When I started this blog almost three years ago, I had no idea the impact it would have on my own faith and the incredible opportunities it would open up for me to share the gospel.
I really believe we need more faith bloggers on the internet spreading the hope found through having a personal relationship with Jesus and understanding the truth found in the Bible.
Perhaps you feel a nudge like I did to start a blog. But you’re scared. Unsure. You wonder if your words even matter.
If you feel God is prompting your heart to start a blog, I want to encourage you with these reasons why blogging is a great way for God to use you to minister to others. Or maybe you’re a blogger who just needs some encouragement to keep pressing on…
You have a testimony that no-one else has
You matter. Your story matters. No-one else can tell it better than you. The trials you have been through have deepened your faith in a way that others want to know about. I love this verse about using the comfort we’ve received from God to comfort others:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)
I loved Ann Voskamp’s book, The Broken Way. She shares how we don’t need to be afraid of our brokenness.
God can redeem broken things.
And one way He does that is when we use our brokenness to help others in theirs.
Blogging is an excellent way to share how God has worked and continues to work in the broken places of your life.
You can reach a lot of people who are hurting
When I look at the amount of people all over the world I can share my faith with through my blog, Pinterest, FB, Instagram, and Twitter, it always baffles my mind! Of course, this doesn’t mean that I won’t share my faith with people I meet, but because I’m an introvert and struggle to communicate verbally, sharing my faith through writing just makes me so happy! I feel like I’m fulfilling my purpose.
Not only can you reach a lot of people, but you can reach people who are hurting and lonely.
While I don’t think reading Christian blogs should take the place of reading the Bible, I do believe God uses our testimonies to spread the wonder of how He loves us and is involved in the painful places of our lives.
God wants us to attend church, serve and fellowship with other believers. While we can make great friends on the internet and listen to amazing sermons, if we have the ability to attend church, I believe we should.
However, some people deal with illness and disabilities and just cannot physically attend church. Perhaps they are struggling with depression and just can’t get out of bed. Or perhaps the church has wounded them and they’re looking for a safe place to hear the truth. I’ve met some great friends online who, although they cannot attend church, are able to find encouragement online.
Blogging stretches your own faith
I remember the first time my shaking hands pressed “publish.” I was so nervous and insecure. So afraid of making a mistake! God has used blogging in my life to teach me that 1. He will equip me to serve him 2. He uses my weakness for His glory 3. I can obey him when it’s scary and trust him to lead me.
As I’ve researched topics to write about, I’ve been able to dig deep into the Bible and learn so much about who He is.
You meet great friends
By far one of my favorite things about blogging are the friendships I’ve made along the way. God didn’t leave me alone. He knew I would need strong friendships to stay with me through the ups and downs of blogging. Blogging is wonderful, but it’s really hard work. I’m involved in some Blogging Mastermind groups with other Christians who offer support and true friendship.
The Bible says:
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Blogging challenges your mind
I’m a stay at home mom with four kids. I left a teaching career. While I love staying home, it’s so nice to be able to exercise my mind. It feels so good to learn new things! I’ve been able to hone my writing skills, learn computer skills, WordPress, Photoshop, In-Design, social media and make graphics! It has NOT been easy. But it’s been so rewarding learning these skills for the purpose of ministry. I’ve had to depend on some valuable resources to help me along.
If you aren’t sure where to start, I’d love to suggest a few wonderful Christian resources that have helped me learn how to blog as a ministry.
Hope*Writer’s is one of my favorite writing groups! Their doors are open January 22-25th! Every Tuesday you’ll hear from a Tuesday Teacher. These are accessible in the website. The Facebook group is also very active. Check out this amazing list of Tuesday teachers available right now in the Hope Library:
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.I’ve had the blessing of meeting Carmen Brown a year ago. Her writings at Married By Grace drew me in right away. After I read her ebook By His Grace We Blog, I knew I wanted to share it with others who felt that same tug on their heart to write. I was so impressed by her book because she not only shares the how to’s but she speaks straight to the heart of the writer.
She gives Godly advice about what she’s learned along the way in areas such as how to manage time and make wise decisions for your blog. I think every blogger should read her ebook no matter how far into blogging they may be because she helps you remember your purpose for writing and the great impact you can have.
I had a hard time calling myself a writer at first. But God has shown me I don’t need to shrink back from calling myself a writer. In fact, I love being able to call myself a Hope Writer. That is my heart. I want to write about the hope I find in Christ. And being in a community with those who have the same heart, means the world to me. Interacting with other Hope Writers, bloggers and authors has been such a blessing. I feel like I have a backstage pass as I see other authors get published and learn the behind the scenes of a writer’s life. If you are a blogger or have any desire to write a book someday–this is the group to be a part of. I’ve had opportunities to be in small groups called Hope Circles where I’ve learned about the process of writing a book proposal. I’ve received opportunities to be on book launch teams where I’ve learned so much. The FB group is always active and the founders very involved and helpful. I’m pretty picky about where I spend my money, but this group is honestly a no-brainer for me.
If you’re a blogger, I would love for you to answer in the comment section why you think blogging is a great ministry? Let’s spread the news of God’s love and encourage others to start a ministry using their words to reach the world!
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