Thank you Amy Blount for graciously nominating me for this award! Be sure to read her blog today for an array of uplifting posts and poems. Amy has a wonderful ministry of words and speaks healing, truth and grace to many different areas of my life. I know you will receive a great blessing by reading her work.

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The Rules:

  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your Award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to New Bloggers
  • Select 15 or more bloggers for this award.
  • Let each Nominee know you’ve Nominated them and leave a link to your post.

I started my blog for two reasons. First, I had recently published my book and was looking for opportunities to connect with other writers to continue the art of writing and grow through collaboration and practice. In addition, Julie Dibble encouraged me to give blogging a try. If not for Julie, I don’t know when I would have taken the blogging plunge!  Julie has a blog called Julie Dibble Writes and a poetry blog called Faith Hope and Poetry. Be sure to check out her work for Christ-centered and soulful inspiration.

One piece of advice for new bloggers is to be ready to make mistakes. Despite my best efforts at editing, I often find typos or errors after posting that I simply could not see earlier. I try to use these opportunities as a gift of learning and humility. It’s only by God’s grace and the kindness of other writers here in the blogging community that I am continuing to write, despite my imperfections.

Secondly, I encourage new bloggers to read.  Read the Bible, read Christian devotionals, read classics like C.S. Lewis, read the work of other bloggers.  Reading helps writers be filled with new ideas, new forms of expression, new experiences, new joy.  By taking the time to read, your own heart of writing is replenished so that you have fresh gifts of words to offer others.

The following are a few amazing writers I encourage you to check out!

Melinda V. Inman

Yvonne Morgan – Turning Mountains Into Molehills

Karen Girl Friday

Lisa Q – Think Divinely

Chip Mattis – Twelve2nds

Jeanne Takenaka

Tamika – Are You Really In?

Jessie – One Lost Coin

Sarah Geringer

Apryl – Money Wise Steward

Olivia Richardson – Rich in Abundance

Rosevine Cottage Girls

Ruth – Planted By Living Water

Elaine Goddard- Highway2Him

Weekly Thought Exchange

David and Michelle Broussard – Jeweled Steel

God Still Speaks

Nicole – My Casual Reflections

To my blogging friends, please feel welcome to participate but do not feel obligated. Sometimes, these awards can be too much to take on. I am grateful to know each of you and learn from you. Please accept my gratitude for your faith, your life and your words. You are all a great inspiration to me! I hope I am able to be a blessing to you, as well.