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Hey BELONGer! What’s Your Story?

March 27, 2017|

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

March 22, 2017|

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.

March 20, 2017|

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

March 15, 2017|

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

March 12, 2017|

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

March 8, 2017|

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

March 6, 2017|

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…

March 1, 2017|

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

February 27, 2017|

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

February 24, 2017|

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

February 22, 2017|

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

February 20, 2017|

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

February 17, 2017|

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

Fumbling Into God’s Presence

February 15, 2017|

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

Valentines

February 13, 2017|

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

February 10, 2017|

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

February 8, 2017|

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

January 18, 2017|

“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

February 6, 2017|

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

February 3, 2017|

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…

Football, Faith & One VERY Determined Woman

February 1, 2017|

Did you ever have a dream that just wouldn’t die? This Sunday millions of viewers will see one woman’s dream come to life on national television, and not for the first time . . .

A Day of Rest

January 30, 2017|

Sooner or later, like it or not, we need to stop and rest. Why fight it? Rest is a good thing. Even God took a day off.

7 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity

January 27, 2017|

Studies show that having an inquisitive mind has a host of positive benefits: better physical health, improved mental capabilities, and even deeper social relationships.

Do You Have as Much Sense as Geese?

January 25, 2017|

Humans aren’t the only beings who live in relationship with one another. For example, geese live in the community of their flock. We can learn a lot from them…

From Gratitude to Renewed Faith

January 24, 2017|

I was in the pit of depression and I needed help finding the faith in God that I once knew and trusted. I sat in her office waiting for her a special “how to” formula to rejuvenate my faith.

7 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

January 20, 2017|

As many busy women know, going to bed is often only half the battle—falling sleep is the hard part. If you have trouble ‘turning off’ at the end of the day, try these tips…

Making Room

January 16, 2017|

Stop, listen, & experience connection with God. So many people requested the words Nichole shared on Saturday mornings at the BELONG Tour that we’ve posted them...

13 Reasons to Celebrate

January 13, 2017|

Just about anything can be fun if you have the right attitude and you can celebrate anything you want “anywhere and anytime at all.” You don’t really need a reason…

Making it Happen 2017

January 11, 2017|

“When it comes to resolutions, I try to put myself into the next New Year’s Eve and think really hard about what I’d like to be grateful for then.”

A Family Crisis Manifesto

January 9, 2017|

I believe these guidelines apply to any family in crisis and those who love them…Set up your rings, explain the out-but-not-in Crazy Policy, and remember that God loves you and is for you.

The Worried Brow of Jesus

January 5, 2017|

Trevor called with an offer I couldn’t resist. “I’m just putting the final touches on a life-sized sculpture of Jesus. Could you come over and take a look at it? I like it, but there’s something . . .

3 Healthy Things YOU Can Do This Week

January 3, 2017|

Three things you can do—with or without Angela Davis cheering you on—that will help you press into health and fitness this new year.

A Look Back: Top 10 Posts from 2016

December 28, 2016|

Looking back on a year that launched the BELONG Tour—and the BELONG blog—we wanted to share a countdown of the most shared posts of 2016.

Breathless Expectation

December 26, 2016|

“Here I had longed for, intensely craved a few minutes to myself and now that I had it, I didn’t know what to do with it. What felt like a gift had suddenly become an overwhelming burden…”

God’s Plan

December 20, 2016|

We have the advantage of the overview of Mary's circumstances and of God's hand in it all. And what looked unnecessary was all part of a great plan . . .

Just for Fun: Book Page Bird Ornament

December 16, 2016|

Not only do these little birds look great on a tree; they’d make sweet little gifts or package decorations or place cards . . .

The Family Game

December 14, 2016|

When I share with people how fun it is, they immediately want to know how to play so they can introduce it to their friends and gatherings. Last Christmas season we played it countless times…

5 Christmas Commercials Worth Watching

December 12, 2016|

Take a quick tour through our favorite Christmas ads. They make us feel merry and bright; we hope you’ll feel the same way, too!

Holiday Survival Guide

December 9, 2016|

With the help of these holiday planning tips you can make it through December without regrets, and start 2017 with a strong resolve to make your good habits last all year long. Imagine that!

5 Affordable (and FUN) Gift “Alternatives”

December 7, 2016|

What if we took a different view of gift-giving and instead of adding more stuff to our already overcrowded homes, we inspired our loved ones to agree to . . .

