Eighteen Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Eighteen Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ This morning, I was thinking about what post I’d like to write and share today, and within moments, I knew in my heart that this was the one!

I love adding to post series I’ve been keeping up with for a while, and the last post I shared on this topic was last September, where I celebrated blogging / Guatemala-dreaming for eight months! (Check out that post here.) Today’s milestone is quite a bigger one, and I’m so grateful to be able to say that these combined passions are still very relevant in my life. Thank you so much for reading – I hope you enjoy!


Eighteen Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

In the year and a half that has elapsed since I started blogging again, I have learned so much. While I know that I’ll always be learning, it’s humbling to look back and see how much progress I’ve made in this amount of time, both in my writing, my confidence, and my hopes and dreams.

The Lord is teaching me how precious life is; He is showing me the love that I am capable of giving; He reminds me that my life is in the palm of His hand. I look back and realize, in 2017 to this point in 2018, I have learned much more than I was originally aware of.

When I began Dreaming of Guatemala in January 2017, I remember being wary of trying blogging again because in the years before, my blogs had only ever acquired tiny audiences. I remember in the first few months of 2017, my posts reflected the turmoil that often raged in my heart, tainting my content with fake smiles and the good person I desired to be. I unfortunately let what was happening in my life, especially within my family, infiltrate my well-being instead of allowing myself to be led to the Rock that is higher than I. I couldn’t draw close to the Lord in my stubbornness and anxiety. I turned away from the King of kings more than once in 2017, unable to realize just how much I needed Him.

I remember finally feeling whole in January of 2018. A year after this blog journey began, my focus was finally where it should be. I was sharing posts such as The Shift Of My Focus, Willing To Listen, and Thankful For His Guidance.

There was finally a peace within my heart that filled my whole being, a peace that only showed up in my life a handful of times in the entire year before.

Do you know why this was?

I gave my blog over to the Lord.


Throughout 2017, I had allowed my blog to become an idol in my life. I treasured time spent writing posts, responding to comments, and reading others’ comments over the time I gave to be with my family, and to spend in quiet time with the Lord. I became entirely too frustrated when I had to stop doing something blog-related to pursue another (more important!) activity – it wasn’t a pretty picture. I had no way to balance that hobby with what actually mattered because I had placed it on a pedestal.

Amidst all of this inner conflict, something interesting happened in December of 2017: I was completely considering not blogging into the new year. I was not happy with my content, I was struggling to connect with other bloggers, and I was facing so many emotional burdens in my real life that I felt like starting over. A fresh start was exactly what I wanted, even though it would mean losing everything I had spent a year putting my all into. I kept bringing this desire before the Lord in the hopes that He would bless this pursuit, which was an idea that I knew He had placed on my heart.

Well, as you know, I did end up continuing to blog. These last six months have been proof of that fact! But before I wrote the My New Year Blogging Thoughts post, I thought for certain that Dreaming of Guatemala would end with the year. The reason this didn’t happen is because of what the Lord taught me that December, just before I gave up all hope of continuing on this blog.

The reason I created this blog was to have a fun pastime that would remind me, just by the name, where the Lord is leading my life. The posts I wrote inspired and encouraged myself, and with time, I was slowly able to be an inspiration to others, too.

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Having a place to share what’s on my heart and connect with others is still something the Lord wants me to have. If I had created a blog that would just be another online journal for myself at the beginning of this year, I would not have been following His plan. I didn’t know that was the case until I brought it all before Him in prayer. I know prayer is real, and that it changes things. It changes people … I know it changed me.

I still dream of one day being able to visit Guatemala. I’d love to witness for myself its people, its culture, its natural beauty … but above all else, I desire to go wherever the Lord wants me to be in the present moment. Whether that’s in spending time reading His Word, being with my family, or writing an inspirational blog post, I know that I’ll be exactly where I’m supposed to be.


Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I honestly had no idea the post would take this turn, but I’m very grateful to have shared what went on on this blog this past year and a half. I truly don’t feel like my blog is an idol in my life anymore – I’m able to see it for what it is, a gift from the Lord, instead of being something I dedicate all my time to. I’ve taken the steps and given up my pride so that it can be a blessing in my life, and not a burden to my priorities.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

— Maggie

56 thoughts on “Eighteen Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

  1. You’ve done incredibly well & should be so proud of yourself! “I have learned much more than I was originally aware of” – I think life is a continual journey of learning, and I hope it’s also showed how capable you are. One day you could make it to Guatemala, and that will be something to look forward to! 🙂
    Congrats!
    Caz xx

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  2. I love how honest and wholesome this is. I feel like even now God is doing a good thing. Some people wouldn’t want to admit or share these things about themselves. What you are sharing is going to help someone out there. Thank you and god bless you as you continue to share great things through him

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    1. Aww Eva ❤ Thank you for sharing this with me! I love getting to share open and honest posts like this. I know that even if it only helps one person, that vulnerability will be worth it. You're welcome – it's my pleasure!

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  3. WOW! WOW! WOW! This is an amazing blog post, Maggie. I can dedicate relste to putting blogging as a pedestal in late 2017 and early 2018 and I’ve seen the negative side effects of it.

    Now, that I’ve begun to read my Bible daily and really dig deep into God’s Word; I’ve seen how much I’ve grown spiritually along with seeing how God uses this blog to reach people around the world.

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    1. Thank you, Joshua! Yes, it was an issue for me throughout several months in 2017. I kept focusing on the positives of blogging that way instead of realizing what I was really doing and taking responsibility for my decisions.

      Same here! Spending time with the Lord is a life-changer, indeed. 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on 18 months! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, but it’s funny: I only started officially reading posts and commenting and stuff the beginning of the year! Thank you for sharing your story!

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  5. Congratulations, Maggie! 18 months is an incredible accomplishment! I’m so glad that I stumbled upon your blog all those months ago; your love for life and the Lord is infectious and I feel blessed to know you! 💗

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  6. Great post, Maggie! Congratulations on 18 Months of ‘Dreaming of Guatemala’, that is so exciting! It was great to read more about your blog and how you are serving the Lord through it. Your blog is so inspiring, and I love learning about all the things that God is doing in your life. 🙂

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  7. Congratulations, Maggie! 🎊

    I completely get what you are saying about your blog being an idol. I went through the same thing last year. (I wrote about it here if you want to read it, no pressure: https://followinghimbesidestillwaters.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/chopping-down-idols/) I’ve considered taking another break to distance myself to make sure it doesn’t happen again, but I’m not sure when I’ll do that.

    I’m glad you gave your blog to the Lord and returned. 🙂 I may not always leave a comment, but I always love reading your posts. ❤ Keep following Jesus. 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you, Grace! ❤ Oh I'll have to check out that post 🙂 Thanks for providing the link. Breaks are extremely helpful in reminding us of what's truly important in life!

      Thank you, so am I. ❤ Aw same here! Your blog is lovely 🙂 I most certainly will ❤

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  8. I’m so glad you opened up about this!!! I know you just talking about this in a comment when we were discussing I was thankful God gave me time to adapt to my blog and blogging, and you mentioned you wish your blog was the same, which was very humbling to hear 🙂 so thanks again for being honest! People, a lot of times, just see the numbers or comments on other blogs. But it is hard for us to see and understand what others are going through. I think that’s why God has pushed me to try to be as honest as I can, and embrace those moments of weakness, expose them for what they are, so the glory goes to Him. And it amazing to see just what He will do to redirect our heart and our focus. 🙂

    I’m going to have this post for the community spotlight on Inside Cup 🙂

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    1. I am too, girl! ❤ Yeah, the funny thing was we shared those posts on the same day, haha! 🙂 You're welcome ❤ Those topics can be hard to open up about, but it's completely worth it.

      Aw thank you!

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      1. I really do feel, you know as bloggers, we should totally be open about it because there are so many other bloggers who I am sure can relate! 🙂 And that has really helped me be more aware.

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    1. Thank you, Liz! ❤ I'm sure the hiatus will do you a world of good! I know that when I took a few weeks off last summer from blogging, it helped me to remember why I began blogging in the first place. 🙂

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