Wow! I am appreciated by a talented writer whom I greatly, admire. He is artistically gifted, his work is enlightening, and I seldom read anything of his that doesn’t leave me with at least, a chuckle and sometimes, a good, deep belly-laugh. You probably know his work too, his name is Mitch and you’ll find him at http://www.mitchteemley.com. Thank you, Mitch for nominating me for the “Blogger Appreciation Award” and for adding joy to my days.
There are many in my WordPress family of friends who deserve this award. There are so many I would like to nominate but have settled on the short-list below. These names include those of you who nominated me for other awards that I placed on the back-burner and then allowed them to simmer until, all but the memory of your nomination cooked away. However, I appreciate every one of those nominations. You encouraged me by them as you also, encourage me in so many other ways. This list includes those whom I’ve come to know best and I think of you as dear friends. As in life, blogging is relational and this list of names represents relationships that are important to me, along with people deserving of my appreciation. There are others out there that I haven’t listed, whom I love as I adore your work, you know who you are, who really don’t want to bother with awards but know, I appreciate you too.
My nominees are:
Wally Fry, my buddy in Christ who is a uniting force here on WordPress and a friend to all. Find him at http://www.truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com
Slim Jim, my truth honoring, thoughtful friend who has also, given me Pastoral support during a time when I needed it most. Find him at http://www.veritasdomain.wordpress.com.
Jacquelin, my vivacious, energetic friend who stands strong upon her faith and values, while reaching for the stars. Her posts and her comments are a bright spot in my day. Find her at http://www.acookingpotandtwistedtales.com.
Robert at http://www.mygodmymusicmylife.wordpress.com who writes what God lays on his heart, shares wonderful music for all who might wish to here, and I know he always, prays for me.
Patrick Hawthorn at http://www.servinggrace.com, my very spiritual, crazy super-hero, Turkey Buzzard friend, an encourager, a warrior, who really does care about serving God and others.
Miguel, my fellow aging baby boomer who does a very thorough job of exploring the Void we all are apart from the filling of God’s Spirit. My fellow deep thinker at http://www.andnowmiguel.wordpress.com.
Mum C Writes at http://www.amoafowaa.com my little sister in Christ who lives so far away in a land so different from mine but also, has a warm home in my heart. Her poetry beats to the rhythm of Truth’s drum and I am in love with the pictures of Africa and its people that she paints with her powerful words. Someday, I hope to hear her pronounce her name so, I know if I’m saying it right. If not in this world then in the world to come I will know Amoafowaa and I will see and touch her sweet face.
Barb at http://www. bjsscribbles.wordpress.com who hails from a country that I long to visit, which has much in common with my beloved Nuevo Mexico. She has kangaroos and I only, Jack Rabbits but our heritage has the same flavor. In this wide world, people are much the same.
Shiva at http://www.theshivasponder.wordpress.com my India, Indian friend who lives as far east as I live far west but still we find much in common. I am enjoying the process of learning more about India through this one kind man.
D. Wallace Peach at http://www.mythsofthemirror.com. My fantasy writer friend who lives in a rain forest, a place quite mythical to this desert-dweller, and writes fantasies governed by many wonderful moons. She is a strong source of encouragement for me in my writing, a great source of practical information, and a sister who loves nature with a love not unlike my own.
The Lonely Author, that loveable chimp, who’s words make women swoon. He is a flirt but also, a gentleman and I enjoy the posts he writes, exploring the crazy relationship we call Romance that forms in the chemistry and friendship between men and women. Find him at http://www.thelonelyauthorblog.wordpress. com. Ladies enjoy the beautiful words and images you find in his work and gentlemen, take notes!
This is my short list, whittled down from a long one. There are many talented, warm, loving people on WordPress that I appreciate very much. Know this nomination comes with no obligation but if you decide to participate, follow the simple instructions below:
- Thank the person who nominated you and post a link back to their blog.
- Use the “Blogger Appreciation Award” image.
- Write a positive paragraph about yourself.
- Nominate other bloggers whom you appreciate.
I often find myself at odds with the virtual world and write of it in the negative as I struggle to take part in it but also, maintain a healthy balance. Sometimes, I forget the positive force the internet is in my life. All of the people listed above and many more that I didn’t list are that positive force. The good work you caste on these digital streams every day have a ripple effect that has the power to change the world. All of you help me in so many ways you’ll never know and I can’t fully express. I am honored to be one among you. I love the diversity of peoples and ideas I’ve found here and enjoy a feeling of home in our commonality. I am getting older, I struggle with all that entails, but because of Jesus and the fact that Jesus lives, I have enduring joy. I started this blog to remind myself of my joy, in the hopes of spreading joy to others. After less than a year, I am amazed how God has used all of you to not only enhance the joy in my life but also, to enliven and encourage the other spiritual fruits to grow in the garden of my heart. Thank you all for doing what you do, for reading joyindestructible, and taking time to lift my spirits each day. May God bless and keep you all, always.