Making a Difference: BELONG Collective

December 6, 2016|

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the response of BELONGers across the country,” Chrissy says. “They showed up, opened their hearts, and gave to better their cities.”

What Are They Celebrating?

December 1, 2016|

It’s possible your friends, neighbors, and co-workers may be celebrating something different from you. Asking about their traditions could be a great opportunity to connect…

Wonderfully Imperfect

November 30, 2016|

A timely thought for the last day of Thanksgiving month, from BELONG Purpose Partner Life Reimagined. Life Reimagined has online tools, events, and one-on-one advice through life coaching that helps you set priorities, commit to your

35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget

November 29, 2016|

My gift-receiving memories are pretty sparse. Which got me thinking…what type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever?

25 Things to Do on Black Friday Besides Shop

November 25, 2016|

If you don’t feel the urge to join the throngs of bargain hunters, here’s a list of suggestions for other ways to spend your day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2016|

All of us at the BELONG Tour wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Celebrations, BELONGer Style

November 21, 2016|

When we asked what made your Thanksgiving holiday special, we loved poring through your responses! What you love about your Thanksgiving celebrations is the . . .

10 People You Might Not Think To Thank

November 18, 2016|

There are many whose actions often go unnoticed and unappreciated. We compiled a list, in no particular order, of people you might not think to thank . . . and a few words to help you get started.

Why Not?

November 16, 2016|

That day, Flash discovered greatness within him. He found that there was more to life than just watching it pass by. He took a chance, and it changed him forever.

Kindness

November 15, 2016|

I’m learning that kindness is sometimes really hard to receive. I’d rather be on the giving end of kindness than be the one in need.

Ten Thoughts for Hosting Thanksgiving

November 14, 2016|

Remember: it’s about the gathering, not about the food. This is the most important thing to keep in mind…

8 Ways to Thank a Veteran

November 11, 2016|

While often confused with Memorial Day, Veterans Day honors those who are currently serving as well as those who have served (and are still with us). It’s an opportunity to show our appreciation…

The Morning After

November 9, 2016|

So, the election results are in. Welcome to your new normal.

8 Ways to Celebrate Your Husband (or Wife). Tonight!

November 7, 2016|

Forget writing your spouse another to-do list. Show your appreciation with these great tips for a happy marriage from BELONG Purpose Partner Life Reimagined.

5 Ways to Capture Thankfulness

November 4, 2016|

As we look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, here are some ways to capture those sometimes fleeting moments of thankfulness and focus on our many blessings.

Reaching Women in a New Way

November 2, 2016|

This week, BELONG and our fresh new take on reaching women hits headlines.

List Yourself

October 31, 2016|

The original meaning of the word “list” means “listen to.” So when we make lists like this, we are kind of eavesdropping on ourselves.

7 Things To Do Every Day

October 28, 2016|

What simple habits could you add to your daily routine to be happier and healthier? There are 7 on our list—what do you think?

Bring the BELONG Tour to YOU!

October 26, 2016|

When we planned the BELONG Tour it was hard to decide where our first tour should go . . . there are only so many weekends on the calendar and we just couldn’t go to every city. Until now.

Let the Dead Trees Go

October 19, 2016|

Who would we be if we were fully flourishing? Who would we be if we let go? Who would we be if we let the dead things die so that new life—true life—could be reborn?

Hope

October 17, 2016|

Does the daily-ness of life ever get you down? In this post from our friends at MOPS, Mandy encourages us to see the hope in the mundane and challenges us to “reclaim the everyday.”

9 “Other” Things To Do with Pumpkins

October 14, 2016|

What fun things have you done with pumpkins? Our staff scoured the internet for alternatives to Jack-o’-Lanterns and learned that you could . .

Turn Your Home Into a Wellness Retreat

October 13, 2016|

From healthy foods to tranquil moods—follow these simple steps to make your house feel like a spa.

The Challenge of Expectations

October 11, 2016|

How do you react when your expectations aren’t met? When nothing went according to (her) plan, Jami learned a valuable lesson . . .

A Question of Thanksgiving

October 10, 2016|

What makes your Thanksgiving celebration special? We want to know! And we want to share in a future post . . . Send your story, recipe, etc. to editor@belongtour.com

7 Must-Watch Movies

October 7, 2016|

The other day we got to talking about those movies that you’ve seen umpteen times but still have to watch every time they come on TV. You know the ones. The fact that you can

Hold On

October 4, 2016|

Nichole added this song to her concert at the Dallas BELONG Tour this past weekend and we were so taken with it we just had to share it with you.

