To the Woman Who’s Lost Her Sparkle

To the Woman Who’s Lost Her Sparkle,

It was a blustery fall day, one where the leaves zip past and dance to the rhythm of a wind that chills to the bone.  My errand list was a mile long and I was dreaming of a steaming cup of coffee and a warm blanket.

Rushing into the store, I saw you out of the corner of my eye.

You were hunched over,  your tattered sweater wrapped around you for warmth, obviously regretting the choice to leave without a jacket.

Your hair, although windblown, was greasy and in need of TLC.

Your face was devoid of makeup and it looked as though your clothes were plucked off the bathroom floor.

While it was true that you could use a makeover from head to toe, it wasn’t your clothes that caught my eye, it was your demeanor that had me riveted.

To the Woman Who's Lost Her Sparkle

You looked defeated.

From the furrowed brow to the frown lines creasing your face, you looked worn out, exhausted and beat-up by life.

Your eyes, which probably once were merry and bright, were lackluster and dull.

You looked joyless and hopeless, longing for comfort from the life you lead.

For a fleeting moment I wanted to reach out and ease your pain.

There was so much I wanted to say, yet didn’t know how to bridge a gap between two strangers.

You beckoned for encouragement and I knew just what I would say if given the chance.

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“Friend, I know that life is overwhelming and oh so hurried.

I know that you tirelessly work your fingers to the bone, often with no recognition or praise.

You silently serve others, not needing the cheer of a crowd or even your family to keep going.

I know you burn the candle at both ends, never fully getting quality sleep, just to get up and hit the ground running.

I know that you scrub toilets, cook dinner and mop floors,  just to do it all again the next day.

I know that you have needs and longings of the heart that go unfulfilled because you are taking care of others.

I know that you long for freedom from your burdens, to be free from the guilt of wanting more than your situation allows.

I know you once had big dreams but now, after all this time, aren’t sure who you are or where to go.

I know you wonder if your prime has passed and what your purpose is, but it’s not too late for you.

You still matter. You were made to sparkle.

While life has been unexpected and harsh at times, you were made to thrive, to grab a hold of each new day and live it to the fullest.

You don’t have to live defeated and you can dare to dream again.

Your path in life is not a mistake and your life has meaning, even if you don’t see it.

There is hope on your journey and in the everyday mundane.

God has placed adventure on your heart and a cry for more of life on your tongue.

You were created to live empowered by Him and to be bold in your everyday life, even in the scrubbing and in the cleaning, doing it out of  thanksgiving for the life He has blessed you with.

God has put a longing for more inside of you and He created you to thirst for Him, not for things of this world.

He created you to pursue Him with a passion you can’t fully grasp, but to seek Him and have Him meet you where you are.

Woman Who's Lost Her Sparkle

It’s ok to dream and to want more.  Let God, the author of your life, be the author of your dreams.

Don’t be afraid to step out in faith and boldness, to change your life and become who God is challenging you to be.

Let Him set you free from the drudgery of the mundane and let Him quench your thirst.

Let Him fill you with His love so you can radiate His joy to others.

Let Him inspire you to start living again, knowing that this world is temporary and we weren’t meant to be fulfilled here.

So my friend, the one I’ve never met, embrace whom God created you to be and run passionately after Him. God created you to sparkle!”

As I was jolted out of my deep thoughts, I stopped in my tracks.

I realized that the woman I saw and pitied, was really my reflection in the store’s window.

The woman who’d lost her sparkle was me.

“For God, who said, ‘Let the light shine out of the darkness’, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light if the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

2 Corinthians 4:6

Can you relate to losing your sparkle?  Do you feel that life is whipping past you and you can’t keep up with the pace?  Have you lost your sense of who you are?  I’d love to hear your story and remember, you were created to shine!

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Welcome to Faith Along the Way! I am a redeemed child of God and perfectly imperfect in every area of my life. Wife to Hubs, we’ve battled the storms of Cancer, infertility, adoption & Autism together the past 10 years and praise God for his continued guidance. I hope you’ll join us on this journey through life as we trust God with faith along the way.

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    AmieJo November 18, 2014 (9:43 pm)

    Just Great!
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      Sarah Ann November 19, 2014 (10:31 pm)

      Thanks, my friend! I appreciate your support!

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        GJK February 18, 2016 (2:14 pm)

        THIS HIT ME SO HARD, BECAUSE IT IS ME!! HOW CAN I DO WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO, WHEN I BARELY SURVIVE ON $800 A MONTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY. I AM SO VERY MUCH OVERWHELMED BY EVERYTHING. MEDS,ELECTRIC,WATER, FOOD ,MORTGAGE, PETS TO CARE FOR, AND AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE, ONLY A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY LEFT, UNTIL THE NEXT MONTH, TO START ALL OVER AGAIN. :'( IT IS SO DEPRESSING, TO TRY TO MANAGE ON JUST A LITTLE MONEY EACH MONTH,AND TRY TO MAKE ENDS MEET, IT IS TERRIBLE. SO FRUSTRATED!!!

