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Believes faith without coffee is dead, enjoys laughing out loud, collects cacti and kaleidoscopes. Lives with her family in Bolivia. Blog: "the @"

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  1. I absolutely needed to hear this today: “Let the pain be a window into the lives of others around you. Feel for them. Be a voice for them. In finding this voice you will drown out the debilitating moans and groans of self-pity.”

    Thank you, @ngie – for your heart full of love and the courageous faith that you live out. I’m honored to call you friend.

    • Amy, I can only thank our Lord that He would choose to speak through this humble vessel to your ever willing heart. It is with gratefulness in my heart that I also count you as a friend. Keep up the good work, you are amazing!

  2. Thank you Angie for writing this, its lovingly convicting.

    “Did self-pity ever bring you to a good place? Really? ” Is definately a question I need to be reminded to ask myself again.

    • This is a question that comes back to my heart all too frequently. It is comforting to know I am not alone. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  3. Man, did this ever speak to me! I’ve had a bit of a self-pitying morning that fortunately went from self-pity to healing and cleansing and just telling myself the truth about certain situations. This helped me gain a lot of perspective and realize I do not have it so bad. It was empowering for me, and I will be sharing it with others. Thank you for writing it!

    • Beth, it gladdens my heart to know that your day was turned around. I appreciate you telling me that you are going to share this with others.

      By the way, I clicked through to your blog and did a quick scan. I found we have a mutual friend of a friend. Corey Schwartz is also a co-writer with my very good friend Rebecca Gomez (who commented on this post below as Becky). Small world, eh? 🙂

  4. I remember when I was first told this story on my visit to see you being floored that this precious girl was already so filled with love that she was able to see beyond her past hurts and pain to see the hurt of another! Those dreamer’s have so much to teach us!! Great post!!

    • Oh my sweet Livvy Lu, you are such a dear! What did I ever do to deserve you in my life! The only answer can be the grace of God.

  5. WOW, Angie, this is so powerful! I have been known to throw a pity party now and then–no more! I’m going to celebrate life and remember to look around for ways to help others instead. Thank you for this loving kick-in-the-behind. I needed it. 🙂

    • Holley you are too kind! This message is just as much for me as for anyone else. Thank you again for this open door to share with the lovely ladies who come to visit this spot.

  6. Wonderful point! Loved it. We’ve had problems with teachers in the past who would “pity” our foster kids and not hold them accountable for bad behavior or not trying in the classroom. There is a huge difference between pity and empathy.

    • What a fun bunch of kiddos you have! Your blog very cute too. 🙂 I agree that there is a huge difference between pity and empathy. Thanks for your comment!

  7. I can’t begin to tell you how that ministered to me. I am right there..the devil tries to keep me there but God wants me to rise above it…thanks for the reminder…

    • Dear Anon, I know how it feels to be going through junk! May you be strengthened today with the grace of God to keeping fighting the good fight of faith. Bless you!

  8. I also remember being told this story when I was in Bolivia last year. It makes my heart smile. What an encouraging word! Thank you, @ngie, for sharing!

  9. What a great image, excellent posting. I love the reminder that self-pity doesn’t really do anyone any good. Thanks for reminding us to all keep looking outside of ourselves.

    Loved it.

    • Laura, I know that you know first hand that even with the needs on our front door step it still takes a decided effort to look beyond ourselves. I appreciate your kind words. Blessings!