Friday, August 17, 2012

My Bloggy Heart

Hey friends! I'm happy to be back again this week for another morning of encouragement with you! 
The past few weeks I've been having a blog makeover...no you probably haven't noticed because nothing has changed on the outside. It's more of a makeover of my heart. You see, when I first started this blog, I started it as a private place to document my life, my faith, and the things that God was teaching me. 
I allowed my blog to be public somewhere around a year ago when I read this verse during my devotion time:

 Matthew 5:15-16 "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

I felt convicted that I was hiding my light. 

I was writing what God was teaching me, but it was just sitting there. God wasn't getting any praise, and it wasn't helping anyone but me. I realized that there are probably hundreds of women out there who experience the same struggles, the same fears, and need the same encouragement that I do. 

Slowly, I allowed more and more of my life to become open to the online world. I even shared things that I wasn't comfortable sharing, like my post The Real Faithbecause I felt like it was what God was calling me to.  My goal wasn't to impress anyone, get hundreds of followers, and it definitely wasn't to make money. I wanted this to be my ministry.

Even though my blog still is my place of ministry, over the past few months, I started to get distracted by all the new followers, the comments, the money etc.
 No, none of that is bad, but that's what became important to me. 
I started to measure the success of my blog based on how many followers I got, and how much money I was making. 

That's SO far from the reason I started this in the first place. Even if I never make a penny, and I never gain another follower, I want to find my fulfillment knowing that God is using what I'm writing to bless others. 

That being said, I'm still going to have my weekly baby bump updates, linky parties, and all that other fun stuff. That's all still part of sharing my life and I believe that stuff does glorify God! I'm just having a time of refocusing my heart to what is really important. That's something we all need to do seemingly over and over again!

I hope you are challenged to take a step back and look at your life. Even if you don't have a blog, or a specific place of ministry, remember that your LIFE is your ministry. 
What is your focus?
How do you measure your success?
 Is it by the money you are making and how popular you are, or is it by God being glorified in your life?
Just something to think about...
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Linking up with Titus 2 Tuesdays

15 comments:

  1. I think, regardless of what activity we are pursuing, it's important to come back and realign our focus. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  2. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing that scripture. I debated on posting my testimony on my blog right now but I felt like not doing so was hiding it. This is great scripture to stand on and I'm glad I read it. Makes me feel a lot better about deciding to post today's blog.

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  3. You go girl. It is so hard not be comparative! Love this, and love YOU!

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  4. Such a great reminder for us all...you have such a beautiful heart and I know that the Lord is eager to use you to accomplish great things for Him! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great post! I love reading about why people started blogging. Great verse! One of my favorites!

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  6. What a great post and a great reminder! Thank you for this!!!

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  7. Great post, love..it's so true. I think it can be so easy to lose sight of what's most important, and wanting to do more good for ourselves rather than for others.
    I started blogging in order to document life for my family, to have something my kids or even my future grandkids can read in the future and hopefully find an example within me and my husband. I'm still blogging for that reason to this day, and have thankfully met some really awesome people through this blogging world that seem to also find encouragement in what I may write, and I find the same through them. It's always so much better to find others who don't lose sight of it and what's important <3
    Thanks for the post! Happy Saturday!

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  8. Wow great minds think alike! Thank you for visiting my blog! I am your newest follower!

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  9. I nominated you for the Versatile blogger award :)

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  10. Thanks for your honesty! I think there is a place where we all struggle as Christians between humbly wanted to glorify God with our gifts and talents and then loving the affirmation of people and the sense of accomplishment. Seems it's the human condition. I love the way John Piper puts it: "I decided to fight in the place I loved. I love to write. I don't know why, but I love it. So I am going to fight this war here. We aren't alone. The apostle Paul even fought it. We all are fighting to love God most." from this article: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/07/17/the-fight-for-glory/ <---I totally have this article pinned and refer to it a lot. Great reminder as a writer/blogger. :)
    Seeking God in all of it is a great place to be! He definitely keeps us on track!
    Blessings to you in your blogging journey! Stopping by from Titus 2 Tuesdays
    Amanda @ www.the-cadence.com

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  11. What a good reminder! It's such a constant challenge to step back from numbers, followers, dollar signs, especially in the blog world, in order to stay true to what God is asking us to do and say through our blogs. Thanks so much for sharing your heart with us at mercyINK. I hope you'll join in again this week :)
    blessings,
    lauren
    www.mercyinkblog.com

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  12. Such a good reminder. Yes, I agree it is so challenging sometimes to keep the focus in the upright position. Thanks for linking up to Titus 2 Tuesday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Kathy

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  13. So true! Isn't it awesome how God so gently shows us the Truth. Blessings on your blogging journey.
    Mari

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  14. Thank you for sharing. I have a food blog and feel like I need to be more of a light too. Not in a works way but because I just love Jesus way. Funny, we just had a sermon about this today. I'm glad I found you. If you are ever interested in cooking with some faith sprinkled in, I'm at The Ease of Freeze. For Him, Sarah

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  15. Thank you for sharing this post and thank you for opening up your blog in order to share God with others. I'm new to your blog and the blogging world. I recently started a blog "Early Morning Bliss" to do just what you talked about in this post. I want to share Jesus and how He's changed my life. I was so thrilled to see how many people are sharing Christ through their blogs and it is an honor to be a part of it. I look forward to this journey and sharing with you.

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