Thank you, Trudy Metzger at http://trudymetzger.com/2012/08/06/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ for honoring me with this special award.
Of course with a title comes responsibility, and so having already acknowledged the person who nominated me and posting their link above, I will gladly: (1) post the award to my page; (2) list seven things about me; (3) nominate a few awesome blogs and let each of them know they’ve been nominated.
Seven Things About Me:
1. I make mistakes all the time, apologize and appreciate the mercy and forgiveness received, and hopefully do the same for others. If we don’t try new things, speak our heart, confront evil when we see it, we will never grow and be the people God wants us to be.
2. My mother died at 60. I am 60. Every single moment I have from now until the day I breathe my last breath will be an incredible gift she was never given. I won’t allow anyone to rob me of the joy of the moment any more.
3. I love my family. I am blessed to be loved by a wonderful man and have a son who adores his “almost 3” girls, and two amazingly brilliant and tender daughters, one born from under my heart and the other adopted through marriage. Those grand babies just have to blink at me to melt me to my core. They are God’s “second chance” for me.
4. God redeems. Every piece of pain I have lived through, every tough experience, every tear shed, will be used to help someone else if I give it to the One who got me through it all, instead of holding onto bitterness and the need to have revenge. Forgiveness sets us free from the power of the people that hurt us.
5. I love what I do. Every woman who walks through my office door is a blessing to me, as I hope I will eventually be to her. Her gift of trust to me is priceless. As I watch her grow, become more confident and recognize the lies in her life, replacing them with Truth, it is like watching a rosebud unfurl as the heady fragrance encourages others to ‘come and walk in the light of freedom!’
6. Every day I try to be the hands, feet & heart of Jesus.
7. I’ve been blessed to live internationally for many years. Never, ever complain about this imperfect land we are fortunate to live in, or the people who lead it, until you have lived in a third world country. Living in fear is a reality there. Be thankful for everything, and share.
Now, whether they choose to accept the award is not as important as my publicly acknowledging how these blogs have been a source of inspiration to me. They are not in any particular order:
her.menutics at http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/
This is only a few of the many inspiring and encouraging blogs I follow, and I encourage you to check them out. Many others deserve recognition as well.