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Sometimes trusting in the Lord means we act even though we don’t understand why — we just know we are trusting in Him. This is where I was this morning. Yesterday I was planning to spend money on this amazing bundle of courses that was going to help me with all the in’s and out’s of blogging. I was so excited to learn everything I’ve been searching for and pay one relatively low price for the whole bundle. Well … let’s just say that wasn’t God’s plan for me. Through several ways God showed me without a doubt that I was not supposed to buy that bundle. This would be the third time in the last few months that I tried to spend money on an e-course only to be told no. I was getting the message that at this point I wasn’t supposed to be spending any extra money on my blog.
Does this change God’s will for my life??
All of a sudden, I was at a loss. What am I doing? Am I even supposed to be blogging anymore? From the start my goal was, and continues to be, to glorify God in all that I write. I felt as though I needed to learn this stuff to grow in my blog and if He didn’t want me buying it, then maybe He didn’t want me blogging. I have struggled with promoting my posts so that other people can see them and read them and hoped to learn to do that better. I have struggled with learning all the regulations and fine details of the business side of it and hoped to learn about that. Then there’s that controversial word — monetization. There are operating costs, even though I try to keep them at a minimum, not to mention the needs of my family. I’ve struggled with balancing the idea of monetization without having a site so full of pop-ups and ads that distract from my main purpose. Again, I was hoping to learn that as well.
But the nudging of the Spirit told me, “Just write. Just focus on writing and I’ll work out all the details.”
I didn’t understand, but I went to my quiet time and prayed for God to teach me from His word. My bible plan has me reading from four different portions of scripture every day and two of them for that day were exactly what I needed to hear. Colossians 3:2 says, “set your mind on things above (spreading the gospel) not on things on earth (blog stats).” Just write. God will work out the earthly details.
Then my plan brought me to Psalm 37 — this happens to be one of those psalms I turn to a lot when I need guidance and a large portion of it is underlined. Verses 3-5 and 7 say,
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him
So that is what I am doing — committing my writing to Him. Praying that I will glorify Him through it. Trusting that He will bring my message to the people who need to hear it. I will delight myself in Him and rest patiently in Him and know that He will give me the desires of my heart (which, incidentally, will also be His desire for me because I will have been delighting in Him).