Yesterday as I listened to the news, my heart was heavy.

It was overwhelming.

And unceasing.

And I was struck by the fact that in this busy and fast-paced world full of the unknown….

….so many hearts are grieving.

And full of sadness.

And worried.

And uncertain.

News like this can sometimes almost overwhelm a tired and weary world.

But in the middle of all that uncertainty and worry and sadness, I had so many people pour into me. So many people lift me up. So many people offer encouragement and words of wisdom and beautiful inspiration to me that along the way something amazing happened.

I’m so full of encouragement that I have extra.

Yep.

Extra encouragement available for distribution.

And so today….on this beautiful almost spring day….

….I wanted to share a little joy with you.

Yep.

You.

Just in case you needed some.

Just in case you were struggling.

Just in case you were a little sad.

Just in case you were worried or overwhelmed or nervous or lonely.

Just in case.

I wanted to share.

Nothing fancy.

Nothing earth-shattering.

Just a little encouragement.

Because yesterday when I walked outside and the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and the clouds were floating by in the blue sky and I could see flowers on the porch and tiny bits of green coming up through the patches in the grass…

…..and I stopped.

And paused.

I stopped for just an instant to take it all in and I as I stood there with the warm sunshine on my face and trees rustling in the wind and the beauty of a spring day surrounding me….

…..I was thankful.

Thankful for all the wonderful encouragement-pouring individuals I have in my life.

Thankful for another day to spend with my family.

Thankful that my sweet husband looked like an ad for J Crew in his knit cap.

Thankful for this blog and this space to write my heart.

Thankful that we finally found toilet paper after seven stores.

Simple.  Sweet.  Wonderful. Thankfulness.

And I was trying to think of a way to send extra encouragement your way.

So I wanted take a moment to tell you….

…..yes….you with the coffee or the hot tea or cup of soup or the banana nut muffin.

You.

You.  Are.  Amazing.

A rock star.

Truly.

You got this friend.

And just in case no one mentioned it to you today.

I wanted to be the first.

I mean….you probably already knew how amazing you are….and you probably are like….thank goodness she finally noticed and mentioned it.

Exactly.

And from one rock star to another…..

…..I totally agree. :)

PS  If you get a chance today….maybe spread a little encouragement in your corner of the world….there’s probably someone else amazing who needs it. :)

Comments

  1. Image for Brenda Vincent Brenda Vincent

    LOVE AND THANKS TO YOU FOR THIS! I needed it and soooo appreciate it as I write this with tears in my eyes. (now rolling down my cheeks). YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR!

    1. Image for Linda C Johnston Linda C Johnston

      Same from me! I don't know how you manage to create a message with just the right words. Our Lord certainly works through you. Thank you so much.

  2. Image for Donnie Donnie

    Yesterday - running errands with my sweet husband - thankful that we have the time to do this at this season of our life - walking down the sidewalk he said - beautiful song. I listened - no music? Than, I really listened - birds chirping so happily. Thankful for the music of the birds, time with my husband of almost 50 years and health and happiness. And, yes, you too KariAnne - you are a true joy-giver. 🤗

  3. Image for Revonda Stordahl Revonda Stordahl

    Thank you so much for this! In my job I am worried about my employees and the clients we serve and I wonder if I am doing enough to help them in these times of the unknown and uneasiness. I needed some encouragement today. I promise to pass it on!

  4. Image for Denise Denise

    Thank you for always being an encouragement!! One of my favorite necklaces says "Choose Joy". It really is a choice that we can each make every minute of every day. You are the best!!

  5. Image for Sue Sue

    Thanks, Karianne, for sharing some joy, when we need it for sure. I am grateful for science and research and the special people who work so hard to help solve all sorts of problems, who love to learn and share it all with the world. I am thankful for all the schools from pre-K through graduate schools and beyond and those who devote their lives to education for all. When we have a strong science based approach to our problems and challenges, we can strive to remove obstacles and provide for the greatest good in our world. From climate change, to viruses and cancers, to creating the best formula for the perfect paint, we all benefit.

  6. Image for Janelle Janelle

    Oh how sweet KariAnne! Thank you for this. I’ve been listening to the birds every morning and it is so beautiful. Spring...a time for hope.

  7. Image for Linda Miller Linda Miller

    Recent discovery...Have you read Charlie Mackesy's book "The Boy, the mole, the fox, and the Horse"? It is so beautiful. You must find it (I saw it at Target the other day). It is simply beautiful and I thought of you when I read it. Have a sunny, HAPPY, day my friend. In all of this gloom, we have SO much to be thankful for. Hugs

  8. Image for Suzie Suzie

    Thank you Karianne. We all have “stuff” going on in our lives other than what’s happening in the world outside. You always add sunshine no matter what the weather in our lives may be. You make me smile and laugh often and your thoughtful sharing keeps us going. Thank you for being such a bright light.

