Hi, friends. Today, I feel thankful and even a little awed by the ministry that happens on WordPress. I love the supportive and creative atmosphere of WP in general, but the Christian ministry around here is particularly cool.
As trite as the word seems at this point, I find our ministry here “unique.” The Christian posts I write myself and read from others come in a range of formats, from stand-alone scripture verses to life updates to everything in between. But there is a particular kind of post that strikes me as a unique and wonderful kind of ministry, which is…
The blending of testimony and devotional
I’m always inspired by the posts that blend a blogger’s own struggles and experiences with lessons based in scripture. We are so comfortable with honesty and vulnerability around here that the blending seems seamless. But it’s a break-through ministry for the writers and the readers. The writers cultivate a high level of self-awareness and the ability to see God in the good, bad, and ugly of their lives, while the readers relate to the writer’s imperfections and can therefore absorb their words on a deeper, more intimate level.
To the Christian bloggers who blend testimony and devotional to create insightful, thought-provoking, real, convicting posts, I will borrow the line often used by Paul at the start of his letters–I thank God for you!
On another note, how do you guys keep up with bloggers? I used to just use the Reader, but that became too overwhelming, so I began going through my “Followed Sites” list from A-Z, knocking out 1-2 letters each day.
Going through the list in alphabetical order takes a couple weeks, and often, I need to catch up on several posts by the time I get back to a blogger. But now I’m thinking that I’d rather read a couple posts throughout the week from a blogger than read five posts on their site in one sitting. Plus, I like to receive attention on a post immediately after publishing, so it feels hypocritical that I don’t do that for other bloggers.
My solution is to create an email account that I only use for blogging and subscribe to my “blogging buddies,” so I can like and comment on their posts in a more timely fashion, while still using the A-Z method for “blogging acquaintances.”
[If you want to be my “blogging buddy,” all you have to do is be a loyal reader and encourager, and I will do the same for you. ♥]
In other news, I’m attending a spiritual growth retreat in a couple days. Yay! I’ll be back with a post sometime next week. Until then, I’ll be catching up with your posts as time permits. 🙂
Thanks for reading! See ya soon! Let me know in the comments your favorite thing about the blogging community on WP.
P.S. For those who don’t follow me on FB or IG, here are some images I’ve made lately. ♥