Carpool Diem with Shauna Niequist

October 3, 2016|

BELONG Tour speaker Shauna Niequist hopped in the carpool line with vlogger Kay and her friend Brenda for a conversation about relationships, her new book, BELONG, and more.

5 Things We Love About Fall

September 30, 2016|

What do you love about this season of the year? We took an informal poll at the office and came up with these . . . what would YOU add to the list?

September 28, 2016|

Something to think about from BELONG Purpose Partner Life Reimagined, and that most elegant of actresses, Audrey Hepburn. What is possible for you today?

Wonder

September 26, 2016|

Wonder is wide-eyed. It is primal and unexpected. Wonder washes away any trace of stagnancy or hesitancy, any desire to numb the day away. It is a nod to the fact that life is wilder, weirder and more profound than we are comfortable with, and that is thrilling.

The Confession of a Happy Woman

September 23, 2016|

Will you dare to be happy? In her new book, The Happiness Dare, Jennifer tells us, “God cares about your happiness. And He’s daring you to trust Him enough to discover it.” Will you take that dare?

Brandon Hatmaker: A New Way to BELONG

September 21, 2016|

While Jen Hatmaker has been busy traveling across the country with the BELONG Tour, her hubs has been busy, too. We caught up with Brandon for a quick convo about BELONG, his new book, and more.

Talk Like . . . a Pirate?

September 19, 2016|

We’re probably all seen enough movies to parley in “pirate” at least for one day of the year. But imagine what it’s like to turn up at an event packed with people who look like you, but are using words and phrases everyone seems to understand—except you.

Showers for Singles

September 15, 2016|

When she really needed the gift shower was after her college graduation as she moved into an apartment. Instead, she, like me, got pans from her mother’s cabinets (her mom’s wedding gifts, in fact), hand-me-down cooking utensils and old, chipped serving platters.

Simply Emily Ley

September 13, 2016|

Emily Ley—creator of the boutique lifestyle brand that bears her name—is joining the BELONG Team at our Tampa event. We’re celebrating with the ultimate SIMPLY BELONG Prize Package Giveaway!

Making It Happen: WriteGirl

September 12, 2016|

“My three siblings dropped out of high school in the 9th grade—the fact that I’m an uprising junior at a prestigious liberal arts college is truly a dream come true, not just for me but for my whole family.” Alejandra Castillo says. “WriteGirl gave me the confidence to go after what my heart desires.”

Stop Chasing Things, Start Chasing Memories

September 8, 2016|

“I think I learned more about myself in an hour than in the last ten years. I never really thought about how powerful it could be to have a conversation with a professional who could see you as you are without that being a reflection on them.”

Before/After Pics of My Office…And My Muse

September 6, 2016|

Today we’re taking a peek inside Jen Hatmaker’s workspace, which she created a couple of years ago out of “this extremely nasty outbuilding off the patio…”

5 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta

September 5, 2016|

There’s so much to do in the Atlanta area that you might just have missed these. Check out our options for fun activities while you’re in town for BELONG.

Designed to Pray

August 31, 2016|

Whether you’ve been praying for a long time or are just beginning, this eight-week adventure will infuse passion and creativity into your communication with God.

We are the Starry Eyed

August 29, 2016|

If you long to feel alive, to regain a sense of wonder, to hope a little freer and to be a powerful force of kindness in the world, then MOPS International would love for you to join them in becoming Starry Eyed.

Ooey-Gooey Oatmeal Goodness

August 26, 2016|

As soon as I tasted one of these luscious bites of goodness, I knew I needed the recipe to share with you. Janice was happy to share…

Happiness

August 25, 2016|

Happy travels! From our Purpose Partner, Life Reimagined. Life Reimagined has the online tools, events, and one-on-one advice through life coaching that helps you set priorities, commit to your goals and take action on improving

Made to Belong

August 24, 2016|

In Made to Belong you’ll walk alongside Habbakuk, a character from the Bible who looked to God for clarity about his biggest purpose. Like him, you were created on purpose—for a purpose.

BELONG Tour: First Look

August 23, 2016|

It’s not every day that a brand-new event launches into the world, but last Friday was that day. So for all of you who were not with us in Columbus, here’s a taste of this special inaugural weekend.

