There is something tender about blogging.
Writing, planning, sharing, and creating are all a part of the process. Then, there is also a piece to owning a blog that feels tender – fragile.
We share words that prayerfully make an impact. We drop seeds onto the soil of beating hearts with simple typed words. We share from the depths of ourselves, because if we’re not living what we write, then what’s the point, right?
It’s important, whether you have one reader or thousands. It’s ministry, whether you write weekly, monthly, or in the rare moments of time between seasons. And therefore, your blog – and your blogger heart – must be shaped by the gospel.
I want to challenge you with a hard truth before jumping into twelve of the verses that have shaped my blogging life. Are you abiding in Christ above all else? Above page views and stats and money and followers? It’s not as easy as saying the words, which is what I used to do.
In the past few months, I’ve simply abided in relationship with the Lord – the author of my heart who inspires all of the words shared on this blog. Abiding has brought freedom, peace, and a beautiful comfort knowing that He has got this. I don’t have this. God does.
So, if you don’t know where to start or how to abide, begin by praying these 12 verses.
Here are 12 verses that have influenced my life as a blogger:
1. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
“But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”
Our readers are dear people who, if you let them, will become dear friends. They have lives with joys, hardships, failures, successes, and loves. When you impart the gospel, do so in gentleness – with all of the love you can muster.
Also, be yourself. Share yourself with your readers right alongside gospel grace.
2. Exodus 18:24
“So Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said.”
I encourage you to read all of Exodus 18.
It boils down to this: Listen to those around you – the bloggers and the non-bloggers. Listen for wisdom, and when you hear it, chase after it. It is only by receiving wisdom that you can offer wisdom. Receive wisdom well.
3. Acts 6:3-4
“Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; and we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
The disciples needed help, so they chose one man out of seven to carry on their ministry while they spent time with the Lord – and while they prepared their message.
Sometimes, we need help. There are many tasks attached to the blogging life, and if those tasks are taking away from the message of your ministry – and your time with the Lord – it’s time to ask for help. Choose someone full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.
4. Psalm 86:11
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in your truth. Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
We must be consistently leaning on the Lord and walking in His truth. And we also must consistently ask Him to teach us His ways. Let’s pray boldly for united hearts that lean deeply into Jesus.
5. Ester 4:14
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Who are we to question the Lord’s timing? He’s given us grace and wisdom and opportunity for this moment. We are all given opportunity like Ester – and we can either obey or run the other way. Your blog is an opportunity. Who knows whether the Lord has prepared you and your blog for such a time as this? Choose obedience daily.
6. Nehemiah 2:18b, 20
“They laughed at us and despised us, and said, ‘What is this thing that you are doing?’… So I answered them and said to them, ‘The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore, we His servants will arise and build.”
The voices of the world scream loud, but we have a job to do. For Nehemiah, it was a wall of protection. For us, I believe it’s breaking down walls of unbelief. And when the world mocks and questions, we can confidently say, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us.”
7. 2 Timothy 4:17
“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me…”
It’s the Lord’s strength holding us up and giving us a message to share in the first place. It’s for His glory always. He is a sure foundation.
8. Psalm 125:1-2
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people, from this time forth and forever.”
When we place our trust in the God described here – the God who surrounds His people and secures the future – we don’t have to worry about the details. He’s holding the details in His hand. All we have to do is trust, obey, and take action.Here are 12 verses for all #bloggers to live by! #ministry #blogboldly Click To Tweet
9. 1 Timothy 1:15
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
We must remember our fallenness if we’re to lead a fallen people. We must share from the depths of ourselves – our true and sinful selves. There is no judgment and no condemnation for those who are in Christ, which means we can share boldly for the sake of the gospel.
10. Deuteronomy 11:18
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
The Word of God and His commands should always be at the forefront of our words – both as bloggers and in everyday life. Remind yourself of them often. Keep them near you always, especially as you write. Let truth shape your blog posts.
11. Colossians 2:6-7
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
Live Christ. Be Christ in the world. Share His love. Walk in Him always. Abound in faith with thanksgiving. What better way is there to live? This is the best.
12. Ephesians 3:20
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.”
Need I say more? This is why we do what we do – for God’s everlasting glory.
The fragile parts of blogging are not fragile to God. His Word supplies us with everything we need to share the gospel with grace, love, kindness, and genuine gratitude.
Your words are important. Your ministry matters.
Share your blog with boldness – rooted and abiding in Christ.
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