I was thinking the other day about what it would be like if the Christian Blog community ever held a big festival, knowing of course it cannot happen due to privacy issues. At any rate, the idea and the mind pictures were stunning and have brought me so much comfort and joy I thought I would try to produce a "virtual" CBF (Christian Blog Festival).
Needing a place for such a festival is of prime importance, so, since I am the one dreaming this whole thing up, it shall be here at the B2Y ranch in rural Missouri. We have plenty of room so those with special needs (recliners for instance) can park them in our huge living room. "kiwibird" and "poodlelady" among others can look out the gigantic picture window at everyone else and keep an eye on things.
Since there are 4 bathrooms in our home and plenty of trees, everyone should have no problem with release issues. I assume "abelajohnb", as the illustrious leader of this group, should have first dibs on one of the bedrooms upstairs, unless he would prefer to pitch a tent and camp out with his adoring multitudes outside. I certainly would want to make sure "mumbly" has a bedroom due to her status of being not only an elder, but one of the infamous New Zealand contingents from "down under" along with "kiwibird".
I am thinking that "kraftykatz" is deserving of another bedroom due to her physical situation and again, being an elder. We need to treat our elders with the utmost of respect and we will do just that while they are our guests here.
Those of the younger and wilder generation would be much more comfortable enjoying the wide open 12 acres of pasture. I can see the tent with "youaregolden", "cowgirldiva", "hockeychick4christ" and "childofjesus" having a grand time comparing notes and enjoying each other's fellowship. To keep things kosher, "pounders" had to pitch his tent nearby.
Of course there are little mini camps to house those from each of the various states. Up by the horse barn I see the Texas camp is right at home with the sights and smells of the two horses. "bubbavela", "shlomo" and "tohimbeglory" will no doubt sit around the campfire telling tales only Texans can dream up and understand.
If "abelajohnb" decided to camp out, he could join "everfaithful","bimonics", "scott", "yokhannan" and others trying to replicate the great state of California here on our property. Unfortunately the ocean and the mountains are a long way from Missouri.
I am sure it was the faithful from North Carolina who were whooping and hollering all night led by "tchable", "literalword" and "annajones" among others. They might get so loud the Georgia group might go join them. Oh my, if "happytoberestored" and "savedbyegrace" were to join that group, no one will get any sleep.
Oh look, here comes "disciplevance" flying in. Where is he going to land his airplane? Now here comes "papillionkiller" in his big truck filled with all the food and beverages for our festival! Is that "gfccbrother" and "fairhaven7" bringing us some wild game from Montana? I see "philruby" brought his mountain momma from West Virginia and "grandmabruce1955" brought a whole van load of folks she's been witnessing to in Washington.
"allforhim" is looking to stay somewhere besides where daughter "youaregolden" is hanging out, and I don't blame her. Maybe she can hook up with "throughfaith", "redeemed4ever", "girlforgod" and "angelita" for a really nice women's fellowship. Don't look now, but "bethy", "lexyb" and "4micah68" just arrived from the United Kingdom and right behind them are "doulos" from Malaysia, "magnolia" from Indonesia and "ptl2008" from Singapore. I am so blessed to see the international folks made it here safe and sound.
"kreynolds" is diligently running around making sure everyone is taken care of. Her position of hospitality director has her racing constantly from one end of the property to the other. Thank God she has "kiwibird" and "poodlelady" racing around in their recliners with their binoculars and walkie talkies keeping her up to date with who needs what and where. She is one busy woman, but she can handle it.
In the kitchen, "alight" is fixing up some of his world famous southern recipes. Although I won't let him mess with our chickens, he says he can find plenty of fixens out in the woods. "savedbyegrace" is making enough sweet tea to keep everyone gushing with sweetness. It takes a lot of food and tea to keep this gang happy. It is a good thing that "reborn" and "whobelieve" brought all sorts of goodies from New York, especially bagels and pizza. It is also good that "blackrose65" and "coldapplianceman" brought plenty of oranges and grapefruits from Florida with them.
