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To the Discouraged Blogger: Fulfilling the calling on our lives.

To the Discouraged Blogger - Fulfilling the calling on our lives.

As a Christian Blogger, and as a Blogger in general, we can easily get discouraged.

 

Your emotions get caught up as a writer, you pour your heart into the words that you write and into the foundation of the post so that you can make a connection with your readers and they can make a connection with you.

 

Blogging and writing becomes an emotional journey for you no matter the reason you think you started blogging. You build a connection with the ideas and creativity that develops in your mind. There is always a deeper meaning and truth behind all that you put on the keyboard for others to see. You preconceive visions of who the words may touch and you stay hopeful that the moment someone reads the full outline, they can feel the emotions that you were trying to relay.

 

This is all part of blogging and writing. You are putting your all into what most people may see as a hobby. But you see as a ministry, a full time job, or as a therapeutic relationship between you and readers.

 

But sometimes, a spike of discouragement comes about. It’s not just one or two bloggers at a time feeling this, its many. Many feel the hit of discouragement and it is known to come and go frequently within the blogging atmosphere.

 

Most of us think we are alone when feeling discouraged and do not want to share because everyone else looks like they are booming in their blog. Their Instagram shows their upcoming products, their Pinterest following skyrocketed, and their latest post mentioned their growth in their page views and subscriber lists.

 

This does not exempt them to the very least. They deal with the struggle to complete an editorial calendar too. They also have to sit till their hands cramp up to write.  And they too take a few days out of the month to see where they can improve by brainstorming just like all the other bloggers that is building on their own.

 

Here are the top reasons most Bloggers become discouraged:

  • Comparison- “Their blog looks better than mine”; “They write better”; “They have so many more followers than I do and I started blogging before them.”

  • Too little time- “I am a stay at home mom, I do not get enough alone time to write.”

  • Not enough page views, am I affecting anyone- “I only get X amount page views per month, my blog is barely reaching anyone, am I even helping anyone?”

 

After time and time again of feeling those characters I mentioned and feeling like you are the only blogger that is experiencing discouragement, you eventually feel like giving up.

 

But wait, how many of you said God called you to write? How many said He came to you and told you to write to encourage, to uplift, to teach?

Did He say there is a quota we are to meet or there is a ideal number to reach?

Has He told you our page views needed to be over 5,000, 50,000, or 500,000 to get His words out to the world?

Did He tell you if your subscriber list was less than a 1,000 to not even bother to speak to His people or that your calling is considered ineffective?

 

As a Christian blogger there is no standard but to stay obedient to what God has called you to do.

 

Recently I heard something that made me think of us bloggers:

“David was anointed at 17 years old to become King but he did not reign as King till he was 30 years old.”

I have known this about King David but when I recently heard this I connected with it from a blogger standpoint.

 

In blogging we look at what seems to be considered success:

If we can make an income from blogging within a year, we have reached our calling.

When our blogs receive over 30k views a month then we have became known.

If we can reach 15k followers on Instagram then we are successful with our brand.

 

Why do we put a standard on our calling? Why is reaching a certain point within a certain time limit considered success when we are doing the will of God?

 

King David was called out from what seem to be a job for the “no ones” because he herded the sheep in an unseen place. Even from his own family he was not considered to ever become a man of success but yet a prophet was taken to him and he was anointed from where he was standing.

 

After David was anointed he still had many years of serving unto others and do what God had for him to do before he was to reign as a King. The people were not yet ready for him when he was first anointed and all that he was about to do but God knew his heart would be humble and stay in labor till it was time.

 

Another side of that is; are we ready? I may have been called to write two years ago but am I ready for all that God has for me? Will I do what is required?

 

It may take me seven years to reach 100,000 views a month or to get 20k followers on Instagram but my calling to write did not come with a descriptive standard from God to know that people received the words I had written. All He said to me was “Just write!” The outcome of it all is now of His timing and His choice, not mine.

 

As I write and continue with it, He has put more into my heart. More goals to reach for and more of an emotional connection to write with. Some goals include for me to enlarge my platform but not for the satisfaction of myself; but so more people can be touched. Enlarging my platform is not to put a number on His people for my records.

 

His people are His, not mine to count.

