Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Saying Goodbye to Blogging

Updated to say: This is the hard part sweet friends. I have been sort of "weepy" all day. I can't imagine losing touch with you altogether. I will still visit occasionally. You, each of you, are a part of my heart. That's the way it is with friends. We may not "see" each other as often, but it won't matter because our hearts are joined in a special way.

Thank you for your kind, loving, wise words. I love you much.


Today I am turning off the light, gently shutting the door and quietly slipping away from this place. I have felt it for some time - this sense that, as much as I would like to dream it is so, writer is not my name.

I am at a loss for words right now. That seems appropriate.

Thank you for all of the beautiful words, for the encouragement, for your friendship. I will miss you.

With love,
Linda

32 comments:

  1. Linda...I pray you feel God's presence and love as you walk out one door into this new space He has for you...I also walked through the same door...and I can tell you God is faithful and I have seen His great wisdom more now than when I walked out of the door of blogging...may I encourage you not to lock and bolt that door shut...always be willing to grab hold of that door knob and open the door if He leads you back through...either way...He loves you and has only the best in His heart for you...not less because you are not blogging...but something more...and sometimes this something more is not measurable in worldly terms...I have to be constantly reminded that we live in an upside down kingdom ...this kingdom turns the ways of this world on its head...where the least are the greatest...to mature we must become like a child ...where a cup of cold water has great value...and on and on it goes...so sweet Linda...let His love be lavished upon you...let His whisper and shout your great worth in His sight...because you are His daughter...the daughter of the King...blessings and love...and I am glad we can still keep in touch on FB 😄

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  2. Seasons, Linda. They take us through hard decisions. Praying peace for you in this one.

    (But, could I add, that not blogging is not the same as not being a writer, and not the same as not writing? There's overlap, but they aren't necessarily the same. You'll know what you need to do. :)

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    1. YES. Lyla is wise and Lyla is right. Oh, I'll miss you, Linda! Your gentle presence is always an encouragement. I know this has been on your heart and mind for a while, but still, I am shocked to read it. And so very sad. Please do keep in touch on Facebook, okay?? And thank you for your faithfulness in this space, for all the lovely times you've been here.

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  3. I agree with Lyla...not blogging is not the same thing as not writing...and I hope you will feel bold to be a writer when you want to or can and to be free from it when you don't want to write or can't. It doesn't have to be a box to define you. That said, I totally understand about needing to shut the door. You have been such a blessing. And I sincerely hope that you will still be around saying hello and encouraging as you always do. Thank you friend. Many blessings.

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  4. Tears slipping down as I read this. I will miss you so much. Please keep writing though. You do it so well.

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  5. Thinking of you today, Linda. Thank you for your kind presence over the years.

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  6. Wishing you the best, Linda. I value the friendship we've made; hope to still keep in touch. And you are a wonderful writer! Peace to you!

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  7. I am saddened by your decision, but know that you are doing it for all the right reasons.As you walk your your next path, please know that you have helped many of us and we are so very grateful. You will remain in my prayers for always.

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  8. I know you've been considering this for quite some time. I want to you know you have been a great presence my life. I hope you won't disappear completely...

    And, I agree with Lyla. As usual.

    XXOO

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  9. I love you dearly, Linda, and this makes me sad. You and your good, good words here will be missed...and yet, I understand the need to back away...if only for a season. Please take to heart what others have said - you are a writer. Your writing has encouraged and blessed me more than you know. Much love, Patricia

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  10. I have your email address, little missy.
    You're not getting rid of me by leaving blogdom. Oh, no. That would never do. I am going to take one step further and invite you to join me on Pinterest. And i might even go as far as to ask for your snail mail address. Hey, this might even catch-on and people all over the world will be going blogless by the millions. nance ♥

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  11. So hard to make that decision. I've been wrestling with it too. But I know you will be blessed with whatever road that God guides you on. Thanks for blessing us over the years with wonderful posts directing us to God's goodness. For me you definitely are a writer as I've gained so much from your words!

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  12. First of all, I will miss your wonderfully encouraging blog. Second, I do understand. I have the same thoughts at times. Third, I see you are on Facebook so I am going to send you a Friend Request. Fourth, you are a wonderful writer. Fifth, never forget that.
    Love you!

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  13. Dear, dear friend. Sweet roommate. I'm just sitting here rather stunned and sad. I know you've been feeling this for some time, but truly you are a writer, maybe not a blogger for a season, but a writer. Your words--even in a blog comment or a Facebook post--are seasoned with grace and encouragement. And I love you.

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  14. you know that i'm crying, right?

    for all kinds of reasons.

    i love you to the moon and back, miss L.

    (and if you don't finish that writerly bit you've shared with me, i shall come to TX and spank your bumm-diddly… of course i'll have to recover from the sedation because i'm not a flier and you'll have to gather me from the airport because i cannot afford a taxi the airport to your place and then i shall spank ya -- out of love of course.)

    btw, when one finds "writer" in the dictionary, "blogger" is not part of the definition.

    blessings.

