In January we started praying about this.

About the heart cry we hear from women to connect deeper, to find friends, to make a way home to community.

The (in)RL webcast and meetups have been a big part of the answer. We’ve spent the last 5 weeks checking in to see how we’re each doing, exercising those muscles to keep connecting in real life.

But we also wanted to make a way for you all to connect you with your online people beyond the blog post.

So today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our first online (in)courage community groups. They’re led by an amazing team of women we like to call, (in)couragers.

We believe friendship can transcend time zones, cultures and blog comment boxes.

And we want to connect you with friends who get where you’re at and can encourage you along the way.

Take a look at the list of (in)courage communities below. We’re praying you find your people here.

A place to kick off your shoes, curl up on a sofa and share what you’re thinking and praying with women willing to listen.

The women in these groups have been praying for you. They’re waiting to connect with you and cheer you on.

And they’re led by the lovely Stacey Thacker who intercedes, leads, and loves on our community groups. Stacey is Mike’s wife and the mother of 4 vibrant girls. She is a believer and writer who loves God’s Word and connecting with women. You can find her blogging at 29 Lincoln Avenue where she seeks to encourage your heart, grow in faith, and talk about the stuff of life. Stacey is also the co-founder of MODsquad Blog (Mother’s of Daughters), Write It, Girl and the co- author of the ebook Hope for the Weary Mom. You can find her on Facebook or on Twitter, where she usually hangs out with a cup of coffee in her hand.

A note from Stacey, our (in)courager groups coordinator

Friends I am so glad you are here! Do you know you have been thought of, prayed and planned for? Well, it is true. God has written your names on our hearts and we can’t wait to get a little smaller and grow a little deeper with you.

I get the sweet job of working with the amazing women we call the (in)couragers. They have big hearts for Jesus and are making a place for you right now to hang out and build community. See, we believe that one of the most amazing gifts God gave women is the ability to connect and (in)courage each other to walk with Him in our daily lives. I love that (in)courage is a place we can do life together.

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Now come on in, find the group that seems to describe you best and click through to meet the women who can’t wait to connect with you!

Our first session runs October 2 – December 2, 2012

Artists
Bible Study Gals
Chronic Illness/Homebound
Depression
Empty Nesters
Marriage Mentors
Mentoring
Moms of Teens
Motherhood
New Moms
Single Gals
Social Justice
Special Needs Stories
Working Moms
Women in Ministry

Women in Your Local Community
Women over 50

{Won’t you leave us a note in the comments about what group you’re planning to connect with? We’re all ears!}

Pst, meet us on Twitter tonight? Let’s hang out and talk all things community, friendship, encouragement, superpowers and chocolate.
We’ll be tweeting under the hashtag #incouragers.
9pm EST. Meet you there.

~Lisa-Jo, Stacey and the (in)couragers

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  • http://marinaskitchentable.blogspot.com Marina Bromley

    Yay!! WooHoo! Community groups are launching!! Jump on in and find us in life where YOU are and we will walk through this phase together!
    It may take more than one!! Although I’m blessed to get to co-lead {relatively}empty nesting, there’s a few more groups I want to join…like for being over 50…would someone pass the geritol please…. ; ).

    THANK YOU (in)courage for meeting us where we are, and letting all of us in on the beach party of life….

  • Beth

    I’m in the season where I need to be joining the inCourage your marriage group. Can’t wait to be part of a community! I don’t currently have one here where I am.

    • http://www.littlebitoflifetn.blogspot.com Holly

      Hi Beth! I am one of the co leaders for (in)courage your marriage! We would love to have you as part of our group!

  • http://www.fingerprintsfromhishand.webs.com/apps/blog JD Wetmore

    I was interested in joining one of your groups , but I don’t see where to sign up.

    • http://www.littlebitoflifetn.blogspot.com Holly

      If you click on the group you will find details on how to join. Each group has a way to connect. They won’t all be the same. Hope this helps!

    • http://dianewbailey.com/ Diane Bailey

      Hi JD, click on the topic you are interested in, and you will have options there to choose. I’m Diane Bailey from Empty Nests ~Full Lives, one of the communities, and I’m so excited that you will be a part of one of these communities!

