Who among us hasn’t struggled with thoughts of low self-esteem. We can easily see the beauty in others and we can just as easily point out all the things we would like to change about ourselves. Desarae shares a fresh perspective on beauty that God gave her in A Beauty Unrecognized: Coffee For Your Heart. And Barbie has such a way of speaking to my heart in Dear Beautiful You that silences the inner critic. It’s a word each of us can stand to be reminded of often.
It’s been colder than usual here in Arkansas and I have been wanting to stay shut inside and beyond that I found there are areas in my spiritual journey that feel like I’m walking along the cold dreary path of winter. I like the way Blue Cotton Memory describes our prayers bursting forth as riotous blooms after the winter passes in The Winter of Prayer Journey.
Earlier this week I talked about my struggle to find the right words and it seems it’s something most bloggers deal with from time to time. I found this article, Why I Don’t Blog Anymore, interesting by Jessica at Bohemian Bowmans. In it she shares how she came across Nicole’s goodbye post from Modern Reject. As I read it I couldn’t help but wonder have we somehow made this blogging thing all too complicated.
For as long as I can remember I have had this not quite sure where I fit feeling so I it was if Alison was writing my story when she penned Not Fitting In. Then Ceil challenged me in Staffing Issues to lay aside all of my excuses of how so many others are doing similar things. These few lines were like a little swift kick.
Too many would-be disciples are looking around and deciding that God has called enough people to do his work. Seeing all the encouragers, writers, and volunteers, they decide that there isn’t a place for them. Why start doing what God has called them to do, if the world is full of these kinds of servants already?
And it doesn’t just apply to work in the church, or faith-based ministry. How many decide against studying to be teachers, nurses or business leaders because the news programs say there are too many? “Find something else,” they report. “You’ll never find work with that degree.” – Ceil of Surrounded by the Spirit
THE FRIDAY FIVE FELLOWSHIP
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