More Jesus: A She Reads Truth Story & Giveaway

Welcome to She Reads Truth!!

I was 24 and single, living in a city I loved. There were 10 of us and we met weekly to study the Bible together. We spent over a year reading through the book of Acts with the help of a commentary by John Stott, who we affectionately called “Uncle John.” We were friends, we were a set, we belonged to each other. We didn’t just share a once-a-week experience together—we shared the in-betweens, too, the notable and not-so-notable parts being 20- and 30-something.

Even as a girl who grew up in the Southern church, no stranger to quiet times and devotionals and the regular Bible study trappings, reading the Bible never felt as natural to me as when I read it with those nine friends. And then I met the hashtag… that would become a community… that would become my heart’s calling— She Reads Truth.

The desire that drew me to that table of friends 12 years ago is the same one that wakes me in the morning to lead this beautiful community of God-seeking women. It is not the need for more spiritual know-how or more Bible savvy. It is simply the need for more Jesus.

Formulas are fine and workbooks are helpful, but there is no substitute for women dropping their defenses at the door and sitting down as their real, seeking selves to read the Word of God honestly with and to each other.

She Reads Truth is a place where we come together with no other goal than to read the Bible and meet Jesus there. He is the Why behind our every word.

The mission of She Reads Truth is simple and unchanging: Women in the Word of God, every day. We champion God’s Word alone, not our interpretation of it or any flowery words we place around it — not even a particular denomination. You see, we believe the Bible is for us, for you. We believe we are meant to open it, to read it, to engage and wrestle and sit with its Truth. We believe it is trustworthy and relevant, God-breathed and powerful. We believe it is as much for the woman who just met Jesus as it is for the one who has known Him for decades on end.

We believe God’s Word changes lives. And we’d love for you to come read it with us.

At She Reads Truth, we experience 1- to 3-week reading plans together as a community.  There are 3 ways to pull up a chair to the virtual She Reads Truth table—

  1. You can read along on the web site, SheReadsTruth.com.
  2. You can read along on the She Reads Truth Bible + Devotional ios App (Android app coming super soon!).
  3. You can receive devotionals via email by subscribing here.

Whether you choose any or all of the above, y’all come! (Did we mention we’re from the South?)

Something we love to do for our community is to create lovely, functional study packs as an optional, tangible resource for our SRT women to use to enhance their study and their time in God’s Word. These study packs include a custom, boutique-style journal with space to process and pray through what you’re learning, scripture prints and cards to visibly and beautifully weave God’s Word into your everyday lives, all featuring art from artists we love.

In fact, we’d love to give away a couple study packs to you girls today if that’s okay?  
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Giveaway

Enter below by leaving a comment for a chance to win a $50 credit to the She Reads Truth Shop!  Use your credit to purchase study packs for our next two studies — Hospitality (written in collaboration with Allume!) and In Everything Give Thanks—or buy two copies of the same and work through the study with a friend!

Giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on Friday.

Friends, we are so happy to meet you. We truly hope you’ll stop by and read along with tens of thousands of our closest friends as we seek the Lord daily in His Word. He is faithful to meet us there.

P.S. We get to meet some of you next week at Allume!! Come find us. We can’t wait!
xo,
Amanda & Raechel

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Amanda Bible Williams (@biblewilliams) is the Editorial Director of She Reads Truth, a community of women who read the Bible together daily. She works alongside the lovely Raechel Myers (@raechelmyers), She Reads Truth co-founder and CEO, to joyfully walk with women around the world as they go to Jesus— just as they are, every day. Raechel and Amanda both live and work in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

Christin

Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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Meet-Up’s and Roommate Link Up!

Another year of hard work, and in just a few days, the fruit of our labor comes alive in all of the faces gathered together for the 2014 Allume Conference. Frozen names and avatars will erupt into lively squeals and hugs.  Online relationships come alive, and our opportunity to impact the world for the Kingdom of Heaven increases.  Instead of dots haphazardly scattered across a map, we become a line of linked arms with the power to sweep a nation for Jesus.  We are better together…better in community.

SO let’s get ready to gather!

