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Christian Blog vulnerability

Showing the Whole Picture

Have you ever experienced something that hit so close to home you found yourself saying, “That’s me.”

This happened last week when I read a post by Sandrah, at OneMunchingMama. Her masterful piece, A Part of the Picture describes how we often show others only the parts of our life we want them to see.

⏪ to Wednesday night.

I’m standing before my church choir conducting the anthem for Sunday worship. Our regular director, my musical mentor, just handed the rehearsal over to me.

But it’s been a long day. I’m emotionally drained and am just not feeling it. Despite being qualified for the task, my self-confidence is near zero.

“Don’t let them see it,” I say to myself. I rehearse the anthem and return to my comfortable seat in the tenor section.

We’re afraid to show the parts of our life that are still under construction.

Sandrah, from OneMunchingMama

⏩ to Sunday.

Our music director is out of town and I’m leading. As choir members trickle in, one of the sopranos comes up to my wife and me. She takes us each by the hand and prays: “Heavenly Father, help David as he leads today.” That was thoughtful.😊

Later, one of the altos says, “You’re doing a great job. Don’t worry too much about what others think.”

⏸ Uh oh. They know!

The worship service goes according to plan. Afterwards, a friend from the bass section, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, says “You can lead, David, but you don’t always think you can.”


Kind reader, the people who know and love you best are well aware of your shortcomings. Yet they accept you anyway. Today, and every day, don’t be afraid to let the whole picture show. Those that truly matter don’t mind.

But wait, there’s more! God knows and loves you, too.

I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Jeremiah 31:3b (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

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Blogging Tips Christian Blog

Four Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

I started blogging in 2018 after someone at my work complained: “David is sending Bible verses through the email.” Oh gasp! It was simply uplifting thoughts, from a Christian perspective, I sent to members of our faculty prayer group.

Rather than plant the Christian flag and fight for my religious rights, I decided to make davidsdailydose its own dedicated site. Four years, and many blogging friends later, here’s the top four things I’ve learned:

4. Choose Your Post Titles Carefully

A good post title draws readers in, making them want to know more about your topic. My friend from Colorado, God Still Speaks offers some great advice: limit your post title to six words.

For example, a post about how God is always working for the good of His children (Romans 8:28) could be entitled, “His Favor Will Find You.”

Also, another blogger (sorry, I forgot who) suggests it’s often best to choose your catchy title after you write a post. This way, the right welcome mat is laid out for your readers

3. Be Consist with What, and When you Post

Many readers appreciate knowing the flavor of your posts will be consistent. People don’t like surprises–unless they’re good ones. For example, if a travel blogger posts an occasional political rant it will likely turn off (at least some) of their followers.

In the same fashion, it’s also important to have a reliable posting schedule. Followers look forward to hearing from you in a predictable manner. My friend, Chris Thelen, from 140 Character Christian excels at this; his posts appear like clock work in my feed. Chris also shares his posting schedule-what and when–for each month. In other words, he makes himself easy to follow.


2. Prepare for Trolls

Most folks in the blogosphere are genuinely interested in your content. That’s why they follow you. However, there are a few readers and commenters who just want to make trouble. If you haven’t already encountered a troll on your site, trust me, you will.

One way to deal with this is to create a community comment policy for your blog. Mine is in the “About Me” section of my site, and at the end of every post. This doesn’t need to be a lengthy document, it’s simply a way to let your readers know where you draw the line on comment content. My policy consists of three simple questions–with brief explanations: “Is it respectful?, Is it reasonable?, Is it responsible?” If not, I reserve the right to not publish the comment.

1. Tell a Story

My other Word Press friend named Chris is the master of this. Every post on Devotions by Chris starts with a brief story, followed by a biblical application. As another master story teller, Mitch Teemley likes to say, “Everything Starts with a Story.”

So, whatever your blogging niche, begin your post with a story, and then make an application to everyday life. It will keep more readers with you, right to the powerful conclusion of your post. Guaranteed.

Speaking of consistency, this post is not one of my typical offerings. I promise to be back to my modern-day-parables-in-the-life-story-niche next Saturday at 6 AM (CST).

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

PS. If you have blogging tips to add to the discussion, I’d love to hear them.


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Christian Blog evangelism

Divine Intervention

Mark, my buddy in seminary, was a big fan of Major League Baseball. He loved his Texas Rangers, and would often attend weekend games by himself.

One such Saturday night, sitting near the third base line, Mark began to feel wonky. He was sweating through his shirt, despite the pleasant September temps.

Light-headed and disoriented, my friend recognized what was happening. A type 1 diabetic since childhood, Mark knew his blood sugar was dangerously low.

He struggled to his feet and began to stagger up the steps toward the concessions, catching the notice of a nearby police officer.


At first, the cop thought Mark was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but my buddy instinctively reached for the medical alert he wore around his neck.

The officer caught on fast. “Hey, give me a Coke!” he yelled to a nearby vendor. There they stood together, for the next five minutes or so: Mark drinking as quickly as he could, with the cop holding on to his other arm.

Soon, my buddy felt well enough to make it to the concessions. A medical emergency was everted.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:17 (KJV)

Kind reader, there are spiritual “Marks” in this world–staggering up the steps to an uncertain future. And, like the kind cop, our job is to look beyond justice to mercy. A single cup of living water, from the ultimate vendor–Jesus Christ–will save their souls.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️