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What Makes a Difference

You guys, what a weekend! It started with a little enjoyment of this beautiful mountain top I live on. Some of the small towns around here have live music on Friday nights outside, and my sister and I took advantage of one in downtown Blowing Rock. You try starting off a weekend with your favorite nephew and a glass of wine – it’s perfect. It then progressed to a birthday dinner Friday night at my favorite fancy restaurant, kind of low-key and simple. Not a bad kick off, right?

And then Saturday morning happened. I mentioned on here a little bit that I was doing my first book signing for Heartbeat this weekend, and I was originally pretty much crazy nervous. Luck turns out, the local Christian store I was at also had a live band, so I spent the majority of my time just enjoying their music! (You should definitely check them out –  Calvary Reflections. So good! You should also check out It Is Well in West Jefferson if you live anywhere in the High Country, such a cute store!)

That progressed into the rest of Saturday spent with family, celebrating my shared birthday with my mother with my sister and her family. Again, low-key, front porch sitting. Easy, just how I like it. Which led to Sunday morning.

Generally speaking, I’m pretty good talking about my faith. I don’t tend to get too nervous. At least, I used to not. But I guess I’ve been writing about it for so long, that I’ve been out of practice actually talking about it. So when I was tasked with sharing a bit of the roller coaster that was publishing Heartbeat, I was fine up until arriving at church Sunday morning.

To be honest, most of the “chat” is a blur. I don’t really remember what I said, I just know I wanted one message to be clear: I had my plan, and God took it, crumbled it, threw it over his shoulder, and said “Let me, Emily. Let me show you what you can do, not the other way around.”

And to be honest, two of the neatest moments from the weekend came when I least expected them.

When you approach someone that you know loves the Lord, there’s a tendency to have a certain comfort in that. Since publishing the devotional, since becoming more outspoken (outwritten?) about my faith, it’s given others a sense of closeness to me. One that I hope I never take for granted. On multiple occasions, I have been an outlet for prayer requests. And even when signing a book for a stranger, the fact that they feel comfortable enough to break down, to lay their heart out for me… that gives me more confidence that I’m doing what I should be doing than anything else.

And when someone who is much older and wiser than me, who has lived more years and has more stories to tell tells me that I’ve inspired them? That they now feel the desire to write the book that’s been sitting on their heart for years. I hope they see me and realize they can too. I hope they know that, by telling me that, they’ve inspired me right back.

All that to say, friends, the littlest things go a long way. And being willing to stand up and let others know that you love the Lord? To share what he’s done for you and what he is currently doing for you? You are helping others more than you are helping yourself. You are giving them a common ground – something to cling to.

Andddd as to this dress, it’s from a local boutique called Boone Belles and I kind of love it. I’m starting to think I have a big thing for floral maxis. I think I can even wear the shoulders up and pull it off at school! Every girl needs a dress like this, that makes them feel pretty.

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