Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Five Years and 500 Blog Posts


This is my 500th blog post. I wasn’t counting, or even paying attention. I just noticed it when I posted my 499th post last week and realized it’s been five years since I felt God “suggest” that I start a blog and host an online book study for women.

By “suggest,” I mean the idea came completely out of nowhere—I hadn’t even thought about it before that moment. But, as will happen when God whispers a part of His plan, the idea didn’t go away.

Here I am five years later. I look back at those first blog posts and cringe, but then I see how I’ve grown as a blogger and a writer, and how I’ve grown personally. Blogging has been a way for me to process and share what I’ve learned, and what God is still teaching me.

It’s been five years of walking outside of my comfort zone…because every time I start to feel comfortable, God stretches me in a new way.

This past weekend, I attended my first writer’s conference. At times, I felt overwhelmed and intimidated. I questioned why I was there and doubted myself—but I never regretted my decision to go. Instead, I moved forward through all of those feelings, speaking with editors, publishers, and fellow writers. I left having made new friends and with some new goals in mind.

Clicking “Publish” on that very first post five years ago was a big step in faith, and so was registering for a conference where I knew no one. But God’s plans are like that—they require stepping out in faith, even when that first step is all you can see.

For you, it might not be writing, but something completely different. No matter what it is, if you feel God has called you to something, trust Him and don’t let fear overwhelm you. If you let it stop you, you will miss out on where God wants to take you.

Although I would like to know all of the details in advance, I’m learning that it’s not necessary when it’s God’s plan. He leads at just the right time—His time, not mine. Then one day I look back and see how far we’ve come…and I realize time flies when you’re walking in obedience to the One who has called us.

In Christ,
Laura 

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9 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I found you through blogging. Congratulations and keep writing.

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  2. That is amazing Laura! 500! So faithful. I love how God meets us when we step out in faith. What conference did you go to?

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    1. It was the Wordsowers Christian Writer's Conf. in NE. I hadn't even heard about it until a month or two ago. :)

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  3. Congratulations, Laura, on your 500th post!
    This gives me great encouragement to continue writing as I will be celebrating my sixth month anniversary of blogging on the 25th of this month!
    I can't imagine 500 posts,but then again I never dreamed that the Lord would give to me my own website!
    One step of faith at a time!
    One blog at a time!
    God bless
    Congratulations!!
    www.castingyourcare.org

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    1. Congratulations, Barb, on your blog and writing! Absolutely, one step at a time. God will lead you where He plans for you to go. God bless!

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  4. Good for you, Laura! and congrats on your 500th post! A writer's conference would be hugely intimidating. I'm so glad you did it! God always rewards our baby steps of faith. Blessings.

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  5. Congrats and well done too. God's timing is amazing. I don't know why I am always surprised but am. again congrats and please keep writing.

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  6. Hi Laura, I too have just past my 5th year blogerversary! I can't believe that I am still at it and loving it. Its because of people like you who encourage and uplift. I absolutely love this community. I am so happy for you and trust that your blog will grow and be a great blessing to yourself and others.
    God bless
    Tracy
    PS: can you add Winsome Wednesday to your list of bloghops pretty please :) I am at it again, lol

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    1. Thank you for linking up my precious friend. In my prayers always :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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