I’ve been blogging for a year. That kind of blows my mind. I’m so thankful for all of you, who have followed my words and given me such sweet encouragement. Writing out my thoughts and pains, applying God’s truth to them, and posting the full of it can be hard: but there's a greater purpose to it all.
If you can connect to my experiences, problems, and realizations, it’s worth it. If you can come to know God in a more relational, tangible way, it’s worth it. If you can start your weeks with encouragement that impacts the way you live, it’s worth it.
Blogging has been far more impactful and joyful for me than I’d expected. I've learned a
lot this year, and I'd love to share the main points with you. Maybe I can even convince you to start a blog of your own!
-Social media can be extremely positive! Even though technology has earned a bad rap, we can use it for good. In the middle of a feed that speaks uncertainty, negativity, expectations, and anger, we can speak truth. Life. God’s character. Excitement. Through blogging and posting on social media, I’ve found that I can encourage others, glorify God, and deeply relate to you all online.
-Blogging has helped me stay connected to God, consistently. During weeks when I didn’t spend time with God or live intentionally, I struggled to know what to write about. On the flip side, my favorite posts are from weeks when I was richly experiencing God’s presence. Blogging has helped me get into a more consistent lifestyle of staying connected to God.
-God knows what he’s doing with what he’s given me. In this blog's very first week, I had over 700 visitors. I was in shock, and assumed that’s how it would be from then on. I was very wrong. As time went on, far under 100 people visited each week: and it stayed that way for many months. (Note: a blog loses attention freakishly fast after its first post.)
Although my followers have been growing steadily from that point (yay!), it’s hard to be patient! Because I’m doing this for the Lord, I want it to be big, to reach far. I’ve kept reminding myself, though, that numbers don't matter: people matter. You matter, specifically. I’m thankful for and pray for each one of you.
Through this year, I’ve been adopting a peaceful trust in what God is doing. What he’s given me is enough. His plans are enough. The future he has written is enough. I will never fully understand how he works, but I can appreciate and trust it. It’s been a lesson hard learned, but so very important. (Psst! Read this post for more on the topic -> “The Speed of Success: What if it’s Taking too Long?”)
-Every post is a journal entry of sorts. Honestly, I mainly write to myself. When I’m struggling with something, writing helps me process what I’ve been thinking, what God says about it, and what it’s teaching me. Reading through my past posts, I can see how God has worked in my life. He's always changing me, even in the smallest ways. He's my sustainer. It’s a joy to me that these things can relate to and help you, as well!
So, that wraps it up! I'm still in disbelief that Without Hindrance is already a year old, and I'm looking forward to the possible years to come. God has changed me through the course of this year, and he's encouraged me endlessly through each of you. Even if I never hear from you directly, I know that every single number I see each week represents one of you: and I rejoice at that! Together, we are building something beautiful.
Has Without Hindrance encouraged you? Would you like to help grow its audience and influence? Here is the link: www.withouthindrance.com . If we all share this with at least one friend, think of how many people we can reach! Thank you so much for your support and friendship!
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!