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Community Matters – Don’t Go at Life On Your Own

It’s taken me awhile and still I buck the system at times, but community matters.  Making genuine connections with other people matters.  We were never meant to go on this journey of life alone.  

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By yourself you’re unprotected.  With a friend you can face the worst.  Can you round up a third?  A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (the Message)

I used to be a loner.  I’m still an introvert at the core.  I prefer to do things on my own.  I’m okay being alone.  

Group projects in school.  No thank you!  I’d prefer you stand in front of the class and lecture for 2 hours and let me take notes.  

I’m independent.  I’m a “don’t let them see me cry” kinda gal.  

When I was growing up, I was painfully shy and self-conscious.  This is still my default mode, but I try to disguise it 😉

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Over time I’ve learned there’s a better way.  

You see, God didn’t create us to do life on our own.  

To be sure, I had a loving family.  We did things together, but I was a loner at school.  I didn’t go out much or get involved in many extracurricular activities. I stayed close to home, and I was okay with that.  It’s still my tendency.    

Things started changing a little over time.  

Between my junior and senior year of high school, I went to Costa Rica on a mission trip not knowing a single person on the trip. I just felt called to go.  During my senior year of high school, I started coming out of my shell (so to speak) slowly and got a tad bit more involved.  

Then I went away to college for a year in Oklahoma by myself only knowing one other person there.  

Eventually I found myself standing in front of a class at a local gym teaching step aerobics.  And then a few years later this solo runner joined a local running club.  

What’s the point to all of this?  

I went from thinking that I could/should do life on my own to learning the value of stepping out of my comfort zone and connecting with other people.  

I’ve been in this online space for a couple of years now.  During this time, I’ve learned the value of connecting with others.  I’ve made some great friendships along the way.  

In fact, Kristin is one of those special people I connected with.  She and I love Jesus and have a heart to encourage women on their journey through this life.  

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Kristin is celebrating 3 years as a blogger.  She shares her faith and encouragement with a dose of humor and a full portion of authenticity on The Peculiar Treasure blog. ⠀

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She says “We all are a little bit odd-peculiar- and God uses that to do great things when we trust in Him.”⠀

I’m teaming up with Kristin and some fellow bloggers to celebrate her 3 years.  Don’t miss the chance to meet some amazing women and participate in this giveaway.  

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Now for the fun part!

This giveaway includes:

  • A “Jesus & Coffee” mug
  • A beautiful scripture print from Craftivity Designs
  • A gorgeous skeleton key necklace from Love Doing Life
  • A set of lovely, colorful Pura Vida bracelets that I contributed
  • Two adorable faux succulent plants
  • A wooden, boho stamp with ink pad.

 

To enter this giveaway, complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter form below. Each task is worth one point. The more you do, the better your chance of winning. Open to the United States and Canada ONLY. Please know that we will be checking to make sure the tasks are completed, so please be honest about who you’ve followed/what tasks you’ve done. Thank you.

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Community matters.  We are better together.  I’ve learned that.  And I’m thankful for the wonderful people God has allowed me to cross paths with and call my friends.

 If you’re looking for support on your journey, come over to my free Facebook group.    

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