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.
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.
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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