Friday, February 18, 2011

Faith and Friends Friday

I was up before the sun this morning with lots on my mind. Nothing is wrong so much as I just needed to talk to, rather, hear from Daddy. My mind traveled over so many things going on with people that I know, that it caused me to stop and give thanks for those who have made such a positive impact on my life. 

I try to let my family and friends know just how important they are, not only to me, but to others as well. Blog friends are no exception. There have been 3 Girls in particular that have been nothing short than amazing to me. They have been with me longer than, well, I can't remember how long 'cause it's been that long.
They are each unique and impressively different in their own blogs, but all have strengths and faith that simply inspires me and I know, for  a lot of you too. 
Time and time again, as I visit them I am encouraged to strive to be better in all that I do, remembering The One Who gives us all talents and gifts which are meant to be shared with kindness and sincerity. These Girls are so unique in their inspiration, I don't think they know just how inspiring they really are. That is what makes them simply amazing. 
In no certain order for no unspoken reason:  The first one is Sandi at Wayside Treasures. When I first started looking for blogs to inspire me for the shabby chic purposes, it was Sandi I kept coming back to. Over time, I have found her to be a true friend, faithful to her word, talented and simply understated with a pure heart, as are all of these Girls. Sandi has kept me grounded in the pursuit of shabby excellence by way of sharing her finds, creations and life's joys. Whenever I need creative inspiration, to Sandi I go because she is so talented with her artful creations and decorating. I so admire her ability to take the "wayside treasures" that have been discarded by others and transform it into a new thing of beauty. So much like what our Daddy does with us when we let go and let Him.
Next is my sweet Sista' Karen at Glass of Sweet Tea. Nothing short of Daddy's Grace speaking to her and by way of her unfailing faithfulness to Him, she always writes a Word in due season. No matter what I am going through, I can go to Karen and she has already written just what I needed to remember and focus on that day. Her personal testimony encourages me to practice humility, patience, forgiveness and seek Him first - no matter what. I love her strength to live out loud as a testimony to encourage others to keep fighting the good fight of faith. By example of her own life, her testimony reflects the truth that regardless of what is trying to change our course, hold onto His Promises because He is faithful and just to bring everything about for our good and His glory.
Finally, is Laura Lynn at Enjoying the simple things. Her writing talents have strengthened and developed in such a way, that she truly causes one to stop and reflect deeper than just the superficial surface of life and every day events. She makes me laugh with the antics of her outgoing, personality plus family of 5 children. Her patience and insightfulness into even the most trying of situations is nothing short than astounding. She has such a perspective into things that ordinarily would not be noticed or evaluated, but she noticed and evaluated with simplicity and selflessness. She has a way of writing about the everyday happenings with such a positive flair that you can't help but to smile with her and feel that lift in your own spirit. 
Last and certainly not least, a shout out to all my newest Girls who were kind enough to sign the Wall of the Beautiful & Chic. Sorry, I have a hard time calling you "followers". Thank you all for your kindness and repeat visits. Next week I am planning to make time to give dedicated shout outs to some of you as well. Just hang in there until next time, ok?
Have a blessed and wonderful weekend!



  1. Oh are just as important to me.. I get so excited to hear from you, and I am so glad and feel blessed that anything that I may say coming from the Lord can encourage and comfort my sister in you..You are a wonderful woman,,and I am blessed to have you in my life..
    Thank you so much.. and as always.. Love Ya Sis..

  2. Well if that isn't the nicest thing I have ever heard, I don't know what is! Thank you so much for your beautiful comments. They have put a hop in my step today and I think I'll live off them for a little while!

    I truly think you are one of the most kind and gentle people I know and it really shows through your wriitng. You remind me to give thanks to the Lord before anything. Thank you for that!
    SO happy to know you!

    And now I'm going to check out your other friend's blogs!

    Laura lynn

  3. What a sweet post you wrote today and how true it is that we can all get inspired from blogs. I love your carved bottle stoppers. I have a few of those too including the kissing couple. Thanks for your beautiful inspiration today.

  4. Basta poco per sentirsi felici!Ciao,ciao e buon fine settimana,Rosetta

  5. It is always refreshing to read about the acknowledgement of friendship and inspiration.
    Such a sweet post today, and I hope you have a wonderful upcoming week!

  6. what a beautiful post and how wonderful to have found these lovely ladies to grace your life. It's the one thing that I love most about blogging. I have met so many great women out in blog land. I think though, you are an equal inspiration to them also! Keep on blogging!

  7. Beautiful post Ellen. I think I am familiar with most of those blogs, but I will go check them out. it always wonderful to know kindred spirits that inspire. We could all use that! Have a great week.

  8. Hi Ellen, thanks for visiting and leaving such a sweet compliment. Love your blog, I'm follower no. 76.


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