September 16, 2013

(in)couragement is a Super Power

I used to feel desperate. I used to feel alone. When my daughter was born last year, I struggled to adjust to becoming a mom of two. I didn't dare let anyone know.

I prayed for community and God answered that prayer in big ways! He blessed me with growing friendships through a book club in my home, and He led me to a comfy sofa in a beach house with never ending cupcakes. That place is (in)courage.

I made fast friends with the women in this amazing community and have been overwhelmed by their kindness and bravery time and time again.  We have laughed together, cried together, and laughed so hard we've cried together. It's like having your own personal cheerleaders! These women spur you on when you're full of self doubt, celebrate with you in your victories, and take a knee when life falls apart. No one ever runs, because we've all pledged to stay.

At (in)courage we say, "I cheer for you and stand by you. I promise not to be jealous of you." Who doesn't need friends like that?

Now you can join this amazing community too! Today, registration begins for (in)courage community groups. These online small groups are a great way to connect with other women. Each group is held on Facebook and is limited to 30 women. The Fall session begins September 23 and runs through November 8. The groups are designed to meet you in your particular season of life. There are 70 groups, so there is a perfect fit for everyone!

I am so excited to be leading the Becoming Mom group with my dear friend, Vanessa, from Hearts on Guard. Becoming Mom is a place of (in)couragement for new and expecting moms as you go through a time of intense emotion and change. Our goal is to provide Christ-centered support to you throughout your pregnancy and the first year of your little ones life. It doesn't matter if this is your first or your fifth, as each new addition finds you becoming mom to your new baby. We want to help you stay rooted in Christ in a time that may seem uprooted and chaotic.  As a doula, I love being a part of this season of a woman's life, and I know that Vanessa is equally as passionate about loving on women through this time of excitement and change.

If you are pregnant or have a baby at home, I would love to have you join us at Becoming Mom! If not, I am confident that you will find the perfect group for you with one of the other amazing (in)couragers. Let me tell you, amazing doesn't even do these women justice!

Space is limited, and groups fill up fast, so head on over to the beach house, and register for a group that fits you! Then grab a cupcake or a salted caramel mocha and come back to tell me which group you'll be (in)couraged by this fall!

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