Dreaming Of Guatemala | Bloggers That Have Made A Difference To Me

I started this series to shine the light on those who have really helped me in my blogging journey through encouragement and inspiration. 

This series idea has been on my heart for a few weeks, and the first name that always came to my mind on who should be first was Maggie. 

Maggie was one of the first bloggers I ever met. She started blogging in 2017. Her initial reason was she desired to be a missionary, especially in Guatemala. Her blog was about being homeschooled (she graduated last year!) recipes, learning Spanish and more. She shared some of her writings and poetry. If you’ve been around, you’ll know she has a love for Hamlet. Maggie also shared her love for history and reading historical fiction (as well as writing historical fiction). Many of these things have not changed since.

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What Stands Out About Maggie’s Blog
  • She has a big heart for others.

Her heart is very much for her family and being there for her family. In fact, her mom is a blogger as well. *Check out Valerie’s blog The Homeschooling Minimalist, she shares recipes, home life, homeschooling, and more. I love her blog and her realness about life as a mom.  

One thing that has changed since Maggie started blogging was the addition of two sibling sisters. THEY’RE ADORABLE! 

The family found out that Maggie’s little sister, Elizabeth, has autism. Maggie and her mom have been very open about the family’s experience on their blogs. Maggie helps her family a lot. She is a wonderful role model and helpful teacher to the little ones.

Maggie is dedicated to her family and it shows. Something else amazing about Maggie is her dedication to others. 

  • She is honest.

SHE. KEEPS. IT. REAL.

As she recently shared in a post, she is guarded about what she opens up about. But I truly think what she does share can be very heartfelt and convicting. I appreciate her rawness about making mistakes and owning up to negative thinking. I relate!  

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  • So creative!

Maggie, throughout the years, has come up with a variety of series for her blog. Writing and blogging challenges. She even made a summer calendar recently to help bloggers manage their schedule better! She’s made her own blogger awards before, including The Posivitiy Blogger Award. Awesome Blogger Award, and The Fall Tag.

She has a beautiful eye for color. She dabbles in digital design. I love her sense of style and organization. Have you seen her desk tours? She also has an eye for photography.

  • Encouragement to the community.

Maggie is one of the handful of bloggers that inspired me to do community spotlights because I saw what it meant to the community. When God put the word community on my heart in 2018, I had her as one of the bloggers to encourage me. In fact, Maggie interviewed me as a blogger in 2017, which, starting out especially, meant so much! Aside from making awards, she enjoys collaborations with others.

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  • She shares the truth about being a Christian.

I shared this a little bit before, but Maggie opens up about the truth of what it means to follow Christ. It is not always easy. When she first started blogging, you see her share about how she struggled with anger or silent prayer. 

How many of us relate! 

It’s been amazing to see what God has done since those first posts in her life. How the Lord has brought answers on why certain things did not work out. Whenever she talks about God, even though she is encouraging, I’ve never really seen her sugarcoat anything, and we need that truth. See Maggie’s testimony here.

How Maggie Has Made A Difference To Me

When I first met Maggie, she was an absolute gem of encouragement. She still is. Maggie’s creativity on her blog really opened up my eyes to things I could work on. In fact, many of my choices on my blog were made from inspirations I saw on hers. Though, I try my best to not copy her completely 😉 because, as she encourages, each blogger is unique and, like Maggie, we all have our own sense of personality and style. We just need to find it. 🙂 

Being introduced to the blogging community, and seeing the community on Maggie’s blog was an encouragement. It showed me how people can connect on blogs. If I couldn’t connect on my own blog, well, I could connect with others on other blogs. I need to get back into this. 

Maggie’s blog was very much a safe space to find like-minded people, and I did. In fact, one of my sisters in Christ, who is a dear friend now, we met through Maggie’s blog. 

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Recently, Maggie has been very open about how she has been going through a lot. As someone who encourages others, I know how hard it can be to be open about struggles. We feel like we want to be there for others all the time, but sometimes, we are not able to. It can be depressing and weighty to our soul. While we walk through waters, we feel we are letting others down, or at least, battle the thoughts of it.

In this community as believers, we are all brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, and cousins in Christ. We need to be there for each other, especially when others have been there for us. 

I encourage you, if you haven’t met Maggie, or checked out her blog yet, please consider 🙂 As much as she shines into the hearts of others, she needs encouragement and uplifting support from the community, too. We all do. 

I’m so grateful to the Lord for Maggie, and everything He has used Maggie for. All the ways He has blessed me with encouragement and inspiration from her.

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Maggie, What I Want You To Know

Maggie, 

Your love for the Lord and how you seek to see Him in everything. Your creativity, love for others, and love for life pushes me and so many others to keep stepping forward…even when it is hard.

Your honesty reminds us that it is okay to make mistakes. To not present ourselves as perfect. But to trust the Lord in hard times. To seek the guidance of others so we are not alone. I’m grateful for all of the support you have shared and how your mom has encouraged you. We need more mothers and daughters that communicate. 

You truly are being used by the hand of the Lord, even in the moments you may wonder. His love pours out in your words on your blog, and I see the impact it makes. Keep being honest and loving. God is preparing you for what will come next.

There are some mountains now that will be knocked down. God knows which ones.

I’m so thankful and grateful for you, my dear little sister in Christ. 

~ T. R.


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18 thoughts on “Dreaming Of Guatemala | Bloggers That Have Made A Difference To Me

  1. Oh my goodness. ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm at a loss for words! This truly means a lot to me 🙂 I'm so thankful that the Lord has used my blog, even in the times when I was struggling, to reach others. Shining the Lord's light and allowing Him to use my words for His glory has been a blessing to me more times than I can count.

    Thank you for being my friend, even when I didn't know how to be a friend back. It has taught me a lot about how we all go through things, and that we're all in need of understanding and forgiveness. All that I've gone through has humbled me and taught me how to love like the Lord does. ❤

    This post truly took me on a journey back to how I was when I first started my blog, and who I am as a person and a blogger now! I'm so excited to see where He's taking me 🙂 ❤

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    1. It was a journey and what a journey two years make!!! I’m so thankful this has blessed you ❤

      Within the last year, the Lord has taught me so much about being a sister in Christ and how this connection with others goes deeper than what many worldly friendships could fathom. In a society that often cloaks us with self, God continues to teach me about His love for others, and I'm still learning so much. I've always been so grateful for our friendship ❤ He is so good!

      He truly is at work in your life and I await to see what will happen!!

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      1. Being friends with another Christian goes so much deeper than any earthly friendship, I agree! It’s because the connection you have to the person is on a spiritual level. It makes the friendship that much stronger. 💖

        Thank you so much! 💜

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