It is so good to be back here with you! I missed #MomentsofHope last week! Our time together in community sharing the hope found in Jesus has really become my favorite day of the week! Thank you so much for coming alongside me!
As you know, I was at the Declare Conference last week where there was just so much good! So much left swirling in this head of mine. The direct inspiration, as well as the indirect.
The words shared by speakers and attendees and the words God delivered to me specifically through my encounters with people, worship, and prayer.
As I headed to the conference, as much as I’d like to say I was burden free, I was not. There were insecurities tugging at my heart. Recent comments made by people near to me that threatened to derail my focus. Struggles that weighed heavy.
I was nervous about walking into a room of women who possibly already knew each other well. I wondered if the gals I’d casually met through the blogging world would be kind or if they would be too busy with their close friends to have conversation with me.
The enemy was loving those moments as I let every doubt and insecurity race through my mind. All pointing to nothing but bleak conclusions.
As I nervously pulled into the parking lot searching for an empty space, who did He have arriving next to me? None other than Kim Stewart, a sweet sister I had the opportunity to talk with and get to know at a retreat a few months ago. Nerves washed away immediately as her smile greeted me.
Then as I walked through the doors, the welcome was big and filled with love. It was genuine. The environment breathed of an excitement and passion while being cloaked in a blanket of kindness and compassion.
Over the next two days I was
Blessed by writing tips, social media strategy, and technology advice.
Encouraged to believe in my dream and fight for it, but not be overrun by it.
Stirred by the testimony of allowing God to fill our gaps when we take care of our primary ministry. Our family.
And I was inspired to fight the enemy when he wants to convince me to give up.
But what grabbed hold of my heart most was this:
My burdens, insecurities, and struggles were in essence no different than the other 200 women attending the conference.
I was not alone.
And there is something so powerful in the knowing that we are not alone.
That is hope. My #MomentsofHope!
Something tells me that it isn’t only that room of 200 women that struggle with these same issues. When it comes to pursuing your passion, do you have burdens, insecurities, and struggles that mercilessly tag along?
I’d love if you would share your thoughts and experiences with me. I’m working on a future post that will take the common lies we believe when we pursue our passion and debunk them one by one. I want to give voice to our burdens, insecurities, and struggles so that we can all know that we are not alone.
Friends, your dreams matter. Your passions matter. Your calling matters.
And most importantly you matter.
In that spirit, the post I chose this week is from Patti at Embracing Home and is titled Not Always Blood. Patti is an empty nester right now. She misses her kiddos like crazy and could just choose to stay stuck in the sadness of her once lively but now quiet home. However, Patti decided to allow her passion for loving young people take her to a young family in need of some help. She barely knew them, but in her efforts, a beautiful relationship was formed. The enemy would have liked both Patti and the young family to hear the bleak conclusions, but instead she allowed God to move within her and now neither stand alone and all matter. Would you step over to Patti’s now and read her tender post? Her story will bless you and give you hope!
And please don’t forget to leave Patti some comment love!
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here. ♥
What I ask of you:
1. Share only one URL (to a blog post, not the actual blog) that resonates with the topic of HOPE. Anything that gives us hope for tomorrow. Hope for victory. The little things and the big. Anything that inspires us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2. Important: If you don’t have a blog post or podcast that resonates with HOPE, join in other ways as you pray and encourage others with a comment or a prayer.
3. Leave a comment on the link just before yours. Would you love on them well? Encourage them in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
4. Of course, I would love it if you would follow me via my blog and/or social media channels! Signing up for my blog gets you fun freebies and post updates, plus I get to know you a little better!
5. If this gives you hope, would you consider sharing it with others to give them hope, too?
6. Please either grab my button or link back to me to encourage new linkers.