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Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days of October Challenge With The Nester

I’m joining with Nester and untold numbers of other slightly crazy bloggers to take on the month of October!

One Topic

31 Days (I may skip the weekends, maybe I won’t, we’ll see)

So many of these 31 days challenge series have ended up as ebooks.  Pretty sure mine won’t, but that is A-okay with me.

Come back tomorrow so you can start with me as we embark on.....


Monday, September 16, 2013

Incourage Community Groups Are OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Today the Fall 2013 session of Incourage Community Groups is OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!!! 

Y’all – I’ve waited what feels like an eternity to say those three words!

Back in May I had no idea what this whole journey would look like.  I knew I loved the Incouragers, I love connecting people with other people and can sometimes know who needs to be in what place (even if they don’t know it yet).  I knew Crystal and Lisa-Jo and Incourage.  What I didn’t know was Google docs, online calendars, todoist, collaborative spreadsheets, spreecasts, online forms and the names of close to 200 new-to-me amazing women!  I didn’t even know Anna!!!

Photo courtesy of Vanessa at Hearts on Guard

I cannot express to you how I have changed and grown over the summer.  I hardly feel like the same person at times.  It is pretty doggone amazing and a work of the hand of God!

I’m surrounded by car guys.  The closest I can come to explaining this is with a restoration analogy.  A classic car is one of those “could be awesome” sleepers that runs, but you know it could be so much better.  It’s dismantled, rebuilt, special parts and upgrades installed, given a new paint job.  All of the original bones and heart are there.  Then the day comes after the last buff and polish to turn the key.

That day has come.  Today we fire the ignition, there may be a sputter or two; we may have to manually adjust the throttle.  But you know what?  Deep in my heart I know this baby is going to run like the wind!

How do you know if these groups are for you?  Are you a woman over the age of 18?  We are already in the ball park!  Are you an:
Stay at home mom?
Cancer survivor?
Working mom?
Over the age of 50?
Lover of the Word?
A Single gal making her way in a career?
Wondering how you can deal with the pain for another day?
Wanting to let others know if you made it through, so can they?
Thinking this deployment is lasting longer than you’d like?
Thinking you are the only one who…..?

Please go to Incourage today to learn all about the Incourage Community groups availiable.  Find the group that speaks to your desire for community.  This can be a home for your heart with other sisters.  You can encourage and be encouraged in a safe place.  Registration is all this week and the groups begin on Monday September 15, 2013.  Simply sign up with the group inlinkz beneath the description (limit 1, please).  You will be contacted later in the week with an invitation to the Facebook group.  It’s as simple as that.

Join us!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mercy – Five Minute Friday

I think the Newsboys may have said it best:

When we get what we don’t deserve,
It’s a real good thing!
When we don’t get what we deserve,
It’s a real good thing.

Grace and Mercy – two sides of the same coin.  The favor that falls on us is more than a real good thing.  It’s sometimes the only thing that gets us through the next day – the next minute.  They are the lenses that help us to look beyond the foreseeable future.

The great things about these gifts is that we can also give them – freely.  Freely doesn’t mean cheaply, there is a cost.  But hindrance is our choice.  Two ways before me today that I want to share:  Preemptive Love Coalition featured today at Allume and (in)Mercy that you can read all about here.

Do you have a coin or two to give away?? (Use the widget on the right sidebar to make your donation today.  Sign up for a Pure Charity account here.)

Five Minute Friday

Joining with Lisa-Jo Baker for another Five Minutes of unedited writing.  Join us?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

(in)Courage Invites YOU to Mercy House in Kenya

You’re Invited!!

When:  Today through the end of the year

Where:  Here, (in)Courage, and all over the interwebs

Why:  To raise $74,000 for Mercy House in Kenya

How:  By donating through Pure Charity (see that handy dandy widget over there on the right?)

I am blessed to work with the amazing women of (in)Courage.  Back in July we gathered together to dream and scheme for YOU!  One of those dreams was audacious!  We declared that we would not be afraid to lose face.  This is that dream.

We are partnering with Mercy House Kenya to help them raise $74,000 to buy much needed equipment and improve their living facilities.  We want you to partner with us.

Read more about Mercy House Kenya by visiting We Are That Family and Kristen Welch.  See just what God is doing and the lives you can impact.

Then head over to (in)Courage.  Psst… wish them happy birthday while you are there.  They are a big 4 year old today.  I have one of those myself and know that 4 is a pretty big deal and lots of change comes with that age.

Join us by donating.  If you don’t have a Pure Charity account yet, no problem.  You can sign up quickly right here.  If you shop online, install the plug-in to raise extra money for your giving fund by what you are already purchasing.

Finally, help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with links to any of these partners.  Be sure to use:

I have a special part in this coming up at the end of October, so more about that later. 

 Let’s get this party started!