Day 20: In Which Community Is Rich {and an apology to my email subscribers}

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This past weekend was one that lent itself to richer fellowship than Stan and I have experienced in awhile.

We sat over barbecue around our dining room table and caught up on friends’ lives and stories and prayed for one another.

I sat across a Panera table from a friend and we shared the deep places of our souls, of our heart’s journeys. I rambled. A lot… because this is the kind of friendship where the deep places and the not-quite-solidified-yet places are safe to come out and be known.

Then Stan and I sat over (more) coffee and pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with still more dear friends and enjoyed our 2 kids and their little one. We talked around painful heart-lessons learned in this season and the airing of those things was medicine to our souls.

We took our kids to a pumpkin patch, and try as I might, I got not a single Christmas-card-worthy family photo. Ha. Thwarted by my kids’ kid-ness.

We had such a sweet time together though– until we got back in the car and experienced the Epic Meltdown of the Century, complete with both kids yelling and crying. But Stan and I were able to remain fairly lighthearted, so I s’pose that was a victory in and of itself.

Also? I read and responded to a number of comments on the new song I shared yesterday, which, if you missed (or if you’re an email reader and I once again neglected to provide you an easy link to view the video – please forgive me!), you can find here.

You guys and your support and encouragement of my art and my heart – you simply undo me.

All of this to say — I’ve not found much time to write this weekend, and this week as I prepare for Allume, my posts may be a bit on the shorter side.


By God’s grace, I will continue to show up here. Because I believe He’s in this. Because I value what He’s doing in my heart, the ways He’s stretching me and whispering inside me over these 31 days. And because I deeply appreciate y’all’s companionship here.

Many blessings on your Monday, my friends. So thankful for you all.

This post is part of my 31 Days series, Rooted: 31 Days of Authenticity (from my life in limbo). You can find the entire series here.

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4 Responses to Day 20: In Which Community Is Rich {and an apology to my email subscribers}

  1. Barbie says:

    I am so excited you get to go to Allume! It’s a dream of mine. After 6 years of blogging, you would think I would have made my way to a conference or two. Can’t wait to hear about it.
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  2. Joanne Viola says:

    That’s so it, Dana. We show up each day for the companionship which has come to mean so much this month. It isn’t about growing anything but relationship for me – both with my God & with others He has brought across my path. So wish I was going to Allume. One day I may just get up my brave & go :) Blessings!
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  3. Tara says:

    Thankful for you too! Have a great time at Allume. Someday I would love to go myself.
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  4. mary gemmill says:

    Dana, this series is such a blessing to me. I read many blogs, but not many help me with the difficult issues of life as yours do….especially today’s post. It’s as if you have given me words for something unsettled in my soul, which is hugely helpful to me so I know what to pray concerning the situation.

    I thank God for you and for the ministry of this blog.

    Mary, New Zealand.

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