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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

// thankful sweetness //

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      There's just something about coming together. Something about one, two, three people linking arms, supporting one another. One hand reaching down to help someone else up. It's community, it's accountability... and it's a beautiful thing. The Bible says, "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." -Ecclesiastes 4:12 and man, is that true. There is strength in numbers, and power in togetherness. And there is a something precious and fierce about sisterhood: coming together as daughters of God and lifting each other up. And friends, I've seen that in you. 

     A couple weeks ago I realized afresh how ugly a heart lacking thankfulness is - I saw my own heart struggling with thankfulness in my situation. Comparison, discontentment and selfishness began to rear their ugly heads and I decided to change it. The change took the form of simply writing in a little rectangular notebook every couple days - scribbling in my colored Sharpie pens 4 or 5 things I am thankful for. I shared my new quest with my sisters here, and oh the support I received. In the last few years, I've learned one of the most important things in friendship is just showing up. And my sweet bloggy friends did just that....not physically, because we are all scattered over this blessed earth. But you showed up, you joined in, and it means everything. I invited you to join me in thankfulness lists - and you have. Gratefulness is not easy to pursue - it's a fight against our natural urge to always want more than we have and see the glass "half empty" rather than embracing what we do have. But together, we can do it. We are doing it. Finding the good things, searching for the sweetness in ordinary life. And it's really beautiful.

My list today: 

      Your lists take my breath away. Precious, simple, profound and humble - tears threaten to fill my eyes as I read through the unique blessings in your lives. I'm thankful for this community - the blog/Internet community. I'm sometimes heartsick over how much negativity and evil is promoted through media, through the Internet - but then I see how so much good can be done when we use our little online platforms for encouraging, speaking truth, and loving others. 

    This week's thankful lists inspire me all the more to embrace the beauty in my life - enjoy the little things - and thank God for each and every blessing He so graciously gives me. 

 Enjoy the thankfulness of these precious ones. And friend, join in. Hashtag on Instagram or Twitter #thankfulsweetness or e-mail me your lists. I'll feature them here next week.
     IG: @emilyholland937                                       IG: @tjohnson1214
    Twitter: @Carmillafashih                                      IG: @myloveforlyla
    IG: @shopgirl82                                                   IG: tjohnson1214 
    IG: @samantha_grey                                         Twitter: @JesusLuvs10
   Blog: starthinker-silverbarter.blogspot.com      IG: @kateelizxo
       

Embrace thankfulness. You are not alone..we are here. And that means the world. 

love!

XO

Erin

28 comments:

  1. So glad to be a part of this wonderful community :)

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  2. Blog sisters for the win! I feel so blessed and privileged to be connected. Thankfulness is contagious!

    Silver

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  3. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. It's so true! Even at our lowest points, we are the luckiest.

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  4. This is so so encouraging! Thank you!!! (:
    I just mentioned you on my blog post for today and about this post. (:

    thank you!

    -Monica
    mrsv820.blogspot.com

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  5. I always love reading your thankful lists :)
    You have the sweetest heart, Erin! And it's so wonderful to see all of these people coming together and appreciating their blessings!

    xo

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  6. Love your heart, Erin! keep being you! :)

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  7. Aw I love seeing these lists. :-) can't wait for you to watch my latest vlog!

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  8. so lovely! yes it is so important to remember how fortunate we all are

    -Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

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  9. What a great idea, I loved reading everyones lists.

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  10. Thanks for starting this plan, sister! It is a humbling & refreshing reminder :)

    Sarah♥

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  11. This post is just so full of sweetness (like your blog!). The ability to connect with other young women with hearts for Jesus has been an incredible blessing to me.

    Your blog has been a source of encouragement to me...so glad you share pieces of your heart and life. :)

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  12. I just heart your blog! I'm hosting 2 giveaways that I thought you would be interested in (Brushlove & Blue Sky) :)

    P.S. I'm a new GFC follower!

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  13. I just heart your blog! I'm hosting 2 giveaways that I thought you would be interested in (Brushlove & Blue Sky) :)

    P.S. I'm a new GFC follower!

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  14. I just heart your blog! I'm hosting 2 giveaways that I thought you would be interested in (Brushlove & Blue Sky) :)

    P.S. I'm a new GFC follower!

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  15. Love this so much. Blogging truly brings together so many people in amazing ways! So glad I could know you through this community! And I'm definitely going to try and jump in on the thankful lists– i used to a while back and i miss doing them!

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  16. This is such an inspiring post! Thanks for sharing!! Happy Thursday!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  17. New to your blog. I love it! I love all the goodness and beauty that you promote. Definitely going to be an active follower. :)


    www.empiricalday.blogspot.com

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  18. I was sold on your blog when I saw your age, because you're an age that I can totally 100% relate with! Because I'm 25 as well, and most bloggers that I've found online are younger girls. You're the first 25 year old quality-writer that I've found. True that. Thanks, gral! Sending some Cali love to your Cali day!

    Kellie
    www.nothinglessthanbread.blogspot.com

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  19. I've been struggling a bit with thankfulness in our current living situation. Or our about to be changed/downsized living situation. Why are we downsizeing? Our 4 precious children are expensive for a single income family! WHAT a WONDERFUL reason to downsize though. Because we have 4 healthy beautiful children!!!!! So thankful. Keeping my eyes on that prize!!! :)

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  20. Erin -- I don't know how many times I've heard of your blog, yet I haven't been over to check it out! But today was the day :)

    Amanda, from My Love for Lyla, is one of my blog bests and she mentioned you in a comment she left on my blog, so lo & behold, I'm here!

    Already, I am so so very thankful for your blog! So much inspiration and truth. God bless you, sweet girl as you continue to live for our King :)

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  21. Big love for this post! It is so inspiring. I will do that, writing down what I am so thankful for. A sit down and think about it will do me good!

    Thanks for being succch an inspiration xo

    The Young Bridget Jones

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  22. Love this Erin! So truly inspirational and looking forward to joining in! Hope you've been well beautiful friend!

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  23. This is such an inspirational and lovely post Erin. Love your list. I agree sometimes we forgot how to appreciate and be content of life. I really enjoy this lovely snippet of life of yours. Following you on bloglovin dear, lets keep in touch and have a great weekend

    www.girllilikoi.com

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  24. I love this blog and everything it stands for! What a great reminder to people everywhere to celebrate their love for God!
    Sydney
    southernstylin.blogspot.com

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  25. I'm hosting a giveaway - would love for you to enter!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/2012/08/cheribundi-tart-cherry-juice-review.html

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  26. LOVE this idea erin. i am just sorry i didnt come across this early in my quest for becoming a hermit ;) xo...love your heart girl. a girl after Gods own heart...

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  27. Oh, I just love this, Erin!!! My blessing list has become one of my best friends. ;) You are amazing.

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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