Why Do I Write A Blog?

It's Just Me!

A few days ago, a sweet lady came up to me and said:  “Thank you so much for writing and posting on the internet everyday.  I used to read your posts and quotes through some of our mutual friends and then one day, I found your blog.  I really enjoy reading and get something from it everyday and I am amazed at how it almost always speaks to right where I am living.”

That was sweet and I love to hear that people are reading and getting something from what God is allowing me to share.  It all got me to thinking – why do I write a blog post anyway?  I enjoy it, but have to discipline myself to do it.  I am not always so sure about what I am going to write about.  Why do I do this?  There are not necessarily in the right order (that’s another post for another time!), but here are a few of the reason why I blog:

I Do It For Me!  There is something about sitting down to write that causes me to step out of the hurry of this world, so that I can slow down.  When I slow down, I find that I am naturally drawn to my Creator.  Writing is a spiritual experience for.  It helps me to release and let go of things that do not need to be a part of my life.  It helps me to grab hold and hold onto things that do need to be a part of my life.  I guess – its cheap therapy, but it helps to empty the truck!

I Do It For You!  Whenever I sit down to share on a blog post, it usually starts out being about me and what I am facing, learning, being challenged with, or overcoming.  But then it begins to move to the place that if this “ole country boy” can do it, then so can you.  Of, if this “ole country boy” is being challenged with it, then maybe you are too.  When I finish writing and hit publish it is with the hope that what I have written is going to help make life better for someone who is going to read today.

I Do It For My Creator!  Writing is an expression of self.  When I write I am expressing what I think, how I feel.  I am rethinking my learnings and how it all applies to life and it’s living.  Sometimes, my writing is actually me in the midst of a conversation with God.  In my writing He speaks to me and helps me to get my thought together, so that my actions might follow.

Hey!  I’m Michael Joe Harvell and I write blog posts for a variety of different reasons.  I hope it brings God glory and you blessing – thanks for reading and sharing.  I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to unload!  Blessings!

The Real Enemy!

Choose Carefully!

It’s been another one of those weeks and I must say that I have seen a lot more spiritual warfare amping up during this past week all around me.  I have talked with a lot of you and we all seem to be facing the attacks in some way, shape or form of the enemy.

I thought it might be good to remind us of the obvious.  God in His Word has given us great guidance about what to do with the attacks of the enemy.  When you find yourself engaged in spiritual warfare, remember that your greatest weapon is God’s Word.  Read it, believe it, obey it and speak it!

Here’s is a portion to help any of us that might find ourselves on the front lines of spiritual warfare:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Ephesians 6:10-18

I am praying for you and if you have a specific request, please feel free to inbox me on Facebook, email me or dm me on Twitter!  Blessings!

Fun Friday!

ANIMAL!

I love the Muppets!  When I was growing up they were magical to me and I still get a kick out of them today.  Thought you might enjoy this song and video.  Watch the whole things and see if your favorite makes the cut!  BTW – which Muppet was your favorite?

Hope you enjoy the video below and it makes you smile!  Have a blessed weekend!