Blogging is a Blessing

“I long to see you, that I might impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you–that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith,  both yours and mine.”  Romans 1:11-12

As I thought about this month’s theme, it occurred to me that the Lutheran Ladies blog has been quite a blessing in my life.  Each of us has God-given talents and spiritual gifts, and when we use them in a way that pleases Him, we feel His pleasure.  I never sit down to write a post with the feeling that it is a chore, or a burden.  I’m so thankful that God has given me an occupation in retirement that I enjoy, and that feels useful.

Writing for the blog has made me think deeply about each monthly theme, reading, studying and praying about it.  Often it helps me examine my own conscience and discover areas of my life that need improvement or attention.  It’s also interesting to hear how others think about these things, both authors and readers.  Certainly the blog has deepened my faith and understanding of God and His will for me.

Through our blogging together, I’ve developed closer relationships with the other Lutheran Ladies.  Although I knew them all before, and go to church with some of them( and went to church with others), in blogging we have shared both dreams and failures.  We’ve worked together to produce something none of us could have accomplished alone.  It has been my joy and my privilege to see each of them grow in their faith journey.

I hope and believe that this blog has been an encouragement to others, as this was our original vision.   The books we read, the quotes we love, the movies that inspire us, the songs that uplift us, the thoughts God places in our minds, and the emotions of our hearts, are all offered up to strengthen others.  As we open our lives to our readers, we are in turn blessed by the comments and kind words we receive back.  As Paul says in the quote above from Romans, we have been “mutually encouraged”.

So to all our authors and readers, today I am saying “Thank You!”  You have blessed my life in an amazing way.

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You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

You’ve all heard the familiar adage above.  I’m not sure it’s true, at least in the case of human beings.  Life should be a journey in learning:  learning about God, about ourselves, about others.  I thought I’d talk a bit about what I’ve learned through becoming a Christian blogger.

I’m retired, and I’m not part of the generation that grew up using technology.  I still have a flip phone (much to my granddaughter’s dismay) and I’m not of Facebook or Instagram.  I don’t skype. I don’t text. I prefer books to my kindle.  You get the idea.  If you told me a few years ago that I’d be spending my time writing blog posts, I would have laughed at you!  Then my husband starting blogging, some women at our church said we ladies should have a blog, one of them set it up and voila!  I was suddenly a blog author!

Of course, I do have some interests that drew me to try this “something new.”  I love to write, I love to study, and I love to encourage others.  Blogging seemed to be a way to combine all three of those things.  Along the way, here are some of the things blogging has taught me.

  1. I’ve become more adept at using technology.  I can now copy an image or a video from YouTube or a link.  I can reblog an article.  I started accounts on Linked In and Pinterest (still avoiding Facebook).
  2. I’ve learned to write quickly, and be less of a perfectionist.  In the past, I found it hard to just sit down and write something because there was no deadline.  Now I have a deadline every day, and I have to write and be content to let my article go without agonizing over the “best” wording or examples.
  3. Because we have a theme every month, I have a reason to think deeply and seriously about a particular topic.  I pray about our theme, look up verses, check books out of the library, etc..
  4. I’ve learned more about some of my sisters in Christ, through their posts.  It tickles me no end to observe Beth Ann’s love of music, Michele and Leslie’s passion for study, and to see how Sarah and Kate (both of whom I’ve known since they were small)  have grown up in thoughtfulness and Christian maturity.

I think God is always seeking to surprise and amaze us.  He wants us to learn and grow, to use our talents, to become the people He intended us to be.

What new tricks have you learned this year?