I’m so delighted to be sharing this post with you today because there is a little news that I have reserved for the end.
Let me just say that this journey of blogging has been off to a great start. Everyone has been so gracious and encouraging and I’m humbled by the amount of sheer talent that each of my fellow bloggers possess. I’m amazed at the amount of souls that the Lord has called to sharing the gospel via the internet. The numbers are mind-boggling and yet there is still so much to be said, so much to do, and so many more who are called and haven’t yet stepped into their purpose.
Without further ado here are a few things that I have learned in my first 30 days of Christian Blogging…
1. It’s all about Jesus – While that seems obvious enough when writing about your faith let me just explain that blogging is the ultimate time-robber. It is all encompassing and there are many parts that come into play. If you aren’t intentional about your devotion time you can easily get caught up with the demands and deadlines of your new blog. Before you open up that email, you have to dig in to your word. Before you sit to type, you have to pray. It has to be Spirit led and unless you are filled you will be attempting to serve from an empty vessel.
2. Fear = Failure – You cannot be afraid to post what the Lord puts on your heart. You cannot be afraid to step out and take a chance. You have to get out of the boat and be willing to walk on the water in the midst of the storm. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will be fine.
3. Opposition comes – How many of you know that when you are walking with the Lord and stepping into His will for your life the devil rears his ugly head? It is no different when blogging about your faith and sharing the gospel. The enemy will do all he can to try and make you quit. As long as you share about Jesus you have a bullseye on your back because you are a threat to darkness. Be encouraged though, Jesus has you covered and no evil will overtake you.
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be
afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the
work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.”
1 Chronicles 28: 20
4. Consistency is key – You have to commit to what you are setting out to accomplish and follow through with it. If you can only get one post out a month then make sure that you are consistent about that one post. Slow progress is still steady progress and your readers need to know they can rely on that next post from you. I literally get excited when my favorite bloggers pop up into my reader feed.
5. Schedule your time – I’m learning this the hard way. There are so many different components attached to blogging including but not limited to; social media, emails, and networking. If you don’t make a weekly plan of how much you’ll be devoting to each one you’ll be easily lost while accomplishing nothing. Not only that but you’ll be missing out on the most important things, time with the Lord and your family. I have allotted myself so many hours a day for each activity and it’s still a challenge.
6. God will guide the way – He will give you the vision for your calling. Whether that be the niche you are in, the people that you will be collaborating with, or what style of writing to use, He will make it known to you. I have been in awe at the amount of resources that the Lord has been setting right before me. Things that have been helping me, encouraging me, and people who have been blessing me. It has been surreal and beyond what words can describe. God is so faithful!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do, and He will
show you which path to take.”
My prayer is that if you are someone who stumbled upon my blog and you have a heart to start a faith-based blog of your own that you have just gained a little bit of the wisdom and encouragement you needed to take that first step. By the way, I’m here to help along the way if you need some advice or just a listening ear.
Part of the path that the Lord has me on is growth. Growing in my faith, growing in courage, growing in trust. In an effort to continue growing I am happy to announce that I will be switching my blogging platform (sorry Blogger) to WordPress.org. I started Blogger intentionally. I wanted a simple beginning that was safe. Well, it seems that it is a little too safe. The Lord is calling me out to stretch my faith and to move into uncharted territory. That means I’m diving into learning the ins and outs of a platform that I’m completely unfamiliar with. I’m eager to see what the Lord does…