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So far Susan Ellingburg has created 141 blog entries.

Hey BELONGer! What’s Your Story?

We know you have stories to tell. We’ve heard some of them at events, online, even in videos. Wouldn’t you like to share your story with other BELONGers?

Finding Rest

We all have one thing in common: We need rest. . . . But here’s the thing: we’re settling for getting the rest we’re able to get, but not the rest we actually need.

Women That Made History: Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D.

What made this shy woman quit her teaching job in North Carolina and head to upstate New York to break into the medical profession? In a word: heartbreak.

Spring Break

The basic idea is to take a breather from the daily routine to relax and maybe blow off a little steam. But what if we looked at “spring break” from a different perspective?

The Note That Changed History

The story of how one mother’s influence led to a last-minute change of heart by her son . . . and a dramatic difference in the lives of American women that continues to this day.

Vow to Soften

I’ve had enough of my hard edges. I’m tired of straining my voice. I’d like to loosen up and laugh a little more, be positive rather than negative.

Women That Changed History: Jacqueline Cochran

You never know when a casual comment will change your life. Jacqueline Cochran had already achieved success as a highly sought-after New York City hairdresser—and this was during the Depression!

The Next 40 Days…

You may have heard people talk about “giving up” this or that for Lent. If you’d like to participate, you might look on Lent as an opportunity to . . .

7 Tips For a Tidy Workspace

Be intentional about keeping your workspace free from clutter, and you won’t have to blame an unproductive day on an unorganized office ever again.

National Tortilla Chip Day Guacamole

We asked one of our favorite foodies, BELONG Tour speaker Shauna Niequist, if she had a suggestion for the perfect bowl of goodness to dunk a chip in, and she responded with this yummy recipe.

Not-So-Hidden Lessons from Hidden Figures

We love the spunk of the main characters, the inspiring ending [fist pump], and that it’s based on a true story. There are so many special moments. These are a few of our faves.

Stuck in the Doldrums: An Attack Plan

On my best days, our life is heavy duty, but during my low days, I Google search: “fake my own death and disappear,” which Brandon might dub melodramatic, but he is just a dude with a stable mind and can’t be trusted.

10 Things to Keep in Your Car

How ready are you for everyday roadside emergencies? Ten things to keep in your car right now.

Fumbling Into God’s Presence

It’s okay not to be perfect. God doesn’t expect perfection, and when we do, we’re setting ourselves up for failure.


My first idea was to collect some valentine-y art supplies—paper, stickers, ribbon, doilies—and distribute them to my son’s third-grade classmates . . . . Then, like the Grinch, my project idea grew three sizes that day.

Random Fun Facts About Chocolate

Ben Franklin gets the credit for saying that wine was “a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” We think chocolate smiles on us, too . . .

Write Anyways

There is a choice we get to make, when our life doesn’t make sense. When bad things happen for no reason, when the answer is no when we so desperately want a yes.

How to Scream for Help

“Honey?” I called to Dave, “I think we have a problem.”…Our cell phones were on the couch in the living room. None of our family or friends knew where we were. We could hardly believe it was happening.

A Simple Trick to Make Your Week Happier

Would you like to be happier? Jennifer Dukes Lee shares a simple technique anyone can do that will help you set aside your inner Eeyore and get on track to a happier you.

9 Ways to Help a Friend Who’s Under the Weather

When a friend is sick for a long time—or even if the flu drags on—you want to help out, but aren’t sure how. Here are some ideas…