***Today, five friends and I are writing about how we fit blogging into various aspects of our daily lives. This is my little part of the conversation: Christian Blogging. At the end of this post, I’ll share my friends’ links and their conversation topics for today. I hope you enjoy your time with us and are challenged by what you read!***
“…the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.”
Dr. Howard Hendricks once told the story of a professor who stayed up late at night, pouring over his books. A passerby, noticing the light on in his window each night, finally paused and asked him, “What keeps you studying? You never seem to stop.” To which the old professor replied, “I would rather my students drink from a bubbling brook than a stagnant stream.”
It was this short story that first inspired Like a Bubbling Brook.
Outside of my ministry to my husband and family, I am very passionate about my ministry here among 1000+ precious ladies. This site was created to give Christ glory and encourage you to flourish in your relationship with Him; however, if I’m not growing in Him myself, I cannot give anything of value to you. I cannot give what I do not possess.
And so, I have two primary rules that I do my best to respect as I continue this blogging ministry: 1) I will not turn on the computer before I have had my morning bible reading and prayer time, and 2) I will respect my readers’ rights to make decisions for their own lives.
My Personal Christian Blogging Rules
1.) My Time With Him Comes First
I touched on this briefly last December when I shared five tips for reading your bible, and it is really a simple concept: Don’t turn the computer on before you’ve had your alone time with God! This is a priority for me; if I have an insatiable appetite for blogging and social media, to the point that it usurps my time with Him, how can I effectively share His heart with you? While I’m certain He is gracious enough to use this site despite my failures, I still make it a priority to do the best I can and spend the first hour of my morning with Him. Then I pray that He blesses my efforts, however frail and imperfect they may be.
2.) My Readers Make Their Own Spiritual Decisions
It is tempting to try and assert any perceived credibility I may have to influence your decisions and persuade you to think just. like. me. But you know what? To do that would violate the freedom of will that God gave to each of us, and ultimately it will not help you mature as a Christian. God Himself allowed Adam and Eve a choice in the Garden of Eden. He gave them paradise, shared with them what was right and good, advised them what not to do, but He didn’t attempt to persuade or coerce them. He didn’t remove temptation from their life. And He even allowed the devil (in serpent form) to enter the garden!
This walk with Him is a progressive journey. I cannot make decisions for you; we are in different places, travelling the same road but with different lives, tempos, and levels of understanding. I can share scriptural principles and warn you of potential dangers that I see, but ultimately you have the freedom to make your own decisions. I will not argue with you or attempt to coerce you into agreeing with me. I will love you regardless of the choices you make, whether I believe they are wise or unwise. Remember, we are to “above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). This applies at all times, even in the midst of the blogosphere.
The Sum Of It All
You and I both must have our own personal, committed, intentional relationship with God. We need to be in the Word daily. Blogging cannot be our only source of ministry or encouragement; we must be plugged in to other faithful Christians, sitting under biblical preaching and teaching, and allowing His spirit to work in our lives. In time, we will each continue further down the road of spiritual maturity, growing in our walk with Him and inviting others to come alongside for the journey.
You will always be welcome to linger here awhile as you travel.
I pray this site is a balm to your soul, and that you would sip from the refreshing waters of His bubbling brook.
I love having you here.
To continue in this series, please visit these sweet ladies and join in their conversations, too:
Amy @ Raising Arrows | Blogging In Between Homeschooling
Caroline @ The Modest Mom | Blogging as a Business
June @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home | Blogging to Advance the Kingdom
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