Two Blogging Awards

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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.

Me: Knock-Knock…

You: Who’s there?

Me:  Thistle

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…

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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 beginsWhere 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.

God’s Word: Putting It All in Perspective

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?

Moi:  There are a bunch of things…but beyond the basic need for food and shelter, I’d say I wouldn’t wish to do without art supplies.

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…

Soaking in God’s Word

Teen Meet God

Dreaming of Guatemala

Inside Cup

Denise Balog… Grace-Filled Devotionals

Called to be a Writer

Dark Side of the Moon

CharHopeFitzPittsPhotography

Live Like It Matters

Red Letters

Twiii

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

  1. Where do you get inspiration from for your blog posts?
  2. Morning or night person?
  3. Favorite bible verse
  4. When did you give your life to God?
  5. Do you prefer a large family or a small one?
  6. Favorite book and why?
  7. Who is your mentor?
  8. If you were to eat one thing all your life, what would it be?
  9. What is that thing you can’t do without?
  10. Introvert or extrovert?
  11. Please offer a word of encouragement to your readers.

Talk Show Host:  And that, folks, is finally a “wrap” for our Sunshine Blogger interview.

THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

This award is simpler and shorter… I promise. 😉

The rules of etiquette for this award are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate blogs that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  3. 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…

  1. I lived and worked in England for two years.
  2. My favorite color is red but, when I am “old”, “I shall wear purple.”  (Of course, I’ll also sport a red hat  😉  )
  3. I’ve frequently been nicknamed “Smiley.”
  4. I run my iTunes player 24/7.  I always wanted to be a concert pianist, but as a child, I disliked music practice.
  5. I love creating art, but I’m not particularly good at making “crafts”.
  6.  I’m allergic to popcorn and so, I  generally watch movies “on demand” instead of in the theater.
  7.  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…

Grace Over Pain

A Sweet and Simple Life

Sacred Touches

Message in Stanza

My Way Home Life

Rejoicing in Hope

Following Him Beside Still Waters

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.

86 thoughts on “Two Blogging Awards

  1. PTL! Congrats on your Sunshine Blogger Award and your Versatile Blogger Award! You did such an outstanding and entertaining post! 🙂 I felt like I was really watching an episode. Thanks for the chuckles! It was nice to get to know you a little too! 😉 I love your artwork! True gifts of the Lord!
    PS. Thank you for your kind words! Me and God love you my dear friend! My Sister in Christ! ❤

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  2. Thank you so much for the nomination, I am honored! Sadly, I’m also in the same boat as you, and have recently decided to stop doing tags. This was a very nice read though! Thanks again ❤

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  3. Beautiful post and huge congratulations to you, lovely Lynn. 😘You are such an encouragement to our tight knit blogging community. ☀️Thank you for all that you do on here!
    Lots of love and hugs,
    Hayley
    P.s. thank you also for the nomination! 😊💜

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    • Aww… thank you with all my heart, dear Hayley! You know how much I love your blog and so your kind words mean so very much to me! Thank you for leading us into God’s throne room to worship each week! You are truly a blessing! Love and huge hugs!! ❤ ❤

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    • Oh, thank you, dear IB! Your kind words mean the world to me! And I love that we share the same life verse. But of course, I should have guessed that because of your approach to life and blogging. You speak of your trust in the Lord in so many ways with each post that you write! God bless you, my wonderfully wise and witty blogging friend! ❤

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  4. Congrats on the awards, and I loved reading your answers with the fab edge of humour you have! Strangely enough, Italian is probably one type of food I’d probably starve on if I had to have it for the rest of my life as I’ve never been a fan. But I do also love films on demand to snuggle up & watch at home as it’s more convenient and cheaper than the theatre, keeping the cinema for special occasions only 🙂
    Caz xx

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    • Oh, I understand, Carol! If you are not a huge fan of tomato sauce, Italian is not the way to go. And sigh, despite the fact that I love Italian food, it doesn’t love me. I’m gluten intolerant. Ooopsy. So I guess, I’d starve, too. Ha! Mostly, I eat vegetables… my childhood self would be horrified since I completely related to Dr. Suess’s famed protagonist when he declared, “I do not like green eggs and ham; I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” Who knew I would someday eat all my green vegetables? Ha! ❤ and hugs!

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  5. Congratulations on your awards—very amusing “talk show” interview 😉. Thank you for the nomination, too. I appreciate the sentiment behind it, but I’ll have to think about it…

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  6. I loved your answers!!! 🙂 We share a number of authors in common 🙂 My grandma was the one who taught me about the ladies with the red hats with purple ribbon. One day we were in Amish country at a flea market and there was a group of red hatted ladies. It was exciting for us.

