About the Author

Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of β€œCreative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, crystalstine.me. Connect with her on...

Recent Posts

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Praise God, He does love us so much! He welcomes us and always saved us the very best seat because He FIRST loved us!

  2. Love this! I am the EXACT same way and it took me until two years into college to finally hand that fear over to God. Living in freedom is a wonderful thing! Can’t wait for this event!

    • The meetups happen in homes and churches and wherever someone chooses to host, all over the US and the world! I was scared registering last year, and had no clue what it was all about or where it would be, but I ended up hosting and it was great!

      • We are having our conference for (in)rl at our church in Williamsburg, Ohio, April 25th & 26th. At Clear Mountain Community Church. If you are in Ohio close to Cincinnati, let me know and I will try to give you directions.

  3. I am so excited to be hosting an (in)RL meetup this year!!! To any ladies in the Knoxville, TN area, please know that there IS a chair for you at my house in April. Even if I have to borrow extras from someone. πŸ˜‰

  4. I was just driving to work this morning & having a bit of a sad day – I’d been pouring out my heart to the Father, sad that it seems my whole life I’ve been the odd one out, the one who just didn’t “belong.” And when we come to faith in Jesus, it’s not a guaranteed welcome amongst our brothers & sisters in Christ – most people are just so busy that they don’t have time to notice & welcome a newcomer.

    I was so frustrated about being the one who always reaches out first, the one who blesses, encourages, etc. & yet always alone at the end of the day, that i just could’t take it any more & tears poured down my cheeks as I parked my car. I got my things together & decided to check my email on my phone before heading up the stairs into the office – and here you were, expressing my thoughts, exactly!

    Thank you for the reminder! There IS a place at His table!!

    Love,
    Nina Ruth πŸ™‚

  5. I was just driving to work this morning & having a bit of a sad day – I’d been pouring out my heart to the Father, sad that it seems my whole life I’ve been the odd one out, the one who just didn’t “belong.” And when we come to faith in Jesus, it’s not a guaranteed welcome amongst our brothers & sisters in Christ – most people are just so busy that they don’t have time to notice & welcome a newcomer.

    I was so frustrated about being the one who always reaches out first, the one who blesses, encourages, etc. & yet always alone at the end of the day, that i just could’t take it any more & tears poured down my cheeks as I parked my car. I got my things together & decided to check my email on my phone before heading up the stairs into the office – and here you were, expressing my thoughts, exactly!

    Thank you for the reminder! There IS a place at His table!!

    Love,
    Nina Ruth πŸ™‚

  6. I love you so, Crystal – and the community that you gather. This post reminded me of Allume and how Sarah Mae saw me searching and made room at the table and insisted I sit. How that impacted me and made me always want to look for others’ hesitant searching eyes and make room!

    And that pitcher? Oh My Yes!!!

  7. I love you so, Crystal – and the community that you gather. This post reminded me of Allume and how Sarah Mae saw me searching and made room at the table and insisted I sit. How that impacted me and made me always want to look for others’ hesitant searching eyes and make room!

    And that pitcher? Oh My Yes!!!

  8. Such a beautiful piece to bring God to the table… what a conversation that would be and to think something as simple as a pitcher, could change a person’s life… I would so love this… Good Luck to all that enter…

  9. That’s it exactly! I’ve been trying to figure out what I’ve been dealing with, what I’ve been facing, and I’ve finally come to realize that I just want to be accepted. I’ve never felt “enough.” And I am so grateful that I get a chance to attend and hear and be a part of this community.

  10. This line brought me to tears and just grabbed my heart. “There is a place saved for you at this table.”
    I am in a season without many friends. My heart is hurting over the unwillingness of a group of friends from my church which includes a best friend of 30 years – deciding to turn their backs on me. No amount of pleading, apologizing for anything I did that hurt them – has been good enough. I’ve forgiven them for the things that they’ve done to me as well – such as, choosing to all get together and hash out their negative feelings toward me while I was fighting for my health and in major surgery. That has been a hard thing to accept but for going on a year now I’ve reached out in love to each one and have been rejected. I ask for prayer as to what I need to do. The verse about forgiving 70 x 7 always comes to mind. But how much rejection can my heart take? Seeing them on Sundays at church is excruciatingly painful as none of them talk to me. And I hear their plans to get together for lunch….sigh….I am glad there is a seat saved for me here. Even if it’s a virtual one πŸ™‚

    • Oh Michelle – I wish I could give you a real life hug and have coffee. You are braver than you realize – thank you for choosing to jump into community with us!

