I have noticed that my off the cuff, observational and life posts get a lot more attention than my devotionals. People want to read about life especially if it belongs to someone else. Many readers want the "5 ways to ..." type posts because they are often in bullet points; quick and easy to read.
A devotional takes times and thought and it may challenge the reader to action or change. Listening to God means that we need to slow down, consider and take time to listen. We crave the quick fix and the how to. "Lord, lead me to a post that tells me in 5 simple steps how to be more like you!"
It often makes me wonder if the devotionals are worth it but a long time ago God said to me "Just one person". If one person reads, if one person hears God, if one person grows, then that is the one person God wanted to touch. I have been tempted to jump on the topical band waggon of the day, increase my SEO (whatever that is!), be controversial, political and newsworthy but I don't.
I am learning to slow down, to read a post who's title doesn't grab and have found so much of God's goodness.
Tania Vaughan started Let's Talk About Ministries after writing her book "Let's Talk About Sex and Relationships - A Bible study for single women".
Through devotionals, mentoring and teaching, Tania seeks to encourage every woman to claim the full life that Jesus came to give them. Online Bible studies and her blog can be found on her website www.taniavaughan.com
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