So my dear friend Marcy is my blogger-mentor and midwife to many of my writing projects. She is making me a more consistent blogger. I really love her.
She invited me to participate in “5 on the Fifth.” I accepted. So around the 5th of each month, I’ll share links to five blog posts I believe can help you grow in love. This is new territory, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to highlight people and posts that have left their mark upon me.
It seems right that I begin by introducing you to Marcy and share “R is for Real.” This glimpse into her heart may help you understand why I am so grateful to have her in my life.
She encourages us toward healthy transparency and truth-telling.
In her own words:
Don’t make life look grander than it is.
Be honest about your shortcomings.
Tell the truth about how hard it is.
Come along side other moms with encouraging words, that simply shows none of us can do it all, and everything we are able to accomplish is only done through the filter of His power and grace.
Robin Phillips speaks boldly and biblically on a variety of intense subjects. I am grateful for his courage. I am also grateful for his encouragement. (He was the first to endorse Philosophy Adventure.) He is currently working on a Ph.D. in historical theology through King’s College, London. The post I shared here offers wise and practical counsel on parenting.
There is a story to tell about how Ann Voskamp personally impacted my life and my writing, but this is not the place to tell it. However, it is the place to tell you about three of my favorite posts that she has written. Although I’ve read this first one several times over the course of several years, it still overwhelms me.
Real people. Real children. Real abandonment. Real pain. Yet, thankfully, REAL HOPE!
Ann Voskamp journeys deep into jungles, both figurative and literal, to show us that “Love is always our only hope.”
Here is another post I have read and shared multiple times. Raw. Powerful. Painful, yes, but filled with grace and healing. If you have been hurt by your parents (and who hasn’t) and you long to forgive them but find yourself struggling, you will find insight and incentive here.
And then it’s your turn to be the parent, to make mistakes, to fail and seek forgiveness. I wonder how many times I have abandoned my parental responsibilities because I became distracted and entangled by lesser things? I need constant reminders that this season of parenting is fleeting. This post is a touchstone for me.
Ann makes a sobering statement:
…really, none of us knows how long we have. Remember that a pail with a pinhole loses as much as the pail pushed right over. A whole life can be lost in minutes wasted… in the small moments missed.
My prayer for you today is that you will have the courage to tell the truth, parent wisely, love fiercely and faithfully, forgive and be forgiven.
God be with you.