25 04 2013

Good evening, Dear Readers.

Pride comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes. For me it came in the form of this blog when I wasn’t looking.

Having a blog that went from dead to soaring is very exciting. I checked my stats every half-hour or so as it went from 4 or 5 views daily to over 80 in just a few weeks, and gained quite a few followers, too. That’s heady stuff. And that’s where it went – to my head!

Today I had to make some decisions. Either I am going to do this for God and for His glory or I am going to do it for my own, and derive a sense of “value” from the ever-increasing readership “I” am obtaining. As you’ve probably gathered from several of my posts, this is a weak area for me…defining myself by what I do, rather than Whose I am.

Watching those stats began to affect what I was going to write about, based on what was most popular, rather than on what I believed I was supposed to write about. That makes it about me, and not about Jesus – and that is never a good thing.

(In no way am I setting this as a standard for anyone other than myself. Please don’t go “religious” on me and think these are the new rules by which to blog. I am not religious by any stretch of the imagination!)

King David got himself into trouble – and the people in his kingdom had to pay the price – when he took a head count of his army. I don’t have a kingdom, per se, but I get the sense that if I continue in this way, someone else is going to pay the price (probably my husband 🙂 ). I don’t want that.

For this reason, I’ve removed the Stats page from my dashboard, and I’ll be removing the counter widgets from the page you see. I’ve come a long way and don’t want the enemy to regain any ground.

– And it’s not that I don’t care about you, my reader. I’m so honored to have anyone read these little articles. Without you there’s not much point in writing, now is there? Because I want to care more about you than about how many of you there are, I will turn my attention from stats to content. Hopefully there will be some improvement!

***If I am “following” you, it’s because I truly enjoy reading what you’ve written, and not so I can use your site to gain more readers, in case you’re wondering. There are some amazing authors here on WordPress. I am impressed and blessed to be published along with such outstanding writers.***

May Jesus truly get all the credit and the glory for what comes from my desk.

Pray for me – I’ll be going through withdrawls!

You probably don’t care about any of this, but I’m coming clean anyway!

The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord make His face to shine upon you

and be gracious to you

and give you peace.

Good night!

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Praising Jesus!