i wanted to tell you something else about friendship.
it's crazy, and it even sneaks up on you.
that saying about 'strangers are just friends you haven't met yet' could not be more right on the money.
since my early friend-making days, i've been pretty proactive about getting to know people.
in preschool through elementary, i was possibly even bossy. like, "you wanna be my best friend, because i want to be yours, ok?" now that i'm an adult, i am a little less bossy about it.
in that quick post i shared yesterday, the friend i mentioned that called me.
i've only seen her in person once. truth. we met 'in real life' at blog sugar a few months ago.
we have known each other for almost a year now. through blogging. how is that possible, you ask?
because praise jesus, he can make friendships happen any kind of way he wants to!
the sweetest part is, this friend is just one of many that i have made through blogging.
last year i wrote this:
as bloggers, we love keeping in touch with family and friends,
running a handmade business, reviewing fabulous products or
inspiring others to deepen their relationship with christ.
no matter what we are blogging about, we are blogging us.
i blog me.
it's this that knits a reader to my own heart and i to theirs.
blogging about my life and my heart let's you,
the reader, in right away.
think about your friends.
that one deep chat.
maybe at starbucks, after a concert or
even after the loss of a child.
that talk, opening your hearts,
finally brought you closer together.
likely it wasn't when you first met that person.
getting "close" and "knowing" someone takes time.
lately, blogging has given me a head start.
fast friends are made when you get deep right away.
not even "life" deep, but just my likes and passions.
you see them right away.
you can search my blog for what you want to know and
shazam! there it is, neatly labeled.
many people i have known for years,
know as much about me as you do as a reader.
you may even know more!
crazy. also very awesome.
it was only about two years ago that i actually began leaving comments on blogs i'd been reading for awhile. it was weird. for some reason, i always thought that all commenters really knew the blog authors. i felt like i was crashing a fancy reception, but i just decided to respond one day. i don't remember what the post was, but i remember that it moved me deeply. so deeply that i felt connected to this person who wrote it. i've felt that way while reading books. it's a neat thing indeed to be able to shoot off a quick note or appreciation to the writer. blogging offers this opportunity. anyway, i left a comment. and later that day i left another comment on another blog i loved. the next day? i got responses from those bloggers. this freaked me out and filled me with joy. not only the bloggers themselves, but the community of others leaving comments, it was a beautiful new world for me.
listen to me. some of the closest friends in my life right now.
the ones who stir my soul and often encourage me the most.
i have never met them in real life, or only once(so far!) given them a real life hug.
this may seem weird to you. who said weird can't be AMAZING at the same time?
we pray for each other, share scriptures, or even funny youtube videos with each other.
i've even discovered favorite new shops, because some of these blog friends
are also creative and sell lovely things for me to buy.
they are real life friends, we just maybe haven't breathed the same air yet.
now, i don't have much "reply time" these days. but know this. your comments are read and appreciated.
and, i pray for you, whether you like it or not. when i have time, i love visiting the blogs of those
who have taken the time out of their day to comment, to connect with me.
and what a sweet surprise when an unexpected friendship blooms from this world of blogging!
there's encouragement just waiting for us! in this fancy year of twenty twelve, we have tons of ways to connect to people. it isn't all bad! some of it is so life-giving. there are others out there that "get" you.
baking, crafting, adoption, infertility, infidelity, pastor's wives, missionary families, stay at home moms,
working moms, special needs families...on and on! there are people you can connect with.
people who will minister to your soul. even those that you can comfort or encourage.
there are probably friends out there.