  9. Image for Rita Hosick Rita Hosick

    Do you know how many times I can hear you saying, “Rita, you got this”? Then I would say something and then you would get louder... I then I would hear you telling me I got this. And you know what? I do. Some days more than others but the days I don’t, I can look at the “you got this” vinyl I put on my desk, or the sound of your voice in my head, then I take a deep breathe and know I do have this. You and your family are such a blessing to me, and my family. Miss you greatly! Love Rita.

  10. Image for Sue Sue

    With the uncertain state of the world: this morning I walked into my pitiful, neglected garden and there...…….. having eaten all of the leaves from the butterfly weed, was a Monarch butterfly caterpillar! And through it all, they keep going. I will make time to sit and contemplate nature. Bless you, KariAnne, for your strength and wisdom!

    1. Image for Suzie Suzie

      Isn’t it amazing how the Monarch butterflies survive. We have a lot of milkweed in our yard. Some of the greatest moments with my boys were spent waiting and watching for the butterfly to emerge. Someone once said, “ What the caterpillar sees as the end, is really just the beginning.

  11. Image for Pam Pam

    Thank you for the sweet words of encouragement, iso needed, this, as this has hit me financially our work has stopped for at least until April Thank you so much

  12. Image for Be Be

    Thank you for your encouragement! That’s our job here on this earth to lift each other up. Maybe having to stay home through all this will bring families closer.

  13. Image for Lynne Lynne

    Thank you! Yes, encouragement is needed by all of us, and from all of us. Baby sister and her husband both have compromised immune systems and have been advised to self quarantine for 30 days. Their 10 year old granddaughter came over to their house Monday, Tuesday she was diagnosed with the flu. My sis is so upset right now, I tried to get her to see she can be thankful she has a doctor in her corner who is sending out the meds they need, a son who is bringing groceries and other needs to them, and that she comes from pretty tough stock and is tougher than she knows. She's even going so far as to check their life insurance policies. So I'm going to be talking her down off the ledge most of the day. All of our lives she has turned to her big sister to fix things, I guess she still does!

  14. Image for Trina Trina

    This is just what I needed today. Thank you. God has given you a wonderful gift and I am so glad you share it so well. Bless you!

  15. Image for LA LA

    Thank you for being who YOU are! It is a rainy day in OKC and I am listening to the Gaither Vocal Band and your fellow Texan, David Phelps sing “ The Love of God”. Our only grandchild ( MADDOX) is visiting from Wichita and all is right with our world! Have a wonderful weekend! 🌹🌹🌹

  16. Image for Peg Peg

    Thank you KariAnne. I really needed this today. Schools are closed here for two weeks and people are showing a lot of fear. xoxo

  17. Image for Robin Plummer Robin Plummer

    KariAnne, Thank you so very much for your sweet words and pictures of encouragement. In the last two weeks my daughter has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and she is 34 years old with two children ages 3 and almost 2. Yesterday she received a steroid infusion that I pray will help her symptoms and give her some relief from her pain and numbness. Natalie walks in the light of God's love and I know he will provide the strength we need during our moments in the valley. I pray that we can all remember to look at the beautiful blue skies and the soft green grass that encompasses our world.

  18. Image for Jackie Jackie

    Thanks KariAnne. I just had knee surgery and 2 visits to urgent care (pre and post op) and have been a bit down. Your words mean a lot. Yesterday it poured rain and today the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the dogs want to cuddle. It’s a better day all over. Bless you

  19. Image for Rita Grisetti Rita Grisetti

    Thanks so very much. We all need to be uplifted and recognized as God's precious children whom He will protect.

  20. Image for Debra Taylor Debra Taylor

    Thank you!!! Yesterday my wonderful truly amazing nephew passed away from complications with the flu. As a whole our family is struggling with our grief and shock. He is with his Savior now but those of us left here have a huge hole in our hearts. Thank you for a timely word of encouragement.

  21. Image for lenore lenore

    I'd just like to say, the world is a better place with you in it! And you made me laugh out loud, even better. Thank you!

  22. Image for Gina Gina

    I'm trying to breathe in the beauty of everything around me. Yesterday, in the park oh, I was walking ... I mean if you know me then you know I never walk! Never! But I have been trying to take in nature and strengthen my lungs just in case. As the sun was setting between two large oak trees, all I could say over and over was thank you thank you thank you to our creator! I love to find the silver linings and will continue each day. It's needed in a time like this. Why does it take something extreme to make us come together and remember what is most important? Thank you for also taking the time to speak your heart.

