Let’s Start Again

When it comes to beating yourself up, I could compete for Ireland at the Olympics. But the last few days have taught me I need to focus on my strengths as opposed to dwell on the perceived weaknesses which always loom large in my rear view mirror. Fionnuala reminded me recently of what I have achieved in the last year, achievements I should be proud of, it’s not all doom and gloom.

I’m a hypocrite but I need to practice what I preach. When I write, I try to be positive and inspire others. The blog is nearing 10,000 followers and I’m hopeful we can hit that target within the next month. We value every one of you, both regular visitors and less frequent fliers. WordPress is the most supportive social media platform and has restored my fractured faith in online communities.

I was asked recently why I feel the need to blog every day. Isn’t it too much for me? Do I really need to? Well, there are a number of reasons. Yes, I am seeking to promote my writing career. It’s my dream to write for a living one day, although a job promotion earlier this week means there is less pressure on me at present to do so. But more than that, I enjoy writing, it is my release, my therapy, my passion.

Above all of these, however, YOU are the reason. I love my WordPress community and I look forward every day to engaging with, and learning, from you all. Communication is a two way street and I get as much out of your comments, as I hope you all do from this one. I read A LOT of your stuff, even though I don’t always get the opportunity to comment in detail due to my million and one other responsibilities.

I’m currently beta reading for three other talented writers, and I’ve connected with many other great people along the way. You are ALL part of this journey and you will never know how much your encouragement has spurred me on in other areas of my life. So today’s post is a thank you and a celebration. I see a lot of pain and sadness on here, people who feel life has passed them by and there is no way back in the game.

My experiences these last two years tell me it hasn’t and there is. Easter is traditionally seen as a time of resurrection and revival. A time when light prevails over darkness, where hope and faith are rewarded. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, we can all agree on such sentiments. Wherever you are, whatever your current situation, you can and you will punch through to the other side.

Starting today.

Do you want to start all over again?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

35 thoughts on “Let’s Start Again

  1. Congratulations on the promotion! Thank you for being a blessing to so many though your honesty and openness.


  2. I was happy to read about your promotion success. I knew you could pull it off.
    Do I want to start over? No but apparently God wants me too. I’m currently out of a job and taking a few months off. I have received message after message of how upset my coworkers are that “I no longer work there” (aka fired). I only hope in my next job I can be a blessing and inspiration to the next group of people. After all that’s what life is about. I have tried to live the words of the song For the One for a couple months now. Peace and keep writing!!


      1. Supposed to be a writer right? No really, you and your wonderful family are very aspirational. I’m glad I joined WordPress. And I mean it. You deserve to celebrate your accomplishments


  3. Yes I need a restart, a refresh. Seriously, have been in a dark cloud lately and it’s hard for me to shake it. So I’ve decided to give myself a break with writing since I can’t get my thoughts together. And I’m going to take a mini vacation. I’m so happy for you in this journey. I do enjoy reading your post.


  4. Why oh why would I want to restart? I haven’t figured out where I’m going yet! I’d like to see my destination before turning around. And who knows? Maybe the signposts reading “inevitable death and despair” take me through a road of life and happiness… And maybe past the aforementioned destination, lies something else, too.


  5. If you compete for Ireland and I compete for America, that means I’d have to ultimately defeat you for the world championship. 😀

    You really do get a lot done. No wonder you don’t sleep.


  6. I love reading your blogs. I enjoy your open sharing of the good and the bad days. I am newer to the blogging world and am fascinated with the variety and the opportunity to learn from and interact with people from around the world! Thanks so much for being you and sharing with all of the “us’s” out here!


  7. That is amazing!!!! Close to 10k, beta reader for THREE (I struggle with two), writing a book, waiting on a book to get published. Lots of responsibilities, and more important priorities with your family. Remember, it is okay to slow down 🙂 God bless you for all the blessings you have given others.


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