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 This is Katie, my sister. Katie has always lived with conviction, she spends her life helping people who need it and being a voice for those who can’t speak up. Everything she does, even in her day job as a starbucks manager, she does with passion. She inspires those around her. If you want to be inspired by her you can start by checking out her blog disruptive change.

 This is Adrienne my eldest sister. She is one of the wisest people I know. She has a sensitive heart and is always working on herself. She is reflective and helps me to see things from a different perspective.

 This is Rachael, one of my closest friends. Rachael is always there to keep me accountable. She helps me to see truth where I may have missed it. If I need to sort through thoughts and emotions she will give me raw insight, whether it is nice to hear or not, but she does it with grace and love. She is always open to what she can change about herself to make her a better person. She reminds me what it is to be a good friend and a good person.

 These are Micah’s grandparents, who I call my own. Grandmother is so strong, she is almost 90 and she can out-walk me any day. Through everything that Micah and I have gone through they have been there to offer prayer, support, and guidance. Out of anyone we know, Grandmother and Grandfather are the least judgmental to us. They remind us that life is a journey and everyone is on it. No matter what is going on, we can call them up and walk away from the call with hope and determination.

My previous church and my current church inspire me. I would not be where I am today (and I consider it a very good place!) If it were not for these two churches. God always used the orchard’s pastor to speak to us, convict us, and challenge us, and because of that Micah and I were able to grow and mature in our personal relationship, in our relationship with God, and with others. My current church also has a pastor whom I consider very wise, very humble, and very genuine. His messages always get me thinking and always challenge me. Every single person in my church has inspired me in some way or another. I try to understand how it is possible to have such wonderful and genuine people all in one place at one time and I just can not.

 and then there is Kelly. Lately, kelly has been inspiring me every single day. She just shared her  music blog with me and I have not been able to stop listening to her songs. I play her music when I am writing (like right now), and when I am crafting (which is all other times), and when I just simply need a “pick-me-up”. When I hear her words, the strings on the guitar, the keys on her piano, I bubble up inside and burst with creativity. When I talk to her she is encouraging and excited about everything that God is doing in my life.

This post is part 1 of many posts to come. This is a handful of people that inspire me. and to all you out there who do,

I Thank you.

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I have this friend. We have been friends since high school, and even though we hardly see each other anymore (about once every year, if that) we remain very good friends. She’s the kind of person who will inspire you just by having a simple conversation with her. She is encouraging about anything I am going through in life, and she has this very sweet spirit. She sees God’s goodness in everything. She is also extremely talented, even though she hardly lets anyone see that in her.

I got an email from her today. The email was in regards to a secret music blog shes been keeping. I started listening to her music and I couldnt even move. I sat there with my mouth wide open, my hand on my heart, and tears in my eyes. I listened to her songs until I had to leave for work. I felt deeply moved and inspired. Not only is her music striking and spectacular, but I am also so proud of her. I met her when she was a sophomore in high school and I have had the pleasure to see her grow into this incredibly talented, wise, awe-inspiring woman of God. Needless to say I just had to get permission to share her music blog with you. My hope is that she inspires you as I have no doubt she will. 

http://letsfakemusic.tumblr.com/


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I’ve been hearing a lot from people I know about how they feel like they should be doing more with their life. This isn’t an uncommon feeling. I bet you have felt like this at some point, either in the past or maybe now. I know I do. SO, what stops us from doing more? 

 Maybe the thing stopping us is whats in our pocket books, or rather whats not in our pocket books. Maybe we get so busy and hardly have time to take care of ourselves, let alone worry about someone or something else. Maybe we feel insignificant. Maybe the cause is so far beyond being fixed by just my help. Perhaps we try and fail and get too discouraged to try again.
But guess what? We need not be discouraged. We have already been given the ability to have an impact in life. The step towards the right direction starts by asking one question: whats in your hand? Maybe it’s a pen, or a mouse, maybe its a cookie sheet, or a cup of coffee, maybe its a camera. Start with that. Write an encouraging letter to someone who needs it. Create a website for a small struggling business. Bake cookies for a neighbor. Buy a friend a cup of coffee. Take a picture of something that inspires you and share it. Maybe it is as simple as cleaning someone’s house who just had surgery, or a baby. My point is to never underestimate the power of doing something small. I know the last time someone gave me a little post-it note with the words “you are amazing” written on it, I saved it and put it on my dresser to see every morning because it meant something to me. Who knows, maybe a kindly spoken word today will inspire, motivate, or lift a spirit. Because, in the end, isn’t that the point?
“When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable.” –Oswald Chambers via Relevant Magazine

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