#HoldersNotFolders | Instagram Series

I am excited to share with you a story of community and friendship and invite you to be a part of the magic. Megan and I have been participating in Mary Beth of Annapolis & Company‘s instagram hashtag #theeverydayproject. It has been such a fun time exploring the community and challenging ourselves to find the beauty in the everyday. Being part of something like that is encouraging, inspirational, and uplifting – what a beautiful side of social media!

But that is not the only hashtag in our lives, in fact, we have had one going on for years – like it was the first hashtag I ever used (you can see that picture here!) This hashtag is #holdersnotfolders and we want you to join in on it!

“Holders Not Folders” is something that started in the Colorado mountains at Eagle Lake Camp. It was the idea, the notion, that community reaches out. We reach out our hands when we begin to pray instead of folding them in our laps. We reach out to pat a back and say well done. We reach out to hug and comfort the hurting. We reach out for help, prayer, and forgiveness. We reach out to laugh, to get to know each other, to understand. It is not holding hands all the time but the idea that our hearts are always reaching out instead of staying closed up.

When we started heading down the mountain we wanted to continue that idea of community and friendship. and thus the hashtag was born. Jessiann, Amelie, Laura, Laken, Gretchen, Megan, and I have been filling up the hashtag with our memories, weddings, adventures, moments, and lives. But this idea is something bigger than seven camp friends – it is the idea of Biblical community in the everyday!

@jessianncorinne // @oakandoats // @gretchrebecca
Today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. It felt like the most perfect time to start a #holdersnotfolders weekly challenge for the summer! For the next twelve weeks, Meg & I will be sharing our top favorite #holdersnotfolders instagrams every Saturday. We also will have a new prompt each week to help you look for the community and friendship in your world! This hashtag is about the little things and the big things! We don’t want to miss out on life because we were afraid to reach out! 
This week’s prompt is “MAGICAL” We encourage you to creatively think and try to capture those magical moments in your life! Think inside, outside, and all around the box. We pray you are challenged, encouraged, inspired, and find new friends to follow on Instagram! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #holdersnotfolders so that we can see your moments and pick our top nine (we also will be picking our top 9 separately so make sure to check both our blogs out each week!) 
now go find those magical moments and instagram! 

Author: Oak & Oats

  • Lacey Beth

    This is so great! I'm so excited to start this hashtag. And what a beautiful message! Have a great weekend!
    -Lacey Beth @ lifelacedwithchrist.blogspot.com

  • I love this! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with 🙂

  • I am so excited to see what you tag! Feel free to go crazy, try new things, and share it with your friends!

  • Yeah! I am excited to see what you come up with!!

  • I love the whole meaning behind this tag! It is definitely something I've been trying to do more of in my own life!

  • I seriously cannot wait for your pictures! They are going to be awesome!

  • Yeah! I am so glad you are joining us! hashtag away!!

  • In love with this entire concept! Cannot wait to start using the hashtag!!!

  • awesome! seriously, i feel like ALL of your pictures are magical. it's going to be hard to choose this week! 😉

  • I love this idea and that y'all are working towards fostering community! thanks for the wonderful project 🙂

  • I cannot wait for you to do so Rachel!!

  • Of course! I think it will be a blast!

  • What a fun series. I love these kind of things!

  • yeah! I am so glad you are joining in! Cannot wait to see your posts! XOXO