I thought about sharing all my favorites from the week first but decided I’m too excited … so, I’m just going to spill my exciting news right away!
It’s been on my heart the last several months to try to find a way to help bloggers connect and make friends. I hear from so many of you about how lonely it is spending so much of your time alone in front of your laptop screen.
Then – I heard from several bloggers who wanted to know more about my small group of blogger friends. Their main questions were … How did you connect? How have you remained close?
The truth is without the blessing of “besties,” blogging can be a lonely business.
So, if you’re one of those people who feels like your “real life” friends don’t get why you do what you do and you’re finding it hard to make online connections – I want to help!
Welcome to Blessing Bloggers!
The goals for Blessing Bloggers Facebook Group are simple!
I’ve invited several friends to help me start daily threads. You’ll be able to share your recent blog posts, connect on social media, and pray.
We will intentionally pray for each other.
The enemy is working overtime to discourage anyone who is working to share God’s love and the truth about Jesus but you and I will fight back as we stand together taking each need to the One who has already defeated him.
And finally, I want to help you find your tribe – whether they are online or in your community. I would love for you to be able to find a group of blogging friends who will really get to KNOW YOU!
Our Blessing Counters Group has become family over the past two years. I love these girls so much! I pray for them and for their families. I hurt when they hurt and I celebrate when life brings them joy!
This is just a part of our tribe … the ones able to travel for a face to face last spring.
I want you to find your tribe if you don’t have one already.
If you’re a faith blogger click over to Blessing Bloggers and ask to join us. You don’t have to write exclusively about faith in every post. Your niche may be hospitality, parenting, marriage, or lifestyle but as Blessing Bloggers, our goal will be to communicate God’s greatest command as we pour ourselves out into words.
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
I can’t wait for you to join…
This Week’s Friday Favorites
Highlights from the Week!
This week, I read Genesis 25 through Genesis 45.
Isaac, Jacob, Esau, and Joseph taught me plenty about my relationship with God and the people in my life.
Whew! Every time I read the Old Testament, I realize our homes, jobs, and technology may look different but our “humanness” … not so much!
Here are some highlights…
Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!”
“All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”
“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” Genesis 25:30–32
The Life Application notes make a couple of excellent points:
- Always compare your short-term satisfaction with the potential long-term consequences.
- Your greatest need is to have a focal point other than “what I need or want now.” The only worthy focal point is God!
If I could only consistently remember that when I’m faced with temptation.
Jacob’s early life is also a great reminder of the ways God is able to use people and circumstances in our lives to grow us up and change our hearts.
I love that!
If you or someone you know is struggling to change…
Don’t Give Up!
With God’s help, things that seem impossible become possible.
The name Jacob means “deceiver.” But God changed him and his name to Israel, which means “God fights.” It took 20 years for God to mature Jacob and change him from deceiver to someone completely dependent on the God who would “fight for him.”
Remember – events and circumstances of life are often the very things God is using to guide and grow us into faith-filled followers of Jesus.
Don’t get discouraged! Keep praying and paying attention!
God is at work in your life and the lives of those you love!
Posts that blessed me this week:
HOW TO BE A SISTER’S KEEPER
WITH THESE 7 EXCELLENT QUALITIES
by Diana Abe
@ Diana’s Diaries
by Kelly R. Baker
Leading Woment to Thrive in Christ
by Theresa Begin
@ Shoestring Elegance
All Things New
by Rachel Lee
@ Be Thee Inspired
Friends, this is important…
If you like any of the pins or want to save any of the posts I share here, PLEASE click over to the sites and Pin the originals. Why not share them on Twitter and FB, too. My friends and fellow bloggers have worked hard on these posts and graphics. Every link back needs to come from their sites.
My heart’s desire is to bless bloggers by helping new bloggers get their name out there and help veteran bloggers get to know each other better.
Now it’s time for…
Faith ‘n Friends Link Party
I’m so glad you’re here!
This is a place to share faith, make friends, and have fun.
I’d love to connect with you on social media!
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No More Rules Link Party
Add 1-2 of your favorite faith/life posts.
Then just make friends and have fun.
You know they love it when you stop by and say “hello.”
I would really appreciate it if you would
Grab my Link Party Button above and link back to CMB.
Thank you so much for partying with us!
May your week be blessed with faith, love, and friendship!
Don’t forget to leave your prayer requests…
and pray over the list left by our friends.
I always enjoy hearing from you! Please take a minute to say ‘hi’ and share your thoughts in the comments below.
Have you visited the Faith ‘n Friends Link Party Board on Pinterest? It’s a great place to catch up with past posts you may have missed here at the party and/or save them for a future read! If you’d like to become a contributor to my Pinterest Group Boards – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your Pinterest home page.
I’m always looking for stories that will encourage and inspire readers to live in faith, stay faithful in hope, and find joy in loving Jesus and others. If you’re interested in sharing your story here at Counting My Blessings –check out my Contributor Guidelines page.
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