My Story of Delayed Obedience (+ 5 Great Blogs to Check Out)

This month, I’m sharing stories of obedience. God works mightily through the obedience of His people! I believe radical obedience is the difference between a boring Christian life and one full of purpose and excitement.

I’m still accepting stories! I’d love to share your story about a time when you took a scary, outrageous, or risky step of faith. You can send it to beka {at} gracetosoar {dot} com. 

Today, I’m sharing the story behind this blog and how God has blessed even my inconsistent and delayed obedience.


My Story of Delayed Obedience, 2 Tips for Any Follower of Christ, Plus 5 Great Blogs to Check Out

My Delayed Path of Obedience

About two years ago, I wrote in my journal “I think God wants me to write.” I kind of brushed it off and went on with my life. I couldn’t have heard God right. After all, I knew nothing about writing…

God continued to bring it up often in my quiet time. Any time I heard a sermon about obedience or following God’s call, the pull was strong. I was supposed to be writing for God, blogging specifically. I knew it. He gave me the name of the website and everything. Yet, I continued to delay.

I began to research how to start a blog. I bought my domain and hosting. I published my first post, but didn’t breathe a word about it to anyone. Then, I continued to delay. It would be ten months before I published another post.

This whole website is a long journey that proves God’s faithfulness and patience. I have delayed at every turn. I have argued with God about what He wanted me to do. I have doubted His provision. I have questioned His call.

Yet He has chosen to use me, in spite of me. And I am forever grateful.

God doesn't need us. He chooses to use us, in spite of us. Click To Tweet

My Story of Delayed Obedience, 2 Tips for Any Follower of Christ, Plus 5 Great Blogs to Check Out

How It’s Working Out

God’s fingerprints are all over this thing. I’m not doing some things bloggers are “supposed” to do to grow their blog, and yet it’s still growing.

I’ve never considered myself a writer. One of my biggest insecurities is that I’ll just run out of stuff to write about. Yet, God is faithful and He always provides.

I’ve finally committed to the call. There’s no turning back now!

Recently, I received a blogger recognition award from fellow blogger, Angie, at Simple Healthy Mom and it blew my mind! I never saw blogging in my future. But God. He had greater plans for me than I ever knew.

Thank you, Angie, for this recognition. It means so much!

Blogger Recognition Award at Grace to Soar

(If you’ve never stopped by Simple Healthy Mom, you should! I recommend starting with this post. I’ve shared it with more people than I can count!)

 

Why I’m Blogging

I began blogging because God wouldn’t leave me alone about it. That’s the honest truth.

Now I’m hooked.

Through this blog, I’ve discovered a passion for discipleship. I long to help women move beyond a complacent Christian life to one that is vibrant and exciting. I want to help people give more of themselves to God and follow Him through radical obedience.

Above all, the internet is a mission field of epic proportions. I want to point people to Jesus and tell them about his inconceivable love for them.

Radical obedience is what changes our Christian lives from dull to vibrant. Click To Tweet
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Advice for New Bloggers (and anyone following Jesus!)

I’m supposed to offer advice to new bloggers since I received the Blogger Recognition Award above. These tips apply to bloggers and any follower of Jesus!

1) Trust God for guidance in all things

I’ve followed God’s leading to complete certain tasks, only to find out months later that it’s what every blogger “should” do. I know it sounds a little crazy, but the Holy Spirit has been my biggest blogging trainer. Even when I’ve needed technical help, He’s helped me find the best resources.

Go into any assignment from God knowing that He cares about every little bit of it and that there’s nothing He won’t help you with.

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

2) Focus on what He’s given you to do

One of the main reasons I delayed starting my blog was that there are already SO many awesome Christian bloggers. I took my eyes off Jesus and fixed them on what others had already accomplished. To get started, I had to put my blinders on and focus only on what He’d told me to do, not what others around me were doing.

He will use you mightily in whatever assignment He gives you, no matter how many others are already doing it. Our God is one of abundance, not scarcity. He’s not going to run out of people to help through your work.

