Once upon a time, there was a very tired and overwhelmed mother who loved her children and husband, yes, but also loved to write. To just get it all out and weave a story of finding faith in the everyday was a dream, something she might get to “some day”, something that would have to be put on the back-burner for another time.

But one rainy night in September just three years ago, she began to surf the web in the hopes of finding other women who wrote about Jesus and the places He has met her.

She found a community called “(in)courage.”

She was inspired.

So she started a blog.

And now here she is, three years later, still chugging along.

Of course, that tired mom is me. (in)courage is the reason I became a blogger, yes, but it also made me see that I’m a writer as well.   Yes.  A writer.

So you can imagine how honored I was when I received an email asking if I would like to lead a group in their brand-spankin’ new (in)courage community.

Uh, yes.  No brainer.

And so I invite you to journey with me.  Here’s the description of what I’ll be leading as listed on the (in)courage website today:

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.  To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.” – Isaiah 61:1-3(NLT)

Maybe you’ve been hurt by someone you thought was a friend. Maybe you’re a victim of abuse or you perhaps you were the abuser. Maybe you chose to have an abortion or you had an affair or any other “unspeakable” sin that threatens to darken you with the lie of shame instead of the truth of freedom.

This group will focus on hearing God’s truths louder than the enemy’s lies and encourage one another to live as new creations that are becoming strong and graceful oaks for His glory.

We will be exploring various scriptures that remind us of our redemption and learn a method of studying scripture called “Lectio Divina”. This is a “less is more” approach to reading various passages that allow you to go deep into God’s word and meditate on what He’s trying to tell us through His word. We will begin with my favorite chapter of the Bible – Isaiah 61.  Our first day will be Monday, October 8 and will continue through December 2.

If this is of interest to you, here’s how you can be a part of this:

1.  I will post an overview of the scripture we will be focusing upon for the week each Monday here at Mommy on Fire.

2.  We will then interact with each other and offer encouragement in a separate Facebook group. Should you desire to be a part of this group, please email me at ncsnapp@gmail.com and I’ll give you the details on how to do that.

Here’s to the journey of becoming strong and graceful oaks…


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