I arrived at CB on July 29, 2007. I didn't know it at the time but I was about to embark on a great adventure, an adventure that is not over yet. It all began with a casual remark made by my son that I should blog. At the time I laughed at him. Who on earth would be interested in reading my blogs? What's more, though I did not frequent blogging sites, I had observed some pretty ugly things happening on the internet. I cringed at some of the hateful, vicious things I had seen. It was not that I was fearful about writing about what I believe but neither did I relish the idea of bullies and trolls jumping on board and attempt to turn things into a brawl. There had to be some other way, a better place. I didn't know what or where that might be so I asked God to lead me there... if He wanted me to go there. Then I typed in the words "Christian blog" and found myself on the doorstep of CB.
I have sometimes said over the years that if John would have known then what he knows now, he would have slammed the door in my face and banned me from the premises, LOL! As it was, I slipped in unnoticed and waited quietly for a few days, reading the blogs of others, thinking and praying. Was this the place God wanted me to be? Finally, after getting an encouraging response to a comment I had made on someone's blog, I gathered up the courage to write and post my very first blog on August 4, 2007. It was entitled A Love Note From God.
Looking at my dashboard today I discovered I have published 2,179 blogs (soon to be 2,180), posted 6,424 comments, posted 1,322 wall posts, posted 5,273 wall comments and written 1,153,701 total blog words. I have posted 77 prayer needs, given 3,616 recommendations and created 3 blog series. Though it is not in my profile I have also created and run two CB groups, participated in numerous prayer meetings and tried to be a faithful supporter of this website in a variety of ways. I've been busy.
During my time here my published blogs have 1,699,930 views, 6,098 comments and 2,312 replies. There have been several incidents where people joined CB just to let me know that God used something I wrote to speak to them where they were at and they wanted me to know that. I appreciate that for that is the very reason I do this. It is to share what God lays on my heart to share and hopefully, somehow it will speak to someone who stumbles upon it, perhaps not now but it in the future.
What my dashboard does not say is how CB has blessed me over the years. There are people at CB who have become my dearest friends. We are separated physically but that distance doesn't seem to matter. Over the years we have laughed together, cried together, prayed together and simply just done life together as we do life with God. This past year I have had to tell one of those friends, "I'll see you later" and that saddens me even though I know I know that I will... someday. In this moment though, I miss my friend and I miss other CB friends who are still in this world but who are no longer at CB for one reason or another. Still I am very, very thankful for the friendships that have continued to endure over the years and I want to let those people know what a blessing they have been to me.
During my time at CB, I have gone through cancer treatment, survived a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke, the loss of my job and career, the loss of my husband's job, the various financial problems that go along with all of that as well as the normal ups and downs we all face on a regular basis. Through it all, there have been CB members who have stood beside me with their prayers and support. Thank you. Thank you for being who you are, a loving, supporting, blogging community that does not exist merely to be blessed but to bless! Here's to more adventures!
K... You are a Wonder Woman! i feel incredibly privileged to have found you on here and even more privileged to get to do life with you. Thank you for loving without judgement, leading without fear, sewing into my life and for being one in a million :) I am blessed to know you. X