Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day 31: Community Never Ends!

Wow!!!  My second year participating in this 31 Day Writing challenge and it was so much harder than last year.  I thought this year would be easier since I wasn’t moving into a new house; adjusting to a new town and state; and grasping the reality that my husband’s 29 year career as an active duty Marine was coming to a close.  Not to mention a few other challenges going on.  This year was so much harder despite the fact that I have known about this for months – or actually a year, right?  I thought this year would be easier because my topic came to me right away.  I am so much more passionate about community than I was about the topic of transitioning well and yet I would change very little about these past 31 days.  This past month was hard but so worth it. 

What would I change?  I would make sure I had a few days already written because I had company for over 10 days and I spent 5 days out of town – which means I wrote just as many blog posts totally distracted; on little sleep; and totally rushed than I did in the peaceful environment of my office.  And I know I am better for it.  Day 29 almost killed me and yet my perseverance has fueled a fire in me to continue to persevere more!!  Isn’t that so sweet of our God to teach us a great concept while we are right in the middle of it?!!!! 

God was so sweet to me every day of this process.  Every. Single. Day.  And I am even more passionate about doing community well than the day I started back on October 1st.  I still have more to write on this topic and God gave me so many opportunities to do community all month – to include today!!!  One year later and I will end this 2nd round of the 31 Day Writing challenge with a ton of new friends – both in person and in bloggy land; knowing many more of my neighbors; loving our little town more than the day we moved in; and as a stronger writer, Jesus-follower, overcomer, and a HUGE Periscope fan!!!

I went back and read Day 31 from last year.  It was interesting that I used the word Tribe in my last post – which I wrote about this year during my series on “Doing Community Well”!!!  Gotta love God!!!  He started preparing me for this series on Day 31 of last year!!!!  Wow!!!!

It’s hard to think of wrapping up this series today because I believe God has given me so much more to say.  And, because, community is on-going.  Never ending.  A daily walk to invite others into your life.  To invite others to participate.  To put others before yourself.  To invite others to find a safe Tribe to spend the rest of their days with.

Here is what I have learned:

Many struggle with the concept of community – and I want to change that!

I struggle with community though I love it!  And I have been told I do it well. 

Community is just as hard today, as it was on October 1st, and yet so much more fun than I realized.

Community is exhausting and worth every second!

Community requires us to be intentional.

Community requires forgiveness, grace and mercy.

Community beckons us to come to the table, warts and all, and be real.  And allow others to be real as well!

So, what is next?

My goal is to continue this discussion on community right here on my blog.  On a personal level, my goal is to help many more people discover the beauty of community and to help them jump in.  Eyes wide open but anticipating all that God has for them as they do community well with their very own Tribe.  If you don’t have a Tribe of your own you can join my Gr8tful Tribe here.  Everyone is welcome!!!!

How about you?  What will you do about this topic of community?  What has been your favorite part of this series?  What would you like to hear more about?

Thank you for joining me this month.  I have appreciated your love, support, prayers and honest comments!!!!
Go out!
Find many things to be Gr8tful for daily!

And go “do community well”!


Karen Sebastian said...

I have fallen in love with this 'tribe.' I seem to read exactly what a I need to read when I read it. I think God is working through us all. I love your point of Be Intentional and that is what I plan to do with writing my next book, The Power of Hope for Caregivers. You are an encouragement to me.

Karrilee Aggett said...

Oye - Day 29 was ROUGH, right? I hit the wall hard on that day too and I was all like, What? But we are so close to the end! I didn't get a chance to read through your series - but that is what November is for, right? I'm going to pin it so I can come back and read through because I, too, am passionate about my tribe and about community - both online and in real life!

Ginger Harrington said...

This has been a great series! I loved that I got to sit across the table from you for 5 days as you worked on your posts. Blessings!

Tara Ulrich said...

Love! Congrats! You did it!

Harmony Moore said...

I'm new to your blog, having found it only yesterday, and I wish I'd found it sooner.

"It’s hard to think of wrapping up this series today because I believe God has given me so much more to say." - this is exactly how I feel about mine! I'm shocked that there are so. many. words. inside. :D Thanks for inviting us to your table.

Laura Gambrino said...

Nicely done my friend!! Love you much

Sharon said...

Congratulations on finishing! I understand a little about community. I know I have to reach out and draw others in and not wait for them to come to me. Thank you for your inspiration!