Do you view your blog as a ministry? If you don’t, I encourage you to do so. I strongly feel God wants to use blogs as a means of ministry. There is potential to reach millions and millions of people all over the world with your blog.
It is amazing times we are living in, and blogging is something that wasn’t a possibility even just 15-20 years ago. We are living in a season where we can get our God given message into the world fairly easily, and the enemy doesn’t like it.
I know he fought with all his might to keep me from blogging. He did his best to fill my mind and heart with lies to keep me from sharing my story with others.
Today I want to share with you 5 truths you should store away in your heart. Don’t let the enemy fill you with lies, instead lean into these 5 truths about you and your blog!
1. Your story is unique and deserves to be heard.
When God called me to start a Christian blog, I felt discouraged by how many faith-based bloggers were already out there. I really didn’t realize how populated the platform was before becoming a blogger.
I wondered why I even needed to tell my story amongst all the other people fighting to tell theirs, but then God reminded me that no one can tell MY story the way I can.
At one point I even came across a blog that was blogging about many of the topics I felt God calling me to blog about. I felt extremely frustrated by this.
I couldn’t understand why God was calling me to blog about something He had already told someone else to blog about.
The reason for this is that we will all tell our stories a little differently and the way you tell your story will resonate with the right people.
Just like there are often 10-12 churches in a short distance, there will likely be many blogs with similar topics. People find the church that suits them best, and they will find the blog that suits them best too.
A pastor doesn’t feel discouraged when God calls him to start a church because there are already too many churches in the world. That would be silly. Just like we need a lot of churches for all different people, we need a lot of blogs for all different people.
Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged by someone else already having a blog similar to the blog you feel led to start. Be encouraged today that YOU and YOUR story matter. Keep sharing no matter how overpopulated the blogging sphere may feel at times.
Comparison is something that is extremely hard to avoid in the blogging world, but it is vital to remember that God made you and your story unique. Even if everyone in the world starts a blog, your blog is still unique because we all have our own stories to tell our own ways.
2. God wants you to cultivate your blog.
Early into my blogging journey I had the opportunity to take the Elite Blog Academy course. I struggled with the decision of whether or not to take the course because I didn’t want to take my blog into my own hands.
I knew God had called me to blogging, and I knew He could make my blog successful. I was concerned that by taking the course I would be putting my faith in the course to grow my blog and not in God.
The course is only open for 5 days each year, so I had a very small window to make a decision. As I thought through my options, I could not find peace about what to decide.
The course opened on Monday morning and would be closing Friday. By Wednesday I was feeling pretty distraught about what decision I should go with. I was feeling led to take the course, but I was also feeling concerned about taking things into my own hands.
I spent most of the day Wednesday praying and trying to hear a sure answer from God on what to do. Thursday morning, during my quiet time, I continued praying for God to give me an answer.
He showed me in scripture that He had given me my blog, but that I should work to cultivate it. It became so clear to me in that moment that I needed to take the course. God was still going to be the reason my blog was successful, but I could do my part by investing in my blog and learning all I could learn.
Do your part in cultivating your blog. Maybe that means investing in a course or a mentor or maybe you need to update your theme or just simply spend more time cultivating the thing God has given you.
Spend some time today praying about how God would have you cultivate your blog. He has given you something wonderful, and it will be successful because of Him, but you can also spend some time nurturing it.
3. God will lead the right people to your blog.
Although I do believe God calls us to cultivate our blogs, I do not believe this means we need to stress over page views. I believe we are called to do our part to get people to our blogs in the way God leads us to and then we trust that He will lead the right people there.
Isaiah 55:11 states that God’s words will not return to him empty, but will achieve the purpose for which He sent them.
Hold tight to that promise. If God puts something on your heart to share, it will reach the people He intends for it to reach.
It’s so freeing to not have to stress over page views. Simply do your part. Promote your blog where you feel led to promote it, and then trust God to get it into the hands of the right people.
His words will not go void. They will do what they are intended to do. There is so much freedom in that promise.
4. It’s about God’s glory, not ours.
God laid this on my heart early into blogging. I would find myself feeling disappointed when something I had written or worked on didn’t get the response I anticipated it to get.
Thankfully, God laid it so heavy on my heart that it wasn’t about my glory and the response I received, but rather about HIS glory and the response He received. This caused me to have a serious gut check and evaluate if I was making it more about myself than I should have been.
Galatians 6:4 in the Passion Translation says this, “Let everyone be devoted to fulfill the work God has given them to do with excellence, and their joy will be in doing what’s right and being themselves, and not in being affirmed by others”.
Was I caring more about the response I received from a post or was I more concerned about His glory and the response He received? God will receive the glory He deserves, be sure that you know this in your heart and do not allow yourself to be concerned with your own glory.
When a post doesn’t get the number of likes you anticipated or comments you wanted, remember that it’s about HIM, not about us. This one lesson will save you a lot of frustration and disappointment!
5. Christian Blogging is NOT competitive.
Like I mentioned above, when I first set out to start my blog, I was so discouraged by the other Christian bloggers who were blogging about the things I felt led to blog about. Until one day, God began to put it on my heart that faith-based blogging is not meant to be competitive.
This means we can support each other and cheer each other on. How great is that? Instead of coming across a blog similar to yours and getting that knot in your stomach, you can feel excited that you’ve found a sister in faith who shares the same passions as you.
We don’t have to compete with one another. God has called us to similar things, and God will send us the right people. We can release the competitive nature the world has toward one another.
We can instead join together, pray for each other, and encourage each other to keep doing the things God has called us to do! Isn’t that so exciting and freeing?
Hide These Truths in Your Heart
I encourage you to store these 5 truths in your heart. The enemy so desperately wants to keep people from sharing their message.
When he begins to fill your mind with lies about your blog, speak these truths instead. You and your blog matter! No one can tell your story like you can, so don’t hold back.
Don’t avoid blogging about something because its already been blogged about. Don’t stress over getting people to your blog and don’t feel you need to compete with other bloggers.
God has a unique plan for you and your blog. Trust Him through the process and don’t for a second let the enemy seep in and try to convince you otherwise.
I’d love to hear from you! What are some truths you have hidden away in your heart about your blog? Which truth resonated with you the most?
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