How to Create a Space for Christ Centered Bloggers.
Guest Post written by Carmen Brown
One of the most clear statements the Lord has ever spoken to me was in regards to my writing. My writing is something I place public; for any person to see on my blog. To whomever may see my written words, it gives an impression. Whether a good one or not, whether agreeable or not, those words leave an impression. An impression that can either build faith or tear down faith.
I was laying before the Lord, crying out to Him that the blog Married by His Grace was His, not mine. I poured out that I wanted to keep that way. At this certain time of prayer, I was going to Him in desperation. I was feeling as if my writing was not exactly at the same standard as it was just a few weeks before. It felt as if there was a piece missing and the only thing I could think of was an unfamiliar conviction that was suddenly tugging at me.Through my weeping and soughting after God to reveal to me, why writing was becoming like a painful headache, the Lord spoke to me about clarity, focus, and creating a space that was just for Him. It came rushing in like a flood as the Holy Spirit said the words:
“Read the Bible Everyday. You can not write His words without reading His words.”
This was the day I learned that if I wanted to continue “Christian Blogging” it was crucial to create a space that was just for Him and for writing the words He was giving me.
As Christian Bloggers and writers we are a mouthpiece, a minister, and a servant unto God. Our focus and clarity to writing truth and His word is vital for our accountability as an online evangelist. This is not something to take gently.
When recognizing this you will soon realize: creating a space to be one with the Lord in prayer and reverence for writing is a minimal requirement. Once we understand the depth of the position we are called as writers, we will see that there is so much grace He speaks to us as He leads us to do ministry.
As I mention in my book ‘By His Grace We Blog’, creating a space as Christian Bloggers is:
“An area just for your blogging keeps you focused. You are able to sit down in your seat with purpose and a mindset of developing new ideas.”-Chapter 5, By His Grace We Blog
Everytime we sit down to focus on writing, getting posts out, and even what we are about to post about ourselves on social media, we should have a purpose in what we are doing. A purpose that includes Him as the center. Creating a space is to make you effective for others. Ask yourself, “how can I make the space be effective for me?” and build from that.
Here were three ways creating a space was effective for me and still is….
1.) I built a space with inspiration:
When I first created a workspace, the most important items in my space was inspiration as to what I was doing with the blog. I hung up inspiring decor. I had handwritten scriptures tacked to my cork board. Placed prayer books and my bible within hands reach. Plus anything else that inspired me; like a picture my two toddlers painted for me on Mothers day. Incorporating items that represent what you are doing makes your space feel warm, welcoming, and gives motivation to what your purpose and focus point is.
2.) I work around my family’s time:
Working around my family times is an important one to me. I can not encourage this enough to bloggers; especially Mom Bloggers, like me. Blogging can be outrageously time-consuming…. if we allow it. Social media and websites are things that never sleep so just like them, we can easily get caught up with the thought that there is more to do which eventually leads us to neglect everything around us, including family. Here was my eye opener to this:
“I kept hearing a voice tell me within my spirit that I could not blog about spending undivided time with my children but yet I was having my children starve for undivided attention right in front of my eyes”-Chapter 5, By His Grace We Blog
I realized that if I was writing to my readers about how to create a godly marriage and giving Christ centered parenting tips, then I needed to live it out. I needed to be able to write about what was I was living with truth behind it all. Not about how I used to live my marriage and parenthood before I became a blogger that suddenly became consumed by the blog.
Now that I write to bloggers about blogging, I also implement this structure into my blogging posts and as tips to members of my Facebook group. “Live out what we write first”
To learn how I created a way to work around my family’s time and not the other way around, read chapter 5, ‘Creating Space’ in my eBook: “By His Grace we Blog.”
3.) Time Blocking/Block Scheduling:
Time blocking (or Block Scheduling as some may like to say) is my favorite way to work. It helps to eliminate the pressure of having to get “EVERYTHING” done. As I mentioned before, blogging can become overwhelming, if we allow it. Before I found out about the blueprint of how Time Blocking works, I was trying almost any advice bloggers were giving about how to maximize on prioritizing time management but nothing seemed to stick with me. At the end of the day, I would be staring at 10 planners that didn’t seem to help me and at an overfilled inbox. It was discouraging to say the least. I would start almost each day filling like I was not meant to do this blogging thing. Readers probably did not trust me to get back to them and the members of my Facebook group was still waiting for responses from messages they sent to me days before. I felt like I was failing them and it seriously broke my heart.
Time Blocking gave me a new perspective of what was important and how to manage my time on it. To read more about how I Time Block/ Block Schedule, you can read this post I have written. Time Blocking is also mentioned in my book, because it is one of my favorite tips to pass on as blogger. It helps you stay focused and clear of what needs to be done versus what’s next?
Have you created a space specifically for your blog and for the Lord? If so, what are some tips you would love to share with us today?
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Carmen Brown is the creator of Married by His Grace blog and By His Grace We Blog eBook. She actively writes to women who are desiring to build their home with the word of God. Her passions involve staying connected with her family, drinking an immense amount of coffee daily, and developing content that will help and encourage new Christian Bloggers. You can connect with Carmen on her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest.