I want to thank Carol from A Second Cup for honoring me with the "I Love Your Blog" award. I have mixed emotions about these meme-type awards. On one hand it is an honor for someone to appreciate your blog enough to post an award for it. On the other hand, I know through experience that it can be daunting to find additional bloggers with whom to pass on the award.
Finding other great blogs is not an issue. I have a list of favorite blogs just from the Entrecard community alone that I follow. The problem I've had in the past is finding great blogs that have not just recently been presented the same award or ones that don't decline the award when I tell them about it for various reasons. I had such a hard time finding enough bloggers to take the first award that I was presented that I passed on one myself the next time I was offered the privilege.
I decided this time to rethink how I think about these types of awards. An award like this from a fellow blogger is like a neighbor bringing you a gift and telling you what a great job you're doing in your community. I should receive such a gift with honor and humility. I should eagerly show hospitality by joining in the community of bloggers and pass the gift along.
1 Peter 4:8-10 (ESV)Of course Peter wasn't talking about the blogging community or blog awards. However, this award is a great reminder of how God wants us to live - loving each other, sharing with each other, and building each other up.
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:
In this spirit, I gladly recognize the seven Entrecard blogs below. However, I want all these bloggers to know that there's no expectation on my part that they post this award or forward it on. Carol provided me with this "out" when she passed this award to me and I really appreciated that. This is a free gift of on my part with no strings attached.
If you are not familiar with these blogs I encourage you to take a peek. They have certainly helped me as I seek the things above both on their blogs and with their contributing comments here.
A Godly Woman
Ima Blogger - Where False Doctrine Gets PWND
Random Thoughts - International Blog
Sound of a Soft Breath
The Plunge N2
And of course, although she does not like the recognition, if your looking for a good blog on family, home schooling, and all the joys and trials involved, I always highly recommend:
Hipp is My Middle Name
P.S. I'm supposed to include the rules for this award so here they are:
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog;
2. Link the person you received your award from;
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs;
4. Put links of those blogs on yours; and
5. Leave a message on the blogs that you’ve nominated