Pay careful attention to your own work for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4 NLT

My Story of Delayed Obedience, 2 Tips for Any Follower of Christ, Plus 5 Great Blogs to Check Out

My Blogger Recognition Award Nominees

The blogs below are awesome! Please click through to check them out. They will encourage your spiritual growth and inspire you in the process!

For those nominated, here are the rules of this award. Keep it going!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

Called to Mothering

Marisa at Called to Mothering is passionate about helping moms fulfill the great commission at home. She blogs about homemaking, homeschooling, parenting, and wants to inspire us all to create Christ-centered homes. Read a few of her posts and you’ll soon feel like she’s your sharp-shooting friend helping you cut through the noise around you to hear what Jesus has to say!

His Dearly Loved Daughter

This blog has become so dear to my heart. It’s the story of a marriage broken by infidelity and sexual addiction, but is in the process of being healed by Jesus. It’s heartwrenchingly honest and hopeful. Esther’s utter dependence on Jesus will inspire you. You’ll also love her daily devotional called Hope for Today.

Live Nourished

Live Nourished exists “to point you to Jesus- the Way to follow, the Truth to declare, and the Life to live to the full.” Here, you’ll find posts encouraging you to pursue righteousness, regain your eternal perspective, share your faith, plus much more!

Poema Chronicles

Every post I read from Poema Chronicles leaves me reflecting on it for days. There’s a beautiful mix here of faith, neuroscience, and art that will inspire introspection and spiritual growth.

Last Words

Today, I hope you’ve found a few new blogs to check out and have been encouraged to take that scary leap of faith! God promises to bless our obedience: Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. Psalm 128:1

Need encouragement along the path of obedience? Join my 5-Day Obedience Challenge!

Sign Up for the 5-Day Obedience Challenge at Grace to Soar!

13 thoughts on “My Story of Delayed Obedience (+ 5 Great Blogs to Check Out)

    1. Thank you!! I completely agree! It took me awhile to understand it, but He’s given us all a unique story to share with our own voice and style. I’m so glad to be a part of the Christian blogging community!

  1. Beka, you are so kind! I love you dearly. This post was outstanding too! I’m going to share it, but I’m having a really hard time deciding which quote to pull out of it to put in the description. There were so many good ones! I’m so glad you were obedient (even if it took some time – at least you didn’t end up in the belly of big fish! Haha) because your blog is such a blessing to me. And I know it is to many others as well. I pray God continues to use you to encourage many many others as you have me.

  2. Thank you so much for nominating me, Beka! I absolutely loved your advice to other bloggers, especially this: “He will use you mightily in whatever assignment He gives you, no matter how many others are already doing it.” I have seen this to be true over and over, but I was inspired by this fresh reminder today. 🙂

    1. I’m happy to have encouraged you! Your blog is an inspiration to me and keeps me striving to be a better mom for Jesus. You’ve shaped my opinions on several issues and I’m excited to share your work.

  3. Wow- what an amazing story! I’m encouraged by the fact that you started with one post and then had a gap of 10 months before your next post because I feel like I’m barely chipping away at my blogging by posting and then having a week or two or three go by before I post again. I guess the important part is to just keep moving forward obediently!

  4. Thanks for the post! I recently started my own website because God CLEARLY told me to… I’m NOT a writer, and it’s been scary to open up about my story. BUT, I am being obedient and also letting the Holy Spirit guide–this is HIS mission, I’m just the tool! Thanks for affirming that we don’t need to compare ourselves to how others are doing it!

  5. I definitely feel that I am in this online space to live out a passion and calling to reach women in the area of faith and fitness. I’m still figuring things out about how to reach women and share the message but I know He helped me through things so I can share it with others. Uplifting post today.

  6. I love this post! I’m a Christian blogger as well and I too felt called to blogging and spread the Gospel! But, lately, it’s been a real hardship lately to put my blinders up and focus what God wants me to write. So Inspiring! Thanks for sharing! And congrats on the award!

  7. A wonderful thought and a blessing chain, this blessed me too through Esther Hosea.thank you and I need to continue the chain..

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