This wasn’t supposed to be the plan today.
I was supposed to share a post on my book’s virtual blog tour/giveaway.
But I’ve learned to not be too stringent – so much so that God cannot use me for what He wants to do in a particular season, here and now.
On Saturday, it suddenly dawned deeply in my heart that most of the Christian blogs I read have actually been on “leave” for a while.
Some of them may have valid reasons… Exams, marriage, kids, new Jobs, etc. etc.
But still, I want to focus on something that was laid in my heart deeply as I went from blog to blog that seemed DEAD.
Before I go on though, I would love to state that I write this post from nothing but a place of love.
Left for me, I would not even delve into it but if you are a Christian writer like myself, you know how it is when you get a burden in your heart that just won’t go away.
Believe me, I’d rather go ahead with my new book’s giveaway than write this but I believe that God wants to correct some of us, call back some of us who are missing it in this writing ministry and for me, warn me before I even make the mistake of relegating this ministry for Him to the background.
I strolled around some Christian blogs I follow on Saturday and some of them have not been updated for some months.
Some weeks, some days… most with no explanations for “absenteeism”.
Writing the word “absenteeism” even has me chiding myself… like Frances, “It is not so serious”.
But what if it is?
What if this writing ministry that God has placed us on is actually so serious as to warrant that we make sure that it’s only “tangible” things that pull us away from it?
I don’t know the mandate you got when you started writing/blogging for Jesus but for me, God drilled the plan for this “ministry” into my head.
This is us shining forth Jesus’ light with the gift He has given to us… on social media where the voice of the world; gossip, fashion, celebrity lives, etc, seem to hold more sway.
I don’t think we can ever quite wrap our heads around why using our gift of writing for Jesus is so important in this day and time.
There’s so much junk flying around the internet.
So many young souls looking for the truth of the world but they keep stumbling unto darkness because the lights who should push the darkness away are “on recess”.
They are on leave…
They just got married…
They just got a new job…
They just had a baby.
Oh please I hope you all see my heart in this… I am not at those stages of my life yet but I believe that with these words I am writing right now, God is warning me not to ever get it twisted.
What He has placed in my hands to do, this writing for Him, blogging and spreading His light even in my own small corner should never be relegated to the background – dumped and forgotten.
Maybe you didn’t get express instructions from God concerning your writing for Him on your blog… Maybe your writing for Jesus isn’t that “serious”… in that case, this call to reminder isn’t for you…. but I’ll also like to say that, if you do not know that the work you do with your pen in your little corner is important… the spreading God’s word on your blog to souls… then know it today, it’s important, terribly important.
And since we all, like me now have the knowledge that our blogging for Jesus is a part of a larger scale of need being met in this dark world, then please let’s take this reminder to return to your place of service seriously.
I can’t help but add that there is a step of walking in purpose in my new book called “Lay aside the weight of distractions”.
I lived that book as I wrote it and of course God made it clear to me that distractions aren’t only the irrelevant things that pull us away from doing what Jesus had told us to do on earth for Him, distractions include the “Valid reasons”.
The academics, the new husband/wife, the new baby, the new job, the much needed vacation that spills into years and years of you resting and forsaking the job your heavenly Father has given to you…
All relevant things that just are not relevant enough for the Master to put them into consideration when He returns from His journey and asks you for a return on the talent/gift He asked you to go to work with.
Is God saying that you should forsake the other aspects of your life?
But He is saying that your purpose, what He has laid in your hands to do for Him should forever and always take first place over every other thing that He gives to you.
And if that thing He has laid in your hands to do for Him is writing/blogging for Him, then why are you treating it so loosely?
I know you are busy but if the Master comes today and asks about the assignment He gave you to write for Him and spread His name abroad, will the excuse of you being busy with work, school, etc, hold sway with Him?
Don’t you think He would ask you why you never placed Him first even as you found a way to work around a #Balance with the other aspects of your life He has blessed you with?
Of course there are seasons of life that wisdom demands that you chill for a bit and maybe let your blog stew for a while, eg, when I wrote bar finals last year, but then again, what do we say after you are done with those seasons of life and refuse to get back into running the race He has set you on in writing for Him?
