This post is a little different from what I normally write. It’s not going on Facebook or Twitter. No pretty photos. No sarcasm or tongue-in-cheek humor (well, okay, I’m not done writing it yet, so we’ll see…). Not even any analogies!
January, 2017, marks my second year of blogging. I used to be more critical of social media, of the shallow content and mere shadow of so-called “friends”. Although that can still be true, I have largely repented of my former viewpoint. When I started this enterprise, I had no idea (nor any planned intention) of forming relationships, honest ones, and getting to know the people behind the screen. Real people with authentic needs, trying to interpret their past and find some hope for their future. Victories and defeats. Questions, and even some answers—quite a few answers, really! (Okay, right, so there’s a whole relational analogy there, but I shall refrain…)
So for now, Thursday has become my “pray for bloggers” morning in my quiet time with Jesus. The list has grown, and I think there can be an important connection that is made when you pray for someone on a consistent basis—they kind of become part of “my tribe”. This group does not agree on everything, but that’s not the point. My prayer is that God would “increase the power of the godly” on the internet as we engage our culture (and others!) through social media.
I pray for the writers and their families: salvation, Holy Spirit filling, healing, deliverance, for a greater and ever increasing revelation of His love, assurance and conviction of His salvation, and hunger for His word. I ask that we would respond to each encounter “according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in newness of life”, that He would protect us from the temptations that are to come, and grant us humility and clarity. I pray to help us in the weakness of our minds and the weakness of our flesh, to grant grace to those who must encounter us in any way today (that’s a big one…think about it), and to put us where we can be most intimate with Him and most effective for His people.
Here are some of the names on Dawn’s List. (If you don’t want to be there, too bad; it’s my list, not yours.) And if you haven’t had a chance to check out these other blog sites, I recommend you do! God bless us all as this new year progresses. He has blessed me with you in ways I did not anticipate (which is just like Him, after all.)
I leave us all with this~~
“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
Dawn’s List (in part, and growing):
2 Thessalonians 3:5 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.