With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: A New Direction

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A New Direction

I'm a little excited and a little apprehensive. Actually, I'm a lot excited and even more apprehensive than I'd like to admit.

I am hoping to take my blog in a new direction by seeking to make it something that will generate income. That's a big step for me and one I've pondered a long, long time.

You see, I really love what I do here at Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart. I love the things I've learned, the people I've met and the friendships that have formed. And if that is as far as my blog takes me, then I consider myself blessed, indeed.

Yet, as I enter my ninth year blogging, I've thought often and struggled with the amount of time and energy it takes to prepare each post. As most bloggers know, it is a huge investment. Planning and preparing recipes or crafts, then photo styling, photographing, photo editing, cleaning up the mess I made, then drafting the post, editing, proof reading and on it goes.

I am taking a bold step sharing this with you, my readers, but with the relationships that have grown with many of you, I feel it is safe that as I press onward you will be kind if and when I stumble along the way.

With continual prayer, not that my goal will succeed, but if it should even be a goal, John and I have committed that for three months, I will research, study and learn everything I can during that time. Then we will evaluate to determine, with the Lord's leading, whether we will continue in this direction.

You probably noticed I have begun including affiliate links in my posts. I choose items that I actually use and find helpful and relevant to that post. Of utmost importance is that my readers know I value each of you and the time you give to visit and to comment. I will do nothing to jeopardize your trust by being anything other than honest and genuine.

I hope to update along the way and appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. Sifting through copious amounts of information is daunting and there are mountains of things I am completely unfamiliar with. Together we will see where this all leads.

Thanks, friends for your support  :)


Mildred said...

I wish you much success, Lorraine!

Adrienne said...

I love the way God leads in new directions, my friend. God will take you where He wants you to go since you are asking Him to lead the way! Can't wait to hear more. My sweetheart and I are in a new place where we, too, are seeking God's leading in new directions. It's exciting to know we can't go wrong when we wait for Him!

NanaDiana said...

Awww...you know I will follow you anywhere, Lorraine! PLEASE don't let put those annoying pop-ups that go all across the page. Sometimes when you click out of them it takes you to that site anyway. I don't mind the side bar posts or the affiliate links but I sure hate those pop-ups. lol

Wishing you the best of luck. xo Diana

Debby Ray said...

Best wishes and prayers as you go in this new direction! Hugs 🤗

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

All the best, Lorraine. Follow where your heart leads.

Lea said...

Awe, I'm betting this will be a most successful endeavor for you. Wishing you all the best and I'll look forward to following along!

Laurie said...

Although I tend to follow you on Facebook more than your blog because of time restraints, I will be watching to see what you decide to do, knowing that if the Lord is in it, it will succeed. May He bless you with your new direction, Lorraine!

Ann Thompson said...

Wishing you all the best in your new endeavor.

Gypsy Heart said...

I wish you all the best in this "new direction" ! With God, all things are possible.

Just please don't have the pop-ups! :)


CHP said...

Lorraine, I wish you the very best in your new endeavor! I so enjoy your photos, recipes, etc. God has given you a wonderful talent and craft, and with His leading, I am eagerly waiting to see what will be accomplished

Patty said...

I love your blog. I wondered why you haven't done it before. Your photography is really good. Good luck. Pat

Sangeetha said...

Hi Lorraine, You have such an elegant blog and your posts are so tastefully done. Wishing you all the very best for your new venture.
Have a lovely weekend.

Cheryl said...

You should do very well, Lorraine! Your work is stellar! (But don't stop showing us your sweet family gatherings and all of those beautiful grandchildren!)

Cyn said...

What a wonderful idea. You have an amazing blog I am sure you will do wonderful with that. I know it takes alot of work...but you have the Lord on your side!


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