Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Three Word Wednesday: A New Home {Giveaway}



Can you believe it has been almost two years since Three Word Wednesday came to be? Do you remember how it started?

I set out to create a theme for connecting each day of the week on my blog Facebook page. When I could not come up with a theme for Wednesday’s a navy mom friend suggested Three Word Wednesday. I decided to take her suggestion. Every Wednesday I would share a status update with three words on my heart. Then you would join in by sharing three words on your heart. That was all. Easy-peasy.

Sometime after, a few writing friends suggested I start a Three Word Wednesday link-up on my blog. The first link-up went live in August 2013. Oh, what joy the community has brought to my life.

God used the link-up as one way to encourage my heart during my husband’s deployment. Gratitude fills my heart when I think of those of you who have been a part of the community – a part of THIS community.

It's time for Three Word Wednesday to have a new home though, and a fabulous new button.


Don't fret. Three Word Wednesday has a lovely new home. Kristin, a dear friend and one of the writing friends who suggested I start the link-up, is excited to welcome you. Kristin introduced herself here last week and she will kick things off at her newly designed home next week.

Why the change? Day 9 of my #write31days series actually touched on this some. I'm also going to share a few words from others as they too explain my why.

“Forced art isn't art at all.” ~ You Don’t Need My Obligation, The Nester

 “I want to make certain I’m not producing heaps of disposable content. I want to leave space for the real stuff, the type of writing which takes longer to cook. I don’t want to push myself before it’s ready, and I certainly don’t want a crispy outside and a soggy middle.” ~ Don’t Microwave Egg Rolls: Good Things Take Time, Amy Sullivan

In a world of social media and faux connections, we must be intentional about building authentic relationships. This means making time – quality time – for our family and friends.” ~ The Four Disciplines of the Heart, Michael Hyatt

“We won't be remembered for how fast we ran, but for how deep we went.” ~ Bob Goff

“Live vibrant, rich and connected lives.” ~ Shauna Niequist

I do not want my writing to ever feel forced and I want need deeper connections.

Newsflash . . . I have a fear of connecting with others. It stems from two words I am parting ways with: unworthy and not-enough. But many times the thing we fear most is where God calls us to. (Thank you, Storyline Conference for the words of wisdom.)

So I am letting go of any preconceived notion that I need to be perfect first for you to like me. Instead, I am taking steps outside of my comfort zone to make time for deeper connections. This includes friends from this crazy, yet beautiful, social media world. My heart’s desire is to connect with you beyond our blogs. I want to chat on the phone with you. I want to see your lovely faces (we can give Google Hangout or Skype a try). I really want you to come to Chicago but I might have more luck tempting you after the winter months.

At the same time, I am making more time for in real life connections. Hubs and I have plans. We have plans to show up more, to speak words of encouragement more and to create beautiful things together. In the words of Glennon Melton, “we are invited to show up, speak out and create because we are children of God.”

If you followed along for my #write31days series you will understand when I say this decision all relates to God becoming greater in my life and in the life of my marriage. And God has been pretty clear lately on where my priorities need to be.

I’m not going away. God still calls me to create and connect here too. It will just need to wait for when He is ready for me to create and share something.

You will find me hanging out every day here, here and here. If you do not use social media, email me at simplybeth3(at)gmail(dot)com. I considered the Bob Goff approach of giving you my cell phone number at the end of this post but . . . yeah not quite ready for that.

I know you are going to love Kristin. Please, don’t miss out on the chance to get to know her. Join her next Wednesday as she hosts her first link-up. First, I am hoping you will gather one last time with me here.

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  1. I love you, your obedient heart, the way you let go and know that He will guide you where you need to be. I am excited for TWW, for you, for Kirstin and the community that gathers there. I love you my friend, dearly. I wish I could visit you in Chicago. I hope to begin linking up again sometime soon. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you for your always sweet encouragement, Barbie. I wish you could visit me here too. Maybe Allume will work for both of us next year. Love you. (((hugs)))

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  2. Beautiful and exciting plans dear Beth; can't wait to hear about the wonderful blessings you and your hubby share! Will go and visit (and introduce myself!) soon on Kirstin's site! Blessings and hugs sweet friend!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. :) You will love Kristin! Blessings to you.

