I've been marveled by your sharing. I've been amazed by your prayers, your perseverance, your willingness to truly be there for people that you probably have never met in your entire life, except through this world wide web. I've seen you give your time, your money, your prayers, your hope, your encouragement, and your love to each other and to me.
Marvelous. In every sense of the word.
I love this community. I look back to the debut of us, November 16th, 2010. For the first link-up, we were 16. Since then, we have grown. Our largest party? We had 83 people attend. If I was good at math in my head, I would tell you what percentage increase that would be, but alas, I am not. Any whizzes out there? You can tell us in the comments.
I give God all the glory for this. What He has done in us and through us is amazing and wonderful. And I believe He wants to expand this community even further. I think there are more people He wants to bring into the fold. But, in order to do this, I have to get out of the way. You see, God knows that I am loyal and steadfast and fulfill every obligation that I possibly can. But, as this community grows, it's getting really hard for me to visit all of you and plan for my class at church, volunteer at my kids' school, run my house, study the Word, and be the mom and wife He has called me to be. I'm getting this nudge that maybe, and literally I am cringing at the thought of this idea, I need to not have this expectation of myself. Maybe, I need to listen, just as you do, to God, letting Him direct my mouse over your sweet faces, clicking where He wishes me to go.
Oh, this is hard. My heart is heavy. But the journey of Soli Deo Gloria began with me laying down, surrendering to His pruning, and so it must continue. What I just love is how when He prunes, it is to allow new growth. I think He is taking us to a whole new level of nourishment, of community, of enfolding those who need help to stand, to share, to love.
To understand the precursor to this decision, read this. Soli Deo Gloria is going to continue on as usual in every single other way...and maybe God will surprise us and do something else amazing!
If you are new here or have ever been discouraged about the lack of comments on your blog, I hope these words will comfort you. I had this revelation while talking to a friend over a Starbucks chai latte.
I used to think that the purpose of linking up with another blog was so that I could receive something -- more comments, more followers, higher stats. But God has shown me, instead, that linking up is an opportunity to give first. When I link my post, I want to people to be encouraged, to know that they aren't the only ones is a bad place or a good place or a whatever place. I want my posts to be a reflection of what God is doing in my life -- hard or easy. It is my way of saying, "Here I am. Walk with me." It's me extending a hand, reaching out. One never knows the life that can be changed with His Holy Spirit speaking through these keyboards. We cannot limit our voice or limit where our voice may be heard just because of the number of comments we have received. Even if only one person reads your post, that one person could be forever changed.
This week, as you read SDG posts, know that your heart-sharing matters, whether it is on your blog or in the comments of someone else's. Know that God is using your voice and your life to do amazing things for Him and for His Kingdom.
"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." Hebrews 10: 24-25Alright, girls. Go out. Spread the encouragement. Spread the love. Spread His Word. Amen!