Hey guys! Welcome to my new blog! I can’t believe I am sitting here writing my first post since I’ve had this idea in my mind for quite a while now. The topic I want to focus on for this post will mainly deal with how this blog came to be and a little bit about my journey. In the near future, I would like to do a post on my testimony and how I came into the knowledge of Christ for myself so I’ll make sure not to spoil too many of those details 🙂
So, why am I starting this blog?
TO TELL MY STORY!
I have always claimed to be a Christian because I grew up in the church. However, on August 7, 2014, God led me to someone’s ministry who would open my eyes to a new world I did not know existed. However, this “new world” felt oddly familiar in some ways because it spoke to some of my deep desires I was suppressing because society and worldly ideas made me feel as if they were strange and I would never find them anywhere else but in my own mind. Through that ministry, which I will talk about in a separate post, I learned what it meant to truly seek after God for myself. This happened to me at 20 years old and now at 21 with just a tad more experience under my belt, I felt the need to spread to others what God has done for me in my life. I want to show people that it’s more than ok to live for God, even when it seems as if no one else around you is doing it….especially when it seems as if no one around you is doing it! I want at least one person to be blessed by God in some way because of this site. So my hope is that someone can connect to my story and become closer to God in some way. I know it’s possible because it happened to me, so why not pay it forward?
TO BE OBEDIENT ABOUT SPREADING HIS WORD
–“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’”-Mark 16:15 One of the main ways we show God that we love Him is to keep His commands. It is the mission of ALL believers through Jesus Christ to spread His Word. So, in order to spread His Word, we must read/study it ourselves. Now, I’m not saying that we have to become these great and profound theologians who are experts when it comes to biblical knowledge but God wants to have a relationship with all of His children and wants all of His children to know Him. The main way to do this is by studying God’s word. When we study the Bible for ourselves, we are able to apply it to our own lives, and furthermore, spread it to others. Now, not everyone has to complete this mission in the same way. For me, I felt led to start a blog because I am not the best at communicating my thoughts by word of mouth. I have always enjoyed writing! I’ve used journals for years and actually used blogging for a school project about 2 years ago. Therefore, I took something that I enjoyed doing and was given the opportunity to practice to use it for the glory of God. What talents/hobbies do you have that you can use to also glorify God?
TO PRACTICE MY SUBMISSION TO GOD AND HIS WILL
To be honest with you guys, I have been putting off doing this blog for a while, almost to the point where I gave up on the idea of it completely. One reason for this is because of my personality. When I’m not around family and very close friends, I’m a very reserved and shy individual. I don’t like to draw too much attention to myself. So when the idea of creating a blog one day popped into my Spirit, I felt my flesh immediately pouring doubt into my mind: “You’re really gonna put your personal business….on the internet….for anyone to see? What if you say something wrong? You know nobody is going to read it right? There’s too many people on the internet doing what you want to do, you should just let them handle it. They are better at it anyways. You know you’re gonna be too busy with school to keep that up.” The statements went on and on. I wish I could say that I immediately began to pray to God to shut the Devil out of my mind and pursued what I felt God was leading me to do…but I didn’t. I listened at first. But one thing I’ve learned about being disobedient to God is this: You’re not going to feel peace about just leaving God’s instruction by the wayside. The thoughts don’t just disappear and become a distant memory. So at some point every single day since then, this blog idea would pop into my head. During my quiet time with God today, I was reading Romans 6 and taking notes when verse 21 hit me in the gut: “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of?” This verse is referring to the time in someone’s life when they are/were a slave to sin and is/was not letting God rule in their lives. I began to think about life before chasing after God and realized how none of my sins benefited me in any way…..NO WAY AT ALL! I began to think more and realized how so many people in the world are chasing things in life that won’t benefit them at all once it’s all said and done……they are like me back then and just don’t realize it and would possibly turn to something better only if they knew “better” existed. This is why the Word of God needs to be spread, why I chose to stop making excuses about creating this blog, and why I’m choosing to submit to God’s will despite my doubts and fears. In the end, this life and this mission is so much bigger than anyone’s feelings, including my own.
So I want to close by saying that I am excited/ nervous about this new journey but I’m choosing to embrace it.