The Barnabas Award

I am honored to have been nominated by Beverley at Becoming the Oil and Wine for the Barnabas Award!

I love what Acts 11:23 says about Barnabas after he witnessed what God was doing in Antioch: “When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord (NLT). Now that’s someone I want to be like when I grow up!

Thank you, Beverley, for encouraging me on my journey.

The way this Award works:

Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog.

Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.

List five things about yourself.

Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because five is the number that signifies grace.

I Nominate These Five Encouraging and Inspiring Bloggers:

Debbie, at Readplenish, writes encouraging words from a depth only reached by holding tight to God’s grace through very trying times.

Emily reminds us at Lemonade & Co., “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” She loves “inspiring people to let their faith be bigger than their fears and to put Christ first in everything.”

Thabiso Leboho shares encouraging thoughts at Living the Abundant Life, helping us to hold onto the good despite life’s uncertainties.

Ben encourages us to “Be in the world but not of it” at Stand Apart.

Of course, how could we leave out Barnabas Man when it comes to the Barnabas Award? Barnabas Man strives to “give Holy Spirit inspired messages to reach today’s man for today’s work.” I’m not a man, but the messages remain applicable, and encourage me in my faith walk!

Be sure to visit these blogs, and be encouraged yourself!

Five Things About Me:

  • I love seeing God’s truths displayed in the world around me.
  • I am married to a pastor, and we have three children.
  • I am in my first year of grandparenthood! ♥
  • Because my children are all grown, I have a dog so that at least someone depends on me for their existence!
  • I enjoy playing in my flower garden and getting dirt under my fingernails.

Five Questions and Answers:

1) Who in your life is your biggest encourager?

My husband

2) How do you see yourself as being an encouragement to others?

I enjoy encouraging others in their faith through writing.

3) When was the last time someone gave you words of encouragement?

A few weeks ago I was auditing a Master’s level class, and one of the students commented positively on my ability to communicate through my writing.

4) When you are down, what encourages you to get back up and keep pressing on?

First, a good night’s sleep! Second, knowing that God’s mercies are new every morning. Everything will be better with the sunrise!

5) Who was your greatest encourager when you first accepted Christ? 

My best friend in those days

Five questions to nominees:

1) Who in your life is your biggest encourager? 

2) How do you see yourself as being encouragement to others?

3) When was the last time someone gave you words of encouragement?

4) When you are down, what encourages you to get back up and keep pressing on?

5) Who was your greatest encourager when you first accepted Christ?

We look forward to hearing from you!