It’s time for some story-telling

Whoa, the blog has been quiet this week. Had you noticed? No, probably not. But I did, and it was bugging me. I just feel all awkward that I haven’t shared any good stories or a helpful tutorial, or some awesome links with you here this week.

Funny, isn’t it, what I let stress me?

Here’s the thing. I am a very goal-oriented person, and my blog is no exception. I have all kinds of goals and lists and once even put together a blogging notebook similar to my homemaking notebook.

But one of my blog goals is not something you can plan, or that you will see on a list of top-ten steps for building your blog.

It’s just this simple little idea that overshadows every other goal I may have in this little space.

I wanna be a Spirit-led blogger.

This doesn’t mean I never hit publish without praying for confirmation–that would be legalistic. It’s more like background music that I sometimes consciously and often sub-consciously move in rhythm with.

But last Friday I actually stopped for a few moments and asked God what He thought I should blog about next week.

He’s answer came too clearly to deny. A whisper, yet loud and clear:

“Nothing.”

I freaked out. I thought how that would look on my blog. For me to simply disappear for days on end, without any warning to my faithful followers, or an announcement to new stoppers-by. This. Was. Not. Good.

But I couldn’t deny the whisper. So I called in reinforcements. Put out an SOS email to another friend who I admire for her Spirit led words. She confirmed to me that God was also whispering to her to ignore all the rules for wise blogging practices, and wait on Him in quietness. Another friend, the one who has mentored me in learning to hear His voice, reminded me that God may more to say to me, and that be could why He asked me to stop talking for a season.

So, I sat on my hands and swallowed my pride, and let my blog sit quiet.

The Lord is gentle with me. He only made me wait 5 days before He spoke again.

Today He used anotherΒ fellow blogger to confirm what He’s been leading me toward for months.

It’s time for some story telling on this here blog. It’s time just to write. For me. Maybe for you, if you care to listen, but mostly for me. Because when I’m writing–that’s often when He speaks to me the loudest.

After a little more of a break (if you get my newsletter, you know I’ve been planning a blogging and social media break for mid-May) I plan to be back–maybe not till June, maybe sooner. But I’m warning ya’ll. When I come back, stories are gonna get top billing around here.Β 

Do you still like a good story? I do. What stories do you want to hear? And, what stories do you wish to tell, if it was OK to just. tell. stories?

10 responses to “It’s time for some story-telling”

  1. Elisabeth Allen Avatar

    Excited for you in this new season of blogging … πŸ™‚

  2. Erin Avatar
    Erin

    Tipi tales, for sure. That was one of things I most loved reading when I first found your blog.

    Please finish the story of how you and Jeremy got together. Don’t leave us hanging! πŸ™‚

    Birth stories. I can’t remember whose you’ve shared, but please tell the others.

    I miss the everyday happenings posts… bike rides with the family, day trips, how your garden grows, your latest craft or sewing project, etc. Just plain old Trina. Not Trina the book promoter, or Trina the mastermind blogger, or Trina the e-book bundle seller. Just Trina. πŸ™‚

    1. Noel @ the Shepherd's farm Avatar

      I’m in agreement with Erin. πŸ™‚

  3. Elizabeth Avatar

    I predict that we will learn much wisdom as you write “just for you”! I know that I learn about God best through my own study and writing.

  4. Omily Avatar

    Write about the daily stuff….of how you survive life as a mother of small children and how you love them on the tough days like when they bring you worms and kill your darling sweet corn plants and don’t listen to one single word you say and refuse to sleep.

    And yes, tipi tales!

    Whatever you write, it’s always best if it’s inspired and alive πŸ™‚

  5. Sara Avatar
    Sara

    Maybe I missed it, but did you ever finish telling how you met your husband? I’d love to know the end of the story. πŸ™‚

  6. Serena Avatar
    Serena

    Your biggest fan of Tipi Tales is sittin’ right here!

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Just for you, Serena–just for you. πŸ˜‰

  7. Natasha Metzler Avatar

    So excited about what God is going to do through this next season of blogging. For you. For me. For all of us.

    1. Not Unredeemed Avatar

      I’m ridiculously thankful for both of you! And the community God has given us as both of you – Tash and Trina – God has used to speak into my life over and over. Oh He is so good!

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