Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I Have a Dream

When I began blogging nearly four years ago, I had no idea I would meet so many precious friends online. I did not realize God could put a deep and sincere love in my heart for women I have never met face-to-face. Didn't know my heart would go out to others, that I would find myself praying earnestly for needs which are not my own, or that my life would be so richly blessed by a community of women I didn't even know existed.

But that is just what happened.

As time has gone by I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet a few fellow-bloggers in person, and that truly delighted my heart.
And put a dream in me.
I began thinking, Wouldn't it be amazing if a bunch of us could get together, in one place, in person - to encourage one another, to worship God together, to actually hold hands as we pray for each other?
And my mind raced with the possibilities. Though I reasoned it would likely never happen. I mean, really, how could something like that be pulled off?

Oh, me, of little faith!

Last week I was reading Leah's blog and she talked about an event coming up in September in North Carolina. She described an event at which women who have made connections on one side of the computer screen will gather on the other side of it to meet God together. And I just knew God was making my dream come true.
The group is called gIRL. (That would be girlfriends In Real Life!)
Their website is here.
The event details/registration are here.
I am registered, have purchased my plane ticket, and unless God says otherwise, I'm going to be there. September 24-26, 2010. (Just two days after my *first* 39th birthday!)

I hope you can come, too.
(But please note, space is limited. So don't dilly-dally! *grin*)

Karen

12 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Wow...how amazing would that be. Maybe...well I will pray on it! Love ya!

Irritable Mother said...

Leslie - That.would.be.awesome!!!
I'm gonna pray for you, too. *grin*

TheUnSoccerMom said...

wow.... that sounds amazing!! I will look into it.. :o)

LisaShaw said...

I've already had the privilege of hugging you in person a year ago April BUT I'm so glad for the opportunity again...see you in Sept!

Angie Muresan said...

How cool is that? I would love to meet with you and the rest of my blogging friends in real life.

And I'm still grinning at the mention of your *first* 39th birthday.

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

CAN. NOT. WAIT. to see you in September and give you a birthday hug. I am so excited to be part of gIRL. I'm on the Board of Directors and this is such a God thing, let me tell you. I'm praying for you and each of the women who will attend by name. See you there friend.

Thanks for giving gIRL a shout out!

Leah

Irritable Mother said...

Jodi - Oh, do look! I would love for you to be there, too.

Lisa - Soooooo excited I get to see you again. And for an entire weekend this time. When are you getting into Asheville? My flight is scheduled to arrive about noon. Maybe we can pass time together at the airport, too. *grin*

Angie - Very cool.
Haven't quite decided if I'll continue having 39th birthdays, or not. Actually, I am kind of looking forward to turning 40, so I think I'll keep having them. *wink*

Leah - I know it's got to be a God thing. And HE does things so well.
Thanks for praying. I trust He is up to something good!

BusyB said...

wow that is great! Amazing what prayer can lead to in life :) Happy that you were able to find that group!!!!!

km said...

Man...I would love to be there. It's not in the budget this year. The dates might possibly cross with my hubby's missions trip. The trip dates keep flexing...he'll either be home on the 19th or the 25th.

Irritable Mother said...

BusyB - I am so happy, too. Can't wait to meet more blogging buddies!

KM - Yep. Another reason I'm thankful for my pharmacy job. That's how I'm getting the resources to go to this event.

Heather {Desperately Seeking} said...

God spoke. I listened. I will be there thanks to a little help from my friends (and a VERY LOUD God talk!)

Irritable Mother said...

Heather - Just checked to see what time you left that comment. *very big grin*
Can't.wait.to.meet.you!