Blogging is HARD. Especially, when you’re a newbie.
There is so much to learn and do.
Everyone else seems to be finding success with their blogs, but all you get is crickets on your page.
Why is everyone else succeeding, and you seem to be at a standstill?!
It’s so frustrating!
I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been in your shoes.
That’s the moment self-doubt and discouragement creep in.
You start to feel lost and overwhelmed. You’re almost ready to throw in the proverbial towel.
Maybe God meant for you to do something else.
If he had really called you, then you’d have thousands of people flocking to your site every day.
Surely, you’d have hundreds of subscribers by now.
Or at least you’d be making a little bit of money to justify the hours you’ve spent on your blog.
Or maybe your source of discouragement isn’t blogging, but in your abilities as a wife, mother, daughter, business owner, etc.
No matter where your struggle lies, this is what I want you to do.
Stop what you’re doing and complete these 5 steps.
5 Practical Steps to Overcome Self-Doubt About Your Calling
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fail. Ps 55:22, NIV
Surrender those thoughts and feelings to God.
Let him have all of your frustrations and your worries.
Believe me, he can handle whatever it is you have to say.
If there is anyone you can be brutally honest with its God.
After you’ve surrendered, the next step is to repent.
Let’s be honest.
When frustration and discouragement set in, it’s usually because things aren’t happening the way we want them to.
Our expectations haven’t been met, or we’re trying to do it in our own power and strength.
Remember God has his own ways of doing things.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts…” (Isa 55:8-9,KJB)
We need to repent for not trusting God and letting him work things out his way.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (Ps 34:4, NIV)
Now is the perfect time to ask for wisdom, understanding, clarity, patience, peace.
Whatever it is you need, ask him for it.
Sometimes, the answer doesn’t come right away.
But God will answer you.
Take this time to say a prayer for your blog.
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Ps 34:1, ESV
Praise and prayer are probably the most underrated weapons in our arsenal.
This is the perfect time to give God praise and to thank him for all that he’s done and all that he’s going to do.
After you’ve surrendered, repented, asked, and praised God you’re probably feeling a little better.
If I know the enemy, he’ll be back.
Don’t skip this next step!
5. Get into the word.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb 4:12
The devil’s job is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10) the calling God has placed on your life, family, or business.
Whatever it is God has called you to do, he wants to take it.
You are needed in God’s kingdom to spread the good news over the world wide web!
Don’t let the enemy continue to sow seeds of discouragement and doubt in your mind.
Rebuke him and expose him for the liar he is!
Rebuke him with what? The word of God.
I’ve put together a few of my favorite verses to help you kick the devil’s butt when he comes back for the next round.
10 Bible Verses to Overcome the Enemy When Your Struggling with Self- Doubt
1. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philp 4:13, NKJV)
2. … ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. (Zech 4:6,NASB)2
3. …Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you… ( 1 Chr 28:20,NIV)
4. “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated… Isaiah 54:4
5. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. (Eph 1:11, NIV)
6.“God is within her, she will not fall.” — Psalm 46:5
7.“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” — Esther 4:14
8.“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
9. My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile. 1 Cor 15:58,CEV
10. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Heb 10:36,NIV
Write down these scriptures and commit them to memory.
Whenever you get discouraged pull them out and speak them over yourself.
I believe in you and so does the Father.
What scriptures do you use when you start to doubt yourself or get discouraged? I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments section.
As always, keep Jesus in the center of everything you do.
Your Sister in Christ,