Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I've been thinking for weeks about what my first post-hiatus blog would be about. My plan from the very beginning was to take a break until the new year and then start up again.

When I sat down to write, I still wasnt sure what I wanted to say exactly, so to clear my head, I went for a run. 3 miles later, I'm still stuck. So here goes unloading, hopefully without rambling incessantly.

I want to be more deliberately God-honoring in all that I do. This means I want my wireless/cyber/internet footprint to leave just as much of an impact towards the kingdom of God as my literal footprints do. I took a break from social networking to reorient myself and remind myself that there really is very little good in facebook and blog stalking. I'll let you in on my reasoning and maybe the last statement will make more sense.

I am always cautioning the girls (and guys) in our youth to flee from gossip. It serves no purpose but to damage others. And yet, I was spending a considerable amount of time reading status updates from people I had little or nothing to do with. On days off, I'd spend a lot of time writing a blog and then a lot more time reading dozens of other blogs, and many were by people I'd never even met before. Sure, I may not have been spreading malicious information about people, but I was filling my spare time meddling in others' business and that isnt honorable either.

"But as for you, O man of God, flee these things (senseless and harmful desires- see 6:9). Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness." 1 Timothy 6:11

So here I am back in the blog world. I've also checked facebook a few times in the last couple of weeks. It's a far cry from 6 weeks ago: daily blog reads and checking facebook from my phone anytime I have a spare minute or two. Rest assured, I'll still share all about my cooking conquests and Mauve mischief (she's taken to eating out of the trash recently!), but my goal is to reflect the love of Christ in my writings.

"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Matt 12:34b (or the blog, in this case)

Because I have a lot to share and a lot to be thankful for! In just the last 6 weeks, I've experienced love and reconciliation as only Christ could give. I've seen firsthand the sovereignty of God and how He preserves His church and His people. I can see and feel God moving and I'm certain things will continue to change.


Casey D said...

I am glad you are back! I missed your blog, It was the only one I truly looked forward to. Love you sister :)

Shannon said...

I'm glad you are back too Hollie! I have had to take breaks from facebook too. It can definitely be very harmful and time consuming.
I love reading your blog b/c you are such a funny person. Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Well...I am certainly glad you're back! =-) I look forward to your posts!

Erika said...

Glad you're back, I missed you!!

Melissa said...

I missed you, greatly. It's sad how life changes, and people get distanced, but with your blog I felt we were both (semi, ok, somewhat) still young and close and nearby. I'm glad you're back. I've been wondering about you, worried about you, and just want you to know that I do love you & am glad to call you a friend.

Samantha said...

Yay you're back! I missed you :)

Allier said...

So I was just thinking to myself how much I missed you and wished you were blogging again so I could feel connected to you still. Glad you are back... my goal will be for me to make sure I let you know as much about us as I read to feel connected to you. Maybe a blog in my future? Garrett makes sure there are plenty of stories to share...
We will have to make a trip down this year for sure. I will message you sometime with available dates and see what you think. :)

Anonymous said...

Really proud of you. I so agree that Facebook, reading blogs takes away from the accomplishments God expects of us, Gentle balance and awareness of the impact we have on others is important. I love your blog, the reminders of you as a child and the pride I have in what you've become. mom

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