The Blogger Recognition Award
I’m excited and humbled to accept The Blogger Recognition Award. Maree Dee from Embracing the Unexpected nominated Unmasking the Mess. Check out Maree’s site, I’m sure you will love the site as much as I do.
How Unmasking The Mess blog started:
After a few years of intense anxiety and depression, God led me to write. I would have been fine with writing in my private journals and notebooks, but at that same time, He nudged me to not only start writing but to share it publically.
I didn’t follow through on His nudges for almost a year. Fear and the feelings of being unqualified kept me from embracing what He was leading me to do.
I spent a lot of time in His word during that year and decided to surrender and follow His plans. It’s been a wild ride ever since.
I can’t believe what I’ve learned, who I’m met and how my faith has grown through trusting His guidance.
Julie’s advice for new bloggers:
- If God leads you to blog, trust in Him and ask Him to guide you.
- First and foremost, you need to fill yourself with God every day so it can flow out to others.
- Run your own blogging race, God knows who you need to reach and your ability to reach them.
- Rejection from others about your writing doesn’t mean you’re not qualified, but rather you need to grow more as a writer. Keep God’s timing in mind!
Unmasking the Mess Blog Nominees:
This was tough nominating only 15, there are so many great Christian bloggers I enjoy visiting every week.
- Kelly R. Baker @ Kelly R. Baker
- Meghan Weyerbacher @Meghan Weyerbacher- Refreshing the Writers
- Kira Bridges @JoyPursued.com
- Starla Jimenez @ StarlaJimenez.com
- Lillian Stevens @Embracing the Lovely
- Marigold Jones @ The Journey of a Million Miles
- Calvonia @ RealTalk365
- Sue @ Mama of Three Boys
- Jaime @ Seeking God
- Michele @ Living our Days
- Melanie @ MelanieRedd.com
- Carolina @ Cisneros Cafe
- Esther @Chosen and Cherished
- Brenda@ ChasingCommunity
Thank you, ladies, for encouraging and blessing my faith journey!
Rules Of the Blogger Recognition Award:
- 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 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Thank you again, Maree@ Embracing the Unexpected, for nominating Unmasking the Mess! I really appreciate it!
Julie, thanks for the gift of your encouragement here! It’s humbling to see my name on a list with so many bloggers that I admire.
Michele- you’re welcome!
It’s so sweet for you to think of me Julie! Thank you!
Your writing is such an inspiration to me and I’m grateful we met online!
Much love and hugs to you, my friend!
Lillian- I feel the same way too 🙂
Julie, you bless my heart with your writing and your life! Thank you for thinking of me!
Marigold- thank you! I miss interacting with you! I hope you’re doing well! xoxo
Thank you, beautiful. I really appreciate this and am honored to be listed with such incredible company. Some of these are my favs too. Wrapping you in love. xx
Carolina- You’re welcome. I haven’t talked to you in a while, but your name was one of the first that popped into my mind 🙂
Oh, wow! Friend, words fail me (oximoronic for a writer, right?)! Thank you so much for thinking of me and it is an honor to be listed in the company of God’s precious daughters that make such an impact for His kingdom. xo
Kelly- I thought of you right away! Keep up the God work!
Ah, thank you sweet Julie! I have not visited some of these and always enjoy reading other blogs. You are such an inspiration to me and have impacted me in some ways you may not even know. Keep up the faith, friend!
Meg- I know, there are so many great blogs and talented writers out there! Thank you for your kind words! xoxo
How fun to encourage other bloggers in this way!
Susan- I think it’s important to spur our fellow Christian sisters on! Glad you stopped!
Susan- I think the award is a great encourager. We need to cheer our fellow Christian sisters on!
Thank you sweet friend for nominating me. I am so glad we are on this blogging journey together.
Kira- I find myself pinning your posts all the time. They speak to me:)
Julie, what a sweet blessing you are. Thank you! 🙂 — I loved reading more of your story, and I’ve so enjoyed reading your words and connecting with you over the past year. Thank you for your faithfulness to share your story to encourage others and give hope. Love you, sweet friend. ((xoxo))
Brenda- thank you for your posts too! I’ve enjoyed being a part of your community! Blessings, friend!
Julie, you made me smile. I am always blessed by your blogs and have aspired to be as effective as you. I am honored to be named among such gifted artists and some I have not yet followed. This nomination is received as a form of encouragement to continue on the journey.. Bless you my sister.
Calvonia- yes, keep writing sweet sister! We need to hear what God lays on your heart!
Writing is a calling from God. He didn’t say be famous, He said write. I remind myself all the time. I learn just as much from writing as I hope to share with my readers.
Jen- love your wisdom! Thank you so much for stopping!
WOW great minds think alike I nominated you too! That just goes to show how awesome you and your blog are! I love being in fellowship with Christ-Minded Bloggers. You’re already on my list so go you! You can check out the post here, looks like we posted it the same day!
Timberley- thank you for thinking of me! I appreciate your encouragement!
This was fun! Thanks for the encouragement. The reality is that your blog is as unique in purpose and style as you are! It’s a written ministry and no two are alike. We’re all running the race!
Maria- yes, we run at different strides! I need to remind myself this daily 😉
Awe, Julie, thank you so much for thinking of me!! What an honor and a blessing!! I can’t wait to check out the other amazing bloggers listed! Thank you for your faithfulness in writing even in the midst of feeling unqualified to blog. Your blog has touched many, including me, and He will continue to bless and use your words!
Esther- thank you! I thought of you right away as I have enjoyed your posts so much! Keep on writing and encouraging!
Julie! Thank you for thinking about me. I am glad to have joined you in this journey of blogging, and pray God will allow us both to cheer each other on in the days to come!
Sue- so glad to have another sister in Christ walking with me!