Where does your inspiration come from?

As a Christian blogger, what inspires you to write? 

Earlier today, I sat before the computer going through scribbles of yester-years trying to glean something to share with you all. I began writing about how important rest is for us as humans and how necessary it is that we ensure we find time to cease from our labors in order to be restored and refreshed. 

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Since that post was going nowhere fast, I walked away from the computer, and invited my mom to help me tidy the kitchen. With joy she got up from reading her book and there we were, emptying pots, putting together meals for her and my dad to take to work this week (meal prep) and just enjoying each other’s company.

As I stood by the kitchen sink, I began asking Abba for further insight into resting.

Silence.

I then asked Him for inspiration on something to share.

At this request, He responded quickly – thankfully.

His response though was more of a conviction. “How do you expect My inspiration if you are not spending ample time in the Word?”

Ouch!

To inspire means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into. Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow.

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Wow!

I slowly began to get a glimpse into the verse that says “all Scripture is God-breathed.” Because the Lord blew upon these mighty men they were inspired to share what He had laid upon their hearts.

Let’s take a closer look at the rest of verses 16 and 17 of 1 Timothy 3. It says, “…and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

See the benefits we can gain from embracing the God-breathed Word? We have it to use in teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. These are all tools we use in our writing as Christian bloggers. When we share what the Lord has laid on our hearts, we end up teaching and being taught; correcting and receiving correction; rebuking and being rebuked and ultimately, being trained in righteousness (and even helping holder in this vein too).

The Word of God not only brings us inspiration – but it transforms us too. We become built up the most holy faith.

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Verse 17 goes on to show us that the Word equips us for every good work.

How can we be equipped as bloggers if we are not equipped in the Word?

How do we respond to comments made both positively and negatively if the Word is not seasoning the very fiber of our beings?

I confess to you, that all weekend I have barely spent five minutes in the Word.

Sad, right? I have intentionally chosen to spend quality time hanging out with family and close friends. I have deliberately ran errands early in the mornings for whatever reason. But, when it came to sitting and actively soaking up the Word – I rushed through the devotionals like a child given a bar of chocolate for the first time.

This lesson really hit home for me and has left me wanting to ask you my fellow Christian bloggers how you receive inspiration. I understand that many things can leave us inspired: nature, life events, challenges – even a very thought – but shouldn’t the divine Word of our Father be our main source?

How can we expect to be inspired if we never spend time with the Author of Inspiration?

How can we share His love if we never spend time interacting with the God of love?

How do we expect to shine brightly, if we never sit and be illuminated by Him?

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Thankfully, the Lord has a way to nudge us in the right direction. He also is so gracious in giving us resets. Lastly, we are ever so grateful, that He always continues to inspire.

So, here’s my challenge to us all this week. Let us find time to be inspired by the Word. 

PS: As for that post on resting, it has ended up in the drafts archives.  I am sure you are familiar with that pile ;).

37 thoughts on “Where does your inspiration come from?

  1. I can relate so much to this post, Dee. God is so gracious to give us resets, yet sometimes I find myself avoiding prayer and Bible study. These are often the times I need it most!
    However, it’s important to note that condemnation and shame are tools of the enemy. The devil and his buddies want us to think we are unworthy of God’s love. Untrue! Jesus proves that we are.
    Ok, I will stop preaching.
    I am often inspired (to write) by something that happens during the normal course of life, and I say to myself, “There’s something in the Bible about this!”
    Next thing you know I’m pouring through The Word looking for the verse or passage that goes with my experience. Am I getting it backwards? I don’t know.
    Blessings.

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    1. Lol@I will stop preaching!

      Who am I to say my brother is getting it backwards? He knows what’s best for him no doubt lol.

      But on a more serious note – you’re right, the enemy wants us to revel in the swamp of condemnation. Holy Spirit however comes to convict and lead. We must know the difference at all costs.

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  2. I agree and relate to all that you mentioned here Dee. If I do not spend enough time in the word how can I expect to feel the word come alive in me to share anything.
    I so agree that when we study the word and share we are taught, rebuked, corrected and trained along with others who read it.
    God is good, He reminds us to get back on track.
    Thanks for sharing this Dee.
    Blessings to you sis 💙

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    1. Amen my sister.

      I’m so thankful for His reminder to get back on track. It’s like going for days without water and feeling the symptoms in our bodies – perhaps a headache or so.

      Thank You Lord for Your nudges!

      Blessings always ❣️

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  3. “I then asked Him for inspiration on something to share.

    At this request, He responded quickly – thankfully.”

    Heh heh. 🙂 I hate to say this but I saw His response coming at you a mile away. I have lived that scenario so many times you would think I have it down pat. Not quite, close but not quite.

