As a mom of small children, having a few “go to” blogs has definitely helped me maintain sanity and balance. Whether it's been sitting in a waiting room at the pediatrician for an hour or trying to stay awake during the ninth feeding of the day, the right blog can fill a space of time with something edifying and encouraging. And for those of us who've ever taken public transportation to and from work each day, getting lost in a blog post is the best way to ignore the fact that your personal space is being severely invaded. So here are a few that I find particularly inspirational . . .
http://philpringle.com/ – Phil Pringle is the Founder and President of C3 Church International, a global movement of over 240 churches, and the Senior Minister of C3 Church in Sydney Australia. Also an amazing artist, Ps. Phil’s “one minute” blogs are the most visually stimulating you’ll find. Also included on his site are links to galleries of his artwork.
http://www.thoughtsforeverywoman.com/ – A blog for women highlighting various contributors from the C3 Church movement. Leading contributor, Ps. Christine Pringle, is wife to Phil Pringle and co-founder of C3 Church International. These gorgeous ladies blog on a variety of topics relevant to every woman. Always a good read with a “real life” feel.
http://simonmcintyredotnet.wordpress.com/ – A blog by Ps. Simon and Valerie McIntyre, pastors of C3 London. Topics are diverse, ranging from biblical concepts to musings on business life in the real world. I am a fan of this blog – it’s always the perfect mix of dry, witty, intelligent and real. Simon and Valerie are both exquisite writers who bring a depth of thought to the topics they write about.
http://jillsweetman.com/ – Teachings, Insights and Reflections from Ps. Jill Sweetman. Ps Jill Sweetman, along with her husband, Dean, are Senior Pastors of C3 Churches in Atlanta, Georgia and North Hollywood, California and Executive Regional Oversees for C3 Americas. I enjoy Ps. Jill’s style of writing – informative and to the point, everything she writes highlights the real practicality of the word of God for our lives and our relationships.
http://c3journey.com/ – Men, this is a must read! C3 Journey helps to build strong churches by equipping and strengthening the men who belong to them. Jim Crumbley is the leader of C3 Journey and main blog contributor. Each word is a solid, inspiring word for guys, with a bit of “Oorah!” thrown in. Okay . . . a lot of “Oorah!” Side note, I’m a woman and I love these posts, too.
http://www.joycemeyer.org/ – A list of inspirational blogs and websites wouldn’t be complete without Joyce Meyer. She’s a straight talking, practical bible teacher who’s written over 100 books on various topics. I can name at least five of her books straight away that have seriously impacted my life. Her site is searchable for any topic you want to learn about and she also has a tremendous library of media you can watch on-demand. It’s a great site to recommend to new believers or to visit for a quick dose of inspiration throughout the day.
http://www.billjohnsonministries.com/home.html – Bill Johnson is the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Revivalist and lover of the Presence of God, Bill’s passion comes through in everything he writes. He doesn’t appear to have an active blog roll on his site, but what I love here are his Articles. Each one is deeply thoughtful and comprehensive. A good read when you really want to think on something.
http://michaelhyatt.com/ – Michael Hyatt, author and Chairman of Thomas Nelson publishers, writes a blog on intentional leadership. His blog has a lot of rich content and every post is concentrated with tips and suggestions that you can put into practice immediately. I’ve been reading his blog for a while and what I love most about it is the sense I get whenever I read a piece that he truly wants to help others to succeed at whatever they are doing. I find myself inspired no matter what topic he is blogging about. This is also a great site for anyone just starting out in blogging themselves. He has a ton of posts on how to establish your blog and make it great.
http://www.drleaf.com/ – Dr. Caroline Leaf is a neurobiologist and a Christian. She blogs about topics related to optimal brain performance and she regularly references both scientific data and the Bible in her writings. I love this blog because her work, and the research she highlights, consistently shows that what the Bible has to say about our thought life and our brains can actually be confirmed and measured by the scientific method.