I joined CB four years ago today on July 29, 2007. At the time, I did not realize the role it would play in my life. I really didn't. Like a lot of people, I stumbled upon the site when I was looking for a good place to blog, a place that had an emphasis on Christ.
I poked about the site a bit (it was much smaller back then), liked what I saw and decided to become a member. Actually, within a few days, I decided to become what was then known as a "premier member" (pledge partner) and also made an additional donation to the site for I felt it was something I'd like to support.
I didn't write my first blog for nearly a week. Then, I wrote thirteen blogs during the month of August and four in September. By mid-September, however, I was pretty busy with school and all as I was teaching second grade at the time. I'd pop in now and then but didn't write another blog until mid-November of 2007. Then... my life was turned upside down when on December 3, 2007, I learned that a suspicious mass in my left breast had been detected.
I found myself back here at CB, reading and praying. On December 7, 2007, I wrote the first of what I call my "cancer blogs". It was written on December 7, 2007 and is entitled Being In God's Hand As It Passes Through Cancer?
Four years ago, I could have never foreseen the amazing journey God was about to take me on. No, I had no idea of the deadly horror that was lurking inside me. Actually, I had two "deadly horrors" silently lurking inside me. I had a malignant tumor and... a cerebral aneurysm which later ruptured in December 2009. They tell me I was probably born with it so undoubtedly that was there as well. I did not know about these things when I joined CB but God did and He knew that I would need this place and people here whom I have met... and I did.
As I am writing this blog, I am not just reflecting upon the blogs I've written although I have written... a few.
Actually, ironically this blog marks my 1,100th blog and I've discovered that those blogs have been viewed nearly half a million times. It makes you stop and think doesn't it. The words we write are often viewed not only by the members of CB but they are viewed by others around the world.
CB is indeed first and foremost a blogging site but it is more, oh so much more to me! To me it is a gathering place of friends. It is a place to share what is in your heart. It is a place for tears and a place for laughter and singing. It is a blessed place because it is a place where God's children can come together and we know that where two or three are gathered in His name... He is there in their midst. So CB is a place where God not only is... it is a place where He is welcome!
It is my prayer, my friends, that we never, never give up! No matter how dark and hard the path may be, let us always remember that God turns our darkness into light (Psalm 18:28) and that this light affliction is but for a moment... just one brief moment in time!
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)
Let us always remember...
The very best is yet to be!
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Psalm 18:28 (NIV)