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          Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:41 pm)

          I understand! Praying that God will reveal His plan to you and that you will be encouraged by His steadfast love!

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    Jenny November 19, 2014 (1:14 pm)

    Wow powerful post! My daughter is scribbling down the picture quote!
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      Sarah Ann November 19, 2014 (10:30 pm)

      Thanks so much Jenny! I’m glad it impacted you in some way!

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    Laura November 19, 2014 (6:39 pm)

    Great post! May we all learn to sparkle in times of pain, defeat, sadness, loneliness…

    This post inspires me to invite God into my whole being so that He may shine through me (and sparkle!) when I feel like I cannot shine my own light!
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      Sarah Ann November 19, 2014 (10:30 pm)

      Absolutely! It’s so true that we can and should invite God into every aspect of our lives, allowing Him to change us for His glory. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Tiffany November 22, 2014 (9:42 am)

    Such a powerful and uplifting post. Truly written to encourage. Thank you so much. I have definitely had those times when I felt anything but a sparkle in my look, feelings and even my hope. Still I always had the glimpse – that mustard seed faith – that tomorrow would be better. Thank God for God. He is always able.
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    De Yarrison November 24, 2014 (8:20 am)

    Love this. Yes, I’ve been the woman who’s (temporarily) forgotten my sparkle and I’ve been in the path of others needing this reminder as well. Just this weekend, I met a stranger who reached out to me – defeated, depressed, scared. I will remember to lift her up in my prayers. Thank you for this reminder! Found your post from Written Reality Motivation Monday. God bless you!

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      Sarah Ann November 24, 2014 (1:40 pm)

      How awesome that someone who needed help actually reached out for it! Amazing how God brought that person into your life and path. I’ll be praying for her, too!

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    Lux Ganzon November 24, 2014 (10:20 am)

    I looooove this! Sometimes it feels like I’ve dulled my sparkle, but I always get that blingbling back. haha. Thanks for this encouragement. Most women, because of our selfless attitude really forget to shine. This is a very wonderful reminder to never lose the sparkle we have been given. It is innate in us to shine so let’s! The world will be brighter then. 🙂
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      Sarah Ann November 24, 2014 (1:38 pm)

      I totally agree! We are too busy serving others that we forget about ourselves and that we have a purpose outside of mothering. I’m so glad it reminded you of your ability to shine!

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        Sandy June 6, 2016 (11:38 am)

        Thank you all. This is so me. No money. Busy picking up toys clothes etc. Serving with no thanks. I had lost my sparkle.

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          Sarah Ann June 12, 2016 (1:32 am)

          Me, too, Sandy! I completely understand how the day to day can steal a woman’s sparkle. I’m praying for your heart as you seek the Lord for encouragement and purpose.

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    Brittany Bullen November 25, 2014 (12:21 am)

    This is just lovely. I think it was me with the greasy hair at the grocery store 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Spiritual Sundays! I’m honored.

    Enjoy your holiday weekend!

    Brittany
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      Sarah Ann November 25, 2014 (2:16 pm)

      Thanks, Brittany! I think we’ve all been there with the greasy hair. Thank you for hosting!

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    Tonya December 2, 2014 (9:09 am)

    I have lost my sparkle! I am losing hope. I am a mom a stepmom a wife and a daughter in law. I do the same thing everyday with little or no help. I dont feel appreciated or loved. I am losing hope fast. I am printing this post and will read it often hopefully It will help me push on and find my sparkle again.
    Thanks

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      Sarah Ann December 2, 2014 (10:39 am)

      I completely understand! It’s so hard in these roles to remember that we are people too, but God does have a plan for the madness! Please keep in touch to let me know how you are doing! I’ll be praying hard for you!

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        Tonya December 3, 2014 (9:27 am)

        Thanks Sarah. It is nice to know I have someone praying for me. Both of my parents have passed away and I really don’t have any family or close friends. I feel very alone and I hate the holidays. I know I sound so negative. I look forward to reading more of your post.

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          Sarah Ann December 3, 2014 (10:37 am)

          Tonya,

          Sometimes when life is hard, it’s hard to snap out of the negativity and the hurting. There are no apologies needed! I have been there often myself, but I know that reminding myself that only God can fill those empty spaces, not people or holidays, that helps me to get through those rough patches. Remembering that my Creator never leaves my side and is always with me, helps me to feel hope in Him and satisfies those deep hurts. Please stop by and let me know how you are doing. I know the holidays can be awful when you’re hurting! Hugs, sweet friend!

