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Today is the 7th in the series at Kate Motaung’s blog titled On Being a Writer by Anne Koeker and Charity Singleton Craig. The book is also available at the website. This is week fourShe has links to all this information and earlier posts on her site. Here are the links to my earlier posts: IdentifyArrangeSurroundNoticeWrite. Send.

I’m reminded of the words to a song from a number of years ago. I have them hanging on my wall. I love them!

Just ordinary people
God uses ordinary people
He chooses people just like me and you
Who are willing to do as He commands

God uses people that will give Him all
No matter how small your all may seem to you
Because little becomes much
As you place it in the Masters hand

Oh, just like that little lad
Who gave Jesus all he had
How the multitude was fed
With a fish and loaves of bread

What you have may not seem much
But when you yield it to the touch
Of  the Master’s loving hand
Then you will understand how
Your life could never be the same
(chorus…1st 2 paragraphs)

-Danniebelle Hall

Now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty of vulnerable! At least for me, promotion is tied to a deep part of vulnerability that makes it difficult for me to promote myself to people I only know a little because

  • what if they think the topics I write about are stupid?
  • Or written poorly?
  • Or are totally irrelevant?
  • Or…you name it!

But the truth is, GOD is transforming me slowly, almost imperceptibly at times. To me, my mess is so blatant! But He is working on me and transforming me into something that can be used for HIS glory.

There are moments when I stop paying attention to myself long enough that He actually uses me in that way! Sometimes I know about it. Often, I have no awareness of it. Sometimes, years later, I find out. It is a gift GOD lovingly gives on occasion.

There is no question. Promotion is a step into the vulnerable. I am inviting you into the deep recesses of my life!

So when I tell someone about my blog, it is a scary thing I do. It is also an act of friendship. I’m making myself vulnerable. I’m inviting you into the deeper recesses of my life. I’m probably telling you more about myself than you want to know.

So when I tell someone about my blog, it is a scary thing I do. It is also an act of friendship. I'm making myself vulnerable. Click To Tweet

When I do, I hope you will find out that you are not alone in your struggle. That you will see that your ordinariness is similar to mine in some ways, different in others. But GOD is going to transform you too…with the Gospel of grace and truth!

Before his stroke, my husband was my biggest promoter. When we met people, he would say, “Did you know my wife writes a blog. Martha, do you have one of your cards with you?” I would fumble in my purse and apologetically hand them a business card with my blog address on it.

Promotion on a larger scale is easier in some ways. I don’t know these people. They can decide if they like my blog or not anonymously.

But as I think of promoting my blog on a larger scale, in some ways, it is easier. These people can decide for or against my blog anonymously. I don’t have to look them in the face or know their names. I don’t have to experience personal rejection. I know this blog is not to everyone’s taste level. I don’t even think all my children enjoy reading it. I totally get that!

In theory, I don’t fell guilty about promoting on the larger scale. This is largely because I realize that what I have to say is not self promotional really. If this were a blog about me and mine, I would have a lot of trouble promoting it. But it is a blog about what GOD is doing. Sometimes it is what He is doing in my life…or has done. But my life is about as ordinary as they come. I don’t present myself as Mrs. Superwoman. I’m Mrs. Ordinary.

In theory, I don't fell guilty about promoting on the larger scale. This is largely because I realize that what I have to say is not self promotional really. It is a blog about what GOD is doing. I'm Mrs. Ordinary. Click To Tweet

I don’t have all the answers in a cookie cutter way or 5 steps to success here and 10 steps to success there. Not having all those keys to success can be a huge problem for a blog! Too bad for me.

Admitting I repeatedly struggle with weight loss these past few years or have had a bear of a time getting rid of the last vestiges of our down-sized home? Who wants to hear that?

Actually, people like me who struggle and fail and struggle again. We need to know others have the same problems and that we aren’t the only ones. Not only that, but GOD still loves us and isn’t shocked by our failures! He isn’t you know…

But my blog is about the fact that GOD is about transforming the lives of every believer into something beautiful for His glory! I share something of the process He has taken me through. I hope to share more of the process He has taken others through as well…happy endings or not. Because we aren’t there yet. The end of our stories aren’t finished!

So promoting the telling of the story of GOD’s transformation of an ordinary person one step at a time? That can’t be braggy or self-promotional, can it? Well, there are ways it can, but in that context, it really can’t! How can I be embarrassed to promote the giving of that message?

Is it un-christian to be paid for all these hours of work?

I don’t even need to be embarrassed if I am going to be paid because I have spent hours and hours writing; learning how to do a better job communicating how to write; learning enough about technology to get that information out; or pay someone else to do it! Getting paid is not something I need to feel embarrassed about either. I’m not there yet, but I’m not going to feel embarrassed when I get paid!

I don't even need to be embarrassed if I am going to be paid because I have spent hours and hours writing; learning how to do a better job communicating how to write... Click To Tweet

I have used too much of my own money to pay for what I have done so far. I pay for hosting service, some conferences, and other courses…and the hours to process all I have learned. No, I won’t be embarrassed at all to be paid when I earn money for all this work! It definitely has not been a hobby despite the opinion of  the IRS!

I can feel the freedom to promote the heck out of whatever I write, knowing that I am one of GOD’s ordinary servants bringing glory to Him by what I do, whether my work is obviously “spiritual” or not. What I am doing is good work. It brings glory to Him because I am working to do a job with excellence (not perfection). I know He is transforming what I do and transforming me in the process!

This is what I need to work toward

Hopefully, I will have a group of online and IRL friends who are  supporting me as they critique. pray for and promote for me too. It will be mutual. I’m realizing I need to grow that group now! It looks like I have another “how” to learn!