A sinking sun stared back at me as I drove into the sunset. I was driving West, just as the sun was setting, heading home from my last day of work. Just a few weeks earlier The Professor and I had prayerfully made the decision for me to quit my job and take on blogging + designing full time. My heart fluttered with the nerves of one facing an unknown future. My mind was riddled with worry, as one who understands the financial implications if their business plan fails. I was walking away from certain income, taking a step of faith into my own small business, with uncertain income. Although I knew without a doubt that this is what God had beautifully ordained for me to, I was still scared.
It was in that moment, every brilliant color of an autumn sunset beaming with all its God-given pride and glory, that I did what I should have done a year and a half ago.
I prayed for my blog.
Prayers, from somewhere deep within my fluttering, nervous heart ushered forth. I think I was praying for a few moments even before I was aware of what I was doing.
Prayers for me and The Professor, that we would have Divine wisdom to know how to manage A Royal Daughter as a God-honoring business. Prayers that God would humble me and teach me to seek my husband’s counsel and wisdom when I have to make big business decisions.
Prayers for the words I write. I have found myself penning the words of a story that Someone else is writing, and oh how I want to write with Divine grace and wisdom. I want the words that you read to be God-inspired, not in the way that Scripture is inspired by God, but in a way that speaks truth to fellow Christ-followers and demonstrates to those who aren’t that there’s a beautiful, earth-shattering difference between the grace of God and the judgment of man.
Prayers for you, the women who bless me by taking time to be here and read what is on my heart. I prayed for your hearts, for your families, for your blogs.
Prayers for grace when I mess up. Because I know I will.
Prayers for humility when I’m tempted to pride.
Prayers for wisdom when I don’t know what to write.
Prayers for transparency and authenticity when I’m tempted to hide behind the safety of a computer screen.
Prayers for blessing from the One who is writing the story. I did, I prayed that God will bless my blog. My writing. This community.
Prayers of thankfulness that He had opened the door for me to work from home, to share my story, and to make His name known. I am filled with thankfulness that He would allow me to do this, to the benefit of my family and for His own glory.
Since I started blogging thousands of people have read my words, many of them sticking around each day to see what else I have to say. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’d been blogging for a year and a half, having written some five hundred posts before I even thought about setting aside time to pray over my blog.
Every day, with broken words, I write. I write about life, and how it is both pain-filled and joy-filled, all at the same time. I write about grace, that unseen gift that I could never earn, but I receive daily. I write about purpose, and how knowing it makes life so much more meaningful. I write about marriage, that daily journey of two sinful people striving to become more like Christ. I write…
And for a year and a half I wrote, having never approached the throne of grace asking for wisdom. Having never asked Him for the right words. Having never once prayed for grace, mercy, compassion, understanding, and humility. Having never asked Him to bless my writing.
And now I pray, almost daily for A Royal Daughter, and for you – the readers. Because…I cannot do this without His help.
What about you? Do you pray for your blog? For your readers? If so, will you share with us how you pray, so we can join you?
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Q & A with Lauren \\ Mercy Ink
ARD: When did you first set goals for your business/blog? How do you hold yourself accountable to accomplish those goals?
MI: I have been blogging casually for years and had never really set goals: I just wrote whenever/however I felt led. But in June 2012 I left my career in social work to be home with my kids more and also really pursue the blog and shop professionally. That was the first time I really set serious goals over the blog and business. Writing goals down is crucial to helping me reach goals. I need to remind myself regularly of what I’m working towards. Also, praying over goals, being flexible, and not taking myself too seriously are key.