July 25, 2014

Doing Life Together

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A God sized dream became realized over the weekend. 1700 women from all over the world gathered in small groups to share life together. Introverts, extroverts, single, married, leaders, followers, a magnificent paradox of people created real life community that was “seeded on- line” but came to fruition in real life.

The Lord used (in)courage’s inRL weekend to speak differently to each woman. He opened eyes, quieted hearts, restored relationships, birthed friendships, and allowed Life (yes, with a capital “L”) to bloom.

As  I watched the inRL twitter stream and read the comments, one truth resonated, “I needed this. I need real community.” Not the Webster’s dictionary kind of social group community, but community that calls us to bring our messy, our misunderstood, and even our mundane. Community that allows us to acknowledge our failures, but will also celebrate our successes. Community that will sometimes just “be.”

I have no beautifully poetic words to describe this, so I’ll just state the fact. Community is hard. As we shared in the keynote, it can be scary, and it can hurt. Yet the Lord, in his infinite wisdom, wired us to crave community, and when true Koinonia occurs, it points others to Him.

I’m sharing about Doing Life Together over at (in)courage -  please join me for the rest of this over there.


Comments

  1. I love, love, love that ‘God sized dream’ bracelet, PLEASE tell me where I can find one!!!!
    (love your blog too!!!)
    Kristen

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    Jen Reply:

    My sweet friend, Lisa, made them but I don’t think she sells them. She has other amazing hand made items though. http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/

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  2. You have an amazing blog! I too would love to know where I can get the bracelet pictured. Our church is going through a series called, 60 days of dreaming, and we are learning about God’s dream for us…..I would love to have one of these bracelets to wear as a reminder while going through this journey. Email me if possible. Thanks so much!

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    Jen Reply:

    Lannette – I got it from Lisa Leonard designs. She does amazing things, but I don’t think she sells these. She has many other amazing things though. I have an email in to her.http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/

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  3. THANK YOU!! I would LOVE to be able to purchase a few for the dear ladies in my bible study. Please let me know if she responds to your email or feel free to pass mine email address on.
    Thank you.
    Blessings,
    Kristen

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  4. I Love this post… I also love the bracelet! So pretty! I also love the delighted sign! I need to try and replicate it!

    I found you through the (in) community, and am so glad that I did.

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