I have a confession to make. As a marriage blogger for the past decade, my husband and I have heard countless ways our blog has been an encouragement to couples. Some we know and some we have yet to meet.
We love knowing that The Romantic Vineyard has made a small impact on marriages around the globe.
However, I have to say my motivation is waning. Not for marriage, mind you, but to know what to write about that hasn’t already been said. I value my time because it is fleeting. I know you value your time as well. It is a gift that must be stewarded. If I’m posting constantly, am I helping marriages, or just beating the same old drum because I enjoy the rhythm of writing?
This may sound discouraging. I don’t mean it to. These are the thoughts that race through my mind on a regular basis. When God speaks and gives me an idea for a post, I’m right there, ready to pound the keys with passion. But when He is silent, and I’m left to come up with ideas on my own, it can seem redundant.
I remember in 2011 when I entered my first blog challenge. I was encouraged to post everyday for 30 days. I was excited because there was so much to say. I had no idea how much the people I met during that challenge would mean to me in the years to come. It was a wonderful and enriching experience. And I am so glad I committed to do it.
I have been invited to participate in another Ultimate Blog challenge. This time for the month of April. Again, I hesitate because I don’t want to do this just because it is a good idea. I want to do it because God desires to use me to encourage marriages for His glory, not my own.
Our life has changed drastically since we began blogging in November of 2008.
1. We added 6 more adorable grandchildren to the two we already had.
2. We bought a cabin in the mountains of NC.
3. I began hosting Ladies Retreats each summer.
4. We sold our business.
5. I published my first book in 2012, Through The Eyes Of Grace.
6. Tom retired.
7. Both my Mom and Mother-in-law passed away.
8. Our two older adult, married kids moved to other states with all of our grandchildren.
9. Our last daughter got married and moved out of state.
10. We helped establish the Christian Marriage Bloggers Association in an effort to give our blogs some credibility, standards and safe guards for our readers.
11. We began a Marriage ministry in our local church to help couples continue to pursue each other and grow their marriage.
12. We published our first book together titled, Cherishing Us – 365 Tips to Help Your Marriage Grow.
It has been quite a transitioning decade, and our marriage has grown considerably amidst all the challenges such changes bring.
I believe I have just finished my first post for the Ultimate Blog Challenge – April 2019. I hope you’ll follow along with me as I discover 29 more posts worth sharing. The goal is to help us think about and be intentional in our marriage. Time passes so quickly. We must make the most of those relationships that are dearest to us. And who knows us better than our spouse? Let’s lean in and discover more together.
I hope you’ll join me.
Blessings to you, your spouse and your marriage.
This is my 1st post in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday during the month of April.