When I began this adventure of blogging back in 2009, I had no idea where I wanted to go with it. I knew it would be fun, but I didn’t realize I could change people’s lives through my writing.
Last year, someone came up to me and told me they found something I had written. Now, this wasn’t something on my blog, but something I had given them in one of the bible studies I had led. Tears in her eyes, she said, “Jason, you have no idea what you wrote meant to me. I was having a rough day, and your words were just what I needed.”
As a blogger, I love when I get to look back at what I’ve accomplished in a given year. This past year, I’ve written nearly 120 blog posts. That’s a lot of writing. In fact, it’s so much that I could have written a 75,000-word book. That’s the size of a regular 350-page novel. WOW!
Now that 2016 has come and gone and 2017 is fresh and new, I wanted to take a look back at some of the best blog posts/podcasts episodes I’ve written/recorded last year.
As a writer, I have to be conscious about my thoughts before I begin to write. If you don’t have a clear idea of what you’re going to write, your post will sink without a ripple. Some writers I’ve talked to think you don’t need to, just write and it will be okay.
For some bloggers, it’s difficult to categorize, or even tag. I know this is something that I’ve struggled with over the years. Maybe you’re saying with each post, I don’t know what tag or category to place this post in.
As a writer, I often wonder what my life would be like if I were a character in someone’s novel? Would I be the gallant hero diving in to save the day and get the girl, or would I be the evil and sinister bad guy who wants to rule the world?
The funny thing is, as I’m writing, I often wonder what it would be like to be one of the characters I’m trying to create. Because, I know this will sound weird, in a sense they are real people. They have real hurts, real goals and real obstacles to overcome. I do what I can to help guide their lives, so that they make good choices. Yet, I have some characters that tell me they’re about to make a wrong choice.
Everyone likes to connect. Everyone likes communication. But for a blogger, connection and communication are essential to building a platform. This is where I need you.
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A couple months ago I wrote a post that I was terminating all comments on my blog. The reasoning at the time seemed the right thing to do. Now, a few months later, I’m not sure if that decision was the best for my platform and for you the reader.
We’ve all sat there working hard to type out our thoughts. It’s difficult and it’s time consuming. What if I could show you a new, fast and more efficient way of putting your thoughts down.
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Remember those old dictaphones? Put in a cassette, hit record and begin by speaking your thoughts. That’s when the work began by sitting down and going through to manually type out your thoughts. It was time consuming and frustrating.
am My Beloved’s and my beloved is mine. Christ is not ours because we are not Christ’s. Our whole life is to be about Christ and Him crucified with Him maintaining the first in our life. Because when we are Christ’s, He is ours.
1JN 2:15-16 NKJV
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Song of Solomon 6:3 NKJV
I am my beloved’s, And my beloved is mine. He feeds his flock among the lilies.
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I came across this video this morning. It lifted my spirit and caused me to praise the Lord. This video shows a room filled with U.S. Marines praising God! It’s powerful, and is a great reminder that we are supposed to be spiritual Marines!
Matthew 16:18 [Full Chapter]
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
J. B. Sisam
Used by permission https://flic.kr/p/8PRqSq
I listened to the story of Moses in Exodus 3 this morning on my way into the office. I was captivated by the story. Here are my thoughts and takeaways.
Here was a man, broken, a fugitive and a murderer standing before Almighty God at the burning bush. What’s amazing is how he sounds just like us when God asks something of us. Moses whined and made excuses.
How many times do we make the same in our daily lives? Our boss, parents, spouse ask something of us, and all we do is make excuses why we can’t step it up. What’s our reasoning? Is it because of fear of failure? Is it because of the feeling of inadequacy? What holds us back?
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/hands-on-page-of-bible-close-up-high-res-stock-photography/993275-001I journal in a wonderful app called, Day One. It can be purchased in the Apple Store. I have it on my Macbook Pro and the Android clone called Day Journal. I recommend Day One, as a daily journaling app — they have it for both iPhone, iPad and any Mac computer. I’ll write about how I journal another time… .but here’s an expert from my journal.
*What did I read/listen to today?*
I read the story in Mark 5:21 where Jairus comes to Jesus to seek healing for his daughter. While on there way a woman secretly touches Jesus’ garment and is healed. Both act out their faith in different ways. One is openly seeking Jesus, and the other is secretly seeking Jesus. As you read the woman who secretly sought Jesus eventually came forward.