Monday, October 25, 2010

A New Community

You know, God is good and His timing is always, well, perfect, but sometimes, just so...sweet as well.

Last night, I laid down the part-time job that I wrote about on Friday.  I made the decision to at least take the next semester off of supervising student teachers, but in my spirit, I think I know already that I am going to quit completely.  There was peace and then a simple breath.

And then, no sooner had I surrendered, but a new idea fresh in  my mind began to grow.  And here it is:

I would like to host you in my house. 

Of course, since we live all over the world, my house is my blog.  But what I  mean is that I would like to create a safe place for people to come and share their struggles, their moments of battle, their surrenders, their renewals, their defeats, and their successes.  I want to host us so that we may encourage each other each week.  To lift up, to not judge, to welcome, to speak truth.  I would like it to be a place with new life is born, chains broken, and sisterhood celebrated.

If my vision seems a bit unclear, I am sorry. I think God is creating it as I go.  In practical terms, this is what I see:
1.  A link-up every week (I have to figure out that McLinky thing) on TUESDAYS (starting next week, November 2nd), hosted at Finding Heaven (which is where you are right now).
2.  You link up whatever post you have most recently written where you have shared what is on your heart (make sure you use your permalink, not just your blog address).
3.  Everyone who links up will visit each others' blog posts (or as many as you can) to offer encouragement, empathy, a sweet word from the Word. Perhaps you will be lead to share a similar experience?

I realize that there is a certain amount of risk be vulnerable to some extent.  It's not about airing dirty laundry or sharing things that you feel will uncover you.  It's about journeying together and showing each other support and love.  If you feel that you might like to be a part of this, will you drop me a comment?  I will try to send out an email or drop you a comment on your blog on Sunday or Monday to remind you of the link-up.

I hope to see you soon!


  1. Wow, This is a big idea. You know I'm in!

  2. Hi Jen,
    I just "found" you through God Speaks Today. I enjoyed my first visit and just became your 61st follower.


  3. It does not surprise me one bit that you are hosting such a meme. It is most fitting for someone as inspiring as you. Count me in! Hugs!

  4. Good is GOD! I'm all about being vulnerable so count me in. Blessings!

  5. I love this. You used the words vulnerable & encourage which in my humble opinion equals absolute beauty :) Count me in!

  6. Jen,

    I love this idea..I think my friend Natalie @ Mommy on Fire, will, too. I will be sure she sees this.

    You can count me in, and thank you for the personal invitation you issued on my blog, that was very sweet of you. I will tell you right now that I am all about being real. I will probably submit the post from today on next Tuesday, just so you know. But maybe not. We'll see how the Spirit leads me.

    Thanks again, friend.


  7. I think it's an awesome idea -- I am on board!

  8. I would like to be a part of this, I really feel that this will be a wonderful way to be encouraged. I read your blog that was posted on on Saturday and it just touched my heart. Thank you for inviting me =)

  9. Thank you for the sweet invite, Jen. I would love to join you all. :)

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire

  10. YES PLEASE~! A God idea for sure! Count me in,. though I don't have a blog- will that matter? I love the idea of us encouraging and praying for each other.A real online community- international - distance no barrier on the net! God Bless your planning, and may it happen!

  11. Marygems --

    You don't need a blog to participate. You can leave your story in the comments section each week. But, you might want to allow us to have access to you email from your Blogger profile so that we can send some encouragement YOUR way each week, too! :)

  12. i will look forward to your new posts and reading everyone elses! i would like to participate also, though it may take me a while to get started with it. this is a great idea. and i am all about being honest and authentic. xo

  13. first off, i'm so, so, so excited that you laid down your part-time job. woo-hoo! way to go! God will definitely honor the way you're making room in your life.

    secondly...absolutely count me in on tuesdays, though you know you'll have to remind me. love ya girl!

    xoxo, the "other" jen :)

  14. This is a BEAUTIFUL idea Jen. I love it and love the authenticity and vulnerability it will require from all of us. Cannot wait to link up and visit others.


  15. Awesome! Of course I am in!!! Thank you so much for the invite!!!

  16. Hm, I would love to participate, but might not want to post my contribution to this group on my own regular blog. I suppose, as you told Marygems, I can share by way of a comment and leave contact information?


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