When God changes Your Mind, Heart, and Direction

There is so much I want to fill you in on. Truthfully, I have been posting more updates on my Facebook Blog Page, than the blog itself. Sometimes, it’s just easier to meet you there.

Here’s the thing. God has changed me. I have been online as a blogger since 2011. But over the last year-and-a-half my entire mindset and belief about online ministry has changed. I’ve got a lot to say about that. But it really boils down to this — I am not interested in building a platform or building a blog or building social networks.


I am interested in building people.

That can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But what it means for me is — I care more about seeing you fulfill your purpose in God, than I care about the number of followers that I have.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with social networks ever since I joined one. I realized my particular frustration is because I prefer face-to-face conversations and feeling a connection to the person I am “speaking” with.

Clearly, it is a whole different dynamic online, but I don’t want to be just a broadcaster. I want there to be an exchange. I want to engage with the people I am sharing with. I’ve never been good with small talk.

I am a sit-and-chat-over-coffee kinda girl. I like talks to go deep, and I also love to listen. I love to be one-on-one, or sit at round-table-conversations. Frankly, if I am going to stay online as a blogger, I need more of that.


I made the decision to go deeper rather than wider.

I have the heart of a mentor. I have no doubt, many of you do too.

“Mentoring concentrates on the needs of the one being mentored, not on the agenda of the mentor.” — David A. Stoddard

Mentoring is a big deal to me. It’s a calling I’m embracing. Mentoring isn’t one sided. It’s an exchange and a learning process and an opportunity for growth for all involved.

For me, regarding online ministry, I made the decision to tailor it for that purpose — mentoring others. I have ideas about how I can initiate mentoring environments online. They would be focused and discussion rich and tailored. Engagement, defined as establishing meaningful contact or connection with others, matters to me.


There’s a new online mentoring ministry starting.

This new mentoring ministry is not beginning with a big launch with all the bells and whistles. I do, however, have clear direction about the name, new website, which is coming soon, and new places on social networks.

It is all starting small and quiet, and I like it that way. I’m not interested in stressing over building websites and a following. I am interested in helping people build the lives they are called to build, live, and lead in God.

Over the last year I have seen God take what I thought were all these random pieces of my life, from the whole course of my life, and converged them into a pointed focus. His. He’s shaped me, with my participation and permission, for His purpose. I have been amazed.


The Pointed Life.

From this process, that truly has been lifelong, The Pointed Life has been formed. It’s still a baby, and there is so much more to be developed. But this is a step I am sure of. It is a new beginning.

The Pointed Life will be getting its own website soon. For now you can follow @ThePointedLife on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, Sign-up for “The Pointed Life” monthly updates by clicking here.


Let me answer the question, what is “The Pointed Life” all about?

The Pointed Life exists to equip and encourage women to shape and point every area of their life toward their God given purpose, providing a focus on mentoring the individual.


Will you take time to visit the new, albeit, temporary page for The Pointed Life? Will you leave a comment letting me know what you think about all of this? Also, tell your friends about this. Someone you know might be interested.

The Pointed Life: Fashioned and Directed for Purpose


 

  • http://www.stepintograce.com/ April Wright

    I love the idea of The Pointed Life. What a way to connect with other women. You can completely see Gods heart in this. Thank you for being an obedient vessel. Looking forward to following your journey:)

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn Ault

      April, your comment means a lot to me because it is what I truly hope. We are almost done with the first month, and I can honestly say I absolutely love it. Not because it’s grown super fast, or I am becoming well known. That hasn’t happened. It’s because of who I’ve gotten to know, and because I have grown. Hopefully, others have, too. 🙂

  • http://thepuresacrifice.wordpress.com/ Deanna Wiseburn

    This is an amazing idea!!! I think that is the hard part about the world these days, people no longer make the time to sit and chat, and even when you long for friendships that involve face to face time you are left lonely because others prefer the convenience of social media, because life is busy and really there is never enough time to really stop and pause. Although I feel God placing a burden on my heart for just this.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn Ault

      Deanna, I think you are right. But it’s not the absence of community for sure. It’s perhaps the abundance of community. I have found it takes intentionality to slow down, and take time to make meaningful connections. I am truly left unfulfilled and exhausted if I cannot do so. I just adore sitting across from someone and hearing about their life and what in their heart. Especially over a warm meal or hot drink. 🙂

  • Meredith Bernard

    This is going to be beautiful, because God is all over it and all in it. I can feel it in my bones. Thank you for your presence here, for listening to Him and for sharing what He’s laid on you to share. I need this. We all need this. Can’t wait to see where He takes you…and me…and all of us. xo, mb

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn Ault

      Meredith,

      You have been a blessing and encouragement to me since the beginning. I am grateful. <3