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For When You’re Tired of Toys and Toil

My eyes blink open to the wake of another morning, that time of day when we most feel the weight of “tired” wash over. I swing heavy feet out of bed and anchor them to the floor, only to rise rigid and stiff, like an iron statue standing after centuries of slumber. I reach down for my newborn, cradle him close to my chest. Then, with sleeping legs, I step out to the room where my son is awake and loud with singing and talking and reading. It is only seven in the morning, and already, he busts...
Tags: Work, Inspiration, Rest, Motherhood, Mark, Encouragement, Toil


Bringing Light into Our Lonely Silos

I haven’t said a word in hours. Not because I’m shocked or angry or freezing someone out but because I spend a very high percentage of my time alone. I’m a single woman past the point of youth where you’re running from thing to thing, surrounded by roommates that all pile into a little apartment like puppies. I come home and I fold laundry and make dinner and cut flowers for a vase and try to decide what to do with my downtime. Being single at this junction is tricky because as a woman in my t...
Tags: Kingdom, Church, Inspiration, Community, Jesus, Christ, Loneliness, Singleness, Church Community, Singlehood


Bisa Butler At Chicago Art Institute

I’m back from Chicago! We drove out from Boston, 3 days driving each way, and then a week in Chicago. We went to Alfred, NY and visited one kiddo, then to Cleveland (never been there before) where I saw Lake Erie, then onto Chicago where the other 2 kids live. I want to tell you about an amazing show we saw at the Chicago Art Institute. We saw the art quilts of Bisa Butler. Here is a link to the info at the AIC where there are other pics from the show and also video interviews. I took ...
Tags: Crafts, Boston, Inspiration, Chicago, Lake Erie, Cleveland, AIC, Bisa, Bisa Butler At Chicago Art Institute, Alfred NY, Chicago Art Institute We


Hospitality Is More than Just Entertaining

My daughters gather at the stove giggling and chatting. The familiar fragrances of garlic, oregano, and basil permeate the air. The girls take turns swirling the ruby red tomato sauce and meatballs in the big pot with a wooden spoon. “Be careful with my meatballs,” Nana Maria chides playfully. “You don’t want to break any of them up.” My Italian mama, who my girls call Nana, stands at our kitchen island with my youngest daughter. They are stuffing jumbo pasta shells with spoonfuls of fillin...
Tags: Inspiration, Community, Jesus, Hospitality, Luke, Abraham, Nana, Shawn, Dorina, Nana Maria, NLT Abraham


A Hope More Secure Than a Racehorse

Last month my husband and I celebrated our twenty-second anniversary by going on a movie date for the first time in more than a year. I was a little anxious about this plan, but as we sat in a large theater with six other moviegoers all spread out, I eventually relaxed and became immersed in the story of a small town and a horse. Much to my surprise, as a person who has never once in her life cared about horse racing, this story captured my attention and my heart. As I watched the horses thunder...
Tags: Hope, Inspiration, Jesus, Isaiah, Encouragement, Dream Alliance


Tenderness Is the Only Way Forward

A year ago, we hung origami cranes from our crabapple tree. We chose a variety of colors and flowered patterned papers to fold into birds, and then punched a hole at the tips of their tails for the string. In the midst of a brand new season of school-at-home, with words like “quarantine” and “stay-at-home-order,” cancelled plans, and looking for new headlines by the hour, something as small as folding origami cranes felt like grace for our eyes and our hands. We watched the pointy birds sway in ...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, John, Samaria, Tender, Encouragement, Tenderness, Sychar, Marco Polo Facetiming


What We Can Learn from French Onion Soup

The Bible is full of metaphors for how God sanctifies us, but in my book, the metaphor that sticks best is French onion soup. I know, stay with me. Growing up, my cultural identity was a big question mark. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool third-culture kid: I’m Indian, grew up in Dubai, but attended a British-run school. My ancestors were Christ-followers in a country dominated by Hindus and Muslims. I didn’t feel at home anywhere.  But when I was eleven, I watched real journalism for the first time:...
Tags: New York, Identity, Youtube, Inspiration, America, Los Angeles, Cnn, Food Network, Dubai, God, States, Christ, Corinthians, Chosen, Food Network Star, Encouragement


How Do You Influence and Inspire People?

