In 2005 when I first started Raising Arrows, I didn’t think much about blogging beyond writing down a few of my thoughts on homeschooling here and there. It was a creative outlet to replace the church newsletter I had to leave behind when we moved.
When Emily passed away in 2008, my blog was where I grieved and where people came to read and understand and grieve along with me. It was at that dark time in my life I began to feel compelled to use my blog to reach out to others.
I had always been prayerful in my writing…even in my newsletter days, but in early 2010, my husband and I took some time to really bathe the blog in prayer as to what our next step would be.
That was when I gave my blog to God…fully.
I wanted Him to do with it what He wanted. I wanted what I wrote here to glorify Him, not me.
But, I also wanted to do my part. I wasn’t willing to write just anything and hope God could use it. I wanted to do my best with every post. There have been many times I have been stumbling over a post I’ve known I was supposed to write and start praying only to have God finish my post for me with words I know didn’t come from my mind. Those are the kinds of things that happen when God owns your blog!
However, I am human. There are times when I find myself taking ownership of my blog and I begin believing I have built this and this is mine. However, back in 2010, when I stepped out in faith with Raising Arrows, I asked God to keep me humble. He always has…especially when I start to get full of myself!
So, when I began writing this series, I knew this is where I had to start…
Give God your blog.
Take ALL you have to offer and use your gifts to honor and glorify Him, and THEN let Him use it in a mighty way!
What steps can you take to be certain blogging is what God has for you?
1. Pray, Pray, Pray! I’m not going to lie – blogging does take time. It may be time God does not want you to take at this season in your life. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or even what you feel. God knows your schedule much better than you do. However, He might also be asking you to take a leap of faith and tell your story so that He may be glorified in the telling! Pray…He will answer!
2. Offer your gifts as a sacrifice. Don’t do things halfway in the name of “letting go and letting God.” I want to do my very best for Him. I want to write well, have a nice blog design and nice photographs. I want to do everything as unto the Lord. If you are going to blog, don’t do it half-heartedly.
3. Stay focused. It is easy to get off track in blogging. You begin to seek man’s approval or you become greedy or you simply stop trying to give God your best. Remember Who you do this for.
4. Listen to Him. We’ll talk more in a later post about when you know it is time to quit or cut back, but one of the most important things you can do as a Christian blogger is to never stop praying and asking for guidance and then be willing to take and implement the answers.
Blogging can be an amazing way to glorify God in our online world! It’s not about me and it’s not about you. Always remember that.
Blogging Resources I Recommend:
PicMonkey is a fantastic way to create graphics and touch up photos for your blog.
You can use the free version, but I prefer the paid version for all the added extras it provides.