I think it is fitting that I publish my 2,000th blog on the day that marks my 8th anniversary here at CB. It has been a rather interesting journey and in all honesty, I would not have missed it for the world.
I came to CB on July 29, 2007, after asking God to lead me to a place where I could write. I had done so after my son had asked me the question, "Why don't you blog?" I had never even read a blog and I remember that I laughed at him wondering who on earth would ever want to read anything that I would write. Still, even as I tried to push the thought aside, there was a strange little tug in my heart.
Okay, just supposed I did become a blogger, where on earth would I blog and what would I even write about? Actually, I knew the answer to the second part of that question. As a Christian, I knew that everything in my life always comes back to God in one way or another so I knew I would write about God. The first part of the question was a bit more difficult. While there is nothing wrong with genuine debate, I had heard and even seen how in cyberspace, people can quickly behave like a pack of wolves pouncing on their prey... and on one another. I didn't want that either. I wanted to the things I wrote to bless, encourage, strengthen and perhaps even teach people some of the things God has taught me over the years. Was there such a place where I could do this and perhaps, I could be blessed encouraged, strengthen and learn from others as well? If so, how would I find such a place in cyberspace?
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5 (KJV)
So that is exactly what I did. I felt that God did indeed want me to write, the question was how and where should I do this? I didn't know the answer but God did.
Sometimes when we ask something of God, it requires us to spend a lot of time seeking Him. Other times, God tells us right away exactly what we need to do. This was one of those times when I immediately knew what I was supposed to do. I went to my computer, opened up the browser and typed in the words "Christian blog" and immediately found myself standing outside the door of CB.
I suppose that the normal thing to have done at that point would have been to join and write a blog. That is exactly what I did NOT do. Instead, I cautiously peeked inside but was still uncertain. Was this really the place? I decided to check out the policies and yes, I really did read every single word. I went over it with a fine-toothed comb thinking and praying.
While back in those days at least, many people found the policies long and even daunting, I did not. They made it clear that this was exactly the place I was looking for, especially when I read the motto which was "ChristianBlog.Com is a place where you can be blessed and bless others!" and that it did not exist to be a place of arguments, flame-wars, etc.
It would be nearly six days before I published my first blog but in the interim, I read and pondered blogs and comments. I even made a few comments of my own. I was so blessed by what I read that I made a donation to CB before I became a paid member. Why? Because I believed in what this website was trying to do and I wanted to support it.
It has been a joy to blog at CB and I have certainly have done my share of blogging over the years. However, my greatest joy during my time here has come from meeting so many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ.
Just a few short months after joining CB, I would enter into what has been the darkest, most difficult period of my life thus far. I would battle breast cancer, suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke which ended my career as a teacher, face financial ruin due to my disability and my husband's 13 months of unemployment and stand by helplessly as my only child's world was ripped apart and came crashing down around him.
My cry during these past eight years has often been, "How long, Lord? How long?" when it seemed like I simply could not breathe and I felt completely overwhelmed... and abandoned. When I have, over and over again, the promise God had given me as I entered this time in the "desert" has come back to me. He fills my cup and that cup can never be emptied. Never.
From the dark recesses of my mind, I dust off an early memory of sitting in the nursery class in the basement of a tiny white church in Minneapolis. Looking at my teacher, I roll my hands my tiny hands over each other, cup them and then clap joyfully as I sing,
Running over, running over!
My cup is full and running over!
Since the Lord saved me,
I'm as happy as can be!
My cup is full and running over!
I recall how though I did not know it on July 29, 2007, God was preparing me for the road I was about to travel, a road on which I would learn much more about His love, mercy, grace, power and faithfulness. I would meet amazing people along the way and perhaps bless and encourage a few myself along the way.
Always remember that whatever you face and wherever you go, the Lord God goes before you and is with you, no matter what. He gives you exactly what you need, when you need it. He is neither too early nor too late. Trust God, be faithful and love one another.
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Congrats on #2000! And Happy 8 year CB Anniversary!
And I am so thankful that you listened to the Lord and came here...
To CB ...and here to the B2Y ranch ...and especially last fall.
You indeed have been a blessing, a tremendous blessing!
We have laughed, cried, and prayed together ...exactly what God wants us to do!
Much love, and blessings abounding!
to you, Sister-friend!
Welcome to the 2,000 blog club! This club has very exclusive company and I am thrilled that you have joined me in it.
Certainly this place has brought many of us through some of the most difficult times in our lives, and you are no exception. Thank God you listened eight years ago and hitched your blogging horse up to the CB post. This site would never have been the same without all the incredible contributions you have made to it over the years. From your 2000 blogs to your leadership of the survivor's group to your prayers and your comments on so many blogs; I think it fair to say that you are the CB MVP.
Congratulations on hanging in here eight years and sticking with blogging so that you have reached 2,000. Both of these milestones are amazing and incredible and should be recognized by everyone on this site for what they are; a sign of extreme faithfulness and commitment to blessing God's people.
Thank you for never quitting even during the darkest hours and for all the many hours of hard loving labor you have put into this site over the years. Happy anniversary and happy blogging milestone!
Blessings 2 YOU,
Congratulations on your 2,000th blog, K !
Your blogs have been a wonderful blessing to me in the nearly three years that I have been a member of CB; and countless are the times when you've written something that has been "spot-on" for what I was going through at the time.
You and your writing are a "priceless" blessing to me that I will always cherish.
Love and blessings to you, dear friend!