After blogging for about a year and a half now, and wondering if I am making any kind of impact for God’s Kingdom, God brought some much needed encouragement to me through another believer. About a week ago, I was nominated by Christina Savage (ChrisiEvie), who blogs at For Your Creative Soul. Her blog was started with the goal to “help encourage Christian Artists to stay committed to Christ in their artistic ministry.” I would encourage you to take a good look at her website, and be enriched by content centered on Jesus Christ. I am honored to be recognized by such a blogger. Thank you Christina!!
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started blogging.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
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About My Blog
I started my blog back in May 2016, and originally I figured I’d be writing mainly poetry centered on the Person and work of Jesus Christ. I have been writing poetry for many years, but I have never blogged any of it until recently. I find poetry to be beautiful to read, and joyful (although sometimes agonizing) to write. And while poetry is where I have spilled quite a bit of ink, the blog has morphed into so much more for me. Lately I seem to write just as much prose as I do poetry.
Also, after I started blogging for a couple months, I realized that I needed to share about a painful experience from my past. And that experience was losing my baby girl, Ariana, to still birth. I didn’t realize when I started blogging just how much time I would spend writing about Ariana, and also trying to relate to others who have been through similar tragedies. After having been through the pain of losing a baby girl, my goal is to bring comfort and hope to others.
My ultimate desire in everything I write is to point people to the ultimate hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And any fruit that comes from my writing is all the Lord’s doing. If any of my articles have brought comfort to grieving parents, have caused anyone to look more intently to Jesus Christ, or to see current events with a Biblical worldview, then all praise and glory to God! He is the one who gives gifts to His people. Therefore, He is the only One deserving of praise for any benefit we are to others.
Advice for New Bloggers
If you are a new blogger, I have 2 pieces of advice for you.
1) Do not be in a hurry to click “Publish” after you write a blog.
Revise. Revise. And did I mention………………Revise! When you first start blogging, you get kind of excited about publishing your first article. Well, not kind of, you get really excited. But remember, your blog is like your baby! Ok, not quite, but in a weird metaphorical kind of way. Just go with that for now. The point is this: Make every article the best you can make it. Read it. Re-read it. And try to see where you can rephrase things to make it flow better. Or if something sounds too harsh when you re-read it, then change it to sound more loving. Don’t go crazy or anything. Just make it as good as you can without driving yourself crazy. And don’t try to over-polish it either. You want that “edge” to your writing. You want the emotion. You want the rawness. Use simple words when revising. Say things in the easiest way you can to get your point across.
2) Write to glorify Jesus Christ.
You don’t need to impress people. So don’t be afraid to poke fun at yourself. Your goal in writing should be to glorify God. And when you are writing to glorify God, you don’t worry about sharing your struggles and weaknesses. Remember, God’s strength is best seen in our weakness. So don’t write to impress anyone. Write to bring attention to the King of kings, Jesus Christ. And when you do that, you ultimately will do good to others. Because the best thing you can do for others when you write is to make much of Jesus! So as you write, always be thinking about how you can bring Christ to bear on whatever topic it is. Trust me, if you are writing and you can’t think about how to bring Christ into it, then please rethink why you are even blogging to begin with. Before you hit that “Publish” tab, make sure you have honored Jesus in your words.
This award does require me to nominate 15 other bloggers. I have provided the links below. They were all chosen due to the fact that they make much of Jesus Christ in their writing. Please take the time to visit their sites. I highly recommend all of them!
- Paul Tautges
- The Blazing Center
- Lore Ferguson Wilbert
- The Cripplegate
- Melissa Edgington
- Nick Batzig
- Tim Challies
- Josh Dermer
- A Small Work
- David Murray
- Tony Miano
- Jared C. Wilson
- Karen ‘Girl’ Friday
- Rose and Her Lilly
- Denny Burk
I wish you all the best as you seek to glorify Christ in your writing. Please feel free to contact me anytime so that we can be a source of encouragement to one another.
God bless you, Jamie
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