  • http://www.fingerprintsfromhishand.webs.com/apps/blog JD Wetmore

    I’d also love to see a group for homeschooling moms. :)

    • http://www.thisisthegootfam.com Erica Guthaus

      JD!

      Perhaps next session! I know that there are some of us who are leading this session that are homeschooling mamas…maybe we’ll all have to link up for the next round :D

    • http://martinsinchina1.blogspot.com/ Erin Martin

      JD,

      Our group isn’t specifically for homeschool moms, but I homeschool and so does my co-leader! You are welcome to join us there! I’m Erin Martin from {in}couragement for Mothers! God bless your day!

    • http://www.atthefeetofmysavior.blogspot.com Cindy B.

      Hello my name is Cindy Bolt , I would love to invite you to the Group I am co-leading with Kelly Scott we would love to have you we can be found under Motherhood Our page on Facebook is Feeding Body+Soul . I am a homeschooling mother of 7 ages 18-7 and have homeschooled all their lives we don’t know any other way I would love for you to join our Motherhood journey.

  • Angela

    Woo hoo! I am so excited! Joining the Bible Study Gals group. It’s hard to choose, but I feel that strengthening my relationship with God and diving more into His word will positively impact the other areas (marriage, motherhood), and it’s where I feel led to go. Can’t wait…. Thank you (in)courage gals!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Yay and welcome Angela!

    • http://mrrpg219.blogspot.com/ Jessica

      Hey Angela! There are several wonderful groups that will be studying God’s word along with other Christian materials. My group will be studying “Unglued: Making Wise Choices In the Midst of Raw Emotions” along with referencing the scripture. We’d love for you to join us! There are also other groups of fabulously wonderful women that you would be equally blessed to be among. Either way you go – we’re all so glad you’re joining us!

    • http://hopejoypeace.com Hope (Brooke)

      Yaay! There are a few groups studying some awesome books. My group, Rooted, is studying Jennie Allen’s “Anything.” We’d love for you to join us!

  • http://www.beautyoutofdust.wordpress.com Libby

    Does my heart good to see the excitement here today! I am an (in)courager for (in) This Season community – praying that God leads you to just the right place for you. Welcome!

  • Nicki Veenstra

    So exciting!!! Quite speechless too!!!

  • http://kaysepratt.com Kayse Pratt

    We are SO excited to be a part of this!!! So glad that people are already connecting!! I’m one of the co-leaders for the Marriage and Mommyhood group, and we cannot wait to meet you!!

  • http://www.brookemcglothlin.com Brooke McGlothlin (@BrookeWrites)

    Love seeing my Stacey girl using her gifts this way. She’ll be great as will the rest of the Incouragers!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Amen and amen. We are SO blessed to have her!

    • http://tsjphotography.com tracie stier-johnson

      to me … stacey is the epitome of (in)courager!! she’s also got a few super-powers i’d love to have in my tool belt! :)

      • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

        What a treasure you are to me girls! Love you!

    • http://www.chasingblueskies.net Kristen Strong

      Oh, consider me one who loves and adores our Stacey-girl and can’t stop wildly cheering for her! So happy to have her here.

      {And Brooke? You are the very best of the best, girl. *So* thankful for beautiful, always-encouraging YOU.}

    • http://www.everybitterthingissweet.com Sara

      Amen and amen! Stacey is *perfect* for this role!

  • http://theannieblog.com/ Bethanie

    I have joined with the “(in)couraging you in your pursuit of Proverbs 31″ group. I am committed to making this a priority in my life. In the past, I’ve breen on-again, off-again with my focus. But, I’m ready for this to be a permanent part of my being.

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Cheering you on, Bethanie!

  • Amanda

    Woo hoo!!! I woke up before my alarm this morning, so excited for what God will do through these groups! I’m one of the co-leaders for the working new moms group (second group under Working Moms), and believe every working mom should ave their own personal cheerleader. I’d love to have you join us! :)

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Amen and amen!

    • http://www.girlwithblog.com anna {girl with blog}

      Woohoo!! I’m co-leading with Amanda and am so very excited to be a part of this. You know, it’s thanks to (in)courage that God brought us together again. I was Amandas camp counselor 7 years ago! We reconnected at (in)RL last April! He is good – and funny, right?!

  • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

    Doing a happy dance for what God is and will be doing through this ministry. Praying for all those behind the scenes who have worked so hard, for our leaders, and today especially for those seeking to be (in) couraged. What an amazing God we have that he would place us together right now!

    • Susan Neufeld

      Yay! Awesome super power! How encouraging!

      • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

        join us or another group Susan! God is going to do some amazing things here!

  • http://www.moretobe.com Lisa

    So thrilling to see this in action, Stacey!

    • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

      It is beautiful!

  • http://athomejournal.blogspot.com Eileen

    Will check it out later, have to make hubby’s breakfast, but looking forward to seeing who is out there.

    • http://lindseyvanniekerk.blogspot.com Lindsey van Niekerk

      Eileen! I know the Lord will lead you to JUST the right group for you..in this season of your life, whatever that may be!!

  • http://www.happyaswegrow.blogspot.com Meg

    I decided to join the (In) Perfect Balance group for those of us who are married and also have young children. One of the leaders has 3 boys under 3 and I am preparing to have my third child in 3 years myself (and a little frightened about it!) so it seemed like a good fit. I often feel that my marriage gets shoved to the side due to the demands of parenting children so I am hoping that through the group I can focus some lovin’ on my awesome husband and our marriage :)

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Love to hear you finding a place to connect, Meg. Welcome and praying for you this morning!

      • Marina Bromley

        I’m suggesting my daughter join this group…she will have 5, 5 and under! (I had 3 in 3 years too…and LOVED IT…ok, and MISS it…now that I’m {relatively} empty nesting!)

  • http:lattejust4me.blogspot.com Cathy Davis

    While I fit in many of these areas, I believe Social Justice is my best fit!

    • http://www.littlebitoflifetn.blogspot.com Holly

      You are welcome to be a part of more than one group if you want to! :)

    • http://www.thisisthegootfam.com Erica Guthaus

      Cathy!

      Thanks for popping over to our blog! I replied to you there, but wanted to do so here as well. Make sure that you send an email to thelinesinthesand(at)gmail(dot)com for the detailed information on where to go from here! I want to make sure that we’re not missing you! Grace! ~Erica

  • http://faithhopecherrytea.blogspot.com/ faith hope & cherrytea

    blessings ! EnJoying the idea and {in}couragement anticipated…

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  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com Crystal

    If I weren’t co-leading the “New Moms” group I think I would want to join ALL the groups :) Such wonderful women with hearts for God. Y’all have no idea the blessing these leaders have been to my heart since we started planning for this – praying for everyone to find the group God wants them to be in, where they are, right now :) You’re welcome to kick your feet up on ALL of our couches, anytime!

    • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

      me as well crystal!

      • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

        I know, right!? So many awesome groups to join! The choosing is tough!

    • http://www.amylearns.com Amy Tilson

      Oh, Crystal, you would fit right in with our ministry wives group and are more than welcome to join us anytime. For those you joining with Crystal, she has an amazing heart for Jesus and encouragement.

      • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com Crystal

        Aw, Amy :) {blush} Thank you!

  • Eunice

    A big “thank you!” to (in)courage and all the (in)couragers. So happy to be able to join a group to make friends and connect. I’ll be joining the Single Gals Lady N Waiting group. Can’t wait to see all that will develop.

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Yay Eunice!! You are one of my (in)RL all time favorites :) So glad you’re finding your people here :)

      • http://www.goodgirlstyle.com Natalie (@fashionatalie)

        Eunice! Welcome! I’m so glad to see you will be joining our group, we are so excited :-)

  • Beth

    I don’t see a link for the JOY (in) Marriage group. How do I sign up?

  • http://www.handmedowngrace.com Jessica

    This is beautiful and brilliant and oh, so exciting! Got this lady all giddy and weepy today!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Me too. Me too – weepy right there with you!

  • http://www.ladybugte.blogspot.com Tina miller

    Any groups willing to work around Facebook? I don’t do Facebook.. But I do blog.. Ladybugte.blogspot.com

    • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

      We have some meeting on personal blogs. Just follow their links to find out where!

