My eyes shot open in shock and awe. I kept reading. Award … Blogging award … Blogging award for me!
What? Me? I’ve only been blogging for a month and a half! There are awards for this?
My second response was something along the lines of … Clearly this is a spam comment. Can someone actually send spam comments from Jaime? Why is there so much spamming in blogging anyway?
But it’s legit!
That’s really the sweetest type of award isn’t it; when you’re nominated by your peers?
This award provides an opportunity to experience the fine work of other bloggers and gain exposure for your blog as well. It also has the ability to dismantle competitiveness and envy.
I’m not typically an award recipient. And to be honest, I’ve felt a bit out of my element this past month and a half of blogging. I did all the right things … link up with other bloggers, hang out on social media, etc. But, I found most of the other Christian bloggers weren’t anything like me.
- They’re all married – I’m divorced.
- They’re mostly stay-at-home moms – My cherished stay-at-home days are long gone; I work outside the home.
- Many of them, actually a lot of them, are home-schooling – Okay, let’s just say if I home-schooled, there would be a lot of recess on the curriculum!
Gratefully, I found our differences didn’t make a difference.
I have been welcomed with open arms and generous hearts.
And isn’t that exactly how God wants us to be? The body of Christ is the perfect example of how He gathers together all our differences and molds them into something far bigger than we could accomplish flying solo. A family that builds each other up, and together glorifies God.
Jaime is a prime example of the wonderful community of writers I’ve come to know. She has been a great encourager as I swim in these unchartered waters God led me to.
Here’s how the Liebster Award works:
- You write a post accepting the award and include a link back to the blogger who nominated you
- Answer the questions the nominating blogger provides (see my answers below)
- Nominate 3-5 other bloggers for the award (rules vary here, but less than 3,000 followers is desired)
- Provide a list of 5-10 questions for your nominees to answer
- Acceptance of the award is voluntary
Here are the questions Jaime would like me to answer:
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
That would have to be just hanging at home, sharing a meal and sharing our hearts. My children are college-aged so I’m savoring these times at the moment.
How did you spend the holidays?
With family Christmas Eve and with a couple close friends Christmas Night. It couldn’t have been sweeter.
Do you have any goals, resolutions, or a “word” for the new year?
I did One Word for the first time last year. My word was PATIENCE. I wrote about the experience in a recent post. I will never make another New Year’s Resolution again after that experience. I am still praying and wrestling with my 2016 word. It might be STILL, PAUSE or SINGULAR.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Hopefully, I haven’t found it yet! Some favorites: Paris, Austin, Chicago, NYC, anywhere in California.
How diligent are you about documenting your life with writing, pictures, or blogging?
Organization might be my middle name, so I’m pretty good about this. I keep a writer’s journal where I document thoughts and learnings that come to me so I won’t forget. I refer back to this when it’s posting time. My blogs are me … raw and real.
Where is your favorite place to spend time with the Lord?
I can always find God anywhere in His creation if I linger there a while, but the ocean is my favorite.
Are you a part of any communities that encourage your walk with Christ?
I could not live without my small group. They are my biggest encouragers. Recently, I went through some extremely difficult times. Through tears, I told one of them I couldn’t even pray; I couldn’t still my heart. Her response, “That’s okay. We are praying for you.” Priceless.
What made you begin blogging?
God was nudging me to write and I tried my best to ignore it. But, He is relentless so here I am. The catalyst was another blog where He clearly told me I had something to say and He wanted me to say it. It became my first blog post. It is about the freedom you gain when you unmask your pain.
What is your one “secret tip” for blogging that you want to share?
Wow, I’m too new at this to have any tips. Let me think … Besides the obvious (prayer) I recently read about a tip for writer’s block that I plan to test out. It’s based on the premise that it’s easier to respond to a conversation than to start one. So, hop on a couple of discussion boards in your niche. Search for some forums where you feel you could lend some experience to the conversation. There’s your next post!
If you could be doing any job you choose, what would it be?
A full-time volunteer teaching others about life, divorce, leadership, parenting, and faith. Hopefully, my employer isn’t reading this, but if you are … I love my job!
Thank you, again, Jaime. Totally shocked, honored and blessed by this.
The bloggers I am nominating, and the questions they should answer, are listed (in no particular order) after the Ponder and Practice section.
You are so loved by God, an award winner in His eyes. Spend some time soaking that in and responding to it. Please leave a comment on your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.
A Truth: “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12
A Song: If We Are The Body Casting Crowns (click here to listen)
A Read: Please check out the bloggers I list below for some fresh reading material.
A Prayer: God, thank you for the community of writers I have found in such a short period of time. Help us all to maintain our focus, our diligence and our passion for this mission. Keep us in community with one another. Helping and encouraging where we can. Let this community of bloggers be an example of the body of Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Katie Westenberg – I Choose Brave: The title of her blog alone drew me in. She has some great insight on living fearlessly in Christ.
Donna Reidland – Soul Survival: Donna has some great Bible studies and she’s not afraid to tackle the tough subjects.
Horace Williams, Jr – Pleasing to the Potter: All you have to do is read his testimony and you’ll be hooked.
And, should you accept the nomination, your questions are:
- What prompted you to start blogging?
- What do you love most about blogging?
- What have you found to be the best way to gain exposure for your blog?
- Can you share a blogging tip?
- How do you generate ideas for your posts?
- Where’s your favorite place to be when you’re writing?
- What’s the biggest challenge you have faced in your blogging journey?
- What’s the one thing you’d like us to know about you?
Here’s where I share many of my posts.