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 by way of my big heart. That is the first thing you need to know. Oh sure, I guess some of the other girls were there for “fitness” or “health” or “strength training” or whatever the heck gets them out of bed in the morning. This was in their lane, in line with their goals and values. It was an easy yes, I can only [...]
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 the gifts in each other and recognizing just how amazing it is to draw from one another’s passions. Take Angela Davis: her energy, and commitment in leading us to appreciate and challenge our mind, body, and spirit inspires her friends in an incredible way. Listen to what they had to say about who she is and what she does: What friends in your life challenge you [...]
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 [...]
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:
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.
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!
We were there during so many of each other’s firsts . . . And now, years later, we were caring for each other.
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 . . .
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.
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 post, Shauna Niequist from the BELONG stage team shares the importance of friendship and how it both protects us and helps us endure. I felt it shelter to speak to you. –Emily Dickinson Those words hang on our wall in our hallway, painted in white on a grass green canvas. My friend Holly painted it for me—I’m a word person, of course, and so there are [...]