Encouragement From One Human to Another

September 17, 2015

I was planning on posting about my experiences with canning salsa and hot sauce this week, but that will have to wait until next week! I am currently preparing to spend the weekend celebrating the birthday of the coolest 12 year old girl I know, and cooking for a dinner party that my friend has planned to welcome the fall season. I don’t know how your week has been, but it has been a little tough for me. I plan on spending the weekend with people that I love and disconnecting a bit.

This week I have experienced a setback on something that I have been working on and pouring my heart into. The whole thing has me feeling a little discouraged. I have been praying for peace and comfort, as well as patience. Although at times my resolve wavers, I have found myself capable of greater strength than I ever imagined. It think that is true of all of us. We all have this untapped strength that emerges in times of struggle or grief.

Wherever you are today, I hope you realize your own strength. I know that in this world, the potential for disappointment is great. There are career setbacks, financial troubles, illness, and relationships that have been harmed or broken. You turn on the news or go online and there is a constant stream of war, death, and hate. I don’t believe this is what God intended for the world at all. I believe He grieves the brokenness and hate with us.

Wherever you are, don’t give up on that dream that you believe in. Make the world better with the beauty you bring to it, the love and compassion that you share, and the good work that you do. I think that all of these things do matter.
I hope that this weekend you slow down and notice how chilly mornings fade into golden, warm afternoons. I hope you eat good food, and hold the ones you love. I hope you are kind to yourself, rest, and prepare to move mountains during your week ahead- even if they are very small ones and only matter to you.

We are all in this together.


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