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  3. This is so perfect Beth, because it's you following God and His call for you! I love your heart and this home but I look forward to getting to know Kristen and her home. Blessed to call you friend and I would love to visit you in Chicago after the winter! :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to getting to know you too!

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    2. Thank you, Mary. Your encouragement these past few months has been a blessing to me. I am so grateful we connected in this blogosphere. Love you. And yes, come to Chicago after winter has left us. Much love. xoxo

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  4. Perfect! I appreciate your heart and your thoughts here. Peace~

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  5. Don't you love how God keeps on growing and stretching us? What a beautiful way to pass the torch, to give yourself permission to move to a different place, Beth.

    Deeper, yes. Deeper.

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    1. "Pass the torch." I really like that phrase with this, especially because LIGHT has been my word this year and God continue using it in new ways.

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    2. I hope you know how grateful I am for YOU and for your always encouraging words, Linda. You bless me so. I look forward to connecting over the phone soon. Much love.

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    3. Love how God does that, Kristin. :)

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  6. Beth, I am excited to see all that God has for you as you walk in obedience to Him. It's going to be good, friend! And I look forward to the move of TWW & getting to know Kristin. God's richest blessings on both of you women as you follow Him!

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to getting know you more than a name I see in this great big blogging world.

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    2. God's richest blessings to you as well, Joanne. Thank you for your encouragement. Blessings. xoxo

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  7. Beth, glad we connected when we did and by the way, I've always wanted to visit Chicago!!!

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    1. I am glad we connected too, Susan. Come to Chicago!!

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  8. Dear Beth,

    As I read I realized.... I can come to Chicago! :) hee-hee! No, really, the deeper connecting, the meeting of hearts, the real-life living, I can relate. The quotes you shared were a perfect fit with where you were leading us through your conclusion to Three Word Wednesday here with you and a great introduction to Kristin's gracious home. (Yeah, Kristin!) Though I haven't had the chance to hang out here as long as many of the hearts who got to read your words, your words still touched my heart and I loved to pass time with you.
    Praying you will be able to walk through the doors that only God opens and that you will find many blessings in the obedience you are choosing to submit to.
    Much love!
    Dawn

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    1. Dawn, we will need to figure out a time to meet SOON. Maybe we could meet 1/2 way. It would be so wonderful to hug you in real life. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. Love you much. xoxo

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  9. I completely agree with you, Beth, about "forced art." I love the quotes you shared. That was one of my favorite posts from The Nester. So real... I also have a "fear of connecting with others" stemming from self-esteem issues. The blogging community has brought me so far in this area and I'm forever grateful for friends like you who have welcomed me. It's always a pleasure to "see" you :)!

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    1. There have been so many wonderful posts the past few weeks on "forced art" and "deeper connections." When the words would really stir my heart I knew the decision I was making was the right one. And I agree, this blogging community has stretched me in so many ways. It has made me realize how much we do need one another. You are ALWAYS welcome here, Candace, and it's ALWAYS a joy to see you here. Much love.

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  10. Exciting news! Great things come from obedience!

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  11. Beth,
    I totally stand behind you and support you...I believe you are doing all the right things for the right reasons. I really don't know how some bloggers are as prolific as they are? It takes me a full week to come up with one post and even at that, I sometimes struggle. Emily Freeman in a recent post asked if we were offering "dry crumbs". If we try to give more than we are fed, then that is exactly what we end up giving. I know that Three Word Wednesday will have a wonderful home with Kristin. Know that you are loved just for being Beth!!!
    With love, support and big ((Hugs)) my friend,
    Bev

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    1. Amen about Beth being loved. She has loved and will continue to love so well. That's my favorite thing about her. :)

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    2. If I remember correctly, the three of us met through Kristen Strong. That Kristen fostered some beautiful friendships! Isn't that awesome!!! I just love you both SO much. Bev, I need to go read that post by Emily Freeman. Thank you for mentioning. (((hugs)))

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  12. Glad to see you back and making great decisions about your relationship and the blog. I look forward to linking up with Kristin next week!
    P.S. I finally got your button linked up to my post. :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to having you at my place! So grateful for Beth's encouragement.

