Were You Gone?
In case you haven’t noticed, a few months ago I took some time off from blogging so I could focus on my current book. These past months have been busy, with everything BUT writing! Well, I’ve done some writing, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. As life would have it, some pretty big things came along and totally confused my plans. Somewhere around mid March I came to understand the true meaning of James 4:13.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”–
So, that’s where I’ve been these past 3 plus months and now its time to look ahead.
When I created this blog, it was primarily with the intent of promoting my writing. Over the years my intent has changed but the site hasn’t. Consequently, I fear the blog has become tired and not nearly as effective as it could be. My word for 2016 is “intentional”. Unfortunately, I haven’t been very intentional about being intentional. (???) With all that said, please know that my heart now and always has been to share Jesus with other women through encouragement, the study of His word, and discipleship; in that, there has never been any wavering.
I’m really excited about the direction the Lord is leading me in ministry. Even as we speak, I am working on a new look for SandraBivensSmith.com. If all goes well, in just a few weeks the site will be back with a new look and a new format.
A new focus: As stated above, one of the purposes of this ministry is to encourage. Going forward, the posts will be with that purpose in mind – words to encourage you while you’re on your way. While the official name of the site won’t change, you will still find me at SandraBivensSmith.com, the site title will be “Morning Moments”.
A new look: Y’all are probably tired of being met by some dusty old books when you come to the site, I sure am. While I haven’t made a final decision, I can tell you that the new look will be fresh, inviting and exciting.
A new schedule: This is where my greatest blogging challenge lies. I’m just being honest here, I really want to post daily but when I consider what’s required, I hesitate. My thoughts keep going back to the warnings of Jesus to “count the cost” (Luke 14:28). On the other hand, where is my faith? On this point I have given and continue to give much prayer. For the time being, I plan to post three times weekly – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As time goes by, and as the Lord leads, that may change. (Please pray for God to give me direction in this.).
If you are a regular (or even an occasional) visitor to the blog, please go ahead and become a follower. It’s very easy, just go to any page on the site and where indicated enter your email and click “follow” . As a follower, you will receive an email each time there is a new post or other updates to the blog. And, while I’m asking for favors, won’t you share the site with friends either directly or through your social media page?
Let me close by saying “THANK YOU” to everyone who has given me support and encouragement over the years. So many times I’ve thought to quit. So many times the enemy has taunted me with doubt. But then, someone tells me that what I’ve shared was a special blessing to them, or was a word they needed just at that time. I’m not a professional writer, nor a theologian; I make no claims to any authority of my own. All I am is a woman who the Lord Jesus loves even though I am unlovable, a woman He died for even though I was undeserving. A woman who is blessed everyday by the amazing love and grace of Jesus Christ. There was a time when I was in such great darkness and someone brought the light of Christ into my life, my despair turned to hope. That is what I pray the Lord will use me to do in the life of another woman.
See you soon,
Sandra Bivens Smith