When You’re Desperate For Community // Glimpses Link Up

All my life I have been what some would call a “social butterfly”. I love being around people. Gathering with family and friends are what I love to do the most. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, just being together with those I love is enough for me.

Building a community is not an easy task. I wish I could say that it will come without heartache and pain. It will not. But if you are willing to take the risk, there are so many benefits of having a people to call your own, a tribe to spur you on, and encouragers at every turn.

I have my family — my parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews — all who live no more than 45 minutes from one other. And I am blessed that my children and grandchildren all live in the same town. Actually, we are all living in the same house again, temporarily, 9 of use (if you include the four week old) and wow, what a community!

I have friends who I gather with often for meals, movies, coffee, laughter and shopping. These women have been walking with me for 20+ years and I cannot imagine my life without any one of them. My best friend lives an hour away but I make it a point to drive out to see her one Saturday each month.

And there is all of you. I may never meet you in person, but our hearts are held together first by our love for the Lord, then by a common ground — writing. You can call it journaling, blogging or writing, but we are women who have come together to share our lives with one another from near and far. We gather on our blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we encourage, challenge, build up and spur one another on.

I’m desperate for community. I’m desperate to have a constant influx of people in my life. I cannot walk this journey alone. I need my family, friends and my blog community (who I am honored to call friends) who continually challenge me to be the best woman, wife, mom and servant of  Christ that I can be.

I am desperate for community, so I will continue to reach out and take risks with my heart because community is worth it to me.

I will continue to take risks with my heart because community is worth it to me. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

What are you doing to build community in your life?

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #501-510

501. Backyard shenanigans on warm summer nights.
502. Cleaning out and organizing the homeschool material.
503. More FREE books for my Kindle Fire.
504. Working on a new blog design for a client.
505. A freshly washed car.
506. Homemade garlic green beans.
507. Friends who don’t allow you to quit.
508. After a set back, I’m back on track with my healthy eating.
509. Tears flowing freely in worship.
510. Movie night with the family.

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply link back here.
2. Link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find each other’s posts.

28 thoughts on “When You’re Desperate For Community // Glimpses Link Up”

  1. Lesley says:

    I agree, community is so important. We all need people to encourage us, teach us and walk with us. I’m grateful for this blogging community too and glad that we have connected!

    1. Barbie says:

      Me too Lesley. Thank you for being here.

  2. Michele Morin says:

    This on-line band of sisters has been a surprising gift! And yes to the need for community! So thankful for God’s provision in this way!

    1. Barbie says:

      I am extremely blessed my this community. Thank you for being here Michele!

  3. Patricia Krank says:

    Building community can be very hard. Especially when you are older and are living in an entirely different part of the country than you’ve ever lived before. We invite people into our home regularly and have some “fun friends” but the more intimate types of friendships we had in our old home are still lacking some. I am very thankful for the writer friends I’ve found in groups like this. We get each other!
    Thank you Barbie.

    1. Barbie says:

      That’s so true Patricia. I appreciate you!

    1. Barbie says:

      Oh that’s awesome. We shall life a long life!

  4. Sarah Geringer says:

    I don’t build community as much as I would like. But, I do meet one Sunday per month with my local writers guild. We encourage each other and share ideas. This fall I plan to rejoin an in-person Bible study group from my church. I need community, and I know others need me too. Good post, Barbie.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Sarah. I’ve been looking for a women’s fellowship to attend in church. Hopefully I’ll find one that clicks soon.

  5. Lisa notes says:

    You are so blessed to be living near so much of your family! I get to live around most of my family also, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I wish my oldest daughter lived closer, but even she is only 3 hours away so I know it could be much worse. But yes, community does always come with a cost. But it’s worth the price we pay. 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      It absolutely is Lisa. I’m thankful you are close enough to your daughter to avoid a plane ride.

  6. Pam Ecrement says:

    I so agree with Michele and others in their response to this post! You are blessed indeed to have all of your family living so close to you. Our children and grandchildren are living hundreds of miles away and my siblings are deceased and never married and my husband’s siblings are living farther away as well. Community is such a blessing! Thanks for being a part of this very unique online sisterhood!

    1. Barbie says:

      I do feel blessed Pam. I pray that God brings more a more community around you! Thank you for being here.

  7. Maree Dee says:

    I completely agree. I could not make it without my community. Life is hard, and life is joyous I would hate to do it along. Now for 9 in the same house, that might be difficult. I do still like a little solace here and there. Then again what a blessing to be able to all be together, especially with a new baby.

    1. Barbie says:

      Yes, it’s quite crowded. We try to stay out of each other’s way, but doesn’t always happen. Thankfully we all get along and love one another. Thanks for stopping by Maree!

  8. June says:

    I love being in community with you, friend! I’m more of a loner and enjoy quiet solitude, but I’m so very thankful for the online community I’ve been blessed to accumulate over the last five years. Blessings on your week, Barbie!

    1. Barbie says:

      June, you have been a blessing in my life as we’ve journeyed together through blogging. Thank you for being here.

  9. Amy Jung says:

    Although I’m a bit of an introvert (I get recharged by my alone time), I can’t imagine life without community…including the blogging community!

    1. Barbie says:

      I am much more introverted than I use to me. When I’m not surrounded by people though, I get pretty lonely.

  10. BettieG says:

    Yes, what a blessing to have family close by. We have some near, and some far, but what a blessing technology is for communicating nowadays! And, I too have been so blessed by this online community. Thanks for opening your heart through this linkup! Blessings to you!

    1. Barbie says:

      Bettieg, I am so glad you are here!

  11. Donna Reidland says:

    Yes, community is important. And I am blessed by so many of you. I’ve been amazed by your encouragement, your honesty, and your love for the Lord.

    And 9 in the same house! That must be a bit crazy at times!

    Blessings to you all!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Donna! And yes, 9 in the house, that is crazy. It’s been fun though.

  12. Bev @ Walking Well With God says:

    I am sort of envious of your community with your family….what a blessing. I have also tried, like you, to build community through my blog, RCF, Inc. ministry, and simply being transparent and there for others.
    Bev xx

    1. Barbie says:

      I love your blog Bev. I am thankful to be in community with you!

  13. Sue Donaldson says:

    No family nearby, but I’ve been meeting w/ two friends for 19 years or so and it’s great to have this history. Today I randomly (well, God led) texted a newlywed and young believer in my neighborhood and asked if she’d like to do a summer BS and she said yes! so there we go. We invite and sometimes it’s a yes.

    1. Barbie says:

      That’s awesome Sue! Great job for asking!

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