It’s finally come to this…Confession! Yes, this One Bloggers Confessions. I’ve been journaling for probably 30 years, it’s one of the ways that I stay close to God. I pour out my heart to Him and He speaks to my heart and I write it down…so I don’t forget what He spoke to my heart years ago. HA!
I’ve been blogging now for 4 years and over the years there have been many, many, many times that I have come to God with many different issues about blogging. From self centeredness, striving, dishonestly, gossip…well you name it. Whether I’ve had to avoid these things or been a part of it…I’ll tell it all.
You see, I want to be the same Shari on my blog as I am off of my blog. The thing is that God sees me for me. Whether I blog or not…so why try to be something I’m not, as I am first and foremost accountable to Him. In these 4 years of blogging, I’ve had to bow before the Lord and pour out my heart to Him.
I thought it might be helpful to other bloggers to let you into my heart, my secret journal, my bloggers confessions.
The reason I bring this up today…
I’ve been striving! Today in my quiet time…The Lord was gracious to speak to my heart and whisper… “Cease striving Shari.” I got your back, it’s under control, give it up…. well you get the picture.
There are so many things that we can strive for when it comes to blogging!
The list…let’s see:
- Page views ~ Gotta get those up, up, up
- Dedicated Readers ~ We want peeps to come back, right!?
- Social Media~ Gotta be on every single platform possible
- The perfect design~ Ok I’ve had this design for a month and now I see something that looks WAY better.
- Education ~ I have got to learn every single thing there is about Blogging, the internet, SM therefore sometimes spending too much money and time.
- Monetizing ~ We need to make some money
- Gotta know who’s who in the Zoo AND what they are saying ~ so can’t miss hopping on SM
- Need to find out the best way to everywhere at once without really being there.
Of course you know as well as I do there are tons more things we can strive about, these are just a sampling.
For today, God gave me some scriptures that I am meditating on…
Feel free to print out for yourself.
Ecclesiastes 4:4 “And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
Ecclesiastes 2:11 ”Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
Galatians 3:3 “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?”
Psalm 46:10 “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Ouch! There is a fine line between striving to make money and exalting God at the same time. Oh it’s ok to make money…I just never want it to be my sole focus. I don’t want to wake up some day and realize I’ve given up so much for blogging, only to remember that God was following behind me all along, rather being in front… leading me…where He belongs.
My striving has stemmed from needing to make some extra money due to the fact that I am not watching my Grandkids anymore.. equals less income. So I’ve taken on WAY to many things in order to make up my income difference.
This has caused me to have a striving spirit…and I’m exhausted.
Solution: STOP, reassess and make changes…because after all, one cannot go on like this forever…
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