Get your mice (mouses?) ready! This post is going to take you all over the Web.
When I wrote Turn-Right Rides a few days ago, I linked it to The Preacher's Wife blog so that other women participating in the I AM Bible Study could read it. This Bible study has actual questions that you are supposed to answer but because I am a triangle and a squiggle I did not answer them. I went off in another direction. (I promise you, Lisa, if I were doing a real life study with you, I would do the same thing.) And because Lisa is a circle and a squiggle (see April 14th) she did not whip off an e-mail that went something like, "Hey! Lady! You did not follow directions! You did not answer one...single...question.Now be banished from my corner of the Blogosphere!" Instead she gave me this:
These are the directions for choosing a Blogger Reflection recipient:
"Give to those who have who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy… of knowing them and being blessed by them.”
“This award is for the best-of-the-best so consider who you pick, carefully. This award should not be given to just anyone. If you’re going to do the award don’t just write a few words and slap it on your Blog. Write real thoughts about these Bloggers and what they’ve meant to you. If the Bloggers you pick have already been given the award, don’t be afraid to give it to them again. They deserve it as many times as it’s given.”
I love Lisa's blog for its humor and its depth. She has left a trail of encouraging comments all across Blog Land. She lives the words, "Encourage one another and build each other up." I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible. I ordered it because Lisa has one. I want to know God's Word the way she does. I could give this award right back to her, and indeed she would deserve it. But instead I choose to pass it forward to these five women:
...to my real life friend Stephanie at Notes from the Soul. Moses is referred in Numbers 12:3 as a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Stephanie is the most humble person I know. She is an amazing songwriter and pianist. Amazing. She does not seek the spotlight but seeks God with her whole heart. We are walking similar paths right now. We served together at the same church over a year ago. Since then we each have moved to different states. Our husbands have had to make hard choices when faced with difficult circumstances. We homeschool. We blog. Stephanie makes me think. She and Jesus are friends. This makes me jealous which in turn makes me work harder at my friendship with Him.
...to Kathy at Sumballo. She caught my attention because she has a Master's degree in theology. I study the Word at the kitchen table with my babies and feel overwhelmed by how much there is to know. Kathy can write about hard truths and well known Bible stories with simplicity and clarity. Her words are profound, challenging and accessible. I learn so much from her writing. Her post on The Dead Sea Principle is one of my favorites.
...to Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary. She knows about paint! This impresses me because paint colors and I have a long and sordid history. I read her blog for her decorating tips but I mostly read it because she writes in a way that draws you in. Her words are welcoming. Her post Company Girls is a good example of this.
...to Christy at After A Cup of Coffee... or Two. One evening I was blog hopping and I came across the post I'm Going to Lose it Anytime Now. She wrote about the heartbreak of preparing to say goodbye to her husband. He has been deployed to Iraq for a second tour of duty in the navy. She writes with honesty about her circumstances and with pride about her husband. The photos on her site of her children are gorgeous. She and the next recipient have brought the war in Iraq home for me. I clicked over to her site to check out some details that I wanted to write about here and her post for today is about the next person that I am including in this list! What are the chances?
...to Jennifer at Mississippi Girl. Her husband just returned from a seven month deployment. There is joy and courage and humor in her posts. The hedge trimmer photo is my favorite. (To see it scroll down on her home page.) She has made her house the homiest home. I want my house to be that cozy. I'm inspired her homemaking skills but more by the way she lives her life with purpose and conviction.
Whew! There you have it. Thanks again, Lisa.