10 Bloggers. 10 Heart-Inspiring Mini-Posts. 10 Reflections I Share On Their Words.
Join me today as I welcome mini-guest posts on my blog. We can’t read everything online, so I hope to provide a quick rundown of some great words being written. Check them out!
1. Jess from Masters Calling says:
Our Savior didn’t hide his scars, he showed them; he shared where He’d been wounded and in sharing – He proclaimed the power of God!
“Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8).
Our weaknesses can become the stage, where broken vessels witness the strength and power of God’s Word!
My Reflection: Lord help us not to be afraid of the damage we can see, but to bring it to you.
2. Carolyn Dale Newell from Mountain of Faith says:
Fear freezes us. It keeps us from moving ahead. It stops us from witnessing. Fear paralyzes us when God tells us to serve Him. It mutes us when He says, “Speak!”
I don’t have to know what is ahead.
God knows, and when I walk by faith, that is enough.
Friend, what fears are holding you back today?
Learning to depend on God will be the greatest blessing you can experience.
Through my disability (loss of sight), God gave me abilities.
He enabled me to trust him completely.
He gave me the ability to serve him and to encourage others through writing and speaking.
He has shown His mercy, because four years later, I still have some vision.
My Reflection: Perhaps it’s not so much what we see, but what God wants us to see as we trust our disabilities to him.
3. Sheila from SheilaKimball.com says:
Anytime we flip the switch in our minds and hearts and focus on pleasing God more by pleasing our mate something changes deep inside our heart. It’s like the door called self opens and love and light flow into the place once darkened by negativity or complaining.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
My Reflection: Sheila says switching power is found through clenching God’s Word. This is how we flip the switch. Then we see the truth and we walk differently.
4. Christy Pearce from Faith Like Dirty Diapers says:
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2 (ESV)
I needed help with my shopping tendencies, so I told my bible study girls to “get in my business.” Something radical had to happen. I gave them a pass to speak truth into my life even if it meant my own embarrassment and humiliation.
P.S. I felt led to sell a purse at a consignment store as an act of obedience. When I went to pick it up, the owner told me that she couldn’t understand why it didn’t sell.
But I knew.
God gave that purse back to me, and now I carry it as a reminder of His mercy and grace—with confidence! Whenever I carry that one, I am careful to share my story of grace with anyone who will listen!
My Reflection: How can we grab the support of others to finally push through that loitering sin?
5. Lisa Murray from LisaMurray.com says:
When I saw him, all I can say is that what I felt was pure joy. After 3 years, three months, and two days (of agony-filled waiting), my child who was lost had been found, and that was all that mattered.
Wasn’t that how I came to God?
Wasn’t He the one who was waiting for me,
watching for me in the far-off distance
when I wandered home in my ruinous pain?
Before there was an explanation, a repentance, a hope of restoration, there was that moment when I walked right up to Abba in my brokenness and pitiful rebellion, and we embraced. I can only imagine that for Him in that moment with me, all that mattered was that His child who was lost had now been found.
I was found — in that moment. I was home.
My Reflection: How might you be running from God today? How might he receive you if you would only return? I think he would cry tears of joy to see you return in that one small way to him.
6. Ifeoma Samuel with Purposeful and Meaningful says:
I relied on my hard work to get things done.
Maybe you think more work represents more results like did.
How wrong I was!
I heard him whisper’ “The race is not to the swift”.
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong… Ec. 9:11
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 2 Cor. 3:5
My Reflection: It’s not about how fast we run, it’s about how fast we rely on the one who runs it all.
7. Lois Flowers from LoisFlowers.com says:
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. (Deut. 31:8)
When you pass through waters, I will be with you. (Isaiah 43:2)
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
God is with us.
Whether we pray for Him to be or not. Whether we feel it or not. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we think we deserve it or not.
In good times and in bad, He is with us.
My Reflection: God stands nearer than the fear in your air.
8. Amy Talbott from The Laundry Pile says:
The world may not see my pain, but God does. The duties may not go away, but God will walk beside me and help me to carry the load.
Not only does God see my pain, but He is near to my pain. And he has promised to heal my broken heart.
Can you picture that?
