Community, Relationships

Together We Stand

December 2, 2015

As I sit here on a rainy Nashville day in my favorite coffee shop sipping on the most excellent of all lattes ever made, I am working hard to hold back tears. What do I say to you, my sweet AGLM family, that could ever possibly convey my love and gratitude and every feel I am feeling right now? I realized that unless I typed a bunch of muffled nonsense and tried to stain your computer screens with my tears, no words would really ever get to the depths of how my heart loves you so. But alas, we are a blog and words I must give. So let’s do this….

You’ve changed my life.

I don’t mean that in any cheesy cliche way. Each of you..this ministry…this family and space we’ve created together….it has changed my life.
545073_10151211513911038_979935450_nYou have allowed me to see the beauty that comes from moving out of hiding and into the light. You’ve shown me there is no fear in being known, fully known- the good, bad, shameful ugly pieces. You’ve allowed me to cry and complain and rejoice and get angry and scold you and scold me and grow and learn together.

12273082_933469433387067_418981352_nTogetherness. That’s what we created. We created a place where we didn’t have to be afraid to be who we are. We made a place where pain and doubt were welcome. We made a place where hope could live and more importantly, there was a friend who would walk with you as you figured it all out. We may have never hugged or had coffee, but we became a family that loved better and deeper than some families we are given by birth. THAT girls, is something to be grateful for.

IMG_222411098425_839468939479183_859726445_nunnamedSince we made such a safe place, our family grew. We reached across oceans and continents, ages and races. Because togetherness has no boundary. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is loved. 10860150_892323810786769_1737473777_n10429467_936072763072076_3395842115171841754_n

I have been blown away by the way you girls have stood by each other through comments or community board posts. How you’ve prayed for each other, encouraged each other, and loved well. You’ve gifted life and grace to one another and in turn shown me and the other writers just how beautiful and big our God is. Me, Kelly, or the other AGLM writers…we didn’t make AGLM what it is….YOU did. We’ve just had the honor of sitting back and watching it all unfold into this tightly woven tapestry of true community. 10801707_978893398790012_2678656561386762067_nDSC_7057

As we face a new year filled with new changes, you might be asking yourself, “What’s next?” For me, well I won’t be going far. My eyes are now set on pouring into the AGLM writers. I’ll be mentoring, advising and guiding them so that they can, in turn, better serve you. I’ll still be posting on the blog here and there, and I’ll always be close by if you ever need to reach me.

We are family. No matter how far apart family may be, we are still always there for each other.

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For you? Well, the choice is yours. Our hope is that you stay. That you stay  to keep fighting for our family. That you keep helping us grow and change and love bigger and better than we have. That you call us on our crap when we’re crappy and let us do the same for you. We hope that you stick with us and continue to try and figure out how to be a girl in this screwed up world.

Together we stand. Because as scripture tells us, “A chord of three strands cannot be easily broken.”

We are better together. Stronger. Hope-filled. So let’s keep doing life together then. IMG_2791IMG_5557IMG_2600

All my love and then some to you my AGLMers. Here’s to many more years of life together and finding out we aren’t so alone after all.

-Heather

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  • Desiree December 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Great Post, Heather! As for me, I’m sticking around and I can’t wait for what the next year has in store for the AGLM family!!

  • A Worn Girl December 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    This is such a beautiful post; I love this site! And am glad I’ve been on the journey for almost 3 years now. I’ve received much encouragement and know I will continue to in the years to come! A thousand thank-you’s to you all!

  • Meghan December 2, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    This was a great post, Heather! So glad that you started this blog as I have loved learning and growing along side all of you. Definitely makes it seem as we’re not alone and has been (and still is) so encouraging. I’m glad that you will still be writing occasionally. Thank you to everyone who spends their time writing for this blog! I look forward to next year as well. : )

  • Leah December 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Heather, I love you. This post was fantastic. Though I’ve only been here on this blog for about a year, I have received an incredible amount of love, grace, and encouragement from you and the other bloggers. It’s only been about a year, but I have found such beauty here. I have found grace. I have found freedom in honesty. I have found that I am not alone. I found family. I found love. I’m staying here with you girls- community with you all is one of the most humungous blessings of my life!
    Thank you for all you’ve done, Heather, it’s impact is beyond words!
    I’m so excited for this next year as well! It’s in His hands.

  • Lisa December 4, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Heather, you are a change agent. Thank you for sharing your life and unperfect moments. Like that time u posted a pic of ur son crying at the store. I love it! Makes me like you so much more. Your real, honest, and transparent. I wish I had gotten to meet you at a show, but one day we will all meet each other in a perfect place with the perfect One. You are dearly loved. <3