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 Faith, because 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?