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    Nina December 2, 2014 (1:28 pm)

    Thanks for this post. I have lost my sparkle. Wake up to those daily demands. the pounding thoughts attack me how my life has been stolen because of….I know if I feed those thoughts they just get stronger, so I must re-set my thinking. today my prayer is, Jesus inspire me to start living again.

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      Sarah Ann December 2, 2014 (3:36 pm)

      Nina, You are not alone in this feeling! The enemy uses life itself to distract us, overwhelm us, and cause us to lose our focus. You are right in the fact that Jesus is the answer to start living again! My prayers are with you, friend, as you seek Him and He restores your joy!

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    Chaun December 4, 2014 (6:40 pm)

    Oh this made me tear up. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. They couldn’t have come at a better time. 🙂
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      Sarah Ann December 4, 2014 (9:14 pm)

      God bless you and know that while times may be tough, God is in control! He never wavers, and if you ask Him, He will restore your sparkle!

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    Earl-Leigh January 13, 2015 (11:25 am)

    You have no idea, how much I needed to read this post today! Thank you for sharing!
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      Sarah Ann January 13, 2015 (12:56 pm)

      I am so glad it was what you needed to hear! Many blessings to you!

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    Angie Benjamin January 16, 2015 (6:20 am)

    This is a breautiful and encouraging post. Thanks so much for sharing it! I’ve included it in my weekly round-up of favourite things around the web, remain blessed 🙂
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      Sarah Ann January 16, 2015 (9:44 am)

      Angie, Thank you for including it in your round up! I’m thankful that it impacted you and pray you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Jessica Lynn January 28, 2015 (6:41 am)

    I love it. Such a good post. In the early days it can be hard to see out of the everyday.

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      Sarah Ann January 28, 2015 (8:32 am)

      Thanks, Jessica! So true and great reminder that there is more to life than the everyday mundane. 🙂 Blessings to you!

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    Jenny Finney January 28, 2015 (6:46 am)

    This is such a powerful message. I think we could all use this from time to time. Thanks for such a wonderful post
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    Starla J @ Pressing In and Pressing On January 28, 2015 (12:02 pm)

    Great post. We need to lift each other up in prayer and in edifying words to help each other as women…sisters in Christ…to help each other keep our “sparkle”!
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      Sarah Ann January 28, 2015 (9:09 pm)

      Absolutely! I think too often we are too busy comparing ourselves or trying to be someone who we’re not, we miss who God created us to be!

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    Hera January 28, 2015 (12:12 pm)

    Beautiful words, inspiring message. Thanks for sharing <3 Much love to you!!
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      Sarah Ann January 28, 2015 (9:09 pm)

      Thank you so much! You are so kind and I’m flattered that it impacted you in some way. Many blessings to you!

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    Sammi April 29, 2015 (3:41 pm)

    This is absolutely beautiful, Sarah Ann! I can see why this is one of your favorite articles to date. Well done, beautiful 🙂
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      Sarah Ann April 29, 2015 (10:55 pm)

      Thank you, my friend! 🙂 I appreciate your support!

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    Robbi May 19, 2015 (5:22 pm)

    As a mom to two littles (2 and 11 months) there are days I totally feel like I’ve lost my sparkle. More often than not here lately. Thank you for the encouragement and reminders!
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      Sarah Ann May 21, 2015 (6:28 am)

      I’m so glad it blessed you, Robbi! You’re not alone in this feeling! 🙂

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    Ariella June 2, 2015 (3:20 am)

    Sometimes I think I’ll never shine again. But when I am in Jesus arms I may reflect His light.
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      Sarah Ann June 2, 2015 (6:30 am)

      I understand! I’ve been there at times myself, and am so thankful for the glory of His presence which shines through me!

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    Barbie June 3, 2015 (10:02 pm)

    Beautiful words to my heart today!
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      Sarah Ann June 5, 2015 (7:21 am)

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad it blessed you!

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    christa June 30, 2015 (7:43 am)

    This is really, really powerful. I was actually not expecting the reflection part, how very true. I can’t wait to share this!
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      Sarah Ann July 1, 2015 (8:24 am)

      Thank you, Christa! I am honored that this impacted you! God bless you!

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    Amy August 12, 2015 (11:53 pm)

    This is powerful! I needed this dose of encouragement to get back my sparkle;).

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      Sarah Ann August 14, 2015 (3:28 pm)

      I’m honored it helped you! 🙂 I know the feeling all well!

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    Jenean August 20, 2015 (8:30 am)

    My Husband died last year and it seems the sparkle just vanished. Although I pretend for the kids..

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      Sarah Ann August 22, 2015 (2:06 pm)

      I’m praying for you! I can only imagine how tough that must be. Hugs and prayers coming your way!

