Two years ago today, God brought me to this place and I have to say, it has been an amazing experience. The day my son suggested that I blog, I laughed at him. Blog? Me? Ha! I thought that was funny at the time. The blog I am writing today will be number 430. That's uh... let me see... one blog every 1.6976744186 days. Okay, well perhaps it is not nearly as impressive as say someone like B2Y aka Blessings2You but maybe I don't talk quite as much.
There have been a lot of tears. Four months after joining, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. God told me I had to open up and be vulnerable, plastering stuff all over the internet. Anyone who thinks that is easy, has not done it. On more than one occasion, I would encounter insensitive comments directed at me which cut deeply and would cause me to cry and want to run. That's what can happen when you "get vulnerable". Fortunately, that didn't happen too often and when it did, God would hold me for a bit, tell me He knew it hurt but He was still asking me to do it. He would gently wipe away my tears and take me by the hand and I'd move on.
In December 2008, we had the opportunity to start groups at CB. I have three groups here at CB. One is for people who are associated in some way with Minnesota, my native state. The other two groups are ministry groups. The first ministry group is called Chronic Disease Survivors! This is a private group for people who battle with chronic disease and their caregivers. Watching these people is an education in itself. In spite of their afflictions, I run into them everywhere at CB. I see them writing blogs which inspire me. They write comments, lead groups, post prayers for people and I even run into them in chat. Yes, they battle with disease but they do not let that stop them for they know that God is bigger! Many tears have been shed in this group, many prayers have been prayed but there has also been a lot of laughter! Thank you for the laughter, my friends.
I also run a womens group here at CB called Princesses of God. It is only about a month old and we now have 39 members. It has been great getting to know all of these women better. They have been inspiring me. Yes, along with the tears, there is laughter. Right now we're trying to figure out how to have a slumber party! What can I say... it is a K group and this is what K groups do. We laugh and cry together doing life together as we do life with God.
God has blessed me with some amazing friends here. They are too numerous to list and besides, I might miss someone and then I'd feel terrible. However, I do want to mention two people who are an inspiration to me; my brother-friend B2Y and sister-friend Kbird. Both of them face huge issues of their own and yet in spite of that they grab me by the hand and pull me along with them when I feel like I can't take another step. They encourage me and give me the confidence to take risks. You see, because I know if I fall flat on my face, they'll come by and pick me up, dust me off and say "C'mon... you'll be fine. Let's go." They've laughed with me, cried with me and prayed with me. They've seen all of my faults come out. Oh boy... that's not very pretty. Yet they still say, "Let's do life together as we do life with God." I am more grateful for that then they'll ever know.
The past two years at CB have been an amazing adventure for me. It is one I would not have missed for the world! I am looking forward with anticipation to the upcoming year and remembering that... THE VERY BEST IS YET TO BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks you CB!
I can only agree with the previous comment.. and maybe add an AMEN
I did chuckle when you wrote about some not-so-pleasant side effects of being vulnerable with a group of people -- my mentor (she's Southern, LOL) refers to being transparent and vulnerable as "getting nekkid" and I agree, it's not fun. But it is something that God asks His people to do, because that way we can minister to others who are going through similar trials.
Thank you for all you do.Gracie
OK, you're one of the quiet ones. Yep, sure nuff!
CB is amazing, I seem to live here as much as I can. I gain so much.
I can only echo what gracie said:[quote] think that whatever blessing we have been to you, you have been hundredfold back to us. [/quote]
You are beautiful K. What a great example of a Princess of God!
Happy Anniversary K!!
Thanks for being here and opening your heart to us. You were here with open arms when I joined CB for the sole purpose of getting messages to you and a few others when b2y was in the hospital. Little did I know that 5 months later I would still be here, thanks in large part to your welcoming arms. You are amassing rewards in heaven.
Thanks for listening to the Lord; and thanks for being you. With love and thanksgiving, .... so blest we met!
What could I possibly have done to warrant such wonderful things being said about me. All I know is that I would not be here typing this right now if not for the absolute stubborn love our dear k showed not once, not twice, not thrice but FOUR different times between January and April when I was either rushed to hospitals or was stuck in them for long times. No words in my limited vocabulary could ever begin to communicate how thankful Blest and I are to call you friend.
Thank you for all your contributions and tireless labor of love for the saints. I figured out you live on like two hours of sleep a night for you are seemingly always writing blogs, comments, messages and in the chat room. Your commitment to this site and the people on it is an inspiration to us all. Happy birthday/anniversary and may God continue to bless you with joy, health and the fellowship of good friends.
Amen too all things said!
K, Thanks for all the hard work u do with the groups :D
We all truly appreaciate it..
hmmm for the slumber party. can i bring a cake?