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Monday, April 22, 2013

it turns out great.


A few days ago, I felt led to share a confession on Instagram... Honestly, I was a little scared to press "publish" for fear of being too vulnerable and... well, real. It's hard to be real sometimes. But I really think we need to be....  

Confession time: I've really been struggling the past few days. With fear, doubt, not
understanding God's plan...in lots of areas of my life & those I love. Heavy hearted, overwhelmed, disappointed & down. Reminded tonight by a dear friend that "When the circumstances were the worst & miracles so unlikely, that was the perfect setting for Jesus to come through...otherwise it would be you."I just want to be real here for a minute - bloggers & social media can look so perfect because we only usually share the happy & good... & I want you to know that I struggle, we all struggle - & to encourage you if you're feeling down too. You're not alone & no one's life is perfect. As my friend also said, "The end of the story's already written. It turns out great." :)


Soon, lots of comments from precious souls said I was not alone. 

We are really not all that different. We're really the same, friends. 
We all struggle, we all have ups and downs, we all have unique heartaches and losses.
And we all have a God who cares.

My heart is so much lighter today, after a Sunday afternoon spent sipping coffee and chatting with an old friend in her backyard sunshine. 

Remember you are loved this week, dear one.
And you are not alone.
XO
Erin

15 comments:

  1. I was really praying for you the past few days.
    Something in me was just saying, "Erin needs a friend. Erin could use someone right now." I felt that all I could do was pray. So I've been praying for you, my strong friend.
    It sounds bad to say it encourages me when you're vulnerable and say what's going on in your heart. It encourages me to know I'm not alone.
    But at the same time I'm so sorry for the hurt you're feeling. I understand feeling heavy inside and just wishing you could post about happiness when that's the last thing you're feeling.
    Thank you so much for being vulnerable and open.

    I wish we could sit down for coffee and just cry and laugh and talk our hearts out, that's all I've been wishing for days, but as we can't do to circumstances, here's a big latte, and an even bigger hug.
    Love you, girl. Stay strong!

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  2. Amen friend! So very true! I wrote about this a little bit today on my blog...on the ways God has taken over my plans and even though that was scary and hard they were always for the better. :)
    Thanks for being real!

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  3. I missed that IG moment...but you are absoutely right! God is always working and everything will turn out great.:) We may have it rough here and we may not understand the great until eternity. Still, we can SMILE knowing our God knows us and calls us to KNOW Him. There is my treasure, there is my happy place....There I find REST! Happy Monday :)

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  4. Speaking of IG- thank-you Erin for all of your likes on my photos yesterday! It made my day. :-)

    All of your pots are so honest and true and this is no exception! It's so great to know that when we struggle we are never alone!

    xoxo Miss ALK
    http://missalk1994.blogspot.com

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  5. YES. allowing yourself to be vulnerable and real is a sign of strength. not everyone is that brave. it's people like you who inspire me to keep after my dreams and share my heart with the world ! keep going, love ! and thanks for being you :)

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  6. I was so encouraged by your honesty! You are such a light. Love your sweet heart for your community of women!

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  7. I love this, Erin! And I love your willingness to share it. I am goign through the same thing and it's so helpful to know I'm not alone. You are precious! I will be praying for you!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  8. So precious Erin. We really all can relate on the struggles we face here on earth. It brings us together as a community of believers to pray for one another, and that's what's so wonderful about it. I'm so glad to see your heart got some relief this weekend friend :)

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  9. Erin, I'm ever so convinced that the trials do make us stronger and that these 'valleys' will serve as testimonies woven through our story. It's been a while since I've stopped by but I'm always blessed when I do - thanks for sharing your genuine heart :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing! This was a beautiful reminder that I'm never alone -- and it's such a wonderful experience to have friends to catch up with and be encouraged by.

    Love your blog!
    Andi
    http://polish-my-crown.com

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  11. i think it is so important to share when life is hard because SO many people can relate and then can encourage you and prayer for you!

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  12. i loved your honesty and vulnerability.

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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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