Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Who Inspires You?

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I read this prompt--Who inspires you--from Holley and started asking myself that question. Should I only talk about God here? Should I look at this prompt very "religiously" or should I look at this prompt the way that I would teach my students to look at a writing prompt?

When I am not sure how to write, I like to brainstorm first:

When I look at my visual, I can clearly see that I get inspired by the written word! I read books, poems, blogs, tweets, papers and journals. I also like to write. Yesterday I wrote a blog post that was inspired by an article that I had read online. 

On Wednesday nights, when my small group meets, the ladies at my group inspire me! They share words of truth and wisdom. They share thoughts about life, work and family. They share books that they have read, Bible verses that have been meaningful in the past week, prayer requests and answers to prayers. They share their struggles and where they have found hope.

My students inspire me every day. They come to school despite their struggles and difficulties. They come even though they stayed up late the night before because they had to help their siblings with homework. They come even though they don't speak English, and everything sounds strange to them. They have persevered through so much already, yet they continue to inspire me with their resilience.

The words of truth spoken at church, heard on radio or seen on television on an early morning, inspire me to be a better person. These words inspire me to to learn more. Without inspiration, where would I be? So, it is not just who inspires me, but what inspires me!

What or who inspires you?


  1. Truly a prompt, not an easy one. The first ones that come to mind are my daughters and some colleagues. Blogs/sites/books make a big pool of inspiration. But the question is what is inspiration? You gave me something to think about.

  2. I love this Jaana! I love your visual and how you approached the whole thing! I am like you - the written word inspires... whether it is The Word, or words penned down in a card from a friend, or a blog post (or 12) or a book (or 12) - words cut straight through and bring clarity and vision and hope. I also have a couple of small groups that are FILLED with inspiration every week!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Glad we are sharing a little Cup of Coffee for your Heart together!


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