We love our informal meetups!  They give you a little more intimate look into some of the communities that feed into and out of Allume.  We are hoping you make the time to join at least one:

Friday – 5:30 – 6:30pm

  • Food4theHungry – Think Tank: Come and learn more more about the ministry of Food for the Hungry at their fhblogger meet up (www.fhbloggers.org). How they provide more than Food to the world’s most vulnerable. How they provide hope to those in need and how you can be there voice as a person of influence online and in your community. Join many other bloggers such as Kristen Howerton, Alli Worthington, Logan Wolfram, and many more amazing women that have visited Food for the Hungry communities all over the world and learn more of how you too can be a part of helping be a voice of the voiceless. We hope to see you there!
  • Seed Company Blogger Meetup – Prayer Room:  Come learn more about the work of the Seed Company and hear from their team of Bloggers.

Saturday – 5:00 – 6:00pm

  • Compassion – Think Tank:  Come hear more about Compassion Bloggers from Shaun Groves and Bri McKoy. This is also a time to meet some of the trip bloggers and get to know other people in the Compassion Bloggers Network!
    God Sized Dream: Crepe Myrtle: God-Sized Dreams, an on-line community of encouragement and inspiration for dreamers, is excited to host its first Allume meet up to welcome contributing writers, guest posters, and members of the God-Sized Dreams community.  Please stop by to visit with fellow dreamers and share how we can pray with you as your dream changes and grows.
  • hope*ologie: H: Whether you’re a member or just a Hope*ologist at heart, come join sisters Emily P. Freeman, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) and their parents, Gary and Brenda, for some laughs, a high-five and some hope-filled conversation. There may or may not be a ukelele.
  • Over 50**Teal : Many women think approaching the big 5-0 means their best days are behind them. At The Consilium, we prove that our best days are ahead! We laugh, cry and pray together, and encourage one another through the challenges that come with being the “sandwich generation”. We invite you to celebrate this season of life as we walk in community, knowing God will use us to increase His Kingdom.

And as a community, we want you to have the opportunity to get to know one another.  Life happens in relationships, and we want to help you build them even before you arrive.  In the past we have done a link-up for attendees to get to know their roommates, so if you want to post a “10 Things My Allume Roomie Should Know About Me” then we welcome it.  If you’re like us and up to your eyeballs getting ready for the conference, then link up your “About Me” page from your blog.  The point is, we want to get to know you…and other attendees do too.

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Christin

Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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Words Matter

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A welcome to (in)courage!

Words matter. Words matter so much that God used them to create the universe. He spoke it into being. He called it good. And in His pursuit of a relationship with us, He gave us His Words to learn and live by, an invitation to pursue the high calling of sharing His story with the world.

John 1:1 (HCSB): In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

As bloggers and writers, our words matter. We can choose to speak encouragement into the lives of our readers, to share our story and give someone hope. Our words can cheer one another on as we pursue our callings. In our day-to-day lives our words teach, train, discipline, forgive, give grace, love, and say “me, too.”

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT):  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

We can choose to use our words to invite others into our lives, into our communities. Our hands hold open the door unlocked by kind words and hearts can be healed simply be hearing “we saved you a seat.”

At (in)courage we’ve seen the power of believing our words matter. We’ve watched as women find hope, joy, encouragement and friendship on the pages of our blog – and we’ve seen them bravely step into real life community as they’ve read and listened to the stories of other women who share the hard stories first. Women around the world choose words that “make souls stronger” as they pray for each other on the pages of a blog that defies time zones.

Proverbs 16:24 (ESV): Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Our heart is always to be a home for the hearts of women, a safe place to come in, kick up your feet and connect with like-hearted sisters in Christ. Our hope is that the words we write would encourage, equip, and inspire you in your walk. And we have partnered with DaySpring to create products that give you the tools to connect beyond the blog – and we’re excited to share our line of Words Matter Art Prints with you {and offer a little giveaway!}.

The Words Matter Art Prints line offers beautifully designed prints featuring encouraging and inspiring Scripture and quotes from our (in)courage writers. More than a greeting card, these prints are meant to be displayed and enjoyed – but are easily sized to mail to a friend or give as a gift!

Some days, we just need a gentle reminder of God’s truth in our lives. Use the art prints to display that truth in a beautiful, tangible way! Frame them and set on your desk or mantle, hang on your wall, make a collage out of several of them, hang on your magnet wall, display them wherever you want to see the beautiful reminders. In case you were wondering how our own writers use them, here’s what Sarah Mae had to say:

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Giveaway

Because we believe that words matter, and because we love you, we’d like to give 3 of you an art print of your choice! Head over to DaySpring, check out the beautiful designs, and comment on this post and tell us which one is your favorite!

Don’t forget to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win. Giveaway ends Friday at 11:59EST.

Christin

Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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