Lisa-Jo Baker
About the Author

Lisa-Jo is the best-selling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood. Her newest book, The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra)Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You invites us to get a good look at our middles and gives us permission to embrace them.

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  1. Angie, Arianne, and Myquillyn,
    I would like to say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart for your contribution to (in)courage. I’m sure I speak for many in saying that you make this place a safe place…a place where you can lay down your heart and know that it will be held in gentle hands. Thank you for sharing from your messy, God-loving lives so that others might be encouraged along this journey. May God bless you in the new plans that He has for you!! Know that you made a difference here…

  2. Ladies, may God’s strong arms wrap around you and guide you as you walk through this season of your lives. Thank you for all the years of inspiration that you have given here, and continued prayers as you move forward. <3

  3. The willingness to share, the abandonment to follow are all in His plan. May your today better than yesterday, may your tomorrows be better than today and may your dreams be stepping stones to greater heights.

  4. Thank you for what you’ve brought to this beautiful space- what a fragrant offering of beauty and grace.:) Cheering you on!

  5. Thank you so much for the beautiful stories you have shared with us. May God continue to bless you in all that you do! God bless <3 🙂 !

  6. “May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” (Num 6:24-26)

    Thank you for your sacrifices of time and treasure, ladies. Blessings to you all as you seek His best for your lives moving forward. 🙂

  7. Blessings to each one of you ladies as you continue in what the Lord has for you! I’ve not been on this Incourage line for long but I enjoy it and it broadens my understanding of what God expects and how He functions through us.

  8. We will miss you strong, beautiful women! Thank you so much for everything you have done for the community. May God bless you richly!

  9. Thank you ladies for your commitment, your honesty, and also showing us it’s good to move on when God calls you to something else. May you be richly blessed in this new season.
    Blessing, Joanne

  10. To the graduates,
    Thank you for sharing your gifts with so many through this community. You’ve given me encouragement, guidance, and a sense of peace through your work here. May your lives continue to be blessed as you move into your respective new seasons, and may your gifts continue to find a home wherever they are needed.

  11. Thanks so much Ladies for giving us 5 years of your lives! May God’s blessings follow you to wherever He takes you now!

  12. Each one of your stories & devotions have been such a blessing to me. I have shared many of your stories with ladies that I know and they, too, have told me what a blessing you are.
    God sometimes calls us to leave one ministry and get ready for another. Families are our top God-given priority and may each of you find even more enjoyment with them.
    I will miss each one of you!

  13. Dear Angie, Arianne, and Myquillyn,
    Thank you for sharing your hearts, here, these last five years. Thank you for providing a space for us to question, doubt, wrestle, and grow – right along with you. You shared your homes and your lives and your gifts, and I’m joining all of these others in saying a huge Thank You! I’m praying that God blesses your socks off in each new adventure He calls you to, whether inside or outside of your home, or both!

  14. Angie, Arianne, and Myquillyn…thank you for sharing your beautifully real stories because in doing so, you have encouraged others to do the same.
    May you all be richly blessed, as you courageously open a new chapter in your grace-filled lives. Xox

  15. I am so happy and sad to see you ladies move to new seasons in your lives. God has blessed all of us through your open doors and kinds words and of course your (in)courage-ment! I pray wholeheartedly that you are able to embrace and enjoy this new season of your lives. Keep up the amazing work wherever you are working be it in the home or in a different community. God is always there and you definitely have us cheering you on! Many blessings to you all!

  16. So happy for you three! Congratulations on ‘listening’ to the Lord above all and doing what He’s called you to do. I am one of the hundreds if not thousands of women who have been blessed by your writings of encouragement, honesty and Spirit-filled words. You will probably never meet me or know me, this side of Heaven, but please know how much you have touched my heart and met my needs of encouragement and blessed me beyond words. I have shared your words with family, friends and the women in our small group bible study.
    May you be blessed abundantly as you continue to follow Him.
    Love and prayers!

  17. Congratulations on your “graduation”! I’ve loved reading your stories here and I love the community you’ve helped create. And Angie, even though I haven’t been able to make myself vulnerable enough to blog about it yet, your book What Women Fear rocked my word and the truths contained there helped me change the way I think about and process things in my life that aren’t easy for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  18. Ladies, What a pleasure it has been reading your posts! Thank you for your transparent vulnerability as you’ve help each of us walk the paths God has placed us on. Now, I pray His richest blessings upon you as you walk the new path He has placed you on!

  19. Each of you has impacted my life it greater ways than you would ever know. As an Empty Nester, I have often felt outside the circle and less important and impactful. But in this place, with you women, I’ve learned that I have a calling that is, like you, a graduation from what I’ve always known and I am now in a place where stepping out in faith is just simply a part of this journey God has for me. I. Say. Yes. Thank you for your encouraging words, your stories of fear and joy, messiness and healing. You have shown me that life goes on and that He loves me no matter where my story goes. It’s His hand, His grace, His mercy that sees me through.
    Thank You. Congratuations to all of you for what you’ve done and where you are going! Good Job!

  20. Angie, Arianne, and Myquillyn,
    Thank you so much for being a part of starting this amazing community!! I found it not long after it started and if it weren’t for all of you sharing month in and month out, I don’t know where I’d be. I was on the mission field, in a city with very few other women from my home country- I was lonely and longing for some real and meaningful words of hope and encouragement. That’s what (in)courage is!! Every single post I would read hit close to home. There were times when it was the only place I could find hope and friendship.
    It’s been awesome to see you 3 expand beyond this online space and at the same time, like you are doing now, follow God’s specific calling for you right now. Thank you for sharing here. It’s given me comfort to know I’m not alone, and you’ve all given me courage to keep going. Thanks for being you! It’s been so real!

  21. Thank you for all the beautiful encouragement! I’m looking forward to hearing about your new beginnings! You are blessed and there are good things ahead for each one of you!

  22. Yes, cheering you on as you take steps toward the “above and beyond all we can imagine” that God has for you. May you continue to know and experience His presence in the days and nights ahead. Thank you for serving in this place!

  23. Beloved be blessed and may ALL your dreams and desires of your heart come to pass according to His will and riches in glory!!!!!

  24. Thank you for your service, your ministry, your writing. May God bless and multiply your efforts as you walk through new doors. Thank you for being brave enough to let go of something as wonderful as incourage, so that you can grasp the next things God has for you!

  25. Thank you so much for the words and lives you have shared with us who read this. I appreciate the honesty and spiritual lessons you have shared. Blessings to you as you continue in your walk with God.

  26. I love the wisdom these ladies are exhibiting knowing and acknowledging this season of their life being over. It’s hard to do that when the season has been so good. It’s hard to give up something ‘good’ for something the Lord is telling you is ‘better’ right now. I’ve enjoyed reading every one of them during the two years I’ve been checking here and will miss their posts but I also say “WAY TO GO, LADIES, & enjoy the next thing Papa God has for you!” Trust & Obey – there really is no other way!!! xo

  27. Angie, Arianne, and Myquillyn,
    You women have no idea how you’ve encouraged me so much these past five years. This place has been a safe haven for me where I can lay my burdens down and know that they will be prayed over. It has also given me insight and wisdom into God’s word and allowed me to pray for many who are worse off than me.
    Thanks for sharing your messy, everyday lives with us and loving us. I know God has new and better plans for your lives, but know that you will be missed and you have made a tremendous difference in our lives!
    Blessings 🙂

  28. Thanks to all of you ladies, who were willing to listen to the Lord, and lay everything out in the open with the purpose to begin obedient to His calling and for our growth and encouragement. May you be as wiling for this next season our Saviour has for you all.