Posts tagged encouragement
to my hurting readers....

If  you have been following my blog for a little while then you have seen me go through all types of things here. I really try to 
"keep it real", 
maybe not at first as I thought people who didn't know me couldn't or didn't want to know the truth, but I have found just the opposite.

I have really come to find that you write for the audience you want to know. 
If this makes any sense? 

I know a lot of you come here for many different reasons, and I do love that, because I am not just a broken woman fighting for wholeness with the Lord, but I also love being creative, hair, know, all those parts of what make up a woman, just like you. 

But I also know, that the more I have written about my internal struggle the more these beautiful, real, raw and honest women emerge. Most of them have never even left me a comment before, but it always reminds me that blogging can be helpful to the writer, and amazingly ...the reader.

People relate to being real, in my opinion. Well, maybe not everyone, but the people I want to know and be friends with are the ones that can be honest with themselves and others. No shows necessary.

So many of you have written to me, letting me know that I have some how encouraged you and I am always ALWAYS blown away by this. Knowing that my little typed words that (in my mind only really my family and a few close friends MIGHT read on a good day) have helped anyone, seriously encourages me so much. Because I think it's true, we read ...blogs, articles, we don't feel alone. And you aren't alone.
Some of you are carrying incredibly heavy burdens, some I do not comprehend or dare to portray that I could possibly relate my circumstances to. Some of you, it seems, you could be writing these very words. That you read back something that pours out of your own heart. Whatever the case, I know what its like to feel alone, I know what its like to be sad and overcome with sadness, I understand pain. We all do, no one escapes this life pain free. And in a world where, "Hi, how are you?" is more of a passing greeting then a heart felt question I just want you to know that your pain is seen. Even the pain that you hide behind your smile because you have too many balls in the air to let someone really see them. If they aren't seen by me, they are seen by the Lord.
For those of us who find ourselves in a stronger place at the moment, may we be aware of those we know might be hurting in our lives and take time for them. Even if we don't know how to help, sometimes just being asked can mean the world. I am not perfect at this, but it's good for us to keep reminding ourselves of it.

The best question to me is when someone asks, "How is your heart?" 
{I think you started this Britt} 
To me it is a question that is beyond life's circumstances of health, kids, money, relationships...
its more about how your heart is dealing with all of those things.
How YOU really are.

So, how is your heart?

There is a song that my friend, James, used to always play when I lived in Northern Ireland. He has such an amazing voice and the way he sang it was so moving. We called it the Heart Song, but it's really titled "Broken Things by Juliett Turner I believe. 

The lyrics are beautiful.

They are for you.

"You can have my heart
Though it isn't new.
It's been used and broken and only comes in blue.
It's been down a long road, and it got dirty on the way.
If I give it to you, will you make it clean, wash the pain away?

You can have my heart
if you don't mind broken things.
You can have my love,
if you don't mind these tears.

So beyond repair,
Nothing I could do.
Tried to fix it myself, but it was only worse
when I got through.

Then you walked right into my darkness
and spoke words so sweet
and you hold me like a child
till my frozen tears fall at your feet.

And I heard that you make all things new
so I'll give these pieces all to you
If you want it,
you can have my heart."

Here is a video cover by Ryan Kelly.

Biggest Loser: Blogger Style
Alright friends...
Weather it's 5 or 500 there are a few of us out there that would like to lose some weight. It's been a comfortable friend for a while but it's not been a good friend, so it is no longer wanted. Goodbye, you fluff.

So much of our failure is all in our heads. We have decided we will fail before we even start trying. If you want a good reminder read my friend Ginger's story of losing 100lbs. The battle wages in our minds, and I am ready to start fighting, because I am worth it, and so are you!

 I would like to invite you to join us in the....

Every week I will post the Biggest Loser Blogger Edition Linky Party so new people can join us and so we can visit one another and give encouragement to each other. My hope is that one of us will have an amazing week on the weeks that the others are struggling and vice versa. I have a weight loss blog that I am going to keep everything on for myself, including stats, photos, and a video diary here. As scary as it may be, I am brutally honest there. If those people on the show can be so brave, so can I. I have had that blog on and off for a couple years. So the ones from last summer and before mostly were me losing most of my baby weight. I just got off track and I am going to get back on.

Every week I will have a posting challenge that we can all blog about and we can check on and support each other. Maybe Saturday's would be a perfect day since it is a generally slow blogging day and we think "its the weekend, lets EAT!"

So all, link up and let's do this together. I am going to run this for three months, and anyone can join between now and then. I need ideas for the person who has the highest percentage of weight lost. I was thinking all who join could send them something of their personal choice. An award, a gift card, a crafted item. I would hope by the time this is over we will know each other well enough to know what would be awesome for that person!! Leave me comments with your ideas:)

Week One Blog Challenge:
  • This week take a before picture...(you don't have to post it but it will be nice to have when it's the OLD you)
  • Take your measurements (sometimes we lose inches instead of weight, so we can measure by more than the scale)
  • Increase your water intake (this is always the number one thing all programs encourage. Ideally we should drink 4, 16 oz water bottles a day. Good for detoxing)
  • Consider keeping a food journal. No matter what eating process you decide to use, we will be more aware of how much and what we are eating if we write things down.  

Blog : sometime this week blog about these three things
  1. What you want to accomplish. Set realistic goals, not 100 lbs by May. Besides the obvious number on the scale think outside of weight loss alone; being less easily winded, more energy, better sleep, healthier self image, strength. This is not about being a perfect size, this about being a better us, a little more one day at a time.
  2. Plan of attack. Here you can talk about what changes you want to make. Start small; do strength training twice a week, talk 2 walks, cut out fast food. Whatever it is you decide, it will help to get our goals in front of us so we know what we are aiming for.  "If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time."
  3. Hang ups. Write about what has tended to get you stuck in the past. Is it when you don't see immediate success? Is it how you talk to yourself? Is it your fear of failure? (These are mine..ha)

Grab a button :) (It's fixed now, sorry!)

Link Up!!

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