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From a Distance

Renee Ann Smith —  July 23, 2014 — 25 Comments

Ann Voskamp Quote“God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors.”
~Ann Voskamp~

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This quote caught my attention this week. Let it sink in . . . 

Sometimes we don’t see God working in our lives & might even think He doesn’t care about our struggles.

It’s not until we look back from a distance that we see His hand in our days.

So let’s trust that time’s perspective will make much clear

And take a moment to thank Him for never letting us go. 

(Warning: Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear!)

Here’s a bit more of the context . . . 

“God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors. And I’ve an inkling that there are times when we need to drive a long, long distance, before we can look back and see God’s back in the rearview mirror. Maybe sometimes about as far as heaven—that kind of distance.” ~Ann Voskamp~

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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Quote of the day

Renee Ann Smith —  September 22, 2011 — 4 Comments

“God is patiently transfiguring all the notes of my life into the song of His Son.” ~Ann Voskamp~

No ordinary bloggers

Renee Ann Smith —  January 7, 2011 — 25 Comments

I love meeting women from around the country and learning about their lives, goals, hopes, and dreams. So I plan to do some linking up in the weeks to come. How ’bout you? . . .

One of the best things about blogging is the sense of community to be found among the countless women bloggers who frequent cyberspace. Whatever your interest may be, you can find bloggers who share it. I’ve perused blogs centered around the themes of living out your faith, homeschooling, crafting, cooking, raising special needs kids, living with chronic illness, home decorating, frugal living, product reviewing, writing, blogging, and, of course, reading. (Love the book bloggers!)

While surfing through these blogs, I happened upon a site called No Ordinary Blog Hop. This site was started by three bloggers who wanted to highlight the everyday things we say and do that uplift and encourage each other. NOBH featured my little blog this week. So if you’d like to read about how, when, and why I began blogging, you can link to the main page here.

The three hostesses who founded the site, Anna-Marie, Lynda, and Tracy, are homeschoolers who would like to connect with more of you. So take a few minutes to visit NOBH. From there, you can visit each gal’s individual blog through separate links. And if you’re a blogger, maybe you’ll think of some posts you can link to their blog hop that will encourage all the rest of us.

Another great inspirational site for both bloggers and non-bloggers belongs to poet and author Ann Voskamp.

She describes her blog, A Holy Experience, as a “place about finding the beauty and quiet, slowing to see the sacred in the chaos, the Cross in the clothespin, the flame in the bush.” Each Wednesday she hosts a meme where Christian women share posts about the spiritual practices that draw them nearer to the Lord. You can read about her Walk With Him Wednesdays here (scroll to the end of the post). Maybe you’d like to link up a post of your own there soon. If you’re not a blogger, you’ll still gain much from Ann’s site.

The last site I’ll mention is called Seeds of Faith Women, hosted by thirteen or so Christian women in various stages of their lives. Each Wednesday they host a blog hop called iFellowship to give Christian women a place to get to know each other. And you don’t have to host a blog to be part of the gang. You can link a Facebook page or Twitter account. The link goes live late Tuesday night. You can read all about it here.

I also enjoy jumping into general family-friendly blog hops–like Feed Me Friday at From Chalkboards to Strollers–link here and button in my sidebar.

What other great sites do you know about for bringing folks together?