I miss my blogging friends.
On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for friendships near and far, known IRL and unknown IRL!
For the past three years, blogging relationships have been developed so dear that during my recent absence from blogdom--I find myself missing my blogging friends.
So today, I am going to share with you what has been keeping me from visiting and posting on a more regular basis.
My life has changed.
In a very good way.
As only God can do, I have been blessed beyond belief with a new partnership with Allison Bottke, author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing. I first "met" Allison online when I discovered her God Allows U-Turns site. She lived in Minnesota so I began an emailing campaign with her. She may have felt like I was a stalker (!), but since I have experienced my own U-turns in life and have been praying for our MIP's U-turn for nearly a decade--I was compelled to stay in contact.
We corresponded briefly and she invited me to fill out her questionnaire when she began writing Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children. I rejoiced when her book was released in February and participated in the Setting Boundaries Blog Tour. Then, in April, when I joined my husband in Dallas for a business trip--Allison (she now lives in Texas) and I met for coffee and met IRL. While we thought we were just meeting over coffee--God had other plans.
One business plan later--we became partners in Setting Boundaries, LLC on October 1st. How my life has changed!
I am so thankful that God faithfully uses the entirety of our life experiences, gifting, and desires to bring about His purpose. Although I recently graduated from college and am now a Certified Christian Counselor, I had been researching Grad schools...not knowing what I would do when I "grow up." In less than six months, I stopped searching for the next step and have taken a grand leap into passion and purpose.
I am living Philippians 1: 6. The joy is hard to contain as God has literally opened the doors and I feel His Holy Spirit guiding me through...at turbo speed.
While this TMZ (turbo ministry zone) has been all consuming, I want to stay in touch with each of you, my dear blogging friends. Partners in Prayer for Our Prodigals aligns well with Setting Boundaries, but it is so much more than that. I have developed life long relationships with many of you--for which I am so thankful. God knows our needs--and He always provides. Loving a prodigal is not an easy job! It's nearly impossible to live in a world where everyone else's adult children are going to college, getting good jobs, and entering adulthood without a glitch--when you own beloved adult child can't even get up in the morning. What I found here in blogdom is a divine connection with compassionate friends who have blessed me (and others) as we authentically walk through life.
Though our journey is sometimes painful, we never have to lose confidence--for His promises are sure. I am so thankful that "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3).
Bless you for your visit today. Bless you for touching the lives of unknown brothers and sisters this side of heaven. Your life has been a blessing to me...and I have missed you!