in it together :: september 12, 2015

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At ETCH, we believe that this journey we are on isn’t meant to be walked alone.  We are in it together.  We are called to community and that’s exactly what we want to do — build each other up, labor together, and share our stories.  We don’t pretend to have it all together or know all the answer so, throughout each week, we are scouring the blog-o-sphere for nuggets of truth and encouragement to share with you.  Then, at the end of every week, we will highlight some blogs that we found especially helpful in our walk with Jesus and pray that you will too.

This week we are featuring Jennie Allen, Emily (Jones Design Company), and Whitney Putnam, but you can check out some of our other favorites here.  Enjoy!

 

IF YOUR CALLING EXCEEDS YOUR CAPACITY :: Jennie Allen

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…tonight our son will be the starting quarterback, as a sophomore, in one of our biggest varsity games of the year. The older starter was injured last week. So it’s A LOT of pressure, even for a boy who not so long ago, wanted to be the real spiderman for his chosen profession.

Here are the words I texted him this morning. I thought maybe they would encourage you too. God seems to be in the business of stretching us past our abilities, resources, and capacity. It is just past ourselves that we see more of Him and He is best seen through our lives.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Conner- nearly everything you have ever done has been within your capacity. This may be what excites me most about this moment in your life: what is required of you is beyond your age, experience, and current ability.

In my life, these have been the moments that have most built my faith in God. Because as you surrender and trust Him and jump into what scares you with all of yourself-  you watch God strengthen you, help you, at times even carry you and you don’t remember what happened. That is my prayer for you- that you would experience how much God loves you, how much he wants to help you, how powerful it is to trust Him to do what is beyond your own resources.

Read the full post here:  http://www.jennieallen.com/if-your-calling-exceeds-your-capacity/

 

 

THE BEAUTY OF AN UNMADE BED :: Jones Design Company

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…lately, I’ve noticed I haven’t been quite as regular with making the bed.  I was in my bathroom the other day putting on makeup or doing my hair or something and glanced out the doorway into our bedroom. This is what I saw: A rumpled bed with covers haphazardly thrown back, pillows not at all symmetrical or stacked neatly, bedside tables filled with books and water glasses and bobby pins, curtains half-opened, the rod all off-centered.

And what I saw did not make me feel out of control. It did not compel me to quickly smooth the duvet or straighten the pillows or fix the curtains.

WHAT I SAW LOOKED LIKE LIFE. 

It looked like a welcoming spot to rest my body each night.

It looked like a quiet place to refresh my soul each morning.

It looked lived-in. Not staged. Not perfect. Not made just-so with hospital corners and starched cases and rules to stay off. It was messy and loose and approachable.

AND IT LOOKED BEAUTIFUL.

Read the full post here:  http://jonesdesigncompany.com/decorate/the-beauty-of-an-unmade-bed/

 

 

EVERY LIFE IS SACRED::YOURS IS TOO::AND WHY THIS IS A GAME CHANGER :: Whitney Putnam

Do you see how purposeful your very life is?

Lives are being snuffed out because we are too busy running errands, cleaning our houses and looking at our cell phones, rather than doing anything and everything we can to open our eyes and tell the people around us one thing — God is crazy about them. Please don’t hear this as being mean or condemning. It’s not. I am the biggest offender. I am just saying my house being clean doesn’t equate the beauty of one life.

And know this – your life, your one very precious life, is incredibly sacred. Until we realize this, we can’t communicate it well to the next generations. You have life-breathing power if you know Jesus. First immerse yourself in Him and then let it overflow into others.

Read the full post here:  http://www.imperfectlybrave.com/every-life-is-sacred-yours-is-too-and-why-this-is-the-game-changer/

 

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