FAQ: How Is The Writing Thing Going? || Marissa Dodgen

If you haven’t already noticed, we believe strongly that each of us are called by Jesus, equipped for that call, & deeply treasured as a Child of the Most High God. It’s a theme you will see a lot this year because we, as believers & doers of the Word, deal with these things daily.

As a ministry, we at HFL, feel this way about His call on our lives. Myself, Jessica, Erika, & Keisha are each working in ministry. Ministry is hard. Especially ministry that doesn’t get paid & I’m not talk not-for-profit. We each donate time to this thing the Lord is designing that is so much bigger than each of us.

Writing is also hard. We don’t write fiction here. We write from the depths. Sometimes our post, a message the Spirit is prodding us to share, comes from deep places that make us shudder & shiver to share.

So combine these together, ministry & personal deep stories & lessons, & you get a recipe for what is looks like to cut your soul out of your body & offer it up for the slaying.

We get asked all the time “how is your writing, blog stuff going?” Here’s my answer….

We don’t really know. We have a few readers who give us a bit of feedback, but for the most part we are kind of in the dark. We put out there what is laid on our heart & pray as we hit publish that God will use it to speak in to the lives of those who need His message the most & that He above all is glorified through our words.

We are here every week because we have been commanded in Matthew 28:19-20 to

“Go therefore & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We have said this before, but I’ll say it again….it will not be about numbers or SEO or followers. We don’t care if we have 10,000 followers if the words impressed on us aren’t reaching anyone by way of reading. We would rather have a community of 50 readers that are actively engaged with us & commenting & sharing with their friends & telling us how God is working in their lives, than a following of 5 million who like & scroll on.

Our desire is to create community that inspires & encourages you, our reader & friend, with the truth of His word to do whatever it is you do everyday…work, stay at home, volunteer, ministry, raise you kids or help someone else raise theirs, save lives.

So if you read & follow along here, let us know, help us to build this community that God has set on our hearts. Share a post with someone you know that is in the thick of life, send us your thoughts or let us know how a post has affected or spoke to you. We don’t do this for fame or money (it’s comical to even say that because we are so far from it I can barely type it without laughing). We do this because God has called us to share His word. Colossians 3:23 sums it up well…

“Whatever you do, work heartedly, as for the Lord, & not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

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