Dear Faith Barista Friends,
I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much your encouragement has meant to me. In bloggy land, that means we snatch a virtual moment together through comments, faith jamming — or simply sharing silent thoughts together.
I wanted you to know your presence here makes a difference. To me and to others who are reading.
A friend once asked me how I can write transparently on Faith Barista. I tell her, it’s probably because when I write, my voice finds its home.
I grew up fast as the oldest in a single parent home, in an 800 square foot space. The one place I could call my own, where I felt free, wasn’t a corner or room. It was me in front of my journal, Bic pen scrawling on pages. I’m a mommy and grown up now. But, that place inside me — where I meet with God between ink, dreams and prayers — is still where I share from, with you here as faith friends.
Wouldn’t It Be Great
Not everyone feels comfortable slipping in comments, but whenever you have, your words have stayed with me. I read every word as gifts and I am grateful for the company. Every time I write, I am thankful for you.
You let me know I’m not alone. Through your stories and your hellos, I find kindred spirits on this journey with Jesus.
A few months ago, I decided to jump into Facebook and created a page. I’m still getting used to Facebooking, but one thing I didn’t expect was how fun it is to see your faces! Everyone places an image with their name, so it feels warm and cozy.
So, I thought: wouldn’t it be great to “see” you here on Faith Barista too?
In case you’ve wondered why some people’s pictures show up in the comments section and some don’t (I get asked this fairly regularly via email), I’d like to share how to create a GRAVATAR today.
Since the weekend is coming up, maybe you’ll be tinkering on the computer. I’d love to “see” you when you visit here, so I took some screen shots of the process and outlined it below. It only takes 5 Easy Steps To Create a Gravatar.
Which Picture Is You?
So, what is a Gravatar?
“Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.” ~ Gavatar.com
When you create a gravatar account, you assign an email address to an uploaded image. Then, whenever you drop comments on blogs using your email address (not just on Faith Barista), the image you uploaded gets pulled and shows up.
In lieu of an actual photo, some people choose an icon instead — an image they feel represents them. So, for camera shy readers, feel free to snap a pic of your fave coffee drink!
Interested? Here we go…
5 Easy Steps To Create a Gravatar account
Step 1: Create a Gravatar account
Click here to get to the sign up screen. Enter the email address you use when submitting comments.
Step 2: Active Your Account
You’ll receive an email from Gravatar with the subject: “Welcome To Gravatar”. Click on the link to activate your account.
Step 3: Choose your Username and Password
After you click to activate, you’ll be asked to pick a Username and a password.
Step 4: Upload your image
You can click to add your image now. (You can always click the top tab “My Account” for a pull-down menu and choose “Add An Image”.)
Step 5: Adding an image
When you click “Add an image”, you’ll see four ways to do it —
After you’ve created a Gravator — or even if you don’t — share a thanksgiving or prayer request below. It would be great to remember each other in prayer this weekend. I just finished a big project I’ve been daring to try. I’ll be celebrating with a trip to my fave bakery and enjoying some quiet downtime.
Thank you again for your encouragement. The time you take to visit and add your voice here is valued, more than you know.
Whatever your plans are for the weekend — I hope you enjoy some downtime too.
What are your plans for the weekend?
Would you like to share a thanksgiving or prayer?
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Thank you for the tutorial on Gravatar! I was wondering how to get my picture to show up!
Hmmm, plans for the weekend? Not sure yet, my kids will be home with me so we will probably swim. We also have a get together to go to that consists of my adult Bible Fellowship class from church on Saturday.
I am so very thankful for God putting a special friend in my life who allows me to talk/email openly to her without judgement. She is a real blessing in my life! I am also thankful that God hears my prayers and answers them-some quicker than others, some may not be the answer I wanted but there is always a bigger yes down the pike!
Have a great weekend Bonnie and enjoy the bakery!
Yay – I see you, now! 🙂 Water, sun, Bible, and comfort of a friend. Enjoy, Lisa!
I sent you an email and I’m sure you get many but be on the look out for it! ‘Lisa H’ is in the subject line!
Thank you for the Gravatar lesson! Very helpful indeed.
I uploaded the picture of my son Caleb who battled kidney cancer and who is now in blessed remission. I am of course beyond grateful for what that word “remission” means to me and my family. But my deepest well of gratitude springs from what God did in my heart and the rescue operation He set in motion with my name on it. Unbelievable and undeserved.
