When Blogging is a Calling: 4 Reasons You Should Blog

When Blogging is a Calling: 4 Reasons You Should Blog

In early 2013, I started my very first blog using Blogger under the same title Made to Love. I had dreams and goals to write more, but never got around to posting them.

“Why was that?”, I wondered.

I was afraid. Afraid that these thoughts were not good enough or that someone else had a better way of writing them.

I was comparing myself to others and not being obedient to sharing the thoughts God had placed on my heart and in my mind.

Over the years to now, I realize now that God was still preparing me for this journey ahead. I just had a lot of wisdom to learn at the time

And still do.

4 Ways God may be calling you to Blog:

#1 You keep coming back to it.

As I mentioned above, I have been blogging since early 2013. The passion was there, but the momentum was not. Maybe this is you, maybe it’s not; but what my blog was lacking as a clearly defined purpose. Why do you want to start blog? What kind of blog do you want to start? What audience do you wish to reach? How will you reach this audience? What kind of posts are you going to write? … and the list goes on.

For me, it was a matter of giving these dreams over to God in hope he would lead me in the right direction of when to start my blog and what to write about.

#2 You enjoy writing.

Two things I wrote in my “welcome back” post:

“I’ve always loved the idea of writing and storytelling on a blog.”

“There is something therapeutic to curating the perfect blog post”

Made to Love is back!

Writing can be a fun and therapeutic experience to anyone. You have can either share them openly with others or within the pages of a private journal. Disclaimer: I do not recommend sharing an overly emotional thought unless you feel God leading you to post it. Being discerning of God’s voice.

#3 You may have doubts.

Blogging as a hobby can be fun; but turning blogging into a career (full-time or part-time) can be a bit risky and takes a lot of courage to take the first step. That step could be emotional, mental, financial, or spiritual. It’s also a matter of trusting God to provide for and take care of your every need.

Still unsure of your writing abilities? Just start writing.

Lacking confidence as a Christian blogger? Seek God and get to know him. Listen to who he says you are.

Not sure if people will read or find your blog? Just promote it and trust God will reveal it to those who need it.

Lacking in finances? Start small and only pay for what you really need.

Whatever your doubts, seek God in everything.

#4 You are always thinking of potential writing ideas.

Think about it. Whenever you journal or read about something you find applicable to your life, what do you want to do? Share it on social media in hopes it will help someone else? Share with family or friend in a message? Regardless of the audience, you are sharing your thoughts with others, possibly creating a discussing — even better when you are discussing God’s Word.

Over the past few years, I have share some ideas. Others ideas I have written down in a journal, waiting to be further developed. Some ideas might take a while to develop if God is still working you through it. Be patient with the process.

If you are called to blog, do not give up on the dream.

Be strong and courageous. Trust God in the process.

Enjoy the journey.

Be blessed, y’all

A Gentle Kind of Leader: How God Leads and Guides Us

The first time I came across the Gentle Leader, I was walking our dog, Ryder down by The Pearl, a local area here in San Antonio. There was a lady sitting on a bench with her Golden Retriever using this Gentle Leader leash. Her dog was so well-behaved and didn’t seem to pull. At the time, we were still using a harness on Ryder. While it gave us some control, he still felt like he was pulling. The idea behind this leash is to minimize pulling from the dog and allow for a more pleasant walk. The leash buckles around the neck (as a normal collar), then gentle slips over the nose with an adjustable loop. The only trick was getting your dog acclimated to the leash. Needless to say, after talking to the lady, I curious to try her leash on Ryder. So off to Amazon we went!

Fast forward a few months: My husband and I have been training to walk Ryder using the Gentle Leader leash. We still have our occasional moments of protest him; but for a good distance of the walk, he has been pretty cooperative.

This example seemed to resonate a little in my spirit …

How can this example be applied to my own life?

God leads and guides us in our own lives.

Just like the Gentle Leader, He equip us, prepares us, with what we need on a daily basis. In Psalm 23, David ponders how the Lord is like a shepherd. Before David became king, he was out taking care of his father’s sheep. Sheep, in general, are very dependent on their shepherd to take care of them and protect them from danger. David understood what it meant to trust God and depend on him for strength, even after his moments of struggling with him. Later in the New Testament, Jesus himself said “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11, ESV).

Our struggle only makes it difficult.

Good and upright is the Lord, therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his commandments.

Psalm 25:8-10 ESV

The word humble jumps out to me here. I mean, it’s repeated in the same sentence! To be humble means to submit to authority: God’s authority.