 

Doesn’t that statement just make you want to cringe. Counting His people! He said only He is to count the stars and name them all (Psalm 147:4).

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

Psalm 19:17 NLT

 

I once heard someone say; “I use to want to be just like them, then the Lord told me, you would not be able to carry what they had to carry.”

 

We do not know all the struggles others have behind the work that is shown as completed or successful. I want to carry what God knows I am capable of carrying, to do what I am called to do. I can not stop doing what He called me to do because my journey doesn’t look as good as theirs.

 

If God called you to write, then don’t stop till He tells you to stop.

 

If you begin what He told you to begin than you can not stop Him or His plans.

 

Imagine looking at Him and saying, “Ok, God thanks for the opportunity but my journey doesn’t look like theirs. I’m just going to give it a rest now.”

 

Or worse…… what if Jesus said that carrying the cross?

 

What if David said, “You told me I was going to be King, it’s been 5 years, where’s my throne?”

 

What if Paul said, “I’m not going to prison, call another.”

 

We can not forget what drove each one to complete their calling: Passion.

Their passion to complete what God gave them to complete. Their passion to fulfill an unknown calling with an unknown ending.

 

Just as Paul reminds us in the book of James:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,  whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 NIV

 

I desire to count this season pure joy as I persevere with you to continue the journey of our calling.

Keep preserving writers and know that the calling on our lives matter. More than we may think, many have read the words we have written because God is leading them to the unknown places to anoint the one person that no one even thought to be known.

 

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  • Reply
    Julie
    August 4, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks Carmen! You have really encouraged me to stay true to my calling. You’re a blessing!

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    Sara L Lewis
    July 14, 2017 at 6:26 am

    So good, Carmen!
    I’m in the camp of feeling like I don’t have enough time as a sahm.
    You’re words and advice are so encouraging!

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    Leslie
    July 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you, thank you Carmen. I have given this a quick read and am marking it to come back to tonight to read in more depth when I have more time to think. I’ve already found it incredibly encouraging. Thank you!!!!

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    Tiffany H.
    July 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Carmen, you wrote this for me. Just for me. 😉 Lol, it’s like you wrote out everything that was on my heart that I couldn’t quite put to words. You have blessed me so much just in the short time I’ve known you and I thank God for you! I hope you know God has used you in many other’s lives and we’re thankful that you are following His calling on your life! <3

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      [email protected]
      July 10, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Tiffany, you got me crying over here. So glad the Lord used these words that He gave me to write just for you to read! Love you sis! Keep blogging for His glory! =)

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    Valerie Murray
    May 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Such great encouragement here! I love that now that I have met you I can almost hear just how you would say this! Amen!
    Valerie Murray recently posted…When Mother’s Day is HardMy Profile

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      [email protected]
      May 3, 2017 at 11:52 am

      lol, I love that you can hear me saying it. Gives some encouragement that I wrote it out just as the Lord placed it in my heart.

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    Cynthia
    April 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Your post has spoken to me, a believer that doesn’t blog. It has refreshed my mind, heart and spirit to keep moving, keep having faith and to keep persevering. May the Lord continue to use you mightily , my sister, to minister to the hearts of bloggers and to all who come across your blog. May His word continue to bring life and prosperity to you, your household and all those you come in contact with. Love you 😘

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      [email protected]
      May 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Thank you so much Cynthia for your encouragement and prayer for me and my family! That truly ministers to my heart today!

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    Kelly
    April 24, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I just wrote a post similar to this one. I was feeling really discouraged and God reminded me that if you can remain faithful with little, you can be faithful with much. Why would God want to give you 250,000 people to talk to if you can’t even be faithful with the 40 he’s given you? We do a lot of comparing with others, but you’re definitely right – God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He just expects us to make progress, however little that progress may seem to us. Thank you, so much for sharing!

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    Sue
    April 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Just saw this on another link up. I love the reference to King David. That actaully hit home for me! I have been slacking a little bit lately as home work has been ever so consuming… but I am still grateful for how God has reached me in just about a year. Praise God for his goodness and Im going to “just write”

    Yours sis, Sue
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      [email protected]
      April 22, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Yes, all we can do is Just Write and allow God to lead us in blogging and in our homes. By doing that we will not feel like we are slacking but instead we will feel fulfilled in the calling He has given us. Many blessings to you!

