I think by far the most fun part of blogging is the people you come to know. After all, a blog is a glimpse into someone’s life (even the political blogs are a glimpse into someone’s life – sometimes one you wish you didn’t have to see!). Being a Homeschool mom, I thrive on the bonds I have made between other kindred souls traveling my same path. That is why the opinions of other homeschoolers matter to me. Even if I don’t always participate in every meme, I am treasuring your invitations, comments and emails. I wanted to thank especially – Trish, Robin, and Jocelyn – for tagging me in the past few months to participate in some bloggy fellowship. I’m finally reciprocating… for shame on me for taking so long!
According to the rules of the Excellent Blog award:
By accepting this Excellent Blog Award, you have to award it to 10 more people who’s blog’s you find Excellent Award worthy. You can give it to as many people as you want but please award at least 10. Thank you out there for having such great blogs and being such great friends! You deserve this! Feel free to award people who have already been awarded…
I’m excited to share this award with others, yet I know that some of you probably have already gotten the award – that is the beauty of a “circle of online friends”. Also, I want you to know before hand that there’s no WAY I could list all my favorite blogs with only ten slots up for grabs! I have grown to love so many people through their blogs in the past three years that my list is much longer than ten. So start with these ten and then follow the links on their sidebars for more bloggy goodness!
1. The Homeschool Blog Awards (yeah, I’m partial – but there are 8 other ladies contributing!)
2. Amy of Amy’s Humble Musings
3. Linda Fay of Higher Up and Further In
4. Beverly of About.com: Homeschooling
5. Dana of Principled Discovery
6. Dawn of My Home Sweet Home
7. Hallie of Confessions from the Rubber Room
8. Jessica of Trivium Academy
9. Boomama (who is not a homeschooler)
10. Heart of the Matter
Trish honored me with the Mathetes Award and added me to her Fruit of the Spirit Blogroll.
I have to state that while it feels good to get pats on the back, the main glory for all here on my blog (content, inspiration, life-stories… etc) goes to my Maker. These two awards are spiritual awards and I share them with humble thanks – and am glad to pass them on to others who shine the light of Christ.
Dan King, originator of the Mathetes Award, writes:
Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) it to make more disciples. I’d like to take the opportunity to award five other bloggers with this award and badge for acting in the role of a disciple of Christ. These five all share the message in their own creative ways, and I admire them all for what they do.
I’d like to pass it on to a few folks, too… I see you washing proverbial feet. I see you touching hearts. “Well done, good and faithful” blogger!
Excellent Disciple Bloggers
1. Ann of Holy Experience
2. Lori of All You Have to Give
3. Dianne of Bunny Trails
4. Sisterlisa of Apples of Gold Ministries
5. Growing in Grace
6. Amy of In Pursuit of Proverbs 31
7. Jocelyn, Robin and Trish (who are elsewhere linked in this post!)
I couldn’t stop at 5. I only wish I could continue the list… there are so many faithful and encouraging Christian blogs out there that you could unwisely spend ALL day reading them and get nothing done at home!
Fruit of the Spirit Blogroll
From the Fruit of the Spirit introduction on Trish’s blog:
“In his letter to the Galatians, Paul wrote about the fruit of the Spirit ~ love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). The Fruit of the Spirit graphic was developed in an effort to recognize bloggers whose writings and postings in the blogosphere give us a glimpse of this fruit in their lives.”
And again from Trish’s site:
“I welcome your help in spreading this “blessing” thoughout the blogosphere. If there’s a particular blog you believe reflects the fruit of the Spirit, please send me an email containing a link to that blog. Also, please include a sentence or two regarding your thoughts as to why/how that particular blog reflects the fruit of the Spirit.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. ~ Hebrews 10:24”
I’ll be nominating a few inspirational Christian bloggers via email to Trish. I hope you will join me in spurring your favorite Christian bloggers on to love and good deeds through the gift of encouragement. Let Robin, Trish, and Jocelyn be a shining example to you this week. That is what Christian friends are for!