The other day I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. I was very surprised, and blessed… Thank you Thriving Despite Us. Part of the deal with this award is that I too, need to nominate 5 blogs that have 200 followers or less. Well, all of the blogs I follow have more than that. Sooo… I had to head to my blog server’s “freshly pressed” and start reading blogs that looked …little. What a good time that was! I am now a follower of a few new blogs and am all the better for it. My quest is not over, but this one I read caused me to pause and I wanted to mention it…
One of the blogs had a post about the, “er-beauty of peacocks”. They are beautiful, but their sound is not. The post was sweet and simple, and connected to faith. You can read it yourself here. It got me thinking about my sound. It’s not that beautiful either… It’s one of the few things I have left to embarrass my kids. Once, a few years back, they even asked me to stop singing so loud in church! Which also got me thinking. Because I did stop singing. I stopped singing in Church, at least loudly, because I didn’t want to offend anyone, or more to the point, I didn’t want anyone thinking I sounded bad. Which made me think about how often we conform to the patterns of this world, because we’re worried what people will think? (Rom 12:2) We never mind showing our beautiful feathers, which are, by all intent and purposes, our appearance. What we sound like when we sing? Well, that’s personal. That’s not something we do for everyone. Especially if we stink. How does that correlate? I was thinking…again, I don’t share the most beautiful thing I got going for me very often. It’s not my feathers, although I do have a decent wardrobe. It’s not my voice, as I’ve already shared, I’m doing everyone a favor… It’s my faith. It’s my knowledge of Grace and the Spirit that changed my life. It’s the most beautiful thing about me. That’s the reason I wake each morning and smile. I praise the Lord who made me at the beginning of everyday He gives me. Some mornings I even sing… Really.
Reading some of those blogs reminded me of that and I’m glad. I needed it.
I still have not found 5 little blogs to nominate, but I will still acknowledge this wonderful award, and start with nominating HearingnSeeing… thank you for making me think.
I’m still looking, so, If you know of a blog that’s worthy of an award that gives happy little blogs some recognition, tell me about it, so I can check it out! And if you happen to see me in Church, don’t sit in front of me…cause I’m over that not singing thing…
Sing a new song to the LORD,
for he has done wonderful deeds.
His right hand has won a mighty victory;
his holy arm has shown his saving power!
2 The LORD has announced his victory
and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Shout to the LORD, all the earth;
break out in praise and sing for joy!
5 Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song,
6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King!
7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the earth and all living things join in.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
9 before the LORD.
For the LORD is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
and the nations with fairness.