Thursday, February 12, 2009

I would like to appologize to you

I would like to sincerely apologize to you for my post yesterday because I realized that I offended some people by what I said. I did not mean to hurt anybody. I was venting and I didn't think it through when I wrote it. I edited it a bit and cut out the offensive part where I unfairly attacked popular blogs who do not reply to comments.

We all are busy with our own lives and schedules and have set our own guidelines for how often we can visit other blogs and leave comments. Some have time to write every day, where others are once a week or once a month. Sometimes we just lose touch. I was strictly talking about those blogs where you try three or four times to leave a comment hoping that just once they will swing by a for a visit and say hi, but they never do. I just went a little overboard by accusing these blogs of being snobs and for that I apologize.

I had an anonymous person leave a very hurtful comment that sounded like they had all out rage toward me saying, "the content on here is just over the top ram a bible down your throat stuff". I find this comment rather random as it had nothing to do with what I was talking about. I admit it, I am a Christian and that is written clearly all over my blog. I would not go to a person whose blog is all about their love of airplanes and leave a comment complaining that all they do is talk about airplanes! This person also made a comment that actually makes me laugh, they said "you are embarrassed about some things but your cookie sheets are disgusting to bake on". I am the first one to agree with them that my cookie sheets are very beat up, but they are not disgusting to bake on - they are clean, but they are stained from baking treats for my family with love. They are very old and work just fine, and being the frugal gal that I am, I choose not to buy new ones.

Those were just two little excerpts from that comment. I chose not to publish the comment because it attacked me in other ways and was just a little creepy for me. I was pretty surprised by it and frankly at first I was very hurt. I stewed over it for about an hour, talked with my hubby, kids and my sister, and finally decided to do what the Lord calls us to do and I prayed for that person and will continue to pray for them with a sincere, loving heart. So anonymous, whoever you are, I am sorry if you feel that I ram the Bible down your throat by posting scriptures and by talking about my love for my Maker, but I've just added you to my prayer list. I pray that God will reveal Himself to you and will richly bless you in many ways.

Again, I would like to apologize on my previous post. If I have offended any of you, I ask you to please forgive me. I am sorry that I said what I said. If anybody would like to talk to me further about it, please write me at roseofsharonmay@gmail.com .

"Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also forgive. Colossians 3:13

In Him, Sharon
P.S. I published all the other comments that I received on that post.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dearest Sharon
I'm so glad your back! I was sad when I read that you were re-evaluating your blogging. I was so afraid that you would give it up that I hadn't checked your blog for a week. Checked it tonight and your back!!!!!! Praise the Lord. I really enjoy your blog, you're so real, so much fun and seem like someone who I would have as a friend. Remember if your ever "down under" my door is open.

love Erica.

Sondra said...

I am so sorry that someone said hurtful things to you. I just wonder- it they didn't like your blog- why were they even stopping by and reading it???
ps I should post a pic of MY cookie sheets. I bet that would make you feel a lot better! LOL!

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Sharon, sweetie I am sooooooo happy that you are back all refreshed and ready to dazzle us all over again! Woo hoo! lol My morning coffee didn't taste as good with out your blog to read! Have a terrific day sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Hootin' Anni said...

Sharon, first....I know what you mean about blogging and time and life. And while perusing this blog and you mentioning the blog you had below and it being 'hurtful'...I really wouldn't stress too much. Your words are your thoughts, and to me that is what blogging is all about...some other bloggers and even your best friends can take your words and twist them to make them mean something you didn't even intend to have it mean how they take it [does that make sense?]. Really, life is way to short. Don't fret over such trivial things.

There are times I can't return comments/visits on the particular day...but I TRY to keep up with them. Sometimes, I admit that I can't. But again, I will not stress on that part of my day. Heck, sometimes my own family will call me...and I can't return the call the very minute I find a message. It can go days before I return the call.

If you feel an apology for what you truly felt deep in your heart is necessary, I do hope you feel better. But sometimes...things like this just 'happen'......

What's more important in my mind is how YOU FEEL and being able to express yourself. I know from being an online blogger 'friend' of yours for the past couple of years, your words were not intended to be harmful...you're a treasure to us.

:o)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon! So glad you are back. I've missed you and all your posts reflecting your love of Jesus and the God given joy you have for Him, your family and all near and dear to your heart. I think you are real special. If people don't appreciate that you are a Christian then they can move on to another blog. This is your blog. I love your blog. It's an inspiration to me. Looking forward to hear more Bible scriptures, all about your cooking for your family, vintage finds and anything red! Love it! Lilly

luvmy4sons said...