  23. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Thank you for your words of encouragement 💜. It has been really ugly out there lately and I needed the uplifting post!!

  24. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Oh, you are soooo amazing! Such a sweet encourager! Even when the red lipstick fades, you put more on and there you are! Good as new! 😉 😍

  25. Image for Ellen Ellen

    I seldom post a comment on your posts, as there is always an abundance of them and one more from me seems insignificant at best. However, this post is a ray of much needed sunshine amidst the dark gloom of the world around us and therefore more than deserves an expression of my gratitude...insignificant as that may be. "Be present in all things and thankful for all things." - Maya Angelou. You most certainly live those words. Thank-YOU!

  26. Image for Nancy Nancy

    You echo my thoughts! So many blessings, so much to love. It IS a scary time so let us lift each other up with our best selves Thanks KariAnne.

  27. Image for Donna Bray Donna Bray

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️‼️‼️‼️

  28. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    That was so sweet and thank you. Jesus Christ is my Savior and watches over me, therefore i am not afraid.

  29. Image for Nancy Nancy

    My husband and I are always excited about who sees the first robin here in Michigan. He saw his first red robin on Wednesday. We have been married for fifty years and have done this every spring. I haven’t seen my robin yet. So, I am counting YOU as my first, sweet singing robin of spring. Your chirpy, encouraging post is just what I needed today .

  30. Image for Pamela Smith Pamela Smith

    Thank you Karianne! It is a scary time right now. My daughter works at Disneyland, and I have to admit, I am very happy they have closed for a few weeks. There are thousands of people there every day, and I was getting concerned for my daughter's, and all the other employees, health. We have so much to be thankful for and we have to rely on God each and every day. Love you friend!

  31. Image for Joanne Joanne

    Thank you so much for this post. Your words of encouragement were simply beautiful, and I definitely needed this after the morning we had here. I always bathe in the beauty of spring renewal, and I am a calm person, but I must admit I am a bit rattled with what is happening. Yesterday's post touched me, but today you truly grabbed at my heart. Thank you so much...you were the calm in my storm today!

  32. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Thank you so much, sweet friend. It has been a difficult eight months around here as we have had 3 funeral since last June, 3 surgeries and now all this madness. Thanks bunches and bunches.

  33. Image for Jan Taylor Jan Taylor

    People with your positive attitude should be bottled and sent out in the world to make everyone realize how wonderful life is. Thank you for reminding us of this. Big hugs..❤️

  34. Image for Becky McGaha Becky McGaha

    Dear Karrianne, I just Love you❤️❤️ I’m sitting here in cloudy Chattanooga but after reading your post, I feel like I just got a big dose of sunshine! Thank you for your encouraging words today. These are difficult challenging times but we must keep our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus!! He’s got this!!

  35. Image for Marie Marie

    Thank you for your encouraging, unflappable, positive outlook! We all could use an "unflappable Molly Brown" in our lives! Hope you have one too!

  36. Image for PJ PJ

    This post blessed me big time, thanks. Sending the same back to you. 'For God has not given us a spirit of fear........'

  37. Image for Susan Johnston Susan Johnston

    You are such a blessing to me! Thanks. In a very tired and worried world, I needed this encouragement ... and those flowers! And, I just remembered while I read this, that peony season is almost here!

  38. Image for Jeanette Jeanette

    Thank you Kari Ann sometimes when I feel anxious or overwhelmed it helps me to remember this: 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

  39. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    Ahhhhh, yes sweet friend....and most thankful God is on His throne and in control of it all. May our hearts be open and our ears listening to what He is teaching us through all of this! I went to Trader Joes at 8:30 am this morning and it was insane....not a space left, shelves cleared out, stress levels high, but I picked the right line to wait in! The checker was so upbeat and joyful, and I commended her for that! I think this is the time to let our light shine in the darkness....for such a time as this! Thankfulness is so key. Thank you, KariAnne for the little ray sunshine you are!

  40. Image for Kris Kris

    Thank YOU for being you! It is a very uncertain time, but, in the wise words of VeggieTales, God is bigger than the boogie man ... He's bigger than Godzilla or the monsters on tv .... and He's watching out for you and me! (Thought you might need a smile!).

  41. Image for Michelle Michelle

    After 5 stores, my daughter scored me some toilet paper at CVS. Thank goodness! We were dangerously low. I hope everyone stays healthy!

  42. Image for Michelle Michelle

    After 5 stores, my daughter scored me some toilet paper at CVS. Thank goodness! We were dangerously low. I hope everyone stays healthy!

