1,000 Followers Thank You | The Journey

I reached 1,000 followers on July 24th, 2018. There are a number of you I consider my “core”. You are the body of believers that I know I can reach out to, and I’m so thankful for you. You have helped me continue when I was not sure. Thank you.

And those of you who have joined me along the way, you show me it is important to keep reaching out because we do not know who needs encouragement or support, thank you.

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A little over a year ago, when I started to turn my blog over to Christ, and get involved with the community, I reached my first 100 followers in July 2017.

In the past few years, I’ve started to finally believe that writing is a calling God has given me. Within the last year, I’ve seen how He is making this a ministry for me.

People have a lot of questions. I’m a stay at home wife and a writer. Many of those questions relate to money because, no, I’m not making any at this time.

But I see progress. I see growth. God has been teaching me what my worth truly is and where I am valuable. As much as I worry about finances, He is helping me focus on what is temporary and what is eternal. He has provided everything I’ve ever needed at this point, as He always has.

For this reason, I believe and will believe, He has called me to be a writer. I felt the calling when I was 13 years old. When I only wrote poetry. I wrote poems about issues Christians struggled with. My pastor, a wonderful shepherd, looked out for me and encouraged me to share with the congregation.

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I never thought I could be a writer.

Truthfully.

Only a poet.

Since I was 13, I would have dreams about speaking to a congregation. Sometimes pleading, crying, and screaming at the congregation. For them to focus on the Lord. For them to realize how truly short time is. The urgency to know His truth, draw close to Him and worship Him.

It was not until I wanted to give back to the Lord, the end of my next to last semester in college (2012), I knew I wanted to write a story for Him based on something He gave me when I was only four years old.

Whatever crowns I had, if any, I wanted to give to Him, and place at His feet.

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In the process, after writing my first two novels in preparation before working on book one, I knew in 2016 I needed to start a blog. A blog could be a portfolio of my writing, and it is. But more importantly, I can share everything that He has given me thus far.

I had to spend about seven months of blogging without a schedule, a goal, and sporadically post before I realized, I needed to work on consistency and doing this for God. Write for Him, not for others.

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Once this happened, He taught me a lot through the silence of not having comments and followers. When I tell people I only had about 36 followers, often less when I first started (I remember when I had 12) I mean it.

Good things often take time.

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I’ve spoken to bloggers who progressed more quickly than they expected and it became a lot to them. There is a lot of temptation lurking in blogging as a Christian.

Numbers can easily pull us in and we can get distracted by it. Especially when we want to be successful by the world’s terms meaning money. I see people get pulled into directions they should not go.

Earlier this year I was getting pulled into the numbers and stats game. I was getting burnt out because I knew the more I posted, the more numbers I would get. It is nothing to be proud about. January and February of this year had my highest monthly views, and I was consumed by it in ways I should not have been.

I’m thankful God let me get burnt out. I’m thankful God let me feel like people were not as engaging with my blog.

Because the truth was, He helped me see what I needed to focus on.

And it wasn’t the numbers, but the people.

Conflict In Blogging

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Since I started to blog, I’ve had a few run-ins with bloggers and commenters. There have been some confrontations I’ve had to do deal with. God has used all of these situations to humble me. He has reminded me about patience, and to be slow to anger even when people are not.

I can’t expect anything from anyone, that’s the truth.

We can’t expect things from others. All the more reason to be thankful and grateful when we receive support, kindness, and gentleness.

All the more reason, we have to be aware of ourselves when people are stumbling us up, whether they purposefully know it, or not.

Just because people misunderstand and get into their feelings, does not mean we have to. And it is an easy temptation to fall into.

I’ve certainly been there. I am learning. πŸ™‚

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The more God pushes me to discuss things that people will be challenged by, these situations will happen. I can’t run from it. I don’t want to. But I absolutely must be more careful on how I react and respond. Sometimes, it is hard to do this when it feels like no one is really listening to us. When it feels like all the other person wants to do is be justified by their own words.

But guess what, this is all part of it. That’s what I am realizing. We may not be able to persuade others. We may not be able to help or make a person understand where we are coming from. But we absolutely have control over our own responses. God reminds me that how I respond to someone, may not help that individual, but anyone else who is looking at what I am saying, how are they going to internalize my words.

Is what I am saying helpful to others? Is it a guide on how to be a seasoned Christian blogger and a follower of Christ? Or is it a way to show someone how to be emotional and one-sided? The conviction is there.

I know what it is like to be accused. I know what it is like to have people make assumptions about me, ones that are not true. I have to take those experiences and learn from them. Instead of becoming angry and potentially planting seeds of bitterness, I have to learn and am learning, what it means to speak in love even when it feels like I’m against a brick wall.

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My calling since I was 13 is for believers. That may sound odd to others, but it is not to me. I’ve had debates, and yes, arguments about scripture and what the words on a page say than putting the focus ultimately on Christ. Legalism.

I’ve seen people become emotional/frustrated in their writing as a Christian blogger with no goal other to accuse others. Example.

I see people struggle with ways I’ve discussed we need to have a strong relationship with Christ before we make it about others. Church.

A calling from the Lord is directed at a need.

Believers need help. Believers need direction. Believers, all of us, we need conviction.

This is all part of my journey.

This is all for His glory.

Thanks for joining me.