      • http://www.ladybugte.blogspot.com Tina miller

        Thank you!

    • http://mrrpg219.blogspot.com/ Jessica

      Our group, “Faith Without Borders: Everyday (In)couragement” is operating through blog posts, email, and twitter as well. I think many of the others are as well. We’d love for you to join us!

    • http://hopejoypeace.com Hope (Brooke)

      Hi Tina! My group, Rooted, is studying Jennie Allen’s “Anything.” We are posting on a blog, Facebook, and will use Twitter too! We’d love for you to join us!

    • http://www.littlebitoflifetn.blogspot.com Holly

      We are also working with fb and a blog. We also have an email option. I am co leading (in)courage your marriage! :)

  • Shaun Paulsen

    I signed up for two groups because I couldn’t decide which one to join and I fit into both of them, Empty Nesters and Women Over 50. I hope that’s ok.

    • Amanda

      Definitely ok! :)

      • Marina Bromley

        Me too! Glad to meet you Shaun! I’m over at {relatively} empty nesting! Which one did you join?

    • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

      absolutely okay!!!!

    • http://susanstilwell.com Susan Stilwell

      We’re so glad you joined us on Empty Nests ~ Full Lives! And most of us are over 50, so we kill 2 birds with one stone!

  • Valerie

    I don’t know which group to join! I know I need the Bible Study group…I’m struggling to make the effort to spend time in my Bible on a regular basis. It’s a hard battle. I’m intrigued by the Artists group, but my art is dancing rather than any kind of crafts. I love to sew and crochet but I almost never have the time to focus on it. And the Motherhood group sounds so encouraging too – I have two young kids that I homeschool. Tough choice! They all sound so good.

    • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com Crystal

      Valerie, you will be blessed no matter which group you choose :) And this is only the first session (Oct 2 – Dec 2), so you can try one now and maybe join another group in the next session!

    • http://mrrpg219.blogspot.com/ Jessica

      You can join more than one group if you like. Even though I’m a co-leader of a group, I want to join them! This is an AMAZING group of women. In “Faith Without Borders: Everyday (In)couragement” we are studying the Christian book, “Unglued: Making Wise Choices In the Midst of Raw Emotions” along with referencing the ties to God’s word. We would LOVE for you to join us!

      • http://martinsinchina1.blogspot.com/ Erin Marti

        I agree that there are so many groups most of us could enjoy joining! I don’t think most of the groups are very demanding time wise, so if you feel you would benefit by joining more than one group, go right ahead!

        • http://martinsinchina1.blogspot.com/ Erin Martin

          By the way, it ends up we have quite a few homeschooling moms in our group {in}couragement for Mothers!

    • http://hopejoypeace.com Hope (Brooke)

      Hi Valerie! I can completely relate to you! I’m an (in)courager for Rooted, where we will be studying “Anything” by Jennie Allen. And I really want to also study Unglued too with the Faith Without Borders group! So many amazing groups here. God is doing big things! You will be blessed by any of the groups.

  • http://dianewbailey.com/ Diane Bailey

    What a beautiful day to make new friends, wrapping elbows in elbows to encourage each other! I love seeing what all of you are doing and your pages are great looking!! Praying for each community to bless and be all that God has created you to be! I know He is excited with us!

    Thank you Stacey and Lisa-Jo! You are women with great vision that is exceeded only my your great heart for others! I’m crazy about you!

    • Amanda

      Ditto!! :)

    • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

      Diane thanks for being a part of this!

  • http://www.annaradchenko.net Anna Radchenko @ Here Am I

    I’m excited to join the Marriage Mentors group! :)

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      I’m sure they’re just as excited to have you!

    • http://www.littlebitoflifetn.blogspot.com Holly

      We are very excited to have you Anne!

  • Judy Swann

    I have been reading (in) courage for a couple of weeks now, really enjoy it, and saw where you could join a group, so I put it out there for Women over 50. Looking forward to connecting with wonderful ladies of faith. I have a great womens bible study class, and I’m always looking for others. I will be moving in the near future to SC from Maryland. I’m very excited to meet other sisters in Christ.

