As we began (in)courage a year ago, we said…
When we asked ourselves what kind of place we were building, we finally came to see it as a bit like a beach house. You can put your sandy, dirty feet on the coffee table, laugh late into the night with friends, and also hear God’s voice clearer than perhaps anywhere else. Life just feels more vibrant and real, as if you’ve stumbled upon a glimpse of heaven and it’s nothing like you ever imagined but everything you’d always hoped.
As we begin another year together, we’re thinking a lot about community.
Community is about dreaming. This weekend thirteen (in)courage bloggers are together at a real beach house in Hilton Head South Carolina (you’ll hear more about it soon!). We’re staying up too late, laughing too loud, and asking God what He has next for us…and for you.
Most of all, community is about encouraging. It’s about sharing all of life–the happy and the hard–with God and each other. And we have some amazing new ways to do that with you. You’ll hear about those tomorrow!
We’ve been counting down to today, the National Day of Encouragement, with thirty days of giveaways. On September 1st, we gave you a free pack of ten cards from DaySpring’s new Hope and Encouragement line (almost $30 retail value).
You know how we pray for each other sometimes? Well, DaySpring’s team (I’m part of it) read your requests and prayed for you. Really. And when we created the cards, we did so with your heart, your needs, and real women like you in mind. Like this one…
Two women met for coffee.
They talked about life—
things they were working through
and things they were learning.
They showed each other grace
and gave each other courage.
Even though neither of them
had all the answers,
they knew that God sure did.
So they laughed and cried
and shared their lives.
And in the end,
when their mugs were empty…
their hearts were full.
Always glad to share with you…
always glad we’re friends.
I always thank my God for you. I CORINTHIANS 1:4 NLT
In return for your cards, we simply asked you to stop by on September 12th and share a story about how you used one of the cards to encourage someone else.
You can do so by 1) linking up a post from your blog with your story 2) leaving a comment sharing your story. Do either by 10pm EST and you’ll be entered to win $500–half will be for you and the other half will go to a charity of your choice. Woo-hoo!
The winner will be announced on Monday, September 13th. And there will be another big surprise on (in)courage that day too so be sure to come back!
And if that weren’t enough, the first 100 people to link up or comment will get 25 Make a Difference cards from DaySpring too! To get your pack, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address (US only), and “Make a Difference card pack” in the subject line. And all of you can send the free e-card version!
In the end, community is simply about each other.
You. Me. Us. Them. Him.
The best is yet to be…together.
* The Linky for the giveaway is closed but we’ve started a new one in case you’d still like to add a post!