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. ❤︎