Best Advice for the New Christian Blogger

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So I am a new blogger…been at this for just over a month really.  My first month was basically dabbling and trying to figure out what I was doing.  So I really have only a month of actual blogging under my belt.  So, you may ask, who on earth am I to offer anyone advice??  And you’d be right!  But I want to share with you what GOD has shown me.

You see, this morning I went to God in prayer.  I told him about my frustrations.  I told him I felt like I was spinning my wheels.  I said I felt like I was treading water but not heading anywhere.  I doubted my calling, even though I have had assurance after assurance that THIS is what I am supposed to be doing.

God immediately brought a verse to mind.  But this was not a verse I knew well as much as I hate to admit it.  I knew the first part of it.  It was Galatians 6:9 and this is what He said to me…

“Let us not become weary in doing good……” (NIV)

That is what I recalled from this verse.  And that alone would have been sufficient.  “Ok”, I thought, “God is telling me to not get tired of doing what I am doing because I am doing a good thing?”  But then I felt God was telling me to look it up.  So I called out to Siri because I was actually in my bedroom getting ready and didn’t have my Bible handy.  I said, “Hey Siri…look up ‘Bible verse and let us not grow weary of doing good'” (because I didnt recall the exact wording) and Siri, being ever helpful, brought up Galatians 6:9.  So I clicked on it and there it was…the rest of the verse.  It hit me like a slap in the face…

“….for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP.” (NIV)

 

Wow!  God then spoke to my heart and showed me that it is my learning time.  It is my time to make mistakes, it is my time to work out what works for me and what doesn’t.  It is my time to fail.  It is my time to go through seasons of needing to lean on Him and not trust in my own efforts.  Imagine if I grew exponentially overnight!! I might pat myself on the back and think I am the next C.S Lewis!!  Slow, steady growth may be what I need personally to keep me grounded.  It is also my time to become disciplined.

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You see…there are times I get overwhelmed.  I work part time and have a house to clean and meals to cook and clothes to wash.  I might go online and see I have five new comments to answer and I will feel overwhelmed!!  And I believe God was telling me, “If you cannot reply to five comments without feeling overwhelmed how are you going to reply to fifty, or five hundred?”  Wow again!  God certainly does have a way of showing us how we block our own blessings sometimes!!
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I was not yet ready for the growth I wanted so badly.  And it may very well be that you are not either.  This may be your time to learn, to grow in your faith, to make mistakes…it may be your time to develop discipline and to learn to lean on Him.

I was not yet ready for the growth I wanted so badly. And it may very well be that you are not… Click To Tweet

So the best advice?  Don’t give up!  God’s Word says if we continue on we WILL reap a harvest at the right time.  And that is a time HE has determined, not us.  We can certainly slow down our timing if we don’t listen to Him but we don’t control when He determines it is right for us to experience the kind of growth we want to see.  So use this time wisely and learn, grow, make mistakes.  Better to make those mistakes with a few than with many.  And know He promises we WILL reap if we simply don’t quit.

Don't give up! God's Word says if we continue on we WILL reap a harvest at the right time. Click To Tweet

So the best advice?  Don’t quit!  You may want to.  You may feel like you are treading water, like I did.  You may come under attack and question your calling.  But don’t give up!!  God has a plan for you in His time!

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21 Comments

  1. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm saving this for future reference too! I know I'm following His lead, but sometimes I think we need to move faster ;-)

    • Thank you so much for your comment Marsha...I hope it is helpful to you!!

  2. I really, genuinly loved this post! I really needed it. I am starting a blog and am wanting readers asap. This was a reminder to just slow down and learn. I need all the advice I can get! I would love for you to check out my blog icametoworship.com

    • Chrissy I will definitely check it out!! Thanks so much for your comment and I wish you the best with your blog!!

    • I'm there too! I'll check your blog out... here's mine: beingfoundinhim.blog

  3. I so needed this! I started blogging less than a month ago and I feel so lost and overwhelmed. I thought I had so much to write about and now I feel like I'm struggling to find my voice...maybe it's God reminding me to let Him control my blog. I do know, however, that I needed to hear this chin-up message-thank you!

    • Nicki I am glad you found it helpful. We all feel that way at times so you're not alone!! Thanks so much for your comment!!

  4. Right. On. Time! You know I've been following you from the beginning and a lot of times I am silent in my own ministry because I want to make sure that my heart is purely in the right place. Maybe it's fear. Maybe it's growing weary before I can truly get started. In the meantime, I applaud others for their growth while I am hard on myself for being still. I'm glad I read this today because I know God has been telling me to re-evaluate my position. Thanks Diane! Your writings are truly a blessing.

    • Sharyse that just warmed my heart so much. You have always been so supportive...not just of me but of others. You are not feeling anything I haven't and you are certainly not alone. Step out in faith...you know you have my support in any way I can help. <3

  5. You read my mind! I have been dealing with the exact same issues m. During my quiet time with God, I told Him that I wasn't ready for what my heart desires. I prayed for the ability to embrace my small blessings and learn from this season of new beginnings.

    • Brittany that's all we can do!! I will be praying for you!! Thank you so much for commenting!

  6. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh God is speaking volumes through you, little lady! Thank you being obedient and sharing this post from the heart. I have been having a hard time finding my own motivation and this whole entry just validates what I need to do for my work as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Xo

    • Graciella it warms my heart to know this helped you!! Thank you so much for your comment!! I look forward to seeing what God does through you!!

  7. Thank you so much for this! I have been "thinking" about blogging for awhile.... a loooong while. Then I started a blog and then I had the hardest time to believe that I can blog. I appreciate your honesty and encouragement and am looking forward to this new journey God has for me!!!

    • Karen thank you for your comments and I am so happy this encouraged you and I look forward to seeing more of what you create! I actually just posted an article written by Carmen Brown and in it is some great, helpful information as well as a discounted offer for her book! I HIGHLY recommend her book...it was very helpful to me!! http://www.living31.org/creating-products/

  8. This is exactly what I needed right now. Thanks so much for the post, and the encouragement. I only launched a couple weeks ago, and I feel oh.so.discouraged.
    Good reminders that I am not ready for the growth I want. Also, that it's better to make the mistakes with few followers.
    I definitely feel like a foreigner in this new world of blogosphere, a lot of trial and error will be involved I am sure. (I lived overseas and experienced similar feelings- so I think I can call this blogosphere culture shock). ;)
    Thank you again for this timely reminder.
    Blessings

    • Paula believe me, we all go through it!! You are definitely not alone!! I am glad you found it encouraging!!

  9. I just found this post on Pinterest and love it! Ive been blogging for about a year and haven't had as many views or growth as I was expecting, especially because many bloggers I know who've been around as long as I have are booming! It's frustrating at times but it's good to remember God's timing and that he's preparing us. This is a good remember to just keep working, growing & being consistent. Awesome! :)

  10. Oh my lanta!!! I needed this sooo bad right now! Not so much with my blog (as I haven't actually started it yet... But I swear it is coming!!!) But with my business. I have felt so stuck, so unsure... I've been crying out to God trying to figure this out, and I just need to slow my roll and wait. Not give up. I WILL get there... Thank you <3 <3 <3

    These are all things I knew, and I told myself that it would happen in time and I had to have Faith. But the fact that I randomly chose your blog to read and you talked about this and referenced this verse... I needed it!! Thank you :)