It’s a new day, a new look and a fresh start. In other words a new chapter. Yes, Fresh starts really do happen, and this blog is proof.
Sometimes fresh starts are unexpected. Relaunching this blog with a new design certainly falls into the unexpected category.
Before we take the tour, let me give you a little backstory.
And Then This Happened
It all started back in April. I was dealing with some health issues that spilled over into my writing. Yes, physically I didn’t feel like sitting down at my laptop to write.
But if I’m totally honest, I also was dealing with a bit of writer’s block. I felt stuck in my writing. The words just wouldn’t come.
As I prayed about it, a story idea came, and I wrote. After a two week absence, I published the new post on May 1 proudly declaring, “I’m back!”.
However, being back was short lived. In fact, it lasted one day.
I Can’t Believe This Is Happening
You see, the very next day my computer crashed. Yuck. One more crash in an escalating string of crashes and computer issues.
I knew that the time was drawing ever so near when I needed to replace my unreliable friend. But frankly, I wasn’t in a place financially to do so.
While patching it up with bubblegum and duck tape to keep it going just a little while longer, I began to question my calling to write.
Had I misunderstood God? Was writing what I was supposed to be doing? Or, was my dying computer and financial situation a sign that I should end the blog and stop writing and move on to something else.
What Happened Next
Not having a working computer affected more than just my writing. I use it to work as a virtual assistant to earn money to help make ends meet.
But without a computer working from home as a VA was also dead in the water. Was this another sign?
So, I asked God for clear direction about this whole working from home and writing thing. I asked Him to show me what my next step was.
But I was not prepared for what happened next.
An Unexpected Text Message
The notification sound on my phone went off signaling a new text message.
It was from a dear friend and VA client. It said that she and her husband would like to buy me a new laptop.
What? I could not believe what I was reading. Nothing like this had ever happened to me before. I was overwhelmed by their generosity.
Little did they know they were the instrument God used to answer a prayer for direction.
For me, this awesome gift was a yes with an exclamation point that He is calling me to write and continue my work as a virtual assistant.
And All My Problems Disappeared, Not Quite
But the story doesn’t end there.
I had been procrastinating about updating my website to be compliant with GDPR. GDPR is new privacy regulations for blog visitors from the European Union.
I bought the software I wanted to use to meet this requirement (unless you live in the EU you won’t see anything about this when you visit my site).
Just as I finished the GDPR updates, I learned that the company I purchased my theme from deprecated it (discontinued support and updates for the theme).
The theme is the template the blog is built on. It determines the appearance and to some degree how you navigate the site.
So now I was faced with the need to select and purchase a new theme.
Although I wasn’t happy with how the company handled the whole process, they eventually did step up to the plate and make a partial refund which offset the purchase of the new theme.
A Quick Tour
I decided that since a new theme requires a redesign of the look of my site, it would also be a perfect time to change and add some things I had been procrastinating doing.
With that said you are looking at the all-new design, the next chapter of this blog.
Before you leave the site today take a minute to check out some of the updates and changes. Starting with the new Home page design.
And finally, the new Contact page makes it easy for us to stay in touch because I do want to hear from you.
As you browse through all the updates and changes, please be sure to let me know if you find a link that doesn’t work or if you see anything else that is not right.
Another Chapter In The Story
I will be honest; when all the unexpected things that lead to this point started to happen, I was frustrated and a little angry.
But I took a moment and asked God what He wanted to teach me through all this.
The bottom line is He has used it all to awaken my heart to Him and His blessings in a deeper way.
You see, every day really is a fresh start, a new beginning. And although every day does not go as expected, we can live expectantly, anticipating how He will awaken our hearts bit by bit to an abiding, intimate relationship with Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Our life is a story within His story. Each chapter an adventure filled with unexpected peaks and valleys as we do life with God.
I love the line form a commercial I recently saw for Chevy pickup trucks. At the end of the commercial a lady muses, “ Another ding, another scratch – it’s just another chapter in the story.”
So, relaunching this blog is just another chapter in my story, and I can’t wait to see where He leads. And what He will teach me regardless if it’s a text that blesses me and confirms my calling or if it’s another ding or scratch.
This song by Steven Curtis Chapman about new beginnings has been my anthem since I began this chapter of my story. I hope it will bless and encourage you as much as it has me.
What new chapter are you starting in your life? Be sure to share by leaving a comment below.