Editor’s Note: If you are a subscriber to this blog but not a blogger, this post won’t necessarily make a lot of sense to you. Suffice to say that this post serves as a “thank you” for blogging community awards. To pirate and adapt some very famous lines, “These are not your droids. You may move along.” In other words, it’s okay if you take a pass on this post. 😉 I’ll be back soon with one of my regularly scheduled devotionals.
You: Who’s there?
You: Thistle who?
Me: Thistle be the last awards post that I write 😉
Yes, although I am truly grateful for the honor, I find that I am not very timely about accepting awards.
For this reason (and also, because my memory isn’t what it used to be), I think it best that I simply accept my limitations and leave the award posting to others.
Even so, I do wish to accept these last two awards because the bloggers who nominated me are particularly wonderful friends, and I truly love and appreciate their posts.
First, let me thank Efua of Grace Over Pain for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Actually, it is Efua who deserves the award because she consistently models grace and her life perspective is one of joy despite all that the world might throw at her! Be sure to pay her blog a visit. You won’t be disappointed!
Gail of Gail Loves God is also a truly inspirational blogger. And I am grateful to her for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. She tackles a variety of life topics with great joy and always an attitude of gratitude toward God. I’m sure you would enjoy reading her upbeat posts!
It’s clear that I’m a fan of these two lovely ladies, and thus, these two awards means a great deal to me.
In accepting these awards, I wish to express all of the customary thanks to my mother, my father, my husband, my son, my labradoodle…blah, blah, blah… You get the idea.
By accepting these awards, I have agreed to answer a few questions about myself. Consider this my late night “talk show” interview, if you will…
THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD
Queue Music, Fade in and Fade out…
Annoyed Talk Show Host, (wondering why he got stuck with me as his guest instead of his network’s promised guest, Angelina Jolie). Seated behind a nondescript desk, he impatiently drums his pencil and then, he sighs as he begins: Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
Moi: My art is actually a reflection of what God teaches me through His Word. I’ve always been a visual learner, and I think that’s why Uncle Arthur’s Bible Book had such a profound impact on my life.
In fact, as a nine-year-old, I couldn’t get enough of the series. And so there was no help for it. My mother smuggled an abridged copy into our home.
Why the subterfuge? At the time, my Dad vehemently professed atheism.
The necessity of secrecy made it all even more exciting. But the stories and illustrations themselves captured my heart for the long haul. And that’s probably the reason, I still connect Biblical truth with fine art.
And so, the long answer to your short question is that my blog posts are inspired by what God teaches me through His Word and through the painting process.
Talk Show Host (looking at his watch): Let’s try a question with a one word answer for the sake of our audience. Are you a morning or night person?
Moi: Actually… I’m an afternoon person. I began my life as a morning person, but grad school forced me to keep late hours. So, now, I need several cups of caffeine in the morning to jump-start my day. And when evening rolls around, I’m quite sleepy. However, with a power nap, I’m good to work the night away as I did last night.
Talk Show Host (sighing and rolling his eyes): You don’t give quick answers, do you?
Moi (winking): Sometimes I do.
Talk Show Host: Well, then… How about this one? What is your favorite Bible Verse?
Moi (scratching head): Oh, that’s a tough one. I have so many favorites. But I do have a life verse. I was the first verse I ever memorized and it has served as the guide for my walk with God… Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Talk Show Host (leaning back in his chair): Obviously, you blog about faith in God. When did you give your life to God?
Moi: I placed my faith and confidence in Christ when I was nine years old, and two years later, I told God that I would serve Him wherever He sent me.
Talk Show Host: Do you prefer a large family or a small one?
Moi: Since I’m an introvert, I guess it makes sense that I prefer a small family. Belonging to a large family would be like going to a party every day. And well, to be honest, parties terrify me. (Laughing).
Talk Show Host: Do you have a favorite book? And what makes it your favorite?
Moi: Oh, my… you are asking me to name a favorite book? I presume you mean other than the Bible…
Talk Show Host: Yes.
Moi: Well, you’ve just asked me to make an impossible choice. I double-majored in college… journalism and English literature. So, rather than give you a favorite book, I will simply list for you some of my favorite authors: Jane Austen, Shakespeare, George Elliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, L.M. Montgomery, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. And yes, I love British literature. After all, I’ve only listed one author here who is not British.
Talk Show Host: Who is your mentor?
Moi: Currently, I don’t have a mentor, per se. I am enrolled in some online classes, but I don’t know if that qualifies as “mentorship.” However, I will say that I love to learn from everyone I meet.
Talk Show Host: If you were to eat one thing for your entire life, what would it be?
Moi: I’d eat Italian food. Can’t just choose one food.
Talk Show Host: What is one thing you can’t do without?
Talk Show Host: Introvert or Extrovert? Never mind. You already answered that. Do you have a word of encouragement for our audience?
Moi: Just one word? Well, since I have so many words…I’ll just say the first thing that pops into my head. My mother used to say, “Life isn’t set in cement but is rather like jello. There’s plenty of wiggle room.”
By this, she meant to encourage me with the idea that most daily decisions are not a “once and for all time” choice. In this world, we often have more than one opportunity to tackle a task or make a decision. And so if I feel I didn’t get something right the first time, I can try again. Tomorrow is a new day.
Talk Show Host: Who do you nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award?
Moi: I have the privilege of nominating eleven other bloggers for this beautiful award. If I could nominate more, I would, but in the interest of time…
Talk Show Host: Yes, yes. Enough of that. Let’s just move on to the nominating…
Moi: Oh, certainly. And the nominees, in no particular order, are…
Talk Show Host: Is there anything the nominees need to know?
Moi: Yes. Here are the basics for those who accept the Sunshine Blogger Award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you;
- Answer the 11 questions asked;
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions;
- List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
The Eleven Questions are
- Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts?
- Morning or night person?
- Favorite bible verse
- When did you give your life to God?
- Do you prefer a large family or a small one?
- Favorite book and why?
- Who is your mentor?
- If you were to eat one thing all your life, what would it be?
- What is that thing you can’t do without?
- Introvert or extrovert?
- Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.
Talk Show Host: And that, folks, is finally a “wrap” for our Sunshine Blogger interview.
This award is simpler and shorter… I promise. 😉
The rules of etiquette for this award are as follows:
- Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
- Nominate blogs that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Share 7 things about yourself that people might not know.
Since I have already thanked Gail, my new and wonderful friend who nominated me for the award, I will begin by offering seven bits of information about myself that you might not know.
Actually, coming up with seven was tough since I write a lot, and as a result, you probably know more about me than you wish to…Ha! But I’ll give this my best try…
- I lived and worked in England for two years.
- My favorite color is red but, when I am “old”, “I shall wear purple.” (Of course, I’ll also sport a red hat 😉 )
- I’ve frequently been nicknamed “Smiley.”
- I run my iTunes player 24/7. I always wanted to be a concert pianist, but as a child, I disliked music practice.
- I love creating art, but I’m not particularly good at making “crafts”.
- I’m allergic to popcorn and so, I generally watch movies “on demand” instead of in the theater.
- Both of my parents were scientists; I’m an artist. I’m still wrapping my head around that.
Again, in no particular order, my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award are…
And yes, if you have read this far, you certainly deserve an award for being an “Outstanding Friend and Blogger.” However, since I will not be accepting or giving out any more awards from this point forward, my sincerest thanks will have to do.
You’re the best blog readers (and writers) ever! I’m truly thankful for each one of you. God bless you!
I’ll be back soon with one of my regularly scheduled posts.