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Craving Connection: We all long for meaningful relationships, the Colossians 3:14 kind that fulfill our desire for unity and connection with God, our friends, and our community. But where do we start? Craving Connection is a journey where (in)courage writers share real-life stories, practical Scripture application, and connection challenges that will encourage you to:
Embrace the desire God has given each of us for connection
Invest in meaningful relationships, right where God has you
Become the friend you wish you had
The (in)courage community invites you to grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair to the table, and commit to creatively and prayerfully fulfilling your cravings for connection. How could your life be different after prayerfully and intentionally connecting with God, friends, and your community?
Every single one of us have a longing deep within us for connection. We all want to be known, loved, heard, and to know that we aren’t alone in the things we face in this life.
This book was probably the most encouraging and powerful book I have ever read. Reading all 30 of these women’s stories about God, friends, and community were so powerful and encouraging. Every story was beautifully written, and it felt as if I was actually sitting in the same room as the author, listening to their heart.
Every aspect of this book was so relatable and real and I loved every bit of it. Sometimes we are so afraid to open ourselves up to other people because of fear that they won’t understand or they will not like us, when in reality people face the same things and we can find deep meaningful relationships with them if we just take a chance.
One of my favorite parts about this book, is that at the end of every chapter (story), there were connection questions, a connection challenge, and a prayer. Those really helped me draw closer to God as I try to put into practice the things this book talks about.
The key to having connection, is to just reach out and start pursuing it. At the end of the book, it talked a lot about biblical hospitality and what that looks like. Here are 2 of my favorite lines from that:
“John Piper states: ‘Grace is the hospitality of God to welcome sinners not because of their goodness but because of His glory’ “
and this next line just really spoke to me, especially since the name of this blog speaks directly to this line I am about to share stating:
“Be defined by an all-consuming desire to grow more in the measure of His love for us and share with others the evidence of our life transformed. Proclaim His glory”.
What a POWERFUL statement that is!
I want my life to be exactly like that! Transformed by God’s ever pursuing grace. If you are a woman who is craving connection and wanting to pursue more meaningful relationships, but you don’t know where to start, then go get a copy of this book!
Don’t keep pushing back the God-given desire for meaningful relationships and connections all because you don’t know where to begin! Use this book as a great resource and guideline to do just that!
God has so many great things in store for all of us, if we are intentional about pursuing Him and listening to Him and His leading! He desires all of us satisfy that craving for connection!
If you are wanting a place to start learning how to pursue meaningful connections and hear stories from 30 women about how God has done that in their lives, then go pick up a copy of this book! You can buy it here or wherever books are sold!