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    Aimee September 19, 2015 (9:48 pm)

    I truly loved this post!!! I am the single mom of 4 beautifully amazing kids!! 3 out of the 4 have major health challenges but we are trusting God to guide us through that and all our journeys!! I am a survivor of domestic violence from a 12 year marriage as well as him abusing me he abused the children as well in more ways then one and all of which should never be a life experience children should have to go through!! Everyday I struggle alone in hiding, afraid to have friends cause they might report to him, afraid to leave my home as he might see us, afraid of it all!! I have been diagnosed with severe PTSD and I am trying to move past it all!! I have lost my sparkle and my desire, I am defeated and beaten down and have no strength left. I have friends who say with God I am an overcomer but it’s been an 18 month battle and he still walks free and my kids are still forced to see him and it is effecting them in a negative way due to the fear they have!! I as their mother struggle everyday to smile and move forward but it is just way to hard and I need help!!!

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      Sarah Ann September 25, 2015 (10:39 pm)

      WOW! It’s amazing how God brings us through the trials and heartache. It’s true that we may never be the same, but He brings us to a new place of security and humility in Him. I’m praying for your journey and that God continues to heal you and your children. 🙂

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    Sarah November 20, 2015 (12:41 pm)

    Thank you.

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      Sarah Ann January 2, 2016 (6:56 am)

      May you be blessed and remember how much God loves you!

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    Susan Horn January 3, 2016 (9:42 pm)

    So me I have no sparked any more and I shined do brightly once! Life has brought me down! I can’t seem to get up! I often say I wish I were me again!

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:46 pm)

      I think it’s a common problem that women tend to ignore. Seek the Lord and trust in His unconditional love!

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    Katie January 4, 2016 (7:19 pm)

    I want to cry in relief, fear, joy & sorrow because I could have sworn this was myself you described above. I found this via a dear friend sharing on her facebook wall & below is my comment to her. Thank you for your candor!
    “How do you do that?! Find & share the things that are like someone has been watching me, inside my head & my heart – it’s uncanny, unnerving, almost unbearable b/c it is so much of what I’ve thought & felt that I have believed shouldn’t be thought & felt b/c I am so very blessed by God, yet heartwarming, too, because – maybe, just maybe – I’m not as alone as I have sometimes felt & that, even more of a maybe, it’s not so bad to think & feel these things.
    Thank you, friend.”

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:44 pm)

      You are not alone, Katie! I understand exactly how you feel! Many blessings to you!

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    Michelle January 10, 2016 (12:04 am)

    Thus just hit home for me. Lately I feel like I just don’t know who I am. I feel like the enemy is doing everything possible to ruin my life. I feel worthless and ugly. I feel unappreciated and not as good as other women. Life can just be so hard.

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:43 pm)

      It sure can be hard, but God’s love is constant. He loves you just as you are! Hugs, friend!

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    Cheryl Cratin January 22, 2016 (10:16 pm)

    I needed to be reminded of those things bc I have lost my sparkle. I used to be so full of life but lately just feel like I have no purpose anymore and began to have really dark thoughts. My daughter is not speaking to me bc I told her was wrong abt something, I have lived with a man for 3 years always trying to meet the terms he continues to set to be worthy of becoming his wife yet he will never commit and I have accepted that. My mother and father verbally abuse me and have for years and also tell my kids 21,18 & 12 how horrible I am and all the mistakes I have made constantly. I feel as if I have no one who loves me for me and yes, the sparkle has been gone for a long time.

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:42 pm)

      Cheryl, I am praying so hard for you! YOU matter to God and He loves you just as you are, without strings attach. May you find comfort in His hope and promises of peace today!

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    Felicia ZK January 29, 2016 (12:03 am)

    This is so me right now. Thank you so much for the encouragement. So grateful I found your blog today.

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      Sarah Ann April 13, 2016 (12:41 pm)

      May you be blessed and strengthened in faith today!

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    Stefani {Walls of Home} April 20, 2016 (2:41 pm)

    I have lovedone discovering your space the last 2 weeks, Sarah Ann! I love what you write. Bless you!

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    Taria Shondell Faison June 15, 2016 (3:17 pm)

    This was amazing! I felt myself in this! It definitely moved something in me!
    Thank you for this!

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      Sarah Ann June 18, 2016 (2:25 am)

      Thank you, Taria! I’m honored this encouraged you!

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    Brittany June 16, 2016 (1:58 pm)

    I have felt this before, so so deeply. Thank you for encouraging me today while I am burnt out and exhausted. I haven’t lost my sparkle yet, and I’ll be remembering this throughout the day each time I think, “I am just so tired.”

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      Sarah Ann June 18, 2016 (2:24 am)

      I totally understand, Brittany! Many blessings (and much rest) to you!