Oh, friends….I’ve missed you. I have been quiet on here lately and if you follow me on social media, you may know why. I may share more in a later post, but for now I’ll just say that I haven’t had the words. I haven’t felt like inspiring or encouraging. I haven’t felt like organizing my home or being very social. Instead, I have looked to others to inspire me during a hard season in my life.
These ladies that I am going to introduce you have done just that. Without any of them realizing it, they came into my life at the perfect time…God has a way of doing that, doesn’t He? I connected with them on Instagram, and have since been pouring over their blogs, soaking up the truth and encouragement that I needed.
This week’s Blogger Love may look a little different to some of you. If you have been following this series for any amount of time, you’ll know that the posts I share here are those posts that my heart has needed for encouragement. I hope that the beautiful women encourage you in the way your heart needs it most.
How to Sparkle From the Inside Out – The Felicity Bee
What woman doesn’t like to sparkle? As a mom of 5 girls, my house is all about the sparkle, the princesses, the glitter. I was immediately drawn to Erika’s post about sparkling, and knew I would read it with my girls. Through her words, I was able to share with them the difference in sparkling for the world and sparkling God’s way. “You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest fads. You don’t need to be 30 years younger. You don’t need Pinterest-perfection. You need to look to Him.”
It’s Ok to Grieve – A Lively Faith
This was a hard one for me to read. Too close to home, too soon…at least in my mind. God had other plans when He directed me to Ashley’s words. Admittedly, I have been stuffing my feelings inside while I have been dealing with the physically healing. I am not one to share my emotions and it is easier for me to just ignore them. I am not doing a very good job of any of that right now; it’s a bit messy. Ashley struck my heart when she said “we have to grieve in order to heal.” I suppose it is time to give myself permission to accept, to grieve, to heal.
When You’re Just Not Joyful – Refocused
Are you in a “joyless slump?” Amy shares her heart with us in this post, as she so often does. Although I am going through a hard time right now, there have been other times where everything seems right on the outside…but on the inside things seem off. Sometimes, when the going is good, we forget where our joy comes from. “This kind of joy that staying connected to Jesus brings is not situational. It is a deep, abiding hope that brings cheerfulness in the everyday mundane, a calm delight in stressful situations, and a gladness of eternal good to come in the midst of dark sorrow.”