From the very first time I hit the publish button in blogger I felt as if I’d found my calling. I was sharing things that people actually wanted to read about. This was unusual to me because I thought the things I liked really didn’t matter.
It was easy for me to put my desires and dreams on hold or not think about them because no one ever encouraged me to put it out there. Blogging changed those views. The blogging community encouraged me to be me without regrets.
As the time crept closer to my blogging anniversary things began to change. I felt lost. I no longer felt purpose in what I was doing and I became discouraged because I hadn’t attained all of my blogging goals.
Perhaps my discontent stemmed from the dwindling comments or the drop in traffic. I was no longer happy with the quality of work that I was producing. Feelings of envy and resentment were stirring around in my spirit and it left me feeling worthless.
God began to speak. My intentions were called out and my heart was convicted. Out of three hundred posts written in the course of a year, one would have to do some serious digging to figure out I was a Christian.
Why didn’t this occur to me before? I shared everything else about my life but I rarely talked about the goodness of Jesus. I didn’t think that my readers would care. To be quite honest I was scared of offending and scaring off my readers.
That was the problem. I was focused more on the needs of my readers than the needs of my soul. More focused on my problems, my life, and my adventures than considering how God wanted me to use this tool to minister to others.
I decided to take a break from blogging, fast, pray, and seek direction from the Lord. It didn’t take long for me to gain some. God eventually spoke LEAVE into my spirit.
God asked me to LEAVE my former blogging identity behind and blog for Him. I tried for a few months to incorporate subjects involving my faith into my former blog although my spirit remained unsettled.
I was trying to incorporate His command into what I already had going on. I ignored the parts that were too uncomfortable for me because I didn’t want to lose all the work I’d put into building my brand.
My previous blog was all about my glory, The Scott’s Crib. It was a reflection of a selfish point I had reached in my life. In order to submit to His will I had to completely LEAVE my old blogging identity behind..
One morning as I rose peace settled within my spirit as I realized what I had yet to do. I took the time that day to LEAVE and move forward.Without further hesitation I gave my blog an overhaul and changed my domain name.
As I typed in my new domain my palms became sweaty because I knew that this meant I was truly starting over. All of the guest posting and those previously coveted pins on Pinterest would be gone. My former identity in the blogging world would be gone with the push of a button.
This step was crucial and I couldn’t continue to ignore it. God changed Abraham’s name when he told him to leave his country and that he would bless him greatly.
God told me to leave my old blogging identity so that I could gain peace and move forward with His plans for me.
What has God been calling you to leave behind?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Latoya is a work at home mom of a precious two year old, married to her husband of three years. She is learning to yield to God’s mighty hand and following Him into the destiny which He has prepared. She blogs at A Peaceful Crib where she is content on living out Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” You can follow her on Facebook here.