  11. This line brought me to tears and just grabbed my heart. “There is a place saved for you at this table.”
    I am in a season without many friends. My heart is hurting over the unwillingness of a group of friends from my church which includes a best friend of 30 years – deciding to turn their backs on me. No amount of pleading, apologizing for anything I did that hurt them – has been good enough. I’ve forgiven them for the things that they’ve done to me as well – such as, choosing to all get together and hash out their negative feelings toward me while I was fighting for my health and in major surgery. That has been a hard thing to accept but for going on a year now I’ve reached out in love to each one and have been rejected. I ask for prayer as to what I need to do. The verse about forgiving 70 x 7 always comes to mind. But how much rejection can my heart take? Seeing them on Sundays at church is excruciatingly painful as none of them talk to me. And I hear their plans to get together for lunch….sigh….I am glad there is a seat saved for me here. Even if it’s a virtual one πŸ™‚

    • Oh Michelle – I wish I could give you a real life hug and have coffee. You are braver than you realize – thank you for choosing to jump into community with us!

  12. I’m registered, and so excited to gather with my inRL Minnesota ladies!! We have stayed connected since last year’s event, and I’m so excited for what God will do this year with old friends and new. He has set my heart on fire through the IF Gathering, and I trust that He will continue to pour out His Spirit in His daughters at inRL too. Thanks, Crystal, for your welcoming and encouraging spirit!

  13. I am so thankful for God’s daily mercy and grace!! I am registered and so looking forward (in)RL!

    Thank you Crystal for your warm invite and encouragement!

  14. I am so thankful for God’s daily mercy and grace!! I am registered and so looking forward (in)RL!

    Thank you Crystal for your warm invite and encouragement!

  15. Really excited for the upcoming In(RL). Ready to see what God has in store for all these awesome women.

  16. Hi, I registered several weeks ago. I enjoyed 2013’s InRL and am looking forward to this years. I like the Daily Grace pitcher and would use it weekly. Thanks for the opportunity to interact with others of like heart.

  17. I’m registered for the conference and ready to go! (This is my first year.) Thank-you, all of you so much.

  18. I love reading your heart !! I am registered. I even decided to host this year to get many of my bible study ladies to come. I can’t wait for (in)RL!!!

  19. Can’t wait for this year’s conference! I’m already praying that the day will be a blessing to those who attend.

  20. I am also a list maker. I start my day with a cup of hot tea with way too much sugar and cream, then I begin making my list for the day. When I was working, I could keep track of everything I had to do. Now that I’m retired and life is much slower and relaxed, I could easily fritter my days away doing almost nothing, but my lists keep me grounded and productive. Sometimes I add an entry to sit and read a book, take a nap, or just sit and think, funny I know : )

  21. Thank you so much for sharing…it definitely rings true in my heart as well. The twist of it all is that I’m in leadership! Can’t wait to join this group and know that I’m always invited, and accepted – that there’s always a seat for me. β™‘

  22. A fb post that led to a click on the internet, that led to a blog post, that led to another blog post, that led to words that spoke to me, that led me to see the incourage (in)RL2014…this is God at work in my life!!

  23. Crystal,

    You have such a way about you that makes me really believe that you really are saving me a seat, and I really do belong. I am so thankful for that about you. What a blessing! I hope that (in)RL is a blessing to many this year. My sister is getting married then, so I probably won’t be able to attend one this year.

  24. Crystal,

    You have such a way about you that makes me really believe that you really are saving me a seat, and I really do belong. I am so thankful for that about you. What a blessing! I hope that (in)RL is a blessing to many this year. My sister is getting married then, so I probably won’t be able to attend one this year.

  25. I can so relate – I’m registering. Im in retired age group
    it’s going to be a freeing experience! Keep me posted on
    how this all takes place.

  26. I can so relate – I’m registering. Im in retired age group
    it’s going to be a freeing experience! Keep me posted on
    how this all takes place.