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(in)This Season Session 2 – Welcome!

Hi Friends!

If you are hopping over from {in}courage for the first time, “Welcome!” I hope you will feel at home right away!

If those who regularly read here are wondering what’s going on…

Session 2 of  (in)courage Community Groups are starting today. These groups are a place where can connect with other women on a HUGE variety of topics ranging from new moms to empty nesters to women who write to women struggling with infertility to those with kids with special needs AND so much more. These groups are private, sacred spaces for you to be YOU in the season of life that you find yourself in.

I will again be co-leading one of these communities! So here’s the deal…

The topic ::
A place to (in)courage those women IN ministry/missions/etc who are struggling in some aspect without a safe outlet to let their guard down and/or those coming OFF the field of missions/ministry/etc who are struggling in ANY aspect and would like to connect with those who understand.

For those of you interested in being a part of a group like that….you are in the right place.

Lindsey {that’s my co-leader} and I have a heart to reach out to those whose lives are/have been all about reaching out to others and along the way brokenness has become like a second skin due to major change, redirection, crisis of faith, discouragement, physical/mental illness, burnout, loss of support (financially or otherwise), or just have found themselves in a surprising period in ministry or from leaving a ministry…

(In) This Season was born from that heartbeat. “Where do we go from here?” in THIS season most unexpected…

Want to get to know us a little better and WHY this topic resonates with us….here’s a little more about who we are….

Libby Rosengren – “I have been married to my best friend for 17 years and mom to 4 kids.  I am involved in homeschooling our kids, helping my husband with his business, keeping our home, blogging, reading, etc. Our family was in ministry in Peru, South America as missionaries for 8 years. That was 3 years ago, and I feel like I have left a part of my heart in Peru. We know that God still has something in mind for us there, but we are not sure what or how that will look. For now we are in the U.S. and at peace with where God has us.
Having faced burnout, depression, loss of support (both financially and otherwise), discouragement in ministry and major changes both IN ministry – and then – changes that caused us to move out of being directly involved in ministry, I have a real soft spot for those who struggle or have struggled with these issues in relation to ministry.”

Besides blogging here you can find me on Twitter: libbyrosengren

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Lindsey van Niekerk – “I grew up in Haiti for the first 16 years of my life {my parents are still there, by the way – for almost 40 years – Yeah, I know…they deserve a medal, right?} Then, I went to college, got my bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as in interpersonal &organizational communications {Shew! That’s a mouthful!}

I spent the next 10 years after that working as missions director, children’s pastor, youth pastor, & associate pastor.

I married the love of my life and my best friend {I know, I know…but it’s a cliche for a reason} 7 years ago, and we have lived on the East Coast of the U.S. as well as the great province of Gauteng in South Africa {he’s from there, by the way}. Chronic pain, infertility issues, interpersonal conflicts, impending depression & panic attacks, confounded by the stress of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that my parents were involved in{they are doing well now, by the way} brought us to the point of an indefinite time-out/sabbatical during this season of life and finding out what the next steps of God’s plans are for us.”

Lindsey’s Blog: The Little Missionary Girl All Grown Up

Twitter: lindseyfoj

Facebook: The Little Missionary Girl All Grown Up

So if (In) This Season sounds like the place for you, a safe space to interact with peers who understand your story, opportunities to share as little or as much as you want in a private setting, encouragement to write and blog together, and listening ears who will “just be there” without judgement or trying to fix you, then please email us at beautyoutofdust@gmail.com, and we will invite you to the closed/private Facebook group and provide more details of how you can get involved.

If you are a one of my regular readers (and are a women 🙂 ) and would like to check out all of the communities available, hop over to (in)courage to see what group speaks to you. This first session will run from February 12th to April 26th so the commitment is short term and you can be involved as little or as much as you would like.

Whatever you decide to do, we just want you to know how AMAZING you are and that God has just the thing FOR you, WHEN you need it! May His grace breathe life into your soul, giving you space to breathe and know that you are unequivocally, irrevocably His.
 

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(in)RL 2013 Registration

Today I am excited to share that registration is open for the online (in)RL conference happening in April!! It’s online and it’s free so wherever you are in the world you can join in! Last year I did this and it was so encouraging and fun to join about 2,000 other women around the globe to tune in online to talk about community.  I also went to a local meet up with other women who had registered. Some I had only ever read things they had written online through (in)courage. It was so fun and truly encouraging to meet them in real life.

They are doing it again this year and registration is FREE! Here are all the details. Join me! 

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What is it? 

(in)RL was born out of two years spent listening to women in the comments at (in)courage craving local, real life community. Derived from the social media acronym “IRL” or “in real life,” (in)RL is an invitation to share what we’ve learned about community and encourage women with stories and suggestions for connecting deeper in real life.

Last year we explored the nitty gritty of community. This year we’re taking a closer look at what it takes to stay rooted in community when sometimes just walking away would be so much easier and tons more convenient. Women share stories of how they’ve chosen to stay through hard marriages, challenging parenting, worthwhile friendships. How choosing to stay has freed them more fully and unexpectedly than if they’d cut and run.

When:

The (in)RL webcast kicks off on Friday, April 26 and (in)RL meetups follow on Saturday, April 27

Registration opens Monday January 14th at www.inrl.us

It’s FREE!

Everyone who registers  today gets a copy of the (in)courage 365 Daybrightener while supplies last (US residents only).
Everyone gets a copy of our first eBook: “Best of the Beach House 2012.”

Check out the everyone’s invited trailer:

Think of it as a FREE girl’s weekend away that doesn’t require packing or plane tickets, where women can kick off any expectation of perfect, set aside their fears, their shyness, their worry that they’re not good enough, and find some of Jesus’ words of rest woven into every video shared.