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Saturday, April 28, 2012

(in)RL (thank you (in)courage!)

Oh the joy and companionship of meeting with women of faith and just BEING!

Today was (in)courage's "conference" and I joined a local meet-up of women from Lancaster County in our gracious hostess' home. There was food and coffee and warmth and Jesus with skin on. I was blessed and encouraged and strengthened.

Hopefully these few hours will be just the beginning of connecting on this side of our screens. We have already talked of meeting for coffee sometime soon.

We were from different churches, different backgrounds and different parts of the county but we all met together and talked and laughed and shared. The seven of us were present and real and I was blessed (I keep saying that huh?).

We watched a few of the videos (in)courage made available and were touched by stories of God working in awesome ways through social media. But mostly it was just the ability to sit and share with women who loved Christ. Share stories and wisdom and the confessions of all those things we DON'T DO! (make beds, dust, keep up with laundry, clean constantly etc.) it was a guilt free, expectation free, judgement free, room and I loved it! It felt like a breath of fresh air and a clean slate to me.

I was blessed.

Thank you (in)courage and our host Anjanette for giving is a place to be real and experience community!

Oh and Anjanette got these awesome door prizes from Dayspring - my bag had an awesome journal and this canvas that said "Your STRENGTH is as big as the God in you." I've been needing strength and I was touched by God's reminder that it isn't my own I was depending on.