So why am I sitting here writing a blog post several days before Christmas? Haven’t I enough shopping to do, presents to wrap, craft to complete, baking to finish, prayers to say, and books to read? I shouldn’t have time for writing. And why even bother writing when there’s probably no one reading? I am sure most people are very busy completing their preparations for Christmas. They won't have time to stop by and share a story.

Despite it being a very hectic time of year, when many blog readers might have disappeared, I still write. Maybe it's because life is so busy, I write. I write to give myself a quiet break in my day. I write to think. I write to make sense of my very complicated life.

I’ve been thinking about how all of our lives are made up of stories, thousands of them. But they are not well ordered stories like chapters in a book. Some stories are told in bits and pieces over a period of time. Some seem complete in themselves, while some over-lap with other stories. Some stories are happy and others are sorrowful. Some stories we understand but there are others we wonder about. Why are they even in the books of our lives? They don’t seem to make any sense at all. When I write, I reflect on all the things that have ever happened to me. I reflect on the stories of my life.

I sit at my computer and type in a few words. I have an idea about what I am going to write about, but usually I don’t know how the story will end. And even when I think I know the ending, I am often surprised to find myself finishing in a totally different place than the one I expected. As I think and write and reflect, I learn so much about myself and my family, and about God and His plan for my life. I love that moment when I get to the final paragraph and I think, “That is what this story is all about!” I am sure God is speaking to me as I write.

Of course some stories don’t go anywhere. I end up saving them in draft form and sighing loudly. Why didn’t that story want to be written? And then days or weeks or months later, I will find myself thinking about that draft, and suddenly I know how to finish it. I have discovered how it fits into the book of my life.

Even though there are times when we all sigh and complain we have nothing to write about, this is not true at all. All our lives are rich and complicated and meaningful. We all have stories to tell, stories to explore, stories that we need to understand better, stories that want to be shared… We just need to sit quietly and think and pray and reflect… and the words will eventually come.

I have written my blog post. A little more of the puzzle of my life has been put together. I feel thankful and full of joy and love. I know God is working in my life. I see Him and myself just a little clearer.

Yes, blogging the stories of our lives, I am sure, leads us ultimately to the real Author of these stories… God.

So even when life gets busy, make time for blogging. Sit quietly and write the stories of your life. They are about you, but they are also about God. They are very important. 

Blogging isn’t a waste of time at all. I wonder if you agree.

Nativity - Fra Angelico

PS If there is anyone still reading my blog during these last few days of Advent, I’d like to wish you a very Happy and Holy Christmas. May God bless you and your families. And thank you so much for reading my stories during 2012.

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  1. Hi Sue,

    I agree that blogging isn't a waste of time. I am sure you have more readers than I do, but even if only a few read, that is still significant, especially when you can touch readers half a world away! Blessings on you and your family this holy season,

    1. Willa,

      We don't know who is reading our blogs, but it is wonderful when people stop and say hello and we make new friendships and connections. I always enjoy sharing ideas with you, Willa. I haven't forgotten I asked you to be an adopted sister, as you don't have any! That is special. I keep you in my prayers each day. Thank you for your comment and Christmas greetings. May God bless you and your family abundantly. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. I second Willa! Also half a world away, but I TREASURE our friendship, which would probably never have come about, but for your blog - a shining star of thoughtful, charitable writing, and your book Grief, Love and Hope.

    I had the nicest conversation tonight with a friend who lives in the same town as I do. She has children (3) close in age to some of my children, and in fact our kids are friends...and we were talking about our sons, and how we worry and pray for them. They seem to have such a difficult time figuring out the growing up part of life! Her son, almost 21. My sons, a bit isn't just about having fun all the time, but grabbing a hold of adulthood. Fun doesn't end just because one is responsible. Too many thrilling youtube videos have perhaps entirely skewed their view of the future. The future looks dull, unless it includes endless bungee jumping, & snowboard runs through deep powder off of cliffs that one has to take a helicopter to get to, well they have bought into it. Even while staying Catholic, they are acting kind of lost.

    We were agreeing that, if our sons don't have a vocation to the priesthood, that we hope they find a girl and get married as soon as possible...because that will help them grow up.

    And I thought that was certainly the case for my husband (and me to a lesser extent)...and she said the same for her husband...getting married, and having a baby right away was the making of her husband! Even though my husband & I were a bit older when we got married, we STILL weren't all that grown up.

    1. Amy,

      Thank you for your kind words. I also treasure your friendship very much. The Internet is a blessing to me. Yes, we are half a world apart but still great friends!

