Oneta 84

Mary Lathbury, composer of the hymn “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” said of her own talent, that God said to her “Remember, my child, that you have a gift of weaving fancies into verse and a gift with the pencil of producing visions that come to your heart; consecrate these to Me as thoroughly as you do your inmost spirit.”

As I ended my last blog, “Do’s and Donts,” Saturday, I said I would be back – probably.  I want to add an important “Do” for Christian folks like me who believe their blog is a ministry tool for spreading news of Jesus.

If blogging is your ministry, don’t let statistics discourage you.  If only one person reads you in a day or week that can make a lot of difference.  Is there one of us who does not want more readers? God’s will might be for you to reach one reader who needs to know that Jesus is the Way to Eternal Life.

Remember when he moved Phillip through space bodily to reach one person. (Acts 8:26)  You probably will not fly through the air, but you words will.  I only get discouraged when I compare my readers with others.  That is not God’s doings!  But it is very encouraging when I see that my page “God, my Healer” had 2587 views last year.  If my blog is for nothing else, this is reason for having it!  There have been seven today.  I have no idea where these readers come from.  But that kind of stat does not appear on any thing else.  I doubt that I have more than 150 readers on any other post.,

Now go back to Mary Lathbury and her hymn “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” and her statement about “weaving fancies into verse.”  Probably all writers would love to have that said of them, but the most important part of her statement is “to consecrate these (your words) to Me ,,, thoroughly…” and keep plugging away with me one post at a time.  Have faith that at least one will land where it needs to land – maybe even in another country in a carriage with a confused person who needs just your post right then!



About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. judyjourneys says:

    Very encouraging, Oneta. Thank you.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Judy. Keep your story out there. It is important. It is an experience that I could not report from first hand. But I might be able to apply the principles to some other problem. A story of love and forgiveness.

  2. You know Oneta, I’ve been known to fret when those stats are low— especially if it was a post I thought important.
    Then I might get discouraged that my numbers of followers is not what others have— and you’re right— such fretting does not come from God.
    I don’t do FB so I have no link there – all I have is the blog itself so it stands on its own — and I’ve always told myself that I write and keep writing because God has not said to stop and so my current words or past words are for someone out there —

    • oneta hayes says:

      Julie, as I point out to Judy above, you have a story that from the stand point of being an adopted child which will reach others as I can never do. I know the heart break you experienced last year from finding a mom who would not accept you offer. God knows how to get that story to a person who shares the same pain. You teach them how to pick up the problem, give it to Jesus, and march on. When you pray about your blog, do you pray for a lot of readers, or do you pray that what you have written will be of help to some ONE out there. I think I know. And in addition to your personal story, you teach me so much. I appreciate it.

      • You’re right, you do know… 🙂
        When I was in the classroom and would “counsel” kids on various issues, I spoke of praying for others and answers— we who pray may not always see the fruit of that prayer— or be privy to the ‘answer’ down the road—
        The same could be said for how our actions, or lack of, might speak to others— we may never see the impact.

        And that can be said here— the impact of our ”teachings” via a blog post, may never be seen by us but we must trust that they will meet the specified Divinely set mark…

        And given cyberspace- who knows how long our words will be around that other generations might stumble upon them when most needed…

    • Beautifully said Julie. The Bible says, our God who sees in secret, will reward openly. The time is coming for your reward. Keep doing. He stood and watched the widow sow her two mites. He watches everything. He sees you as you ponder and type and submit your post. He applauds.

  3. SpaniardVIII says:


    Thank you for this post, it was very encouraging. I will keep what you in mind and continue to spread the gospel regardless if 1 person or 20 read it.

    There you go, your post did do something, it encouraged me. 🙂 God bless my sister.

    • oneta hayes says:

      You are very welcome. I’m sure you would be happy with touching the heart of ONE grandmother to counsel her loved grandchild with a discussion of abortion from a Biblical standpoint more that 50 readers who run by without giving enough thought to your blog to touch their hearts. Thanks for your comment. It adds zest to my day.

  4. Praise God for allowing him to use you for his will. As your sister in Christ, I am reminded that God’s word when sent out does not go void. So, I too blog to reach just one and if more join in than, Praise God for this blessing.

  5. Faye says:

    Thank you sincerely, Oneta. Yes and a-men. How important this is as with ‘other’ writers it is ALL about success. With Christian bloggers and writers who only want to honour the Lord with the use of the Gift He had given them they must cultivate the heart attitude as expressed by you and others above. If only one heart or life is touched or encouraged in one day that is a ministry. Blessings and again thank you.

  6. Bro George says:

    You couldn’t have said that any better. Particularly I love it when you talked about how vital it is to consecrate our words to the Lord.

    God bless you for sharing this post.

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