I give up! Ever feel like that?

Will you help me break through my writer's block?

Do you ever just get so sick and tired of fighting through something that you just give up? I have been struggling with writer’s block for a couple weeks now and today I finally just threw in the towel. The more I prayed and begged God to spark an idea, to show me a passage about which I could write, the less I felt ready to write. And so I now humbly reach out and ask for your help. I’m here to serve you but the best way for me to serve you right now is to to ask you what you need. What questions do you have? What are you struggling with in your daily life that you could use some perspective from Scripture and a fellow believer?

Help me break through the writer's block! Send your ideas and questions, please!

Ironically, as I’ve gotten into the Word more and more for my own personal devotion and spiritual growth these past few weeks, the less and less I felt like I had something to share here on my blog. God and I are walking some things out, and one day I trust this time spent with him and his Word will produce fruit I can share here on the blog. But right now, I feel like a tree in a dormant state when it comes to writing these blog posts.

Two are better than one!

Our faith journey is not meant to be lived alone. God never intends for us to struggle through tough times alone. We grow and thrive when we have a community of believers to encourage, support, confront, and strengthen us.

So, while I would rather you think I always have my act together, never struggle or stumble, and my ducks are in a nice, tidy row, that’s not reality. And to pretend otherwise would be a disservice to both of us! We need each other. And we need God in our midst.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Iron Sharpens Iron

Proverbs 27:17

Questions and Answer Series

I’ve been enjoying a series on one of my mentors’ blogs in which she is responding to her reader’s questions. So, since God is working with me on some things I’m just not yet ready to share on this platform, I think it is the perfect time to do a Q & A series. To make it successful, though, I need you to send me your questions.

I know a lot of you are shy about leaving comments. So, I’m going to give you three different ways to submit your question(s) or post idea(s).

3 Ways Send Me Your Questions/Ideas

  1. Click this link to fill in a Google Form.
  2. Click this link to send me an email.
  3. Click on the “Comment” button above and leave your idea in the comments section of this post.

Another Way to Help: Complete my 2016 Reader Survey!

One of my very favorite things is getting to know the people I write and speak to and serve through this ministry.  

And while I would totally love it if I could take each and every person who visits my blog out to lunch or to Starbucks, that just isn’t possible.

So, each year I do a quick little reader survey to help me get to know you better.

I’m so excited about my brand new reader survey!

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I’ve totally changed up the questions and I know that if you’ll take just 2 to 5 minutes to complete it, I’ll be able to serve you so much better.

Of course you’re welcome to take longer than 5 minutes if you want! Shoot, the more you tell me about yourself, your interests, hobbies, challenges, hopes and goals, the better I will know what you want me to write about. And the more relevant my posts can be for you and what is going on in your life.

To take the survey, just click the yellow button below.

Sure, I’ll take the survey!

Thanks so much for your help and willingness to share your ideas, thoughts, and questions.

I just hope I don’t end up feeling like Ben Stein’s character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off…

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Well? What questions or ideas do you have for me? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

I hope you'll jump into the conversation by leaving a comment. I would love for each post to be like a dinner party conversation in which many people participate, each adding their own perspectives and ideas. Just keep in mind that we want to treat others as we would like to be treated, so please keep your comments constructive and on topic. Feel free to post viewpoints and ideas that differ from mine or others but refrain from personal attacks or offensive language. I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, off-topic, or which demean or belittle another member of the Making It Real community.

  • Pete Ahlstrom

    Hi, Laura. Cheer up! (a) We don’t know the answer, but my wife and I are praying for you. (b) She suggests that’s the key you’ll want to use too. I know, I Know! You just said you already are! A lot! But you should have seen the smile on Yvonne’s face this morning when she said that. (A “God’s working” smile.) God has something for you. We’re praying you’ll find it. (No, we don’t have a clue.)
    Why hasn’t he already told you? Maybe this example will help. Years ago I attended a symphony. At the beginning, the conductor turned and faced the audience with his baton raised. He stood still. Waited. And waited some more, till the audience was absolutely, COMPLETELY quiet. You could, literally, hear a pin drop. THEN he turned, waved the baton and his arms at the orchestra, and the symphony began.
    God’s like that. His voice is very, very quiet (as you know). But I’ll bet that when He thinks He has you quiet enough to hear his voice at ITS quietest, giving you whatever “God nudge” he wants you to hear, your symphony will begin. Not just for your blog, but for the rest of your life.
    Besides just keeping on praying , how do you hear those “God nudges?” One of my wife’s favorite authors, Debbie Macomber, wrote about It in a book called “One Simple Act.” You might think about getting it from the library and reading it, prayerfully. (Your Georgetown Public Library has a copy. The call number is NF 241.1 MACO. If it happens to be out, you can place a “hold” on it.) OK, I think I hear you asking, how did I know that?. Simple. Remember, I was a librarian for over 20 years! And actually, it was easy. Google’s great sometimes.
    We’ll keep praying with you until the answer comes, even if it’s just one small step at a time. (Neil Armstrong said something like that, didn’t he?)

    • Thanks so much Pete! I know you are right about God being at work and this being one of those Psalm 46:10 moments. I had to crack up when I saw that you provided the call number. Only a librarian would think of that! But I appreciate it. Now I can go straight to the shelf and skip over looking it up in the online catalog. I’ve read some of her books but not that one, so I’ll have to swing by the library and pick that up.

      And I loved the illustration/story of the conductor!