Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Creating Community- Behind the Scenes

Photo Credit- Photobooth at Allume 2013
Community is an important part of life. Community is what builds you up, encourages you, and who you can turn to when you are in a bind. Oddly enough, the community that does that more than anyone else for me- these girls right here. Most of us had never met in real life- as a matter of fact we met on Facebook. We were part of the same groups, a part of the same team that encouraged us to dream, and sisters in Christ. Then October of 2013 we walked into hotel rooms and we were instant sisters in real life as well. We created a community of strangers who will now turn to each other when we won't turn to others. We created a sisterhood of dreamers. We became what community is- a network of woman (or men) who have each others backs, who will pray no matter what, and who will tell each other like it is. We don't tend to hold back. We share the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.

When something happens, instead of calling someone local, I now tend to jump into our Voxer group or our Facebook group and go to them first. Because within seconds I have someone praying or encouraging me without a lot of judgement. I also think that since we don't see each other everyday, sharing is so much easier because you don't have to worry about it changing how someone looks at you when you admit that you are struggling with something. Because this girl right here is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and that is a problem with my "local" community. So I turn to the safety of a sisterhood and a community. God knew what he was doing when he gave me theses women.

Speaking of community- head on over to www.crystalstine.me to link up with the Behind the Scenes community.

6 comments:

  1. I am so glad to be a part of your community!! :) You have been a blessing to me and I so hope we can all be together again in October!!

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    1. I will be there. John gave me the money for the ticket for Christmas. He was upset that he couldn't buy one to actually give me. He didn't realize that they are only available for a little while.

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  2. I think God gave us this community because He knew how much we needed each other...love this! You all are a gift I didn't even know I wanted, but now can't imagine my life without. And I always, always smile when I see this picture...holding those memories close today and hoping it's not too long before we're hugging necks again! Love you, sweet friend! :)

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  3. Only a few more months Mel!!!!! I was hoping for Branson but I just can't make it. :(. Although I am planning ahead and want to go to Greenville on Tuesday this year so that I can enjoy all day Wednesday and see more of the town.

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  4. I think back to Jan 2013 when I first got serious about my blogging, tweeting and just jumping in. I was so scared that I would say something and no one would care much less reply but was amazed at the community I found. The love, care and acceptance was unlike any that I had ever know. I can not wait until I get a chance to met you all in person (hopefully Allume 2014).

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    1. Yes!!! Come to Allume! It is so much fun! And you meet great people.

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