#MondayManifesto :: Thank you for baring your soul, bloggers.

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In the weeks to come throughout the rest of this year I will be writing about “writing” on Mondays.  

People and Prose is a #MondayManifesto sharing and celebrating writers and writing, bloggers and blogging, and other resourceful places I come across along the way.

You can find the previous posts above under #writer.

Since this week is Thanksgiving I wanted to give you something artsy for the holiday, as if words sprinkled in a Mason jar, painted in ivory and adorned with a cinnamon stick and bow.

I wanted not to over think this, or even pull from my blog topics I have been working on lately.

Instead, I wanted to free-write a thank you note tonight (Saturday right now) and say that you are on my mind and I am praying for you.

I love you ladies and gents, plain and simple. With a big love. The Jesus kind. I had to go back and create this graphic for laughs due to a typo earlier.  Don’t you just love it when it when you hit publish only to discover a simple oopsy?  

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A Thanksgiving Letter to You & God

I want to thank you for showing up, through the doubts and the storms of life.  I know you don’t share near everything that goes on in the background, well how could you? How could we?

But I know things happen, and trials come our way. I know you have pains and sorrows as well as the joys and Graces from our Lord.

  • I want to thank you for being you and for keeping up the faith.
  • I want to thank you for lifting us up, those alongside this journey.
  • I want to thank you for being so open with the areas you felt God impressed upon your heart to share, so we could pray for you and also know we are not alone.
  • I want to thank God for you. That what I thought was just to be a mirroring of words from my soul, is turning out to be me falling in love with people. Which was a prayer of mine because I am so deeply introverted I was scared out of my wits for years to go many places!

So here you are, bright and beautiful. Shining like a star into my life, showing Jesus when I need it most. Because this mama is the struggle and balancing act of her life it feels like at times, and yes I have church and yes I have the Bible, and yes I even have my folks close by now..but there is no one who can fill your shoes like you do, as part of the Body of Christ too, you are in this world for a reason being a beacon of HOPE for HIS glory!

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As I leave, I want to share with you the scripture I read tonight:

Romans 12 in The Message

“3 I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”

I needed that word!

With Love in Christ,

Meghan

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32 thoughts on “#MondayManifesto :: Thank you for baring your soul, bloggers.

  1. Such a sweet note to your writer friends Meghan! It’s not easy being a faith writer, is it? But I guess this is why we practice what we preach and live out…it takes faith to put your heart out there in this fallen world and encourage others to know the Lord. Blessings to you. xoxo

  2. It is so important to thank and encourage those who have blessed us. I’m excited to read your Monday posts about writing! Stopping by from #MomentsofHope

  3. Dear Meg, What a full-hearted way to express these feelings we have about the God-connections that He creates for us! I still feel so new to this blogging world, and continue to be amazed at the encouragement God brings to me through those words of new blogger friends. And, you have certainly been that gift to me! I appreciate your open way of pointing us back to the words of Jesus, in whatever place we find ourselves walking. Thank you for sharing my place, what a sweet surprise on a day when weariness made me question my ability to continue the writing and sharing. Once again, God knows just the right nudging we need to keep us sharing our hearts with Him and with each other! Blessings and Hugs to you my dear friend!

    1. I am so thankful you were encouraged, friend. I am amazed too by it all and how He continues to show the beauty of the Bride as she prepares for her Groom! I hope this week you get some strength and have much peace. Thanks for your kind words! Be blessed beyond measure in Jesus name. – Meg xoxoxo

    1. Yes it can, and it causes me to battle with doubt a bit (don’t know if any of my other writer friends have this?) that if it is so lonely and quiet maybe it isn’t God’s will and I have it all wrong. I pray and then God gently reminds me I am using the gift to share about Him and lift others up and so I keep going! Thanks for your kind words here, Theresa!

  4. No matter what we achieve in life, it’s such a good exercise to step back and take notice of those who helped you get where you are. and then Pass on the Praise, as I like to say. Since there is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man or woman, this kind of action just helps you realize the importance of people who supported and encouraged you… and hopefully will help you do the same for someone else!

  5. Meg, what a sweet letter. Words that we all need to hear once in awhile especially as faith writers/bloggers. Thank You! And that Romans verse is one of my faves. Blessed to be your neighbor at Three Word Wednesday this week.

  6. I absolutely love this, Meg! Writing can be a desperately lonely business, and sharing our faith takes more courage than we think we have… and yet we do it. How often have we posted something wondering if anyone will even bother to read it , let alone be encouraged or blessed by it. Yet we leave it all in God’s hands—and He is oh so faithful! 🙂 Thank YOU for thanking us! I have a feeling you have touched many hearts with this. Your neighbour at #CoffeeForYourHeart

    1. This was so sweet, Laura. Yes I’ve thought that myself and it does help us to learn to trust Him more completely doesn’t it? I appreciate you, friend…have a blessed Thanksgiving and thanks for blessing me today with these words. We aren’t able to get out on this holiday due to illness so it was really special to read!

  7. This is beautiful! (Love the bear graphic too!!) I was not at all prepared for the depth of connections that could be formed through blogging when I began and it has been a huge blessing. It has been lovely to get to know you and be part of this community.

  8. What an encouraging and hope-filled letter, Meg! Thank you for the blessing in these words and from your heart! I ♥ U! Thanks so much for sharing hope at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    1. I love you too, Lori! Your words and creativity are so wonderful. I don’t get to visit each blog I love all the time but each of you is on my mind and in my heart and most certainly in my prayers.I hope you had a blessed weekend!

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