do Instagram in a heartbeat. One of these days I may just do that… still considering things but man, my plate is full these days. Especially blogging for that radio station once a week. It just took it all right out of me. So we’ll see… I have shop fears too though and feel like I have to keep my blog open. Ugh hate feeling that way. Apparently, like always, we’re chewing on similar thoughts. Huh. Go figure. :)

jj - Good bye~
Will miss your insites <3

Becky - Hey sweet girl. Just seeing this. So proud of you for being obedient. He always honors that. Love youuuuuuu and I know we would be that kind of friend in real life. I have no doubt. You’re my blog family.

Kelly Cach - Tara!!! I don’t even have a blog, but feel I’m being nudged to quit it….hahaha!! Seriously, I have thought about starting one for 3 years now (I even have a name), but I honestly don’t know how I could fit it in with the few social media things I’m already involved in (instagram and reading blogs). I understand whole-heartedly wanting to go back to the way it used to be. You are so wise to listen to the Lord’s whispers.

Glad you have an arena! And I know we could be in the same one if not for the miles between us.

Bless you! And I support you!

Trudy Haynes - Hi Tara,
I just found your blog today by way of Edie at Life in Grace. You have so much to offer in so many areas. I found it hard to stay within my allotted time frame for blogging, ok, I went a little over, but I could have easily spent the whole day there. I actually live in Tucker which is fairly close to Athens. Will your blog stay up while you are not blogging? I wasn’t quiet sure if you had decided not to blog any longer or just through Lent. Would love a reply!
Thanks so much, Trudy

amber@grace.to.be - oh, you just speak my language!
i got every single word of this post~

“All of those people that make life full are right here in front of me. I want to be fully engaged and present.”

yes.yes.and yes!!
amen & hallelujah. :)

wishing you a blessed & peaceful lent season.

Lemonade Makin Mama - Just popping in to say that I miss you…

Rachel Santana - I so enjoy your blog, though I don’t get the time I’d like to read it, and I just want it encourage you. God has given you the gift is words. You were always such an inspiration when we were in Georgia. I loved our small groups. Keep sharing! You are reaching and encouraging with your wonderful talent. Love you and your beautiful family. Hug those Marks for us! I miss the old gang!

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