Think of (in)courage as a bit like a beach house. You can put your sandy, dirty feet on the coffee table, laugh late into the night with friends, and also hear God’s voice clearer than perhaps anywhere else. Life just feels more vibrant and real, as if you’ve stumbled upon a glimpse of heaven and it’s nothing like you ever imagined but everything you’d always hoped.
We drove up to the house in Hilton Head. We walked through the doors, explored the rooms, stood on the back porch and stared at the sea. The waves were like row after row of blessings sweeping into the shore. Thirteen (in)courage contributors spend the weekend at a real beach house.
And we thought of you–all the joy you’ve brought to us, wave after beautiful wave, this year.
We ate breakfast at a cozy bakery called Signe’s. We sipped coffee, laughed loud, and said “mmm, that’s good” over and over.
And we thought of you–how the words you leave here in the comments, the e-mails you send to us, are food for our souls. They encourage us, sustain us, remind us that you are why we do what we do.
We rode bikes on the beach thanks to LowSea Bike Rentals. Along the way we discovered starfish scattered in the sand. We rescued those we could and sent them soaring back into the ocean.
And we thought of you–how all of our hearts get washed up on shore sometimes, how community gets us back to where we belong, how we need each other and Him.
We sat on the back patio enjoying dinner from Soozi and Linda. The sun slipped lower and our conversation grew deeper. We finished the evening crowded on one bed, having a Skype conversation with Lisa-Jo and Ann who were on a Compassion trip Guatemala. We said prayers, shed a few tears, knew what it means to feel close even when we’re far apart.
And we thought of you–how we are always drawn back to you, how life is sweeter when we share it, how words stretch across miles and connect us.
We stood on the beach and captured the moment. We felt like sisters. The curtain between here and heaven felt as thin as the wispy white clouds above us.
And we thought of you–how we’re joined in forever kinds of ways, how worth it this God-sized dream has been, how much He loves us all to bring us together.
Wherever we go, we take you with us.
And wherever we are, a part of our hearts stay with you.
That’s the mystery, the beauty, of community.
Hilton Head brought to life what we already knew was real and true.
In that place, we dreamed about the future and all we could share with you.
And it seemed we felt the smile of God.
He was thinking of you too.
Does this make you want to go to Hilton Head too? It’s perfect for a family vacation or girlfriends getaway! We’ll even make it simple by providing you a weekend itinerary…
Arrive at your beach house from Hilton Head Rentals & Golf
Spend a lazy afternoon exploring the beach on bikes from LowSea Bike Rentals
Enjoy a cozy evening at home by arranging a catered meal from Soozi and Linda
Sit on the beach and watch the stars come out
Stay up way too late talking and laughing
Stop by Signe’s Bakery for a yummy breakfast
Hop on a dolphin watching tour with H20 Sports
Wrap up the day with dinner out at the Aqua Grille and Lounge
Walk on the beach and find starfish
Head home with a smile on your face and new memories you’ll keep forever
If you have more time to spend on Hilton Head, get in touch with the fabulous Visitors and Convention Bureau. They can help you plan even more amazing things to do!
DaySpring and Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce hosted the (in)courage bloggers for a long weekend of dream and scheming, along with relaxation and fun. Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce generously provided the accommodations, bikes, a dolphin tour, and food Friday night. DaySpring took care of all the incidentals, Lisa Leonard bracelets and meals for each of the bloggers. We even got Gussy Headbands! Special thanks to Jessica Gardo from the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce for helping coordinate our trip and being simply fabulous the entire weekend.
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