Monday, May 19, 2014

Until we meet again and the {last} Soli Deo Gloria Party



I completed my sign! (Not sure what this is about? Click here.)
Y'all.

I'm not sure what exact words I can say that could possibly express what I feel right now. Do you know how many Soli Deo Gloria parties we've had? This is number 178.

178 weeks of being together in this space.  178 weeks of sharing our hearts, of encouraging each other.  178 weeks of walking each other through devastating news and crazy miracles.  178 weeks of getting to know each other.  178 weeks of allowing God to use these relationships so we do not feel so alone in our triumphs and our tribulations.

178 weeks of forging friendships.

It's hard to let go of something I've had for 178 weeks.  And I would be incredibly sad if I didn't know God's promises to continue this group healthy, whole, and vibrant.  (Our new site is www.solideogloriasisterhood.com, but it's not ready yet.)  Last week, I asked y'all's opinion on tag lines for our group (because it is our group, not my group).  The majority of people chose "Come as you are," but those who chose "No make-up required" had some amazing reasons for loving that one.  And so, I emailed the wonderful person, Katie Radke, who is designing our logo, header, and such and asked her if we could have both.  The tag line on the header will be "Come as you are" and the footer will have "No make-up required."  While I understand the rules of branding are to pick one and stick with it, I don't really care. I think God will use both to speak to women who enter our new site.  I just want to thank you for participating in this community -- I was amazed by the number of Facebook posts, emails, and texts I got regarding this.  I love your participation, your investment, and your encouragement.  Thank you.

I don't know when I'll have everything ready for our new page, but I will announce through our Facebook page, Twitter, and our email group, so stay tuned!

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Just a few more updates:

Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A couple's journey to freedom from pornography:  Craig and I have 2 more chapters to edit before we are finished!  Hooray!  And the big news? God really used Beth Moore's book, Praying God's Word, to help me pray Craig through his recovery.  One of the things that brought me so much comfort was her recognizing that porn addiction is real, a problem, and something we can use prayer to overcome. In addition, she issued a bit of a wake-up call to the church to begin to bring this problem into the light.  God started talking to me about asking her to write the forward to our book, to which I promptly replied, "No."  Risk that rejection?  Ask a prominent Christian writer to be a part of something started by little us?  Ridiculous.  But, He wouldn't let me drop it.  So I wrote a letter, asked my editor about it, and she sent the letter with a copy of our book on Friday.  This is beyond craziness to me.  I would love your prayers for this process.  I just want God's will.

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3rd Annual Soli Deo Gloria Retreat: Retreat registration is live!  Go here to get more details and a link to the registration form.

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What's a going away party {for Finding Heaven, not the SDG Sisterhood} without a parting gift?  Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter to win one of our SDG necklaces! (If you'd like to order one if you don't win, just email me at jenfergie2000@me.com)


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Okay...time to link up your heart and let us know what's happening in your world. Make sure to leave your neighboring sister a word of encouragement!

20 comments :

  1. Well, though I am a bit sad (sniff, sniff) to have SDG say bon voyage, I am excited for the new things that God will make happen in the future! Might I just request that at some point you leave a link on this blog for the new one. I'm not connected to Facebook or Twitter, and I'm not part of the email group. But I sure would love to know where I can reconnect when the time comes...even without my makeup!!

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  2. I wish I were well enough for one last sdg party post! But, I am so excited to see what God will do in the new site, He is good and it will be wonderful! I am praying again this year about the conference and hope to be able to come! Blessings friend!

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  3. So much excitement and goodness around here. I'm blessed to have you as a friend. Love you.

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  4. 178??? Wow! You've been such a faithful minister to this group, Jen. I look forward to whatever comes next with you and us!

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  5. I know God has His perfect plan. I am so excited for God's orchestration of SDG in His way alone. Hallelujah!

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  6. Ditto everyone else's comments! And may I might add, before she was a 'prominent Christian author' she was just little, obedient Beth, with a God-sized gift. I have confidence your story will resonate with her, regardless if she writes the foreword. I bet she'll blab all over about it when it comes out...........(you never know).

    Thank you for hosting this space and for YOUR obedience to the Holy Spirit's voice.

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  7. Wishing you blessing and refreshing in this next part of your journey!

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  8. I am so thankful for your faithfulness, here at FHT and with the SDG Party. I haven't had the privilege to read your heart for all 178 posts, but I have been blessed enough with the times I have been able to connect with you through your words. I am so excited for what God has for you, as you obey Him. Bless you much! Praying for His favor and abundant wisdom.
    Love,
    Dawn

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  9. Why the heck not?! I've admired your necklace for a while...and if I'm going to be a twinsy with someone, you'd be a fabulous twin!! :D I am sooooo happy and thankful you are in my life! What a wonderful woman and sister in Christ you are...and not just to me...to SO MANY! Praying for you!

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  10. Jen, there's nothing like making it to the SDG Party for the first time on its *last* day... I'm excited to see where God leads – and so glad you're paying attention!

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  11. How awesome for you!! Praying abundant blessings as you enter the next open door!

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  12. Le sigh and YAY! (Can I do that at the same time? Because I am.) I shall miss this loverly link up but and SO. STINKIN. EXCITED for the next chapter. Praying for a smooth transition (or as smooth as it can be when you are building your own website. Been there, done that, ate lots of chocolate.) :-)

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  13. Saying goodbye is one of life's hard things. But saying goodbye to old always replaces a fresh new. I'm excited to see what God has next. This place has been a blessing to me over and over. Thank you for the encouragement you are!

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  14. Jen -
    What an INCREDIBLE fellowship you have built here!!!
    The Lord has clearly blessed & blessed & blessed your efforts, your words, your heart....

    I think the "double" tagline is PERFECT!!!

    "Come as you are....no make-up required"

    Makes my soul smile!!!!

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  15. I'm excited for the new website!! Thanks for including us. Now I'm going to see about the SDG retreat, I'm going to have to talk with my hubby about possibly going...would love to meet you and other SDG sisters in real life!

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  16. Jen, though I don't always get to link up, I am often here to read your heart and the hearts of others. You bless me. I am so excited for this next phase of your ministry. God has great things for you my friend!

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  17. So excited to see where God is leading you, sweet Sister! It's been such fun linking up each week and getting to know everyone. Heart Hugs <3

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  18. Your last party? I have been soooo out of the loop! It sounds as though God has continued to do amazing things in and through you dear Jennifer. I am not surprised. Not. at. all.

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  19. Jen - thank you so much for your faithfulness over all these weeks/months/years. This has been a great connection point and you have done a superb job of welcoming everyone. Many blessings in the next stage - and with your book, too!

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  20. I wrote my entry and linked up then I realized that my ending question....any recent painful goodbyes? Yes...here at the SDG link-up!! I hope to continue to be a part of your next leg of the journey as I have enjoyed the encouragement here.

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