Blog Awards

One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing a blog is connecting with and benefiting from the blogging community.  Recently I’ve been nominated for several blog awards, which I very much appreciate and have been holding for a time when I can do them the honor of a thoughtful acceptance.  So here we go.

In the order in which they were received…

Thank you to Thomas, writing a steady stream of God-honoring entries at Klarion Kall, for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Thomas writes about “Jesus, His Kingdom, His People,” and he does it very well.  Please visit Thomas’s very inspiring blog:)

Next, my thanks to Bonita, writing with beauty and creativity at forhisgloyandpraise, for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award.  I encourage you to visit her very lovely blog:)

Finally, many thanks to Marnie who inspires us to bless others with our time and energy through her blog, The Volunteer Fringe for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger award.  Marnie has a big heart, and she does her best to enlarge ours.  Please visit her beautiful blog:)

Each of these awards comes with the conditions that I thank and link to the blogger who recommended me (see above), that I share seven random facts about myself and then recommend other bloggers for the award.  So, technically I should share twenty-one random facts about myself and recommend thirty or so blogs, but in order to spare you from reading more than you want to know about me, I’ll condense it a bit.

1) I am a rule follower, so it will be difficult for me NOT to bore you with twenty-one facts, but I’ll deny my rule-following impulse for your own good.

2) I like green tea and red cake.  One is much healthier than the other.

3) My children used to call me “Mrs. Health,” in spite of my interest in red cake.

4) My family is great fun, and we truly enjoy being together.  We also like to laugh at our own jokes.

5) I am a very loyal friend, and I am blessed with some of the best friends in the world.  I still have dinner once a month with a few friends from high school (I won’t tell you exactly how loyal I am, because I don’t want you to do the math:), and I am in great excitement over an upcoming weekend with my college roommates from all over the country.  Once you’re my friend, you’re stuck with me.

6) I have a reputation for a weakness for shoes.  In order to attract a reputation as a shoe-addict, all you have to do is to purchase an unusual pair of shoes occasionally (like a brown plaid with a funky heel) and people think you have a shoe for every occasion.  I don’t, but I would like to.

7) I am severely directionally challenged and can get lost in my own home town.  Yep, I’ve actually done it.  Once, during a Homecoming visit to the college at which I spent four years, I was driving with a car load of friends out of the hotel parking lot to go to the campus.  As I approached the stop light, I had to choose a right or a left turn lane, but I was clueless.  I tried to fake it, but my friend looked over at me and said, “You have no idea where you’re going, do you?”  Busted.

8) I can’t go to sleep unless I read a few pages of whatever novel is currently in its revered spot next to my bed.

9) I like to run, walk and talk (often simultaneously), and I enjoy hiking, biking and baking.  I also love to travel, but who doesn’t?

10) We have not had cable television in our home for twenty years or so.  Yes, it is possible to live a fulfilling life without cable TV; we get by just fine with an antenna and an 8.95/month Netflix subscription.  I figure the cost savings paid for about one year of college for one of our children.  Sounds like an excellent trade-off to me.

11)  So, now a few times a week, I stretch, lunge and lift some free weights in the basement while watching five-year old television show re-runs on Netflix (since I missed them the first time around.)

12) I don’t like raisins or any other shriveled fruit.

Have you had enough?  I have.

Let’s move on to my recommendations of other worthwhile blogs:

For the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I nominate:

Graeme, who ponders a question every day at mybroom: My Year – Asking 365 Questions…’bout Renewing of our Minds.

Rick, at iLife Journey, who writes with a passion to “orient people to what it means to follow Jesus.”

Larry, at Larry Who, a writer who is passionate about challenging us to grow in obedience and truth.

meanwhilein3, a blog that wants to remind us of the “state of the 3rd world and places in need.”

I just became acquainted with Andrew, in New Zealand, at CallingNZ: We Are Called to be a Blessing.

Larry directs us to the Kingdom of God on his blog EVidenceLOCKER.

For the One Lovely Blog award, I nominate:

Cara, at This Little Light, a gifted writer who simply writes a lovely blog.  She’s probably been nominated for this award before, but I didn’t see it posted, so here’s another one Cara.

A Tranquil Place lives up to its name.  It is a very lovely blog.

One of the first blogs I followed, well before it occurred to me to write my own, was Getting Through This.  Margaret shares her personal experiences and her heart for the Lord freely, and it is always a blessing to read her insights.

And for something a little different, my friend Sue just started a blog on golf.  She’s a golf pro who likes to write, has a great sense of humor and loves her Father.  Stop by Get Acquainted with Golf to get acquainted with Sue.

Tracie Louise Photography is truly lovely.

I also recommend that you get acquainted with Sharanelle on Not Happenin’ On My Watch and Holly at Holly Michael’s Writing Straight.

For the Beautiful Blogger Award I nominate:

Cristal, at Refusing to Tiptoe, who along with her son’s artwork or fitting photography, challenges and inspires her readers from God’s word.

Shannon, at Revelations in Writing, shares a short Scripture along with some thoughts and a prayer every day.  I love to check in on Shannon’s beautiful blog.

fromtheheartofj at through Him with Him in Him, who expresses heartfelt truth in poetic words and impactful images.

Other beautiful blogs are I am a Vessel of God, in which Florence shares her story and her heart, greatbigyes, an upbeat blog written by Sue, She Worships, and Two Minutes of Grace.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  I hope you check out all these marvelous blogs.

