“I couldn’t breathe. Almost instantly the tears came and came, and with them the realization that this was how I saw myself. This is how I’d allowed myself to be seen for long.”
Friendship. Who doesn’t love it? Sure, it requires work, and often takes time to build, and no-- it isn’t always a perfect tale. But the result of the work and the digging in is so fulfilling. When we witness friendship between others, it often inspires us to connect more deeply and ‘go there’ with our own people. That’s one of the really special things about the BELONG Stage Team. They’re real-life friends who know each other beyond BELONG. That makes such a difference. Many of them have known each other for years, shared both stages and dinner tables, and have [...]
You’ve probably noticed this already, but relationships are a thing for us. We love them, believe in investing in and nurturing them, and know that few things enrich our lives like experiencing full, deeply soulful connections. Today, we’re encouraging you to take a few moments to reflect a bit. Think about a relationship in your life that matters to you. Who is that person? Why does their presence in your life matter? What qualities about this person shine? How is your life better because they’re in it? Now, take a few moments and share their beauty with them. It doesn’t [...]
“It seems to me that Dickinson was describing my own state, and my own hope: the winding back and forth between belief and disbelief…”
What do a real-life rock star and a Bible scholar have in common? You’d be surprised.
When we do the hard, intimate work of friendship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life. - Shauna Niequist In a very candid conversation with author and counselor Dr. Henry Cloud, Shauna Niequist shared insight and personal examples on what it means to create and enjoy deeply meaningful friendships that shape our lives for the better. Take a look:
Because several of us heard this on the radio last week and couldn’t stop talking about it . . . Because one day—maybe today!—something you say will change another person’s life. . . Because right now you may “hate every morning you get up” but your calling may be waiting just around the corner . . . And finally, because we love a happy ending . . . We give you the following story, courtesy of our friends at StoryCorps: Listen to or read it here. StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends [...]
Alexandra went on a nine-month experiment to try and rekindle her love of her ordinary "actual" life. As this excerpt from her brand-new book shows, these things are sometimes easier planned than done.
Of course there are all those world-famous theme parks less than an hour from Ontario, but here are some additional options we thought looked interesting.
In her modest Dallas backyard, Sarah offers a space of grace for friends, neighbors, and strangers to feel included . . . a place to belong. Not long ago, the BELONG Team went to visit. Patsy tells us about it.
To say I was shaking would be an understatement. I wanted to back out. I tried to back out. But I had this entire cheering section telling me I could do it.
Is your closet filled with clothing that always fits you perfectly and that you always love to wear? Oh, so your closet is just like ours, then. The good news is you now have an excuse to throw a clothing swap party!
She went to Paris and found love, but this romance is all about delicious little treats called macarons. Event Manager by day, pastry chef by night, Amy Vardeman is making her dream come true.
Where do you find peace? When life gets busy, and your mind and spirit are restless...how do you power down? Sharon Irving shares a beautiful poetic reflection on where and how she finds her way...
We were there during so many of each other’s firsts . . . And now, years later, we were caring for each other.
An ancient Japanese mending technique inspired author Cynthia Ruchti to find hope in the tattered and mended places of life.
When you’re in town for BELONG (August 26-27) check out what else Lincoln has to offer. There are lots of options but these made our Top 5.
Life experiences can deeply impact our perceive things: our relationships, our future, and even our identity. In today's post, Jen Hatmaker shares her heart on how we can live free once we've both accepted and extended forgiveness. Over dinner recently, my girlfriends and I got on the topic of screwing up our kids. As their primary influence, it’s basically inevitable. We went around the table predicting what our kids would one day say to their therapists: “My mom was wound tighter than a spool of yarn.” “My mom loved cleaning more than her children.” “My mom screamed like a monkey on meth.” “My [...]
What started as a conversation about the annual tax deadline became a thoughtful and honest conversation between members of the BELONG Tour team. Amy, Chris and Leslie share some of their stories on what it means to be free.
In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya, “I do not think that word means what you think it means.” (The Princess Bride) Sometimes words just get in the way . . .