Awards

Beautiful!

My friend, Joyce, over at Especially Made kindly shared the gift of the Beautiful Blogger Award with this little speck in the blogosphere called Fragrant Grace. *smile*  She writes a beautiful blog, and I think some of my readers might really enjoy it. Stop by sometime and see if it might be a blessing to you, too. Thank you for being part of what goes on here at Fragrant Grace, Joyce, and for being so grace-filled.

When I choose to participate in the awards it’s because I think they are encouraging and fun. This one was an intriguing process. It’s taken me several days to get to this post because, simply, the word “beautiful” had to rattle around in my heart and mind for a bit. I’ll share something that won’t surprise those who know me best. I had to define “beautiful” for myself. This is not unlike the day I sat on an elementary school bus listening to the cacophony of conversations around me. One in particular stood out about a “Pet Rock” in someone’s hand. (Remember those?) Several girls’ consensus was that the rock was “cute.” Really? My stream of consciousness flowed fast!

What is “cute” and what is not? Two seats over, was the doll in that girl’s hands cute? How about the Matchbox car in the boy’s hand over there? Am I cute? Some girls say some boys are cute…

Admittedly, that is the sum up of the internal workings of my mind at times. Substitute the word “beautiful” and add a few polysyllabic words. I was turning over in my mind what I wanted to say about this when I accepted and shared it. Beautiful is, as Joyce mentioned, subjective. Just saying that makes me relax a little bit.

I hoped this blog would be beautiful, but I think I defined it as a lovely place to explore and share and build community. You can do that with any topic; ask any subculture group about that. What I hope makes this place truly beautiful is that, more and more, the readers see the One I point to. There is no one more beautiful! There are no words more beautiful or well-crafted or longer-lasting than His. Can I defer to something like what Paul, the Apostle, would say?

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3 NIV

I say it to me first, before I would preach that to you. Anything here that is good and beautiful, that’s God. Anything else is probably me shining through.

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To accept the Beautiful Blogger Award, the rules are as follows:

1. Post the award on to your blog.
2. Remember to thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site.
3. Post 7 random facts about yourself to help us to get to know you better.
4. Nominate 7 new bloggers you consider noteworthy.
5. Don’t forget to leave a message for those you nominate that you chose them.

I like the “tweak” that Joyce made to the award, and I plan to borrow it, if she doesn’t mind. 😉 I felt fine sharing the unknown thing about my “cute” mental musings, but I’d really like to share things that are beautiful to me because God made them and they are awe-inspiring because of that fact. 😉

Seven Truly Beautiful Things:

1. A Redwood forest. I remember lying on my back, staring upward nearly forever, when I first saw those trees. Stout trunks we can’t imagine coming from such small seeds. Longevity beyond what we can comprehend.

2. A deep, orange Harvest Moon rising. Its size always makes me stop and catch my breath. A huge spot of such rich color hangs close to the horizon for just a short time, only to rise and appear as any other moon. But that moon rising is amazing!

3. The dark, clear, star-filled sky. I could star gaze for hours! I would try to count them, but I always ended up playing “Connect-the-Dots” instead. All the dots of light so bright against the black night sky are gorgeous.

4. Man. When men operate in their God-given strength with integrity and wise leadership, it’s awesome! But even on average days, you can’t deny the incredible, complex design of a man. Man is “beautiful” because God made him.

5. Woman. The unique beauty of each individual woman I get to know is always incredible to me! Diversity in women is mind-blowing for me at times. Sure, there are similarities, but the variation can be stunning. Many are outwardly pretty, but I have yet to meet women who aren’t beautiful.

6. A newborn child. I’m thoroughly captivated by the complexity of the image-bearer of God wrapped up in a receiving blanket. Fully formed before we ever lay eyes on the little ones, their introduction to the world is nothing short of amazing to me!

7. Critters. It’s the word I can use to talk about every fascinating animal I’ve studied. The diversity of living creatures just baffles me. Some are seemingly simple but end up jam-packed with complexity. Some are so complex I can barely comprehend the simple parts of their systems. And so many are wildly beautiful in color or behavior!

So, who will I choose to share this award with? I think the following blogs are uniquely beautiful…

Becoming Beautiful – So many interesting beautiful things shared by these ladies.

Eyes Wide Open – Annie and her blog are beautiful inside and out.

Dancing in the Storm – This beautiful lady is in the DR and has a beautiful heart.

GreenLightLady – Often beautiful poetry, always a beautiful heart.

iChristian – You should see Steve’s beautiful photography and read his posts.

By Garden’s Light – Rita writes beautiful, wise, inspiring things.

Joy Comes in the Morning – A new blog that is most definitely beautiful. Meet Angela!

I really like these awards since they encourage bloggers to keep going. They are also a great way to highlight some of the writers I’d love for you to meet. I hope you enjoy meeting them.

Have a beautiful weekend!

~Jennifer

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Big thanks to Steve for nominating Fragrant Grace for this blog award. He has a great blog called iChristian, and he’s rightfully been selected for this award. He’s nominated some inspiring bloggers for it, and I will, too. Thanks, Steve, you inspire me!
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The rules of being nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven Things About Me (that you won’t read on my About Me page):

  1. I grew up playing sports. (For fun: I was a very competitive high jumper on the track team, even at 5′ 2″.)
  2. I’m a bit of a geeky thinker who loves to question, wonder, research, and get to understanding on lots of topics.
  3. love  to sing and do it any chance I get!
  4. I began drawing for the first time in my life at about 40, and I am stunned at how that gift from God appeared and has developed over the last few years. (It’s really extraordinary!)
  5. My heart really beats for deep, spiritual things; I’m energized by a good read or meaningful conversation about God.
  6. I’ve had more than one blog (one for homeschooling/”boy mom moments,” one for Bible study, and Fragrant Grace).
  7. I mentioned I’m “olfactorily challenged,” but I can identify four scents consistently: orange, lemon, vanilla, and chocolate!

These are the blogs I’ve enjoyed following because they inspire me. If they have already received this award, they sure would deserve another for being consistent in their inspiration. You just might like them, too. Check them out!

  1. http://bible-daily.org
  2. http://becomingbeautiful.org
  3. http://peacefulpromises.wordpress.com
  4. http://justneedcoffee.wordpress.com
  5. http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com
  6. http://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com
  7. http://jonlilley.com
  8. http://ambirkelo.wordpress.com
  9. http://www.chattingatthesky.com
  10. http://www.incourage.me
  11. http://www.thenester.com
  12. http://www.garymorland.com
  13. http://www.notconsumed.com
  14. http://lysaterkeurst.com
  15. http://www.aholyexperience.com

Now, to be bold enough to share my thanks and appreciation to each of these bloggers for all that they share of themselves in their sites. Really, even if they don’t pass the award baton, for whatever reason, please see these blogs. I think they are worth your time.

Humbly,

~Jennifer