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    Rolene
    April 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Such an inspiring post! Thank you for this reminder. Is really easy to get discouraged and this message is needed.
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      [email protected]
      April 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Many blessings!

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    Tiffany Parry
    April 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Such great encouragement here, Carmen. It can be a slippery slope when we start to look around instead of look up. I’m guilty of doing it, and God consistently had to remind me that He doesn’t measure success by the world’s standard. I’m learning to be grateful for my portion, nothing more, nothing less. Blessings to you and thank you for your heart to speak His truth!
    Tiffany Parry recently posted…When Faith Feels ComplicatedMy Profile

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      [email protected]
      April 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you Tiffany. His success is definitely not of the worlds success. His success is so much better!

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    Ruth van den Brink
    April 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Carmen,
    We will never know WHO or HOW MANY people you have actually touched through our ministry..and that is just as well really, as it is God’s work in reality. HOWEVER,it has struck me that we need to make more of an effort from the other side of the screen to encourage people when they impact us or are used by God in our lives. Thank you for being God’s encourager today!
    Ruth van den Brink recently posted…Making Disciples in the Midst of Real LifeMy Profile

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      [email protected]
      April 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Amen! That is so true! We should definitely encourage the ones that impact us by the leading of God. Thank you for commenting and visiting!

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    Tayrina
    April 19, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    As Christian bloggers and writers we never must loose the focus and our priority. It could happen, but we must guard our hearts also in the blogging world. Great post and encouragement for us as we continue the journey to fulfillment of God’s purpose through blogging.
    Tayrina recently posted…3 Lies the Enemy Tells You and the TRUTH that Will Set You FreeMy Profile

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      [email protected]
      April 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you Tayrina!! So blessed by your words and encouragement!

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    Laura
    April 19, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    This was just what I needed to hear! I have focused on taking care of my toddler over growing my blog recently. I know that is what I need to be doing to fulfill the Lord’s calling, but sometimes I am disappointed at my slow blogging progress.

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      [email protected]
      April 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Yes, definitely keep being a mamma first! Blogging is done by the Lords time and as He directs; so no worries over the growth. Continue to grow in Him and be used by Him! You are touching more than you know!

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    Mary Newman
    April 19, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Um how timely! Thanks for the encouragement as I’ve been praying for direction on my own blog! Great thoughts!

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    Jeanine
    April 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Simply beautiful Carmen! Thanks for the reminder that God orchestrates the details of our ministries. Counting stars is far more fun than counting numbers. Love and blessings. Hugs!

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      [email protected]
      April 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Yes, so true! Counting stars is more FUN than counting numbers! =)

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    Nicci
    April 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    You dropped some serious truth bombs here Carmen! Thank you!

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    Marsha
    April 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Great reminders of why we are here and why we do what we do….we have a passion and calling from God.
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    Desiree
    April 19, 2017 at 11:20 am

    WOW! That you so much for outlining the “why” we are doing what we are doing. So grateful that all He gives us is on His timing not ours. He is not counting our followers or subscribers. I needed this. We can get so caught up in all of that.. Thank you so much.

    Making Joy Contagious, Desiree

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      [email protected]
      April 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      So glad that this post helpful to you! I am so blessed for His timing too!

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    Timberley
    April 19, 2017 at 10:40 am

    “Will I do what is required?” This right here has struck a cord with my heart. I cannot even begin to express how much this blog post has resonated with my Spirit for such a time as this. Not just as a Christian blogger, but as a Pastor as well. My husband and I co-Pastor our church and co-blog, and we find ourselves discouraged more than we should be and this post has brought so much peace to my heart. God has given us a calling and the results really don’t matter in the kingdom rather being obedient to what God has called us to do and doing what is required. (Period, literally!) Thank you so much for such a heart-felt post.

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      [email protected]
      April 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Timberley, Thank you so much for your comment. It has truly touched me. It brings so much joy to my heart that the words written has encouraged you!!

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    Jennifer Underwood
    April 19, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Thank you very much for this! I consider myself a failed blogger, but you opened my eyes.

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    Natalie @ Milk & Honey Faith
    April 19, 2017 at 9:15 am

    This is an incredible post and I believe it will speak to many hearts. I know that it has spoke to mine!

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