Thank you Bonnie, for making your blog feel like home. For walking alongside us in friendship instead of charging ahead and leaving us to choke on your dust. I just met you, but already sense that you are and will be a friend. Another one of God’s surprising and lavish gifts.
Oh, Julie! Your Caleb is so, so precious. I LOVE that name, btw. It means “loyal”. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. What an encourager you are! (By God’s grace, we are dust-free here… LOL.)
Thank you! I have had trouble even on my site to get my profile picture uploaded. I can upload to put in a post but not for my profile! I needed these lessons!
Praise: My new job is going well. I am able to walk most days – four or five days a week with my new schedule. Matt and I are getting lots of time together even with him working overnights with my new schedule because I am home when he gets off in the morning. Another praise: for our 12 year anniversary a couple of weeks ago… Matt went to church with me as my present. He asked what I wanted and then I told him and he did it!!! He hasn’t gone back since. But we had a great talk about what was preached. He is still going to the counselor and hasn’t quit going. He is taking his depression medicine regularly now.
It worked! Yeah!
Yippee! On all accounts – God bless you as the warmth of His presence is filling your story, Katie. ooxx.
agreed!! so much more fun to see faces =)
LOVE your pic, Katy! 🙂 Your smile is just contagious, even online! LOL.
So true, right? She is a sweetheart!
please pray for the family and friends of a 16 year old girl from our church, who is in critical condition after a bad car wreck yesterday morning.
continue to pray for many who are still finding their feet in joplin and tuscaloosa, following the tornadoes there.
pray that as believers and followers of Jesus, “we will love the lost as much as we love our pets” – Ajai Lall
also check out my blog through my alias Auntie Em…it’s linked from my blogspot…
Thanks for sharing these heart prayers, Marina!
my daily plan for the summer (i’m a teacher, so i’m home) tend the garden, tend the pigs, tend the boys. and READ! prayer request – my husband has been in training all week for a two-week rip to guatemala. he works for wycliff bible translators. this is his first trip. afterwards he will recruit for and plan short-term trips for hs/college students. the purpose is to kindle a desire for bible translation and/or missions in the students. anyway, he flies out in the morning. praying for safety, learning and awakening. please pray with me? his name is chris privette.
Oh, Kendal, praying for all these with you. That Hubby is your heart, and now he is flying out, pouring it to reach others for Jesus. I will be remembering beautiful couple, Kendal and Chris, this weekend. And for strength for Kendal’s mommy’s heart and hands while he’s away.
Fridays are my favorite days because my friends and I get together for dinner. Although, this weekend, most of them are out of town so I don’t know if we’ll be together tonight. Its June so my Saturday will (most likely) find me right back at the office working some overtime. I’ll be happy when June is over and I can have my Saturdays back.
Oh, I do miss those regular girls nights, Kristine! I’ll be thinking of you, prayers to make the work productive and rest in between.
Generally, its more like Kristine and the Young Marrieds (so boys too). Surprisingly, I don’t feel like the single out when I’m with them which is why I love spending Friday nights with them. I haven’t known any of them a whole year, but it feels like I’ve always known them. They are my new brothers and sisters.
Love this quote from you; “…. it’s probably because when I write, my voice finds its home.” I am a late bloomer to writing – but the same holds true to me. I find I have so many words running around my head in the form of “emotions” that I have to get them. Whether anyone wants to read it or not. 🙂 LOTS of journals.. and a personal blog. I wrote my way through depression 4 years ago. I found it very therapeutic and healing to write then. Now that I am through that season it can sometimes be a challenge to write about all the joy and good. That too is an interesting – and insightful journey. So much of what you write for “us” to read really resonates with me. So again, thank you for “you”.
My weekend: my husband Jerry has been gone all week in IN for a family funeral. He should be home when I get home today from work – in time for a date night. I plan to just “be” with him – in our weekend routine – and savoring every moment with him. Enjoy your white space time. I will be thinking and praying for you. 🙂 xo
Writing is therapeutic; it changes us, doesn’t it? Enjoy your reunion with Hubby, KC! We do date nights too! 🙂
Thank you so much for these instructions! I had no clue how to do this and have wondered how some folks always have a picture show up with their comments. Very cool!
