This is a repost from a previous blog hop but it is in honor of the launch of (in)courage – a new site that is described like this…

When we asked ourselves what kind of place we were building, we finally came to see it as a bit like a beach house. You can put your sandy, dirty feet on the coffee table, laugh late into the night with friends, and also hear God’s voice clearer than perhaps anywhere else. Life just feels more vibrant and real, as if you’ve stumbled upon a glimpse of heaven and it’s nothing like you ever imagined but everything you’d always hoped.

Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful community to connect with? I thought so. Check it out – I think I could spend hours there!
And now for my encouragement…
Both of our boys are named for Bible verses that are very powerful and encouraging to us – and they were especially so around the times they were born.

These verses stick with me day in and day out because they speak volumes about the faithfulness and love of God. He has good – no, AMAZING – plans for ALL of our lives and He is with us every single step along the way. We have nothing to fear because He is by our side.
Thank you Lord for these boys, who are a daily reminder of just how great You are.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9