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Peace by Others

You can know when you see a person at peace, a person of wholeness. You know because they don’t live life like it was a competition. They recognize their own abilities and giftings, just as they recognize others’. There is no need to diminish the work of others in order to elevate their own; they are also free to live into their work without the fear of someone else one-upping them. They are confident in presenting and offering their skills, talents, and gifts, they don’t need to be ashamed that it is similar or not as good as someone else’s. They are at peace with who they are and what they can do, and they are at peace with comparable people doing comparable things.IMG_1575

This is the kind of writer I want to be. I want to be a writer that has become confident that what I do has merit, and can be given as a gift to those who read it – be it a handful or multitudes. And when I see hundreds of similar blogs with similar content I do not want to feel defensive or competitive. I want to rejoice in the truth that we proclaim together.

So on this Saturday evening let me share with you several blogposts I have enjoyed this week. These bloggers are talented and write with beauty. But that doesn’t mean I can’t endeavor to do so as well. This world can never be too full of beauty, and the people in it can never hear too much truth.

The Fluid Beauty of a One-Piece Life by Ann Voskamp

I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful way this woman presents truth. I read this on an early morning bus ride with a group of sleeping high school girls on the way to an audition. And as we drove over the mountains in silence  in that dark bus my heart came alive.

Breakfast for Dinner by Sarah Markley

I appreciated this real life, normal day honesty and the peace she found even when the normalcy seemed overwhelming.

It’s Okay by Sammi Weinroth

This blog was especially exciting for me to read this week as it was the first entry of one of my best friends in the world who recently joined the blogging world. Her validation and encouragement to us as we live out the incarnation in dailiness is lovely.

I Am a Writer by Samantha McGowan

Whole people, people at peace, live into their talents and abilities. This writer shares her insights on learning to embrace her title as “writer.”

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  • Reply
    Samantha McGowan
    October 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    What a lovely topic: ordinary epiphanies. Thank you for including my post in your list. You are a writer. You have something to say, and you should always say it.

    • Reply
      October 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you Samantha, and thanks for your encouragement!

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