God told me to create a Christian faith blog. Well, here it is, the beginning. The beginning of what… you may wonder. Me too. I’m not really sure what the future holds so I’m just taking one day at a time, one thought at a time, one step at a time.
It’s time to write. Awesome. Write what? I guess I need to back up a minute and figure out why I want to do this.
Step one for me. List the 5 reasons that I chose to create a Christian faith blog.
This is what will motivate me to keep to the vision and planning at the forefront of my mind, on my calendar, and continue writing when I feel like quitting, and seeking God for my next steps.
5 Reasons Why I Created a Christian Faith Blog
1. Walk in God’s plan and step outside of the box I painted myself in
From the age of 15, I felt called to the counseling profession in some capacity. After being a stay-at-home mom for over a decade, I enrolled in college for the first time to fulfill the goal of becoming a marriage therapist. By this time, I was in my early 30’s and knew without a doubt, God was calling to work with couples. He had placed a passion in my heart to see marriages healed and restored, but more importantly, as time wore on, I discovered I was drawn just as much to helping women who were struggling in life and stuck, or caught up in grief.
I began to look back on my own life and wonder if my experiences could possibly help someone else out in this big world. I have felt compelled at various times in my life to write my story down. There were a few hap-hazard attempts along the way, but nothing consistent. As I became increasingly unsettled doing what I thought was my dream job of private practice therapy, I realized that God was calling me to step outside of my box and not rely on what I know, but to rely on Him for what I don’t know. After all, our testimony of God is what we are supposed to be telling others about!
This is one of my most favorite quotes:
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense.
What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
I loved working with people but ultimately, I wanted to help people by giving them the tools to move forward. As the Lord began prompting me to hang up my therapy hat and transition to coaching and start blogging, I became so excited at the prospect of using my own experience and educational skills to help a lot more people. You can find out more about my coaching practice here.
My first faith blog, SincerelyChristi.com opened the door for a level of transparency and vulnerability that scared me to the core. It was the very first step the Lord prompted me to take. Then He told me to leave my therapy practice and transition to life and relationship coaching.
As I began looking for faith-based resources to teach me how to create, manage, and run a successful Christian blog, I realized there aren’t many resources geared towards the Christian blogging community. So, the Lord prompted me again… to expand my borders. I’m now leaping outside of my boundaries and expanding my business to help people get started in the world of Christian blogging.
I’ve learned a lot along the way, but I certainly wouldn’t classify myself as an expert in all things blogging, by any means. BUT… I can certainly talk about my process in starting and how I intertwined my faith with the blogging experience.
I am also offering coaching services for vision planning, goal setting, and accountability as you create your own faith blog journey. I would love an opportunity to get to know you and help you meet your goals.
2. Help and encourage others through my testimony of what God has done
The bottom line is that I want to encourage and help you create and live out your own dreams. I want to help you by providing a lot of useful blogging tips. I also want to share from personal experience of what worked and didn’t work for me in my faith blog journey. I will be sharing my “a-ha” moments where something finally clicked. That’s my hope.
Hopefully, what little I know, have experienced, and am learning will be considered by you, as encouraging, validating, and/or beneficial in some way. That would be super-exciting and meaningful to me.
3. Gain freedom from debt
Oh my goodness! This is a big one. Who doesn’t want freedom from debt? Like many, my husband and I have made our fair share of financial mistakes. Unfortunately, we have had more years living paycheck to paycheck with debt weighing us down than we have had prosperous years. We have gone through Larry Burkett’s Money Matters way back in the day, and we have also gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. We got the certificate to prove it. As Dave would say, our shovel has been way too small over the years and life keeps happening. Uncle Sam and Sally Mae have us where they want us so it’s time to kick them to the curb. We have been working on trying to change the size of our shovel using different avenues but not necessarily the one God told us to take. I readily admit my disobedience. Just being real.
There is something to be said for needing to look to God for your provision because it certainly all comes from Him. But creating these blogs, certainly gives us the opportunity for accountability and hopefully, freedom as we grow our Christian faith blog business (yes, I said business) and follow God’s direction.
With a lot of prayer and direction, I hope to provide some much needed resources, both for purchase and some for free. Some of our current financial goals include kicking Sally to the curb, getting our savings built up and replacing our 15-year-old cars (with something less than 5 years… Haha!), and being able to consistently do a family vacation every year.
4. Be at home more
I didn’t realize I wanted this so bad until the end of 2016. I just miss being at home with my family and making our house into a home. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being a do-it-yourselfer. I have felt so pulled in various directions for the last 8 years that I really desire a simpler life. My health has been a huge struggle and I know I need to be in a place where I can put the focus on preparing healthy meals for us all during the week so I can regain a healthier me. Stress is not a helpful motivator and has a very negative impact. I want to walk in the Peace that the Bible promises, slow down, and re-prioritize my life.
5. Enjoy life more with my family and friends
So this goes hand in hand with my #4. Since I’ve been so unsettled in recent years, and essentially not trusting where God was calling me, I haven’t been intentionally taking advantage of my relationships with other people. I’ve had times of enjoyment, but I’ve also had a lot of stress, frustration, and exhaustion too. It’s time to gain perspective and take action.
Enjoyment is so important in life. With all the ups and downs that life brings, fun is vital. We went to Disney World a few years ago for the first time in about 10 years. It was an amazing trip and I realized we had been missing out on family vacations for way too many years, primarily due to expense and time. When both of us work, it’s hard to come up with time off that lines up, and then to come up with the money to do it consistently, well, that’s another challenge. Vacation can be expensive! LOL!
Remember our little shovel? It hasn’t been a priority like we had wanted it to be. We both went into marriage with the belief that family vacations were a “must-do” and looking back, I realize we did the best we could with what we had. We made little trips into big experiences. We had lots of family nights over the years, watching movies, playing board games, great conversations, and laughing. But we want to experience more together.
So that’s it. These are the answers to my why question. I’m sure they will evolve over time, but for today… that’s my answer and I’m sticking to it.
What do you think?
If you are already in the faith blog world, what are some of your why’s? I’d love to hear them. If you are just considering, researching and contemplating answering the Lord’s prompting, have you thought through your why’s?
I’ll tell you that one thing I have learned is that those reasons are so incredibly important as motivators to continue when times are difficult. When you feel like stopping or giving up, those answers compel you to keep going. I know that in the beginning, when I started blogging, I kind of thought about it as an easy little thing I would just do.
But the reality is that there is so much hard work, time, and effort that goes into creating a blog “just-so” and then marketing, social media, interaction, and building relationships, writing and creating marketable products and incentives, SEO work, re-tweaking the website and posts over time (as you learn new things), and the list goes on.
I’m definitely not trying to sway you against it, but if you are seriously considering this as an avenue, it’s important to see what the reality is so you can set your expectations.
You know how you can look through your newsfeed on Facebook or Instagram, and everyone’s lives look so wonderful? It’s the same in the blogging world too. Behind the vision of perfection is a ton of hard work, motivation, and a driving force that compels. I will admit that it’s not for everybody, but I sure do love it. I’m excited about the adventure in front of me.
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