Blogger Recognition Award
This past week, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! So exciting! I'm extremely grateful and feel honored to be recognized. Blogging has become a wonderful outlet that has allowed me to connect with so many amazing people all over the world.
Why I Started Blogging:
I started the Overcoming and Becoming One with God blog in February 2016 after a gentle nudge from my life coach and the Holy Spirit. I had people asking me questions about how I overcame abuse and decided the best way to answer the different inquiries would be to blog about it. Not only do I discuss abuse in this blog, but also different struggles that I had that contributed to me being involved in multiple unhealthy relationships. That includes low self-esteem, self-doubt, unforgiveness and more. The response has been overwhelming which lets me know that God has a purpose through all of the pain I endured. I believe that God can use even the most difficult times to serve as encouragement to someone else that nothing is too hard for Him to deliver you from. My blogging helped me to transition to telling my story in my novel, “Not By My Own” which further chronicles my story of abuse through Devereaux Sawyer’s story. To learn more about my book, visit whitdevereaux.com/newbook.
Advice to New Bloggers:
The best advice I got before starting this blog was to do it afraid! That simply meant not to allow fear to serve as an excuse for me not to share what God had told me to do. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind! The enemy wants us to remain quiet and to silence us. I encourage every new blogger to blog about whatever the Holy Spirit is leading you to without worrying about what others may think or say. Writing about my abusive past was not easy, but it becomes easier after I continue to share. Blog about whatever you are passionate about. Put yourself in the position of the reader. What do you need to read or hear (for those who vlog)? Chances are the things that benefit you may encourage someone else.
Another tidbit of advice I'd offer is to remember your “why.” Why did you start blogging? This will be something to recall on those days where you are feeling discouraged or not feeling like blogging at all. Your “why” will keep you from falling victim to the spirit of comparison when you see other bloggers celebrating their successes. I found that celebrating others has made room for me to be successful in my own right. Most importantly, I'm living in my purpose on purpose and nothing has been more gratifying than that.
Bloggers to Follow This Week:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Share 2 pieces of advice for new bloggers.
- Choose 15 other blogs to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them. Provide the link to the post you created.