I was on Proverbs31 devotional site on Saturday, reading up on the comments and how much God’s love, unity and togetherness just wraps these women even online and I just saw a glimpse of what God can do with fingers/hands/hearts willing to serve Him with their pens.
I personally know that writing/blogging for Jesus is a big part of my ministry for Him.
Sometimes I get tired and I just want to crawl up and let the blog lay fallow… but that will never work.
Jesus will return one day and ask me “Frances what did you do after I told you to raise my name high with your pen?”
What would be my answer then?
What would be your answer?
I know that seasons of life crop up.
Life happens but let’s all pray for grace to keep track with what God wants to do with our ministry of writing for Him.
Let’s all pray for grace to balance our lives enough that God’s purpose always takes priority over the gifts He has blessed us with.
Let’s all pray for grace to be self-controlled and grace to manage our time… because most of us say that we don’t have time but if we were pretty serious with the Lord’s work on social media, most of the time we spend lazing around people’s time lines on the net can be better spent putting the words that burn in our hearts into writing.
I know you all know how it is when Jesus lays a burden in your heart so strongly… you know He wants you to write it out but you just keep pushing it away… citing time as the reason why you can’t sit still and obey God’s leading to share that word that someone needs.
Who gave us the time anyway?
Who are we supposed to be using the time for?
We have pushed too many words away… words needed by souls at that point in time.
Can it stop already?
I can feel my heart being worked on by God as I type this.
Ensuring that when I come into a new season, these words will stand as a witness against me… Making sure that I never relegate the Master’s business as regards writing for Him to the background.
I hope that you will yield and obey whatever words He has placed in your heart too and walk in the grace that He gives for you to live a #balanced life, placing His assignment and purpose for your life at the forefront of every other thing that He blesses you with.
God help us all.
Till Next Time On Christian Writer’s/Bloggers Corner,
P.S: The virtual book tour/giveaway is still on schedule for today.
I obviously cannot put the rules for getting a free PDF version of my book here.
But I will put up a post detailing it all on the book page and then put up a blog post here tomorrow.
The book will also definitely help you with laying aside the weight of distractions (both relevant and irrelevant) on the walk of purpose.
If you are a blogger and want to help with taking part in the online book tour on your blog, holla at me.
It’s easy to help, (basically just to put up a post on your blog with the rules for entering the giveaway) and you get a free PDF of my book too. So it’s a win-win for you 🙂
You can mail me at email@example.com or comment on the post below…
So stay tuned both on the book page and on the blog as the giveaway would go live soon 🙂
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Highly FavoredNovember 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm
I had to remind myself recently that it’s not about how I’m “feeling” but ministry requires purposeful intention. We have to push ourselves and be purposeful about finding inspiration. Yes, we have moments of emotional ups and downs and disappointments that distract us, but what if God gave up on us?
Your post is on point. And I encourage us all through Hebrews 12:1-2(NLT)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside Godâs throne.
Frances OkoroNovember 16, 2015 at 6:29 pm
Deep, deep question Highly Favoured… “but what if He gave up on us..?”
I have found Hebrews 12 to be so powerful in my walk with God..times when it seemed like I cannot move forward anymore, I am always reminded “fix your eyes on me Frances, fix your eyes on me”.
God grant us grace to place Jesus first and lean on Him for grace always…
Thank you so much Highly Favoured, thank you.
TosinNovember 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Hi Frances, thank you so much for these love driven words. It just a confirmation of what has been pressing on my heart for a while now. Looking back, I remember why I started writing, Iwanted to use my gift of writing to bless people and bring them to God. It’s time I get back to my first love.
How have you been? Really missed you. Would love to help with the blogtour and thanks again for this post.
Frances OkoroNovember 16, 2015 at 6:37 pm
Oh dear Tosin… thank God my words were received well… pls get back to advancing God’s name with your pen.
I imagine that will make Him so happy, so happy.
I am great oh, hope you’re doing well?
Thanks so much, will mail you concerning the online book blog tour..
