• Alexis Newlin

Direction

Updated: Jan 15

Happy New Year everyone!



My writing/blogging life is taking a new direction into podcasting.


I had no idea how much I would love this new venture. Initially, I was terrified to do this. I still am to be honest, but I am doing it afraid. When God put this idea on my heart, I was very resistant to following his direction.


God is so patient. He let me wrestle and ignore this calling for a while.

"I'm not a podcaster" I argued. "I'm a writer. Who am I to do this? How does this go along with writing?"


I honestly thought this prompting was my flesh. I enjoy listening to podcasts, but to have and create my own- I felt beyond unqualified.


To be honest, I am. I have NO audio, editing, recording background. None.


But God qualifies the called:


27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being[a] might boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29


I tried to ignore the direction he wanted me to take, but the idea would not go away. So I agreed to purchase a microphone and headphones. I cried from fear. I don't like being on tape, camera, in the spotlight in anyway and this would do exactly that.


But when I took a step in the direction he wanted me to go, big things happened.


God blessed me with equipment and a new laptop to begin podcasting.

This idea WAS from Him.


I attended the Breathe Writers conference in Michigan and got more direction on where to take my writing. I also met a few Non Fiction writers who were also podcasters; it helped get the word out about God and build their platform.


Suddenly I had clarity. I understood why God wanted me to podcast.

Since October, I've been on a crash course to learn everything podcasting. Thank God for Youtube.


I started doing my first interviews in November and realized...I LOVE this!


I spent all of December learning the world of audio edit. There were so many tears, texts/ calls to my music friends and endless hours searching on Youtube, but I got it down.


On January 1st, I released my first podcast called The Brave Podcast.


I am so thankful that I ignored fear, my feelings of inadequacy and just followed the Lord's prompting.


I'm excited to see what direction God takes me with this new venture.


This was a writing prompt from Five Minute Friday. You can find out more about FMF here.


If you wish, you can check out my new podcast here. I'm two episodes in and loving it!


Thanks for reading; happy new year! Excited to see what direction God takes all of us.


Until next time,


~Alexis


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