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I am so excited to have my friend Carmen guest posting for me today! She is someone I look up to in the Christian Blogging world and I cannot recommend her eBook enough! There is so much wisdom and faith-filled instruction on starting a Christ-centered blog and listening to God’s will for you in this eBook that I know you will feel blessed by hearing her words.
Cultivating Your Blog into a Ministry
When I first started blogging building a ministry was the last thing on my mind. After all, building a ministry is for Pastors, ordained Ministers, and for super “spiritual” people. I was far from all these things.
Yes, my husband and I work together in ministry of organizing a Young Adult Ministry at our local church under an umbrella of Pastors. We also spend many hours in volunteer work as a family and we are passionately involved in the ministry of our church and in the word of God. But still, who am I to cultivate a ministry under an umbrella of myself?
Truth is; I started blogging because God lead me to do so. My passion for writing turned into something that God clearly said to me one day “Just write.” I dwelled on those words for over a year. “Just write, just write what?!” He replied, “Just write My words.” So I did, I wrote words on my laptop for a year. All of the things that were on my heart and what the Lord pressed on me to write. Yet, I was still not content. There was something missing from the writing.
One day, Blogging came to mind. After months of struggling with that, I created Married by His Grace blog. A blog that I hope to encourage women with to build their home on the word of God. To establish a marriage full of grace and to develop relationships with their children that is led by the Lord’s direction.
Creating a blog takes time and investment in many areas. But creating a blog that cultivates into a ministry takes the word of investment from the picture of monetary investment into spiritual investment.
In ‘By His Grace We Blog’ eBook, I write about the beginning process of creating a blog and how to maintain a blog. Areas such as what to do before launching, creating a schedule, developing into a business, monetizing, Pinterest, social media, branding, and networking. All of this of course is the main components of developing a successful blog, but as a Christian Blogger, our success is defined not by “them” but by Him.
Although I work through each of these subjects step by step in the eBook, the vital step included in the guide is how to maintain and cultivate your blog into what God has called you to create.
This requires you to be active in your relationship with God first and foremost.
Cultivating your blog into a ministry is a daily act and choice. The dictionary defines Cultivate as this: To promote or improve growth by labor and attention; to devote one’s self (to growth and maturity).
Cultivating takes time, pruning, and attention to detail. It requires pulling up the weeds that are choking your blogging ministry. It requires fresh water to nourish and a good eye to see where it is becoming lifeless.
By His Grace We Blog – Chapter 6
To be able to achieve what cultivation takes we must be alert, knowledgeable, and full of readiness. Our focus will need to be on what God is calling us to do first instead of what we think will make us become a successful blogger.
Maturing in our relationship with the Lord is vital to keep us humble as a vessel to minister His word to the people that read through our blogs and receive our insight of developing a closer relationship with God.
Our relationship and attention to detail as to what He wants us to do is what will bring prosperity to what we are creating.
My mindset of what my success, or your success, is cannot be measured by the followers or page views. It should and will be measured by the contentment of where God is taking our blog and the growth of the ministry He is leading.
There was a point in my journey of blogging, that I was consumed for a moment that my blog was being stagnant. I was consumed of finding where I was lacking and what made the steady growth go into a standstill. I even considered investing into a course. Just maybe they had a answer to something I did not yet know.
I woke up in the midnight hour one evening and the Lord said, “invest in Me, not the courses” I reflected back to my intimacy time with Him and there was a lacking on my behalf.
I then went to all my planners, notebooks, and daily lists I had created for blogging and I wrote above each day. “Read His word.”
By doing this, my blog then began the steady growth it was on before and the contentment within myself as a writer, blogger, and as a woman of God that was spreading the word of God through my writings climbed to a high point in my life.
I was no longer consumed by the results of numbers and what was happening in between it all. I developed a peace that what I was accomplishing was what He created me to do.
I am in a place of blogging where I love what I do. I wake up every morning excited to engage in my private Facebook Group, By His Grace Bloggers, to go through my checklist for the day, develop new relationships, and to create new ideas and goals. This journey of what I thought was just a blog is now a ministry to do what God has called me to do. Which is a ministry of encouraging, developing relationships with women of God, and creating products and writings that will enrich a new blogger’s journey to blogging.
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About the Author:
Carmen Brown is the creator of Married by His Grace blog. She actively writes to women who are desiring to build their home with the word of God. Her passions involve staying connected with her family, drinking an immense amount of coffee daily, and developing content that will help and encourage new Christian Bloggers. You can connect with Carmen on her blog, and Instagram.
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