As many of you know, I took a blogging break as I undertook new responsibilities in other ministries this year. I also let you know that those ministries would come to an immediate end in May.
As I’ve sought God on the next steps for The Brown Tribe and as He’s somewhat turned our world on it’s head in a sense, I want to let you in on some news – specifically some changes that will be happening here. It will be vague for parts of it but I trust that you’ll trust God in knowing the details.
It has been an honor to be a part of both MOPS and Perspectives this year. Both are tremendous ministries and I’m so glad I was able to coordinate both ministries in our town. I’ve really grown in trusting God with the results as I walk in faithfulness to the work. Both ministries have been a success, only because of Him and the teams of people helping me! Now that those are over, God has done some big and unexpected things.
First, I’m stepping down from MOPS with no intention to pick it up again. This is not due to anything with the ministry or with our group, it’s simply a change in our phase of life. My kids will both be in school in the fall and I will hopefully… drumroll… be an instructor for Perspectives moving forward. I’ve had 12 years of global work under my belt and discipleship is a huge piece of my heart so I’ve completely been excited about joining this ministry in more depth.
In addition to this, God is opening our eyes to our involvement in specific work that we are very passionate about. We are seeking wisdom as we make decisions to be involved in this work and discern what aspect our family will take on. While this is very exciting, it’s also very scary.
Fears and doubt are coming to the surface but we also recognize that the enemy loves to discourage us from work that will give God glory. We are realizing that we somewhat idolize our kids and our comfort. These are good things to be aware of – and repent of – so we can put God in His right place within our hearts and be re-affirmed that He is worth it.
Now, what does all this mean for my blog?
Not much but also a lot. I dislike convoluted answers but here’s why I say that. It means my blog will be having some changes to narrow focus and niche. Many of my posts will actually be archived altogether.
It also means that I don’t intend to pick up regular writing like I was before. In fact, you’ll probably see less.
I’ll no longer be a hostess for Grace & Truth starting in June, though I will participate with the link-up when I write something here because I love that community so much!
While this news is very sad – I won’t be as engaged as before – I will still write here when God puts something on my heart as I continue to love & serve my husband, parent my children, be involved in ministry and share certain things God is doing with us. It will just be sporadic, which is what it’s been for several months now anyway.
God is simply turning our heads toward something different for now.
As my friend, Dawn, mentioned previously, “Joana Gaines, of Fixer Upper, shared her testimony and talked about how she had a business that she had put a lot of work into, but God asked her to step away for a time, even closing it down- so she could stay home with her kids when they were young. She obeyed, and later, she was led by God to re-open the business- and it blew up in bigger ways than she could have ever imagined.”
This is much what I feel like God is doing here with me. While I don’t intend to delete my blog, He is refocusing our family toward an entirely new area and I will be pursuing that ahead of making sure I get posts up or am hosting Grace & Truth every week.
Something God has truly been molded me in over the course of the last year is that I want to be faithful and participate with God in what lies ahead. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again; I want to run the race with excellence instead of mediocrity.
I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the influence my readers have had on me, how much I have learned from you and how we’ve built some great friendships. I intend to continue poking my head in these circles.
Over the past 3 years, God has grown this blog from 6 readers to just over 10,000. Encouragement and friendships have been formed through this blog. I’m ever so grateful for all that I have learned about living our faith online and about the witness and testimony that is always present on the internet. Some of those witness are amazing and God-honoring and many are not.
I’m also thankful for grace you all have extended to me as I took a break from my blog to pursue God through these ministries and as I continue to walk in obedience with Him for our future.
You’ll see me around, it just may not be in ways you expect or know.