When You Just Need Community

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. - Acts 2:42


Each time I read the above verse, I'm reminded that community is important. It is sacred. It is necessary. A life of chronic illness can be very isolating. The isolation can make us feel invisible. We need community.

I want to tell you today about a community of women that has reached right into my life and touched my heart. More than that, I want to invite you to join us. Because our community needs you, as much as you need us.

No matter where you are right now in your journey, there is a group of women waiting to connect with you. They are praying for you as we speak. They are hoping you will reach out and join your life to theirs.

This community is an (In)Courager Group. There is no cost, no obligation, no prerequisite except that you want to belong. There are many groups to choose from and the women you will find there are warm, welcoming encouragers who can't wait to meet you.

I will be co-leading (in)Hope through Chronic Illness group, but there are other chronic illness groups to choose from as well! There are groups for all interests, challenges, and walks of life. We meet privately on facebook to encourage each other. We study together, pray with each other, lift each other up, cry with each other, vent to one another. We find fellowship. We take it all to our Father. There's lots of good times, sincere friendships and (my personal favorite) heart hugs.

Join us, won't you? Sign up is for a limited time, and opens today. Please follow this link and choose a group. You deserve community. They need you. <3




Heavenly Father, please bless the forming of these communities with Your mighty hand. Lead each person who joins to just the right folks they need to connect with. Thank You for this avenue of fellowship. In Jesus' Name, Amen...

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26 Comments on “When You Just Need Community

    • Joan, I know you'll be so blessed by the group of women you've chosen! Thank God for the sweet communities He provides for us! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  1. Hi Shelly, I've been a member of in courage for a long time but I never knew they had in courage groups for special interests or issues. Thank you for making this known.
    Janis@Heart-Filled Moments recently posted...A New HomeMy Profile

    • Hi Janis! So glad that I could point the way to these great groups! I know you'll find one that's just right for you if you decide to get involved. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • I'm excited for everyone to get signed up if they are so moved. Can't wait to see you there with us, sweet Claudia! Love you! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. I am so glad you linked up with this! I am in a group too! This is a beautiful inspiration for sure! Thanks for linking up to tell others and I hope you will continue to share your hope and inspiration! Have a wonderful week!

    • Hi Angie! They are wonderful groups, aren't they? A blessing to all who join. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • These groups are such a blessing in my life, Lyli! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. You go girl! Praying for this great group of (in)couragers and for you to be particularly blessed in this!
    Warm and gentle hugs to you, dear one!

    • Thank you, Jennifer!!! I feel hugged by your comment! <3 Heart Hugs, Shelly

    • Thank you, Holly! So excited to have you join us in the leader circle this session!! Eeekkk!! Praying for your gals, as well! You are JUST what they need. Love you! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  4. Hi Shelly! You were my angel today! I had made a mental note about joining a group, and then completely forgot to do it. This will be my first time joining, so I'm pretty excited to be included.
    How generous of you to be a leader! I know you will be encouraging a lot of people who need to hear your voice. I'll be you're really looking forward to the experience.
    Blessing to you and on your group 🙂
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    • Hooray, Ceil!! These groups are just such sweet blessings. It is an privilege to co-lead and I've been way more blessed than I've blessed anyone else! Enjoy your session! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  5. Hello, friend 🙂 Sorry I missed you this weekend. You're the 3rd blogger I've been to today who is talking about this!! I'm hesitant to add another spinning plate right now - but I am praying about joining up. Maybe if the timing isn't right, right now, there will be another opportunity. It sounds like a great group - of groups! Be blessed!
    June recently posted...Inspired by . . . the plantingMy Profile

    • These groups are SUCH a blessing, June. Praying with you as you make your choice. There are 4 sessions a year. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • How fun, Joan! They really have something for everyone, don't they? That's one of the things I love about these groups. Enjoy your session! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  6. Dear, precious friend! It's been a while since I stopped by. So happy to read your encouraging post today. I am headed over to your link right now to check this out. I always leave here refreshed in spirit. Lots of love and hugs to you and prayers going up for you!!:)

    • Hi, Cheryl! I've missed you! I know you'll find a group that fill fit you perfectly! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  7. I love how you're letting God use you in spite of your illness, friend. What a glory.

    All the best to you and your group!

    Thanks for linking with Unforced Rhythms.

    • Thank you, Kelli! I've been way more blessed by these groups than any blessing I've ever done! And I'm the perfect example of the fact that God's power needs no help from our own. 🙂 Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  8. It's so exciting to see all the blogs about the (in)courage groups starting up this session. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Inspire Me Monday!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Sarah! I'm excited for the sessions to start next week! 🙂 Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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