Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Distinction and Love

(After I wrote the first part of this post and had it all ready for publication, I received a second surprise...ironically from someone I honored with the Distinction Award and I promise you, she had no idea)

In the midst of creating the Beautiful Servant Award, Shonda, from Shonda's Journal presented me with an award of my own. The "Blog of Distinction" award is for those that "bless others."

Shonda, thank you for this lovely award. I feel especially honored that it came from a blogger who is so devoted to sharing God's love with others. Truly, it is I who am blessed knowing that the stories of my life, even the ugly ones, have touched your life. I love how our God works.

This is a pass it on award and I would like to give it to five ladies whose writings enrich my life and draw me closer to the Lord.

Sarah (A funny lady with a sparkling heart and wit)-- Life in the Parsonage

Monica (A sweet writer whose love for her family and Jesus shines in every post) -- Daily Dwelling

Lisa -- (One of my favorite bloggers. This girl can write. And she writes with the desire to please and honor God.) Lisa Writes

Jewelz -- (Jewlez is a woman who will be receiving lots of jewels in her crown someday in Heaven. Everything she writes is of quality and blesses me greatly) Jewelz Sightings

Shera -- (Shera has become my friend and editor during the past month. Her blog is always encouraging and upbeat. Plus she knows about the best give-aways) A Frog in My Soup

Andrea --(She is opening up her heart more and more to her readers. She is a beautiful writer) Cup of Jesus

As I stated in the opening of this post, Monica from Daily Dwelling also surprised me with a beautiful tribute, the Share the Love Award.

I am honestly about to cry. I know these blog awards aren't like the Oscars, but to me, they are better. It's not that I need the human recognition for writing, but it does give me a certain sense of affirmation knowing that people I have never met in person care about me on some level and that I am doing what God is calling me to do. I don't need a book deal or 500 subscribers to feel loved. I just need to be doing what God wants me to do...which is Become...and share the journey as I do.

Sometimes writing the emotional posts I often write drains me. Sometimes the Lord will put something on my heart to share and I balk thinking "that's too personal," yet He shows me in His word that He wants me to share that particular story at that moment in time with this group of individuals. And also, there are times when I'll write a post and want to share it and the Lord is the one holding me back saying, "No. Not now. Maybe someday, but not now."

So I am humbled and slightly embarrassed, and thankful.

And in that thankfulness, I'd like to pass forward the Share the Love Award to...

Erin -- (Her blog is simply beautiful) Embracing My Cup

Tracy -- (Tracy and my Professor worked in ministry together many years ago. She is now the mother of five little girls...three of them triplets. Her blog always makes me smile) Chasing Life Down

Angie -- (I'm new to Angie's blog, but her posts always make my day) Seven Clown Circus

Kelsey -- (A sweet blog indeed and her comments always make my day as well) My Sweet Life

Christelle -- ( She has an amazing gift and heart for prayer and encouragement and always makes me smile and feel loved) Beloved Mama

Alana -- (Her blog is always a good read and she's funny) A Kiss, A Hug, and a Squeeze

And a side note-- Next Monday, I will be announcing the first two recipients of the Beautiful Servant Award.




26 comments:

Brittany said...

What wonderful awards! congrats!

mamachristina said...

i love your new look. I am a visitor but don't comment very often, but had to mention I love reading your blog and the new look is great.

Julie said...

Thank you for your sweet gift to my heart today.

I am blessed that Papa speaks to me and through me.

He is why I blog...

I am grateful to have met you and be walking this journey with you.

Hugs,
Julie

GiantsPrincess said...

Thank you for all of the new blogs to check out! It already takes me at least a half hour - and a cup of coffee - to read the blogs I have bookmarked now. LOL

Your blog is a special part of my day. You are an amazing writer! Thank you for everything you do to get my day off to a good start!

GiantsPrincess (aka Nadine)

Natalie said...

Congrats on a well deserved award!

Lisa writes... said...

"humbled and slightly embarassed and thankful"--me too! Thanks, my friend. I am grateful our blog paths crossed...

And the Share the Love award? A distinction well deserved!

Kelsey said...

Aww Thanks so much your too sweet! Congrats on your award!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Congratulations and Thank you to you!

Your writing is always beautiful and full of truth, I always look forward to stopping by.

I'm also gonna make my way through the list of recipients...I'm sure they're wonderful! Thank you :)

angie said...

You just made MY day! Thank you so much for passing this award on to me. I feel very much like you do....it's exciting and an affirmation that what you write is recognized, even if only by a handful. Congrats on your awards!

Genny said...

Angela,
Congratulations! You are a beautiful person and a beautiful writer! You touch many people through what you do!
Genny
p.s. I have your new button on my site.

Tracy said...

Congratulations on a well-deserved award! = ) Your blog is truly blessed.

BP said...

Congrats to you on these awards!

Amanda said...

Well, it sounds lke humility is one of your stronger suits... teach me???!!!

I would have to say that your awards are well deserved. I have enjoyed you at Fatih Lifts...and never stoped by here before. Imagine my surprise to see a smile I recognized!

Congrats and many blessings-
Amanda

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

how beautiful.. and deserving...

i'm like you... these awards are more touching... because they touch the souls.. no scripts.. no rehearsals... it's real life...

it's all about HIM..

you go girl...

Alana said...

You are so sweet, thank you!! And congrats to you on both awards!

the160acrewoods said...

Congrat's! that is a fantastic award, and I agree, better than the oscars b/c it makes us feel good to recieve and to give to others!!!

Tracy said...

I cannot tell you how much fun it has been - getting reconnected to your family - and getting to know you better through your blog. hopefully we'll be able to get our families together & really chat!!!

Mrs. Sidney said...

Just thougt I would let you know how up lifting I feel when stopping by and visiting your blog!! I love the new look! Great Job!!! - Ronel

Amanda said...

thanks for stopping by my blog...and now i am going to have to stop by so many of these blogs you have mentioned. i love that yo mention so many of them blogging with Christ in mind...oh how my heart longs to hear the journey of real women seeking Jesus...to be encouraged...to encourage...to hear truth and to share truth...i will definitely be back!

Tiffany said...

Well, you might not have 500 readers, but you have 20 comments. That's pri-ee drn good!

I enjoy your blog posts and wilol be watching to see who you give your award to and checking out their blogs:)

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your blog awards. I am new to blogging and had not yet heard of such a thing. I'll read through the blogs of your friends and catch a glimps of what you enjoy.
Have a blessed day.
Cindy ~ Phoenix

Andrea said...

Thanks so much, Angela! I am deeply touched!

Beloved MaMa said...

Thank you so much!!! It's been fun getting to know you a little better over the past weeks :) Your blog really does bless me and your words encourage me! I am extremely honored that you thought of me for the loving award!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Monica said...

Thank you so much for this sweet award!! I am so honored that you thought of me. I think it is so neat that we were thinking of each other at the same time, too!

I appreciate the pure honesty you put into your writing!! Thank you for blessing me with your wonderful posts.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Congrats!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Congrats on the awards...they are well deserved!

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