Rumor has it that "kreynolds" might bring some truffles from Minnesota. She will be mobbed if she does. Rumor also has it that "kiwibird" might bring along "kiwigirl" and make chocolate cake for everyone along with strawberries and cream. These are all just rumors though. "christianblog" might have to catch some fish from our little pond or the neighbors big one to take folks mind off the truffles and cake.
Finally, here comes the oft delayed Ohio delegation. Thank God papa "greybear" was in charge to keep everything under control. Sometimes it pays to have 35 kids like he has. We are thrilled to see "luckyone" and "ilovehimso" make it here with him. Oh good, I just knew that one way or another "iraqivetsgtret" would get here from Delaware, even if he had hang on the wing of a flying squirrel.
Well, if I were to go on trying to list everyone here, it would take all day. Needless to say, the place is covered with joyful believers who love the Lord and are thrilled to be with each other and are busy blessing each other. As "blest" and I sit back and look at all the glowing faces of beautiful believers, all we can do is look at each other and smile at the awesomeness of our God and beauty of His people united in His name. Truly it is a blessing beyond words to see the whole Christian Blog gang here!
Truly this "virtual" festival is a blessing beyond words, just like this site is, day in and day out. Thank you all for coming and blessing our home and property with your beautiful feet and hearts overflowing with the love of God, even if it can only be in our hearts and minds. I pray this crazy piece of my imagination blesses you to read as much as it did for me to write. Now, bring on the music; after all this IS a festival isn't it?
What a cool idea! Let me know when and where, and I'll be there! So glad to be included in your blog and in your thoughts. It's a flight of fancy, but it reminds me of that old hymn: "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory!" And how about the one, "Shouting on the hills of glory"...remember that one? Except in this case, we'd be "shouting on the hills of B2Y." Sounds wonderful, a foretaste of heaven.
If we have the festival here in Missouri , we will all bring small material gifts to share and offer ourselves in chores and services to be a blessing2you too! Later when we all meet there, we will continue the festival around the marriage supper. As we think of one another we will instantly be present with that one and their loved ones and their part of the festival. Such beautiful people in their glorified bodies from every tribe, and tongue, and nation. Oops... time to drop in on Armageddon - everyone mount up.
And Jesus could be heard up ahead saying ... blessing2you - get back over on your own horse.
Reminds me of the song "There's going to be a meeting in the air in the sweet bye and bye".....what a joy that will be!
Dream on B2Y as it lifts your spirit up to higher heights with the Lord and great blogs.
And we'd pile into your living room, pick out a few of our favourite blogs of yours and get you to read them to us... You know what, I think it'd be like what "church" should be and we'd have a grand time!
Oh what fun we would have! You'd never have any peace again, B2Y :wink:
I really do have a few swords lying around my house so Alight is right, he and I would have to be on opposite ends of the property as I would be sure to bring them with me!
The bringing of chocolate truffles from Minnesota is not an idle rumor. I would be tired of hearing your excuses that you can't get any for "Blest" because they're not to be found in Missouri and I am also appalled at "Irish" laughing at "Kiwibird" whenever she suggests that he look for some in New Zealand as well. This sort of nonsense could only be resolved by me bringing along my favorite chocolatier and setting them up in a tent as well where they could make chocolate truffles on demand.
Of course, none of these truffles would have the least effect on anyone's figures, ladies and for those of you who don't know, you can select the percentage of cocoa you wish for them to be such as 45%, 67% or even 99%.
What a time we would have!
I enjoyed this blog soooooo much. Thank you dear B2Y, and I hope you heard me chuckling. Thankyou for remembering we folk from the Antipodies, as well.
Oh what a great imagination you have, and what a gift, to give us all such a wonderful feeling of "Belonging."
Praise God, from Whom all Blessings flow.
I am so relieved that this blog didn't "backfire". I didn't know for sure how folks would receive it, so I am greatly blessed to read your responses and oh how I do long for the day coming soon when we will all have our great Festival in the heavens and sit at the Master's feet to be blessed by Him. By the way alight, bring all your friends from all over the world, the more the merrier--sorry to have forgotten about them, just too many to remember.
Thank You for blessing my day!!!!