When you put yourself out there...people get a chance to see it all...our good, our lovely, and our bad and ugly....AND then we get to receive back from those people their good and lovely and bad and ugly...It is a relationship like any other relationship of sorts except it is less costly with less responsibility being it is in cyber space. I accept your apology though I felt no offense. I am sorry that you have received ugly comments...though I am not surprised. Blessings to you sweet sister. God knows your heart...and we are all sinners saved by grace. Love is messy.

grey like snuffie said...

Good morning Sharon...bless your heart...He heard all that you shared and all left in your heart. This blogging world is so strange. I've always felt kind of weird about it. Like I was getting to know people and they me, BUT did we really "know" each other since we aren't really face to face. But our humanity still shines through doesn't it...I too have opened my mouth with pet peeves and such.

From what I read on here...you are such a sweet person. And we all know that some people who are lost are just going to take EVERYTHING as God being shoved down their throats. YOU DON'T DO THAT!

Blessings of all His best to you today! Praying that He continues to work this through to completion...that His peace is fully restored and no lingering ICK is left over.

adsgram said...

YIKES...glad I don't blog. My cookie sheets are over 37 years old. Got them at my bridal shower and use them all the time. ;-)Sharon...have a great day, and I am happy you are back!

Lynne

Gail said...

I am so glad that you are back Sharon! I have missed you :)
I have felt the same as you in both these last posts. I bet others feel this way too.
I know that I am not very good at blogging but I do enjoy it- and that is the main reason I began a blog to meet nice people like you that I probably never would have had the opportunity to meet if it weren't for blogland. I enjoy 'real' blogs as I enjoy 'real' people as my friends- and you keep on giving glory to God- He said that we would be hated as He was hated- and really that is what those comments are all about- His Word is a double edged sword- and is convicting - remember His Word will not return void- I love your blog and I hope you continue at your own pace-whatver that is - I am already slow- but may have to be even slower at posting these days.
Be encouraged Sharon- you have blessed many- and you are a dear favorite to me :)

God bless!
Gail

My Grandkids ROCK said...

Sharon you don't have to appologize to anyone. You have a wonderful blog. Like I said before, I look to it daily for my inspiration. I love the scriptures you put there. I love that you are a Christian mom who loves God and loves her family. I get the best ideas from you. My grandkids loved catching pollywogs. I love your family even tho I have never met you. Keep on doing what you have been doing all along. And don't worry about not blogging every day. I could never keep up with that. Just wanted to say I appreciate who you are. Have a great day. Pam

Happy @ Home said...

Hi Sharon,
I'm so glad you decided to return to blogging. It wasn't the same without you. I hope you will find the balance that you need to continue and, more importantly, enjoy blogging without pressures.

Welcome back!!

Judy said...

Sharon, you shouldn't have to feel like you need to apologize for your feelings...those are your feelings. Anyone who has to post something anonymously is a coward. Keep on posting how you post.
P.S. as for the cookie sheets, I had someone bring me something on a cookie sheet once and told me NOT to scrub them...they were totally baked on and really looked bad. I asked her why...and she said things bake better that way.
Hugs to you,
Judy

Ruthie said...

Hi Sharon.
Welcome back. I'm glad you are not going to put so much pressure on your blogging. I know I can't blog every day or go to all the blogs every day either - but blog as I can and visit as I can.
Don't worry about negative comments. Just be your sweet self and blog when you can and we'll enjoy it along with you.
With the new Blog rolls, you can see when people have added to their blogs - and that helps with visiting. :)
Hugs to you.
Ruthie

Erin from Arkansas said...

Sharon, I am so glad you're back. I really missed your posts. It was one of the first ones I read everyday. To me a blog is your own and you are allowed to post and talk about whatever you want. I enjoy your positive posts and am thankful you are a Christian and are not afraid to speak about it. Glad you are back.

Erin

mardell said...

Hi Sharon,
I echo what all these wonderful ladies have said so far. :o) I'm really glad you're back! You know...I've never noticed your cookie sheets before! LOL I've never owned a NEW one in my life ~ they've all been garage sale finds. They work just fine, besides ~ it's what's ON them that counts. AND that they were baked with LOVE!

Hugs & smiles,
Mardell

esully said...

Sharon, the Romans had an expression..."Illigetimi Non Carborundum" You can google it to see the translation but basically don't let the hurtful comments of one crank sour you on your blogging.I love reading about your family and seeing how much love you put into your home and friendships.You are blessed and I hope you continue to write!

Amy said...

