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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. I love this! I always thought winsome people were the ones with more wit or artistic abilities than me. But it is Jesus in me that makes me winsome. Jesus in me makes me an encourager, transparent & loving in my less than wit or talent sets.

    • Oh, Ruth—I love this: “it is Jesus in me that makes me winsome”! Yes, it’s not part of your skill-set in those other areas, but it is a trait we can practice and develop.

  2. It Is not a matter of if we are representing the gospel, but of how we are doing it. Loved how you showed this truth in this article Dawn. We need to be winsome

    • Yes, Flor, how we present our words can be just as important as the words themselves and may determine whether or not our listener actually “hears” us.

  3. I used to attend a long weekend retreat called “Winsome Women”. Ladies would come distances away to our community to worship, socialize, learn and discuss. Jill Brisco was the keynote speaker one of the years I attended and I will always remember that time in my life. This lost year has been a difficult for all ages, and my lady friend who called me on the telephone to see how I was doing, passed away in January. I have not felt winsome losing my caring friend, but I should take a cue from her, and reach out more now that I am vaccinated.

    • Connie, I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, but I’m thankful for the example she set for you. Yes, reach out winsomely to others who need it!

    • Connie,

      Sweet sister so sorry for the loss of a beloved friend. She taught you the value of being winsome & caring for others. You can honor her memory by reaching out to others like she did for you. Just call, text or visit people & spend a few minutes listening to them. That’s being the hands & feet of Jesus.

      Blessings 🙂

  4. I love this soo much! I shared some of your quotes on Facebook.. thank you Dawn Camp!! Beautifully said!

  5. Dawn, this is so timely for me! Thank you for sharing these words with us. And for this word “winsome”. This will be my goal: to be more winsome in my interactions with others. Especially with my husband.

    • Irene, I needed your reminder to practice winsomeness with my husband more than anyone. Sometimes the people closest to us get the least amount of winsomeness from us. Thank you for your comment!

  6. Thankyou Dawn for sharing your wonderful words with us today, beautifully said.
    Blessings to all,

  7. Thank you Dawn for your beautiful message so needed today in our society. When I gave my life to Jesus years ago, one of the gifts God gave to me was an encourager like Barnabas in the New testament. I strive to use my gift to honor God, and to leave a legacy of love to my family and to others. God bless you.

  8. Dawn,

    Jesus modeled winsome perfectly. He loved ALL people regardless of who they were or how they acted. This world needs more of that kind of love & kindness now. We would do well to check on friends & family. Shower this world with some of God’s love. Go ahead & cook for someone, call, text or visit friends or family. The simple act of just being available for them-listening to their ails or praises is worth more to them than gold. Let’s shower this world with some winsomeness.

    Blessings 🙂

  9. I never thought of my mother in these terms but in looking back she was the epitome of being winsome. I grew up in a small town in a rural community in Colorado. This particular area was farming and country life dominant and the denizens predominantly Anglo with the Hispanic people that lived there as the work force for the farming community. My father was a blacksmith and a white man while my mother was Hispanic and a stay at home mother. I told you all of that to tell you that she was a true enigma. She had a third grade education but was smart and creative. Growing up I didn’t know I was different from my classmates, until someone told me I was a half breed. I had to go home and ask my parents what that meant. To make a long story short my mother became a much respected and loved member of the community by being winsome. The Bible says if we want friends we must first show ourselves to be friendly. This knowledge has helped me all my life to the fact that our expectations of others cannot be more than our willingness to fulfill those expectations ourselves. Thank you for this writing. It serves to remind us that personal accountability is truly the only way to live successfully. We cannot survive by only blaming others for the problems in our lives even if it’s true. Ultimately we will stand before God and answer for our life’s choices and blaming others will not pass muster with Him