    Thank you so much on the nomination!!!! 🙂

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  7. Congrats! On well deserve nominations. ❤the way you introduced yourself to the questioning part of your acceptance speech 😉. Your inspiration captures your essence Lynn with both your writing and paintings, your sunshine and versatility captures our hearts. Stay true to self, just as God made you for again you inspire people to do the same. Blessings, always!

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  8. Great post! I enjoyed the fun format for I was entertained. 💙 I too will be writing my last award posts soon. I am not timely in accepting them. 😦

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    • I totally relate, dear Diana! I receive the Sunshine Blogger nomination last September! Oh, my…Fortunately, TR has been very patient with me! She’s such a lovely person! Even so, it has been weighing on my heart… and so, like you, I decided it was better not to promise something that I invariably am tardy about doing. 😦 Thank you for your encouraging comment! You are a wonderful friend! ❤

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    • I didn’t know “red” was your favorite color, dearest Bev! How wonderful! Can’t believe I didn’t know that! So, when are you going to share your beautiful art through a blog? 😉 Yes, I know… technology isn’t your thing. Just teasin’ you. 🙂 Love you much, dear friend! ❤ ❤

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  9. Oh, your comment about being an introvert and therefore preferring a smaller family made me chuckle. Though I love people, I am such an introvert, and God has chosen to give me a large family. I always say He has a sense of humor. He certainly knows how to stretch me. My kids are going to bed late again (we are not adjusting to daylight savings time), so I’m up just a little later to soak up some quiet. Congratulations on your awards. 🙂

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    • Oh, I know you love your family, dear Linda… but I must say, you have my sincerest sympathy for the daily “chaotic” noise and activity that you face 😉 Love me some very late and quiet hours! It’s definitely a necessity for introverts! Love and hugs to you! ❤

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  10. Oh Lynn, I can’t think of anyone who deserves the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award” more than YOU!!!🌞💖 YOU truly shine so brightly into everyone’s lives…via your posts, your art, your wisdom, your responses to our posts and, of course, your constant love and sweet words of encouragement! And this post aslo reveals your great sense of humor! 😂 I loved reading every word! I pray the Lord continues to bless your art and ministry as you express His glorious Word through His creation and the pictures He gives you! God bless you, my friend! I love you so!!! 💖💖💖

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    • Oh, Dori… your friendship is such a huge blessing to me! I wasn’t sure if you accepted awards, dear Dori, and so I didn’t include you on my list since award posts are so much work. 😉 But please know that I love you very much, and that you are God’s sunshine in my life! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • I feel the same way about you. ❤️ You are so precious, such wind beneath my wings. 😇 And no worries about awards. I think I have done one or two, but you are right…they are a lot of work…and life has been crazy-busy lately and probably will continue to be so through June. I love you too…and YOU are God’s sunshine in my life and so many others…Your gift of encouragement is amazing! HUGE HUGS!!! 🤗💖🤗💖🤗💖

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      • Your friendship is such a gift from God, Dori! I so look forward to the day when I next get out to California and we can meet for coffee or tea or whatever! I understand about the busy-ness… I’ve been struggling with that myself. So, I’m just doing what I can, and trusting that God will carry me through this busy season! I will pray the same for you! Love you very much!! Huge hugs right back!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • Oh thank you so much, Lynn, for your sweet understanding and kind words…Again!!! I look forward to that too! In God’s time, I know it will happen! 😄😄 That is what I am doing too…and I will certainly pray for you too! God bless you as He carries you! ❤️🙏🏻✝️😘

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  11. Congratulations! 🙂 I enjoyed reading this. ❤

    Which of those authors is the not-Brittish one? I knew that C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were, but not the others, haha. 🙂

    Why wait to wear purple? (Purple is my favorite color. 😄)

    Me?! Aww, thank you for the nomination! This will be so fun! ❤

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  12. Hahaha Lynn this was very entertaining to read. Gosh you are super creative. I love how you made it a show. I really felt like I was listening to a radio interview lol. And you deserve this awards and even more. Thanks for nominating me as well. I am very grateful indeed! However I have stopped doing the award tagging. I really appreciate meeting you on here. You are a beautiful soul sis❤️

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    • That’s absolutely okay, Efua! I’ve stopped doing the awards tagging, too! 😉 😀 This was my last one! Thank you for your kind words… I simply wished to make the awards tag a little more interesting. But truth be told, I don’t like talking about myself so had to jazz it up a bit. 😉 I am truly thankful to have met you here in the blogosphere, dear Efua! You are an amazing and wonderful soul sis, and I thank God for you!! ❤ ❤

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  13. 👏👏👏👏 congratulations on your Sunshine Award and Versatile Blogger Award Lynn!! You definitely deserve both and more! You’re a very talented writer AND artist 🎨 You really know how take the readers on an adventure. As for the Q&A 😆😆 you’re hilarious!!! Loved the answers. You are an inspiration to many and your tenderness comes through every blog you write. Again, congratulations! ❤️ 💕👌

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