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    2. Janice, your P.S. made me smile. :)

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  13. Your words to me the other day come to rest right here today! I understand as we need to allow the Holy Spirit to be the words we share, not those we "try" to bring up. Praying that God will continue to bless you as you step out in obedience to Him in all you are and do, Beth.
    Caring through Christ, and loving you, too, ~ linda

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    1. Linda, you continue to be inspirational to me. You have such a beautiful spirit and I am so grateful God connected us. I still have such fond memories of our email exchanges quite some time ago. You bring JOY every time you come here. Much love. xoxo

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  14. Aw, sweet Beth-- I am both encouraged and convicted by your words. I saw Amy's blog last week too and was like... And I microwaving my words? Something I am currently praying about, especially as we head into 2015.

    So glad that we "met" here and can't wait to get to know Kristin too.

    Love you much friend... and so glad I have your cell phone number already ;-)

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    1. Oh how I love you, Sharita. I am so glad I have YOUR cell phone number. I know we will have the opportunity to meet one day in person. What joy it will be to hug you!!! And I will hold you in prayer too. God has this way of giving us clarity just when He knows we need it.

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  15. Next time I'm in Chicago.... : )

    I love that you've passed the torch. I did that with a couple things on my Compassion blog and it felt so freeing...

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    1. YES! I was sorry it didn't work out the last time you were here, Jill. Hoping you make it this way again soon. And I agree, the passing of the torch can be very freeing. Much love. xoxo

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  16. I love you. More than you can know. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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  17. Hi Beth! God is working in you isn't he? What fun to watch his great love for you, your husband and your talents. I know wherever you land, you will be blessed and will bless others. What great faith you have my friend. You never fail to encourage and lead.

    You go girl!!
    Ceil

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    1. Hello friend. You know I just love the friendship we now have beyond our blogs. I'm looking forward to connecting again soon and talking about our One Word for 2015, and more. :) Thank you for all your encouragement. Much love. xoxo

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  18. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog earlier so I could find your wonderful cyber home! Yes, I get wanting deeper connections, and I get the unworthy feeling too. I'm reading You're Already Amazing by Holley Gerth right now. So many great books to help us!

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    1. It's wonderful to connect with you, Jill. Holley bring such sweet encouragement doesn't she? Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to getting to know you. Blessings.

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  19. Enjoyed getting lost in your blog. You and Kristin will be a great fit.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ava. Blessings.

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    2. Thanks, Ava! I'm glad you came over here. :)

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  20. Seeing someone walk in obedience always makes me so proud and encourages my heart so much. Sad that the link up won't be hosted here anymore, but I love Kristin and her heart, I know she will do you proud!

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    1. Much fun will be had over at Kristin's with the link-up!! I am glad she will be taking it over. Thank you for your encouragement, Alecia. Much love.

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    2. You're sweet, Alecia! Thanks for your encouragement.

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  21. Hi, Beth!

    I have enjoyed getting to know you. Planning to put your e-mail in my book.
    So many times I feel unworthy...I so get it!

    Christ Alone Cornerstone! xoxo

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    1. Hello Michelle. Yes, lets connect by email. Blessings.

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  22. I am SO coming to Chicago to see you! At some point. My MIL travels there for work all the time and has always wanted me to go. I've never been, so I think it's perfect. I will travel with her and meet up with you. Excited to see what God has in store for you and Kristin. Love y'all both!

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    1. I can't wait, Jennifer! I will be praying the next time your MIL travels here you jump right on in with a big YES to joining her. I must hug you in real life. Love you. xoxo

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    2. Can we have a group hug somewhere sometime?! :)

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    3. We need to do that vacation by the lake! Flourish Bloggers meet up!!

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  23. Yes. You are giving away a copy of Shauna's book :) {insert not surprised look}.

    I am missing you, friend. Let's meet at Lucky monk again....