    • http://www.chasingblueskies.net Kristen Strong

      Waving to you, Judy! Welcome to the family, sister! :)

      • Marina Bromley

        Hello!

    • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

      so happy to have you Judy!!!!

  • http://www.bluemarblegod.com/ Melanie

    Oh my, this is wonderful!!
    I’ve just taken a first look and they all look, well so encouraging.
    I’m leaning towards ministry wives, as that is one area that I don’t currently have outside support- and that feels so important!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      oh aren’t they all just something?! so glad to have you, Melanie!

    • http://lindseyvanniekerk.blogspot.com Lindsey van Niekerk

      I am one of the co-leaders for one of the ministry wives group, Melanie, and you would be MOST welcome!! We totally “get” that needing a place where you can let your hair down and not be “on”!

    • http://www.amylearns.com Amy Tilson

      Oh, please do come join us. Send an e-mail to either me or Becky Daye (found in our posts) and we will get you into our Facebook Group. You are exactly why we wanted to start this group. We are listed under Women in Ministry. Our groupn name is (In)Couraged Flock.

  • http://www.frommymountainview.com/ Rebecca

    I am almost 33 weeks pregnant, so when I woke up to go potty (again) in the wee hours of the morning, about 5:30, I was too stinkin’ excited to go back to bed!! Couldn’t wait to begin praying for all the (in)couragers and for the women to be drawn to be apart of each group and connect without hindrance. <3 I've spent a couple of hours already today, with my partner Kayse Pratt, in the Marriage & Mommyhood group meeting the new women as they join. It's incredible!!!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Cheering for you all!

    • http://kaysepratt.com Kayse Pratt

      SO incredible!! And I’m so glad to have such an (in)couraging partner!!! SO EXCITED for our group, and all the other amazing groups!!

      • http://www.chasingblueskies.net Kristen Strong

        Excited right along with you both!

  • http://www.dannyandallison.com Allison

    I would love to see a Caregiver group next time!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Thanks Allison, good suggestion

    • http://mrrpg219.blogspot.com/ Jessica

      what a great idea!

    • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

      We will tuck that into our notes for next session! Super great idea!

      • http://www.upliftingwordsonline.com/2012/09/04/storm/ Stefanie Brown

        Great idea!!

  • Ebony S

    These groups sound awesome! Suggestion: One for military wives?

    • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

      awesome idea Ebony!

    • Marina Bromley

      Good idea! There will be others starting up down the road, this is the first wave…
      Is there another one that fits you for this season?

      • http://www.upliftingwordsonline.com/2012/09/04/storm/ Stefanie Brown

        Hi, Ebony! Although our group is not “military wife” specific, we do have a Military wife participating. You can find us under “Motherhood” and we’re “UnMasking Motherhood”.

        We’d love to have you!

  • Nadine

    What a great idea!

    What if you don’t “fit” into any of the groups listed or perhaps aren’t looking in the correct place. I’m early 30’s, married, working, no children (yet, praying soon). If someone could direct me to groups that I might fit into, please pass along the info. I would love to be a part of this great community!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Have you tried the Bible Study Gals – there’s a great cross-section of women over there…

    • http://lindseyvanniekerk.blogspot.com Lindsey van Niekerk

      I am co-leading a group for ministry wives….HOWEVER…I, too, am 30’s, married{7 years}}, currently working non-ministry, with no children {been trying for 4 1/2 years} and I, too, was hoping to join a group for those without children {YET}. I believe that group will start in January. However, in the mean time….

      Here are a few that you might enjoy…..

      Bible Study Gals – http://www.incourage.me/incouragers-bible-study-gals
      Artists (in EVERY sense of the word) – http://www.incourage.me/incouragers-artists Marriage Mentors – http://www.incourage.me/incouragers-marriage-mentors
      Social Justice – http://www.incourage.me/incouragers-social-justice
      Women IN your local Community – http://www.incourage.me/incouragers-women-in-your-local-community

      I hope that you find one that feels like HOME!!

    • http://www.elizabeth-michelle.com Elizabeth

      Thanks for posting this comment, Nadine. I’m in a similar place in life.

      • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

        And we have 7 Bible Study Groups – so I just know you will find a group for you!

