22 Encouraging Must Visit Sites

I sense that lots of Christians are becoming discouraged and overwhelmed with our world. There are a lot of scary happenings, I’ll admit but, there are also some really great happenings that are going unseen. This idea of sharing a post filled with places to find encouragement began by being asked to write a post on the political and social happenings in America but with a positive spin. The requester felt that there was so much negative spin that we have lost sight of who the true King is. While I too find lots of negative, I refuse to let that determine my life direction. I don’t have my head buried in the sand, I am fully aware of political happenings and I have all sorts of opinions on the social buzz that is being stirred and forced upon America. I just know my calling for my blog isn’t to be vocal about this arena, my call is to be an encourager. I support and pray for those who have been called to this area. I pray that you are aware of these Christians and support them as they fight for our religious freedoms. I also challenge you to not let your call in life be an excuse to bury your head in the sand and be unaware of the political and social areas of America.

Me, Coffee & Jesus

 

This list is only a snippet of places you can look for encouragement.

 

Follow these amazing pages on Facebook:

  • Daughter by Design This page offers encouragement daily with posts like this:  “When the enemy tells you that you are worthless, remember the price Jesus paid on the cross for you. When the enemy tells you nobody loves you, remember that Jesus left heaven to be with you. When the enemy tells you that you are too sinful, too broken, and have made too many mistakes remember that Jesus forgave you and washed all your sins away. When the enemy tells you that you are alone, weak, and vulnerable remember that you have the savior of the world next to you. The enemy will try to break you, steal your joy, shake your confidence, destroy your faith, and make you feel hopeless but you don’t need to listen to one single lie of his. You are created with a purpose. You are loved. You are victorious with Christ. Hold on to these truths and never forget that the enemy is a liar and his lies have no power in your life because you are a child of God.”

 

  • SoulScripts by Jordan Lee Jordan gives real life lessons, the kind that let you know you aren’t alone with your mistakes, doubts, and fears. You can also find her on Instagram.

 

  • Tera’s Online Christian Journey This is the page to follow and to be challenged by scripture everyday! I met Tera at She Speaks last year just by chance when she sat next to me at the last session of the weekend. We got to chatting and I said, oh, wait you are the yellow marker page! Go follow her, you will love her heart for the word …and her yellow marker!

 

  • Dr. Michelle Bengston This sweet encourager will help you find hope in situation. #hopeprevails is her life hashtag and will soon be a book that will give hope to all who read it, I’m sure!

 

  • Clayton Jennings This guy gives me so much hope for America. He is unafraid to teach the full truth of Jesus. Hundreds come to hear his revivals, I’m encouraged by his page to know that so many are hearing the truth and love of Jesus and allowing their lives to be transformed.

 

  • Kelsey Humphreys Kelsey has a heart to encourage others to chase their dreams. With her quick pep talks she shares bite-size tips from those who are crazy successful in a way that will always give you a chuckle!

 

  • Propel Women This page encourages women in their calling and passions.

 

 

Check out these blogs for posts to lift your heart up:

 

  • God-sized Dreams This page will encourage you to chase your God-sized dream, even when it’s hard.

 

 

  • The Masterpiece Mom I’ve talked about these girls before, Amanda and Anne-Renee are the real deal, they are moms who love moms! You will have your mama heart encouraged by just one post…but you’ll want to read more!

 

  • Becki Campbell Transparent and a for-real-kinda-girl! Every post I read I finish thinking, yes, me too! PS: she has a shop on her blog where she sells t-shirts, you’ll love the truth you can wear!

 

  • Grace with Silk  At Valerie’s blog I just feel so at home. The way she can make a home makeover a teachable God moment just gets me!

 

  • Dare 2 Hear the Voice of God Debbie’s blog always encourages me to keep going! She wrote a post about dreams awhile back that I loved and she is currently writing a series that involves Boldly Going…you know she is my jam!

 

  • See Jane Write I follow Jane on Instagram but love to read her blog posts! She recently wrote a post on waiting, God finally has blessed her waiting with an answer. 

As a writer I love books as well, here are a few that I’ve enjoyed recently:

 

  • For The Love by Jen Hatmaker – so I realize that I am likely the last women to read this but just in case you haven’t oh good golly it’s hilarious. Now don’t pick this up and expect a deeply spiritual book, this book is real life. Real life has funny stuff with God tied all through out and this is how For The Love is written.

 

  • Your Made for God Sized Dreams by Holley Gerth – I read this a few years ago but it is one of the few books I like to reread. This book is so encouraging and inspiring to keep going, keep chasing after the dreams God has placed within us.

 

  • Wild and Free by Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly – This is one that is on my list, I’ve had friends RAVE about it so I can NOT wait to read it!

 

  • Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs – This is another on my list that’s been RAVED about by my friends! There are too many books and not enough hours…can I get an amen!?

Especially for the bloggers:

 

  • I’m Not a Writer There is just so much yes in this post! It hit so close to home for me because I too have always loved to write but the proper way to write does not come naturally to me. So if you’re like me and find yourself doing something because God said do it and you aren’t especially good at it, you’ll love this!

 

  • When You Want to Give Up Blogging When you feel like quitting remember “…it’s never been about you. It’s about Jesus in you.” The World needs your voice, keep writing, keep singing, keep creating!

 

 

I’ve found the best way to fight discouragement is to surround myself with God-filled influences. We put scripture as art on our walls, why not fill our social media feeds with it as well!

Do you have a blogger, Facebook page, Instagrammer, or book I need to check out? Let me know in the comments because I’m always on the look out for new reading material!

PS: Bonus encouragement….my favorite Pandora station….Jordan Howerton Band-this station is the best mix of all the artists I love!

PSS: None of these lovely pages, blogs or authors asked me to do this, none of them know that they are included (unless they are a reader) they are just pages/books that personally speak to me and I thought they might to others as well. There are a TON of pages and blogs that I didn’t post about that I love so much! (I have to save some for a part 2 in the future!)

You can find me at these lovely blogs!

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Comments

  1. Great! Lots of new-to-me resources here!

  2. I am so honored, Winter! What a sweet surprise it was to see my blog on your list alongside some amazing ladies! Your words touched my heart and I pray God will encourage others and give them hope through the stories He lays on my heart! Thank you, friend!

    Blessings and big hugs,
    Lori

  3. I see familiar blogs in the list. Thanks because I’m adding more names too. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing these blogs with us. Blessings to you, Winter. I also added my blog to the link up.

  5. Wonderful list!

  6. Thanks for sharing some of your faves. 🙂 I know what you mean, I haven’t felt God leading me to engage in the political stuff on my blog, as of yet, either. Look forward to learning more about some of the things on your list I’m not familiar with. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this morning. ((grace upon grace))

    • winterlawson says:

      It can be hard to hold your tongue, when I’m sure you have as many opinions as I do! I hope you find someone you love on the list! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I love so many of these sites already and am excited to check out the ones I don’t know! Thanks Winter! ♥ First time visitor… I even threw a post into the link up and am excited to be lifted up by all you gals! Happy Monday!

  8. Thanks for the encouraging resources you point us too. Following and liking now. 🙂

  9. I’m always encouraged to see lists like this. Thanks for taking the time to compile this list and links! Blessings to you, Winter. “We put scripture as art on our walls, why not fill our social media feeds with it as well!” Yes!

  10. Winter – WOW !! Thank you so much for the honor of being mentioned here with so many other wonderful and encouraging blogs! You have always been an encouragement to me and I am so glad you are back online with writing and posting again. I Missed you while you were gone. I am so glad I could be an encouragement to you and others. I am humbled and blessed by you. Blessings

    • winterlawson says:

      I missed your words while I was gone, because when I stopped writing I stopped visiting. I’m always blessed when I read your posts and I knew my readers would be as well! Have a blessed week!

  11. I love this concept! What you focus on expands. The value of intentional encouragement and purposefully highlighting truth and positivity is incredibly valuable. Bravo! Visiting from #searchingformoments today 🙂

    • winterlawson says:

      Yes! What we focus on does expand! I know I talk to some that their focus is negative and it begins to bleed into all aspects, I find that quite heartbreaking! 🙁

  12. Such a gift, Winter! Thanks. There is so much out there to discover and you have found much that will be new to me!

  13. Thank you for sharing encouragement. What a great list! Praying we all look for ways to lift others up in a wold that is busy tearing others down.

  14. Thank you for collecting such encouraging resources for us! I can’t wait to dig into some of those blogging posts. I am *always* in need of encouragement in that area! Your neighbor at #intentionaltuesday

  15. I love this list, Winter. Thank you!

  16. I can’t wait to check some of these out – thanks!

  17. Winter, I am so blessed by you! Thanks for including my post in this incredible list of writers, influencers & encouragers. It was a sweet surprise and you brightened my day.
    I’m sending this note with a prayer for your ministry, your family, your blog, and your heart.
    In Christ with much thanks,
    Alison

    • winterlawson says:

      It was a privilege to include your post!…really it was God’s timing! I had sat down to put the finishing touches on the post and found your post shared by a friend or page I follow and I feel in love with it! So I was new to your page but will be a regular reader now!

  18. Love that you’re looking for the good and offering so many encouraging options for us to check out. Thanks, Winter! Joining you via #testimonyTuesday.

  19. Definitely checking out some of these blogs. Thanks for sharing!

  20. You’re right, Winter, there’s so much discouragement around, even among Christians. Thanks for all the encouraging pitstops – your post does a great job sharing something for everyone to be blessed by. I’ll be pinning this, for sure. Blessings!

  21. Stopping by from Titus 2 Tuesday…. Just wanted to say that I LOVED Wild and Free. Life-changing, for sure. Oh, and Looking for Lovely arrived in my mail yesterday. 🙂

    • winterlawson says:

      Ohhhh you’re making me excited to get them! I just purchased Jesus>Religion by Jefferson Bethke but those two are next!!

  22. This is such an AWESOME list! Thanks for sharing all of these great resources. Some of them I’m already familiar…but some are new to me, and I’m excited to check them out!

  23. What a great list Winter. Thanks for putting it together!

  24. This is a great list – thank you Winter. And, thank you for the linkup!

  25. What a great list of people to connect with. I know a few. The others, I hope to know soon. My “one word” for the year is CONNECT, so I will try to connect with these people on your list.

  26. This is a fantastic list of encouragement and inspiration! I especially love the blogger sites, as I think discouragement is a huge roadblock for me at times, keep doing what you’re doing girl!

  27. Thanks for a great list, Winter. I can’t wait to start reading them while I am listening to the Jordan Howerton Brand Pandora station!
    colleen

  28. Winter,

    Thank you for this great list!

    FYI- you may want to check out my Facebook page where I post a scripture graphic most days – enemy of the airways must be fought with God’s Truth, right?! So I pull out His Word (it’s my Sword!) to wield each day. I pray it blesses you.

    Facebook.com/AuthorSusanBMead

  29. I just found your blog on the Arabah Joy linkup. Love this good idea of sharing the positive when the world so bombards us with the negative! 🙂
    I’ve been blogging since the end of July, 2015; my reason for blogging page is: https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/hello-world/
    and my most recent post is:
    https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/beneficial-weakness/ (Where my Strength Begins)
    I hope that by sharing these things that God has been teaching me, He might also reach out and touch others as well.

  30. Featuring you tomorrow at Women With Intention Wednesdays! Thanks for linking up!

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