  43. Image for Katy Ford Katy Ford

    Love your musings Karianne! Thoughtful and today especially, timely. Well done and well received! Heartfelt thanks from Fort Worth! Stay safe! Katy

  44. Image for Jo Jo

    I received your girls' book in the mail this week. I bought it to put in my great niece's Easter basket and am absolutely thrilled. I am thankful that you and your family are sharing your creativity, positivity and love with the world!

  45. Image for Lou E Gipson Lou E Gipson

    Hello you AMAZING ROCKSTAR! Thanks or the double infusion of enthusiasm and gratitude! works miracles! first.. i was kind and thoughtful in many ways today.. entertained a ladys Dachshund while she was struggling to return something and he clerk was afraid of the dog!!! Let people with fewer items ahead of me in the checkoutline.. helped an elderly lady get items from an upper shelf.. i'm 5'2 and she made me look like a GIANT! later after checking out, i spied her in the parking lot trying to find her car..a dark blue Buick.. she couldn't remember at all where she parked.. i asked for her keys.. which she had not taken from the depths of her GIGANTIC purse.. finally the correct set of keys.. i showed her what would happen if she was near her car when she pressed the open button.. she said "oh , i had no idea a light would come on!..I just usually see it in the daytime and walk up to the car insert the key into the lock and i it opens..Told her i always have my key in my hand as soon as i'm out the door.. and finally..after searching..finally found two new RED Lipsticks..What brand and color do you wear? and ,,DIDYOU order/receive the Leopard print Cleo flat by Skechers..??? the price you found was the least expensive from all my searches! Pictures prove you did it!! Rock on Rockstar!!! Ps will your boys be coming home early for Spring Break?

  46. Image for Suzanne Bischoff Suzanne Bischoff

    This week that started with a full moon and ended with Friday the 13th certainly exceeded any expectations. Thank you soooo much for your genuine enthusiasm and effervescent hope. I plan to spread your good wishes. Stay well, wash your hands, send love to all. Suzanne

  47. Image for CathyAnn CathyAnn

    Thank you, dear friend! Well said. Gratitude is life changing and keeps us strong in the face of fear. In NY State there is so much fear right now due to COVID-19. Many people are finding it hard to see anything positive but they really need to take a minute to be thankful as you so beautifully articulated.

  48. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    You are awesome! I have been wondering- are the twins back in US? We traveled from California to Massachusetts yesterday- since we are on rain delay for work in California- and it is like entering an alternate universe. Thanks for the words of encouragement!😘

  49. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I just love your simple, yet so positive way of writing! Thanks for your sweet words if encouragement! I’m sending them right back at you!😉

  50. Image for Terry Cross Terry Cross

    Bless your sweet heart, that was a blessing and YEP, I needed one in the midst of all the gloom and bad news. You know, I love the Lord and I'm shocked at how easy it is to let fear enter our hearts, even when we have His promises to help us, to never leave or forsake us. There is SO MUCH to be thankful for! Thank you for reminding me ❤️❤️❤️

  51. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    Please everyone;slow down. Of course wash your hands and stop hoarding!!! We will get through this and look at the bright side. Love your neighbors and look out for them. Kids off from school need help. So do people out of work. We need to work together. Look at the bright side and there is one--we are staying home with our families. We have lots to be thankful for if we just look for it as Karianne says. It is serious, this virus but we will overcome, if people will just stay calm and use their common sense. Keep your smiles on.

  52. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    KariAnne, I am STILL BLESSED to have discovered you & your heartfelt writing many years ago! Your joy and cheerful, positive outlook remain, and your words encourage us in this worrisome time. Remembering the things we have, and the blessings of God that envelop each of us & our families ... these will carry us through. Thank you for the reminders! And ... surely ... there IS toilet paper somewhere (though patience & persistence are needed to find it)!

  53. Image for Sandra Glover Sandra Glover

    Thank you for the amazing words. As Spring approaches we all should be greatful for the beauty & wonder of all that God gives us. I had to giggle at the toilet paper reference. Everyday challenges & surprises come into our lives that we are not prepared for, but I'm thankful for a God who is always there to comfort & lift me up. Thank you again for your supportive words of encouragement.

  54. Image for Susan Susan

    Aren’t you just about the sweetest!! In a world of mostly negative news, tv and sometimes neighbors, you are a breath of fresh air. I hope many friends will read it. Thank you

  55. Image for Darlene Darlene

    Ditto to everyone’s comments KariAnne! It is the same here in Canada. You are the voice of reason and love in these upsetting times. We all need to take our strength from the Lord and know that things will get better. Thank you for being you!😍

  56. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    How we thank God for you, KariAnne! You are such a blessing! You are so encouraging and always bring sunshine to our day no matter what. You are so precious -- and so special! Thanks for being the wonderful gal you are! You are loved and appreciated so much! Bless you, dear friend!

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