        • Nadine

          Thank you for the suggestions. I have found a community that I’m praying is the one I’m supposed to be in.

          @Elizabeth: Good to know we’re not alone. I hope you are able to find your place in a community.

    • http://hopejoypeace.com Hope (Brooke)

      Hi Nadine,
      I’m an (in)courager for the group Rooted, where we are reading “Anything: the prayer that unlocked my God and my Soul” by Jennie Allen. Our group has women that are married, single, kids, no kids, and all ages. There are several study groups that will be reading some awesome books! Would love for you to join us.

      blessings, Brooke

      • Nadine

        Thank you, Brooke.

  • http://www.onesewingmommie.blogspot.com Angel

    I’m so excited about this!!!! I’m going to join up with Motherhoods Threadbare Mommas!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Yay and welcome!

    • http://threadbaremommas.com Momma Jen

      Yeah! We are so happy to have you Angel!!! Let me know if you need help subscribing with us (we had a little hiccup earlier today)! Blessings! And I hope that you can impart some of your balancing tricks to us…

      • http://www.onesewingmommie.blogspot.com Angel

        I think I was able to subscribe ok… It gave me a confirmation! :) Thank you all!

  • http://outofmyallegedmind.com/ Nancy Franson

    I was thinking about joining the over 50 group, cause that’s where I am. But then I clicked over to the special needs group, because I have a son with ADD. I’ve been exchanging stories with other mamas who are walking through the same hard kinds of things I am. We’re learning that conventional parenting wisdom doesn’t apply with our extraordinary kids. And we’re learning we need each other. Thanks so much for doing this.

    • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

      you can do both, we would love to have you in the over 50 group Nancy.

  • Amie

    Unmasked Motherhood sounds like it is for me!

    • http://www.thisisthegootfam.com Erica Guthaus

      Go for it Amie!

  • http://www.elizabeth-michelle.com Elizabeth

    Thank you for all the hard work that has been put into this endeavor! I’m still going to have to think and pray over what group(s) I might join.

    • http://www.girlwithblog.com anna {girl with blog}

      I know He’ll lead you to the right one, and they’ll be blessed by having you =)

  • http://www.goodgirlstyle.com Natalie (@fashionatalie)

    Love all of these comments!!! So exciting to see it in action after we’ve been keeping it under wraps for so long. Single girls of all ages—Julie and I would LOVE to see you over at Lady N Waiting and Good Girl Style…. links: https://www.facebook.com/groups/504303402933186/ and http://www.goodgirlstyle.com/2012/10/incourage-community-christian-singleness.html Have a great day and praying you all find a group for your hearts to be encouraged!

  • http://pathofauthenticity.wordpress.com Emilie R

    I’m a regular reader here, but one of those annoying ones who never comments. ;o)
    I’m thinking of joining a group… and if I do it will be the women in ministry one. Reading the description gave me chills! Being stuck between home and the mission field on indefinite medical leave, and all the stuff that has bought up, and having nowhere to share it.
    Thanks for setting this up!

    • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

      God had you in mind when this group was forming Emilie! I know it will bless you!

      And thanks for commenting today! We love having you here.

    • http://www.beautyoutofdust.wordpress.com Libby

      This gives me chills Emilie! I am co-leading the (in) This Season group. Please join! We’d love to have you and we can’t wait to share what God did to make this group happen.

    • http://lindseyvanniekerk.blogspot.com Lindsey van Niekerk

      Okay…Now I am having chills too! Yes! What Libby said! Please come join us…we need each other!!

      • http://pathofauthenticity.wordpress.com Emilie R

        Oh I love you guys already… how can I not join now?!!??!?

  • Katy

    Wow….these groups are amazing!!! I’m so looking forward to joining–I’ve never done anything like it before! I hope it’s OK if I join two! Many thanks to everyone who put these groups together and who is running them!

    • http://www.thisisthegootfam.com Erica Guthaus

      Absolutely okay, Katy! You will surely be blessed!

      • Katy

        Hi Erica,

        Thanks so much for the support–I just signed up for both groups, and am very, very excited! What blessings! Thanks!

  • http://hotchpotching.wordpress.com Fenny

    Awesome!!! I am interested in single gals and social justice. Looking forawrd to connecting and community!!