Award acceptance details:

Each of these awards is to be accepted by:

Thanking and linking back to the nominating blogger.

Listing seven things about yourself.

Recommending other blogs. The number of suggested recommendations varies by award.  I recommended about seven each.

Let each recommended blogger know of your nomination, and link them back to your post so they know what to do to accept the award.

Paste the award image on your blog if you’d like to.

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About Judy

At heart I am a student of truth, an observer of culture, and a communicator. Jesus is my teacher and my Lord. In pursuit of these passions, I read as much as I can, serve as Teaching Director for a Community Bible Study group, and write a blog in an attempt to synthesize it all. I take great delight in my relationships with family and friends, and I also enjoy long walks, bike rides and cooking. And did I mention that I like to read?
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30 Responses to Blog Awards

  1. branchl77 says:

    Judy, Thank you very much for the nomination. I am really meeting some interesting hearts and minds and you are one of them. Thanks again.

  2. Judy, Congratulations on so many nice blogging awards! And thank you so much for my nomination! I appreciate your referral… it is an honor! God’s choicest blessings to you!

  3. Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. http://wp.me/p27eXb-7z

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  5. Andrea says:

    First – I am amazed at how many bloggers there are out there – and never knew there were so many awards to be given! No doubt you deserve this recognition, though, Judy – and probably others as well! What struck me most about your blog post, was the comment you made about being a loyal friend – and if someone is your friend, they’re stuck with you for life. Have to say that made me smile! Glad to know I’m stuck with you – cuz you’re stuck with me, too, my friend!

    • Judy says:

      Hi Andrea!
      Now I’m smiling too:) And as for all the blogs out there, it truly makes my head spin. I have only stuck my toe into the pool of bloggers, so I can’t imagine what it’s like for those who jump in and swim! It must be all- consuming. Thanks for taking the time to comment, my friend!
      Judy

  6. Cara Olsen says:

    Firstly, a huge congratulations to you, for all your awards in which you received. You blog is many things, and the awards aptly depict the hearts you are reaching with all those wonderful dots and connections.

    Secondly, I am truly honored by the things you said about my blog, Judy. Thank you. A huge heartfelt thank you. It blesses me to know you enjoy my musings.

    Thirdly, I loved learning a little more about Judy: “8) I can’t go to sleep unless I read a few pages of whatever novel is currently in its revered spot next to my bed.” Oh, you and I are soul-sisters most definitely!

    Blessings,
    Cara

    • Judy says:

      Hi Cara,
      Thanks so much for your kind words:) I just had a wonderful thought! Maybe one day I’ll have novel by Cara next to my bed! Happy reading, writing, and living!
      Judy

      • Cara Olsen says:

        Oh, now wouldn’t that be something! Thank you for sharing this wonderful thought; not too far off from my daily prayers. ;-)

        Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Caddo Veil says:

    Congratulations, Judy! I thoroughly enjoyed learning some fun things about you–of course I have to ask about red cake–”red velvet”, or something else? I know about rule-following, and am working on becoming a rebel. And you’ve no idea how relieved I am to hear somebody else admit to being directionally challenged–I hide that fact about myself the way some folks hide their addictions. Thanks for tips about more good blogs!! God bless you abundantly–love, sis Caddo

    • Judy says:

      Good morning Caddo,
      Yes, it’s Red Velvet cake. Somewhere along the line my mom made one for one of our birthdays, and ever since, still today, it is the go-to birthday cake in our family. Lately, it seems to be quite popular, but I always like the home made recipe best:) And, sigh, it’s not easy being directionally challenged, is it? Thank God for maps, GPS, and well oriented husbands:). Thanks for blessing me with your encouraging words, Caddo. Blessings back!
      Judy

  8. Judy,
    Thank you so much for your kind words and also for finding a way to handle the whole award thing gracefully. If it is okay with you, I would like to do similar, as I have not responded to a few nominations – not out of disdain, but rather as I wasn’t sure how to best give my attention to the heart behind it, and to recognize those who are humbly serving faithfully through their blogs.
    Thank you for so gracefully modeling a life led by Christ.
    Blessings today and always!
    Shannon

    • Judy says:

      Hi Shannon,
      Fine with me – I noticed you had a few other nominations when I posted my comment:)
      Blessings back to you, Shannon!
      Judy

  9. Congratulations on your awards Judy and thank you so much for nominating me! God’s abundant blessings for you and yours!

  10. Larry Who says:

    Thanks Mom, who else would say such kind words.

    • Judy says:

      Hi Larry,
      I’m not quite sure how to respond to this one…guess I’ll just chuckle and say “you’re welcome.”:)

      • Larry Who says:

        “…(I won’t tell you exactly how loyal I am, because I don’t want you to do the math:)…”

        When I read the above, I thought, “Why she might be older than I thought.” So, my logic leaped to the next level and I called you, “mom,” but I should have said: Sis. That’s the way I roll some days. Mea culpa.

  11. mybroom says:

    Hi Judy,
    your too kind, thanks for the award. The best part of awards is that the community of readers is extended and the message reaches more. cheers, Graeme

  12. Rick Alvey says:

    Congratulations on your well-deserved awards and thank you for passing one along to me! I am delighted and blessed to be part of such an inspiring community of bloggers!

  13. Congratulations and best wishes for the horizons ahead!

  14. meanwhilein3 says:

    Thank you for your nomination! Much appreciated :) Also thank you for your dedication to your writings and those you read — “I can’t go to sleep unless I read a few pages of whatever novel is currently in its revered spot next to my bed.”

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