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