  • http://sunrisewithasixpack.com Karin

    This is awesome! An exciting venture. I second the motion for a military wives/moms group. Those often doing the parent thing solo and many times in new places. So thankful you all have taken the time to do this!

    • http://fromsnowflakestohotcakes.blogspot.com Laurel

      I wholeheartedly agree, as a military wife/mom myself. Praying that they might consider adding one. Not just the moving and parenting alone, but not being a single parent, which is a unique situation, but also the fear/frustration/trust issues with deployments too.

      • http://fromsnowflakestohotcakes.blogspot.com Laurel

        I think the ones that do exist are great. I guess I just have an unusual community need. lol

        • http://sunrisewithasixpack.com Karin

          my need is the same as yours, Laurel! Not so unusual (unfortunately). The fear/frustration/trust you talk about are second nature to us, aren’t they? Having our hearts and minds at home… and across the seas ~ at the same time.

          • http://fromsnowflakestohotcakes.blogspot.com Laurel

            Exactly. I wonder how many of us there are here on in(Courage) and if they’d consider starting a military wife/mama group the next time around? There are some wonderful groups to join, but right now, that’s where my focus is in terms of areas I need to grow and have support in.

  • http://sandeefamily.blogspot.com/ Sandee

    Love this. feels good. I have these Fb communities around hobbies…love to have one around this!

  • http://www.spiritualglasses.me Jennifer Upton

    Just signed up for Graceful Oaks inside the Bible Study Gals community. Thank you, thank you for being prayerful in putting this together. It truly is an answered prayer.

  • http://frommyteacup.blogspot.com Tammy

    can we join more than one group I can’t decide which one to join…good gracious me

    • http://motherjulie.blogspot.com/ julie+

      oh heavens yes!

  • Lorraine

    Do you have any groups for single moms, or recently divorced?

  • http://www.thisjourneyourlife.com Rachel

    I connected with the Special Needs group (in)able and already I’ve been blessed in sharing my heart with other women who get me! Thank you incourage for this beautiful concept, this beautiful community.

    • http://29lincolnavenue.com Stacey

      Love that Rachel!!

  • julie

    Empty Nesters! a whole new season of life :) i will love talking/visiting/getting to know others in this stage. itsa hard one, just sayin ;)

    • http://susanstilwell.com Susan Stilwell

      Hi Julie! You may have already found us on Empty Nests ~ Full Lives, but if not — Join us! The first semester is the most challenging – hang in there!

  • http://www.whimsywords.blogspot.com/ Julie Anne

    seriously?!?! How does one choose?? I can find 4 that I want to be a part of… :) what a great idea!

  • Cindy

    I have joined the depression group…. and am determined to overcome it!! I also identify with several of the other groups, but it’s probably best to try one first and see how it works. Thank you so much for doing this, it is much needed.

  • Cindy

    I’ve never chatted on twitter before, but I do have an iphone and twitter. Will try to do it this evening. Anyone have quick instructions on meeting on twitter?

  • http://www.dayebydaye.com Becky Daye

    Ah, what a JOY to read through all of these comments and know that God is hard at work- already knitting hearts together in the way that only He can. Continuing to pray that God will lead you all to exactly the place that you need to be- and you can absolutely join more than one!

  • http://colleen-fromthefield.blogspot.com Colleen

    I am going to try to be part of the Social Justice group. I am a missionary mom working on building chaples for the poor, starting a women’s artisan cooperative in a local and an indigneous community, teaching art at an orphanage and taking 31 Days of Action Against Human Trafficking on my blog. Today I cried for the loneliness of feeling like no one is here to fight along side me, like no one else cares. Grateful for the chance to interact with other women passionate about justice.

    • http://lindseyvanniekerk.blogspot.com Lindsey van Niekerk

      Beautiful!

  • http://hamershappenings.blogspot.com Lisa

    What a fabulous idea! Isn’t ironic that I can’t even figure out where I fit in?

    • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com Crystal

      The best part is that you’ll fit in no matter which group you choose!

  • http://www.funkiplanet.com Debi Stangeland

    Exciting! I’m in!!!

