Has it been that long? Oh yes – yes it has!!!
Next month, I will have been blogging for 5 years. At this point, blogging has taken up a HUGE chunk of my free time. This ministry has changed my life.
The emails I receive from hurting women – has changed me.
The encouragement and support from women whose lives are being changed – has changed me.
The criticism I have received from angry people – has changed me.
The writing of other bloggers in the “blogging community” – has changed me.
But most of all – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has changed me.
He has opened my eyes to the needs, hurts and beauty of my generation. He has opened my eyes to the powerful truths of the Proverbs 31 and the Titus 2 woman. He has opened my eyes to what the word GRACE really means.
We do not and will not all look alike. There is no cookie cutter mold for how we as women will serve our God. We each have our own story from where we came, where we are today and where we are going tomorrow.We are journeying together in this thing we call life.
During these 5 years, I’ve been surprised by some of my bloggy happenings…things like the Rachael Ray Show producer emailing me (I remember being weak in the knees during our phone call!) or when my readership spiked over 1,000 visitors in a day, then eventually 10,000 visitors a day and a few times over 100,000 visitors in a day because of this post and this post. Or when the reality show casting agent arrived in town to meet me and my friends (which we would later turn down this opportunity – 4 times) . Or when I held the official contract in my hands for my upcoming book. Or when a little thing called Good Morning Girls here on this site turned into GoodMorningGirls.org and then caught wind and grew like rapid fire as Angela and her team transformed an idea into a vibrant ministry!
All glory to God – not one of these things happened because of Courtney Joseph. If I have ever appeared to have it all together – I apologize – because I am a very flawed sinner saved by grace. Nothing more. I am only a tool – if I did not do it – God would use someone else. He does not need me, but I am so grateful that he allows me to be a part of his work.
And sure, these moments are exciting. But it’s not what my blogging is all about. For me, it’s about me being faithful to what I believe God is calling me to do. As I listen to God, submit to my husband, train my children, serve in my home and then turn my attention to the social media world -I open myself up and say – “here I am Lord, use me”.
Has God laid a ministry on your heart?
Have you surrendered your life to him saying “use me Lord Jesus”. Oh, it’s scary to say those words – but let me testify – it’s so exciting too! There are hard nitty gritty painful days but THEN there are those moments when I sit on my deck, with my face towards the sun and the wind blows and I feel his presence like a warm coat around me.
I have never been more confident in my life that this is the work God prepared in advance for me to do (Ephesians 2:10) .I am reminded of Noah building the ark for days on end. Others walked by and wondered what in the world he was doing! (and trust me I have had plenty of people say “you do what? You blog? Why? Who has time for that?”) In Genesis 6:9 the Bible says “Noah walked with God”. This is what Noah was doing – walking with the King! And this is what happens when you walk with the King. The King might ask you do to something outside of your comfort zone!
Dear sisters, take risks – follow the King of Kings!
Is he asking you to submit to your husband? Is that scary to you? Do it - and you will find freedom there!
Is he asking you to sacrifice something you enjoy so that you can spend time training your children? Do it - you won’t regret it.
Is he asking you to step out of your home and talk to your neighbor, your cousin or a mom on your child’s soccer team? Do it! Be like Noah – who surrendered his all to the King – took a risk – and found joy on the other side. Do it!
If I can – so can you! But you must be listening – you must be sure that the quiet voice you hear is God’s. And when you are sure it is - surrender.
I’m reminded of missionary and martyr Jim Elliot’s quote “Where ever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
God can use anyone and he wants to use you. Below is a 4 minute video by Author and best seller of Crazy Love, Francis Chan. At birth his mom died. At 9 his step-mom died. At 12 his father died. His only close family was his aunt and uncle and at 16 they both DIED! And so at 16 Francis had nothing…
Are you living a “safe” life? Then You MUST watch this video – it is only 4 minutes long – but it will prepare you for the day you meet Jesus!
(if you cannot see this video – click here to view it)
Join me in abandoning the safe life – let’s serve our King of Kings with every breath we have - till we all meet together in heaven! I’ll see you there!
Chime In: What is it that you feel God is calling you to do today. It does not have to be big in the eyes of the world – it may be that God is calling you home, to love more on your own family or maybe it’s God calling you to spend more time in his word or prayer. Or maybe it’s a ministry you have been fearful to step out on faith and join or begin. Whatever it is – the important thing is that you obey God’s promptings. Sometimes the best way to start is through the accountability of sharing it with someone – so share what God is calling you to today in the comment section! I’ll be praying for you!!!