    You hit on a universal truth about inspiration here sister and that is “Not my will but Yours be done.” Too often we, us, ourselves, our ‘self’ nature thinks it needs to tell others how to live. Yes, it sounds good and looks good but at the core of the words is ‘self’ and not God. That is the sad truth for as long we have ‘self’ it will mount up and come forth in our words as bloggers many times over. Sadly we fall for it and instead of asking God what He wants to go out we scribble something and expect Him to bless it. But God cannot, and will not bless, what comes from ‘self’. Sure, we’ll get more likes and comments when we stroke the flesh of others but that is not the same as blessing them. No, to truly bless others we need to soak in Him and then only write or speak what He has given us to share.

    I can honestly say that when I was in my old life as a teacher about 95% of the drivel coming out of my lips in trying to help others came from ‘self’ and was useless. I have repented of that. Now I (we) spend far more time listening to God and surprisingly only a wee percentage of what we hear or discuss ever makes it into a blog. Mostly because when we soak in God we are building relationship together with Him, erego His words to us are personal and not to be shared. Every once in a while something rises up out of that communication that can be shared. When this happens we try and set it free.

    Think of it like a child. The process of conceiving and gestating a child is extremely private but once the child is born many can see them. As it is in nature so it is in spirit. We need to be strongly, fiercely building that relationship with Jesus on a constant basis, over everything else. It is personal, intimate and not to be shared. That is our foundation and we cannot ignore this. As we come to Him we must be humble and asking humbly, what is Your will God? Only when we ask in humility and wait to receive will we hear His voice. Then, what He says will mostly be for you personally. Take that, learn it, meditate on it, own it and live it. After all that then you may receive a word for others, or you may have such experiential wisdom coming from that place of intimacy that just speaking blesses those who want to hear. Either way you will be drinking from Living Water and giving others Living Water. That is the best inspiration.

    Dee, thank you. Not for the post (although the post is good) but for your heart attitude toward Jesus in humbly asking Him about what He wanted to say. That is what encouraged me the most in reading this. Your honest humility and openness about following your God. Way to go!

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    1. I constantly feel as though you offer me a one on course in biblical studies. I’m being trained too in life lessons and I’m so very grateful. It is always my delight, my joy, my honor to read your comments (and posts) that leaves me feeling renewed, convicted, uplifted, strengthened and so much more. Thank you feels inadequate but oh how I’m grateful.

      I’m so glad that I’m not alone in this area, whew! It feels good knowing I’m in this journey with my brother and friend ☺️

      ABBA’s richest blessings to you and yours always 🙏🏽

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  4. Thank you, Dee. It is a lesson He is teaching me too – I saw how arrogantly I thought I was already well acquainted with Scripture. What a deception! Thank God He showed me – now I am discovering it afresh… I always saw “inspiration” as meaning – of the spirit or in the spirit. x

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    1. How lovely, Dawn!

      To discover His Words in a new light is always a breath of fresh air.

      I’m so glad that I’m not alone in this journey. May we always go to the Word with eager hearts and expecting minds. 🙏🏽

      ABBA’s peace be yours always.

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  5. Wow! Very powerful word! Like you I too must confess that I haven’t spent much time in His Word, where I should be. Thank you for your honesty and reminding us where our true source of inspiration comes from. God bless.

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    1. It’s so nice hearing from you sister 💐

      In our revealing it’s so comforting to know that we do not struggle alone. May the Lord continue to help us as we traverse this roads.

      ABBA’s blessings to you always.

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  6. I love, love, LOVE your transparent, humble sharing of your journey in Him, sis! And the way He breathed on your spirit was transmitted to me as I read. Thank you. I’m with you, my inspiration for blogging definitely comes right out of my times with Him. He always has such amazing things to say when we get away with Him! Sending you lots of love today ❤ ❤

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    1. Jen Jen, so sorry I’ve taken so long to come read your wonderful love notes to me. I’m touched that you felt Him breathing on you as He did me. Hallelujah! May His Words never depart from our eyes, or our hearts. Love to you in copious amounts ❣️❣️❣️❣️

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  7. My inspiration is HIS truth and often my inspiration happens outside in nature, or taking a walk. A word will pop into my mind out of nowhere. Often it gives me inspiration to write my blog. I do think we have to have a heart that will listen. HIS love, grace and mercy draws me near to HIS flame!

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    1. Oh I love that His love, grace and mercy draws you near to His flame. That’s poetry right here – and the absolute gospel truth 🙌🏽

      Your response points me to Psalm 19. May we continue to see His truth and revel in His beauty 🙏🏽

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  8. G’day, what a reminder of the importance of us being fed before we can really encourage others.

    I loved God’s response to you asking for inspiration, he knows us so well so tells us exactly what we need, i have have experienced similar in the past.

    I will make time to be inspired by the Word this week!

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    1. Good day Evad,
      Thank you for sharing your experience today. I’m so glad you understand just how lovely His Word is, how crucial it is for us to spend time with our Daddy before we think to pour out.

      Blessed reading and meditation this week 🙏🏽

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