God wants to pick you and me up gently in his arms and hold us tightly and remind us that even when the world is crashing down around us…
He loves us.
He is in control.
He is good.
He has conquered the world!
There is HOPE.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
9. Sandra from Sandra’s Ark says:
God takes care of us.
If I had not told the kids then (about the cancer):
- Daniel wouldn’t have known that there was an opportunity to help his mum.
- I would have felt very lonely sitting on my own waiting in the hospital for the scan and mammogram and then the results.
Who would I have had to be thankful with that it was not cancer?
God planned it all.
He planned that I would tell the kids because He had planned how He would show me His love and care for me through them.
Reflection: People can only help us, when we give them the opportunity too. Letting others move in, means that God gets a chance to work through them.
10. Kim Jones from says Hunt and Host:
God called me away from everyone else’s thoughts and ideas and invited me to spend time in His word. Just the two of us. No other influence or interpretation. No other filters or explanations.
Just him talking to me through the Bible.
Friends, I’m not kidding taking a break from bible study was scary for me. I was afraid of loosing the accountability. Afraid I’d miss the social aspect. Honestly, I was afraid I wouldn’t understand a thing I read. I’m still somewhat new to this whole bible study thing.
God kept gently calling, asking me to trust Him.
He was right.
My reflection: Sometimes getting away from talking heads, helps you to hear the one who is at head. Sometimes, all we need is his voice.
11. Kristi Woods from KristiWoods.net says:
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Psalm 118:6
Are you facing something new?
Did you hear God call?
Are you questioning whether you heard correctly?
Make a calculated decision in the face of fear, with eternity in focus. Continuing the venture into new territory, I learned about and submitted various stories and articles, often proceeding with knees knocking (Kristi took the risk of facing rejection and walked intentionally even though she was scared).
It was about God, about eternity, not me. Battles in the Old Testament were calculated as well. Think Jericho. They “heard” what to do, then they “did” what God called them to do. The victory wasn’t as quick nor easy as a snap of the fingers. They didn’t eat from fear’s plate. They ate of the Lord’s faithfulness instead. You and I can too.
My reflection: We may not feel safe, but we can move forward with whatever stands before us knowing that we are!
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Hello Kelly, thanks for your beautiful reflection and kindest heart.
You have opened the doors of your heart to read words from far and near about each person’s walk of faith and have shared them with your awesome readers.
God will open up more doors of favor for you too. Thanks once again.
Sweet Blessings friend….
Thank you Ifeoma. It is a joy to have you on today!
What fun to see these lovely pieces of your hearts ladies. Thank you for encouraging us with your stories, His Word and lessons learned. Cheering for you!
Thank you Katie
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Thanks Kelly for including my Dose of Encouragement Post, delighted to be included with all these others.
Just one problem I could not find everyone’s twitter name from their sites so could only tweet a few of them.
So much wonderful truth packed into this unique post. Thank you for sharing this encouragement today Kelly!
I know Lauren. There is a wealth of good knowledge here! What a blessing.
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Thank you for instructing my heart today friends. You each encouraged and uplifted me in your own way. – Kelly
Many words of encouragement in one spot. Wow! And for some of these, Kelly, it was my first visit to their blog…a good word in each of them. So thankful, Kelly, you’ve opened your blog page to several of us. Many thanks…praise God.
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Kelly, what a wonderful Cheerleader C.E.O. (Chief Encouragement Officer) you are! Love how you are always lifting others up, as we lift Jesus up…each of these 10 writers have shared so much grace and truth…so encouraged by each of them!
Beth! Seriously I love that Chief Encouragement Officer. That is so awesome. We are all CEO’s round here! And, that makes it awesome. This post makes my heart jump for joy.
Kelly, I love being part of this pos, and that you decided to organize it this way! Thanks for listening to your heart (and His)!
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Thank you again, Kelly. So very kind of you to include me in your round up of encouraging words. Was away from my computer all day yesterday and as I pop over to the other bloggers I take away insights and delight. Blessings and hugs to one and all. xxoo
Thank you Sheila for being a part of it. 🙂 Much love to you.
Thank you for this!!!
Thank you Teri.