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.