Monday, July 7, 2008

Beautiful Servants

When I launched Becoming Me in February of this year, I thought it would be a nice way to serve the Lord and hone my writing skills. I knew very little about the blogging community and expected discussions, but not friendships. I didn’t think that I would get down on my knees while sobbing ask my Father to heal the heart of someone I have only met through her writing. Yet, I do so often. The Church, as the body of Christ, appears larger to me than ever before; and almost every day through this blog, I meet a new sister or brother.

My purpose in creating the “Beautiful Servant Award” is to honor those who share their lives with others with the intent to bring more glory to the throne of God. You can read more about that here.

The first two recipients of this award are two women who have experienced agonizing loss, yet with trembling limbs, aching souls, and throats parched from days full of crying, they lift praise to the King of Kings. Jesus is their hope. They cling to Him…to His truth, His love, His unfailing mercy, and they press on. That is beauty. And their beauty has inspired me and many others. Without further ado, the summer 2008 recipients of Becoming Me’s Beautiful Servant Award are:

Angie from Bring the Rain for her post The Past and the Pitcher. Angie is the mother of four precious little girls. Her youngest daughter, Audrey Caroline, was escorted to the arms of Jesus several hours after her birth. In her story The Past and the Pitcher, Angie shares a message of beauty found amidst brokenness. It is a true story of hope and a testimony of God's healing grace.

Wendi from Every Day Miracles for her post The Innocence of a Child – The Voice of Truth. Angie’s sweet Audrey Caroline has a friend in Heaven by the name of J.D., he is Wendi’s first born son who lived on this earth for 10 days. His twin brother K and his two younger brothers are darling little guys who fill their Mommy’s heart with love. Recently, Wendi and her husband experienced loss through miscarriage. During an especially tough moment, God worked through her young son Jay to saturate Wendi with His love.

If you have not already, I do hope you will have the opportunity to get to know these beautiful women and read their stories. They are stories of hearts surrendered to the glorious will of God. They are indeed beautiful servants.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:10-13





23 comments:

manda2177 said...

Wonderful way to reach out and honor women that we respect and appreciate.
Many blessings-
Amanda
http://iammommy.typepad.com

We are THAT Family said...

I love those two blogs also. Great choice.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Excellent choices! I truly enjoy those two blogs as well.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I couldn't agree more, excellent choices!!!

Tracy said...

What two precious people to honor with this award! Their stories have been among the most moving of any I have ever read.

Blessings,
Tracy

Beautiful Craziness said...

Great award. Great choice. The strength and love these two women have are encouraging and impactful.

dlyn said...

What a wonderful idea - I am loving your blog and I am guessing I will love theirs as well.

Angie said...

Oh, I haven't read Wendi's blog (headed there now!), but I couldn't agree more about Angie's. Her blog has ministered to me in so many ways recently. She and her blog are both beautiful reflections of Him, wouldn't you agree?

Congratulations, Wendi and Angie!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

How kind of you! Excellent choices!

Irritable Mother said...

I fully agree with you here. The friendships have been such a blessing!
And Wendi's post about God speaking to her through Jay? Left me in tears and kept me praying for her all day.
Thanks for being a blessing to so many.

Joanne said...

oh goodness, I thought I was heading into the shower, looks like I will be perusing the blogosphere with your recommendations.

Thank you friend.

Mrs. Sidney said...

This is a wonderful award you have given these two ladies.

Thanks again for sharing thier stories with us!!

Blessings,
Ronel

Amanda said...

oh these are both such wonderful blogs...so full of hope and truth and genuine faith in each and every post. also, just wanted you to know that your previous post was such an incredible encouragement to my heart. you have a fabulous blog here...and my heart is challenged and encouraged as i read...i will definitely keep coming back!

kristyLoo16 said...

What a beautiful way to honor people who throw their heart out there for all of us to see. I am very new to the BLOG world, like two days new! I am shocked at the inspiration, laughter and love that I have seen and read on other Blogs. I started my Blog because I needed an outlet for my stress and depression that has overwhelmed me this year. Who knew it would be so theraputic!Keep up the good work! I will be back!
Blessings to you!

Genny said...

Great idea! I'm going to visit those blogs...

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing these. I hope you don't mind, I added you to my blogroll.

:-) Susan

Madison Richards said...

Your tender heart comes through in everything you write...

May you be blessed ten-fold for the blessings you've bestowed on others!

Tonya said...

I have read the one but not the other will go check it out. Wonderful award you are giving.

Elizabeth said...

these are well-deserved awards...good picks! Wendi & I have known one another for about 8 years and I can tell you that she's even sweeter in real life. :-) Great job! God bless!

Kelsey S said...

Those are two wonderful blogs!

Kelsey
mysweetlife.org

amycloud said...

Thank you for the links. This is a wonderful way to let us know about the beautiful women God chooses to overwhelm with his love during a time of self sacrifice or loss. What amazing women these two are. May God continue to use you as a "beautiful servant" as well.

Jenkins said...

I saw the Beautiful Servant on Bring the Rain blog. What a wonderful idea. And those two blogs are amazing. I cannot even imagine how their words have reached so many people. Hard to read their words without crying with them.
Great idea.

BP said...

Excellent choices for your award. What amazing stories these sisters have.

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