For those who have not stumbled me, and that’s most of you, for those who have added to discussion (sometimes with gentle disagreement) I’m so thankful for all of you. πŸ™‚

And for any who have stumbled me whether intentional or not, I’m thankful for you because I’m not perfect, and I have some growing to do. πŸ™‚


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65 thoughts on “1,000 Followers Thank You | The Journey

  1. TR, how heartfelt you write! Truly, I am learning (still) the ropes of blogging. I’ve been contacted privately and been told that my brain injury hasn’t healed because of a lack of faith on my part. It hurt yes. But, I know God has healed my soul which is what was truly broken. I’ve also been told by a very seasoned blogger that you know when you’ve moved up in the blogging world when you get a Troll. I’ve never had Troll but I hear it’s a word used for an online Bully……anyway, I commend your honesty and courage in your blogging, proclaiming the gospel from the platform God’s given you. Keep it up my friend. You have a gift and more importantly you have a heart full of love for God and for others. Much love to you and congratulations on 1000+ followers!!

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    1. Amen, Vivian!!! People are stumbling blocks, and they do not know it. But it is so hard at the same time knowing the truth, that they are deceived, and blind. So they will continue to throw stones and demean others, while we are reminded to be patient, have faith, and show what it means to be like Christ. Paul had a thorn at his side, and God used it as a way for he to boast in weakness so the power of Christ would rest upon him. God has a plan and a purpose for all pain. He has used you in ways many cannot be used because you have an injury and you can relate and support those with an understanding, I can’t, at this time. Who are we to say what the Lord will determine? We are not His will. I’m thankful you put your trust in Him because He will use you in a mighty way, as He has before ❀

      I've told myself the same thing. When I have trolls or people trying to trip me up it's just something that happens and I can look at it almost like a "milestone". God has helped me learn how to deal with troubling comments and one main thing I do is if a comment does not relate to what the post is talking about, I do not approve it. I've seen some commenters try to trip up Christian bloggers with questions on the Trinity on a post that has nothing to do with the Trinity.

      All the glory be to the Lord and I'm so grateful God has blessed me with your encouragement!!! Thank you!

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  2. Congratulations on the fabulous growth of your blog! I truly admire the power of faith and humility that you model as you tackle the most profound and mundane topics with utmost authentic sincerity. Wish you continued success and joy!

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  3. Congrats T. R. Reading this post, one scripture came to mind. Commit thy ways to the Lord and thy thought shall be established. I find you courageous, as it takes a level of courage and boldness to hand all over to God. And you’ve also shown this trait in most of your posts where you explain how reluctant you must have been on receiving the blueprint… Thank God it always end with you being submissive to God, regardless of the odds, and comments are only one prove that the community gets blessed through these posts. So much love.
    #MoreGrace

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    1. Thank you so much!!!! He absolutely refines and He sets a renewal in our thoughts and hearts. Every time I’ve given Him what He asked, He has always blessed me with guidance, His love, and help. I hope to continue to give to Him for His glory, and for others to see Him at work. πŸ™‚

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  4. All honour and glory to King Jesus! I’m so happy where God is taking this blog! You are truly a mighty woman of God. I must say, your writing for Christ has convicted me so much during most of your posts I’ve read thus far, since I’ve been followed this blog and really impacted my life as a young person and young follower of Christ! Keep Jesus at the center of it all and continue to stand up for righteousness! Blessings! ❀
    Oh and congrats lol

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    1. ❀ amen!!! I strive and desire for Him to be the center! I'm grateful when people are reached and draw closer to Him. That's what I really want. Him to be glorified and people to draw closer. Thanks, Tammy!!!! ❀

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  5. The world needs people like you. People with a passion and love for God and for others. You possess a desire to see people grow and draw closer to Christ. That’s a beautiful thing to behold. I don’t always agree with your post, but that’s not necessary for salvation. I am convinced I will meet you in heaven and I can’t wait to shake your hand. Keep up the great work and may the Lord continue to abundantly bless your blog

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  6. Love you, your humility, your heart for others and for Christ! Love your writing! Congratulations, dear TR for passing the 1000 mark!! You so deserve success!! May God continue to bless the socks off ya!! πŸ™‚πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  7. Congrats on your 1000!! Woo Hoo! πŸ™‚
    I love how God has led you from your youth and how you are still following after Him despite setbacks! Keep up the good work!
    By the way, I don’t know if you accept awards, but I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you’re interested in doing the post, check out the rules and such at: https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/sunshine-blogger-award/

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    1. So thankful for how He has guided me through the years and continues to teach me ❀ thank you!! I do accept awards I am just so bad at getting the posts out. Thank you so much for thinking of me!

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  8. Wow!!! I remember when we were talking about the stats thing πŸ™‚ look where you are now!! You’re a totally spirit led blogger and that’s what I love about you. And you know how to love!

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    1. Hi, Kylie. I’ve shared this on my blog a couple times before but I do not usually respond to comments that tell me or ask me to go to their blog and that’s basically the comment. I do not tend to respond to comments that do not relate to the actual post the comment was left on. But since you asked a couple of times, I wanted to direct it.

      I have checked out your blog before. I did not see any comment options on the post I was looking at. I’m not sure if you know but in the post settings under more options you have the choice to do that, if you want comments that is πŸ™‚ on my second blog Peeking Beneath I have a post on Post Settings and where to find everything if you need any help.

      I think you are sharing the right kind of material. Personal and relatable. Well done. πŸ™‚ I would suggest just to consider to break up your paragraphs more. They are rather long and there are a couple of different ideas being discussed in one paragraph. All of those ideas need to be separate.

      Again, the only reason originally I did not check out your blog or respond to your comment is how your comment was presented on my posts. I always encourage people to be engaged and discuss the actual post instead of just leave a few words and/or a blog link. We all want to feel involved with our reader. πŸ™‚ and most of the time the more I see a person involved and engaged in the comments I check out the blog anyway. I hope this is helpful to you!!!

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