I wrote about Max and Beth to defend Christian Trump supporters

I wrote about Max and Beth to defend Christian Trump supporters

Another great post about why I support Donald Trump and Mike Pence!

Mario Murillo Ministries

I wrote about Max and Beth to defend Christian Trump supporters

By Mario Murillo

As I write you, 50,000 people have read the blog that mentioned Max Lucado and Beth Moore. Today I want to clear the air about why that happened.

For me to mention the name of a fellow minister is like getting a root canal.  I only do it when all other remedies have been exhausted.  We are family.  We are all on the same team.  Christian unity is a witness to a dying world.

So then why did I put out the blog?  I did it to defend Christians who are going to vote for Trump.

Whether Max and Beth intended it or not, their remarks had the effect—I am being delicate and kind here—of questioning Christians who support Trump.

Max openly wondered how any Evangelical could follow Donald.

Beth did the same to Christian men…

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How to love the unlovely

I learned in Blogging 101, when you write an epistle in response to someone else’s post, Julie Sheppard’s in this case, (to join her discussion, click here to read it), it is best to write a post in your own blog! So that is what I am doing. I have actually shared this story a number of times, so I might as well tell the whole story here!

But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly. If you do this, you will be children who are truly like your Father in heaven. He lets the sun rise for all people, whether they are good or bad. He sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. If you love only those who love you, why should you get a reward for that? Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than anyone else. Even the people who don’t know God are nice to their friends. Matthew 4:44-47 ESV amp Continue reading

“Give ’em what they want!”

I’m taking a free WordPress Blogging University course in hopes of becoming a more effective blogger, delivering more interesting posts that generate more followers, comments, inspiration and/or community discussions. This means some hard work and today is one of the hardest.

Today’s assignment: do a basic stats analysis to help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days.

I used to love analytical work, but this one is a hard one. I’m not sure I am going to like my results. The end result is to help us figure out how  to create more “hits” and encourage more followers. These are not necessarily my goals or purpose in blogging. Much of it is more for my own benefit and I only hope we can inspire others in some positive way. But human nature, I can’t help but see others who have hundreds and even thousands of followers – and feel a bit jealous. What does my Bible teach me?

1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.

Philippians 2:3 – Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

James 3:14-15 – But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Ok, I’m over it. I’m happy for these other amazing bloggers! So now what? If I was as successful as they are, wouldn’t that create a dilemma? I’m quoting only part of a scripture, Luke 12:48 and quoted by many people in high places:

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

Am I ready for this type of commitment? You see, my husband and I are trying to live a life of freedom! This blogging thing can become an albatross around my neck. I read so many fabulous blogs and see they have many followers….but I wonder, how on earth to they have the time to write such great blogs? And I seem to have the ever problem of keeping our internet usage under 15 GB a month (great news, Verizon just bumped me up to 18 GB for less money. Go figure.) Or occasionally being in a situation where I have plenty of free WiFi (presently, I do have for a few weeks!)

Then part 2 of this exercise is to create a calendar!?!? Geez, we can’t even begin to use a calendar as tumbleweeds! We go as the wind blows, so forget about it! No calendar for me….

Now that I have just about talked myself out of blogging, let’s take a quick look at my stats. They are a bit depressing, but does it really matter? I get lots of “likes” and a few nice comments here and there. Am I trying to impress people, or do I want to provide a service? Or do I just want to create a legacy? I know I’d sure love to read my grandparents thoughts and about their lives…and even my parents!

In the end, I really want to please our Lord and creator. So does He really care about this? I think He cares about anything that matters to us. I think He wants us to be good stewards of not only our time but our resources. So maybe I need to take a look at my stats.

First, I’ll show the stats from my personal blog, the one I really wanted to get going. It has been during my time of focus in Blogging University that I’ve discovered over 100 blogs that I really like – and now make me prefer to read about others’ lives over posting my own stories. (Sneak peak-I’ve been so moved by Cathy Lynn Brooks, who’s writing a book about the life of her daughter that ended abruptly in a car wreck. Her blog and book are, “Let me tell you Justine’s story.”  I plan to begin telling the story of people in my life who have passed on. I’ve done this once before. I’ll call mine, “Stories to be Told.”)

My personal blog stats:
Stats from my personal blog

Stats from my personal blog

our travel blog, TheTumbleLees.me:
From our travel blog, TheTumbleLees.me

From our travel blog, TheTumbleLees.me

I could do more stats analysis, but I’ve spent more time on this blog than I’d like. I’m really ready to move on and see if my new focus will help!

Please do give me some feedback! I’m really struggling….

Making a decision….I’m staying here!

UPDATE: thanks for all the feedback and input! I’m keeping things as is. Looking forward to Blogging 201 and more wifi!

Should I phase this blog out and move everything over to The TumbleLees, our travel blog? See poll below. If you have any solutions, please comment.

I started blogging in 2011. First as a way for my husband and I to share about our marriage as we have a story to telI. We tried to be very transparent about our trials and tribulations. As we began to rebuild our marriage and our family, we began to travel more, so some of our marriage stories include travels. Our favorite place in the USA became the Rockies in Colorado, so there are a few blogs about it. And we discovered we both loved to hike, so we began to incorporate our hiking adventures. We never dreamed we would sell everything and begin to travel full time and hike a lot. But that happened to us over the past two years. So that blog became about our full time travels, but was done in our voices. While we do nearly everything together, and we can complete each other’s sentences, I needed another outlet for my own personal journey. And this blog was born. But it has floundered.

 

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Enter Blogging University hosted by WordPress. What a great experience this has become, but I have not been able to focus much time or energy on this blog. And it seems our travel blog interests more people. So now my dilemma. Shut this blog down and just focus on our travel blog and just make it more my voice? In reality, my husband doesn’t write at all, we just bounced ideas around and I never published until he proof read it and offered suggestions or improvements.

So I have been through a process of trying to brand this blog, but it seems I am splitting myself in two. Coupled with the fact that I don’t have unlimited wifi – as a full time travelers, we have to pay as we go.

I’ve wanted to create a blog to share about all the bloggers I am following. They have enriched my life and I have “borrowed” some ideas from many. And as the August Blogging 101 ends, I’ve sensed a closeness and something very unique. And then I learned a core group decided to make an Alumni Group. What a great idea and it is presently open so you can enter and decide to become part of the group. Here is our fabulous Blogging 101 Community blog roll by categories!

A few observations about what makes a really good blogger to me and the ones I follow fit that category:

  • A good sense of humor, to be able to write in a humorous way. What a gift! Sadly, I don’t seem to have that ability to share in my writings. So far…..
  • Blogs about real life journeys.
  • Sharing about spiritual matters. While I am a born again Christian, I want to know about others spiritual journeys. I am so excited about following blogs from others very passionate about their faith, but whose faith is very different from mine. In fact, i am sensing a key to world peace is if we just share our faith more and what is GOOD about our faith and how we have many similarities.
  • As a fitness buff, I do enjoy inclusion of any health tips, and especially other hikers.
  • And as a traveler, I also enjoy other travel blogs.

It’s amazing how many bloggers I have chosen to follow these past two months. I actually have spent more time reading their blogs and commenting than focusing on my own blogging. And I’ve learned so much!

 

Feeling accomplished!