When I asked Emily if she had an Elizabeth in her own life, she told me that her Elizabeth was her best friend Michelle. "She's my go-to person, the first call I make whenever I need advice. She's been at my house the night before parties until midnight, helping me with all the small details." Check out more of my interview with Emily about building community in today's video.
Loneliness is a disease. The best cure for this disease is to find community, which often involves vulnerability, risk-taking, and letting people into our not-so-perfect lives. Acts 2:46-47 describes how the early disciples experienced community by saying, “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” Sharing beyond the walls of their homes, the followers of Christ gathered together to tell the message of Jesus to the people. They were not exclusive—no—daily God increased the number of people who were being saved. The breaking of the bread and extending of grace was an open invitation. All were welcome to listen, eat, drink, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Read more about how we are called to build community by practicing hospitality in today's post.
Today I sit down with my beautiful friend from childhood, Ashley Skinner. Ashley and I grew up in the same Girl Scout troop and we've had the chance to reconnect with kids in the same class at school. What I love most about Ashley is how she isn't just skin deep....she's soul deep. She gets this message of #connectionnotperfection and shares her love of Christ so deeply with her friends, family, and community. Check out our interview in today's post.
Today, my sweet friend Abby McKay shares her own story of how she has seen Christ cover her with his perfection. Abby is a first time mom to her daughter, Lilly Grant, and she quickly discovered while pregnant how she had to look for beauty in the midst of the not-so-beautiful side effects of pregnancy.
"Enough is ENOUGH!"
That's the message of today's interview with my dear friend, Ashlea Love, on the subject of anxiety. Like me, Ashlea has felt the damaging effects of anxiety, especially when she feels like she might not be living up to the expectations of others. We get real in this interview today, confessing how we have to wash away anxiety so that we may be found clean in Christ.
In Proverbs 31:25, we are told of a woman who "is clothed with strength and dignity." This woman works hard by selling linen garments and loves her people well by providing for their physical and emotional needs. She is a wife, mother, and businesswoman. Reading about this virtuous woman, I want to be like her. You too? Today's post shares how we can learn from this woman when faced with anxiety.
In today's interview, Dana shares "the non-negotiable in my life is to spend time with the Lord in prayer" as her way to find connection with Him. While we so often get caught up in the busyness and the to-lists of life, Dana knows that when she creates time and space to have her quiet time, she sees the fruit that comes from prayer. "It's like coming home to a big warm hug." I couldn't agree with her more.
Watch this week's video with Dana McCain to learn more about how we are made for connection in today's post.
For years, I have tried to make the people who matter most to me "complete" me. My parents, my husband, my close friends. I've put much expectation on them to love me, encourage me, and support me through my darkest and hardest days. Yet, no matter how much they serve me, I've always got this longing in my chest, this unexplainable feeling of knowing in my heart that there is Someone who fills in the gaps that inevitably come with human imperfection.
Read more today about how God has designed us for connection, not perfection.
In today's interview, I sit down with Ashley Carson to talk about hospitality. Ashley shares in her interview that "We are relational people." She also breaks down how her home church practices hospitality with the key words "Respond. Connect. Engage." and how hospitality can simply be a friend bringing over a pizza when your husband is working late and the children are sick.
Life, like an event, goes through cycles. Hospitality weaves together the happy and hard moments of our lives, telling a story of love, loss, friendship, and family. Let's explore today how we can be hostesses who practice hospitality by giving God praise, even when the unexpected strikes.
In today's interview, I sit down with Michelle Colbert to discuss why she thinks women struggle so much with perfection. I love how she opens up about her own struggle with perfection, especially when it comes to our home. Watch our interview with Michelle now.
A perfectionistic lifestyle can overwhelm a woman's soul. The pressure of perfect living produces self-criticism and unrealistic expectations. It also leads to feeling discontent, frustrated, and confused. Join us as we begin Day One of Invited and discover the true pursuit of perfection.
When women give their expectations to God and realize that perfection is only found in Christ, we are less disappointed, discontent, and depressed. We can spend our whole lives trying to practice hospitality perfectly but God simply wants us to accept His invitation and extend His love to others.
Welcome friend! Invited is a story of hospitality and home, friendship and community, and how to live a life of connection, not perfection. Over the next eight weeks, we will watch interviews from women in our community who have overcome the struggle of perfection, read authentic stories about how to expect the unexpected, and dig deeper into Scripture. Join us today!