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Friday, November 1, 2013

Belgium Connection

Welcome back everybody. I promised this week I would tell you how a blogger in Belgium had something to do with our decision to start this blog. When I started blogging almost 6 years ago, one of the blogs I visited quite regularly was written by a lady named Gattina. And she visited my blog too. One time she mentioned that many people in America share something about their church on their blog. She was somewhat amazed because she said almost no one in Belgium goes to church anymore. I commented back that I thought that was sad. She told me not to feel sorry for them. They liked it that way. They were plenty happy not to go to church.

One day when my niece Ginger was at our house we got to talking about people like that and Ginger suggested we start a blog where people could link spiritual posts and that would be good for people like Gattina who didn't have a church. I thought it was a good idea so we started working on it.  Many many people have linked here since we started it over 5 years ago but I don't think Gattina even visited it once. If she did I didn't know about it. I think that is sad, but you can't force people to be interested. I just thought it was pretty interesting that she played a part in our decision. Even if she never had the blessing of reading what others share here, there are many who have benefited  through the years. I still think it is and was a good thing. I still think it is sad that most people in Belgium including Gattina, don't go to church.

If you are new to Spiritual Sundays and would like to link a post on your blog here, you can get information about how to do it by clicking on Blogging Info under the header picture. Everyone is welcome.

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing - I love hearing why people first began their blogs. Hopefully Gattina did visit this blog or some of the links on it. I have been so fascinated when I look at my own blog's stats and see from where my visitors come from. I've noticed a lot of traffic lately from Russia, have you? Anyway, the internet makes the world so small and enables us to share God's word to places we may never physically go. What a blessings!

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    1. I too have noticed a lot of traffic from Russia recently, amazing isn't it.

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    2. I'm glad to hear this, Sandra. We visited Belgium in 1999 but were only there a couple of days. Would have loved to have stayed much longer. Loved the little town of Brugge.

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    3. I haven't been monitoring where my visitors are coming from in awhile. It is interesting that people from all over the world can visit any blog no matter where it originates. You're right, Joan. That is quite a blessing.

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    4. I, too have had a lot of traffic from Russia on both my blogs, but especially my "Rock4Today" which features the Names of God on Rocks. Don't you just wish we could see who is reading it and why? But God knows! May we be faithful to what He has called us to do!

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  2. Hi there, I lived in Belgium for over 6 years and am very happy to say that our family was involved in two churches a French speaking one and an English speaking one so we met many people in Belgium who heard the gospel and worshiped together both expats and native Belgians. Hopefully Gattina will have found a church to worship in by now.

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    1. I intended to post the above reply after this comment. It can apply to both comments though.

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  3. I have families in Europe including Belgium and Denmark. I always envision that through our blogging, many unknown visitors from there would happen to stumble upon His gift of grace through the words we write. I noticed many Christian bloggers have slowed down even myself, but there was one day when I realized we must not stop blogging on whatever He puts into our hearts to be shared through writing. Because many visitors we don't know could be reading our stories of faith and be encouraged by such words. Blessings to you sister Charlotte.

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    1. I'm glad to hear this. I agree. I sometimes wonder if I should quit blogging and then I get comments like this and realize how important it is to keep it up. You're right. We don't know who is reading our stories of faith. God knows and He will lead people who want to be led to what He wants them to be exposed to. Thanks for the comment.

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  4. Charlotte,
    How interesting! Gattina visits my blog quite often! And I often pray for her! She did link with Jenny Matlock's "Alphabe-Thursdays" quite regularly, so we would visit each other's blogs. Sometimes I feel like stopping blogging, but then I get a reminder of its importance, ...like this post from you! Thank you!
    Esther Joy

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    1. This is interesting. I had not visited her blog in a very long time. We both used to share on Show & Tell Fridays but I don't do that anymore. I wasn't sure I could even find her blog again, but I looked back at old comments and found the link. I was glad to see she is still blogging. I used to pray for her but am ashamed to admit that I have not in a long time. Thank you for this comment. It is encouraging comments like this that reminds me how important it is to do whatever we can to share the "Good News".

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  5. Dear Charlotte,
    Again I want to tell you how much I have appreciated Spiritual Sundays. I have found many wonderful people there who I now count as friends. Recently I found out I have Lyme Disease, and quite possibly have been infected for over a year. I have felt pretty cruddy. The prayer support has been a blessing, reading inspiring posts a comfort. Thank you again for hosting us here!

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    1. Thank you again, Anita. I hope and pray you are much better very soon.

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  6. Blessings to you Charlotte, Spiritual Sundays has been a blessing to me.

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    1. I'm glad. Thank you for the encouragement.

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  7. How sad that Belgium has few church members. But how wonderful to share words of encouragement on this blog. You never know who you touch.

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    1. I'm glad so many are blessed by what is shared here. Thank you for being a part of it, Dayle.

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  8. I wrote a daily devotional blog for two years. My second largest audience (U.S. was first) was Russia. Then Germany, UK and China. I just launched my photo blog, which I'm linking up today, and it will be interesting to see who visits. I think photographs are a great open door to sharing our faith, and I am confident God will use them to reach those that haven't yet met Him. Keep up the good work. Don't give up until the Lord returns. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Nancy. It is interesting where your audience came from. I like the fact that God can use what is shared by us to His glory.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this, Charlotte. You should never doubt the impact of Spiritual Sunday. I believe blogging has shown us what a small place the world really is. I know it has me. How else would I have met a very dear lady in Arizona named Charlotte?♥

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    1. So true, Beverly. This is a small world and getting smaller every day. One of my blessings of blogging has getting to know you. A few years ago I wouldn't have dreamed we would be doing what we are doing now on the internet. Post something here and immediately it can be seen anywhere in the world. It is mind boggling for sure. Thank you for being a part of this Spiritual Sundays ministry for so long.

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  10. How encouraging, Charlotte. Have a blessed and beautiful week! :)

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    1. Thank you, Kaye, and thank you for being a loyal supporter for so many years.

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  11. Those who do not attend church do read these inspiring posts, and do keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Hazel. I'm sure there are many who do not attend church who read the posts. I certainly like to think so. Thank you for your loyal support.

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  12. I am thankful to Gattina for spurring you and Ginger - we are all so blessed by having this wonderful place to link up. Thanks for your faithfulness, Charlotte, in providing this community.

    Our pastor and a team of three others just got back from Turkey. There's another country that has nothing to do with God. It's sad really. Turkey is where Paul planted many churches, and now it's a Godless country. May the Lord bless the small seeds of Christianity that are being planted there.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon for these words of encouragement. And thank you for being a part of Spiritual Sundays for such a long time.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.
Blessings,
Charlotte