Too many things…

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Too many things to write about today. I could go on and on about 15 different things. But I think I want to write about encouragement.

We all need it. We are in a world that tells us that we should be independent and self-sufficient. I am over it.  I think that is true to a point but when we start being so self-sufficient we forget what they used to know “way back when”. Does anyone else miss the charm of a party line telephone, sewing bees, and barn raisings? OK out of all those things I am only good at one. (Did you guess talk on the phone?) But I would have loved to sit around learning how to sew and sharing my life with other women as we created something useful, beautiful and unique. I don’t have much interest in barn raising… except I hear there was usually great picnics after and an entire community would gather.

I know that I want to put forth a fresh face of confidence that says, “I’ve got this”. But it doesn’t get me to be ME or be real. I don’t want to seem like a complete train wreck either. But what if we all just peeled back our facade just a little bit. We told someone when we were happy, sad or mad. I know the voices in my head are cut in half when I just pray and talk things out with a friend.

I will admit I don’t have it all together but when something happens right I feel like encouragement makes it real. I have mentioned our ongoing sleep battles with our Rhetty, 2. It has been comforting while I am losing my sweet mind that so many have given me tips, words of encouragement or thoughts on Facebook. And then today I wrote that we slept!! I mean he slept 9pm to 6am and in one day I had nearly 25 “likes” and 6 comments of encouragement. That does a momma good!

Here is the challenge… what would it take for you to peel back a layer and let your true self peek out? Just a little. Maybe to just one friend or your family. Or the big step Facebook. (ahhh scary!) I have found more times than not that Facebook makes the world around me a little more like a community rather than a bustling suburbia. I feel drawn to follow friend’s stories, to check in on my friend serving overseas, prayer requests and times of pain and happiness. And a few of my friends can share themselves with the funniest one liners ever. They are opening up. Could you?

I know that blogging is a good outlet for me but not for all.  Trust me it is still giving me little waves of panic knowing a lot of people are reading this. Well not a lot, but I know I have friends who are and that gives me hope that what I am saying might be a ray of sunshine in their day. If I can lighten your load, make you smile, know that you aren’t as goofy as me, or challenge you to do something different than this serves its purpose.

So, I encourage you to encourage!! What could it hurt? How could it help?

Here is a word that encourages me to be be bold!

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

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About Kristin

I started this blog thing years ago in August 2011. I have made attempts to blog over the past three years of seminary, but it was like writing when drowning. But I have completed the bulk of my course work, so I know there is a God. I am currently in my capstone creation phase this fall. This allows me time to unravel a little and renew my passion for writing my ramblings. If you like what you read, share what it stirs in you or even share it with others. I write for you from me. A little about me... I have celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss and reality with my best friend for over 17 years. We have 3 wonderful kids that are all unique, amazing and different in their own way. Our first born is nearly a teenager. He loves talking, Scouts, reading, camping and science experiments. Our daughter is a decade old. She is our creative soul and a planner! She loves to spend time dancing, singing and nurturing/teaching her babydolls and us. She is very sweet to her brothers. Last but not least is our daring 6 year old red head boy. He broke the "Wooldridge Mold". He is the fastest runner, our busiest explorer, our deep philosopher and biggest joker, oh and he gives the best hugs. You know the long lingering kind that truly fuel your soul to sing. I have been a stay at home mom for nearly 13 years and I have found a groove that works for our family. (That grove doesn't mean I have it figured out. It just means I am good with asking for help and having my family help us survive.) Twelve years ago, I joined a local MOPS group and I have been the Coordinator for 1o years. This group has given me a chance to lead without working full time, support other women in my community and help refine my walk with God. I also attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity and loving every minute of it. I am currently working on my capstone project, which a ministry guide for the MOPS group I have lead for a decade. It will serve as a touchpoint for those in leadership and also as a sweet offering as my goodbye to meaningful work that touched every part of my life and taught me that I am called to pastor. My life isn't perfect as the paragraph above makes it seem. But I have traveled through those harder times and found strength and support through them. Hoping to use this blog as a spot to write my thoughts, feelings and stories as I keep on living life! God Bless you and keep you. We each need to remember the Divine is within each of us. Be kind to yourself and to others.

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