I have spent the past several days reviewing and evaluating the next phase of my writing ministry. That process has included minor updates to the blog website. I hope to complete the remaining updates this week. It has also included the rereading of several posts I have written over the years. It is with deep gratitude that I have noticed personal growth and change while going through some of the archives. This time of reflection has also caused me to refocus. The answer to the question, “Why do I blog,” as presented after my short biography on the About Me page as not changed.
In addition to those thoughts, I have noticed that writing is teaching me more about myself. Through writing, I am forced to confront issues. Sometimes I try to avoid conflict, escape the drama, and run the other way. There are times, however, when all of us must stop running, and confront the issues of our day and our own life. In the words of Sheryl Sandberg we must all consider, “What would you do if you were not afraid?”
If I were not afraid, I would confront more often for the sake of pursuing real peace. I would seek the eternal praise of God, more than the worldly praises of humankind. I would always consider the needs of others more than my self-preservation or reputation. I would count the cost of what I claim to believe. Writing has made me more attentive to all these things. Therefore, I long to live and write more freely, boldly, and courageously in 2015 and beyond. By the grace of God, I pray that I will.
I write for you in your quiet spaces. I don’t receive a lot of comments on this blog, but it is clear that people continue to read and share its content. My hope is that my writing will:
ENGAGE: Cause you to think, wrestle more deeply, and consider what God is doing and how He is speaking into your personal life, the conditions and ministry of those around you, and refining your work for His glory.
EQUIP: I like to share resources and tools that can make us all passionate followers of Christ, able leaders and servants, and effective mentors.
EMPOWER: The Holy Spirit actually does the empowering, and I am humbled to have witnessed God use my writing, instruction, and leadership to shape hearts, change minds, and build confidence about life’s purpose and work. So when I labeled this blog, “A Sista’s Journey,” I was clear that the journey was not mine alone, but one we are taking together. Thank you for joining me on it.
What perspective has God given you during this holiday period of rest?
I look forward to sharing more in the coming days. In the meantime, this is what you can expect to find on the blog this year:
MONDAY: MENTORING MOMENTS – written or video blog posts that share mentoring nuggets or answer mentoring questions.
TUESDAY: NATASHA’S STUDY – Book discussions, book recommendations, and book reviews. I will also share highlights from some of the books I am currently reading.
WEDNESDAY: LEADERSHIP – Insightful topics for Christian leaders. Will focus on mentoring, training, character development, team building, and soul care. I will also be sharing leadership resources.
THURSDAY: COFFEE TALK – Stuff we would talk about over coffee, of course. “What’s on your mind?” I hope these conversations will cover relevant topics, help shape your Christian Worldview, and assure practical application for daily faithful living through wisdom found in the “Good Book.”
FRIDAY: HOT TOPICS/SPECIAL TREATS – You will know what’s on my mind right now, the passions of my heart. I may share a roundup of important articles that I have read throughout the week. You may get something funny or inspiring, or I may even feature a guest post with some of my friends and writing buddies.
SATURDAY: WORLDVIEW/BIBLICAL JUSTICE: Increasing awareness of cultural and world issues that particularly impact women, children, and those living in extreme poverty. We will also focus on world missions. The purpose of these posts are to educate and give us opportunities to pray and take action.
© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2015