A Song of Encouragement

Last week, Angie introduced me to a new project that she is a part of – (in)courage. It’s a new website being launched today by DaySpring, the Christian Division of Hallmark. It turns out The Nestor and Emily, and all sorts of other women are involved. Oh, the friends I will meet! In their words…

When we asked ourselves what kind of place we were building, we finally came to see it 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.

Sounds pretty neat to me. So I’d like to officially introduce them to you. Meet (in)courage.

To help launch the site, they’ve asked for women to share what encourages them. There are all sorts of things that bring me encouragement, but what comes readily to my mind is the last question that Beth asked in our Siesta Summer Study: What is the most frequent song you’re singing right now to your soul to help you persevere and keep hope alive?

This question really resonated with me because I find that when times are really hard, I talk to my soul through songs. Songs that remind me to focus my thoughts on God and remember who He is, what He has done, and what He has promised bring me encouragement and help me to press on. To finish the race, as Paul put it.

The song that I’ve been singing lately is My Inheritance by Travel Cottrell. These words (in)courage me:

What is silver and gold
Or anything I could hold
Compared to You, compared to You
What is fame and success, it’s all just vain emptiness
Compared to You, compared to You

All that You hold in store is all that I want, O Lord

I will shout, I will sing
Jesus, You’re my everything
You’re my treasure, my inheritance
I am rich, I am blessed
In Your love and faithfulness
You’re my treasure and forever

You are my inheritance

My name has been changed
From sinner to saint
Because of You, because of You
Now You call me Your own
I know heaven’s my home
Because of You, because of You
All that You hold in store is all that I want, O Lord

What encourages you? Do you need to be (in)couraged?

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. Holley Gerth says

    Thanks so much for sharing, Shelli! I really appreciate you sharing the song of your heart in this season and introducing (in)courage too!
    Holley – (in)courage