Well y’all! I’ve been blogging for a year as of this week! Whether you’ve been following my posts since the beginning or this is your first one, THANK YOU!
Blogging has been way more challenging than I thought it would be, but just when I think about quitting, one of you message me and tell me how one of my blog posts kept you going or how it was exactly what you needed to hear!
So here I am, still blogging
In a year, I’ve learned a lot of things from this weekly blog, so I thought I’d make you a list:
- Thursday comes a lot quicker than one would think LOL. I used to think that I really had a lot to say, but the quicker that Thursday comes, the more I realize I have to be totally dependent on God for words. There have been several weeks where I’ve sat down to write a post and literally had nothing to say. It’s only been by the grace and wisdom of God flowing through me that I have been able to blog consistently! It’s a constant reminder that these words and this blog is not my own (and it’s a good thing too!)
- Blogging about Jesus keeps you accountable. This is probably the biggest thing I’ve learned in the last year. How in the world am I supposed to talk about Jesus or new insights about Him when I haven’t read His words recently or spent any time with Him. It’s absolutely impossible. There were weeks that I would realize that I had nothing new to say because I hadn’t looked for anything new in the last week. I had just been on cruise control in my faith. But having this blog has forced me to find something new to focus on each week about Jesus and His character. Need accountability in this area? Think about starting a blog, a weekly small group, a weekly encouraging text group, etc. It really does keep you out of that cruise control.
- Jesus wants to speak to the one. This has been a tough lesson. There are weeks that I check the views on my blog posts and am super excited, and then there are other weeks that I feel a little crushed. Some weeks the views are so high up that I feel like what I’m writing is making a difference! And then there are weeks that I feel like I’m wasting my time. When I started this blog, I told myself and others that I didn’t care if my blog only touched one person because that would be more than enough. And in theory, that sounds beautiful. But in practice, pride likes to taint those kind of statements. In all honesty, there have been some low weeks when the views on a post have been as low as 10 views. And that has hurt my pride like no other. But every time I feel discouraged at this number, God reminds me that that number is 10 “ones”. I said if it was just “one” I’d be thrilled. And God multiplied that 10x. Following this pep talk, I almost ALWAYS get a text from someone who has read it that week and told me it changed their perspective of their season, helped them push on, or lead them to a closer walk with Jesus. He really is concerned with just that “one”.
- This blog is not mine. If you haven’t yet realized from the last 3 points made, let me make it very clear to you. This blog isn’t mine. Sure, I type the words, send out the emails, publish the posts, etc. but I really am just the secretary for the big man with the blog. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to write a post about one subject, but halfway through the post I’ve felt such a conviction that I’ve erased the whole thing and started over with His words. What you read is not mine. God is constantly pouring words into my spirit that I type into this space. If you’ve ever felt impacted by one of my posts, it’s because it didn’t have to do with me at all. In fact, there have been times I have written posts about subjects that don’t even pertain to me in the season I’m in, but have been so impressed in my heart for someone else to read. That’s not me y’all, that’s Jesus.
I could go on and on about what this blog has taught me, but I want to leave space for you to think about what the last year has taught you. What new adventure did you start? How did Jesus show up in that?
If you didn’t start anything new in the last year, start something new right now. Go on an adventure with Jesus. Commit to something that puts you outside of your comfort zone and keeps you accountable. It doesn’t have to be something as public as a blog (although it could be), but it could be something as private as a journal.
Start journaling, songwriting, singing, drawing, painting, taking pictures, starting a small group, attending a small group, reading, storytelling, the possibilities are endless!
No matter the avenue, the challenge is the same. Start on a new adventure with God today. Something you do once a week, a new rhythm in your life that keeps you accountable to doing more than just knowing that God exists. Something that helps you realize that God is an everyday God.
Whatever you choose, I promise He’ll show up.