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Thinking about // Amazing internet friends. The Influence Conference that I went to this weekend was so, so good for my soul. Not only was I thrilled to be there to worship, learn and grow in this blogging world, but I made incredible real life friendships. I roomed with three other gals, and they were the very best for my soul. My biggest takeaway from the whole weekend is my new relationship with them.
We stayed up until all hours of the night talking husbands, impersonating each other, blogging, our online presence, and my favorite of all: religion. I have had a huge passion for a while that really grew and blossomed when my husband played in a Christian band: I love ecumenical relationships.
ecumenical: promoting or relating to unity among the world’s Christian churches.
I love friendships and relationships that see beyond a certain religion or faith and are able to come together in one accord under the most important fact of all: We love Jesus Christ. I have such a grateful heart to my Protestant brothers and sisters: who teach me by their examples of praying and reading the Bible, of worship, of the gifts of the Spirit. I am grateful for the differences that make me broaden my own relationship with the Lord as well. I am grateful that I am a better Catholic by being surrounded by Protestants. I am so thankful for unity under the blanket of Christ.
It’s weird. And I love it. And we started the hashtag #ecumenicalfriendships because it is important to get the idea and word out that this is important. (more…)
Good news — I’m at Influence Conference this weekend! Craziness! So, I’m so sorry I’m late at doing our Coffee Date today. I hope that you’ve headed to (the other) Jenna’s blog at Dearest Love to link-up! If not, please do so below. I want to know the haps in your life
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There are days, sure, where the fog comes back and the hard days are hard and the shitty days are even harder. But to feel my head above water? To feel that sense of “Okay, this day will end and tomorrow will be better,” that makes all the difference.
I didn’t have that last year. I had a “This day will end and the night is even worse and tomorrow I’ll want to hide where no one in the world can find me.” That was my every day last year.
I don’t need to list out all of the reasons that it was shitty, it just was. And you have your own personal reasons as to why this moment in time is hard, or that moment in time was hard, or next week will be hard. No matter the reasons, sometimes this is just so dang hard.
But I look at this past year, not so much with pride, but with a feeling of soldiering through the trenches, and coming out alive — and not really only alive, but thriving. I don’t look at this past year with a sense of “Damn, I’m good, I made it,” but with the humility of “You got me through this. You lifted me by the bootstraps, and you waded through the mud with me, and you got me through this.”