Even today, Ryder is still adjusting to having the guide around his snoot. But I believe he will soon come to realize that struggling and pulling will only make the walk unpleasant. He will begin to relax more and more, depend on us to lead him and obey our commands.

How true is this for us when we humble ourselves, submit to God, and obey his commands?

It is just like us in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We can either learn to listen and obey his commands or we can learn things the hard way in a struggle for control.

We have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear when we know God is in control. Click To Tweet

Today, as we face the threat of COVID-19 and trying to live life as normal as we can … all while staying at home or standing six feet away. Okay, maybe life isn’t that normal right now. But, I would like to leave y’all with one of my favorite verses found in Isaiah, chapter 41 …

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;

I will strengthen, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV

As well as, another verse found in Proverbs, chapter 3 …

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV
When we submit to God and believe in what he did, that is sending his ONLY son to die for us, we gain access to the greatest gift of all. Click To Tweet

There is nothing like the gift of a cancelled debt we could never repay. Nothing like student loans or credit cards we can eventually pay off in months to years. But also the gift of knowing God himself, our Creator, and meeting him some day.

What a beautiful reminder during the week before Easter.

To God be the glory,

Looking for a way to stop your dog from pulling on walks?
Try out Gentle Leader for yourself.

3 Truths for the Christian Blogger & what I have learned.

3 Truths for the Christian Blogger & what I have learned.

Over the past year, I’ve had to take a break from blogging, mostly because the well of inspiration (to write) had dried up. Probably for a good reason to as this season helped me think about why I wanted to share my thoughts in the first place. That can be a scary idea, y’all. 

When I first started blogging a few years ago, I wanted whatever I posted to always reflect Jesus no matter what. This is a great goal for the Christian blogger; but, it was easier said than done at the time. The whole concept had yet to plunge deep into my heart as I had hoped it would. As a result, the ideas I had for this blog lacked a single direction I had to step away from blogging for a season.

God has a way of humbling us to bring glory to Him. Click To Tweet

This realization made me question why I started blogging in the first place.

P.S. If you aren’t a blogger, let these truths speak to you. They can be applied in whatever in you do. ❤︎

When your heart’s not in it to win it (for Jesus).

When you ask yourself the question “Why do I want to start a blog?”, make a list and reflect on these reasons. These reasons could be the deciding factor for your blog to flourish.

James 4, especially verses 7 through 10, has a special place in my heart and sometimes I take this truth for granted. This chapter lists five steps we should live out on a daily basis:

  • Submit to God.
  • Resist the devil (and he will flee).
  • Draw near to God.
  • Cleanse and purify yourself before God. (Where does your loyalty lie: God or the world?).
  • Humble yourself before God (and He will lift you up).
    • I love how the Message version states to “quit playing the field”, “the fun and games [of the world] are over”, and to “get down on your knees before the Master. It’s the only way you’ll get on your feet” (James 4:7-10, MSG).

One idea I will be practicing in my writing is using it to be more reflective with my everyday thoughts and seeking Biblical truths about them.

Seek God for direction.

In a young adults’ Bible study I attend, we are currently studying the life of David and his establishment as king of Israel. David was patient for his time to come. He could have asserted himself on the throne sooner than God intended.

David was “a man after God’s own heart” and his relationship with God was pretty sweet, even when he messed up. He was in constant communication with God and was able to accept the consequences, bring his shortcomings to God, and reconcile the relationship. All was sweet again – until the next time. How much more is God faithful to forgive us as he did with David?

Communication is the key to any successful relationship. It is important to communicate with our Lord and Savior often however you are called to do it. A few examples: praise, prayer, and in the Word.

Don’t let others’ thoughts influence your opinions.

This was a huge concept for me to grasp over the past few years. I have struggled with caring about others’ potential thoughts about what I shared. (Potential. Not yet said.) Sometimes, I would compare my writing to others’, and would think less of myself. Other writers seemed to put the words together more eloquently than I ever could. What a crazy thought. As a result, this attitude has kept me from finishing, and even posting, something near to my heart at the time.

Change your attitude to live out that of Psalm 37:4-6.

  • Take delight in the Lord (and He will give you what your heart desires).
  • Commit everything you do to the Lord.
  • Trust the Lord.
  • He will validate your life with His stamp of approval.Only God can validate your life with His stamp of approval. Click To Tweet
    • Meaning: Only God can have a say in your life. Others’ opinion don’t matter – except, of course, when God is using them to speak to you. Be discerning in this area.

So if God is calling you to write: Remember these points, add to them as need, and write to your hearts content. ❤︎