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.”