I'm sorry that happened. Some people...I pray that person comes to the Lord. If "you ram the Bible down their throats" then there is a good chance they don't know Him. I say keep ramming the Bible down our throats. Scripture is so powerful and you are doing what God told us to do. Share the Gospel!! And who cares about your baking sheets. I never noticed...that is what they look like after years of baking for your family. You were fulfilling Proverbs 31 there. "she provides food for her family..."

Keep on Blogging...you are one of my favorites!

Amy Ellen said...

Hello

I am so glad that your back. I finally have a computer at home again, and I was sad to see that you were not here. I have had some weird comments as well. And just did not post. People often feel that since you share they can just say whatever the feel like saying. Sigh.... But glad to see you back, reading your posts are always such a treat. Have a delightful day!!!
Hugs
Amy

Brenda said...

Sharon, Im very sorry about the hurtful comments. Anyone who knows you has to know your heart. you have one of the purist hearts I have ever seen. No matter what you are going through in your life you always have kind words.

jen said...

Sharon-so sorry to read that someone left a comment like that. One has to wonder whats happening for that person to write such a thing. I think you are totally correct in saying a prayer for them.

I hope this doesn't discourage you from blogging (although I wouldn't blame you if it did).

All the best to you and thats why I love your blog-you took the high road-

Jennifer

Connie said...

Oh Sharon, I must say the cookie sheet comment made me laugh out loud. If that's all anyone has on you is that you're a Christian with well-loved cookie sheets, then you should be so blessed. Your love for God and family clearly comes through in the words you blog and your cookie sheets reflect your nurturing nature.(I have new airbake cookie sheets and within a few uses, they looked as bad as my old ones...so go figure!)
Anyways...I always enjoy reading about your family, the boy's sporting events, and your Goodwill hunting. I think we would be great friends if we ever met.
Ignore the nasty comments...they are Satan's way of trying to prevent you continuing to bless us with your godly living.

Farrah said...

Hey Sharon!

I'm glad to see that you are back. I read your post from yesterday then this post today and I don't follow. Why would anyone be upset that you asked for people to be courteous to reply? I am sorry that you had your feelings hurt. You are such a sweet person that I cannot know why anyone would take you the wrong way!

Hope you are having a good day and we are glad you are back to blogging!

shekinahhvac said...

Sharon, I love your blog. Though, I don't always leave commnets (busy with my 4 little girls) I really find your blog refreshing. I love the scriptures, I love the photos, I love how I get to follow your life with boys!!!
I am glad you decided to keep up with the blog. I really enjoy you.
Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for coming back. I've been in a Bible study on spiritual warfare and am learning that Satan is out to destroy Christians any way he can. Take the comment as an arrow from him and thanks for letting God get the glory! Carrie

shamrock fields said...

Dear Sharon-
Bless your heart! I think one of the best things about your blog is your honesty about your faith and the ups and downs of life. Okay--if you bake cookies, your cookie sheet will look a little worn--that's pretty much a given. Salvation is a free gift-- the price has already been paid--it requires only a mustard seed of faith. Cookies and Salvation--sounds like a great deal to me!
Bless you,
Molly

nannykim said...

I still agree with both posts ;-) ....like you said, if people don't like the blog then why are they visiting? If I don't like a blog I just go on to one I do....

~~Deby said...

Dear Sharon,
From my perspective, no apology needed. I have been reading your blog for a long time. I see you as a real and compassionate Christian woman who articulated her post well. Those of us who read your blog regularly know you and know what you spoke was true. Don't beat yourself up. There are those little *trolls* in blogland that like to peek with a critical and mean spirited attitude--bah humbug---you are right just pray for them. Keep just being YOU--that is what we love about your blog, it is from your heart and real....your spotless house, and when it isn't---you are REAL, a rare thing in blogland...
again a hearty hug and welcome back from your break---BLOG ON sister !!!
Deby

Kathi said...

Sharon, I echo all of these comments. You really have no need to apologize. You said from the heart, your sweet heart, how you felt. It's common courtesy to reply when one can. I love your blog and you shine for Jesus. That person should not be visiting you, if they don't like hearing the Gospel. I pray for them too. Bless you Sis. I love you, Kathi

Sharon said...

Dear Erica, Lilly, Lynne, Erin, Mardell and Carrie,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your very sweet comments! I am glad to be back and I have decided to put that negative comment behind me. I am glad you enjoy my blog. I truly wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Sharon

Anonymous said...

Sharon I think that poster also has baked on used cookies
sheets! haha Or uses throw
away cookie sheets!
This IS your blog and if you want to post Bible
versus on here that is your
right. Awwww it is ok to
let off and steam and vent.
Pamela in OH

trish said...

