Last week I took a break from Blogland. I didn’t write any blog posts, I didn’t read any blogs, I didn’t visit Pinterest – and it was good. I hadn’t realised how much I’d needed the break until I took it.
I’ve blogged a lot over the previous few weeks and I must confess I was getting a bit caught up in stats and comments and wondering how I could grow this blog. I was starting to lose sight of why I started this blog in the first place.
It’s not about the numbers.
I don’t have a huge readership, and I am absolutely okay with that. I don’t particularly want to be famous, and if I never have a post that goes viral, well, so what? In two days, I had three friends pull me aside to tell me that they’ve enjoyed my recent posts, that they’ve been challenged and encouraged. That is why I write, for the three people whose hearts I’ve touched, not for stats or followers.
It’s not about me.
Yes, I write from my experiences, but ultimately my goal is to glorify God and point to him. My faith is my compass, and so everything I do – whether in my marriage, my parenting, or my writing – is for Jesus. And this blog is a reflection of how God is working in my life, how he’s moulding me into the woman, wife and mother he created me to be.
My opinions and beliefs are not always going to be popular, particularly when it comes to sex and modesty and marriage. I don’t actually care about being politically correct, and I’m tired of being made to feel like my faith is not acceptable in today’s culture.
This morning I read a post about the importance of being a visible Christian, and it confirmed the need for me to write down what has been on my heart this week.
I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he died so that my sins would be forgiven. I believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it speaks truth and hope to those who read it.
We live in a broken, hurting world. But this is not all there is. There is so much more to life – and it’s not the ‘so much more’ the world offers. In Jesus, there is so much more freedom, so much more hope, so much more joy. So much more.
My heart’s desire is to share that so much more with you. If you are afraid, if you are hurting or lonely, if you have no joy, tell me. I may never get the chance to meet you face to face, but I will pray for you.
How can I pray for you today?