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Why Do I Write?

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 four 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 (Thank you, Molly!).

Those of you who’ve subscribed to the blog may recognize the name of Molly Sipling (now Hilbert). 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!

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:

[box]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! (Psalm 57:9–11)[/box]

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!)

 

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13 Comments

  • Michael

    I can’t read the full blog post every day, but I do receive your daily email and read those articles which are most relevant to my situation. I am anxiously awaiting you and your husbands book for guys. Thank you for your ministry. It has been helpful.

  • Barb Lange

    Thank you, Kim for doing what God has called you to do. I don’t always get to read, but each time I do, God uses it in my life….usually to just keep pressing on. 😀

    Would you please pray for Roger and me? God is calling us to mentor young couples and he has placed 2 in our care. The weight of responsibility is great. One couple is on the brink of divorce.

    We often think fondly of our time with you and Leroy and wish we could be closer in geography to you to glean more from your ministry! May God give you both joy in Him as you both serve…..

  • Kate

    Good morning, Kim! I love reading your messages and the gifts, wisdom and insight you share as you receive from our Lord. I, like the two others commented, don’t read daily, but when I do, I am refreshed and/or challenged. This particular post blessed me as I regularly ponder writing, and whether or not I am called to that ministry. Thanks, Kim, and Molly. May God’s best blessings be yours today.

  • Julie Musil

    Kimberly, I’m so glad I heard the podcast a year ago on Focus on the Family, which led me to your book, which led me to your blog. Your posts have impacted my life in many ways. Thanks for what you do. I’ve blogged for many years so I know that finding content isn’t easy. But when God whispers in your ear, you not only have content, you make a difference.

  • Michele Morin

    I am thankful for your words today. I understand the call that God puts in our hearts that says, “I will write for Him and it doesn’t matter how many people are reading.” Your example of faithfulness and consistency is an encouragement to me in my own blogging ministry.
    Thank you!

  • Pauline Butler

    At this season of my life, Kim, I believe I am spreading His glory, first and foremost, by caring for my elderly parents. Being His hands, His feet, His voice as they go through these days of struggle and suffering is a real privilege and a blessing, though heartbreaking. My Dad is in hospice care at home and the care that is required can be challenging, emotionally and physically at times. It also means leaving my home, driving 120 miles, to be with them for a week or more at a time. I praise God that my husband is supportive of me doing this. It is truly a sacrifice.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you so much, Michael, for taking time to read and leave comments. Hearing from readers like you is very encouraging!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Barb ~

    So good to hear from you! I often think of you and Roger and am so thankful God is using you to share your story and come alongside other couples. Yes, the responsibility is great, but I know you are faithfully sharing truth and leaving the results to the work of the Holy Spirit. He is faithful to do what we cannot, as we plant the Word in hearts and lives.

    Would love to see you both again some day. Thank you so much for your prayers, pausing to pray for you both now ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Kate ~

    Thank you so much for dropping in to leave such an encouraging comment. I’m so sorry I’m late in responding . . . just running too behind on everything lately.

    I want to encourage you to WRITE!! Whether anything is ever published or not, writing is a beautiful way to communicate God’s glorious works in our lives–even if no one but you and He read it. Writing can outlive us. You may record stories of God’s faithfulness in scribblings in an old notebook that a grandchild picks up to read one day–long after you’re gone. That is speaking truth to the next generation, even after you’ve passed from the scene.

    If you are faithful to write for no one else, but just to be obedient to record God’s goodness and what He is teaching you, God can open doors of ministry if He chooses to assign that to you.

    I’d love to hear more of your heart on this ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Dearest Julie ~

    Thank you so much for this kind note. It truly encourages me! I love hearing how God providentially put our lives together and it touches me to know He has impacted your life here. I would love to read what you’ve written, you are so right, content isn’t easy, and putting it out there can be scary. It means so much to have regular readers like you who not only read, but send in encouraging comments.

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Michele ~

    I am so glad God is using you to write for Him! I believe He is delighted when we tell of His glorious works–by word of mouth, by actions, and by written word!

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Pauline ~

    What a treasured gift you are, I’m sure, to your parents. I know how hard caring for a parent in hospice is, and the physical and emotional toil it takes. I’m so thankful to know that you aren’t doing it grudgingly (as I’ve seen at times), but you (and your husband through his sacrifice) are spreading God’s glory through this ministry. It is always a blessing to hear from you!

    May God continue to pour out His grace as you serve Him ~

  • Barb

    Kimberly,
    Next time we take a trip to Texas (Roger lived there for many years) maybe we can stop by and see you and Leroy. That would be so awesome to fellowship again with you and Leroy and maybe hear him preach 😀

    Praying for you now…..