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The Loft: Surprise Edition!


The Loft is open, come on up! 


The Loft: A weekly Hangout and Link Up for Christian bloggers
Graphic by Kerry Messer


This Week’s Mystery Topic is…. (drum roll)

Well, seeing it is Thanksgiving week, we want to actually GIVE THANKS. So this week, we are playing Thanksgiving Tag! 


How to play:

We are taking to the social media streets this week, tagging people we are thankful for!

Pick one social media  site (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc) and tag 5 bloggers or writers that you appreciate. Tell them why you are thankful for them. You can link back to this page if you’d like (so they know why and by whom they are getting tagged and to help spread the word about The Loft)… but a link back isn’t required. :)

Since we won’t be doing this week’s topic on our blogs, there won’t be a linky this week. The linky will be back up next week.

That’s it! We are thankful for  YOU, for your contribution, for being part of this community, and we all wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Next Week’s Topic: 2014 in Review (Time to get introspective. We look forward to hearing what you’ve learned in 2014.)



About #TheLoft


The Loft is the place for conversation, community, networking, and Christian growth.

Each week we provide a topic to start the conversation.


PLEASE NOTE: While there are many link and leave blog hops out there, we are different in that we ask that your link stick to the weekly topic. This fosters community and conversation. It also helps us practice “topic” writing as bloggers.  Oh, and please mention The Loft in your post! Thank you so much! 

Monday night, at 9pm Eastern, the linky goes live and all week you can link up your post on that week’s topic.

We’ll have fun topics, serious topics, practical, soul-ful, holiday, and so, so much more…we can’t wait to get started! This is not only a great way to connect with others, it’s also a fun and easy way to establish a writing habit. If you aren’t a blogger, you are welcome to join in by leaving your comments in the comment section. 

So grab your coffee mug and come on up! Hang out for a bit. We betcha you’ll be glad you did.


To Participate:


1. Be creative. Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly topic. But please stick to the weekly topic :)

2. Listen twice as much as you talk. If you leave one link, visit two. Trust us on this one~wink.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or link back in your post so we can find each other.  Also, share the great stuff you find when you visit around…we’ll be doing the same.


The Loft Link Up


When you link up at The Loft, your link will appear on 4 blogs! We’d love for you to visit The Loft co-hosts and know who we are: JenRebekahLeahArabah



Happy Thanksgiving!


Why you need to take Your Umbrella when you leave home today



“It was 1852 and Oberlin, Ohio hadn’t seen rain in months,” Jackson begins.

By the sound of it, I’m in for a story and knowing Jackson, probably a sermon too.

“Yeah, I know this story,” I tell him.

I’m folding clothes and I don’t want to stop for words, don’t want to absorb food, nourish the soul. I know this story already and tell Jackson so. “The governor calls a gathering and they pray and it rains.”

The end. Story over. Let me get back to my very important work of laundry.

Jackson shakes his head. “No, not ‘they.’ He. A single man prayed.

The Pastor of the town church woke up that Sunday morning and sensed they should pray for rain.

There was no rain in the forecast. Hadn’t been for months. But he sensed they needed to ask God for it.

So he walked to church, led the congregation in prayer for rain, and started his message. Halfway through the service, they heard the storm clouds thundering, rolling in.

Now these were farming folk and rain was essential to their livelihood. When they heard the storm roll in, the Pastor, Charles Finney, stopped his preachin’ and began to sing. Soon, they heard the sound of rain… torrents of it… in the middle of a long drought season… when the forecast didn’t call for rain.

The church folk started crying in their pews.

God had heard and answered their prayer.”

Can you imagine being in that church house when the rain started coming down, knowing God Almighty had just granted your request?

“The thing is,” Jackson pauses and I do too. “The thing is, several eye witnesses reported they saw Finney that morning walking to church. And under his arm was a large, black umbrella.”


Praying for rain is one thing. Taking your umbrella with you is another.


James says faith without works is dead.

So, sure. You tell me it would have been strange, walking around with an umbrella during a drought.

And yes, it would have been crazy, believing God for a son when your wife was ninety or so.

It would have been downright stupid to take on an army spread out in the valley like grains of sand on the seashore… and you with only 300 men. (see Judges 7)


Unless you believe God.

When you believe God, you take your umbrella.

You trust for a child.

You face the giant.

You take on that army in the valley.

You do the impossible.

Because God is who He says He is and God will do what He said He’d do.

So sister? Today when you pray for your children… your husband… your witness… when you whisper words for a powerful ministry, for strength to fulfill your purpose? For boldness and love and beauty and grace?

Well, take your umbrella with you.

You’re gonna’ need it.


Just in time for Gift Giving:


This Christmas, slip something to your loved one that will rouse a bold faith in their soul? In yours too?

Invite your friend or loved one to a spiritual journey with Trust Without Borders: A 40-Day Devotional Journey to Deepen, Strengthen, and Stretch Your Faith in God.


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Help your loved ones kick the New Year off right. Pair the book with a box of tea or a special bookmark? Just what the doctor ordered!


Here’s what Amazon reviewers are saying about this book:


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“I’m so glad I took the time for this book. I genuinely thank the author for being transparent and sharing her own journey. Who doesn’t need constant reminders of the truths we already know, but seem to ‘forget’ when we need them most? This has been both encouraging and convicting. I bought the ebook, but plan on getting a physical copy so I can read again while highlighting and making notes in the margin. This would make a wonderful gift!” PJ


Slip to friends and watch for their umbrellas to come out :)

“But he did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Romans 4:20


Why you need to take your umbrella with you today: THIS WILL FIRE YOU UP!

Give the gift of deeper intimacy with God this year. Check out this new devotional by missionary and author Arabah Joy

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