Here are three ways you can get connected.

1. Private Facebook support group

Join the 15:5 Tribe to connect with other Christians who know how it feels to live with ongoing grief and/or illness.

This is a “closed” Facebook group: only members can see your comments. (Learn more about the privacy settings for Facebook groups here.)

You know how some online support groups can get all whiny and negative, and they end up dragging you down? The 15:5 Tribe is not like that! Our members are Christians who struggle with some pretty hefty health and emotional issues, but we all seek to encourage each other and grow spiritually. To ensure it’s an uplifting and safe place to belong, all interactions are moderated by the group’s admin.

Our identity is rooted in Jesus, hence the John 15:5 verse. Who we are in Jesus is more important than who we used to be, or how we wish we could be, or what others might think of us. God accepts us despite our weaknesses, and that’s the good news we’re all building our lives on.

This group is here to fill you up spiritually and emotionally, so that you’ll have the ability to endure whatever hardships you’re facing, and learn to live a fruitful life — of kindness, gentleness and joy — despite your ongoing struggles.

Each week we aim to:

  1. Discuss a Fruitful Today devotional post, seeking to apply it to our lives
  2. Learn a new memory verse from the Bible – I’ll often upload a video in which I chat for a couple of minutes about the verse
  3. Get to know each other and have some fun with a random discussion topic
  4. Share our prayer requests and do our best to encourage each other in our spiritual walk

These are all optional, of course! You’re free to join in whichever discussion threads you feel comfortable with. Some weeks you might contribute a lot, other weeks you might be more reserved, depending on the discussion topics — and that’s OK! You can decide how much and how often you want to share.

2. Facebook friends

Add me as a friend on Facebook to see my light-hearted side. You can expect these types of things in your newsfeed if you “friend” me:

  • Encouraging quotes and Bible verses
  • Witty cartoons (but not political ones)
  • Funny YouTube clips
  • Helpful chronic illness- or grief-related stuff, usually (but not always) from a Christian perspective

Facebook is a great way to get bite-sized bits of encouragement in your day, along with the occasional laugh. It will also connect you to a community of Christians who totally get what it’s like to feel broken and alone.

3. Email subscription

Subscribe to Fruitful Today’s email community of encouragement to:

  • Gain access to the Resource Library
  • Get a message in your inbox each time a new post or resource is published.

 

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