WHAT IS THE “BEHIND THE SCENES” LINK UP?
Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. Read more here!
One set of friends who have known each other for over a dozen years. Another who met in real life last year at Allume. Brought together by (in)courage. This is a behind the scenes look at my favorite kind of story – the social media connection kind.
When I started working with (in)couragers early last year it was as a co-leader in a group for new and expecting moms. I had recently had Madison and was craving a community of like-minded new mamas to encourage, and who could tell me I would survive the sleepless nights. The group was more than I could have hoped or prayed for – the women were incredible. The mamas so sweet in their wisdom, so kind in their advice, so ready to cheer on the ones expecting with no idea what to expect. In the group were Heidi and Jessica. Heidi, who has known me for years – back when we had friends in a punk ska band, when we counseled 8th grade camp and worked retail at the local mall. Ours is a friendship of years, over a decade of celebrating together, crying together, and living life together.
Jessica, who I’d never met but immediately connected with. Her background on the missions field and her sweet as southern tea personality shined in the group. Last fall I got to meet Jessica in real life at Allume. She amazed me. She made me ugly cry in front of a room full of women. She poured her heart and her mission out over dinner, in spite of a lost voice. Her heart for encouraging women was unmistakable, and her love for her family as evident as her love for God. She has been – and continues to be – willing to say “yes” when God calls, and I admire it so much.
So when I stepped down as co-leader to take a different leadership position, these two women were my “go-to” replacements. They didn’t know each other, but they both felt God lead them to say “yes” and they have done more with the group than I ever would have imagined. When Jessica mentioned that she and her family would be traveling to my state on their missionary support tour I knew she had to stay with sweet friends of ours. A lovely guest house, build for just this purpose, to give a sense of peace and calm to visitors. It was a blessing to set it up for them.
Icing on the cake? Getting Jessica and Heidi together in real life – to hug and chat and watch our kiddos play. To see the next generation of (in)couragers running around, screaming, hoarding snacks and wrecking havoc in our playroom (which, by the way, is still not picked up. I’ve never seen the likes of it and it makes me smile when I walk by.)
These beautiful friends, these fantastic kids…they’re why I love social media.
I love knowing that God was at work behind the scenes to orchestrate something like this – He knew, over a year ago, that we would be together for this photo. And I’m so glad He did.
Alright friends! It’s your turn to link up. Now, remember the number one rule of a fun linky- make sure you visit the person who linked up before you & leave them a little love on their post! (even if you just say “hey! great photo – stopping over from Crystal Stine’s blog!…it’s ok..you can copy/paste that. I won’t tell.)