5 Fun Things to Do in Hartford, CT

August 18, 2016|

What are you doing November 11-12? Coming to the BELONG Tour, we hope! As long as you’re in Connecticut’s capital city, here are a few places you might want to check out.

Back to School Tips Every Mom Should Know

August 16, 2016|

They may not make your to do list any shorter, but they will help you get it done more efficiently, and sometimes that’s just as good.

I Have Never …

August 15, 2016|

I can wallow in my nevers, deciding that’s who I am, or I can start making an “I have …” list. Because who am I, really?

Five Ways to Become More Self-Confident — in Just Five Minutes

August 11, 2016|

These tips work for panicked Hollywood stars with stage fright; they might just work for you, too!

You’re Beautiful

August 10, 2016|

How wonderfully freeing it is to have that moment when you realize that you are beautiful.

Present Over Perfect

August 9, 2016|

“That July began the invitation to a new way of living, and each subsequent July has been a reset, a recalibration, a deeper invitation.”

The Launch Party: Present Over Perfect

August 8, 2016|

It's launch week for BELONG Team speaker and friend, Shauna Niequist and her brand new book, Present Over Perfect. Last week, Shauna celebrated with an online launch party where she shared the story behind the

When You Want To Be the Fixer

August 3, 2016|

“Those are the things we think about with a smile before we go to sleep at night. She laughed with me, I’ll think, and I hold friendships with ones who laugh and cry with me very close to my heart.”

5 Fun Things to Do in Charlotte, NC

August 2, 2016|

Hey, y’all! The BELONG Tour is coming to Charlotte on November 4-5. We scouted out some fun things to do while you’re in town…

This Week: Going LIVE on Facebook

August 1, 2016|

We couldn’t wait for Columbus, so we're hosting BELONG TEAM LIVE—a weeklong series of Facebook Live sessions featuring each of our BELONG speakers.

Reflection

July 28, 2016|

Something to reflect on from BELONG Purpose Partner, Life Reimagined.

A Story to Tell

July 27, 2016|

"The story I planned for my life was much different," Nicole says, "but what’s been written is more than I could have ever hoped for."

Rock Your Purpose

July 26, 2016|

"The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion." Last month, I stood

5 Fun Things to Do in St. Paul, MN

July 26, 2016|

BELONG Staffers have already enjoyed several of these fun things in St. Paul and hope to do more when BELONG rolls into town on October 21-22. Will we see you there?

BELONG in the Kitchen

July 22, 2016|

It’s no secret that several of our speakers (and some of our staff, for that matter) love to cook. And just about all of us love to eat. A while back, BELONG speaker Shauna Niequist posted a recipe . . .

Experience Connection

July 20, 2016|

"When I think of what it means to 'experience connection' that’s what comes to mind . . . listening to women talk and slowly coming to the realization that 'they’re like ME!'"

Open Your Heart

July 19, 2016|

“I felt the distinct impression that there were two stories to tell. Both would be truthful and accurate, but one was more transparent . . . and would require greater vulnerability on my part, and greater acceptance by those listening. “

Why BELONG?

July 14, 2016|

Wondering how the BELONG Tour got started . . . and why? Here’s our story.

Has Your Passion Taken a Powder?

July 13, 2016|

Our attachment to life depends on our interest in it, on our sense of wonder and reverence, our enthusiasm and gratitude, and our active participation in seeking meaning.

Black, White and Blue

July 12, 2016|

Has this last week in the world been tough on you? It’s been that way for BELONG staffer, Chris McSwain. Today, she shares why.

5 Fun Things to Do in Tampa

July 10, 2016|

With average October temps in the 80’s it’s a terrific time to visit Tampa for the BELONG Tour and also to visit some of these other fun places.

Independence Day

July 4, 2016|

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all women are created by a God who loves them, and are endowed with certain unalienable rights…

Happy Anniversary to the All-American Team!

July 1, 2016|

July 1st marked the 24th anniversary of the release of the movie A League of their Own—can you believe that opened all the way back in 1992? The BELONG Tour’s resident softball aficionado looks back on

5 Fun Things to Do in San Jose

June 30, 2016|

October 7-8 (BELONG Tour weekend) is the perfect time to enjoy a fabulous event in San Jose and also to. . .

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Awesome Life Tips

June 29, 2016|

Enough Said.

