19 09, 2016

Talk Like . . . a Pirate?

September 19th, 2016|Common Ground, Event, Fun|

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.

31 08, 2016

Designed to Pray

August 31st, 2016|Faith|

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.

8 08, 2016

The Launch Party: Present Over Perfect

August 8th, 2016|Emotional Health, Faith, Identity, Uncategorized|

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 book, the music that helped her write it, and what she hopes her readers take away from it. Hear from Shauna (and a few of her friends) about what it means to be present over perfect:

27 07, 2016

A Story to Tell

July 27th, 2016|Faith|

"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."

22 06, 2016

Detours

June 22nd, 2016|Faith, Identity|

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."

15 06, 2016

Growing Faith

June 15th, 2016|Faith|

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

6 06, 2016

Beyond Titles

June 6th, 2016|Friendships, Identity, Identity, Purpose, Vocation|

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 working since high school in various jobs—some she’s loved, some she’s tolerated. But for a variety of reasons, it seems clear that now is the time to order her days differently—focus on some things she’s never been able to, with the fullness of her work and parenting and just regular life schedule. It won’t be forever, probably. She’ll find another job she enjoys, next year [...]

1 06, 2016

180 Packs of Gum . . .

June 1st, 2016|Faith|

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…”

18 04, 2016

On Forgiveness and Freedom

April 18th, 2016|Common Ground, Faith, Identity, Well-Being|

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 [...]