{Rooted} Registration for Incourage’s New Session Starts Today!

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Today is a BIG day. Incourage.me, the site which provides support and encouragement to women who desire to follow Christ, is beginning registration for their small groups. I love the site. I love it so much that I decided to become an “incourager” for the site’s small groups.

I co-lead a group called Rooted: Women Rooted in God’s Word, Drawing Closer to Christ with Karina Allen. This group has been a tremendous blessing in my life. We have read, discussed and witnessed God move in our lives by reading the following books: (1) Anything by Jennie Allen, (2) Greater by Stephen Furtick, and (3) Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson.

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This session we are excited to announce that we will be reading Restless by Jennie Allen. Restless explores this important question: “Do I matter?” And Jennie asks, “We live with lots of things, lots of people…but do we live for something?” We know God will use her words to draw us closer to Him. The group meets online in a secret Facebook group to ensure privacy and a safe environment to share with others. (After registration, you will be invited to the group via email.)

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Please join the fun and experience the blessing for yourself.

Regular registration starts today, January 27, 2017. Click here.

If you have any questions, please leave me a note in the comments.

Wishing you joy and community,
Hope

The Perfect Opportunity to Make More Friends Who Love God

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inRL 2014

Hello there!! Today I have a message worth shouting from the rooftops! Ladies, please go register for the (in)RL  Webcast  on April 25 & 26, 2014

This webcast is put on by (in)courage.me, a site created to connect real women who love Christ and desire to follow him. I found this site very early in my Christian walk and was immediately drawn in by the womens’ voices, which were so real, warm, and authentic. There were blog posts by women who tell it like it is. Sometimes this walk is hard and messy – but it is mostly beautiful and rewarding. And we get more of God each time we show up and pray to Him.

Since finding the site, I also became an (in)courager for the site’s community groups. I still can’t believe I was given this opportunity. I love to read God’s word and share it with others so I lead a group called Rooted: Women Rooted in God’s Word, Drawing Closer to Christ, with co-leader, Karina Allen. This ministry has been such a blessing in my life. And I believe it has blessed the women that participated too. {Psst: You can join this group too. Registration begins next Monday, January 20 – check my site or (in)courage.me for details!}

Anyway…. this webcast allows women from all over the world to get together in real life. There are even women opening their homes to host the get togethers. It’s going to be fabulous. Although I didn’t go last year, I am hoping to go this year (if I have my babysitting act together for the little one on his way)! I’d love to make new friends who love God as much as I do.

So, check out the video invitation and then SIGN UP!! You will be so happy that you did.  Click here to register. And if you register today, you have a chance to win tickets to the Allume conference and the IF: Gathering. BONUS!

wishing you hope, love, and new friends today,

Hope

{She Reads Truth} A Fresh Start & God’s Renewal

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone is having an amazing 2014 already. This year I hope to blog more often and connect with more readers. And more importantly, I hope to become even closer to God. 2013 was a crazy busy year. I am still experiencing the fruits of that year – like waiting for my baby to be born (which will be soon).

I’ve returned to one of my favorite places to get closer to God and his word and that is by participating in She Reads Truth. Since finding that web site about a year and a half ago, it has really helped me to deepen my relationship with the Lord. So, I am definitely trying to make time and space for SRT in my prayer life this year. It would be great if you would join us.

She Reads Truth has just launched a new plan. It is called “A Fresh Start.” I don’t know about you but this theme is perfect for my life right now. God always allows us (beckons us) to start anew with Him. So, it is also no surprise that our  Day 1 and Day 2 bible readings were in Genesis – chapters 1 & 2. Both chapters showed us how God created everything. He is our Creator. He knew the end of the story in the beginning.  He knew we would sin but still gave us life and always loves us. This thought is just too powerful for words.

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God also created both man and woman in His image. (Genesis 1:26-27). and he didn’t exalt either sex over the other or devalue the other sex. As  a woman, I found these bible verses so comforting and life affirming. One sex is not better or greater than the other. Thank you God!

I was also challenged by the same affirming verse. If we are created in God’s image, what does it mean? My study bible came in handy here. It said that (1) we are reflections of God’s glory; (2) we have the ability to reflect his character in love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness; (3) it is the basis for our self-worth. So if God created me in his image, I have to live up to that. I need to work on being more loving, patient, forgiving, kind and faithful.

I also realized that if we are created in God’s image, we have God’s power in us (the Holy Spirit). Genesis 2:7 says that “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”  God breathed us.

God created the entire world with his thoughts and words. And the bible often talks about the power of our words and the renewing of our minds. Being created in God’s image gives us the ability to create through our thoughts and words because of God’s power in us. It is a God working through us. We should be very mindful and prayerful about our thoughts and words this year.  This is my goal and prayer.

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I’m left with feeling so thankful for God’s constant love and renewal.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor 5:17.

Thank you SRT and God for giving me this message. I’d love to hear what is on your hearts and in your minds as you begin 2014. Do you feel a sense of renewal? Are you praying to become closer to God too?

Praying for God’s renewal,
Hope