Monday, May 25, 2009

Blogger Appreciation Week

I sent a card to a friend the other day. She has been going through a lot of stress for the last two or three years. It has been a hard stormy season in her life. Well, I am one that loves to find the perfect card for the moment. Rummaging through my card file I came across an old favorite. 

The card I picked had several different high-heeled shoes portrayed across the front. Inside it said, "Some days the only thing left to say is, 'What shoes go with this stress?'" 

I loved that card so much that I bought every one that the store had in the display pocket. I was shocked to find that the one that I sent to my friend the other day was the last of my stash. Do you know what that means? I have too many stressed out friends! Truth is, I debated whether or not to send it to her because I thought that I might need that card for myself someday! I took a chance and put it in the mail. Only a few hours later, when things began to get a bit stirred up, I was wondering if I should have held onto it a little while longer!  ; )

Like the thrill of being able to send that card with just the right message, so it is with being a citizen of bloggy world.

I love words! I love reading them, singing them, praying them, speaking them, and of course writing them. Blogging is a means for me to swirl some words around, mix in a bit of thought, prayer, and put it all out there in the wide open for all to see. Blogging is a way to stir my creative juices. Sometimes, when it is time to push the 'publish post' button,  I have the same feeling that I get right before I take off on a roller coaster ride. I say to myself, "Okay, here goes!" I push the button, then the ride begins! It really adds to the rush of the ride when the comments begin to come in.

The most wonderful part of bloggy world for me has been the fellowship. I have made some sweet, sweet friends who are also some my most faithful prayer partners. My heart has been softened by the ones who have been on their knees for me and those that I care about. I love to visit the blogs of others. I have gained much wisdom as they have opened their storehouses to me and generously shared their portion. 

I read a quote by C.S. Lewis the other day that I think sums it up well:

"Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too! I thought I was the only one!'" C. S. Lewis

This week one of my faithful, bloggy world friends, Daveda, is hosting a blogger appreciation week. She is the sweetest thing and so wise! You must stop by her blog (just click on her name above) and glean from the riches of her 'pen'. There you will have the opportunity to meet some other very special people who are joining our celebration this week. 

Daveda asked us to include a couple of our favorite posts from our past pages so here are a some of mine: Dad's Letter Jacket

Thank you so much for stopping in! You all come back now!



Daveda said...

Oh Cheri,...My thoughts and prayers will be with Caleb and Brock. As well as the rest of both your families. The Lord is beautiful and able to do above and beyond all we dare ask think or imagine.

"Father we come to you boldly, drawing near to the throne of grace. We ask in Jesus name that the many blessings you have purchased for Brock with your sons own blood would be manifested in his life and body. We pray God that all traces of this tumor would disappear and that you would be glorified and magnified in Jesus name. Not because we prayed just right, not because we knew the formula to follow, but simply because we believed. God help us to believe. I pray that your peace that passes all understanding would comfort every heart involved in this. I pray that you would place people of encouragement into these families lives Lord, but not those masquerading as truth, not those that will turn their eyes to what we see as our outward condition, but those that would turn our eyes and our hearts to our position, seated in Christ and resting in His finished work on the cross!" Thank you Father that we can come to you and know that you hear us because we are your children, whom you love!"

Thank you for participating in Blogger Appreciation Week, especially in the midst of all that is going on. Your kind words have touched my heart! Thank you for being an encouragement to me.

Tracy Wagman said...

Hello cheri,
I am participating in Blogger Appreciation Week. I love poetry. It's deep. I enjoyed checking out your blog. I will join in faith and pray for rock as well.

Tracy Wagman said...

I meant Brock.

Paulette said...

I enjoyed checking out your blog this morning... via blog appreciation week.

christy rose said...

I am so glad to meet you. I love to read poetry about a God who loves us and His greatness. I will definitely put you in my regular reads so that I can get to know you better. Looking forward to new friendships in Jesus.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I can surely identify with how you feel about blogging! It has been one of the greatest things I have ever come across! It makes me know that there are THOUSANDS of other women out there who love the Lord! Now, I don't read thousands of blogs but I do see that sometimes there are thousands of comments left of Beth Moore's blog so I know they are out there! And it makes me happy!

God bless!


Laura said...

What? You too! I thought I was the only one!


I appreciate you, friend!

Happy bloggy appreciation week.



Paula (SweetPea) said...

Oh, I so know what you mean about sending cards. When I've not send a card in some time, I rummage through my mind and think of different people that could possibly need a card. I just love sending them and love having the right one for the right person for the right time.

When you kept saying you wondered if you should keep your last stress card, I thought "oh, make a copy, make a copy" I tried to scream through the screen. Knowing, it was too late to even make that suggestion. Maybe you can re-create the card on your computer and print some.

Love ya,

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Oh, and I love that quote from C.S. true that is...what a magical moment when those words are shared and the commonality is discovered. :-)

Shanda said...

What a great card! I can see why you bought them all and why it was hard to mail out that last one.

I have agreed in prayer with you & Daveda for Brock. May God bring glory to His name and peace and joy to His people.

Blessings and peace!


Anonymous said...

Hi Cheri! I followed a link back from our blog and couldn't believe my eyes! I had no clue you had a blog! I enjoyed looking around and seeing pictures of your lovely family again.

Blessings in Christ,

Abigail @ Pearls and Diamonds

Joyful said...

Well..I see Laura above wrote my comment :o)

Cheri, I have bins of cards as well, awaiting the perfect moment and recipient. I too struggle with sending the last one of a multiple purchase. I know how you feel.

We 'connected' in person before blog world, but I'm thankful for this avenue to stay in touch. Thanks for your e-mail today. I'm doing OK. I still write daily on my devotional blog, but just haven't found the energy lately to keep the other one up right now. So much going on with Dad and since he's been moved further away, can imagine.

Trust all is well with you.

godsown said...

I wanted to say hi and blessings to you.

Dad'd leather jacket was so good to read and your poetry "Redeemed" i enjoyed today