Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday, Soli Deo Gloria!

Welcome to Soli Deo Gloria.  This is a place to share what is on your mind.  It is a place where vulnerability is accepted, where heart cries are honored, where struggles are heard.  It is a place where we are unconcerned with the quality of your words, but about the state of your heart.  We are a community of women that seek to encourage, support, love each other with our words.  There is laughter.  There are tears.  There is everything in between.  No matter where you are, who you are, where you have been, I want you to know that you are in the fold and that as you leave your link, you are prayed for.  Desire more information?  Please click here for the full scoop.
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(I'm nearly 2 weeks late wishing our little group a happy birthday.  Time just gets away from me.  Do you ever get so caught up in the living that sometimes you miss the big dates?)

I'm in a reflective mood tonight.  I've finished my preparation for my final class of the semester tomorrow (I'm writing this Sunday night) and so my mind has a bit of room to wander.  I think back to over a year ago, remembering so clearly the call from God to start this group.  I relive the pruning process that God took me through so that I would have the time in which to facilitate in this space.  Does anyone remember the tree?  Each branch holds a job or role that I filled...

I think back on that first morning in which we went live, filled with anticipation and a little bit of worry that no one would show up on the opening day.  What has this community been for me?  Oh, the list is too long to count.  You have prayed, you have supported (emotionally, spiritually, financially), you have encouraged, you have loved.  You respond to me and to each other and most importantly, to God.  Any of you that I have met in person, I can attest, you are just as genuine "in real life" as you are on your blog.  (And do you know I got to have a fellow SDG sister in my house today??  Joy, I enjoyed every single moment.  You are a doll and a precious friend.  Oh, and she also got to come to my class today.  See below!)  
                                       
I think about the verse from 1 Chronicles:  "Who am I, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"  I just want you to know how privileged I am to host you in this space.  It is an honor to read your words.  It is an honor that you ask the people who enter here to pray for you.  It is an honor to know your heart and to love you.



Oh, and um, what's a birthday without presents?  I have this amazingly wonderful friend who makes these amazingly wonderful candles.  Seriously, you will not believe how much scent is packed in this beautiful blue jar.  Once you light her candle, you will never want another brand.  Yes, that is how good they are.  She has four scents to choose from that fit perfectly in this fall season:  Apple Jack, Pumpkin Brûlée (my favorite), Amish Quilt, and Bodine Brew.  How can you join in this birthday fun and win the best ever candle?  Just leave a comment on this post.  If your email is not connected to your account, please leave your email address, too, so I can contact you if you win.

So now, please raise your coffee/tea mugs or whatever else you are drinking.  Happy birthday, Soli Deo Gloria.  The best is yet to come.

SDG Community Builder:  In the comments section, let us know this:  What has Soli Deo Gloria meant to you?  Then, hightail it over to someone that you have never seen before and leave her some love.

45 comments :

  1. Congratulations, Jen, and all the SDG sisters! It has been a gift, being able to link here and get to know so many other talented, Jesus-loving friends! I can't believe the way this community has grown! Thanks, Jen, for all your work here and keeping the prayer requests flowing.

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  2. Happy Birthday SDG! Thank you so much for starting this community Jen! This group is very supportive. I love that we can share prayer requests with one another, and bear each others burdens. Christ love shines through you. Thanks for being obedient.

    Blessings!
    Mel

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  3. Congrats on the anniversary. I love the sense of community here among my sisters in Christ. Thanks Jen for all your hard work in making this work. and will be praying!!

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  4. Yay! Happy First Anniversary! How exciting to realize that for over a year people have gathered here and loved one another and encouraged one another and poured into one another. He does beautiful things.

    I have been so encouraged and loved by going to visit other bloggers of the sisterhood and so blessed by the comments and emails I have received on my blog.

    So glad you followed your heart (and His) and created SDG sweet Jennifer.

    Much love.

