Thursday, September 20, 2012

12 Reasons Christians Should Blog

the Portis family

Years ago, I ate Japanese food with a beautiful blonde adoptive mom and two of her sons: one from China with a heart defect, one from the U.S. with Down's Syndrome.  (She'd adopted more than these.)  I wanted her expert advice before we dipped our toes into the vast ocean of adoption.

There's no documenting the impact this one lunch had on me.  She poured out more wisdom than I could swallow in one sitting.  I'm still working through some of it.  Today, I want to focus on just one sentence... one thing she said as we walked out of the restaurant doors.

"You should start a blog."

I remember shaking my head.  Blogs were for narcissists.
But she rattled off a dozen blessings she'd gained from blogging.  So I thought about it.

Three years and four days ago, I started this blog.  Amelia didn't exist, and Caroline looked like this:

Today, my girls look like this.  And the blessings from blogging multiply still.


12 Reasons Christians Should Blog
{ok, at least some of you should}

  1. Your blog becomes a record of God's faithfulness to you over the years. 
  2. By writing, you verbalize thoughts you didn't realize you had, and come to invaluable realizations.
  3. The desire to post often about God forces you to take notice of His work in your life.  You're trying to minister to others, but you get the most from it.  Before long, you are much more aware of how personal and active He is towards you.
  4. You gain the courage to live life outside the status quo.  Finding "normal" Christians attempting (though poorly) to give all to Christ in a way similar to your own callings is R A R E.  What courage it brings me to see the trendy mom in Atlanta willing to do the not-so-cool through homeschooling, simply because she thinks God called her to.  How refreshing for me to see the blonde mom of black children struggling with racial issues in California... so it's not just the Deep South?  Whatever "weird" God calls me to, I find online that I'm not so unique. Which leads me to #5.
  5. You feel less isolated.  I've learned through blogging and reading blogs that any shadow of emotion passing by is not unique to me.  The human experience is similar across the board, regardless of diverse circumstances.  The place we connect is where we discover identical thoughts, fears, hopes.
  6. You are ministered to by others. (Those who comment on your blog, and whose blogs you read.)
  7. You have an amazing opportunity to show others God's goodness. Never stop proclaiming who Jesus is!
  8. You meet friends.  Don't laugh.  Through blogging, I met the other mothers of children in Amelia's orphanage, and countless others I later met in real life and adore!
  9. You find opportunities.  Acquaintances who are struggling sometimes email me, opening their worst hurts wide open to me.  It's a chance to encourage, and it comes through being vulnerable online.  "Blog friends" will inform you of amazing, uplifting conferences, and you'll room together!  Through blogging, many become guest-posters on better known blogs, or authors in their own right.  
  10. You hone in a skill.  Photography bloggers have better pictures now than when they began blogging.  Writers think up more interesting topics, and know more about how to glorify God with words.  Silly bloggers get funnier.  Plain old hobby bloggers learn about design, online community, and the value -- yes, there is value -- of social networking.
  11. You own who you are.  Here's an example... the first time I felt open to special needs adoption, (especially ones with stigma,) I wouldn't speak it out loud.  What would friends and family think? But eventually, I was willing to write all I feared to speak on my anonymous-feeling little blog.  (Of course, most close friends and family read it.) By now, I'll openly express my dreams of a special need adoption someday, or my curiosity about homeschool, etc.
  12. Blogging is simply fun.


Betsy said...

You are so right! I miss it! I'm paying ( an adoptive momma!) for a bloggy facelift- then I'm getting back to blogging!

RACHEL said...

Good, Betsy! It's been too many months since I've gotten to read your blog!

lorretta said...

Oh how I NEEDED to hear this tonight. I needed to have this list come out of my head and heart and just appear neatly typed and nicely formatted before my eyes! Thank you!

I am new to this... I mean WAY new. I've been a writer and a teacher/speaker/discipler for a long time. A quiet one...with no good outlet and about 3 years ago God said "Let there be!" over me and here I am. It took me until this year to muster up the courage to hammer my stake in blog-land and to garner up the courage to hit "publish" for all the world to see. And yeah, I quickly learned the world doesn't see much. But that's not my focus..God said "Let there be!" so I Be! And what He wants to do with it, is up to Him. But surely...every stinkin' thing on this list is coming true for me. I don't know where God will take me but I am desperate to be used up for His glory. And that's quite enough for me. God bless you!

lorretta @Dancing On The Dash

Jessica Taylor said...

Well I do not blog but come to you blog everyday for words that I need or to be inspired everyday. And even though I know you in real life I have to admit I am a blog stalker!! I was just saying I wish I could have known you better when you were here in Montgomery.:D We miss you guys!! You are a inspiration to me and I thank you!!!

RACHEL said...

Loretta, I know your blog! Thanks so much for encouraging me on mine. :)

Jessica, I MISS seeing your precious baby girl with the big flowers on her headband! Maybe I'll make it up to Montgomery some Sunday before long.

Joy Portis said...

And what a blog you have started! Nothing narcissist going on at Heirs with Christ! Such a beautiful journey and testimony of faith and now you are the beautiful blonde adoptive mom encouraging so many others! Love the power or mulitplication!

RACHEL said...

Joy, I am still crossing my fingers with all my might that I make it on the Created for Care list and get to room with y'all!!!

passingonthefaith said...

I was just going through a time of questioning if blogging is really worth it. does it make a difference..etc When I stumbled upon this post...thank you so much!

Donya said...

Blogging gave me the courage I needed to begin writing my book. More than just the blog came along to push me into actually doing it, but writing my blog helped. Tonight I'm reading through the final proof of my book before printing begins!

RACHEL said...

I'm so glad this encouraged you to keep blogging! ("passingonthefaith")

Donya, good for you for finishing your book!!! I'm still wondering if/when I'll get the courage to start one! You inspire me.

LeahJo said...

I really loved this post. Being honest, when I first began to blog I was trying to fit in with the trends and felt lost! All because I want blogging about what mattered which is God working in my life. And now that I'm on that road, I have found a large amount of Christian bloggers who are really focused on telling His story.

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