Top 5 blog posts of 2018

If you have known me for awhile, you know that I used to be the least sentimental person EVER. But then my heart grew three sizes and I became an emotional fruit basket. (Full disclosure: I don’t actually know where that phrase came from but my sister and I used to call my mom that on the regular—LOVE YOU, MOM!)

But really, as time has gone on and since I had a baby (they make you crazy emotional, by the way), I’ve learned to really soak in everything around me. Part of this, for me, is taking time to reflect and reminisce on even the small things.

This year, we did a lot of things on The Snead Tribe blog, and I’m insanely blessed to have a space to collaborate with others and to be able to share so many stories. So, to close out the year, I thought it’d be fun to review the top 5 blog posts of 2018

 

#5 What you say and do matters

“What if you were the only person that someone came into contact with who knew God? What if you were the only example of God’s redemption that person ever witnesses in their life? What if because of your actions and the words you said, you missed out on witnessing to someone, missed out on sharing the Gospel?”

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I remember writing this post and praying over it as I did so, praying that the words I wrote would impact someone, somewhere. Because the truth is, we serve a mighty God, but others will never know how mighty He is if you’re not living according to Him.

#4 The blessing of true fellowship

Y’all, I could write on fellowship for days. I actually say that jokingly since I started this post months before I posted it on Oct. 15. I found it incredibly hard to articulate all my thoughts and feelings, and this post was not even a fraction of them.

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I think we use the term fellowship a lot, but I wholeheartedly believe there’s a difference between being together and doing life together. I am grateful for friends who became family, who picked us up on the hard days, and who always offer words of encouragement. I pray that this group continues to do life together even when we’re miles apart but even bigger than that I pray that God uses us exactly where He needs us and that we will always provide a safe place for someone…

 

#3 Choosing a life of intent

IMG_7936“I’ve been given a role in this world. I may not understand what that role is yet. But consciously acknowledging that the choices you make in your home, your work, your faith, your finances, and your health have a weight behind them allows you to live a God-centered life.”

Today, I’m thankful for a friend who joins me in doing crazy things and who is willing to be vulnerable with others. Johanna shared this post at the beginning of August and it has been given so much love and I think it’s because this post speaks to something deep within us. I don’t know what your current battle is, what you’re struggling to hand over to the Lord, but I do know that if we choose to wholly trust in Him, there are beautiful things to come.

 

#2 What is human trafficking — and why should I care?

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During the month of August, we posted a series on human trafficking, and this post was the start of it all. Our cousin Kala​ is a faithful servant to the Lord and she was kind enough to share her passion with us throughout the month.

“I pray that we will see the worth innate in each life, and that we will fight for each other’s freedom even as Christ fought for ours.”

I think sometimes we become disillusioned — “Oh, it’s not happening here” or “That’s not my problem” — when in reality, all human lives are worthy and we are all called to love others.

 

 

#1 Elizabeth Biles: Sixteen Hours of Worship 

Our number one post of the year was the second part of Elizabeth‘s birth story with dear baby Bryce.

‘Sometimes worship is hard work. It often requires more of us than we have to offer, so that the Lord can step in and show us that we are capable of nothing without Him. He made himself very apparent in these final moments. He calmed my spirit. He gave me strength I didn’t know I could possess.”

Elizabeth’s heart for women and babies is inspiring, and this post was beautifully written. This story goes beyond having a baby and talks about the faithfulness of the Lord when we give ourselves to Him, and if that’s not encouraging I don’t know what is!

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#2 in our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

 

During the month of August, we posted a series on human trafficking, and this post was the start of it all. Our cousin Kala​ is a faithful servant to the Lord and she was kind enough to share her passion with us throughout the month.

 

“I pray that we will see the worth innate in each life, and that we will fight for each other’s freedom even as Christ fought for ours.”

 

I think sometimes we become disillusioned — “Oh, it’s not happening here” or “That’s not my problem” — when in reality, all human lives are worthy and we are all called to love others.

 

 

 

 

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