Questions and Answers

Recently, I’ve had a number of people asking me if I’m still blogging. For the first year I blogged, I usually blogged 3-5 times a week and so now that I’ve dropped back to 1-2 times a week, I think it is a valid question and so I thought I’d address it here.

You may remember that I didn’t start blogging because I wanted to be a blogger. I started blogging because I was writing for an online magazine whose editor told me I needed to start a blog. It was “highly recommended” so that I could “be accessible to my readers.” From the beginning I struggled with what I would say. Why would anybody listen to what I had to say? What right did I have to speak into people’s lives? And so I took the small handful of answers I had and began sharing them.

Not-so-recently, I became aware that I’m at a different place in my life now. I’m at a place where I have far more questions than answers. Not only is that a scary place to be, but it’s a scary place to let others see me. Most days, it’s easier to struggle alone with my questions than to open the blinds and show the world how weak I actually am.

Today, I’m opening a crack in the blinds to let you see where I am.

Today’s scary question: What do you do when you realize that you don’t know where you belong?

I know a hundred pat answers to this question, but today, those pat answers don’t mean anything to me.

To return to the original question about whether or not I’m still blogging, the answer is yes. But I think I need to explain that for a while, at least, I’m going to have more questions than answers in my blogs. And if you’re okay with that, I welcome you to stick around and see where we end up.

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Comments

  1. That is a scary question we all ask a few times in our lives. I am with you on thIs one Sarah. Can’t wait to hear more and figure it out for myself as well!

    Blessings!

    Mary

  2. “Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” – E.E. Cummings

    I like questions!

  3. Getting to the place where you have more questions than answers is actually very good.

    Most of the time we think we know everything, but getting to the point where we realize we really don’t ‘know’ most of the things we thought we knew is a great place to be in our walk with God!

    As for not knowing where you belong… if you ever find out how to work out where you belong, please tell me because I don’t have a CLUE!

  4. Sarah Salter says:

    Peter, I’ve been expected to have all of the answers for so long that I don’t know how to deal with not having them. But I totally agree with your point that we have to come to the point that all we know is that we don’t know anything. Thanks, my Favorite Peter! :)

  5. Sarah: I stated at the end of the old year that I was tired of masks. I was tired of pretending: http://billgrandi.ovcf.org/wordpress/?p=5201 Personally, I think it is great that you allow yourself to ask questions and express doubt and then maybe even allow others to help you find an answer. Maybe not always will it happen but who knows? Perhaps you will ask “the” question and someone will have gone through it as well and offer just what you need. I, for one, will look forward to more questions. And now I will answer your question for today: “no clue.” I have been there but can’t say I have any inspiration to give.

  6. Dacia Bryan says:

    I’m glad you posted this. I’ve been thinking about my neglected blog in much the same light. I’m not sure what I have to say that would be worth reading right now. Like you I’m really finding my way…maybe I should be less afraid of sharing my pain. We’ll see. But I’m with you girl…all the way!

  7. Sarah Salter says:

    Bill, thank you for sharing. And really, I think this is one of those things that I have to find the answer for myself. I think that really, God is the only one with the answer. But I needed to at least admit that I am struggling with the question.

  8. Since my mother died and I am no longer her caretaker, I have asked myself a similar question about my own usefulness. I threw myself into Church activities to fill the void, but of course, it hasn’t. Instead I am now very much aware of the disagreements and hurts between volunteers that really need to be let go because they are holding us back. But I digress…
    I can’t answer that for either of us right now. Recently in prayer, God told me that I can’t wrap my mind, heart, or life around what He wants from and for me because my heart, mind, and home are too cluttered. I’ve asked for a hint, and He’s told me there is no room. So I’ve organized the bedroom closet and the dresser drawers in the master bedroom, fixed a clogged sink in the master bath, and am currently working on organizing my night stand. I’ve always hated housecleaning, yet right now, it seems to be the easy part of the three tasks at hand, though God has offered help with the other two if I let Him. The problem is I don’t really know how to…
    Sorry for the tangent. That last paragraph is all about my own issues (which for seem reason I seem readier to share in people’s comment sections than on my own blog right now) . I do not mean in any way to imply that our problems can be solved in a like manner. :-) You seem like a very organized person.

  9. Be where you are, Sarah. Nothing wrong with that. If we seek Him, we WILL find Him–I believe it with all my heart because I’ve known and experienced it (as I know you have). Honest questions are wonderful and you know I’m praying for you. Don’t struggle alone and don’t settle for pretending. He’s so good to lead and guide us to His love and grace. Blessings, friend. :)

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