So I mentioned some new things coming in August and August is here. Can you believe it?
For some time I’ve had this craving. Like a pregnant woman craves pickles and ice-cream, I’ve had this craving for Christ centered community, conversation, and edification.
It’s a longing we all have.
Maybe I have more of it because I live outside of my home culture, I don’t know. What I do know is that we, as Christians, can be so trivial, base, and meaningless in our relationships and conversations with each other.
We can be so trivial and mundane that we miss the glory and purpose that is Christ in us. Mercy. That ought not to be.
In our day of technology and surface relationships, we can forget how to have spiritual conversations. We can be un-practiced at how to bring up meaningful topics… or even know what meaningful topics to bring up.
So one of the things I want to *TRY* to do here on arabahjoy.com is provide a place for Christ centered community and faith building conversation…To that end, one of the features I’m starting on the blog is a place called The Loft.
The Loft will be our meeting place. Every Tuesday. Bring your coffee and we’ll throw out a topic to discuss.
There will be a link up for bloggers and the comment section if you aren’t a blogger.
What we want to do with this link-up is listen. Savor the wisdom and wealth God has given us in one another. We want you to listen to each other too, because we collectively are one of the greatest resources we have as a body of Christ.
The great thing about #TheLoft is that 5 of my blogging buddies are joining in, so if you are a blogger and link up your post, it will be seen on SIX blogs! We hope coming up to The Loft will be a special part of your week, so be sure to drop by this Tuesday for the very first Loft Link-up.
In addition to The Loft, there are some other things going on:
>>Okay, so I’ve fallen off the wagon with actual writing. Like from the heart kind of stuff. And I miss it. So on Monday’s, I’m going to *try* to just write. Those raw, real, come to Jesus moments in a day that make this life incredible. The kind of stuff I started this blog with. I like the idea of starting my week that way, so Monday it is.
>>On Thursdays, I’ll be featuring your Just Trust stories. I have been blown away by the stories that have come in and can’t wait to share them here. Just some incredible stuff. You are welcome to submit your own story here.
>>Sometime in August my brand new book (and very first print book) will release, Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise. It’s called Trust Without Borders and is a story-driven devotional. My aim is to, over a 40 day period, take you on a journey… from leafy suburban America to the chaotic streets of Asia. The goal is to deepen intimacy with God by strengthening trust and of course, I’ll have some fun things going on when the book becomes available.
>>And finally, I’m planning on starting a podcast in September or October, depending on my nerve (so please encourage this scared-y cat). Because I need connection, accountability, and friendship. I need others to encourage me in my faith. I need to do this Christian life with others.
It all gets started next week, so I”ll see you then :)