All leaders have the same goal. Improve the status quo and help people achieve their potential. Leaders influence and inspire people to make positive changes. Start by getting to know your team members—their dreams and goals, as well as their problems and frustrations. Then use these tactics. Set the Example Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner (The Leadership Challenge) maintain the first function of leadership is to “Model the Way.” Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s restaurant picked up wastepaper ...
Tags: Leadership, Abc, Inspiration, John F Kennedy, Status Quo, Unique, Influence, Feeling, Ray Kroc, McDonald 's, Robert B Cialdini, Achieve Goals, Barry Posner, Jim Kouzes, Hard Data, Move People Along


Weeds Grow in Hard Places — We Can Too

2020 was the year that the young, fictional Alexander might describe as a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” year. And what do you do for a year like that? Well, if you’re me, you take a lot of walks. Last year, I walked more miles along our rural Iowa country roads than I had in the previous ten years combined. On my walks, I discovered what I hadn’t seen before. I found a wild asparagus patch in the ditch near our home. I learned where all the neighborhood sparrows were nesting. And I obs...
Tags: Facebook, Inspiration, Iowa, Jesus, Grow, Alexander, Joseph, Bloom, Ephraim, Oswald Chambers, Joseph Joseph, Encouragement


Peace Holds Us When We Can’t Be at Peace

A Saturday dusk was the perfect setting for a stroll on the new boardwalk along the lake cove’s edge. As my husband and I walked, talked, and dreamed, we also reflected on the drama and trauma that made our picturesque boardwalk stroll possible.  Three years ago, we bought a home that ticked all the major must-haves on our list. We felt incredibly fortunate. Throughout the entire home buying process — from creating the list of essentials to signing our names on the closing documents — I could...
Tags: Post, Inspiration, Peace, Spirit, Christ, Wendy, Lucretia, Christ Jesus, Encouragement


Distracted? What Are You Looking At?

Shiny object syndrome may not be a real medical diagnosis, but I have struggled with it all of my life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into the mall to buy something specific but got distracted by the sales or the lady at the kiosk selling the latest skin care solution or the perfect hot pink blazer. I have picked up my phone too many times to send an important text only to be distracted by other apps and left double tapping and commenting for hours. Even in my own house, I will wal...
Tags: Instagram, Inspiration, Jesus, God, Doubt, Comparison, Distraction, Luke, Martha, Isaiah, Encouragement


Never Alone, Never Again – You Decide

You don’t have to do life alone. But some of you choose to. I cannot imagine why. Oh, I know…you have many relationships; you know lots of people. You have Facebook friends and Twitter peeps. You know some guys in the softball league or some gals at the monthly business leaders luncheon. You trade contacts and share ideas. You talk about the weather, the kids, the job, and the economy. But are you known? To be known is to place the heart-level truth about yourself into the hands of another pe...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Relationships, Inspiration, Conversation, Personal Development, Connection, Building Relationships, Known, Human Connection, Be Known


Introducing Bible Study Mondays at (in)courage!

Every now and again in our nearly twelve years on the internet, we ask for your input. (Well, we always welcome it!) We conduct a survey of our most faithful readers to see what’s on your heart and how we can come alongside you in your journey to becoming a woman of courage. In our last such survey, we saw one theme come through loud and clear: You want more Jesus, and you want more of God’s Word. You want deep and meaningful Bible studies that you can do on your own or with a group of friends, ...
Tags: Facebook, Inspiration, Jesus, Bible Study, Grace P Cho, in)courage Bible Studies, Bible Study Mondays


I Dressed like Clue Characters for a Week & Here’s What Happened

Taking inspiration from one of my favorite movies and board games of all time.
Tags: Movies, College, Inspiration, Movie fashion


What Now? Helpful Tips and Spiritual Truth for Post-Pandemic Life

I’m sitting in a coffee shop this morning. It’s brand new, with white walls and wooden floors that reflect the light. There’s art in my latte, the smell of cookies in the air, and a dozen or so people scattered around me. During the pandemic, this was one of the things I missed most — the simple joy of sitting in a coffee shop. But rather than the relief and gratitude I thought I’d feel when life started getting back to normal, I sometimes feel numb and weary. You too? A story that comforts me i...
Tags: Inspiration, God, Survival, Jezebel, Elijah, HOLLEY, Encouragement, Pandemic, Elijah So, Fight-or-flight, Spiritual Truth for Post Pandemic Life


