My Audience of One and Whomever He Invites

My blog is designed for an Audience of One. That can make blogging look easy, especially when you see beautiful blog sites, gorgeous graphics, lovely fonts, all the things that make you want to click here and there to read more. Behind the scenes, though, it’s a lot of work.

 

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For some bloggers, the background mechanical work is a challenge, for others, it may be familiar territory. For all of us though, it is something we need to learn.

I’m so thankful for a network of bloggers for whom we can turn to for help. Surely someone somewhere has had a similar problem and so we are all able to help each other.

But, the thing all bloggers face is our audience. It doesn’t matter whether bloggers monetize for an income or not. We have been called to this ministry of writing and sharing it with those around the world. Based on our written words, God orchestrates the movement of His daughters reading each of our blogs. I love it when Father does that!

 

 

The Awesome Reminder: Audience of One

There are days though when “it” happens. At one time or another, we get discouraged. Sometimes the discouragement can be nipped in the bud right away while other times it goes on for a few days, even weeks before we recognize it or even deal with it.

Discouragement has met up with me too. Every single day, I have faced it in one way or another. Lately, the thought has been “who is reading these words” and “why am I doing this anyway?”

The answer to these questions is simple. I need to remind myself who I write for. Yes, it is for readers but ultimately I write for Him. He called me to this ministry of blogging and so I am responsible for obeying Him and writing for Him.

You know what He is responsible for? His part is to invite His daughters to read the words He has given me.

So I remind myself with this note on the side of my monitor, right where I can see it quickly when negative thoughts lurk in my mind. “I write for an Audience of One and Whomever He Invites.” That’s been my motto since I started blogging.

So, you know what this means? The outcome is not my responsibility, it is His! God will direct the results as long as I am doing my part, including the blogging mechanics.

 

 

The Blog’s Message

Becoming a blogger was not on my radar. But now that I am a blogger, gulp, did I say that out loud?, I have a responsibility, not only to God but to my readers as well.

What I write absolutely needs to be Holy Spirit driven. The words cannot be my own, though I do have liberty for word-smithing, the message needs to be God-ordained. Any errors in my posts are mine with all glory given to God for the message.

As time goes on, Father directs the purpose of Go – Gather – Grow from simply sharing the Word to be an encouragement to fine-tuning it for a purpose of teaching the Word to edify and equip women in growing strong in their spiritual understanding. It is important to me that women be able to read and understand the Word for themselves so they can grow strong in faith and prayer.

 

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Go – Gather – Grow has a mission to teach women through online Bible Studies how to study inductively. That is, through observation, interpretation, and application. We do that by asking the questions who, what, where, when, why and how. The answers to these questions will deepen our understanding of the text as well as keep everything in context. You can read more on the inductive study method in this post How to Study Inductively.

One thing I try super hard not to do and that is to take verses out of context. That’s a big no-no. It is easy to make Scripture say what you want it to say by using different versions (to get the wording you want) and to use portions of verses. That is so wrong and very misleading. I’ve written a post on The Top 3 Commonly Misused Bible Verses that you can read for further information.

 

 

For Whom Do I Write?

Essentially I am writing for my Audience of One. That has been my motto from the first day I started this blog. You can google “audience of One” and see that others have used that phrase as well.

What I like about it is simply that I write for God. I write the words He has given me through Holy Spirit and if He is the only one reading them, I will still write them. You see, it’s all about Him and not me.

However, Father does invite His daughters to this blog to read His message. I thank Him for that as I thank Him for everything He has done for this blog. He knows my heart and knows I want to be a blessing to others.

I trust God for the results and every day I see something new, I say to God, “That’s You, isn’t it? You’re doing something! Thank you, God!”

My Audience of One and whomever He invites.

That’s you! You are one of His friends.

Thank you for reading these words and all the others that I have written as the Holy Spirit has directed. I need to read these words myself, especially when I wonder why I’m doing this. The enemy of our souls does his best to discourage bloggers and I’m no different. But, he’s not going to win today, neither will I allow him to win tomorrow. Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. (Based on 1 John 4:4)

So thank you for your faithfulness and for your encouraging comments. They really do lift me up.

So, on that note, I’ll let you go. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on how this blog has been an encouragement to you.

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Every Christian blogger will say they write for an audience of One. Why? Because we all believe that God has directed our steps to the blogging world. My motto is

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29 thoughts on “My Audience of One and Whomever He Invites

    1. Thank you so much, Kate, for the nomination! I am thankful to God that this post spoke to your heart and encourages you to continue to write for Him!

  1. Cindy, great things happen when you follow God and walk out your calling! Beautiful words and a great blog! I love that you are writing this blog to please Him and whoever He invites! Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this week. See you next time!

  2. Hi Cindy! What you said are exactly what i needed to hear. Sometimes we lost track of what we truly aim for what God has called us to do. He has called us to follow Him and spread His Word. Just like everyone else said that when God uses you, He will definitely equip you.
    Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Kate. I’m so glad this blog has encouraged you. Stand strong, be encouraged and continue in the ministry He has called you to. Blessings!

  3. I feel similar. Even though my blog is small by most standards, it is reaching many more than I would if I only read to myself or studied with those around me. I pray it reaches the right people!

