Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blogging with a Purpose Award

Yesterday I received a nice surprise that didn't involve the pigs getting out of their pen. I checked email and Tnfarmgirl had left me a note to check out her blog. I quickly did just that, and she had given Michael and I a blog award.

Eric Novak came out with the Christian award “Blogging with a Purpose” in late April of 2007. With so many secular awards around, Eric thought it would be a good idea to come out with a Christian award.


1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award.

2. The blogs that receive the award must serve some purpose.

3. In their post about the award they need to link back to this entry.

4. Awarded parties must post the award banner on their site. The banner must remain linked to this site.

Here are my picks in no particular order:

1. Ann the Pure of Heart

I recently stumbled upon Ann's blog, and it is a wonderful encouragement to me. First the beauty of her blog is outstanding. Her photographs are what caught my attention at first, but then her message caught my heart. She writes with a beautiful style of writing that touches my mind as well as my heart.

2. The Unlikely Homesteader

"A few years ago I was one of those people who curled up her nose at the idea of raising your own chickens or grinding grain. I mean they do sell chicken & flour pretty cheaply at the store, don't they? But somehow God grabbed hold of my heart and my husband's heart and led us out to the country. No one would have ever pictured us where we are. I'm just an unlikely homesteader". This is the passage that Nancy uses in her "about me profile", and it caught my attention right away. She expressed my sentiments exactly! I have loved reading her blog. She is a wonderful writer who encourages me in my walk with the Lord, my efforts in home schooling, as well as my farm life.

3. Java Dawn

Have you ever found a book that you just fell in love with the characters as well as their way of life? Those same characters words seem to leap off the written pages into your heart and cause you to stop and think...I mean really think. This is what Dawn's blog does for me. I have only been reading it a short time, but I have gleaned so much from her writings. I know that God has used her words to remind me of His ways. She is the kind of writer that makes you feel like you are sitting in the room with her sharing a nice warm cup of java.

4. Homesteading in the NW

Paula's blog is great fun to read. I have gotten great ideas about farming and homemaking from her, but more than that I have also received the Word. She posts pictures with scriptures that correspond to the photos. I love seeing her creativity shine through. She is quick to share encouraging words and honest thoughts. That is refreshing to me as a reader.

5. The Family Homestead
Crystal's blog was the very first blog I had ever read, and I have kept reading every since. There are days that I look around my home and think I don't want to clean this up again today. Reading Crystal's blog gets my fanny in gear because I am encouraged by what she accomplishes each day in her home. She has a wonderful web site that has many great articles to help ANY homemaker. She is a Godly Christian homemaker that loves her Lord, her husband, and her children.

Thanks Cheri for thinking of us! We are honored.

grace and peace,


Nancy - The Unlikely Homesteader said...

Oh wow, thanks Julie! I am so flattered... and humbled. I'll try to blog later today. :O) And I'm going to have to check out a few of these other blogs that I haven't heard of before. They all sound great!!

Paula said...

Thank you, thank you!! Sorry for not checking my emails sooner (I tend to get caught up in the daily grind). I will gladly post this award and find others to share it with. Your kind words were quite special for me. Even though blogging is not a daily event, I know He can still speak through me. Thanks for the encouragement.

Javadawn said...


I'm GOBSMACKED. I was digging around in my blog stats today and there at the very bottom was this link. I don't even know what to say - except...


If that isn't the case, then you have an incredible gift of encouragement. (Not to mention a subtle challenge - do I blog brainlessly? *shakes head* I refuse to answer knowing FULL WELL how guilty I would be.)

Again, I thank you and I'm sorry my thanks is so belated!

Many blessings,
Dawn C

Javadawn said...

PS I LOVE the title of your blog. I followed it over here once before because I saw the name of it as a linking blog - but I didn't see the award. (DUH - Blond at work!!)