  • http://www.proverb31girl.com Jess R

    I joined Mamas (in)grace and look forward to the conversations! Thanks for this amazing idea!

  • http://www,bloomintobeing.com Lori Sammartino

    I am thinking about joining the artists group because I only recently decided I’m a wanna be artist. I started junk picking and recrafting old stuff into new treasures. At the same time, I became trained as a women’s life purpose coach, and I see a great parallel between taking the junk of our lives and making it into something beautiful, just like God can do with the other kind of junk from our lives. He can make beauty from the ashes, ladies, and I am on fire to share that message with those who need a fresh word of hope. Perhaps my attempt at “trash turned treasure art” could be just the avenue to do that, and I’d love a community of like-minded sisters to lean on for encouragement. It’s been lonely trying to “figure it out” where God’s leading me these past few years since I retired from teaching (only half way thru my career span), so (in)couragers might be a great answer to prayer! Looking forward to connecting!

  • http://prairiejuan.wordpress.com Juanita Dueck

    I joined the Moms of Teens group but I really want to join the Marriage Mentors group too! I am passionate about marriage but I have teens…oh the conundrum!

    • http://www.incourage.me LJ

      You’re totally welcome to join both! :)

  • Laura Leighninger

    Could you add a group for divorced moms next time around? That is where I feel the biggest need in my life and I know I’m not alone. Forced into divorce by another’s choice is a very lonely place to find yourself as a Christian. I have so few people in my life who understand this deep pain.

    • Vivienne

      I would like to second that. Every.single.word. although I am “only” separated, not legally divorced (it has been nearly two years). This is so hard for anyone to understand.

  • http://Galleryeight.blogspot.com Britt

    This is just so fantastic! I’ve joined the artists group and am very excited :D

    Would you consider a group for students or recent grads in the next session? Navigating the ‘what’s next’ path – trying to follow God’s plan, but not quite sure what you’re doing or where you’re going – definitely has its tough days.

    xo

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  • http://www.lindseyslife.wordpress.com Lindsey

    These groups look great, although I haven’t picked one yet! I am in the process of adopting my first child from China, so I don’t feel like I fit in the new mom group as of right now. I would love to see an adoption group next time. :)

    • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com Crystal

      Lindsey, Mary Beth & I would LOVE to have you in our “new moms” group if you’d like to join! We have a lot of expecting moms and you would fit right in :)

    • http://martinsinchina1.blogspot.com/ Erin Martin

      Lindsey I am a China adoptive mom our group has a lot of adoptive moms in it! You are very welcome there! I’m at {in}couragement for Mothers.

  • Heather

    Hi. Thanks for organizing all of this. I just joined one of the Marriage Mentor groups and the Moms of Special Needs kids group. Are they just blog posts or is there going to be some kind of book study? It looked like some of the groups were going to dive into the bible and/or some kind of book. Just curious.

    Thanks! Heather

  • Elaine K

    I’ve joined the 50+ group — looking forward to this opportunity!

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  • Beverly Klima

    I’m joining the Depression Group.

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  • Tracy

    I’m praying about which group to choose but thought I’d throw out some info and ask for input as well! I’m a 45 year old mom of 3 adult children. I babysit a 2 year old 2 1/2 days a week. I enjoy women’s Bible studies and will be leading a small group of ladies through Lysa TerKeurst’s “Unglued” soon. I’m passionate about my marriage and it grieves my heart to see Christian marriages falling apart! Where should I plug in? So excited to have found these groups!

    • Tracy

      So I thought if I clicked on a group I would automatically be put in that group! NOT SO! I checked out several I thought would fit for me and found THE one! I’m joining in the Empty Nests ~ Full Lives with Diane Bailey and Susan Stilwell. SO excited! :)

  • http://arneal.wix.com/arneal A. Robinson-Neal

    I signed up for the social justice (in)couragers group!

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  • Megan

    I’m not sure which one to join. I wish there was a married without children group. I don’t seem to fit with all the moms or the empty nesters or the single gals either.

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  • Jennifer D.

    I would love to join the (in)perfect balance marriage group. I clicked on the facebook link to join the group. Please let me know if there is anything else I need to do. I am so excited about having a community group since I don’t have one where I live.

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