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    1. Missing you too, Julie. I think we should do Storyline all over again this weekend. :)

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  24. So glad to be back and linking-up with you on this special last link-up at your place. Love to you friend. Proud of you for listening and responding to how the Lord is leading you. I am definitely hoping we can meet in person this coming year!:) Thank you for your sweet emails and for reaching out and checking on me, that meant so much. Sounds like you had a wonderful conference.:)

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    1. I would love to meet you in person, Katie. I hope you and your family had a wonderful vacation together. I pray God gave you all much refreshment. Love you. xoxo

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  25. Beth, such beauty in your words and an example of following God's leading to go deeper with your husband by your side. Such beautiful quotes you mentioned and so true " “In a world of social media and faux connections, we must be intentional about building authentic relationships. This means making time – quality time – for our family and friends.” ~ The Four Disciplines of the Heart, Michael Hyatt....I love that and spoke to my heart. So thankful for you!!!

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    1. I am so thankful for YOU, Lori. It has brought so much joy to me to be able to connect and get to know you better this past month. I'm praying for the opportunity for us to connect in real life!! Much love. xoxo

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  26. All of the best to you as you transition out of this role. I just had the privilege of taking the baton in someone else's link-up, and we're both grateful for how smoothly the switch went .. I hope the same happens here! Thank you for hosting this giveaway! Would love a copy of Bread & Wine .. Blessings to you.

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    1. I was actually thinking about you the other day, Kate, and wondered how your link up transition was going! I'm glad to hear it's going well. :)

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  27. Wow, look at this response. That is affirming :) God is moving your heart. So feeling this pull right now too.

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    1. It is indeed, Lisa. I am so blessed by this community. Much love to you. xoxo

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  28. Hi Beth!

    I have to admit that reading this post, I'm a little sad. I've loved getting to know you through Three Word Wednesday. But, on the other hand, I absolutely understand moving away from this particular venue as you follow God's leading. He has exciting things planned for you and your husband -- I'm sure of it! What a perfect thing to pass the torch to the person who first suggested that you start 3WW...it makes perfect sense. I applaud you for your obedience and for listening to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit. I've loved coming here on Wednesdays, but I'm sure I'll love going to Kristin's blog, too...(I've never been to it before! New things can be exciting, right?) Thank you for creating this fun community! In my heart, it will always be Beth's Link Up... I can't wait to see what you're going to do next!

    Love, Hugs & Friendship, Joan

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    1. Oh yes, new things can be exciting and I know you will all LOVE Kristin. Thank you so much for your kind words, Joan. Your friendship means so much to me. Much love. xoxo

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    2. I'm looking forward to having you over to my online home, Joan! Beth always has great friends ... :)

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  29. I just found your blog. Thank you so much for the giveaway. Your posts are beautifully inspiring.

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    1. I am grateful you found your way here, Ashley. Blessings.

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  30. I admire what you're doing, Beth! After just finishing 31 straight days of blogging in October, I'm reminded again why I DON'T want to blog every day--it leaves me with little time to visit other blogs or answer comments on my own blog. I felt short-changed on community. So sometimes less is definitely more. Thanks for sharing your vision.

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    1. I am right with you, Lisa. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing. Blessings.

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  31. It's so challenging for me to use 3 words - my oldest son says, you can't just stop in for a quick word - it's a sit long and talk much kind of thing. Wishing you joy and adventure - and much love- in the new path of your journey - when you get tired of the snow, you ought to head to Tennessee! We can sit long and talk much!

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    1. Where in Tennessee are you? I live in far western Kentucky, not far from the state line. :)

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  32. 3 words can change a life. That's what I just found out now after reading the entries. Amazing! Thanks for initiating this!

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  33. Beth, I am still missing you in Blog Land. I'm not a FB girl, so sometimes I feel out of the loop. But, I know that God is doing a deeper work in you, in your life and in your marriage. That is top priority, for sure. I will eagerly look forward to your sharing whatever He lays upon your heart to say. Please update me before the end of the year some of your thoughts about this year of JOY. I know that I have learned so much...and would love to hear your summary of His teaching in your life!

    GOD BLESS!

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