Welcome back, friends.
Y’all, my heart is bossing me around and has something it wants to say: Thank you.
I’m always blessed by your company, but especially weeks when prayers are shared.
Friends, I need you to know it’s never about pretense, numbers, or filling another word-count quota. The honor of your prayer burdens finding safety here is not lost on me.
Something I know about this community is that we are believers in prayer and its authority to make a difference. Tweet This Thank you for the opportunity to hold your burdens and wait expectantly with you.
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT #1!
Everyone who linked-up with Chasing Community in February was entered into a drawing to win this sweet Holley Gerth journal from DaySpring. Isn’t it lovely? Our randomly-picked winner this month is: Misty Phillip! Congratulations, Misty! Thank you for sharing your heart in this space each week, we appreciate you.
And, good news! We’re beginning a brand new month with a brand new drawing! All who link-up here in March will be entered to win another fun gift! Thank you, friends, for sharing your words at this table.
May your ministry of words always find community here.
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT #2!
This month we’re starting a fun series called “But God,” and are so blessed to have some sweet friends guest-posting with us.
This series will feature “But God” testimonials. Moments where, from a human perspective, things may not have seemed perfect, but God brought beauty, richness & hope from them—resurrecting that which seemed lost—redeeming it for His glory.
I hope you find this series encouraging, because—aren’t we all facing our own “But God” moments at any given time?
I pray the faithful words of these dear sisters are a blessing and remind us that—He is a resurrection God, breathing new life into barren places. Tweet This
I’ll kick things off next week with a “But God” moment from my life, then I’ll step aside and give the floor to these beautiful women of God:
- March 16th — Jill Savage. Jill is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families, and is founder of Hearts at Home. Jill just released her latest book, No More Perfect Marriages , co-authored with her husband Mark. If you haven’t already had the pleasure of being blessed by Jill, I’m excited to introduce you to her.
- March 23rd — Crystal Storms . Crystal is a writer and heart-encourager who loves Jesus and seeks to glorify God in all she does. Her site is a beautiful blend of encouragement for your heart, and encouragement for your marriage. Her gentle spirit is a sweet source of blessing to many.
- March 30th — Betsy De Cruz . Betsy is a writer who encourages women to fill-up daily on the word of God, so that our faith grows and spills into our everyday. Betsy’s heart for the Word is authentic, contagious and such an inspiration to me.
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT 2.1 !
We’ll be having special giveaways every week of the “But God” series!! Yippee for Yay!!
Friends, more than anything, I pray these “But God” words speak hope into our lives, and remind us nothing is wasted in the Kingdom of a Resurrection God.
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Thank you for bringing your dish to the table–May your ministry of words find community here.
This linkup is closed now, but we’ll meet you back here next Thursday for another #ChasingCommunity!
Bev @ Walking Well With God says
Sounds like a lot of fun’s going to be going on 🙂 What a great lineup of writers and what a great lead in…But, God! I love how you make your site so welcoming and cozy. It’s a pleasure to stop in every Thursday morning. So glad to see you writing and using your gifts of hospitality and building community. YOU are a blessing!
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Awe, Bev–you bless me, friend. Thank you for your support and encouragement. So glad we get to live in the same city! 🙂 ((HUG))
Yup…. What Bev said! Your site is a bright ray of sunshine for me! Thanks for all you do! XO
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Liz, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement, sister. You’re such a blessing. ((hug))
Michele Morin says
Ha! Your heart is bossing you around.
Thanks for listening — and thanks for being here so faithfully each week.
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Lisa/Syncopated Mama says
Wow, lots of exciting news to share today! I hope your March has gotten off to a wonderful start!
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Happy March back at ya, Lisa. 🙂
Becky Hastings says
Can I just tell you what a wonderful job you’re doing?! I sincerely mean that. You have created such a welcoming, enthusiastic, safe atmosphere in this link-up and I so deeply appreciate it. I look forward to it each week!
And I don’t know how I didn’t see this before, but I love your ponytails and sandals line!
To the start of an exciting March!
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Becky, your beautiful encouragement means a lot. Thank you, friend. ((hug))
Maree Dee says
Thank you for hosting an excellent link up and a beautiful website. I look forward to what you are bringing us in March.
Thank you for being here and sharing each week, Maree. Have enjoyed connecting with you. 🙂 ((Hug))
So many fun things going on here. I just love this community. Thanks for working toward sisterhood, Brenda!
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Thanks for being a part of this sisterhood, Kay. It’s been a blessing to connect. ((hug))
Sherry Stahl says
I would love to take you up on your commitment to pray 🙂 I would really appreciate your prayers today. My hubby had the flu overnight and passed out. I spent most of the night with him in the hospital getting IV and tests. I began my linkups today from the hospital. We’re home now, but I’m feeling kind of ‘iffy’ and tired. I have to make a video for a church I am speaking at next month and I’m not feeling well to make it. I also need to get a shot for my missions trip next Friday. I need a touch from the Lord. Thanks for caring and providing this great community.
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Oh, Sherry, my goodness. ((Hug)) Honored to pray with you, sister.
Oh Father, I lift up my sweet sister, Sherry to you today. God, may you heal her husband and may these tests come back negative for anything major. Father, I pray you’ll strengthen Sherry allowing her to fulfill what you’ve given her to do, and Lord, I pray you’ll help her to give herself grace. Father, please bring Your community around her and her family as help-meets for them. Jesus please touch Sherry today, please be near to her, and provide comfort and rest for her spirit. God, thank you for the power of prayer. We believe your words — that where two or more are gathered in prayer, you are there with them. Father, thank you for being in our midst and for caring enough to hear our hearts — Father, together we ask these things in the worthy name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
This sounds like a great series. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for all you do in running the linkup and building this community.
Thanks for sharing your words here each week, Lesley. You’re a blessing. ((hug))
Joanne Viola says
This has become such a wonderful place to visit each week. I always leave encouraged. Much excitement in each announcement today 🙂
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Thank you for sharing your encouragement with me, Joanne. That blesses my heart. So glad you’re here. ((hug))
Sue Donaldson says
I love a good BUT GOD story – thanks for bringing it on and yes may we always listen to our Boss! Blessings! (Love giveaways! Maybe I can contribute something sometime. LMK) (You’re the Boss)
The series But God sounds exciting! I will be checking it out!
Blessings to you Brenda!
Lux G. says
Oh, Brenda. So much to look forward to here. Love those generous giveaways. I say, if you’re blessed, what more to do but share it.
Excited for the But God series. Yes, we do have those moments. I can’t count how many is mine.
Thanks for spreading love and positive vibes all the time.