5 Dependably Encouraging Blogs That Never Fail To Make Me Smile
Blogs That Are Dependably Encouraging
I am an avid reader and a lover of positive thinking. When I first came on the blog scene over ten years ago, I quickly found that I was drawn to a particular type of blog.
I prefer optimistic corners of blog land and pages filled with beautiful photos and happy thoughts. I guess you could say that I like to view my glass as half full, instead of half empty and I love reading encouraging things.
While viewing life through rose-colored glasses is a pleasant way to go through life, I do realize that it is not always possible. This post is in no way meant to take shots at those of us who are struggling and cannot see the silver linings for the rain.
Although, I am so thankful for those who search for the positives in the midst of the storms, because it is those lovely souls who help to light the darkest of paths that we must walk in life. These wonderfully, lovely people live by the motto, “If you cannot see a light, then be one.”
Little Rays of Sunshine
Many years ago I attended a week-long retreat that is provided for the blind and their families at a lovely little hide away called Camp Dogwood here in North Carolina.
Since my husband is legally blind and three of my children also suffer from the same eye disease that he does, Camp Dogwood is a place where the visually handicapped and their loved ones can go for support and encouragement. For many of the people who attend, it is the only vacation that they have throughout the year.
The blind can teach “seeing” people a thing or two about optimism and hope.
These inspiring people know what it is to have to go deep inside yourself and search for a reason to continue. I met many wonderful and amazing people at Camp Dogwood, but there was a blind man named Jesse who left a lasting impression upon me. As a blind man, Jesse could “see” better than any sighted person I have ever known.
He is young, vibrant and extremely talented. Jesse is completely blind, from the same eye disease that is stealing my husband’s sight. During the week we were there, he water skied, participated in a talent show where he sang and played a guitar and just generally made those around him very happy. He was always, always smiling! He was a ray of sunshine.
At the end of this camp, the counselors gave out awards to some of the brightest and friendliest attendees. One of the awards was called “A Little Ray of Sunshine.” The blogs I am about to mention are just that, little rays of sunshine to me.
Some days you just need a dose of happy.
There are several bogs that I visit on a regular basis simply because of their smile power. These lovely bloggers never fail to encourage me and make me smile.
When chronic illness or trials of any sort enter a person’s life, it often dims their smile. I love that no matter when I drop by for a visit these wonderful writers always have something uplifting to share. I never go away disappointed when I visit with them. They are inspiring.
If you are in need of a drop of sunshine today, I would encourage you to visit with these lovely ladies. You will not regret it, and I guarantee you will come away smiling.
The first blogger on my list is the lovely Stephanie. While she is not a chronic illness blogger, she is wonderfully uplifting and often shares beautiful hymns, scripture quotations and photographs.
Stephanie blogs over at The Enchanting Rose.
Her photographs are always so lovely, soft and feminine. She always has something encouraging to share. I always feel like I have been to tea with a kindred spirit after visiting with her on her beautiful blog.
That verse in the Bible, Philippians 4:8 that speaks about how we should think about all that is lovely and of good report, describes Stephanie and her beautiful blog perfectly. Visit with her and be strengthened.
You can visit with the lovely Stephanie here: The Enchanting Rose
Kami Lingren is the lovely writer behind Living Grace Blog. She is always so encouraging in her writing and does such a wonderful job of weaving her faith and hope into each and every post.
A Lyme disease warrior, Kami is a living example of her beautiful blog’s name. She embodies grace in everything she shares. I will always be thankful for the day that I came across her blog.
Her writing is always a ray of hope to me in my own struggle with Lyme disease. When my blog grows up, I want it to be strong and beautiful like Kami’s.
You can visit with the lovely Kami here: Living Grace Blog
When I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease this past March, Terry’s lovely blog Color Me Lyme was one of the first Lyme blogs that I read. It was such an encouragement to me to read her story, as I could identify with many of the struggles that she has faced.
Her genuine care and compassion for others shines through her writing. She is an advocate for raising awareness of Lyme disease. Color Me Lyme is special, because Terry always includes something hopeful and uplifting in every post she writes. I never fail to come away heartened and inspired.
You Can visit with the lovely Terry here: Color Me Lyme
The beautiful Sarah and her husband Michael are the voices behind the blog Inkblots of Hope.
To say that this blog has touched my heart is an understatement. You can feel the love and compassion in every word that is written there. Sarah is a survivor of chronic illness and along with her husband shares words of encouragement and hope.
This is one of the most beautiful blogs that I have ever had the privilege of reading. Please take a moment to visit with Sarah and Michael, you will come away blessed.
You can visit Sarah and Michael here: Inkblots of Hope
Jen Hardy blogs over at Chronically Positive Mom about her life and the challenges of raising a large family while chronically ill. What I love about Jen is that she is realistically positive, meaning that she doesn’t sugar coat the truth but always manages to add a positive spin on the challenges she faces.
If you are a mom facing life with chronic illness and a young family, Jen’s blog is for you! Take a moment to visit with her and you will come away encouraged and refreshed.
You can visit with Jen here: Chronically Positive Mom
Keep encouraged and look for the sunshine.
Hopefully this little list of sunshine is helpful to you. Each and every one of these bloggers has encouraged me more than they will ever realize. I am so thankful for each one of them. Please take a moment to visit with them and be blessed.
This past week I had the privilege of spending some time away from my laptop and social media connections. It was good for me to step back and breathe. Sometimes just the simple act of truly resting can have great healing effects on a life. I can say that my recent rest was a true blessing.
I hope to be back to my regular blogging next week. Until then, take care of you and be kind to yourself. We are all just doing the best we can. Keep encouraged and look for the sunshine! I appreciate each and every one of you!
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