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  5. congratulations, dear one. this place has been such a refuge for me, a place to connect and share and bond with so many others.

    even in those hard moments, when obedience makes things achingly hard...you've obeyed. and you've been strong. and you're an inspiration.

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  6. Happy birthday, or anniversary, or bloggiversary....:-)I'm so happy to join yo thanks for sharing this link up.
    Have a blessed evening.
    Stefanie

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  7. As one who has not participated for very long, and then, only sporadically, I have lifted others in prayer, and just last night, my own self. I felt that I could trust this special group to lift me up for today's injection procedure. I thank you each and all for it went smoothly. Our God is faithful. He hears and He answers. (I will let you know the outcome in a week or so.)
    Soli Deo Gloria is about glorifying God in all we do and in all we are. He created us and knows our needs and just how each of us can be there for each other. We encourage one another in our blog posts, through comments, through love across the pages and across the miles.
    As I get to know you better, it is with love, ~ linda

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  8. Congratulations Sweet Jen!! I so appreciate all that you do here, your beautiful words, your gracious hostessing of this community, and the support and encouragement you offer when you get a chance to read and comment. Blessings and gratitude!!

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  9. I love what I have found here at Soli Deo Gloria -- friendship, challenge, encouragement, and so much more. You are a dear sister in Christ and my life is so much fuller with your dedication.

    Bless you,
    Pamela

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  10. i love it here. i love writers writing the real.

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  11. What??? You got to hang out with Joy? I'm so jealous!

    Ok, Happy one year, everyone. Whoever says real relationships can't be made online is just wrong. You ladies inspire and encourage me.

    Cheers!

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  12. Congrats Jen...thanks for being brave...stepping out on faith and allowing God to have His way...I have not been here long...but my time here has been a blessing and encouragement....
    Happy Birthday and blessings...
    don't know if my email address is attached(I am new at all this) elliottrauwood@aol.com

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  13. oh, i have loved this space. i have enjoyed connecting to some many different women in different walks of life. thank you for hosting this wonderful community.

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  14. Has it really been a year?! Wow!! That is awesome.

    Even though I just re-entered the blogging world, I want you to know that just knowing this space was here comforted me to no end. It's been a rough couple of months, but I know God has good things in store, and I am so glad to be able to join you. ♥

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  15. Jen, love it here at SDG...though I have only blogged for four months, I love your linkys and the community that you help encourage and nourish here. Thank you for personally supporting me in this crazy and exciting journey called life. it is a blessing to call you sister!

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  16. I love this! and the reflection with you...so much beautiful in my life through joining up that first week and all of the amazing friends I've met here and all of the courage you all have given as I used this link up as the accountability to write out our calling story. Many have joined our Prayer Team and are this extension of our family...all because YOU listened and were faithful...Yes, one huge eternal SDG SISTERHOOD party...ahhhh!!!!!!!

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  17. A year already...to be in community with such amazing sisters is a true blessing.

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  18. Jen - although I have only been here a few months, I have been so encouraged by the fellowship here at SDG. Thank you for your obedience to His calling and for hosting.

    Congratulations on one year! May God be glorified.

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  19. Yeehaw! So happy for SDG. What a blessing this space has been for so many!

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  20. One year already?!?! So glad I've gotten to know you!! :)

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  21. i have been so blessed by this community. Sorry i have not been able to post lately.. been Crazy where life changed for me in an instant. Thank you for this community. If anyone sees this comment please keep my dad and his cancer journey in your prayers. You can follow at www.carepages.com/carepages/Handyman Thank you for blessing me !
    Jenn Hand

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  22. Wow. It is so hard to believe it's been a year. Though I've been in and out because life gets in the way of my blogging, I know I always have this place to come back to to be encouraged and loved in a way I cannot find elsewhere. I will really try to get a blog up this week. ;) I know, I always say that! Jen knows me WAAAAY too well. I am so very proud of you, Jen. You have pruned so much away over the past year, and I know many of those things were not easy to prune. God is opening those doors you never knew were there. :)

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  23. Happy Birthday SDG, and may you have many, many more. God bless you, Jen, for following the Lord's leading. I pray His blessings upon everyone who has visited and is visiting and will visit in the future.

