November 16, 2011

encouragement & an open heart

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Lately I have been reading Casey Wiegand’s blog. Her writing is so real and she is such a down-to-earth girl. I feel like I know her even though I’ve only read her blog. I think that’s amazing and I feel so inspired by that. One of the things Casey said is this

“Use your voice. No apologies.
We are all different and have been through different things, believe different things.... but whoever you are there is SOMEONE you can touch with your story.


Don't hold onto it.”


I think that is just beautiful and it really inspired me whenever I read that to share my own story. But, at the same time, it already makes me feel vulnerable and I haven’t even opened up yet. But Casey is right. The beautiful thing about blogging is that it gives us a chance to connect with other people. It can be more than fashion posts and DIY projects, although those are great and inspiring as well. But through blogging, you can get to know the true heart and soul of a person, if you are willing to open up and share. Every story is different, but we can relate to other people so many times and in so many ways. It’s refreshing to know that there are people out there that are going through or have been through similar things as you. I think it is all our responsibilities to encourage each other. And blogging is perfect for that.

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as
you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)


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And my husband is one of the greatest examples of this. I have never met anyone that is so encouraging to others, it is truly his gift. Sometimes I find that I love telling him my ideas just because I know he is going to be supportive and tell me that they are amazing. But it’s not just with me that he is encouraging. A lady from our church once came up to his mom and I and told us what a great young man he is. She said she had been having the worst morning and had been going through a lot of difficulties, and whenever he saw her he just came up and gave her a hug. She told us that it made her feel so much better, and that he had completely changed her day. The beauty that I see in that is that he didn’t even mean to. It’s just his gift, whether he does it consciously or not. He also has a great gift with children. Whenever there was a game of dodgeball going on, he made sure that even the tiniest of players were made to feel included and part of the team. I love watching him encourage others, it makes me feel inspired, and also so lucky to be married to this guy. He is a great example for me when it comes to encouraging.

So I want to be an encourager to all of you. I’m going to sometimes post things that are serious, things that are heavy on my heart, and I want you to be included. Feel free to leave me a comment or a link to tell me about things that you are going through, whether it’s a struggle, or something to be completely happy about. And I will do my best to both encourage you, and to pray for you.

As I was reading Casey’s post, she quoted something from Rachel, and I also would like to share it here…

"To be taken seriously, I must realize the seriousness of blogging.


Not in a "I take myself very seriously" type of way at all. More in the way that you realize the importance of the words, the faith and the beliefs that you hold.
I have a responsibility and far reaching arms when I share my words and


so
do
you.


Use your blog, your words and your person to share the Lord (and your heart) with others.
They desperately need to hear your story as much as you need to hear theirs.


Be serious. Be passionate and Be you."

What beautiful words. We all need to hear each other stories. So please, share with me your story and I will do my best to share mine with you.

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11 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous and inspiring post! Thank you :) I'll try to remember these words every time I hit compose.
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  2. Mr. Taylor and his LadyNovember 16, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    such a beautiful post! and i adore casey, she is so inspiring! i agree though, it can be really intimidating and vulnerable to just open yourself up on your blog, but as long as you remember why you created your blog and who it is for, you will no longer have a problem doing so. this blog is for you, and only you! share whatever you feel!
    xo TJ

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  3. what a little inspiration you are :) I love this post ... it is so YOU!

    Cheeseball Moment: You, my friend, do the same thing Ryan does. I don't think I've ever seen you in a bad mood (not that I wanna) but you can always make me laugh. So, kudos to you as well.

    Your MOH,
    -Katie

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  4. Thanks! I'm going to try to remember it too :)

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  5.  I agree, Casey is definitely a huge inspiration.  (And so is your blog!!)  You are so right, I hope that I can always say that I'm posting about "what I want to" and never "what I feel like I should."  And, as vulnerable as it can be, opening up can be liberating as well.

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  6. Thank you!  I'm glad you liked it.

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  7. You have no idea how much it means to me to hear you say that.  Although I am super surprised that you have never seen me in one of my moods.  Maybe that's because of how we are working different schedules now! haha   

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  8. 1. I love your hair
    2. I love your blog and Im now following!
    ~Veronica
    www.addalittlespark.blogspot.com

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  9. Love this post! Casey is a wise woman and so are you hun! I think God places us all into the lives of others to be encouragers to one another! :)

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  10. You are definitely right!! And, thank you :)

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