I have been blogging for several years, and writing has always been and always will be a way of sharing my heart- with hopes to reach other people’s hearts. I write because there is a profound feeling of fulfillment when I can express myself through words, but another benefit of this blogging biz is discovering other people’s words that hold enormous power and reach my heart as well. I spend much of my time reading articles from a growing and vast amount of various writers I have connected with on this world wide web. Many of them are my friends, and I’m often touched and inspired by their words.
If you haven’t followed my Facebook page, you are missing out on some amazing posts that I share. I spend more time reading other people’s posts than writing my own. Non- bloggers don’t realize that blogging isn’t just about the blogger writing a post and walking away… There’s SO much more to this. SO much more. It’s been an incredibly educational experience as I’ve learned a great deal from reading such a variety of talented writers and I want to use this space to support and acknowledge their work. You can go HERE to like and add my page to your notifications on Facebook, so you can continue to keep up with all the great content I will share over there!
I know many people don’t have the time to wander the internet looking for great articles to read, so I am going to offer you one of the wonderful benefits of being an active blogger. I may share funny stuff or intimate essays, it just depends on the week and what I find. I hope you enjoy this new series and discover some new writers to follow as well.
1. This must read, “The Watermark Is Always Rising.” is an incredibly inspiring post, written by my friend Ashford Evans from Biscuits and Crazy. She is a contributor for MomBabble.com, another great site where you can find heartwarming posts about motherhood. Her article will touch your heart in those deep places and encourage you to find strength in those unexpected trials you face. I love everything she writes, and this one did not disappoint.
2. I always love the way my faithful friend, Kathy Barbini from Holy Vacation Queen paints vivid images with her words and beautifully portrays her biblical wisdom using God’s Truth in her powerful messages. I’m always inspired and encouraged by her blog. Her post “Surrender” speaks to my heart, and I’m betting it will do the same for you.
3. How about a few laughs for us moms? Meredith from Perfection Pending, shares a weekly post capturing the funniest memes around the web. I always LOVE a good laugh- on our behalf! Many of these memes are created by my blogging friends and they are priceless! Take a look and I’m going to bet you will relate to these “Hilarious Facebook Memes of the Week.”
4. ” Adjusting My Lens: Shifting Out of Survival and Back Into Life” is written by my friend, Christine Suhan from “Feelings and Faith”. Her powerful essay will rip your heart open and then mend it with hope. I’m always amazed at her profound story of tragic circumstances and her victory over them all. She is an incredible inspiration, and a beautiful writer.
5. I absolutely loved this parenting post, “Teach with Love” by my friend Kristen Hewitt, from Mommy In Sports. She shares an honest reflection on a difficult parenting moment as she offers insight and wisdom on communicating with our children. It touched me deeply and still resonates with me as an important lesson to remember.
6. Another parenting piece that hit me in the heart was written by Alyce Kominetsky, another friend who blogs over at One Word at a Time. Alyce’s piece on Huffpost, “When My Child Told Me She Liked Herself”, shared a story that will resonate with all moms of girls. Her honest perspective touched me deeply as a mom of my own growing daughter. I just love that she used a vulnerable experience with her daughter to add such great insight and wisdom in how we can contribute to building our kids’ self esteem in a world full of distorted messages.
7. Get tissues and hold onto your heart because it will fall apart when you read this tragic piece, “My Daughter’s Life Without Me”, written by a mom with Cancer. I simply can’t imagine, nor can I express accurately the sadness and desperate anger I feel about this precious woman’s fate. I am in awe of Magnolia Ripkin’s courage and strength. Please join me in praying for this mama.
8. My beloved friend Kim Sisto-Robinson from My Inner Chick writes passionately about her beautiful sister Kay who was murdered by her abusive husband almost six years ago. There isn’t a post she writes that doesn’t leave me breathless and in tears, aching for her loss and for the horrific circumstances many women are in with abusive husbands. Her mission is clear: Save as many women as she possibly can, through her voice. “After The Fire” especially reflects her faith as she is a light in the dark world of domestic violence. One of the greatest gifts I have ever received, was when Kim sent me Kay’s cross necklace found in her bible. It still hangs on my computer screen as I write this now, and it always will.
9. One of the joys of being a writer and reading other work is when you unexpectedly find a new gem of talent. I recently discovered Lisa McCrohan’s article, “Raising Girls Who Are Includers” and I am now a faithful follower of hers. This piece is incredible. Every parent needs to read her message. Every child will have to navigate these tricky tides of friendships and social cultures no matter where they are raised. She gifts us all with her wisdom and perspective on this tough topic.
10. Some of my friends launched a new site called “Break The Parenting Mold” in which they share articles covering themes of special needs, parenting, recipes and advice for us moms. This piece, “In The Midst of the Autism Storm”, had a profound impact on me. Debbie’s brilliant writing depicts an intimate window into the challenges and the blessings of having a child with autism. Her beautiful story moved me to tears.
I hope you enjoyed these amazing articles, and I look forward to sharing more in future posts! There is a wealth of talented writers out there, and I’m a better person and writer because of the time I’ve spent reading their work.
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