"There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under the heaven..."
Every year as the calendar changes, I take time to pray and evaluate my life and how I spend my time walking this earth. Let me restate that... I re-evaluate how I believe GOD wants me to spend my time walking this earth.
Sometimes I hear Him loud and clear while at other times, I must be really still and quiet... listening so close... waiting....
I've found the latter to be the case at this point in time. I'm having trouble hearing. Not because I'm not in His Word... but because my life has become a bit too cluttered. Unbalanced. I'm too busy to hear well.
It's time to make some changes.
A few things that you may notice...
1) Homestead Revival WILL CONTINUE but at a slower pace. I'll only be posting as time and commitments allow. I'm removing any obligations that would force me to write on a time schedule, so you'll see some changes, but as the Lord allows, I'll continue to write and post. (I hope that this includes more opportunity for heart felt, spirit lead content, too.)
2) I will no longer be advertising, maintain affiliate links, host the Barn Hop or host the Preparedness Challenge. Please know this is not for any reason other than time constraints! The Barn Hop hostesses are graciously holding my place for me, should time allow me to rejoin them. Thank you, dear Jill and Kendra! You're the best!
3) I will continue to do product reviews and an occasional give-away, but I will be VERY selective in which items to promote since these take a LOT of time to research, write, and host. As a result, these will be products I have personally selected (not items where vendors approach me first).
4) I will not be accepting any guests posts here, nor will I be writing guest posts for other blogs at this time (however I will continue to write for our local magazine). Blogging will happen when it happens. But the good news is... I tend to write better that way anyhow!
5) I will keep my email open and respond only as I'm able. (If it gets to be too much, then that will go as well.)
There will be other changes at home, but those things are of importance to my family more than anyone else. If it seems appropriate, I'll write about it. But one thing I can share... lest I disqualify myself in the message I seek to promote (see "The Homestead Revival Mission" on the sidebar), then I must be diligent about living it first. By cutting back on the blog, I can continue to do that best.
While some of my encouragement comes from writing the blog, reading the posts/comments of others, and the "cyber relationships" that have been forged as a result of blogging, it is highly important that I keep building and nurturing the relationships in my own family, neighborhood, and community.
I hope you'll do the same.
May your 2013 year be full of sweet memories and few regrets!