Explore Us: Episode 11 feat. Rebekah Joan @ Found & Cherished - Community


GUYS. I can’t believe our Explore U.S./Explore Us series is almost over!! LIKE HOW EVER IS THAT POSSIBLE?? I’m properly FLAILING today because Rebekah Joan from Found & Cherished is here today! EVERYONE GIVE HER WAFFLES AND A HUGE WELCOME. She is a super talented writer and just an all-around FABULOUS person in general.  Thank you again, Rebekah Joan, for being a part of this!


01. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY EXPLORING?

Currently, I’m delving into the idea of close community and everything that comes along with it. Friendship, accountability, encouragement, trust — and so many other things waiting to be discovered.


02. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT?

When I’m deep in a community — which I’m trying to build with those close to me — there’s a reassuring knowledge that I’m loved. There’s no doubt that I can go to my friends with anything and they’ll be there for me. I’m learning that when in community with others, you have a trust rooted in a common belief in God.


03. WHO OR WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START EXPLORING THIS?

I’m a lucky duck, that’s what. I’ve grown up in the homeschool community in my area. While my family was disconnected for a few years when I was younger, we rejoined when I was in high school. Quite a few of my friends have stuck around after graduation. But I’ve begun to notice that not all of our relationships are as based on God as they should be. I think it’s time to start shaping my relationships with my friends so that they’re rooted more on a love for God.


04. DO YOU EVER FALL SHORT OF THIS? HOW DO YOU GET BACK ON TRACK?

I fall short of this all the time. My friends very rarely talk about God in a group, so bringing up our faith is a scary thing. I haven’t had the bravery to do it often. But all I need to remember is that God has given me this group—they’re some of the people I see the most. So how can I not encourage them in their faith?


05. WHAT IS THE 'EXPECTATION VS REALITY' OF THIS?

As I said above, quite often, I opt not to talk about my faith my friends. My expectation is to deepen our friendship through meaningful conversation, but realistically, that doesn’t happen too much. But with God’s help, I know I can move forward.


06. NAME THREE PEOPLE/THINGS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO KEEP EXPLORING COMMUNITY:

First off, I’d have to say watching a few of my friends head off to nearby Christian colleges and making other friends has been an eye-opening process. In college, it’s so easy to delve right into so many different communities because you live right in the middle of them. Even though I’m not attending college, I think that’s a wonderful thing.

Second, if you look through the Bible, you’ll find lots of different examples of close community. One of those is Jesus with his disciples. Reading about how a group of close friends can affect your life is inspiring.

Third—well, let’s just say I haven’t gotten that far, yet.


07. WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN EXPLORING THE SAME THING?

Don’t give up. It can be hard to find a group of friends you want to get close to — and who hold the same desire. But God will place the right people in your life at the right time. So be ready to love them when they come — and get prepared to be loved.




don’t leave this blog until you show rebekah joan some love in the comments, people!!

xoxo,
abbiee

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  1. This is so cool, Rebekah Joan! Community is super important, and it can be hard, but definitely worth it:)

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  2. I love this! I am an extroverted people-person, and I love the feeling of community and friendship! Great post, Rebekah Joan! ♥

    ~Megan <333
    (megans-journals.blogspot.com)

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    1. That's so cool, Megan!! I'm just the opposite, but friendship means so much to me as well. <3 EEEEP

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  3. I love this concept, Rebekah Joan! Community is something I think is really important, because it's good to surround yourself with people who you can connect with and vibe with. But like you said, it's most important to make sure that the relationships are all God-honoring.

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    1. YOU SAID IT, AUTUMN. <3 so true

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    2. Agreed, agreed, agreed!

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  4. Community is so great. I use to live in a co-housing community and it was a wonderfully different way of living. Everyone had meals and summer potlucks together and helped each other out. I wish I was still living there but I learned a lot which makes me happy.

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    1. Vanessa, that's awesome! And what I'm striving for. :)

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  5. Wow, this is totally something that I've been thinking about a lot recently, Rebekah. Thank you for this fabulous post. It's really encouraging to see that there are other people who care a lot about close knit relationships. I too want to be able to talk more openly about my Faith, and you inspire me to be more brave and speak up!

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  6. Community is an amazing thing to be exploring. I really appreciated this post, because I struggle with beginning meaningful conversations too. So thanks for sharing, Rebekah, and keep it up! :)

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  7. YESSS, this is so amazing. I'm an extrovert, so I've been trying to build up my little writing community here online and build solid relationships. It's different than in person, but it's nice to be able to talk to them whenever you need it. <3

    // katie grace
    a writer's faith

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    1. That's awesome, Katie! I hope it goes well!

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  8. WOW I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS AND WOW WOW WOW. You are amazing at highlighting things and putting a post together and making it look perfect. I'm so glad you did this series. You've highlighted some cool thing.

    And Abbiee? You are awesome.

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kind words are like raindrops on the desert. they make me bloom with happiness, as absolutely cliche and cheesy as that sounds. even if it's just a simple alt+3 i will heart you for it. so, go ahead! MAKE MY DAY. literally.