This Is What Success Looks Like

You are talented. Before you shake your head, deny those words, and click the little red X on this page, let me ask you a question: Do you remember the parable of the three servants who were given different amounts of talents? In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a story about a master who gave specific amounts of talents (money) to three servants before leaving for a trip. Upon his return, they were to give the money back. Two of the servants chose to invest what they had received while the third servant...
Tags: Inspiration, Gifts, Jesus, Christ, Matthew, Stewardship, Encouragement, Obedience, Talents, Gifiting


Beyond Storage: Four Uses for Closet Spaces

I was looking at the extra closet in my old home office, the one that’s filled with boxes of pictures and photo albums. If I digitize the photos and store the photo albums elsewhere, I could transform the closet into a beverage center or study spot which makes more sense since the space is used by my teenagers. Of course one turns to the internet for research and to my delight I found more than just images of offices and wet bars, I came across clever mud rooms and reading nooks too. May I prese...
Tags: Crafts, Inspiration, Home Offices, Design + Decorating Articles, Style Files, Wet Bar Beverage Centers


A Remedy for Hearts Distracted by Comparison

A few months after my husband and I lost our one-month-old daughter to a fatal chromosomal condition , we were invited to join a group of friends for a Friday night cookout . The invitation was kind and we accepted, but I wasn’t prepared for my reentrance into society as a bereaved mother. I felt clumsy and afraid of others’ thoughts, potentially awkward conversations, and the sorrow that might be stirred up. But I knew I couldn’t continue avoiding people.   ...
Tags: Death, Inspiration, Alabama, Loss, Jesus, John, Christ, Comparison, Matthew, Peter, Jesus Peter, NIV, Encouragement, Child Loss, Peter In John, John Naturally


Becoming by Looking Toward Jesus

‘Twas the week of the book launch, and everything was a bit crazy — stressful even. I was torn between wanting to do my best work and the deep desire to surrender to whatever God had in store. It was exciting, overwhelming, and a little disorienting.  So naturally, during the busiest work week I’ve ever had, we decided to take a trip.  My sister was home and wanted to go to our grandparents’ cabin a few hours north. We didn’t want to miss out, and I couldn’t think of a healthier way to foll...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Inspiration, US, Jesus, Margot, CST, Encouragement, Recommended Reads, Becky Keife, The Wordsearch Book: Becoming, Margot Groner


Three Ways to Walk Through Difficult Change You Didn’t Want or Ask For

“If one more thing falls in our lap, I don’t think I can take it.” I said those words in spring of 2020, partly to God and partly to my husband. And like a siren call made to steer the sea ship toward destruction, guess what fell into our laps soon after I uttered the words? Another difficult change I didn’t want or ask for. It came on an unusually hot summer morning. I heard my husband call out from his office, “Hey honey, can you come in here?” I walked into the room, and he relayed the news w...
Tags: Inspiration, Change, Encouragement


When You Face a Terrible Tuesday

We’ve all had days when everything seems to go wrong in a short span of time. I’m not speaking of tragedies, but a series of first-world problems strung together to really mess with our attitudes. Welcome to my Terrible Tuesday. Nothing about this day made me want to sing, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24 (ESV). It began at 1:30am when our college son’s shell-shocked voice woke me out of a deep slumber, “I’m okay, but my car is totaled.” While he...
Tags: Inspiration, Community, Jesus, Christ, Hospitality, Jen, Open Door Living


Put on Your Pearls and Thank God

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV) I don’t often wear pearls. But when I do, I remember the struggle. My husband gave me a beautiful strand of pearls during a hard season of life. It was a lavish gift for a sweatpants-wearing mom who hadn’t left the house in weeks. Our third baby was born prematurely and spent the first months of life tethered to a...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, Matthew, NIV, Kristen Welch, in)courage Library, Take heart


How a Productivity Junkie Is Learning to Rest

I’ve been a performer and achiever for as long as I can remember. When I was three, I was thrilled to master riding a two-wheeler before my older sister. When I was seven, I raced my best friend Jack to see who could climb to the tippy top of a towering tree first. Growing up, I took every honors class and joined every school club, sports team, and student council I could. In high school, it was edging toward midnight and I was working to finish a term paper, again. I sat in our upstairs landing...
Tags: Inspiration, Rest, Jack, Christ, Perfectionism, Joy, Mindy, Encouragement, Striving, Soul Care, People-pleasing, Rebecca Dee


