Family - the word can stir up so many different emotions for people. For some, family is everything and stirs up warm memories. For some, family may bring up emotions and memories of what was lacking. I think we are placed in the family we are in for very specific reasons. I don't believe it's by chance. Yes, no family is perfect and yes, there is some bad that comes along with the good. But, I believe we can use every situation that we have been in to grow and learn and bless others.
I was reading Lanie's post from Lanie J & Co. recently about being encouraged by her readers to get personal. Believe it or not, being "real" to others can have a profound effect. It encourages others that, yes, they are not alone in the trials, ups and downs, and challenges in life. Yes, those who seemlingly are so perfect from the outside, have the same struggles, hopes, dreams and insecurities as you. Being transparent is not always easy but I know that by doing so you can bless and help others beyond what you have ever imagined. One of those people who has no idea how she has encouraged and blessed others is my sister, Vonda. She lost her sweet adult daughter, Kyla, to brain cancer a few years back. Not only is my sister a talented writer (she would never admit it) but she has opened her journey through this most difficult situation with others. She writes about many things, is very funny, and I love all her posts. But the ones that touch my heart the most are the ones where she opens the window of her soul and lets us inside her journey of healing. Here is one of my favorite posts.
And to continue the challenge of sharing to hopefully bless and encourage others, I wanted to link you to a post about my journey through the most difficult time in my life. This is a post I wrote quite a while back on a blog I do with my sisters. You see, I have a blessing from Heaven that was not supposed to be here. A child that was given no chance of survival, that I was encouraged to abort ..... so here it goes, I'm going to be vulnerable and transparent. Hopefully this will bless and encourage some of you..... Lexie's Life Song
If this post has blessed and encouraged you, please pay it forward and be encouraged to "get personal".