A Blessing that Must be Counted: (in)RL Registration Opens Today!


Last April, I participated in the best kind of conference: the kind you can attend in your pajamas. I joined 1000s of other women from across the world for a time of growth, support, and worship – all from the comfort of my own couch. And it was one of the best blessings of the year. It was real life.

(in)RL or “in real life” 2012 was an event that I’m still learning from almost 12 months later. I could not have asked for better timing. That first conference came at a time in my life when I was getting ready to leave my home church of 20 years for a new, and much larger, church several miles away. It was a time when I was hesitant to jump into community again after feeling the pain that leaving a community brings – and yet, it blessed me beyond measure. The workshops confirmed what I had been feeling and stressed the importance of finding a community you can really bond with. And now, I’m super excited to share that experience with you.

Think of it as a FREE girl’s weekend away that doesn’t require packing or plane tickets, where you can kick off any expectation of perfect, set aside your fears, your shyness, your worry that you’re not good enough, and find some of Jesus’ words of rest woven into every video shared here.

So, mark your calendars because the (in)RL webcast kicks off on Friday, April 26 and (in)RL meetups follow on Saturday, April 27. I didn’t get a chance to participate in the meetups last year, but the webcasts were so good that I’ve been looking forward to the 2013 conference all year.

This year (in)RL will take a closer look at what it takes to stay rooted in community when sometimes just walking away would be so much easier and tons more convenient. Women from all walks of life will share stories of how they’ve chosen to stay through hard marriages, challenging parenting, worthwhile friendships. How choosing to stay has freed them more fully and unexpectedly than if they’d cut and run.

Plus, there’s an added bonus in it for you: Everyone who registers today (Monday Jan 14) gets a copy of the (in)courage 365 Daybrightener while supplies last (US residents only).

So what are you waiting for? Take part in your own blessing. Go register today!


Each Monday, I link up with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience and count my blessings. Won’t you join us in this Joy Dare?

22. Registering for (in)RL 2013

23. Skilled Doctors

24. Fast Medevacs

25. Nikki being alive

26. Catching up on rest

27. Baskin Robin’s Icing on the Cake Ice-Cream

28. Jager’s flapping run

29. Flea Market finds

30. Understanding CoWorkers

31. Plans for posts

32. Grocery Shopping that doesn’t take forever

33. Godsey’s Grill Twisted Turkey Sandwiches

34. Doctors with great bedside manner

35. Dreams

36. A warm house

37. A comfortable bed

38. clean sheets

39. Caramel Frappes on tough mornings

40. A Loving God

41. Cell Phones 

42. Jessica’s support

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