Inside Cup has reached 900 followers…wow!
Last year was when Inside Cup was just starting to take off from my average of 10-12 views per day if that.
Honestly, the community was because of that change. Last year, in June, there was a lot of fear and stress because of my husband getting out of the Air Force. We really did not know what direction we would go, and I know God used that time to really push me to trust Him…because that was all I could do.
I have a number of memories last year, prepping posts, talking to bloggers for the first time, ones that I have cherished all year round now. So many of you who started last year with me really helped me have something to look forward to. People I could encourage, and people who encouraged me.
In 2016, when I started Inside Cup with the first post towards the end of June, I did not know the community. I didn’t know where God would take my writing. I just knew I was called to be a writer. 2017 was when He taught me about writing consistently for Him, making my writing for Him, and then getting involved with the community.
I’m so thankful it took awhile for me to get to this point because there has been so much growth behind the “screen” you haven’t seen. Although, I do hope some of it comes through on the posts. If I happened to be a successful blogger within one to five or seven months of starting, it just would not have been good because I know me. God teaches me every day about humility because I am weak when it comes to that.
For my journey, I had to feel isolation and despair.
I still have days where I question my writing and blogging. I know people question it because I am a full stay at home wife, and I do not make an income at this time. Despite having a limited income, I truly believe God has shown me that writing is a ministry for me. In these times of trial and stress, there has been growth in my relationship with God, my relationship with my husband, and so many others.
He reminds me that His ways will not always make sense. For right now, I have the blessing of staying home, and I am grateful for it. My husband supports me, and I know others do as well.
But I want to let the community know, you all really have helped me see His hand through your words you’ve given me. I have a list of names flashing through my mind right now because of your kindness, encouragement, and support. You are not just someone who says, “I’ll support you,” and never give me feedback or read my work. You all are very involved with everything, and yes, some of you more than others, and I can’t thank you enough.
I know there are a number of bloggers who are starting out, or bloggers who do not have the numbers they desire, be it follower count, views per day, post views, likes, or comments. All of us at some point has struggled with those things or is struggling to understand what God’s calling is for us, and how we can go forth in that calling.
All I can tell you is to keep walking forward. When you don’t have the views or the comments. When you don’t have that connection with the people closest to you or the blogging community. God will be your audience. He will be the first One ready to hear what you have to say. And He will, in His time, provide opportunities and a harvest for you to be in.
But you must keep your eyes open and your heart willing.
🙂 Praise Him in the rain, so that you can tell people your story in the sunshine giving Him the glory.
Thank you, everyone, for helping me reach this milestone!!
Month Scripture (NIV) Job 2:10, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
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