Why Heart After God?

Are you a Gospel loving, passionate writer, with an affinity for coffee?

You’ve come to the right place, my friend. Oh, what’s that? You said you prefer tea? Well, we can agree to disagree. At least we have the most important things in common, amirite?

My guess is that you didn’t wake up one day and decide that you wanted to start a blog.

If you’re like myself, the creation of your blog was months or even years in the making.

You were likely blessed with a creative, passionate, and hungry heart from the beginning. You may have had many conversations back and forth with God about what your purpose truly is.

I personally loved the idea of blogging from the very beginning. I have retired plenty of blogs in my day – some of which are, embarrassingly, still floating around the internet ether.

Each time I began a new blog I would quit a few posts in. But I loved blogging, so I always tried starting over on another topic. I never quite held onto the passion for the topic I was writing about no matter what it was; I tried beauty, fashion, and travel. Nothing stuck. Bless my heart, I even wrote a few articles for my study abroad program International Studies abroad which you can still find here.

I’ve always been writing and blogging in particular.

Do you feel the same way? Have you always had something to say deep inside of you? Do you have a light inside you are ready to share?

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp to put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5 14-17

Let me tell you a bit about myself.

It was a cold October day in 1994… Just kidding. Actually, that’s how I started my 4th grade essay on the story of my life. Did I mention I have always been a writer? Ask my Mom, who has a booklet full of teenage angst poetry with titles like LIAR. STOP LYING TO ME. and GOOD GRAMMAR, HIT ME WITH A HAMMER. Yeah, I never said I was great at writing.

For years, from 2008 to 2012, I wrote on a livejournal blog. That is a huge amount of time for a teenager! One of the first entries I made on that livejournal said, “I want to keep this livejournal, or a new one, until I’m in college. I want to write all my life. I never want to quit.

And, folks, I never have. Sure, I go through seasons where I write less than others. But I have never quit. I don’t plan to.

Long story short, I am a writer through and through.

I can say with confidence one of the reasons I was put on this earth was to write.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4 10-12

When I first began writing for the Lord in 2015, I named my blog The Blessing Collective.

Originally it started as a lifestyle, faith-based blog. I wanted to write encouragement, positive affirmations, and highlight God’s blessings in my life. I didn’t know exactly where I was going with it… All I knew is that this was it; this was my lifelong love that I was going to be writing about.

I knew I loved Jesus enough to spend my life spreading the gospel with my writing.

I made a blog post which you can find here about why I needed to change the name of my original blog. I made the itty bitty mistake of switching web hosts for a cheaper price. (Web hosting ain’t cheap which is why I now use Siteground!) I had to completely start again. It was a horrible moment in my blogging history. My husband Stuart said he finally understood exactly how much my blog meant to me when he saw the look in my eyes when I thought I had lost everything.  

I began taking my blog a bit more serious from that point forward. Because the website name The Blessing Collective was now locked into another hosting service for a year, I had to rename my blog. I went over many ideas – until one day Heart After God suddenly clicked for me. I seemed to be writing mostly what God was putting on my heart so that is why I loved the name so much at the time.

As time carried on, I continued to pray over my blog. I wrote what the Lord put on my heart. And I worried. I hoped but was unsure if God was pleased with what I was doing. I never wanted to write when my heart wasn’t in it – which is why my posting consistency has been less than disciplined. After all, this was a blog about what the Lord was putting on my heart; how could I ever write anything outside of that?

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

I continuously pray over this blog; I pray for His guidance, provision, and wisdom in all that I write and share. I pray that the Lord blesses the blog itself and keeps my heart aligned with His. Every prayer I make for my blog is especially careful; this is a very special gift the Lord has given me and I never want to lose sight of the privilege it is to have a gift and love for writing to share His words.

But the Lord has a plan for me and my words; why else would I feel called to do this? I know He has blessed me with a writer’s heart so that I may grow in relationship with Him through this blog and bring good news and encouragement to others.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.’ Jeremiah 29 11-14

Faith and blogging encouragement are the foundations of this blog.

This blog is dedicated to those who don’t know where to begin, who have a voice, a message, a light inside of them that the Lord is urging them to share through the means of a blog.

We are in this together. Each moment of unknowing, discouragement, worry, anxiety — but equally each victory, celebration, breakthrough and moment of excitement that comes with writing your story and sharing truth!