Worth the Work

June 28, 2016|

She is inspiration and motivation. She challenges. She charges. She is the voice that drives change for people, one body at a time. She’s Angela Davis, fitness expert, motivational coach, and, as she tells it, assigned to

Making It Happen: A Conversation with Aspen Lane’s Mika Shreeve

June 27, 2016|

“I face decisions and planning that flat out SCARE me on a weekly basis. If I said no to opportunities or didn’t dream big because I was scared, I would not be where I am today.”

Detours

June 22, 2016|

What happens when you take a detour and can’t ever get back on that original path again? Katherine can tell you. "The greatest detour anyone can take in life...is a near-death experience."

Five Easy Decluttering Projects That Will Transform Your Living Space

June 20, 2016|

These small wins can help build confidence without being too overwhelming, and just one or two small projects a week can add up to a big change over time.

Father’s Day. It’s Complicated.

June 17, 2016|

We love holidays around here. There’s usually so much light-heartedness and goodness and almost always – a reason for food. But this week with the coming holiday, conversations and feels were different. Our team stood

Growing Faith

June 15, 2016|

Faith and hope; they go together but they’re not the same thing. In today’s post, Patsy helps us understand the difference.

5 Fun Things to Do in Dallas

June 15, 2016|

We’ve tried (and loved) them all. What do you say, neighbors? Any more ideas for fun things to do while you’re in town for the BELONG Tour?

A Rising Star: Sharon Irving

June 10, 2016|

She is gifted and passionate and stole the hearts of millions around the country during her time on America's Got Talent. Now, she's joining our team to bring her energy, gift, and unique style to BELONG. She is Sharon

The Best Love Letter

June 9, 2016|

On Dee’s first date with Johnnie, a fourth-generation funeral director, she knew she was in for a unique relationship when he had to leave “for just a minute”—and he came back to the car with a corpse.

How to Be a Best Friend

June 8, 2016|

In celebration of National Best Friend Day, BELONG staffer Chris McSwain invites Imani to the blog today. They're sharing a bit about their friendship and a few things they've learned about making it the 'best.' Somewhere

5 Fun Things to Do in Loveland, CO

June 7, 2016|

We’ve curated a list of sights and excursions to enjoy while you’re in beautiful Loveland for the BELONG Tour. Please share if you have any ideas to add!

Beyond Titles

June 6, 2016|

How do you relay who you are? Shauna Niequist shares a thought provoking story that will make you think twice about how you identify yourself. A friend is leaving her job this month. She’s been

Gifts for You, BELONGers: Digital Downloads

June 1, 2016|

Because it's a brand new month, and you are our dear friends..we want to give you beautiful things. We want you to enjoy lovely reminders of a new season (hey, summer, hey!) and a fun

180 Packs of Gum . . .

June 1, 2016|

On this island, Leslie, her husband, their 6 children, and a crew are the only inhabitants. Except for, you know, bears and such. “Here,” she explains, “we work in a family fishing operation…”

Dear Patsy: We Love You

June 1, 2016|

Have you ever known a person that just warms up the room, wherever they go? They’re the kind of friend that can ease into conversation and make you feel right at home. No faking it,

Music, Baseball, & Your Brain

May 25, 2016|

Among talks about things like a stethoscope that listens to brains (you can tell by the rhythm if a brain is healthy or having a seizure), how tone-deaf people experience music, and more, a few things stood out…

Friends Before Dawn

May 25, 2016|

Sometimes we have to push ourselves to do hard things. Sometimes those hard things bring us the best things. Jen Hatmaker shares her own experience with early mornings and it's unexpected surprises. She tricked me

Still Waters and Unusual Energy: What the Team Says About Angela Davis

May 20, 2016|

Friendships are SO. MUCH. FUN.--especially when each of our friends brings her own talents, tastes, background, and perspective to share with us; woven together they create a brilliant tapestry. Our BELONG stage team loves celebrating

5 Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia

May 18, 2016|

Yo, Adrian! When you’re in Philly for BELONG, check out the sites. These 5 ideas will get you started…

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

May 16, 2016|

“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.”

What Your Friends Say About You When You’re Not Around…Jen Hatmaker Edition

May 13, 2016|

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

Go Ahead, Say It.

May 11, 2016|

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

Emily Dickinson, May 15

May 12, 2016|

“It seems to me that Dickinson was describing my own state, and my own hope: the winding back and forth between belief and disbelief…”

Bono & Peterson: An Unlikely Conversation

May 10, 2016|

What do a real-life rock star and a Bible scholar have in common? You’d be surprised.