Dr. NNovember 16, 2015 at 7:35 pm
Hehehe. My 1st thought was “Frances come back n read this in 2 years n u will laugh”
I always take at least 1 month off after an intense series
This advice was given to me by Praise George. Christian bloggers shd beware of BURN OUT. Our writing is not more impt that our ministry to fam n friends.
So, dear readers, take me as I am. I love u all. And I am unapologetic.
Frances OkoroNovember 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm
Lol Dr N… two years time…I believe that’s why He’s leading me to write this…so when I get there this serves as a HUGE reminder…
+ burn out, yes, we must guard against that, Tis why I put in “Of course there are seasons of life that wisdom demands that you chill for a bit and maybe let your blog stew for a while…”
And then the ministry to family and friends, also why I put in we need grace for balance…
I am not in the season of juggling it all together yet, but my heart was also just being prepared as I wrote this…
And yes, we love you like that! Lol
kekeNovember 17, 2015 at 12:05 am
I really overwhelmed and glad that you wrote this post because maybe it is the final reminder and kick in the backside to keep moving.
Two days ago you tweeted
“Is it just me?
It just seems like most of the christian blog I follow have gone on recess…
I know life happens, seasons change but still..
I shudder to think of me (us) laying
aside the gift of writing for Jesus.
We should pray for grace to #balance our time cuz this is a ministry.”
I was just like wow, Frances is speaking to me and it got me wondering all weekend and thinking about why I havent blog and I just can’t bring myself to read anything I have ever written because I have been wrestling with God about a lot of things and neglected what he has placed in my hands which is the grace to write for him.
Thank you so much, I believe I am ready to pick up where I left off.
Recess is over lol
Frances OkoroNovember 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Reading your comment is like speaking with you Keke..who you are shines through..i dont know how you do it, but like you said, it’s #grace.
Looking forward to seeing more of the light and love that flows through the words Jesus has given you.
And oh, can I see that it’s sooooooooo nice to see your words on here again…whoop!!! 🙂
MiriamNovember 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Thanks Frances, this post just inspired me at the moment I need it.
Frances OkoroNovember 21, 2015 at 9:19 am
Glad it spoke to you Miriam..welcome to the blog 🙂
eniola pNovember 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm
This spoke to me! actually read it when you tweeted it to me and I was feeling the same way that exact time. that I have to begin to really take my writing seriously and realize that God has a specific purpose for it. its not about me or my feelings. keep up the good work! one thing you are is consistent
Frances OkoroNovember 21, 2015 at 9:24 am
Oh Eniola, it’s so good to see you here and i’m thankful that the words on this post resonated with words a lot of us already had in our hearts…
God will grace you as you take and follow through on decisions to write with purpose for Him..and keep you #faithful in this service to Him in Jesus name, amen.
And thank you so much for your words of encouragement…
Ayo WrightMay 21, 2016 at 11:21 pm
Thanks for this, Frances. I feel like I needed it. Of recent, I have not been doing much Christian writing, just the normal diary-like writing. And I kinda feel like I have not been seeing it as a ministry because I am yet to get that “spiritual pointer” that it is part of my purpose. Reading this has reminded me of what it should really be about – drawing men to Christ.
God bless you.
Frances OkoroMay 22, 2016 at 11:10 pm
God bless you too Ayo. I pray God gives you words for this generation and you stay faithful enough to run with them in Jesus name, amen. The world needs the words God places in you. Glad this post helped. May God show you more pointers unto what He will have you do with the gift He has given to you in Jesus name, amen!
buqieOctober 11, 2016 at 1:56 am
And I’m just reading this!
I actually felt like Frances had me in mind while writing this the whole time.
Oh, there are reasons, very valid ones. But thinking about it now, they have come to stay. The earlier I realise this, the better for me.
Thank you for sharing dear, this was really really helpful.
I need some help with the blog, I will be glad to disturb you small.
Ps: I like what God is doing through you with ‘the women at the well’. God must be very proud of you.
Frances OkoroOctober 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm
The last line made my heart smile… to make our Daddy proud.. Daddy’s girls..to make our Father smile..may this always be our aim.
Welcome back Buqie..so glad to have you back.
Oh yes, you have my mail ba?
Please disturb me on anything you need help with, to the best of my ability by God’s grace, I will be here.