I’ve Missed You

missing-youI was looking through this blog today.  I know it’s a bit narcissistic since I write it, but it was more like a trip down memory lane.  Every once and while something will pop up in the most unexpected place linking back to an article from this site that I wrote years ago.  As I reread those article, I begin to reminisce about the “glory days” of Dad in the Middle.  There was a time when I was publishing six to seven posts a week here on the site – articles about children’s ministry and being a dad and things I was learning about God.  I have made life long friendships through this blog and other online activity.  I’ve launched, and shut down, a collaborative blog which fed a need for a short time and has sparked relationships that I rely on weekly (if not daily) for advice and encouragement.  The audience that started here at Dad in the Middle has afforded me the opportunity to follow God’s call into a whole new area of ministry – ministering to children of divorce.  These days Divorce Ministry 4 Kids and I Am A Child of Divorce take up the bulk of my writing time as that is where God has led me.

As I scanned through Dad in the Middle this morning, I realized that new visitors would be more likely to think this is a site about Biblical Prophecy than family life and children’s ministry – the result of a series I wrote years ago whose final installment (#116) will be published next Monday.  That article will represent the 915th article published on this site.  And, I realized something about myself.  I miss this site.  I miss sharing what I am learning about God, about being a Dad about teaching kids about God.  I miss the community and interaction that grew out of it.  But, things have changed too.  I don’t have the time I had when I first started Dad in the Middle in Summer of 2008.  In fact, the pace I had myself on eventually led to burn out and an intentionally scaled back scheduled when it comes to blogging and online activity.  So, I can’t go back there.  That wasn’t a healthy place.  So, wherein do I find the balance.

Here’s the plan!  Dad in the Middle will be back, and it will be back as I had originally intended it.  I will talk about the things that are most important to me.  Some of those may be of interest to other people – some will not, and that’s ok.  I will not, by the grace of God, allow it to become a chore again where I strive to meet some sort of posting schedule or perceived need.  That is a recipe for disaster.  And, I will not let it interfere with what I believe to be the ministry given to me by God – to minister to children of divorce and their families.  Instead, I intend to take Dad in the Middle back to it’s roots – a place for me to write about the things that are most important to me – God, my family and ministry.  That might mean one post a week, or it might mean one post per month.  I leave all of that up to God.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride though.  I’ve missed you!

2 Comments

  1. Good stuff buddy- it’s healthy to evaluate. Look forward to version 2.0! Let me know if you need some guest posts.