OH NO! THANK YOU B2Y! You have given us a little insight into what heaven will be like. I know we will first fall flat on our faces before God in reverence to what He has done for us. Then we will have sunburned mouths from the awe of our Lord. It will sure be a joy to get to chat face to face with someone from CB without using a computer? Thanks for sharing with us a little glipmse of your virtual festival of CBers. Oh, and don't worry, I will not bring any roadkill. :wink:
I am still chuckling at this. I t is so good. Only makes my hert long even more for that glorious day when i can finally annoy alight in person
I will bring my rascal and my lift chair and my favorite teas. And eat more food then I should.
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:coffee: drinking tea
Been to Missouri and loved it. Visited the Mansfield home of Laura and Almonzo Wilder.
Lost the cover to my rascal on Route 66. If anyone finds it bring it along with you.
B2Y -- If you are putting Bethy and Alight on one side and K and Kbird on the other. I gonna need a jet pack on that recliner!! By the way I'm shipping in a few more recliners cause I know there are a few more of us CBers that need them. Please install the wheels and jet packs before we get there. Hoping B2Y has had those ramps put in so the recliners on wheels and get in and out of the house.
Thinking I should bring some Venison barbeque and some sweet corn on the cob and homemade potato salad.
Maybe Katz would bring a few quilts for those of use that can't get to close to the campfire cause someone might make it go BOOM!!
Mums don't forget to bring the flowers for the tables.
I'm thrilled that GB and his Clan will be there but could I bring the rest of my clan --they just might see what Real Church is and get themselves right with God
ing Doulos is right -this is gonna be a church meeting like no other!
Don't know bout You All but when this meeting of the saints is done - Poo is going home without needing a recliner on wheels or oxygen!!!!
B2Y -you have absolutely made my day!!
K -- Bethy and Anna have to have coke too not sure their is Coke Zero though.
Okay you three are in charge of bringing the coke --- but please, please bring some diet Pepsi and A&W root beer and some Sprite or 7up too.
Okay Reborn is bringing the Bagels and lining up a place to get a 50 gal drum of cream cheese and someone was bringing fruit. So if Kbird has Irish do the scrambled eggs and bacon thing we should be good for breakfast and I think dinner is covered. Sooooo what about lunch??????
I am glad there is much discussion going on about the food and beverages. I am sure there will be no shortage of both, for everyone loves to eat and drink, good tea that is.
I hope more and more folks hear about this festival and make plans to attend. I am sure there are many who would love to join in the fellowship if they found about this great event. Unfortunately the date for this gathering is not known but we do know it is SOON.
On a serious note, I truly do apologize for any and all I inadvertently left out of this post. I don't know everyone here and if I didn't mention you please know you are invited and it will be a great joy to get to know you. If I accidentally stepped on anyone's toes with this post, please accept my apologies for no harm was intended; only a parable to bring our eternal hope into closer focus.
Thanks for all the fun, for that is what this post was supposed to be, just a little humor to brighten an otherwise very bad day in the world.
K, Only someone from Atlanta can bring Cokes so I'll bring all the Cokes: Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Fanta Orange, as all those are 'Coke' here in the South. I'll make the sweet tea and we'll be good to go.
And yes, when happytoberestored and I get together, there won't be any sleeping for anyone. Especially if we decide to sing. Neither of us can carry a tune worth a flip. I think she said we'd sound like cats on crack. :wink: It would surely be a joyful noise -- emphasis on the word NOISE.
Alight, do you make good fried chicken?
B2Y, thanks for hosting this event. Oh, my, I have tears in my eyes just imagining getting to hug everyone. I want to hug you all so much I can almost feel it.
B2Y ,,I have just one question ? Can I Shout around the campfire ? You know I'm a pentecostal at heart. Even tho now I go to a Baptist Church... But I think we all can share alittle of us with everyone... Great blog B2Y ... And count me in there. I hope and pray that I will finish this race I have started with my Lord... Love ya Anna
I will be right there shouting with you. You know us pentecostals and I really don't know how to behave any other way! :wink:
Mona Smith (@Gracie),
Of course you have to bring the Cokes...just don't forget, K needs her Coke Zero! This is very, very important since no matter how hard I try, coffee and tea just do not like me one bit!
before you start to give me a lecture on my needing to be delivered from that just stop and consider the fact that my inability to consume tea only means there is more for you and since you are the host, I will be very generous and give you my share of the tea. Just stay away from my Coke Zero!
