Bernadette, aka Barefoot Hippie Girl, is another member of my blogging mastermind group who has become a friend. I admit, the first time I saw her name, I wondered about the whole “hippie” thing – but don’t worry, she’s not really a hippie! I love her perspectives on life, the spiritual encouragements she shares on her blog, and her amazing recipes! In fact, I just whipped up a batch of her Deliciously Chocolate Brownies yesterday and they are, in fact, delicious! Here, she shares about why she blogs – and the Great Tip she hopes to offer each reader through her blog posts.
Thanks, Elizabeth, for entrusting your blog to me today. It is a great privilege to share someone else’s space.
Elizabeth asked me to share why I blog.
I have to say that the “why” has been a journey.
I started my blog last September with the goal of keeping in touch with my much spread abroad family. And I started it as a non-spiritual, non-ministry, non-stressful outlet for my thoughts.
But, I find that as a Christian, with the deepest desire to glorify God in everything I say and do, it is impossible for my blog not to have a ministry and spiritual underlying theme. Because Jesus Christ is the underlayment of my entire life.
My blog slowly morphed into something less abstract, and more purposeful.
My bff encouraged me to come up with a mission statement for my blog. She was writing one for her new business. It really focused her. I prayed and asked God what He wanted done with my blog. What should I aim for.
And He laid Isaiah 40:31 on my heart.
As of May, my goal for Barefoot Hippie Girl has been to motivate and challenge my readers
To wait on the Lord.
To renew their strength.
To run and not grow weary.
To walk and not faint.
I find it interesting that Isaiah (just before this well known verse) pens this:
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait on the Lord…
I see a need in people-young and old, women and men, parents or not, married or single-a need to be encouraged. There is so much out there fighting against Christians. And there is so much in-fighting amongst Christians. But, there is power and strength available to us in the un-fainting, never weary, limitless-in-understanding, GOD of the Universe! We just need to wait on Him. Stop, listen, rest, wait.
And, so I write.
I write about running and fitness because healthy bodies lead to healthy minds. And because running parallels everyday life, and the Christian walk, in remarkable ways. Running and not growing weary.
I write about home things. I love the idea of blooming where you are planted. Glorifying God in the big and small tasks. Including cooking, cleaning, parenting, projects, gardening, organization and painting. I am at home, and I want to have a beautiful home. Not a show home. But to thrive in my hub. Everyday. Walking and not fainting.
I write about Scripture that God is using to speak to my heart. I write about people who have influenced the course of my life. I share favorite poems, and some book reviews. Renewing our strength. Waiting on the Lord.
Like everyone else, I want to grow my blog. But, even more, I want to grow my readership. If I have 150 followers and no one reads my posts, I am not fulfilling my mission. I want to encourage, motivate and challenge people’s hearts. Not get big numbers.
I want to lead people to the Lord. If you are following me, I pray that is who/what we are heading towards. Find your rest and strength in Him.
Hi, I’m Bernadette, and I blog over at Barefoot Hippie Girl about my life as a wife, mother, teacher, Christian, cook and projector.