Favorite Finds Friday!

This week is a BIG one! Incourage, Dayspring and Revell Publishing celebrated the release of our new devotional, Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life’s Not Okay!!!

Y’all! It is an amazing resource! I, along with over 40 of my dear writer-friends have compiled real and raw stories of how God meets us in the middle of our heartache and hurt. This book is a tangible display of the Lord’s grace and kindness toward us.

Each story is honest and vulnerable AND points to a very real Savior who is moving and ready to overcome this world.

This book is such a beautiful reminder of how it’s okay to not be okay. God is not surprised by our feelings or the state of the world around us. He simply wants to meet us in that space and meet every one of our needs.

BONUS!!!!

Here is a super FUN launch day conversation with Dorina Gilmore, Stephanie Bryant and Bonnie Gray of Incourage!!!

So, whether you’re like me and have walked through insecurity, hurt in friendship, anxiety, loneliness, grief, hopelessness this year or some other hard circumstances, Take Heart is for you.

I pray you will purchase a copy for yourself and anyone in your life who needs encouragement.

You can grab your copies at Dayspring, Amazon or anywhere books are sold!!!

Friendship at Its Best

Over the past few months, I’ve made a new group of friends. Making friends at any age can be hard, let alone when you’re a bit older. These friends came at a time when I was feeling as though a shift were coming in regards to my intimate community. For me, the body of Christ is everything, and not having close family ties over the course of my life has left me independent beyond words and extremely alone and at times unbearably lonely.

I don’t know where you fall in personality, but I tend to be the initiator. My top love language is quality time, so more often than not I am the one initiating connection with my friends. I love it because that is how God wired me, and yet it can become quite exhausting. I think everyone wants to be seen and known, but not everyone knows how to build those types of relationships.

Friendships take work. They take effort. They take time and care and pushing past differences. They can be awkward, hard, and messy. For any friendship to stand the test of time and display the Kingdom, there are some foundations that must be laid.

 

1. Consistency is the key to authentic connection.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)

I know you’re thinking that you are too busy and can’t possibly be consistent at being consistent. I have found that I don’t need to do anything fancy or out of the ordinary to connect with my friends. I really do just want to do life with them. Recently, I went to several sports games of my friends’ kids, and I had the best time! And their kids thought they were super special because I came, so it was a win-win. I was able to be supportive and have quality time with my friends. I love breaking bread with my married friends and both encouraging and learning from them, and I’ve also been walking a lot more with my dear friend. We talk about all things Jesus, church, the Word, family, dreams, disappointments — all the things!

 

These are some ways I have been gathering with my new people. It ends up not being so hard to be consistent when we are just living life and inviting others in. These have been some of the sweetest times I’ve had in community in a long time.

 

To read the rest, join me over at Incourage!

Previous Older Entries

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,560 other followers

Community:

Blue Eyes and Red Dirt

Always, Still a Work in Progress

Nicole Unice

Always, Still a Work in Progress

hope joy peace

May the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace in believing - Romans 15:13

julianne hope

It's a wonderful day to live beyond yourself.

Devise2bWise

Always, Still a Work in Progress

Always, Still a Work in Progress

Angie Smith Ministries

Always, Still a Work in Progress

(in)courage

Always, Still a Work in Progress