There is a beautiful new place on the Web. You can find it at www.incourage.me
I had the pleasure of meeting Holley and Stephanie, two of the women who dreamed up this new site, and I just love their heart.
Here's how they described their vision for the new site:
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.
Doesn't that sound like a place you want to hang out? I do!
They asked readers to write a blog post about what encourages them. You couldn't have asked me that on a better (or worse) day. I am not feeling particularly encouraged today.
I've been grumpy, hormonal, and bent over with back pain. I think I'm experiencing a little let down after my mountain top experience in Charlotte last weekend. If I'm honest, I'm experiencing a LOT of let down.
So, I made a list of what encourages me. Here are a few that showed up on the list:
My beautiful family
Hanging out with girlfriends
Going to Bible Study on Wednesday morning, feeling so loved and connected and learning so much
When my baby boy crawls up to me and comes in for a sweet, open mouthed, drooly kiss and then puts his curly haired little head on my shoulder.
When I dream about heaven and know I'll never have to know hell.
When my daughters find me for a kiss and hug before they leave to play.
When I get to stay up late talking and laughing with King Charming.
And of course I always feel encouraged after a GIANT CUP OF COFFEE! : )
The list could go on and on and on. But I realized there is a common theme. I feel the most encouraged- or (in)couraged- when I learn to appreciate and seek joy in my everyday, ordinary, unspectacular life. I have to choose it. Especially on days like today when I'm feeling anything but spectacular.
It reminds me of the reason I started a new blog and named it Everyday Becky. I needed to refocus after a long, long line of disappointments and loss. I needed to face a future that was different than I expected by embracing and celebrating the miracles in my right now. My right now is beautiful, and I'm grateful.
I hope you'll stop by www.incourage.me and find other reasons to be encouraged.