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.

  1. Kelly R. Baker @ Kelly R. Baker
  2. Meghan Weyerbacher @Meghan Weyerbacher- Refreshing the Writers
  3. Kira Bridges
  4. Starla Jimenez @
  5. Lillian Stevens @Embracing the Lovely
  6. Marigold Jones @ The Journey of a Million Miles
  7. Calvonia @ RealTalk365
  9. Sue @ Mama of Three Boys
  10. Jaime @ Seeking God 
  11. Michele @ Living our Days
  12.  Melanie @
  13. Carolina @ Cisneros Cafe
  14. Esther @Chosen and Cherished
  15. 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!

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  1. 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

    1. 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 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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))

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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