I’ve cleared a space, picked up the clothes thrown atop the desk chair, and baked warm brownies.
You are welcome here.
It’s messy and a little bit scattered, full of coffee dates and never ending to-do lists, but it’s my life and my story and you are welcome to it.
On April 25 & 26, I’m throwing wide open the door to my story and my heart.
It’s a little bit scary, a small bit risky, and absolutely thrilling. In May I wrote that there is power in your story and since then I’ve fallen in love with the fact that nothing brings women together and binds hearts fast like stories.
And so it should be of no surprise that you’ll find us doing just that for (in)RL. We are gathering together believing that hearts will connect in all the ordinary glory of our individual stories.
Stacey Thacker, Kris Camealy, Anna Rendell, Crystal Stine and I are ordinary women with very different stories. We are all in different stages of life but we are coming together and going first. We’re sharing our stories in hopes that you will feel more comfortable sharing yours, too.
What do your benches look like? How are you in community and what does that look like for you practically, in your every day life?
These are the questions we’re answering as we think about the fact that we each carry with us a story that could change the world in a million little ways.
This is the (in)RL Roadshow, doors open wide, sweet stories gathered just for you.
If you haven’t registered for (in)RL yet, it’s FREE and super easy! You can sign up here.
After you’ve signed up, make sure to join a local meet up. It’s the very best part of (in)RL, the “how” behind the “why,” the practical way to meet women in your own area as you join in community and share your stories with one another.
I know it can feel so very risky. There are tons of excuses and lies, so many reasons to stay behind the computer screen and keep your story silent. But I’m asking you to risk. I’m asking you to share. I’m asking you to speak.
I’m asking you to open up the story of your life and invite others into the pages.
There will be underlined paragraphs and dog-earred pages you’ve loved well and read one thousand times. There will be entire chapters you’d prefer for us to gloss over, sentences scratched right out. It may feel like you haven’t turned the page in years or like your story is more of a handbook than a best seller.
I’ve been there. In fact, I’m there with you right now in the middle of all your ordinary.
And I’ve been there with you in the ripped pages, the reflection of a broken heart. But in all my broken places, God has turned a holey mess into a holy offering by pouring Himself right in. And now those cracks allow Him to pour right out.
He is writing a best seller in you, right in the middle of all your ordinary.
It’s really not a matter of whether you have a story – you do. It’s a matter of what you’ll do with your story.
Let’s invite each other in. Let’s build bridges instead of walls. Let’s share our stories with each other.
And on April 25 & 26, you can gather your girlfriends over coffee and brownies or tea and fruit and watch as thousands of women with all their beautiful stories come together around the world.
The door is open wide, a seat is saved just for you.
We need your story.
I need your story.
It can change the world.
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How to join in:
- If you don’t already have one, sign up for a free Twitter account
- Follow (in)courage on twitter
- Invite friends: I’m hanging out with my friends at @incourage tonight at 9pm EST to chat about #inRL & you’re invited too! –> Click to Tweet
- Sites like TweetChat make it easy to follow along – just enter the hashtag #inRL
- And for a super helpful guide read How To Successfully Navigate a Twitter Party
Can’t wait to see you there. Come just as you are.
9pm EST/8pm CST/ 6pm PST