Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bloggers Just Wanna Have Fun


I will go before you and will level the mountains;
I will break down gates of bronze

and
cut through bars of iron.

I will give you the treasures of darkness,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the LORD,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

Isaiah 45:2-3

What a day!

Debbie from Heart Choices, Mary from Pile of Smiles, and I gathered
yesterday in the cool of Prescott's charm for a blogGirl-fest-n-feast extraordinaire!

Following a long "hello" we made our way to the Gurley Street Grille (yum!), where we roosted for a solid four hours.


Our time of feasting was fabulous, but not half so fabulous as our feast on God's word and promises.

For hours we shared the highlights of each of our lives, as well
as our insights and experience; our certainties and quandaries. We laughed. We pondered. We prayed.

When it came time to part company, I was left with the sense that this would not be our last such gathering. Debbie and I hugged Mary farewell, and then continued on our way back to the Phoenix valley.

Throughout the 90 minute re
turn-trip we extended our chatter & laughter, filled now with the gratitude of our day away, and Mary's VERY real friendship.

I know many among us feel, at times, that blogging is a questionable pass-time. I've even asked myself: "Surely there's something more productive you could be doing, Kathleen?"

But ever-a
nd-always I am reminded that community was God's idea; not mine. It's formed in the strangest of places, and roots deeply - one heart by one heart after another - to form the whole of it.

In fact, it roots deepest in hearts after God's own!

Thank you, "girls", for the new and powerful memories, and for honoring me with your time & camaraderie.

28 comments:

Parsley said...

Oh, I love this. Yes, God has created a community of supportive blogger friends; I believe that.

What a lovely time you must have had!

manthano said...

Thank you for this post.
It is encouraging to see
the godly friendships that
can be formed via the
inter-net.

Karen Lange said...

It sounds wonderful! Glad you had such a grand time. Thanks for sharing the day with us.
Blessings,
Karen

They call me "Deb" said...

How blessed you are to have 'found' one another and developed great friendships! I don't believe in 'coincidence' - so PRAISE GOD for online friends!! It sounds like you all had such a great time.

Saleslady371 said...

I, too, treasure our time together yesterday with Debbie in Prescott. I'm praising God for all those promises in His Word that sustain and cherish our prayer time believing He will complete what He began. Thank you so much for your friendship!

Love,
Mary

Loren said...

Oh Kathleen this is just so heartfelt and rich in HIM. For I see Him in your words, in your heart and in your love and encouragement each and every post!
I am so very thankful for this community of believers and even though I don't see you in person I know you in heart! HE unites us in HIM and I praise HIM for that!

You ladies are just beautiful!

Shirl said...

What fun! What fun! I've never met any fellow bloggers that I recall, but I have personally met people I've met online in other places, and what treasures they are!

Sonja said...

I was SO there with you 3 yesterday, and even while I was HERE... I was praying for JUST the kind of day you shared! How wonderful... I love the pictures. You are so right, it's a heart connection formed one by one.

Love & Hugs!

Sonja

Andrea said...

AMEN...what a blessings you were to one another. We all need encouragement...love, laughter, and Godly friends! Praise GOD we can be there for one another, whether it is through our blogs or in person.

I must say, I am just a tad bit jealous....well, truthfully, a LOT jealous! Four hours with you guys would be a taste of heaven. I am thankful you guys had this time together. Big cyber hugs to each of you!

Blessings and prayers,
andrea

christy rose said...

Oh yes! I so agree that community was God's idea! And I have found it beautifully in blogland! What a sweet day that you all had. Enjoying one another with Jesus right there in the middle. What an awesome day you must have had!! :)

RCUBEs said...

It surely makes a difference when you feel that unity that comes from His love. Even in oddest places, impossible places, there is no place that His love cannot reach. Your pictures are awesome. You are all reflecting a beautiful Light. [I clicked on the pics and saw that from your guys' eyes :)]...God bless the AZ bloggers!

a portland granny said...

I can hardly wait to get together with you when at last you land back in God's country---the beautiful Northwest!!

Sounds like a wonderful day!!

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

It is amazing how God brings HIS children together. I am so glad you girls had such great fellowship. May the Lord continue to bless you and all my bloggy friends with peace, happiness and unity.
Your sister in Christ,
Bren
I am a new follower today. This is also my first visit.

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Wow just went to follow your blog and I realized that I am your 100 follower.
Blessings,
Bren

Debbie said...

Kathleen, I just now got access to the internet! Can you believe it? I came home to a computer that had crashed. Greg found an extra laptop in the garage. :)

I had such a good time with you and Mary! I couldn't believe how fast the day went and that we spent four hours talking with Mary. Then add the extra three hours we had together in the car and ...wow; but I loved every minute of it.

You are such a wonderful friend and I totally enjoy your company. Microsoft is supposed to contact us tomorrow afternoon to get my computer back online. I will send my photos when I can access them.

Hugs and love,
Debbie

Heart2Heart said...

Kathleen,

I can't wait for the day to finally connect with some of my blogging family and friends. This has truly connected us all in one big amazing happy family. So glad that you all had an amazing time.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Andrea said...

What a blessing for all of you! I love the pictures, and by the smiles on your faces, I can tell your fellowship was very rich and sweet.

We serve such a great God! His details and gifts of love to us amaze me every day.

You were all honored to have the opportunity you did, and I pray there will be many more of them!

I appreciate you, Kathleen! You are one in a million!

Love,

Andrea

Carrie said...

I am so glad you were able to get together with my mom and Debbie. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers. You are such a special woman and I am thankful for you!

skoots1mom said...

what a great afternoon, Kathleen.
such fun...i would love to do this,too.
got any frequent flyers so i can get to the west coast :)

KelliGirl said...

Kathleen,
What fun! So glad (and jealous) at your blog-girlfriend-gathering. I agree that while blogging can take up a LOT of time, there are wonderful relationships forming here.
Blessings to you!

Rebecca said...

Rejoicing WITH you and FOR you. That heart-to-heart, face-to-face sharing is the exclamation point at the end of a blogging sentence. May many such sentences continue to be written!

Jackie said...

Hey Kathleen!

What a good time you gals had! Next time you're in my neck of the woods I'd love to join you!!

Sweet Blessings!
Jackie

Tiffany Marcotte said...

How Fun! I love reading your blog and seeing real friendships you have made!

Terri Tiffany said...

Blogging is so worth it when we make and find these special friendships! I was able to meet up again with a blogger this past week at the conference and it was wonderful!

Lou said...

A beautiful post and wonderful reminder of why we do what we do blogging! I've often felt the same way sitting at my keyboard, but I'm so glad I stuck with it after meeting you ladies. I look forward to reading more on your blog! :)

Lou

NanaNor's said...

Blessings to you today, O.k. I really loved this post but wish I was closer so I could join you. I've only met two other blogging sisters and love our time together as well. I know you are a blessing to Debbie and all you share your life with.
Hugs, Noreen

Joan Davis said...

Hi! I came over from Debbie's blog -- Heart Choices. Thanks for sharing your blogging adventure with us. It looked like a wonderful time!

LisaShaw said...

Oh, I love this!!! You sisters are beautiful. I only wish I had been right there hugging you all.

I love you.