Monday, August 24, 2015

In Which There is No Bling . . . But There IS a $60 Giveaway

I'm not a bling kind of girl.  You'll usually find me wearing a bit of jewelry ... three rings on one finger, a bracelet, tiny studs in my ears, and maybe an ankle bracelet in the summer.

But it's all rather understated, nothing flashy, nothing that jumps out at you. No one's turning their heads to look at my bling.  That's not who I am.

And then these fabulous new flips, in all their rhinestone glory, surprisingly called my name as I was looking for something to slip on / off my feet for a few summertime weddings.  {TJ Maxx is 3 minutes from my new home.  How cool is that!}

I step out of my nondescript comfort zone whenever I slip them on.

All this to say that I am beyond excited that my new website is up and running.

{I think!  I hope!  Oh please let there be no glitches!}  

And while my feet may be sporting some bling these days, there's absolutely nothing flashy, trendy, or eye-catching about my new online home's design.  No bells and whistles, no widgets and gizmos.

My desire is to offer you, dear reader, a soft place to land.  A gentle pause in the busyness of your online travels.  A calm haven where you might catch your breath and be re-filled.  An opportunity for you to join in community with other like-minded souls to savor whatever is on the table at the moment.

And the warm invitation to safely join in on the conversation at hand.  Or silently soak it all in on the sidelines.

This online home is what my soul's been craving.  

As a writer, this kind of quiet atmosphere is a compelling gift that frees me up to do my best work.  For you, dear reader, I am pleased to create a space that invites you to focus on meaningful words and beautiful photos with nothing to distract.

So come along with me to LindaStoll.net and I'll give you the grand tour!  Please be patient with any glitches you might find in doing so ... would you be so kind as to come back later and try again if there's a problem linking in?

And to entice you just a bit, I've got a $60 TJ Maxx gift card giveaway going on there.  

Just in case you need some new rhinestone gear ...






P.S.  
And with this post, I bid a fond farewell to my seven year writing stint on the Creekside blog.

Special thanks to my longtime partner-in-ministry, Bob Eckler, for his graciousness in allowing me to linger here a few months longer after my departure from New York.  And since 2000, opening every door along the way so that I could minister with complete freedom, confidence, and joy.  God used you to give me wings, Bob.  I wouldn't be where I am, who I am, without your godly, enthusiastic investment in my life.

And gratitude to another longtime partner-in-ministry, Brent Carl, for setting up the blog in the first place, calmly smoothing out my anxiously frantic technical woes along the way, and quietly sharing gentle wisdom and keen insight in our many three-way conversations together.

I will always look back at these years of ministry at Creekside as one of the highlights of my life.  Blessings to you, guys, as we each move ahead to what God has for us in this new season, united in spirit though distance separates ...

I think I need some tissues right about now.

20 comments:

  1. Wow!
    Just Wow!
    Thank You to all the amazing people who had helped you all the way Linda.

    You will be missed friend!

    Blessings to you

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    1. Amen. It takes a team to do ministry well, to live life in a healthy community! I've been blessed in the past ... and now wait to see what God has in the days ahead ...

      ;-}

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  2. I'm not a jewelry person either. The only thing I ever change out are earrings and occasionally a necklace. ha. Love your flips. My sister has quite a collection; she'd love to add these, I'm sure. Off to visit you at your new place!

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    1. I never thought I'd be wearing rhinestones on my feet!

      ha!

      ;-}

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    1. It's never too late to do a little bling, right?

      ;-}

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  4. Wait, wait, what?! Oh man.. I'm booking it to your new site! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. I'm glad you're here ... and there, Gingi!

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  5. Excited for you! I know it's not easy. I'm not a techie person myself. Good job and good luck!

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  6. Oh Linda. Blessings and hugs in this new wonderful chapter of life. God has much for you to give and will quietly and slowly lead you on your new path. And I like your new site. All the best with it! And I felt like I needed Kleenex too just thinking about Creekside and further back, Celebrate Recovery. Thank You, Lord, for so many precious moments, now memories, and all the moments yet to be. AND...fyi...Michael and I fly off to Seattle next Tuesday...6 more days...to see Ben and Kimmi after a year apart. AND better still...in just the last few months both their hearts have opened to Jesus. LONG time praying and praying still. Much love to you and Tim. JOY in all the moments out there by the ocean.

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    1. What a poignant walk down memory lane, Sheila ... God has been so very good! What a Healer of souls and relationships He is!

      And to hear now that your children are opening their lives to the Lord? There is just no greater joy. I praise God with you!

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  7. I seriously have such a hard time with leaving a comment lately. Agh. But oh so excited to make my way to your new place. Smiling big right now before I press on that link. And, I'm so not a bling person either.

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    1. Yuck .. I hate that you're having a problem in connecting. And that you try again means the world to me, girlfriend!

      When it doesn't work for whatever reason, please shoot me your thoughts on an email, ok, and I'll be more than glad to post.

      Technology. It'll kill us all!!!!

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  8. I'm adding the new site to the RSS feed. I look forward to new posts and musings as time goes on!

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    1. As always, I'm glad you're here, Jonathan ...
      ;-}

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  9. I am an understated bling person too and my Rhinestone Sandles were found at the end if summer clearance table at the Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma many years ago.

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  10. I am sitting here in Pawling, NY thinking about my blessings... Blessed to have heard Bob Eckler Preach this morning. Blessed to have my family and friends nearby...

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    1. Thanks for sharing your sabbath blessings with us, Martha! Indeed, God is so good! I'm praising Him with you today ...

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  11. Oh, those blings are impressive. :P
    No glitches, hopefully. :)

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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