Friendship, Boundaries, and the Power of ‘The Other’

May 9, 2016|

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

A New Life at 40

May 5, 2016|

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

My Peeps-Dates

May 4, 2016|

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.

5 Fun Things To Do in Ontario, CA

May 3, 2016|

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.

Go Light Your World

May 2, 2016|

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.

Cheering Section

April 28, 2016|

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.

Clean Out Your Closet. Have a Party. Get Free Clothes.

April 27, 2016|

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!

Making It Happen: For the Love of Macarons

April 26, 2016|

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.

No More Hide and Seek

April 25, 2016|

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...

All That Glitters

April 21, 2016|

We were there during so many of each other’s firsts . . . And now, years later, we were caring for each other.

Elegance from the Tattered

April 20, 2016|

An ancient Japanese mending technique inspired author Cynthia Ruchti to find hope in the tattered and mended places of life.

5 Fun Things to do in Lincoln, NE

April 19, 2016|

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.

On Forgiveness and Freedom

April 18, 2016|

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

Why You Have One More Day…

April 15, 2016|

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

The Elephant on the Porch

April 14, 2016|

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 . . .

Barbie’s Got a Booty Now…But Will It Make a Difference?

April 13, 2016|

Barbie's back with a new look and style. But will it make a difference? Barbara L. Roose looks at what this could mean for the iconic doll and little girls' ideas of beauty.

The Five Gifts of Change

April 12, 2016|

When this popular decorating blogger talks about change, you may think she’s referring to décor . . . but these principles apply to so many areas of life beyond furniture arrangements and wall art. Change

The Neighbors

April 11, 2016|

Nichole Nordeman’s story of her adventures with the utility company is a reminder to all of us that there’s more to being a neighbor than living next door.

What’s Your Secret Skill?

April 8, 2016|

It doesn’t take much to see that our BELONG stage team is a talented bunch. Among them, they’ve authored more than twenty books (several of which are New York Times bestsellers, might we add), hosted

BELONG Backstage Buzz

April 7, 2016|

A staffer (who shall remain nameless) is spilling the beans about what's in store for leaders at BELONG Backstage. Will you be there?

How Social Media is Stealing our Identity

April 6, 2016|

Have you checked Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. today? What if all that public sharing is actually causing us to lose touch with who we really are?

5 Fun Things To Do in Columbus, OH

April 5, 2016|

We’re launching the 2016 BELONG Tour in Columbus on August 19-20. You’ll be with us, right? As long as you’re downtown you won’t want to miss some of the fun things Columbus has to offer.

Scraps of Beauty

April 4, 2016|

Are you comfortable with a mess or do you crave order? BELONG tour speaker Patsy Clairmont shares where she falls on the clutter spectrum and why it’s important to know where you do.

April 1, 2016|

3 Steps Toward Discovering Your Purpose

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Have you ever wished the road to finding your life’s purpose was better marked? (We’d like to see big, flashing arrows that say “this way!”) In today’s post, author and speaker Micca Campbell offers 3 tips to put you on track to a fulfilling life when you’re not sure which way to go.

Why You’ll Want to Come to BELONG

March 29, 2016|

In high school, one of my first jobs was as a telemarketer for a gutter cleaning service. I lasted for all of three hours because the pressure of persuasion was just too much for me.

Shelter

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Life is often good. But sometimes it gets hard and weird, and if you live long enough, a few other things. We've learned that we're not made to walk through those seasons alone, and in today's

Friday Faves: Easter Edition

March 25, 2016|

What do you love about the Easter season? The BELONG Staffers share some of their faves.    Easter Fashion (Chris) - Growing up, Easter Sunday was always high church. Full of pomp, circumstance, frilly socks and palatial

Washed Clean

March 24, 2016|

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt awkward. (Can you see us waving back at you? We get it.) In today’s post, Leslie Nunn Reed on the BELONG Tour staff shares a timely story that reminds

6 Movies to Watch Over Easter Weekend

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If you’re up for a little quality time in a theater or in front of your home screen this week, check out these picks for Easter entertainment. The first two are in theaters, the rest

Meet the Stage Team

March 22, 2016|

A brief intro to some of the people you’ll be hearing from at BELONG tour events and here on the BELONG blog.  Nichole Nordeman When it comes to BELONG, “I’m excited about the community of

Welcome to the BELONG Blog

March 21, 2016|

There is so much joy in opening this conversation and welcoming you to this table.

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Love the Lord Your God

March 4, 2016|