How We Shut Down What We Want

By Leo Babauta One thing I’ve learned about myself in the last year or so is how much I shut down what I want. Somehow the world taught me that what I want is not acceptable, that I should only want what seems reasonable, doable, or won’t inconvenience others. So I rarely even acknowledge that I want something. I shut it down. Here are just some of the reasons I tell myself I don’t want something: It’s not possible, so I don’t really want it.I don’t think I can achieve it, so foc...
Tags: Inspiration, Leo Babauta, Purpose-Filled Work & Life


The Big Things Are in the Small Things

It’s hard to be creative when you don’t feel well. It’s hard to be creative when you don’t feel well and it’s your job. It’s hard to force creativity. It seems the more you try to force it, the harder it is to find it. I haven’t stepped into my art studio for some time. I’ve done small things here and there — I’ve sketched ideas, made prints, but I haven’t done any painting. However, recently, even though I wasn’t feeling well, I walked into that room, put on my paint smock, put on some music an...
Tags: Inspiration, Joy, Encouragement


With Our Eyes Lifted Higher, We See Him

Me? Dragging? That’s not my usual state. Most days, I can talk myself off a cliff, lift myself up, move from feeling down by turning my back on trouble and turning my heart to God. But a couple of weeks ago, I was dragging, needing help and knowing it. Lying in bed, I told my churning mind to shut down the noise and stop the infernal clatter. Finally, then, I could hear God’s Spirit whisper, I am your Lifter. He’s the same Lifter we praised here a few weeks ago when another (in)courage writer, J...
Tags: Inspiration, Jerusalem, David, Jesus, John, Perspective, Jennifer, Mary Magdalene, ESV, Absalom, Encouragement, Jennifer Ueckert, Psalm 3:3


Let’s Plan on Cultivating Courageous Habits

Hi. My name is Anna, and I am a die-hard fan of physical, paper, hold-in-my-hands planners. Yes, we use Google calendar for family calendar-ing and planning, but I still have a spiral-bound planner that sits on my desk and keeps my head in the game and organized. I’ve had a paper planner since elementary school, and I’ve kept many of them too. Looking back through them brings me a sweet, bless-her-heart moment as I page through what I considered important enough to log. School assignments, work ...
Tags: Inspiration, US, Anna, Anna E Rendell, in)courage Library, Courageous Habits Planner


Happy Memorial Day from wegg®

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” -Maya Angelou wegg® would like to wish our community a warm and heartfelt Memorial Day 2021! Please join us in remembering the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this country. It is important every day, but especially today, to honor the military personnel who responded to the call of duty. All of us at wegg have gratitude in our hearts for all fallen soldiers and their loved ones. We...
Tags: Featured, Inspiration, Sales, Memorial Day, Maya Angelou, 2021, Country specific, United Service Organization, Wegg® Blog, Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global blog, Memorial Day 2021, MDW, Ways to Honor the Fallen Outdoors


Plan on Praising God in the Puddles

Growing up in Oklahoma, I was used to the reality that spring comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. That lion translates to tornado sirens, hail, destructive winds, and waking up in the middle of the night to run to our safe spot, which was usually a bathroom in the middle of our house. We’d lie in the bathtub with a mattress pulled over our heads, while we prayed that the tornado wouldn’t hit our house. I remember the night our phone rang and how my Dad’s face changed to shock, mixed with r...
Tags: Hope, Israel, Inspiration, Storms, Jesus, God, Oklahoma, Struggle, Don, Isaiah, Encouragement


Stop Apologizing for Who You Are

Sometimes, the first thing I do when I come downstairs in the morning is apologize for sleeping “so late.” It is after 7am, I suppose. I’m a night owl by design. My body’s ideal schedule would be sleeping from 1am to10am, like a teenager on a Saturday. I come by this desire naturally; it’s literally in my bones. My mom has been retired for more than five years, and when I’m up putzing around (or watching Netflix) at midnight I know I can text her to chat because she’ll be awake. The late-night t...
Tags: Identity, Inspiration, Guilt, Netflix, James Taylor, Bergen, Encouragement