The internet can be a cruel place sometimes. I've chatted with multiple friends this week about how mean people can be when hiding behind the screen! There are SO many blogs that are 100% devoted to critiquing other blogs, ideas, people, etc. And I get it, every where we look we see broken pieces because we're living in a world that isn't whole. But at some point we have to realize that we're in that before/not yet place where we see glimpses of what's to come, but we're still stuck with our own and each others' imperfections. And there has got to be MORE grace, more cheering each other on. And when we disagree, let's do it with LOVE.
This idea got me thinking about my blog. About the space I want it to be. And this community that we've built together.
Although this blog is 100% dedicated to truth telling, it is just as dedicated to cheering on others. Because the truth is, we could all use a few more cheerleaders in our corner. We all know what it's like when you're doing something hard and a friend comes alongside you and says, "I see you, I see what you're doing. And because of your hard work/creativity/perseverance, the world is a better place." It adds fuel to our dwindling fires and helps us light up this dark world.
I want this blog to do that for many of you. As a result, I'm starting a monthly tradition of Links I Love. It's going to be a short post connecting you to ANY link that I'm loving that month. It might be funny, deep, creative, ANYTHING. It's a way I can cheer others on in this crazy internet world and hopefully introduce you to some amazing new content and resources!
So without further adieu, here are the links I'm loving this month:
Here are two blogs that I've really enjoyed about WOMEN. Yes, I'm sure your social media pages were inundated with Mother's Day posts, but these two were my favs. The first is I am woman Hear Me Roar by Renee Fisher and it's about women's place in the church. I loved Renee's point of view and writing style and hope you will too! The second blog is 14 ways to Bless a Single Mom on Mother's Day. I really LOVED this post. So often we leave the celebrating of mothers to the husband and kiddos, but this was a helpful blog that pushed me to look for the single moms in my life and send them some love not just on Mothers Day, but any day!
This VIDEO I watch at least once a month. Really, I'm not exaggerating. For anyone who is in a dark season, this video is for you. It gives me such perspective when I get down and focused on my own afflictions. Yes, it's long, but YOU HAVE TO PROMISE ME you'll at least watch it at least once in its entirety. Deal? Ok.
Journaling Bibles have CHANGED the way I study the Bible. I've been reading through the Bible this year and it's been so encouraging to go back and reread passages and see what the Lord was teaching me, write down quotes from sermons, or make connections to different passages. I get asked all the time about my Bible and I have to say, these Bibles are my jam. If you're looking for a journaling bible check out Kristin Schmucker's shop.
And last but not least, this post about a pregnant twin mom had me laughing OUT LOUD for hours. LITERALLY HOURS. If you don't appreciate bathroom humor... this probably isn't for you. It's title alone will give it away: The Day I Pooped My Closet. Enjoy!
And just like that, our first round of sharing links I love is DONE! Hopefully you'll love them as much as I do! And if you see something you'd love to share, feel free to do so in the comments or shoot it to me here!
Much love and Happy Clicking,