    1. Hello, Tara! Thanks for stopping by. I agree, that with God, our blogs are reaching more women than us studying and reading alone. On the web, our reach goes around the world with the potential to reach every country. I’m sure your blog is ministering to the needs of the people who need to read/hear it. Trust that God will do what He says He will do for you and the ministry He has given you.
      Have a blessed day!

  4. I love the title of your blog, and I’m here for the same reason that you are. Over the years, God has taught me so many wonderful things, and He has recently shown me how selfish I am to keep it all to myself. My blog is not exclusively Bible studies, but it is all about things I have learned. I’m following you now, and I’ll come back often. God bless!

    1. Blessings to you Angela! Thank you for following me. I appreciate that! But more so, I appreciate that you are sharing your words for Him to invite His friends over to read! Continue to minister to His friends as He leads you. Have a blessed day!

  5. It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone is doing in the world of blogging and social media. What begins or began as a passion and calling can get a little murky at times. I often have to remind myself Who brought me here and why I’m doing that. He’ll make the increase happen and get the results that He wants. Keep on for that audience of One!

    1. Amen, Marsha. We all have Him as our audience of One. He will invite those He knows to hear/read your words. New viewers are waiting to find you. Waiting for God to direct them to you. Just as He directed me to you! Stand strong, be encouraged. Continue on!

  6. All those thoughts are exactly what I think most of us bloggers wonder about. I’ve asked myself a million times for the last year, is this what I’m truly supposed to be doing? Here’s the thing: I never run out of words to write. The interesting thing is, that I know that the ideas I get and the words I write don’t come from me. They come from God. So when I want to give up, I remember that he’s the one who’s given me the words to write and then I continue you on.

    1. Amen, Rosanna! Spirit-filled written words are the best. Spoken words too. It is good to hear that you are carrying on in the ministry that God has called you to perform. He has an audience for the words He’s given you. Keep on writing, dear sister!

  7. Thank you for taking the time to write this, and for suggesting I read it (on By His Grace Blogger’s Facebook group)! Somehow, it is helpful to know that I’m not alone with the feelings and questions as to whether it even matters if I blog!

    1. You’re welcome, Angie! I’m glad you stopped by to see that you’re not alone … many of us have those days. I have a sticky note on my pc with “I write for my Audience of One and whomever He invites.” My reminder of Who I write for. It helps.
      Be blessed. Have a good week and please tag me when you share your next post, okay? ❤

  8. God keeps placing you in my path… Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest… and now I know why. You speak God’s truth. You have a gift with crafting words and communicating the love of the Lord. Thank you for your obedience to His calling. Your message is reaching and touching people.

    1. Wow! Isn’t God amazing!! I love how He orchestrates connections. He’s in the know for each of us. Thank you, Abby, for letting me know that you’ve seen my ministry before. God has invited you to see me. How cool is that?
      Keep on doing the work He has called you to do. He has a mission for you as well.
      Blessings!

  9. Love this in a world that kind of knocks blogs, I do think God uses them mightily in the lives of saved and unsaved people who come to a place on their own to read about Him. I have unsaved family that would never listen to the words I say in person but can come read and soak it in at their leisure! xoxo ERIN

    1. Amen! Yes, God will lead people to the blogs that contain the words He wants our family and friends and perfect strangers to read! Words that will encourage them, words that will be like seeds that someone else will water!
      Thank you for stopping by today, Erin! Have a blessed day and weekend!

  10. I love your reason for blogging….because the Holy Spirit has called you to do it. When the numbers begin plaguing my mind or the many things that “need” to be done….I remember why I’m blogging….because God has called me to do it. And what He’s called me to do, He’ll equip me to do. Thanks for sharing this at Salt & Light today.

    1. Thank you, Alisa, for stopping by! This is my first time participating in a Link Up. I’m loving the new S & L Link Up.
      Yes, when numbers vie for our attention, we need to remember what our focus is and do that. Leave the numbers alone. God will take care of them if we do our first task of writing.
      Have a blessed day!

  11. Yes! This is why I blog, too! I find it so hard not to get caught up the anxiety of wondering if I am making a difference anywhere, or if anyone even reads me, or if I even heard Him speak to me about writing in the first place. I was getting so frustrated, still do some times, but, He reminded me that my audience was not actually my audience. He reminded me that it was His audience. I’m learning that my job is to write, and do what I can with getting my words out to the public, but, that directing His audience to those words, was His job. (But, I still get anxious sometimes……)
    Thank you for your encouraging words.
    I needed them.

    1. So glad you found encouragement through this post. We’re all in the same boat, questioning ourselves, wondering if we really heard from Him to do this in the first place. My answer is YES He did! I want to encourage you not to let the enemy win by laying down your pen. Keep on writing, keep on doing what the Lord has given you to do. He will bring His friends to hear/read your words! To use the words of Joshua, Be strong and of good courage, sister!
      Thanks for stopping by! Blessings to you as you do the ministry He has called you to!

  12. Such a great post! I love being a friend of God. And I love that your audience is just for the One! Such a great reminder for me to focus my writing to Jesus first and be so thankful when others benefit and enjoy it, too!

    1. It is my belief that if I keep my focus on what’s important, my audience of One, that everything else will work itself out. He will invite whomever He wants to read the words He has given me and if it’s one person, then it is one person who needs to read them. He knows. And yes, it is great being a friend of God and more so, His daughter! Blessings to you!

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