Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Here we are! This is the 100th post on this blog. Whether you are a browser or commenter, I appreciate you for sojourning with me.

Though many other bloggers have posted much more, it seems like some kind of reflection is in order, doesn’t it? I feel like this is a good place to pause and contemplate; “What have I learned so far?”

There are different ways to blog, and I have always had a vision that this would be an expression of community. To that end, I am quite content as I look back on the journey.


It has been a goal to speak the truth in love and maintain the type of environment where people engage freely in dialog, but at the same time, being careful to avoid unnecessarily harshness and circular or unresolvable conflict. (I have had to apologize a few times, but not a lot.) 1st Timothy 4:6 talks about a different kind of craver: “…he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions…” I don’t ever want to be that kind of craver!


One of the hardest lessons has been on the subject of letting go. For example, Wanting to say a lot, I would select just a portion and leave the rest, hoping somebody brings it up in a comment or maybe I could address it on a future post. Or seeing that someone has not been persuaded to see things my way, I simply accept that we are not on the same page at this time and move on to the next post. Or wanting badly to burrow into the blogosphere, reading and commenting instead of eating, sleeping, mowing the lawn… there comes a point, when I just had to trust that they would still be there whenever I got around to their blogs.
There's more that I wanted to say, but I'll let it go, and save it for later.


Lifelong Learner said...

reflection is good: contemplation about the path we're on, do we need to alter our path... it sounds like you've got a healthy view. At least from this side. :)

Please post another 100, and we'll just see where it takes all of us. Since I've been here it's led to locked closets, kilts, plants and pants. There's just no telling where we'll end up.

Every Square Inch said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I'm still some distance away from that milestone.

I agree with your point of letting go...I think as good as blogs are, they are not suitable for certain kinds of conversations and sometimes you just have to let it go and trust God to speak to the person you may disagree with.

L.L. Barkat said...

Ah, yes. Blogging has raised the issue of contentment for me too. For the blogosphere feels infinite, as do the possibilities for what to put out here in posts and comments.

A good thing to consider on one's 100th. (Mine passed without comment. I guess I just let it go!)

Anonymous said...

I loved the blog with the recipes! oops!! Wait a minute that was the comments, what was the actual post on?

guess who from NSC??

Even So... said...

Congrats, Craver, you are a good witness in the blogosphere world...

Craver Vii said...

Hmmm, I wonder who that anonymous commenter was...

(Do I smell hairspray?) For Now... Is that you???

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Craver! I agree with your assessments of your 100 blogs. You've done well, and have created so much community and discussion here about so many things! Have you had a favorite discussion thread so far?

Anonymous said...

Hey did anyone invite a clown? That must be him knocking at the door. Will someone let him in?

guess who from NSC??

Llama Momma said...

Your 100th post! Very cool, Craver. And, for the record, I really like the way you do things around here -- especially that bit about community!

Hey, I know! Let's celebrate with 100 comments for Craver's 100th blog post. Who's in?

So...guess who from NSC...know any good recipes?

Anonymous said...

Hairspray? What hairspray?

Craver Vii said...

Hey y’all, thanks for celebrating with me! You guys really build me up. Honestly, there have been days when I felt like Charlie Brown and then your uplifting comments recharge me and keep me delighting in God’s people.

Charity, a favorite discussion thread? Good question. Yes, I love it when I discover that someone else can enjoy a deep devotion to the Lord and entertain my silly jokes at the same time. But not just on my own blog, I love being a part of other peoples’ communities.

No clowns, people!

Later folks! I’m off to soccer practice!

Anonymous said...

Whew, just got back from exercise. YIKES!!! I didn't know there was a party over here. Who invited that clown? Isn't Craver afraid of clowns? And who on earth is that guy in the pink kilt? WOW!! Craver you have "some?" friends!!!! A nice bunch, but a little fashion challenged.

Ted M. Gossard said...

congrats Craver! I wonder if you leaving in all those weird symbols and words between paragraphs is part of your humor? haha, just wondered.

Anonymous said...

Hey Ted I think those symbols and words are his own "special" language. wink wink

Oh and Craver it's me. Don't fret about the anon tag.

Llama Momma said...

Welcome back, For Now!

Let the recipe exchange begin! Tonight, I made beef in the crockpot, but didn't do the ITALIAN beef that's so popular with all of our boys. Instead, I sliced up onions and used beef broth in the crock pot and served them as french dip sandwiches. Yummy, and also very popular. And since my expected guests couldn't make it (aw, shucks! ;-) ) I invited A Musing Mom and her girls over at the last minute. We had such a nice time!

Oh, and have you heard the news? There really is a God.

Anonymous said...

Is that cake? Oh no, don't go lighting those candles by me. No! No, don't! Really!! I am not kidding! I have a VERY flamable head you know! Oh, great they lit the candles and Craver isn't even here yet. T,hat's it I'm stepping outside until those candles are out. All that fire near my head is just dangerous. I'll be back Craver. I love cake, save me a corner piece with all the frosting. Get that fire away from me...

Llama Momma said...

Did somebody say cake? It isn't...oh it is...chocolate! I'll take a big piece, with a little bit of ice cream on the side.

Llama Momma said...

Hey, thanks for the cake, For Now. I hate to be a party pooper, but it's after 9 o'clock. Time for bed. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Well, Craver missed ouyt on the cake, too bad it was good. Where on earth is he? Did anyone even invite him?

Anonymous said...

Het llama you have to give me that recipe for the beef. My boys love your recipes, they are always a hit. When I tell them this is Mrs. Llama's recipe they know they are in for a good meal.

Did you just spit out that cake? Oh, I see, bad llama habit, no problem. Grace is extended here.

Craver Vii said...

Thanks, Ted for letting me know about all those weird symbols and words between paragraphs.

You asked whether it was all a part of my humor. Well, was it funny? No, of course not! I saw it when I logged on using Microsoft Explorer, and apparently, it happens because I originally composed the messages as a Microsoft Word document.

I'll check later to see what kind of fix would be good.

And Ted, don't let them bring any clowns in here okay? After all, everybody has some standards.

Craver Vii said...

What... I say "no clowns" and everybody stops commenting??

I wonder, who else gets that weird mumbo-jumbo between paragraphs:

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Anonymous said...

I see the weird mumbo-jumbo, too. But I also thought that was just another part of your clown act!

Anonymous said...

By the way, I just did a little test and I see the mumbo jumbo only with Windows Internet Explorer, but NOT with Firefox. Figures.

Martin Stickland said...

Happy 100th post to you,
Happy 100th post to you,
Happy 100th post dear Craver
Happy 100th post to you!

Well done my friend and keep up the good work!

Nice gate photo in the post below! tee hee!

Good night mate!

Anonymous said...

*snicker* Happy 100'th, Craver....Darn, I'm late!

spaghettipie said...

Shoot, I'm late to the party...all the cake is gone and everyone has gone to bed (twice).

Well, anyway, Happy 100th. To celebrate, I thought I would list 100 things I appreciate about you.

100. Great discussions
99. Thought provoking, but not anger provoking. I appreciate the way you ensure everyone speaks in love.
98. Fun mixed with theology. Now that's always a plus!
97. Your ban on clowns. I always feel safe coming here.
96. Oh well, that's as far as I can get a next to midnight!

Happy 100th. You contribute much to the blogosphere.

*lights some fireworks for a little pyrotechnic show* Oh, watch out, For Now! Sorry!! *goes to look for a fire extinguisher*