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  15. you know that i'm crying, right?

    for all kinds of reasons.

    i love you to the moon and back, miss L.

    (and if you don't finish that writerly bit you've shared with me, i shall come to TX and spank your bumm-diddly… of course i'll have to recover from the sedation because i'm not a flier and you'll have to gather me from the airport because i cannot afford a taxi the airport to your place and then i shall spank ya -- out of love of course.)

    btw, when one finds "writer" in the dictionary, "blogger" is not part of the definition.

    blessings.

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  16. i know right where you are, sweet friend. you know i came to the same decision not that long ago. you will be missed... but i sure hope we can stay in touch other ways! love you!

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  17. I love you, lady. You have made your way straight to my heart and there you will stay. I'm glad to hear you'll still be on FB and we can stay in touch that way. I couldn't stand the thought of losing touch. Hugs to you, sending so much love.

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  18. Sending much love to you Linda. I have loved learning from your words and your beautiful encouraging heart that beats with His. xo

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  19. Look at all this love, Linda! Of course you must follow what your heart tells you, so stick with the decision. It sounds like you have arrived at a definitive answer to close it down. But. Listen to the wisdom offered in this thread of comments...you will continue to express yourself, write, and encourage people using words because that is in you. And you do it well. You are generous and sensitive to know how to step in at just the right time to bless someone.

    I look forward to what new direction you are heading. The end of one thing can be the beginning of another. We will be watching.....

    Love and hugs,
    Ann Kroeker

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  20. I will surely miss you Linda! I love to read your encouraging words. Thank you for blessing me.

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  21. I've only met you through friends, but I've so enjoyed reading you these many months. Thank you for your witness and honesty. I hope we get to meet in person one day soon.

    Mick

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  22. Oh dear. I just happened to see this on Facebook. Don't shut the door completely, Linda. Leave it cracked. You never know. Even though I'm not in the blogging circles anymore, I have wonderful memories of your posts, and you are a writer.

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  23. Linda...I met you here. Through something I read of yours years ago, I found a true --sister-heart-friend. I have been blessed beyond words by YOUR words. I do understand though--as I stepped away for a while. It was needed. Instead of blogging, I took pen in hand and with my Bible and my Father and I wrote privately--on paper to Him and with Him. I wanted to leave a legacy of printed words to my daughters--handwritten words of faith to encourage them as my sister Wanda's words in her prayer journal have encouraged me. I'm not through writing in that little "book" with my pen, pencil and highlighter-to point the way to HIM...as long as we are breathing, Linda, we "point" to HIM. Thank you for being obedient to what He has in your NEXT. There is much life to live--and we leave a legacy behind-- it's far better to leave a legacy of faith than an inheritance of money--which will burn. Faith grows and spreads....that's what you have done. Inspired others with your faith. Thank you Linda for sharing with me...little old me. I love you friend.

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  24. Linda, just saw this today. I haven't always left comments, but I have found comfort in your presence here in blogland. I will miss your posts. God Bless!

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  25. Writer is your name, Linda. Don't set it aside. Read those words above. and remember the time you met all those other writers at the San Antonio airport, and we all had lunch at that Mexican restaurant. That was a lunch for writers (and even their spouses).

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  26. Even if you feel right now that your name is not writer, can I offer you this saying (I think its an Aramaic one): "I will set my face to the wind and scatter my handful of seeds to the wind?"
    It has rescued me from giving up on writing my little ideas, insights and speculations many a time.
    I gather you are a meditative woman: there is much richness in that. Maybe meditate a little on that saying . . .
    There is a sense in which we just toss up in the face of the fresh wind of life that small handful we have received, and God will take care of where they land.
    I'm hoping this thought will inspire you to keep on scattering your handfuls on this blog.
    It is evident that your words have been rich food for many.
    If you decide not to carry on, God bless you for all you've written in the past: your words will stay here for others to discover.

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  27. Ooops - correction!
    The saying is "I will set my face to the wind and scatter my handful of seeds ON HIGH"

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  28. I went to Susie's tonight and you commented above. My life has been quite an ordeal as I have become a caregiver for my father. I clicked over to your blog because before I went to Susie's post, the Lord brought you to my mind. I thought you would be writing about Christmas. You are a wonderful writer. Only you and God know if you should be a blogger. I struggle with that as well as I am only able to post once a week and can't make to others blogs to build community. I am so thankful that I have read your heart in your words and it is as big as Texas! So thankful you are my sister in Christ. We have all of eternity to worship our Savior in the place He has for us. Until then we will seek to do His will upon this dirt in the way he calls us in every season of our lives. God bless you…always.

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  29. My comment is late, but I want to tell you I've been blessed by what you've written and shared here over the years. I expect God will open other doors for your writer's heart to walk through. xoxo

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