Our Blogging Journey: What We’ve Learned

Michelle
Michelle

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it’s been one year since our blog launched! 🎉 Can you??

Michelle
Laura
Laura

It seems crazy that we have been doing this for a year.  What an adventure!

Laura
Anna
Anna

Actually, I can believe it. This past year of blogging has been so much fun, but also a lot of thought and effort has been put into it! I feel like we’ve been on a journey!

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

You’re totally right and let’s be honest, it hasn’t always been a walk in the park! 👟

Michelle
Anna
Anna

True! There are definitely moments where it seems like the journey was always uphill, both ways, in the snow! And we didn’t have on the right clothes!

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

Ha, right. We were in bathing suits ready for a pool party👙 but we needed to be prepared for a hike in the woods in the winter! But you know what I think has been really cool about it? God has always given us what we’ve needed.

Michelle
Laura
Laura

I totally agree with that!  It has been so wonderful to watch God show up as we’ve been struggling with writing a text, or managing our time, or figuring out how to surrender our expectations (over and over and over) to Him.

Laura
Anna
Anna

That’s true! I feel like God has been with us in the struggle. Every step of the way (even uphill in the snow❄️❄️), God has been pulling us along, and we’ve learned to rely on Him in this unfamiliar territory.

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

Yes. Speaking of relying on God, thank you, Laura, for encouraging us to pray together each Friday. I have loved that time to pray as a team about our needs with the blog and in our own lives. And He’s been faithful to answer our requests in His timing. 🙏

Michelle
Laura
Laura

You’re right. That time has really increased our faith to see God answer us. You know, I think being a part of this team was an answer to a prayer I didn’t know I had.  I didn’t know that writing about my experiences as a mom would bring such depth to my mothering.

Laura
Anna
Anna

Yes, same for me too. I could always hear Michelle in my head, asking me, “But what is the truth here? What is God teaching you through this?” So instead of just feeling sorry for myself or trying to solve my own problems, it changed my perspective.

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing that you could hear me in your head!! 😳HA. But yes, I agree – both of your insights into my various motherhood challenges have deepened and encouraged me! 💗

Michelle
Anna
Anna

Agreed. And since we are always about the truth here, I will say that I do NOT have time for blogging in my life. But I had to MAKE time for this. This has been a non-negotiable.

Anna
Laura
Laura

Right. Non-negotiable because writing with you all has encouraged me so much. But it was a struggle for me to figure out when to do that, so that I didn’t lose time with my boys. So I felt the only choice I had was to MAKE my mornings my blogging time!  That was a huge sacrifice for my sleep! 😴 And I ALWAYS said I was not a morning person!  God has such a good sense of humor.

Laura
Michelle
Michelle

Ha. You’ve been amazing with the morning discipline this year! And I feel similarly because writing on this blog has definitely taken time I don’t have. And I’ve prayed lots about it over this year because I want to be present with my girls but there’s also the rub of putting time toward your dreams and passions. It’s been a huge balancing act for me this year.

And you know…by asking other moms like us to take precious time from their day to read our blog is asking A LOT. But still… praying that God’s truth will shine through and speak an encouraging word to their hearts that makes the sacrifice of a couple minutes worth it. We have to MAKE room for truth in our lives!

Michelle
Anna
Anna

Yes, and speaking of truth, one thing I’ve learned, social-media wise, is that… well, I know nothing!🙈 LOL. Who the heck knows about Facebook algorithms? Come join our team, haha!

No, but seriously, I’ve learned not to let my heart be swayed too much by the likes and dislikes of a text or post.

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

Amen, Anna. That’s been a huge lesson this year for me. God has used this blog to shine the spotlight again on my desire for affirmation. I mean, I thought I had dealt with this but the blog has highlighted another layer that He wants to bring freedom to. And FYI, writing a blog and posting on social media helps remedy that! 😳

Michelle
Laura
Laura

Sometimes blogging feels like you are writing in a vacuum.  You put your heart out there in words, and then it’s a total act of faith to trust that maybe just one mom read something that impacted her heart.  

 

Laura
Michelle
Michelle

Yes. And you know, I’m learning sometimes that one person is me, the writer. And that’s enough. 🙋

Michelle
Laura
Laura

Yep!  And I’ve been changed, Michelle, by you and by Anna and Kristal, Katie, Ashley, Jessica, Ash, Desi, and Lisa… and God knows who else is going to join this team this next year!  It will be so fun to work with them. 💗

Laura
Anna
Anna

I agree. And I’m looking forward to continuing to pray for our community of readers and followers–to keep sharing in the lives of other moms on similar motherhood journeys.

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

Love it. And you know what? Even if as moms we didn’t feel prepared for this, or anything life throws at us, I bet we can find something in our diaper bags or mini vans or in the depths of our hearts to suit up for the uphill, snowy journey of motherhood.  ❄️ And besides, what have we said from the beginning? When God originates, HE ORCHESTRATES!  #thetruthaboutgrowingup

Michelle

Soaking in the Truth

Scripture to encourage you:

  • “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future,’”  Jeremiah 29:11, NIV
  • “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21, NIV
  • “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Proverbs 4:25-26

Music to inspire you:

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Living Out the Truth

Ideas to try:

  • Pray and ask God for a vision for how you can use the gifts He has given you.  You never know what He will have in store for you.
  • Do you like to write?  Like the style of Texting the Truth? Let us know!  As we enter into our second year of blogging, we are looking for more writers!  Click Here to contact us. 
  • Subscribe to our blog (on the right sidebar).  We won’t bother you too much, just a weekly email with anything you may have missed from the blog or social media posts.  

{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more. In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

 

About Michelle Warner

The truth about me is that I love spending time with people–whether it be with moms in MOPS, students in writing camps, friends in my supper club, or family on our patio. And if you combine people and words, I am definitely in my happy place. One of my most favorite moments is sitting around a table with the people I love sharing deep conversations about life. Inviting people into our home and pulling out my fancy dishes invigorates me, though tackling the hand-wash pile in my sink does quite the opposite. (Sorry, Hubby. I’ll get to those soon!) I’m learning to enjoy the people in my life without feeling the need to prove myself or always make them happy. God continues to teach me that when I find what I need in Him rather than the perfectly-cooked chicken or the perfectly-timed word, I have a security that can’t be shaken. And that’s a good thing since my hard-working husband and I have two very determined little girls who keep us on our toes!

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