So you might’ve noticed that this blog has a new look (then again, if you read these posts through the Reader or email, perhaps not!). There is a bit of a story behind this change that I thought I’d share with you.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a WordPress novice for the most part – I’ve been at this blogging business since last November, and have been figuring it out as I go. Anyway, for the past couple of months, I’ve been feeling a little dissatisfied with the way that my blog looked, t but I wasn’t quite figure out what to do about it.
The way WordPress is set up, you can get lost in all of the options! I quickly found myself overwhelmed and wasn’t sure what to do, so I decided to leave it alone for a spell. For the most part, I simply log in each day, create my post, and log out. Also, I only let myself check the blog’s stats about once per month, as I started focusing too much on numbers/page views/followers/likes, and that was not good!
But I digress.
Funny how God is in the small things.
Not too long ago, a WordPress staff member reached out me to ask if I had any questions that she could answer. I had a couple of other things to discuss with her, and she was very helpful, but I had not yet raised the issue of how my blog looked.
Finally, one day, I asked her (we’ll just call her Jane) sort of out of the blue if she would take a look at my blog and give me some feedback. After a bit more back and forth – adding a widget here, removing a widget there – she asked me, “Have you considered changing your theme?”
I had not done that. When I first got started with the blog late last year, I tried a theme and stuck with it, but really hadn’t considered any other options.
So I spent about an hour exploring and testing out at as many of the themes as possible. It was tedious, and at the end of my experiment, I decided to stick with the one that I already had, and I told Jane about it.
I said, “Jane, I found a theme that i kind of liked, but here is the one thing that I don’t really like about it.” She then suggested another option that was similar to the first theme. I tinkered with that one, but decided that something about it didn”t feel quite right, either.
Finally – why did I wait so long to do this? – I asked the Lord about it. “Lord, do You want me to change the theme of this blog?” It wasn’t like the clouds parted and I heard an audible response or anything, but I felt prompted to go through the themes again.
Long story short, I found a theme that I liked. Funny – when I looked at the new theme before (pre-prayer), I thought it was just okay, but after praying about it, suddenly this new theme appeared just right. I decided to go with it. 🙂
So many thanks to Jane for her thoughtfulness and expert guidance, and thank You, Lord, for the reminder that I should have checked in with You first before I started messing around with the look of my blog! How easily I go off my own way, pursuing the things that seem right, without first bothering to check in with the Lord at the outset. Why? I am operating under some misguided assumption that I’ve got the situation fully under control, and that I don’t need to check in with God for His input.
Dear Lord, thanks for directing me to this new theme for the Daily Thankful blog. Sorry for going off on my own without checking in with You first!
Thanks also for sending Jane to cross my path to provide some good suggestions about how to improve the look and feel of the blog. You know that I don’t like getting mired down in the back-end details of internet, but I want to always give You my best effort, so if there is a way that I can improve what I’m doing so that it brings greater honor to You, then I want to do so.
However, thank You for being patient with me! I am no expert in these matters, and the changes that I make (both with the blog and in my personal life, too) tend to take place gradually, and over an extended period of time. I appreciate the reminder that I shouldn’t feel rushed or hurried about anything – after all, what is time to You? – but that I should always check in with You first, even about the things that seem to be small and relatively unimportant.
I’m excited about this new look! As always, my prayer is that this blog honors You and draws me closer to You (and if Daily Thankful blesses others along the way, then thank You for making that happen, too). In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.