Encouraging Thunder Award


Yesterday I was given the pleasure of being nominated by Michelle Styles for the “Encouraging Thunder” award. It is always a special grace when my readers tell me how they have been helped, encouraged, and challenged by the posts on this blog. You can never have too much encouragement. The plethora of awards that float through the WordPress community are meant to do just that, to encourage bloggers to keep posting because their work is appreciated. I know some bloggers wish to remain “award free” for whatever reason. For me, I see the awards as thank you cards that you are encouraged to hang up on your blog as you would cards in your home for your birthday or a holiday.

Michelle, thank you for the nomination. My only regret in your giving it is that I cannot nominate you for it as well (since you just got it). You would have been first on my list. Watching you grow and change and bloom after the events of the last 16 years has been amazing. YOU are amazing! And it makes me both humbled and happy to know that you have found some strength and encouragement though my posts.

Another reason this particular award is special to me is because Michelle is not a Christian herself. I would encourage my Christian bloggers out there to remember that not everyone who reads your posts are Christians. I don’t water down my faith in my posts, but I am mindful that truth needs to come with grace.

That I suppose is a good segue into sharing why I blog (which is one of the things you are supposed to do in accepting this nomination. The title Learning to be Full of Grace and Truth is taken from John 1:14 (NIV) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus came full of grace and truth.

Not some of each.

Not one over the other.

He was full of both.

As a Christian, I believe I am called to be like Jesus, and that means being full of grace and truth. The way I practice that is understanding that I need to conduct myself in truth and respond in grace. My blog is about sharing what I have been learning as I walk this road in hopes that others are encouraged and helped on their own walk with God and Jesus.

Ok…to nominations. Now I will confess that I am much more of a “liker” than a commenter, so these people might be surprised. These are blogs that have been very encouraging and challenging to me. I highly recommend them to you. Please check them out. You will not be disappointed.

Theologia est doctrina Deo vivendi per Christum. Yes, it is Latin, but don’t let that scare you away. It means “Theology is the doctrine of living to God by Christ.” Jake Griesel, is the Indiana Jones of historic and ancient Christian texts. His posts are quotes from Christians throughout history on various subjects.

messytheology. If I have been learning anything as a father of three girls under the age of thirteen it is that life is messy. How does our theology, our faith, understand and deal with the mess that is life? I really appreciate Tiffany Clark’s insights and the straight manner in which she addresses pain, suffering, depression, and wrestling with God through these things.

Christian Poetry by Deborah Ann. Deborah is always posting sticky note thoughts and prayers. They are very encouraging and I look forward to them each day.

The Rules:

  1. Post it on your blog.
  2. Grant other bloggers the award.

What you cannot do:

  1. Abuse or misuse the logo.
  2. Claim that it is your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

  1. Enjoy the award!
  2. At least give thanks via comments, likes and/or mentioning the blog that you received the award from.
  3. Mention your purpose in blogging.

Again, thank You Michelle; and thanks to all of my readers for all the support and encouragement you give me. It means a lot.



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