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Why Blog?

In the first post I wrote for this website, I shared with you why I write; what my motivation is, and where my passion for writing comes from. But writing is not just a way for me to express the “fire that is in my bones.” To me, writing is fulfilling God’s purpose for my life.

Years ago, before I’d ever heard the word “blog,” I was writing what I called “Quick Thoughts.” They were just little devotional readings (much like my current blog posts) that I printed off and placed in our church foyer, in case anyone wanted to pick them up. The hope was that these might be a tool for encouraging women in their spiritual growth.

Why Blog?

Blogging can be a form of online discipleship. Admittedly, the Internet community is limiting in its role—it’s not the same as doing life together in daily interaction that requires godly compromise, provides accountability, or the give and take that is necessary in close quarters. But social sites provide an important community function similar to what the local coffee shop once did.

Many of the blogs I post here are birthed from thoughts in my daily journal. So, I feel like I’m able to connect with you and share some of the things God is teaching me in a somewhat “personal” way. My hope is to pass on these truths to my family and friends, to women in my church, and to readers I may never meet in person.

When I was a teenager, at a critical point in my life, I received instruction from a godly pastor. We were in that church less than 2 years (because we moved more than two thousand miles away), but I believe I’m still walking in the fruit of what Pastor Truman invested in me during that brief season. I think that’s one reason discipleship matters so much to me. I didn’t have a long season of discipleship while I was in my formative years, but what I did have was extremely valuable and it compels me to turn and give to others.

Worth Your Time?

Blogging is not only a way I can pass on what I’m learning, but it is a spiritual discipline for me. For almost two years now, I’ve shared with you on a daily basis (Monday through Friday), and that has been a sweet form of discipline for me. What I mean by that is—I take this responsibility seriously and in order to have posts for you, I must be disciplined to carve out space in my day to pray and write (that’s in addition to daily time spent studying the word and praying for my own spiritual health). I pray as I write posts, asking God to fill my mind with the content that will minister to you and encourage you to press in more closely to Him. So, yes, I believe it’s worth my time.

Who Reads?

I really don’t know the answer to that question. When Moody Publishers built this website and encouraged me to write a regular blog, I hesitated a bit, I knew that running a website would take additional time and seriously—spare time is a commodity I don’t have right now. Moody was supportive of my needs and they graciously put a website administrator in place.

Those of you who’ve subscribed to the blog may recognize the name of Molly Sipling. Molly has been a gift to me (and silently to you as well) by doing the hard work of loading blogs, previewing comments before posting, finding pictures to add to the posts, handling the book give-aways, and probably doing a lot more of the tech stuff that I’m not even aware of! (Some time I need to write a post sharing with you the providential story of how Molly and I first connected.)

Molly probably knows the answer to who reads this blog. I don’t, unless you leave a comment. I don’t see the email subscriptions and I told Molly when we first started that I really didn’t want to know how many readers we have. Google has that information, but I don’t.

That may sound crazy, but I don’t need to know how many readers are here. Knowing how many follow this blog could be a snare for me in two ways. If there are a ton of readers, that could be a temptation for pride. If we have no one reading (Is anybody out there?), that could be a source of real discouragement and a temptation to disobey. See, I don’t write in order to gain a “fan base,” I don’t write to build a big blog community.

I write blog posts because God has shown me that (for this season in my life, anyway) this is one way He wants me to spread the earth (or my tiny corner of the blog world) with His glory:

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

How are you doing that?

How are you fulfilling His purpose for you?

How are you spreading the earth with His glory?

I’d love to hear from you! (Because, it is nice to know that someone other than my husband is reading!)

14 Comments

  • Patti Simmons

    Kim I read your blog! It often ministers to me. I wanted you to know your testimony on marriage from the True Woman conference in Fort Worth and your book “Fierce Women” greatly impacted me for good in my marriage and I share about them in my testimony each summit as I speak at ladies luncheons traveling with the red team with Life Action ministries. God is using your story for His glory! Thank you for being faithful.

  • Sandra

    How am I fulfilling His purpose for me by spreading the earth with His glory? Not by any public thing like teaching a class or writing a blog — that’s not His plan for me at this time. I’m convinced that He just wants me to do “the next thing”, and do it in such a way that I represent Him well. (II Corinthians 5:20) Right now that “next thing” means that I am to depend on His grace to serve my husband well while he is in an extremely busy period at work, faithfully disciple and school my children daily, prepare nutritious food for our family, prepare my family for an upcoming international (stressful!) move, and serve my neighbors generously and prayerfully.

    Thank you so much for your work and faithfulness on this blog, Kim. I do read it daily and am often sharing your words or the things you are teaching me here with my children and friends. His name and renown is truly the desire of my heart (Isaiah 26:8 NIV), and that’s something that I’ve learned from you.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Patti ~

    Thank you so much for taking time to stop by with such an encouraging comment! I am thrilled to know that you are using “Fierce Women” and the video as a marriage resource when you speak. I pray that God will use your testimony and ministry to women to impact marriages all across the nation.

    Good to hear from you, friend, I needed that encouragement today!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Sandra ~

    Thank you for being a faithful blog reader and sharing the content with others! That is so encouraging to know how God is using you to do “the next thing” and I know you are representing Him well. I love the way you described spreading the earth with His glory in this season of your life. That’s it!

    Thanks for your precious words of encouragement today!

  • Katie

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I find it to be encouraging and helpful. And many times just the challenge I need to examine myself, and to steer back on the course of becoming that Fierce woman God wants me to be. Thank you Kimberly!

  • Jane McEwen

    Read Fierce Women because of your blog. Read your blog daily – although some of the posts about marriage are tough since I lost my husband in January. I blog myself and have taken notice of your honesty. I love short to the point pieces. I appreciate the style that you use with the points highlighted in dark lettering. But most of all I read it because of who you are and what you stand for. You have a lot to say to today’s woman. Please don’t stop.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you for sending me that word of encouragement, Jeanne! I’m glad to know you’re reading 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Katie ~

    What a precious word of encouragement, thank you for your comment! Hope all is well with you dear friend. Keep pressing into Christ–He delights in conforming you into that beautiful woman He created you to be!

  • Elba

    Thank you Kim for sharing your thoughts and heart. You have blessed my life so many times sharing the word of God and your life.
    Blessings my dear sister.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Jane ~

    Thank you SO MUCH for such a precious word of encouragement, friend! I am thankful to know how the blog has blessed you. I’m so sorry for your loss and I would love to hear how God is ministering to you through this season.

    These comments were so encouraging and as long as God continues to fill my heart and mind with content, and as long as He provides the space in my day to write, I will press on 🙂

    Thank you for letting me know you’re out there, you’re reading, and God is using the blog!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Precious, Elba ~

    I would love to give you a big hug!! I hope your family is well. Thank you for your sweet words. Hope to see you again soon.

    Love and prayers ~