It was forty-five minutes past midnight as the screen from the laptop kept my face lit up while I pounded out another thousand words onto the white page.
I just couldn’t stop. Once I had an idea in my head, I had to get it down or I’d forget. Only thing was, the next morning came too early with a side of grouchy momma.
Some of you may have guessed it was me in this story here: The workoholic writer. Holy Spirit had been speaking to me about this.
I knew change had to come, I just wasn’t sure where to start.
I don’t resent hard work. And I don’t despise long hours at my laptop typing because it is something I am passionate about.
For me, writing allows me to share and serve from a cheerful place!
But what happens when there’s no self control or accountability?
You get a consumed momma.
She was referring to the hard disciplines that continue long after the calling.
Going from the lovey-dovey stage of a writing project to the hard part is okay with me, now I just a problem with stopping, hence the writing break.
I had to get back in sync with my Father. This blog overload and a lack of boundaries in it caused me to spend less time with Him.
I wasn’t very organized but was on a roll, it was just something I had to learn the hard way I guess – that no ounce of anything good is worth my relationship with Father.
When a blogger-mom takes on too much at once.
At the rate I was going mixed with everything else I had going on at home, balls were dropping in all the wrong places.
First I had to admit this, then I prayed. I was scared I might have to give up writing all together if God was still calling me to home school.
I didn’t want to quit another hobby-turned-work again! I have had a track record of this. Just research Teerific Tots® or Salutes N Sandals. Yes, you can giggle. I will hide my embarrassment and go remind myself it was nice that I tried at all!
As I cried out to Father, which in that season I did a lot of crying out it seemed,…he helped me find a way to move forward with blogging without allowing other areas in my life to suffer.
I had to cut out excess in order make my writing goals manageable.
Not only my writing goals, but life!
Finding balance was going to be the key to the upkeeping.
This sort of reminded me of how my son learns. If he sees too many math problems on the page all at once, he gets overwhelmed and wants to run.
Same concept here.
Just as I learned the load my son could handle at a time, I had to learn my own workload.
My best blogger tip found from my own personal experience is this: Cut out the excess to make room for what counts today.
Cutting back never feels like progress in the beginning. Just ask any writer who has had to go under the radar while working on an obscure project.
Less usually feels like less in today’s American culture, but I am going against the grain – to go God’s way, so He can grow me in this thing slayed with words.
Will you be open to cutting out excess in your life in order to make room for what matters in this current season?
It just might be the most fruitful pruning you’ve ever seen.
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