      When we chat online I often wish we could sit around a table instead, with mugs of coffee and chat face to face. I would enjoy talking with you like you do with the friend you mentioned. Talking over experiences does help so much when we are bringing up children. We used to worry about sleepless nights and feeding problems. Now we worry about whether our children will find someone to marry, remain Catholic, accept a vocation... It doesn't get easier when our children get older, does it? I guess we just keep praying and trusting them. They will get there.

      One of my sons spends a lot of time with his cars. Growing up and getting married? I am sure he will move on and leave this passion behind when he feels it's time to get married. Marriage is such a huge responsibility. We all have to grow up when there is a spouse and possibly children to put ahead of ourselves.

      Always lovely to share with you, Amy. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it!

      May God bless you and your family this Christmas. Have a wonderful time together!

  3. I have to chime in and say I agree as well from anither place halv a world away. If the children are digging too deep, we tell them thy'll dig all the way to China. The truth is they'll end up near Sue Elvis' back yard, I think ;)
    And yes, blogging is so good for getting a perspective on the story- or rather stories - of your life.

    A blessed Christmas to Sue Elvis and family, and readers too ;)

    1. Uglemor,

      I have been smiling at the image of your children appearing out of a hole in our backyard! Wouldn't it be nice to have a tunnel connecting our homes? I'd say, "Just off to visit Uglemor", and I'd step into the hole and shoot down the tunnel and arrive in Denmark! The next best thing is the Internet. I always enjoy popping over to your blog and reading about you and your family. Although we live in very different places, we can relate to each others' stories. I am sure we have loads in common despite our different locations.

      I'd like to wish you a very blessed Christmas too. I hope the snow returns so you get a white Christmas. Thank you so much for your comment and Christmas greetings.

  4. I AGREE! I AGREE! From across the globe, can you hear my cries of I AGREE!?! Goodness, Sue, I could have written this exactly. Sitting at the computer, writing about... something ... the wisp of a thought... and then it takes shape and I "find out what I'm thinking.."

    I have lots of things to do also, and this is probably my last blog-reading day for awhile. But I'm so glad I read THIS!

    Have a holy, blessed, fun Christmas with your beautiful family!

    1. Nancy,

      I am so glad you understand! I can hear your shout loud and clear! I guess we all have different writing processes and not everyone would relate to mine, so I am very happy to find a fellow writer-thinker. "the wisp of a thought'... Yes! Successfully capturing those thoughts is a real thrill. Learning from them is even better. It is all rather magical... or perhaps directed by God?

      I am so glad you stopped by even though it is such a busy time of year. I aim to curb my yearning to write, and go join the real world containing my family, so I might be offline too for a short while.

      I hope you have a very happy Christmas too, Have fun with your grandchildren. I can just imagine their faces as they open your gifts!

      It has been a real joy getting to know you and swapping blog comments. See you after Christmas! God bless.

  5. I so agree! Sometimes, I think it's a total waste of time - after all, I only have 17 followers on my blog, and who reads it anyway, right? I see others who have hundreds of followers, and I think, 'ah, leave it to them - they seem to know what they're doing, unlike me'. But you just never know who is reading your blog. Once, I went on a trip to a homeschooling conference in Melbourne, and came across a lady, who with a huge smile, thanked me for a post I'd written on 'teenagers', and said how it had touched her heart and inspired her. Wow. I didn't even know she read my blog, and she hadn't left a comment - but I had reached out and touched someone's heart, with my little blog! I've never forgotten it, and at times when I feel like hitting that 'delete' button because I feel so small and insignificant, I remember, and keep going, anyway. God bless,

    1. Linda,

      Yes, there are highly popular blogs with lots of followers. But sometimes... I think the number of followers a blogger has is very deceptive. Lots of people follow a blog only because they hope they will get return followers. They probably don't read all the posts of every blog they follow. How do I know this? Most of my followers are family, and I know for sure they hardly ever read my blog!! I no longer have a followers gadget, and even though it's still possible for someone to follow my blog, I haven't had a new follower in months. But this doesn't worry me at all (though it used to!).

      Like you, I sometimes meet or hear about someone who is reading my blog and I find out they have been enjoying my posts. It doesn't matter at all being small. Touching a few hearts and making a few friends is totally worth the effort of blogging publicly.

      It seems there are times when we all have the same thought: I'm small and insignificant so I might as well delete my blog. I know I do! But a new blog post idea always saves me from becoming an ex-blogger at that crucial moment! I can never resist writing just one more post. I hope you will never press the delete button either, Linda. It is always good to share your posts. Yes, blogging is certainly not a waste of time. It's all about sharing and sharing is good!

      I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas with your family. Thank you for stopping by.

      God bless!


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