Thursday, November 15, 2012

Five Years

Today is an extraordinary day for me beautiful friends.

November 15th marks the five year anniversary of this blog.

Five years of writing and sharing and encouraging in whatever
way the Father has prompted me to.

Five years of meeting the most incredible bloggers and forming friendships
with amazing women. I have never in my life met so many inspiring, creative, talented
and truly brilliant women until I discovered the blog world.

You all have blessed me so much.

I want to thank you for the years you have encouraged me with the kindest and most beautiful words, emails, prayers and comments.

I have cherished this space here with you.

And today my heart is overflowing with gratitude.

I am so thankful that five years ago, I took a leap of faith and wrote a post about my faith
and my hope and desire to encourage others.

From day one, this space has been about Him.

It's not about me, although I am grateful He uses pieces of my story.

It's not about numbers, because I've never wanted that to be my reason to write.

It's not about the praises of man, because I long for His praise alone.

It's not about trying to be a big blogger, because I only want to be big in the eyes of my children.

This space has always been a place to share my heart as a mother and a platform to encourage and a way to minister the gospel and point others to Him.

I remember attending my one and only blogging conference a few years ago.

I was a nervous wreck. Didn't know a soul. Went by myself and spent much of the day
trying to figure out which track or group I belonged to. I was overwhelmed at how much I didn't know and how I was doing everything wrong if I wanted success.

I was also terribly starstruck. Everybody and their Mama was in attendance and I'm pretty sure I spent much of the day in awe over all of the pro bloggers there that day.

I also remember walking out of one ballroom and into another because I was so confused about
which category I was supposed to be following.

I'm still not sure I would know today.

I don't know that I fit into any category. But I know that I always fit with Him.

I left the conference completely overwhelmed by all that I didn't know and by what a big business this can be and most of all just feeling very small.

I am so grateful that I just kept writing even though I felt small then and still feel small today.

Because I would discover that words are my love language.

Words can bring life.

Words have power.

Words can change lives and heal hearts and speak light into darkness.

Words in the blog world can confirm to someone else miles and miles away the powerful truth that they are not alone, they are not the only one and it is not over.

What an opportunity.

I don't think much has changed here as far as stats and such. And I don't think any professional blogger would look here and see success of any kind.

But when love is your motivation and encouraging the hearts of others is your mission statement, I don't think you can ask for a greater platform.

I thank you for five very special years beautiful friends.

I count this space shared here with you one as one of my greatest blessings in life...

What a gift it all has been.

Love you so,



3 Peanuts said...

Happy 5 years Sibi!!! You change people through Him with your beautiful words and encouragement.

xo Kim

Love Being A Nonny said...

You may NEVER know how much of a blessing you are to so many. I will never forget finding your blog. I sat and read every word and remember thinking *I want to be like her.* Then I met you, and I STILL want to be like you. I love your mommy heart. I love how you use words. I love how you say *But Jesus.* Plain and simple. *But Jesus.* You are on the brink of God's blessings. I know it. I feel it. Remember: I have a direct line to Him....and your name is spoken daily! Much love!

Julie Gaglione said...

You are a great blessing, Sibi...we all are to Him, and what a comfort that is...

LLH Designs said...

Amen to words having life-giving power...bringing light into darkness! It's why we keep writing and speaking...because there is power in putting words to our story! Keep at it! xoxo!

Michele said...

How exciting - 5 years! I am so blessed to have met you Sibi. You have such a gift for writing and I love how each and every one of your posts speaks to me - how He speaks to me through your writing.

Meeting you in Nashville was absolutely amazing and I pray that I'll see you again soon. Praying for you and your beautiful family. xoxo

paige said...

YOU are one of the reasons i am so grateful for blogging.

Ashley said...

Sibi, I have never commented here before, but you are truly awe inspiring. I am amazed time and time again by your strength, love, kindness, resolve and most of all your sheer love of The Lord. Your story is nothing shy of a miracle. All of it. Keep inspiring us. You are a beautiful and eloquent writer. are a beautiful person. Inside and out. Can't wait to see what blessings He has in store for you and you family.

GrannySmithGreen said...

Your blog has been a blessing to me and many for five years! I look forward to reading much more from you.

(I was star struck too--meeting a precious dear friend, face to face, at that blog conference!)

Much love,

DianeTaylor said...

5 years? Oh my - that is amazing Sibi! I have only been reading your blog for about 3 of them - but please know that your words have brought me so much comfort. Especialy in light of the current turmoil that is my life. You are a true blessing - a beautiful pearl that shines from within. We all have a purpose here on earth. Your words in this blog are powerful. I will forever be grateful that there are people out in the world like you - you are a teacher and a follower in Christ.

Happy 5th to you!!!!


inge said...

Thank you for your great blog and wonderful words. Ingrid

Mrs.B said...

"Words can change lives and heal hearts and speak light into darkness.

Words in the blog world can confirm to someone else miles and miles away the powerful truth that they are not alone, they are not the only one and it is not over."

THIS! This is why I come here over and over, even when I haven't read blogs in days or weeks, I always look here to see if you have posted. ALWAYS a word. Always light-filled and life-giving. You are HIS daughter and your Father shines through you...even miles away.
LOVE to You Sibi, thank you for writing and sharing. You are a GIFT to us.

Chic Coastal Living said...

Congratulations on give years! I just found your blog by chance and I love it! Very inspiring! XO

Donna Benedetto said...

Congrats to you, your blog is lovely keep on writing.

Ruth said...

Your blog has been a blessing and an encouragement to me. God has used parts of your story to reveal His awesome power at work in our lives. Thank you for sharing and happy blogiverssary.