I forgot to mention--I'm bringing carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, LOTS of chocolate, and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder gospel/bluegrass CD's.
Do you have a microwave? Gotta have my Orville Redenbacher Movie Theatre Butter popcorn.
Oh--and my bunny slippers!
Right! I'll bring all the Cokes, including pooh's root beer and 7up.
I think we should have a big bonfire and I'll bring the stuff to make s'mores. Marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers. B2Y, you got enough sticks for us all?
Ummm...smores! Those are almost as good as truffles! I should warn you though that I am one of those people who like to set their marshmallows on fire. It makes them so nice and gooey plus they get done really, really quick! For some strange reason I don't think that should surprise anyone too much.
What is happening here????? This is a festival not a Girl Scout camp out. I am all for diversity of refreshments, but lest we venture into the vast field of every possible culinary sweet, I think it best to establish that this festival, when it comes to "treats" is strictly BYOT (Bring Your Own Treats--of course with enough to share for everyone else). This is not true of carrot cake, for that I believe is what God fed the children of Israel for 40 years in the wilderness with so thus we need truckloads of it.
We are short of music for this festival. I think we need to have the ACTUAL Ricky Skaggs come and perform. I will see if Steve Green can come and sing "People Need the Lord" and the rest of you need to contact your favorite performer to come play at our Festival. Some of you should be able to get some Gospel singers to come. That would be real good for the neighbors out here to see and hear.
Now I am thinking of smores and that is not a good thing for me right now. I should be thinking about vegetables and fruits and other "healthy" things. I think Coke zero is just fine.
K -- What is a marshmallow if it is not set on fire!! It's just something to flavor hot chocolate - are we gonna need hot chocolate for watching the stars at night!
Gracie --please, please do not forget the Diet Pepsi -Coke and poo do not go together well I love smores -haven't had those in years!
Redeemed4eve -- Carrot cake -woohoo love the stuff and old time country gospel too! Will bring some Micheal W. Smith and Casting Stones to spice it up though. You best bring lots a popcorn Redeemed4eve -thinking you gonna have to share that.
Oh Ya --- we gonna sing and dance and lift our hands to God all around the campfire and the whole place!
B2Y -- we not gonna have neighbors close by are we????????? I'm seeing hundreds dancing and singin and wavin their hands in the light of the campfire --- wondering if neighbors might get scared.
I love the spirit of fellowship here, it makes me think of something my friend told me this last week. He said that rather than fighting, we should think of the different Christian denominations as different parts of the body of Christ.
If the neighbors pond is too small to land my float plane in, can I ride in on my Harley Davidson?
@Poo Yep! confirmed Irish is up to do the eggs and bacon! I'll bring the WD40 to make sure we keep those recliner wheels whizzing. Oh, and the chokky cake of course. I wonder if we could get kangaroo steaks for the barbie as well?
Thought I might bring as it goes so well in a long glass with Coke Zero, Fanta etc. It's the special that I can give my diabetic son in law K so you are allowed it. Called Zilch. Tastes delicious.
Anyone had any thoughts about what we are going to do with kk's lift chair and all the wheelie recliners that we won't need anymore?
Thought I might ask a Maori Gospel Choir to come sing and They love singing and dancing and they love a good :dinner: so it should be sweet! It is awesome listening to Christian music translated into Maori. Maybe we could have all the different countries represented sharing worship music in their own language. WOW!
@kk please, tell me, don't keep me in suspense...Who or what is your "rascal", and was losing the cover painful?
I'll bring the big tent so we have accommodation for heaps in two rooms, and K can have her chocolatier friend set up in the sunroom.
This was such a great blog!!!!!!! Thanks blessings! I can't wait for heaven when we all get to fellowship together. I am so bringing my horses to give horse back rides!