Early into blogging I felt God call me to take a fast from my blog. It was right around the time I was beginning to see success with my blog, and it was honestly the last thing I wanted to do.
I was in full on blogger mode. I was posting twice a week, sending weekly emails, creating multiple images per post, participating in Facebook groups, and honestly just working every chance I could.
I was enjoying the process and loving the results it was bringing my blog, but I now see that I was burning myself out at a rapid pace. I would have hit a brick wall sooner than later.
When I obeyed God and took the fast from my blog I felt Him calling me to take, I realized just how much I needed rest.
Although my blog was only a few months old at the time, I had been running full speed ahead with everything else in life for years. During this fast, God showed me how he did not design me to operate at that level all the time.
Entering into God’s rest is one of the most magical things that can happen for someone. God longs for His people to remain in His rest.
We aren’t meant to be stressed and overworked 24/7. Being in God’s rest doesn’t mean you never work hard, but it means you simply begin to work from a place of rest.
For me, that required completely stepping away from the blog to see just how unrestful my life had become.
The moment I submitted and just sat there in His presence with no agenda, I knew I was doing exactly what I needed to do.
Read the three benefits of taking a fast from your blog below.
1. Refocus on what matters.
Through all the hustle and bustle of blogging, it is easy to forget what truly matters. After stepping away from my blog for a short period, I realized I was wasting energy on things that were bringing me little results.
I also realized that I had lost my focus. I was so busy completing tasks that I was no longer focusing on what mattered most.
During the fast, God also showed me that the blog did not need to consume as much of my time as it had been. Yes, He had called me to start a blog and it was a priority in my life now too; but it didn’t need to be as all-consuming as it had become.
Stepping away for a bit can really help you get your priorities back in line. It is easy to miss how unbalanced things are until you step back.
2. Receive a fresh word from God.
Another advantage of taking a break from your blog is to allow yourself time to receive a fresh word from God. God may want to steer you in a different direction or have you elaborate on a certain topic.
Sometimes this requires being still to fully hear from God. If we never allow ourselves a break and a moment to step away, we could miss hearing a fresh word from God.
Often, we can become so consumed in what we are working on or trying to achieve that we miss hearing guidance from God. A fast from your blog can help you avoid missing a fresh word from God.
Doing this will create white space in your days to clearly hear from God. It will be so worth it in the end!
3. Be filled with His presence.
Isn’t this what it’s all about? Experiencing His presence in a deeper way and leading others to Him. A fast from your blog can open the floodgates of his presence to fill you.
There is something so powerful about stepping away from your agenda and surrendering all to God.
In Luke 24:49 Jesus says, “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
I believe this scripture can apply to fasting from your blog as well. Be still. Rest until you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then you can move forward and share Him with others.
In this day and age, we rarely take the time to be filled. Give yourself permission to rest and be filled again. This will ultimately benefit your blog and readers in a major way!
Prayerfully Consider a Fast
I encourage you to prayerfully consider taking a fast from your blog. You may not be in a season where you need a fast from your blog, but that season could come for you, so be sure to remain prayerful about fasting.
Stepping away from your blog can greatly benefit you, especially if it is something God puts on your heart to do.
Don’t hesitate to rest and be renewed in His presence. Experiencing Him in a deeper way and then sharing Him with others is what it’s all about!