We are hosting a 90th birthday party for my mom at our home on Sunday afternoon (this Sunday, the 12th) and about 40 folks are coming. We have a great yard for entertaining, but the house – much as I love it – will not house 40 for eating. And the weather is threatening. So prayers for a rich time of connection for my mom, our extended family and some good friends (about 10 of the group will be over 80!!) and that each of these much-loved elders will be safe and comfortable no matter what the weather is like!
Thanks, Bonnie, for your weekly writing themes – it has been great to work on them and to read those shared by others.
Oh, Diana! I “see” you! So blessed to hear your Birthday Group story and how they encouraged your journey. Here you are now, encouraging us in the jam! You’re lucky I don’t live near you – I might just come crash your party! 🙂 Happy 90th to your mommy! LOL.
And you would be most welcome – but bring a jacket – the weather is truly lousy. :>( How goes the song lyric, ”
“We’ll have our love to keep us warm…” Yeah, that and BIG pile of blankets.
Sometimes I link up, other times I read, but mostly I lurk. 🙂 Yep. But I do love me some Faith Barista. I’m here regularly.
I am thankful for manna, that comes in so many different ways. This is weird, but today I am thankful for the clean water that flows freely into my home. I am thankful for strong and healthy children, a car that works, money to pay the bills, a hard working husband who loves me.
I would like to share both some prayer requests and thanksgivings.
First, the prayer requests. Well, long story short, I am originally from out east (SW Ontario) but now in Calgary AB, I am flying out east a week this afternoon for a wedding of one of my girlfriends. Pray for a safe flight both to and from SW Ontario and that the time there may be fruitful. And now, on a more personal level, I have had issues with my parents (I’m 32 but still live at home, but am quite capable of moving out on my own) for quite a while now (since we’ve moved out here over 3 years ago) and I am more than ready to do it, but I am scared of the ramifications with my parents. That and it’s just well past time to move on. My parents both have drinking issues (stress = need drink NOW) and neither of them see it as an issue but I am caught in the crossfire more times than not (ie. verbal and emotional abuse). It’s a nasty circle, and I just need to get out of this environment ASAP.
Thanksgivings: Well, plenty. My friends out east who have stuck with me throughout this mess and loved me and prayed for me nonetheless. My male friends at Frassati house who have seen me through the bad and the good and have just been there through it all with hugs, lots and lots of love, and equal amounts of compassion. I never knew love like this till I moved here (against my will, I might add). Josh deserves special mention, his hugs and kindness have carried me through a lot of this, and I honestly don’t know how I would’ve made it this far without him and his friends. All my Catholic friends at CCO and UCCC. Basically all my friends, past and present.
That we encourage you is only fair, since you have encouraged me so very many times. Thank you for your transparency. It helps me own my self thoughts. I also find it easier to write in transparency than to speak it.
Thanksgiving: I’m so grateful to God for walking with me every day, hearing my every prayer, and loving me unconditionally. I don’t thank Him enough! Thank you, Bonnie, for providing a space for us to grow closer to Him and in relationships with each other!
i’ve never been one for stepping in front of the camera, and always had a photo of the pup in my life as my gravatar. until i started writing for (in)courage and they said they wanted to see me and only me.
and now i’m beginning to realize how lovely it is to be seen…
Gitz your beautiful! Be proud to show your pretty smile!
Thankful for cooler weather in the last few days as we do not have central air that works. Prayer request, for God’s will for our family and ministry, wisdom about what lies ahead.
Bonnie, you are such an encourager to me. I believe I have my gravatar already but let’s check. I am so thankful to another one week off work after teaching a two week Culinary Camp to first through fourth graders. Please pray for a time of rest and reflection.
Bonnie, thank you kindly for showing us how to upload a pic.
I thank FatherGod for helping me write this book He wants me to, for everyone who has encouraged me, and for all those who showed me the error of my thinking during the time I wasn’t sure I could/should write this book. To be honest, I still have times when those thoughts of doubt creep in. I am so grateful for the times He has used you to chase those doubts away. You didn’t even know you were doing it…or did you? 🙂
Well, I’ve been reading through your recent posts and decided to stop **here** just to tell you thanks for maintaining a strong voice of encouragement in this space. Your words have the potential to change the way a person thinks, mainly because of Who you always point to :).
I am cking to see if I did this right!! Thanks Bonnie!