Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Three Word Wednesday: Faith ~ Life ~ Community {Guest Post}


I consider it an honor to be a regular contributor for Circles of Faith. It has been a little over a year since I stumbled upon this beautiful community and the co-founders, Elise Daly Parker and Kimberly Amici, have been such a blessing to me. They have embraced me as a friend and sister-in-Christ from the very beginning.

Today I'm excited to have Kimberly Amici sharing with us for Three Word Wednesday. You will get to hear from Elise next month!

Both of these ladies are AMAZING. I really hope you take some time to get to know them by visiting Circles of Faith and their personal blogs.


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In my kid’s playroom we have bins. Each of them has a label on it that marks the contents of what’s inside. There are buckets for pens and pencils, tubs for balls, and crates for toys. It not only helps my little ones put things back where they belong but it satisfies my need to be organized.

Just like my children’s stuff, my LIFE used to be compartmentalized. My relationships fell into separate categories: work colleagues, playgroup moms, gym buddies, and playground acquaintances. I had work clothes, everyday wear, and my Sunday best. Everything had a particular place.

Even my FAITH had its own bucket.

I live in the Northeast where most people do not wear their religion on their sleeve and somehow I had become one of them. I listened to Christian music with my Christian friends and secular music with my “not so religious” friends. I didn't talk fashion or design with the church gals nor did I speak about the deep matters of the heart with ladies I knew in my COMMUNITY. Even my ‘spiritual’ books were on different shelves from my novels and self-help/how to books.

I hadn't meant to do this, it just happened.  I began to wonder, What would it look like if all of it, FAITH, LIFE, and COMMUNITY came together? I began to think not just about myself but the region I lived in. Was it possible for the body of Christ, in this part of the country, to cross denominational lines and become unified and do life together?

I wanted to live out my FAITH in community.

Little did I know that God was working behind the scenes and stirring a similar desire in the heart of a woman I was yet to meet, Elise Daly Parker. God brought us together and after almost two years of sharing our hearts with one another Circles of Faith was birthed. It’s the place where FAITH, LIFE, and COMMUNITY intersect.

Nothing replaces real-life relationship, but thanks to technology I get to experience God in online community. Circles of Faith is a place to meet new people, share stories, learn new things, and hear about Christian books, music, movies, and ministries. It’s also a place where readers in the NJ area can find out about events through the local calendar. And this month we are excited to host out first in person meet-up for bloggers.

God is more fully revealed when we experience Him in our everyday and in our everything – especially in community.

My FAITH had grown since I have been in COMMUNITY over at Circles of Faith and I am so glad to have it in my LIFE.


Kimberly Amici is an enthusiastic and dedicated founding member of the Circles of Faith team. She is known for her creativity, strong faith, and commitment to living life with purpose and passion. Kimberly is a writer and community builder whose desire is for hearts to be healed, minds to be renewed and women to be connected in fellowship just as God intended.



10 comments :

  1. Beth & Kim -
    I so enjoyed reading this post & learning not only about you, Kim, but of the start of Circles of Faith. I have so been blessed to have connected with both you & Elyse. I was excited to read of the in person meetup for bloggers. I went onto your site but couldn't find any information about it. Living just outside of Boston, this might be a possibility for me so I was wondering where I could find information. Thank you to both of you for this post! Have a great Wed.!

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    1. I am so glad you are enjoying Circles of Faith. That would be so neat if you could join us for the Blogger's MeetUp but it's during the week... I just posted the info on our Facebook page. We are planning to have some other events this year, hopefully on a weekend.

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  2. Oh I love this!! And isn't Elise wonderful too?! :) I don't have a post to link up but I think my 3 words for today would be thankfulness, grace and rest. Every day I am thankful for God's amazing grace in my life and this morning I am praising Him for a glorious night of rest…went to be at 9:30 and slept straight through to 5am. Praise God I needed that! :)

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  3. What a wonderful story! I just love how God weaves together His people. There are no *coincidences* in His Kingdom. Our meetings are God-ordained.

    I know I am so thankful for the wonderful people I have met in Blog Land. The community of believers in this corner of the internet have been such a blessing to me. I've met one in real life, and it was such a treat.

    May we all continue to speak faithfully of God's love and grace, and may we continue to glorify Him in all ways as we work together to spread the Good News of His salvation!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. It is amazing what the internet has allowed us to do. I have met some many wonderful woman on-line and even a few in person and yes, it is such a treat. I am grateful to have my life touched by so many women.

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  4. What a good challenge! I hadn't even noticed how I compartmentalize, but you started me thinking. In some ways, I've compartmentalized my "business writing" and the rest of my life, and even my "being a mom" and "being a Christian." Thank you for sharing!

    Priscilla

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  5. Oh I totally get this. I have divided my life up into messy little compartments -- wife, mom, blogger, minister, etc. and so on. I am striving to experience God in every day life. I lose Him in the mundaneness of it all, but only because I take my eyes off of Him. I am thankful for this blogging community and enjoy Circles of Faith so much! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Kim, I love it that there is a safe place for us to share our faith in community. Awesome! Thanks for sharing about Circles of Faith. :)

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  7. The Lord has brought two people together (in some ways very different, in some ways alike) in one vision through Circles Of Faith. I am so thankful for that, for Kim, for Beth...and for the many other lives we have been blessed to intersect with through Circles.

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