Time to Reclaim My Life

This post is my “good-bye” to blogging for an undetermined amount of time. I need to de-stress and reclaim my life.  It’s time to take some of my own advice.reclaim your life

I started blogging at the release of my second book, STUCK.  My tag line has been “reclaim your life” because that has been what I want to help people accomplish. I enjoyed bringing up important topics and interacting with people for the past 18 months. It was a good run, but it’s become a burden to have to write one more piece of material 1-3 times a week.

My first calling, after my family, is my ministry at Cedarbrook Church. They get my best. Lately I’ve felt very run down. I’m not sure why. I feel like I lead a very balanced life. I don’t feel stressed. But I’m beginning to wonder if I carry more stress than I realize. Something’s got to go. The first thing to go is the last thing added: my blogging.

Thanks to those of you who have followed me and especially those that took time to comment. If you want to stay in touch with me you can follow my Facebook page. I will occasionally post there but nothing extensive.

Let me close by encouraging you to reclaim your life as well. What are you doing that’s not necessary and actually causing a drain on you? How can you redirect your precious time to the important people in your life, the things that give you life, and the purposes that God created you to do? Good questions to close with. 

What are you doing that’s not necessary and actually causing a drain on you?

I know I’m breaking all the rules of self-promotion and creating a platform for my books. I’ll lose my reader base and Google ranking. That’s fine. I have never been in it to make a name for myself. I just wanted to help people. I trust I will continue to do that through my church ministry and my books as they sell quietly on their own without my help.

I hope I find the time and energy to write again in the future.  Peace to you.

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16 thoughts on “Time to Reclaim My Life

  1. Caralyn

    Thank you for all you’ve done for us! Thanks for answering questions I’ve wrestled with and doing it diplomatically, even when I wasn’t. Praying for your continued ministry to your family, your church, and those you walk with IRL.

    1. F. Remy Diederich Post author

      You are welcome. I’m so glad I could help with your questions. I haven’t ever been “accused” of being diplomatic. If you only knew me in my younger days!

  2. Judith Doran

    Peace to you Remy, and blessings on your journey. I will keep looking for those books that make their way to the shelves. They have helped so many.

    1. F. Remy Diederich Post author

      Thanks for your comments over time. It was always good to see your name pop up. Don’t look for any books soon but I’m sure there will be more in the future.

  3. CyndiJ

    Remy, one more lesson in learning to be faithful in this sin-filled world. And further evidence of God’s leading in your life. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  4. kristia

    Your books and blog were most helpful to me during the most difficult time in my life. I appreciate your decision and know God will bless your obedience to Him, your family and church family. Thank you again!

  5. Mark Craker

    Thank you Remy,because of your obedience to God you have helped me to change my life. I owe you a huge debt of gratitude for speaking truth into me. For helping me to understand that I am truly forgiven and loved by God. I pray that you will find the rest and peace that you are seeking in this next season of your life.

    With love and sincere appreciation for all that you do, good bye for now.
    Mark Craker.

    1. F. Remy Diederich Post author

      Good to know Alan. Blogging is different than speaking. With speaking I get immediate feedback. With blogging, the vast majority of the audience is silent. It makes you wonder if anyone is listening! Thanks.

  6. Dina

    I have valued your many words of wisdom and insight. I don’t always agree with your viewpoint, but it causes me to see things from a different perspective and think about what I believe and why I believe it. Some of your ideas have helped me to re-frame the way I see things, and challenged me and caused me to grow. I very much agree that this is a good move for you, and I respect you even more for being able to give up the good things to hold onto the best. I actually made a choice today to let go of something and say “no” to an extra workload. THANKS!

    1. F. Remy Diederich Post author

      Yah, well, my wife doesn’t always agree with me either! Not a problem there. Disagreement creates dialogue, expanding the topic. Thanks for letting me know that my posts have helped you grow. I’m pretty sure I’ll write again in a few months. I just wasn’t writing out of a fullness but a sense of obligation. I didn’t want to be just one more blogger pumping out material to keep my Google ranking. I don’t want to be adding to the noise but offering something of content. Keep up the good choices!

  7. Nia

    Thank you so much for everything. I found your blog late December last year at what was the darkest moment of my life so far. I can honestly say that your writings have helped me so much and definitely helped me get through the first few months of 2013 and also brought me closer to God, although I still have some questions and fears, and don’t always know if I am doing the right thing. I printed some of them out so I can refer to them at a moment’s notice. In my country where I live we don’t have pastors or churches who speak or write like you do, which is why I found myself Googling for answers. In particular your posts about Facing your Fears, Lance Armstrong and Why We Lie, The Weakness of God, and the ones where you explained that God loves us despite our flaws moved me tremendously and I read them several times, even if I don’t always comment.
    I will miss your writings and I am sad to see you go, but I wish you and your family and church all the best for the future. Your blog definitely helped me in my life when I needed it most. Thank you very much.

    1. F. Remy Diederich Post author

      Nia, feel free to email me directly or Facebook me with any question you have. I’m happy to write in response to a question. It’s just hard writing without some kind of prompt. That’s when it gets draining to me and I wonder why I bother. I don’t want to blog just to have some kind of notoriety. That means nothing. But if I can help, I’m all in. Thanks for letting me know specifically how you were encouraged.

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