Miss sharon: what you wrote i or anyone else should not find offensive. I love your website and am truely happy your back. I read daily most days anyway and find the love of the Lord you have most up lifting and you inspire me to love the Lord even more daily. Your truely are a goooood role model and don't let anyone tell you other. We are only human and can't please everyone. God is good all the time and to him I try to please and when i don't, i ask him to forgive me and move on.
p.s. could you tell me what size sheets you finally got for your bed i have the same trouble and i can't find a thing other than have them made and maybe where you purchased them.
May God bless you and yours.
tricia

Sunflower Farm said...

hi I am glad you are back. The cool thing about blogs if it not to your own interst skip it don't read it. Our blogs are our personal thoughts. Yes we are putting ourself out there and unfortunatly there are some really mean spirited people. Those type of people we can't stop them from finding us. At the same time some of us really like your blog. We can really relate to the love you have for your family, learning to let our young adults grow up. And I am sorry someone complaining about the cookie sheets...that is just crazy! Use your cookies sheets and make great cookies. Welcome back.

Anonymous said...

Sharon
Just the fact that you feel the need to apologize is exactly what makes you YOU! You are a special, loving, child of God. I have always wondered how you could find the absolute perfect scripture for every post. Keep sharing!
Cecelia

Sweet Nothings said...

Mom,

You handled this situation with such grace. I'm so proud of you. It takes a lot to deal with such a mean, nasty comment like that. The Lord has given you such strength!

Reading all the comment's before mine just proves that you've got so many great friendships here on this blog. And so many of them (including me) are right there with you on this subject!

About the cookie sheets...Mackenzie and I are newlyweds and ours are already browned and stained! Oh well! That's just the way it works when you bake on them so often! Like you said, it's baking with love!

Love you!

Joyfull said...

It is so good to have you back posting! I understand the need for breaks and hope that you are refreshed and ready to share the love and wisdom God has given you with others. You and your family are wonderful to read about and I consider you a true friend. Yesterday we were burning off a field which is a southern thing, and of course I was blogging about it, my husband wanted to know why I was taking pictures etc., I told him my friend in Oregon may be interested in how things get done in Florida! Sorry to hear of the hurtful things that were said and no offense was taken here by your post. Common courtesy should be the normal, but alas, it is not. But as Christians we should set the example! Blessings to you.

a visit to the hollow said...

Im so sorry that someone would leave you such an ugly comment. Those people have something missing in their lives--like love, Jesus. I enjoy reading your blog, you are true genuine lady.

As for the cooking sheets, I have my aunts old cooking sheets and they look banged up and old, but each time I use them I think of my aunt Katherine.

Hugs to you, and again Im so sorry someone hurt your feelings.

Rosemary said...

Hi Sharon, you should see MY cookie sheets! LOL! Don't let mean people get you down. What are they doing reading your blog if they are so offended anyway? LOL!

WVMamaBear said...

Welcome Back! I sure have missed reading your wonderful blog. You are so uplifting and I always look forward to reading your postings.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sharon said...

Esully,

Thank you so very much for the kind comment. I love that phrase! I clicked on your name and went to your blog, but there was nothing there. Do you have a blog? I would love to visit you if you do.

Hugs, Sharon

Sharon said...

Dear Jen,

Thank you so much for your support! I really appreciate it. I sure hope you have a very happy Valentine's day!

xox Sharon

Sharon said...

Dear Pamela and Cecelia,

I'd like to thank both of you for your support and sweet comments! I am so thankful for all my blogging friends!

Hope both of you have a great weekend!

:0) Sharon

Sharon said...

Hi Trish! I clicked on your name and could not get in your blog, so I will write you back here. Thank you for your very kind words. I really, really appreciate it and I'm thrilled that you enjoy my blog. As far as my sheets, I bought the deep pocket California king and they work pretty well!

Have a great evening!

xoxo Sharon

Sharon said...

Dear Mamabear,

Thank you for leaving me a nice comment! I really appreciate you! I'm glad you enjoy my blog!

Hugs, Sharon

Willa said...

Praise the Lord that you are back, Sharon. I was missing you bigtime.

I am so thankful that you accepted the criticism with grace. You are a very Godly woman and I know that you have already forgiven that person and not looking back anymore. This is your blog and go ahead and post what you think the Lord is telling you to.

I love to read your blog and all the Godly wisdom you impart. Your blog brightens my day.

I can't wait until you blog about your someday grandchildren. Two of mine are napping right now.

Willa

Liz said...

Oh Sharon. You should see my cookies sheets. And really? That's the best someone could do? If old cookies sheets are your one flaw, I'd say that's pretty good. :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...