Blogging is a calling from the Lord.
Since blogs are popular right now and many young people read online to find answers to their questions—from simple issues to the most complicated stuff in their lives—bloggers are really in an important position of influence.
At first I didn’t realize that blogging could be this influential (I thought they were just random posts no one would read). But later on, I realized that blogging in itself is a ministry and God can use stories and that little blog of yours to inspire and change lives.
I started blogging back in college when I was inspired by a friend who writes so well. I started writing about random stuff, things that happen to me every day, what I learn as I walk with the Lord. I also began to write little notes on Facebook.
At first I only intended to write for fun and to inspire just a bit. But after a while, when the notes got good responses from friends, I began to understand the significance of these little testimonies. At that point, I knew that God was calling me to write and share His story. I was hesitant at first because I knew I would have to be honest and vulnerable if I were to share about His strength and power in my life. I would have to tell the world about my weakness. But He has been so good to me and I have no reason to keep quiet. I got to write and tell the world how He’s been faithful in my life. So I started the blog with no technical know-hows, totally new to the real blogging world. :D
Cathy Canaceli, author or Periwinkle Confessions
The best thing about faith blogging is the thought that God can use an ordinary person to encourage others, that He can use your story to inspire others to keep the faith and trust Him. It’s humbling to know that the troubles and pains I’ve been through in the past are being used by the Lord to comfort other people today.
Blogging has also helped me grow in the faith in a lot of ways. In a year, God has brought into light things I need to change. I learned to be grateful, content, joyful for the things I have in my life. And He has enriched the desire in my heart to draw closer to Him. ;)
Did I ever plan to advance God’s word? I think yeah. I did plan to write about Jesus intentionally, with the motive of spreading the gospel and to make Him known. It has always a burden in my heart to let people know about Christ, that there is Someone who wants to give them life. It is my joy sharing that we all have life in Him. :D
Before I even started my blog, Periwinkle Confessions, I’ve always dreamed of starting a magazine. Right now, I’m currently dreaming and praying about an E-mag version of Periwinkle Confessions (which will look a lot like a girly Christian mag). It has always been in heart to share the love of Jesus to girls and young ladies. :D
My advice to the public is to never stop seeking and following God. Never stop drawing near and desiring His heart. My favorite illustration is Esther when He sought the heart of the king more than his power. Never forget that He your First Love and forever will be your First Love.
Cathy with her churchmates
***Cathy Canaceli is a freelance graphics designer and a youth leader in church. Her lifeverse can be found in Genesis 15:28 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”