If you are still with me after an almost 6 month hiatus, then you deserve a gold star!
I have decided it is time to pick up the figurative pen and paper to start blogging again. As the new year commences, it seems a fitting time to re-engage.
When I chose to take a hiatus in July, I felt emotionally beat-up, discouraged and confused, desperately crying out to see God move in some challenging circumstances. I was running low on hope and no longer wanted to feel the vulnerability of walking through my disappointments with God publicly. I also feared mis-perceptions; I was concerned about people coming to inaccurate conclusions about my journey. My skin wasn’t tough enough to endure judgment.
Strangely, little in my circumstances has changed in these last 6 months and we’ve even had some compounding challenges added to the mix, but I feel ready to start blogging again. My discouragement, confusion, and desperation has ebbed and flowed over this season but through it all, I have become more convinced of my call to engage the complexities openly.
I am certainly not coming back to this platform with a pretty package tied neatly with a bow, but rather a continually messy, sometimes unattractive, multi-faceted intermingling of joy and pain, with far more pain than I’d like. But I do have a renewed sense of purpose and strength, while also feeling released from some of the blogging pressures that seemed to have entangled me.
So here I am again — back with all my warts, so to speak.
This time around, I hope to make my blog a little more conversational and interactive. I am going to try to respond more consistently to blog comments and am also inviting questions. There is now a form on the right-hand column that gives space to suggest a blog topic and I’ll be soliciting questions on Judson’s Facebook page. Feel free to ask about anything — my faith, my grief, my parenting, my kids, my marriage, my book, my relationships, my views on certain topics, so on and so forth. Sky’s the limit, as far as I’m concerned — I may not have anything profound to share, but I’m committed to being honest. No Artificial Colors or Flavors is simply intended to be a real, authentic glimpse into one journey of life and faith.
Most importantly, I really want to express my gratitude to you. If you’re reading this, it likely means you’ve somehow chosen to let me into your life through this blog. I am honored. Thank you. And thank you also for electronically sticking with me.