High Calling and Real Community
I grew up in a small Iowa farming community where you were on a first-name basis with all your neighbors — and their parents and second-cousins and pet chickens.
I didn’t know how to care intimately for someone halfway around the world, or even in the next town. But then we all got IP addresses and modems. Suddenly, the world shrunk, and our country roads and big-city freeways merged on an Information Superhighway.
And out on that road, I found real neighbors. I found them ona farm in Canada and a campus mailroom in Virginia and an insurance-claims office in South Dakota.
Two years ago, I didn’t think real community could exist out here on the Information Superhighway. Today, many of you who stop here have become as close as the friends I see just down my country lane.
And today, I’m honored to tell you that I have been offered a cool opportunity to bea part of an organization that has done a fabulous job at building real community on the World Wide Web. I will serve as a Contributing Editor for Family blogs on the High Calling Blogs network.
That means you might see me around the Network at your blogs. You’ll find me featuring some of my favorite Network links over on the side-rail at Getting Down with Jesus, (under the category of Soul Food.) And you might find me connecting with some of you onFacebook and Twitter. HighCallingBlogs.com is a place where Christians can safely ask the difficult questions about their work, their faith, or both. And it’s a place where we can find true community among people with shared values.
If you are a blogger, I encourage you to head on over to HighCallingBlogs.com.
And to you, my dear email subscribers who quietly journey with me three days each week, I encourage you to click on any of the above links to meet some of my new “neighbors.” Or click on the badge below to make your way to the High Calling Blogs site.
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Thanks much. I have been meaning to get over to Higher Calling Blogs, & this is just the nudge I needed. I started getting involved in blogging about 6 mos. ago, and I too am amazed at the network and encouragement — something I never expected!
I encourage you to join the High Calling Blogs network. It's a great group of folks who make me think,
make me laugh,
make me cry, and
make me a better me.
Blessings to you, Susan, on your writing journey.
Oh, this is such a good thing for you! I love that you're getting to do it! You're perfect for the job!
Thank you, Kelly. And to those of you who stop by the comment box today, make a fast dash for Kelly's blog, if you haven't done so already. Her photos and words are breathtaking.
Oh, how exciting! I am happy for you!
Yay yay yay!!!! Congratulations! What a perfect fit.
You are astounding…everyone knows that. Yay!
Welcome to the team Jennifer! I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with you at High Calling Blogs! I've always been a big (mostly lurking) fan of what you do, and think that you'll fit into your new role really well!
And thanks for the shout-out (for the BibleDude)!
Congratulations! I haven't met you yet, but I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
Ha, perfect what Deidra said. You ARE astounding and we all know it.
What I really need to know now is this: Do they serve ice cream at the cool kids' table?
You're amazing. And so well suited to the task. Carry on.
Traveling across So Dakota in search of the Black Hills and Blogger on mobile is always dicey. So here's hoping this came out right.
I love this network. That's great!
Congrats Jennifer! Well deserved- you inspire with your words and you will be awesome!
Sounds exciting! I'm going to check it out! Good for you.
We are SO glad to have you in this role, but you have long been a vibrant and vital part of our community.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. And your heart. And most of all, your faith in Christ Jesus.
Right on farm girl!
I first "met" you a couple days after your accident last year. I prayed for you from the blog bushes. And now I know the sweetness of your guidance, prayers and friendship.
May God bless all that you do in His name.
And I LOVE High Calling Blogs! 🙂
Something else, will somebody please tell me what "woot woot" means? I give more than my share of "yeehaws" and "yippee-skippees" and "yahoos" around here. I am a hick so maybe this is some sort of city thing? But then again, you used it. Maybe I am just a dork and don't know much about the slang you kids use nowadays…
What a poignant introduction of your new place with us. It's been a while, hasn't it? Amazing what water has already traveled under the bridge.
Again, so glad to have you working with us!!! 🙂
Hi Sandra! Nice to meet you, too.
Thanks for your kind remarks, Deidra and Dude.
SCG — You make me laugh! Woot is as you say: a version of Yeehaw. …
Lyla — Ice cream? So far just Ding Dongs and Qdoba … oh, and Super Soynuts. 🙂
Jennifer this is awesome! I'll be over to visit! Thank you for being so obedient to this calling! Have a great weekend.
I am crazy excited to have you on the team, Jennifer! You bring a little class and a whole lot of heart.
Okay, I'll say it:
Jennifer and Duane — Thank you so much!
Rebecca — yes, yes! The HCB Network is awesome!
Julie — Thank you, sweet friend!
Kay and Runner Mom — The HCB is definitely worth checking out. Join us! We have a ball.
Ann, L.L. and Laura — An honor to do a bit of Kingdom Work with you ….
Congratulations Jennifer! What a fabulous opportunity for you.
I have only glanced at HCB before, but have never really joined in. I may have to take a closer look now.
I will be heading over, thanks, as always, for your encouragement
I'll have to check out Higher Calling Blogs again -it's been awhile & I think that's how I found your site. Congrats on the new position with them!
You'll be wonderful, Jennifer. It's a priviledge and you'll be a blessing!
So wonderful that all these others see the awesomeness that I see in each post. Congratulations!!
Congrats! I have no idea what it actually means, joining a network, but delighted that these unknowns have honored you.
I will head over and check it out. Honestly, a bit cautious and would love any advice you may have.
Congratulations, Jennifer! I am behind in my blog reading, and just came across this announcement. Wonderful! I can't think of a better editor!
And everything you said about HCB — YES!
I know you will be an amazing addition to the HC Team! I appreciate you and your words.