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  24. I think it's kinda fun, that the first time I come to post with you I find a birthday party goin on! A sweet happy birthday hug to you. I've only met a few of you, but wanted to drop in and say hi. God bless you in this journey. =)

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  25. Congratulations and may God bless you richly for all you do to spread God's Word and to link believers together!

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  26. What does SDG mean to me? It's "Be Real Tuesday." I always feel like I can write about what touches me or bothers me or makes me smile...it's all for His glory.

    Thanks for hosting us each week, Jen!

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  27. Oh Happy Day! Bless you Jen for following God's call upon your life. So love your encouragement and your honesty. So glad to celebrate the great thing God has done and so happy to find a little bit of heaven among other writers at this special place.

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  28. Happy birthday! Thank you for always encouraging me!:)

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  29. SDG was the first link-up I ever joined and it has taught me so much about the breadth and depth of an on-line community. The love here is real and I enjoy the fellowship so much. Thank you for hosting us, Jen - you have a heart of gold. Happy Birthday, SDG!

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  30. Happy birthday!! It's been an honor to be apart, thank you Jen!

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  31. Happy Birthday, SDG Sisterhood! Jen, you have been a wonderful vessel for God - the community He has created through you is a gift and is beautiful. Your heart is beautiful, too.

    Blessings, girl.

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  32. Happy Birthday SDG....

    I feel so very blessed to be in such good company. I've discovered a slice of heaven here on earth...

    Abundant Blessings,

    Joan at Bloom Where You Are Planted
    jetaylor47@gmail.com
    http://joantaylor.wordpress.com

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  33. Happy Birthday! This has been a wonderful community to be a part of!

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  34. SDG has meant many things to me, personally, but the most impactful thing of all has been what it means to YOU. I have loved watching God work in you through this process. It has been, and remains, a joy and privilege. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.

    Also, for the record, I really love it when you draw trees.

    Happy birthday SDG!

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  35. Happy Birthday SDG! :) What a wonderful community it is here! :) Thanks for bringing us all together! :)

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  36. Your tree is amazing - I love it!!! I don't think I could fill up so many branches - but maybe I do without realizing it:) Happy Birthday SDG - I am so glad I found you!!! It is such an encouraging, word-filled community!

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  37. Hi, Jen...

    This is only my first time here, and I feel like I'm home. It is the kind of blog place I have been looking for. Thank you for extending the welcome.

    Will link up last weeks entry, and pray that it will be a blessing to you and everyone else.

    Lidia
    (Philippines)

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  38. Happy Anniversary, SDG!

    Here's to continuous prayer warriors and allowing His stories within our lives to be told!

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  39. Jenn,
    You know I wish we could hangout in real life,
    Imagine what we would come up with.
    Happy blog-a-versary.
    T

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  40. Jen, YES! You are using your gifts of encouragement and leadership!!! Thanks so much!

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  41. Congratulations for keeping this site available for all of us bloggers. We love you and wish you a very Happy Birthday!

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  42. This is so wonderful... I am new to Soli Deo Gloria. Happy birthday!

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  43. Happy Birthday to SDG! Thanks for being obedient to this vision God gave you Jen... as a new blogger I've found wisdom and encouragement from this wonderful group ;)

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  44. Congratulations on 2 years of community here! That's quite an accomplishment. A memorial stone. I read your newer post, too, and I feel the same way about my house(-s, literal and spiritual). It's a well-written piece. Thank you for that.

    Grace to you in Jesus.

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  45. Jen! What an amazing community you have built here. All on faith and love for the Lord. Happy, happy birthday to you and all these wonderful friends. So grateful tonight for the way you share your gifts.

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