The Sunday Community | A Change Is Coming

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Speaking of platforms

Lisha Epperson is one of the people I’ve met at this table, in this place called JumpingTandem. You should keep your eye on her. She writes thoughtfully and beautifully, from a sincere heart, and I believe she’s right at the beginning of a great adventure, and that God is her jump instructor. The fact that God placed Lisha on this earth is one of his greatest gifts to us. It’s an honor to share this journey on earth with her, at this time in history. She is beautiful.

Early last year, I began to feel as if something new might be on the horizon for The Sunday Community. I couldn’t put my finger on it, and I can’t really explain the feeling, except to say I thought it deserved my attention. Over the months, it became clear to me that I should pass the community on to someone else. It was a slow and gentle revelation, with God kindly and intentionally releasing my hold on the weekly link-up.

I started The Sunday Community three or four years ago, after a beach house retreat with my sisters from (in)courage. Entering that retreat, I’d been toying with the idea of starting a link-up. I was dreaming of a quiet space, where we could gather to share an image and just a few words at the beginning of the week. But I was petrified by the, “What if no one shows up?” questions. I carried those questions with me like a backpack stuffed with all the things I’d never need and, one afternoon, while walking on the beach with a few of those (in)courage women, I spilled all my insecurities out on the sand. And do you know what happened? After I’d shared my thoughts about possibly starting a link-up, and then followed that up with all my reservations about falling flat on my face, Lisa-Jo Baker looked me in my eyes and said, “Deidra! Just do it!”

And that’s how The Sunday Community began. I should probably send Lisa-Jo a thank you note.

Jumping Tandem

Over the years, you have faithfully showed up to link-up your posts at the beginning of the week, and you’ve built a lovely community of  creativity and encouragement, and of wisdom and insight. It would be easy for me to put a stake in the ground and hold onto that community and call it mine. But it’s not mine. This community of encouragers is a gift to us all, from a God who loves us, more than we can fathom. And now, it’s clear he’s calling someone else to host the weekly link-up. After a few months of praying, I am passing the link-up to Lisha.

The community will be in good hands, and it will find new wings under Lisha’s care. This Sunday (Mother’s Day) will be the last week for the link-up to be hosted at JumpingTandem, and, after that, you’ll find the link-up at Lisha’s place. She’ll be following God’s lead on this one, and I’m so excited to see how the community develops as she nurtures and inspires you each week.

So, thank you for showing up. Thank you for supporting one another, and for Tweeting and sharing about the community on Facebook. God’s blessings as we move to Lisha’s place. And, thank God for Lisha, one of many bright spots in this world!

Click through and introduce yourself to Lisha! She’s making the announcement today at her place, too!

Sunday

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If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

—Matthew 6:30-34, MSG

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.

 

Note: The link-up is working. Click through to join the party!

Sunday

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.

—Psalm 84:11, NKJV

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.

 

An InLinkz Link-up


Sunday

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…just as he said…
Matthew 28:6

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.

 


Sunday

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I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”

—Revelation 2:4-6, MSG

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.



Sunday

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This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him.  —I John 4:9, MSG

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.

 


Sunday

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When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions.  —Matthew 5:1,2 (MSG)

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.

 


Sunday

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.

 


Sunday

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 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

—Colossians 3:12-14, MSG

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.

Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.



Sunday

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…if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he’s doing, and he’ll keep on doing it.

—I Peter 4:19, MSG

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Welcome to The Sunday Community. Link up with a photo and just a few, brief words of inspiration. Not many words at all.Then, extend a bit of hospitality to the others here. Take some time to visit with one another and share a bit of grace. Please grab the Sunday button from the link at the top of the page to post at your place, so others know where to find us.