This is actually found by perusing the categories at the top of my opening page. I’ve decided to re-post it because I’ve made some necessary changes.
If we intend on having coffee regularly, or even on occasion, I’d love to get to know you better. I figure it’s only fair you get to know me as well. I won’t take up too much of your time, but please let me tell you about myself. I also figure because we will, on occasion, converse about topics that may hit close to the heart, I thought I’d answer some questions you would ask if you could.
Why did you decide on “En Courage”?
Life isn’t easy, and we all need a good dose of courage now and then! I know I do. I want this to be a safe community, where you can encourage and be encouraged when life is at its toughest.
Do you wonder sometimes how you are going to make it?
Do you wish there was someone who understood the cries of your heart?
Do you need hope that there is more to life than the immediate heartaches and struggles?
Do you need to know, this moment, that you aren’t alone?
This space, our table, is a good place to find some courage and hope for the heart during those hard times.
What allows you the ability to write about the hope that you speak of, with such conviction?
I’ve experienced some of the hardest of life and have found where hope and courage to keep going can be found!
Being a teenager for me wasn’t discovering boys and enjoying proms. My pre-teen and teen years were hard enough that I’ve often said I would either be dead, or have lapsed into very unhealthy life choices, were it not for Jesus and parents who taught me about the beauty and power of a relationship with him that protected and carried me.
Raising an adopted son with moderate to severe autism, from 5 years old has brought more challenges, heartaches, and joys than we ever could have imagined.
Losing my first husband to melanoma in 2008 after 25 years of marriage is probably the greatest challenge I’ve ever faced. It was a 2 year illness that slowly seeped his life away.
Blending two families who have each been through much trauma and heartache since 2012, has had its own challenges. My son has lost 2 previous families and now a father. My step sons, also adopted. lost a previous family, and a mother. My husband and I have each lost a spouse to death.
Yet, in all of this, I have come to know a God who is alive, extremely loving, immensely gracious, overwhelmingly compassionate, and powerfully able to change lives. Because of him, I have found a hope that is enduring. I want to share that with any who will listen!
What will I gain from spending time with you on “En Courage”?
Through sharing the stories, struggles, and victories of life, I want you to discover there is hope. Not when you have it all together. Not when you can finally fix yourself or others. But when you are at your weakest, and when life is darkest. Because Jesus is safe. Because His love is relentless. Because He powerfully made a way for US.
I would love to hear from you!
As we sit over coffee, and you begin to feel more at ease, please share your heart and stories with us. Either at the common table for all to read, or in the quiet of a private email. firstname.lastname@example.org