Friday, October 05, 2007

This Means so Much to Me

Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) is to make more disciples.

Two dear blogging friends have given me an award. Karen and Heather have both passed on the Mathete's Award for excellence in discipleship. Awards are fun, but it is what each of these two said about me, and the ways God has been speaking to my heart lately that make this particular award so meaningful to me.
Karen said, She has a passionate desire for other Mum's to draw closer to God and to press in whilst going through the refining fires of parenthood. She is humble, motivated and open to go wherever God will lead her on this path. God has gifted her in writing, with compassion, with truth and with a refreshing 'realness' that we can all relate to.
And Heather said, She's on my wavelength. She exudes Christ in all she does and truly is a mentor to me on my spiritual walk.
It has truly been my desire to be used by God to draw women to Himself. Lately I have been thinking about how I might be able to be a greater influence for Him, for the gospel, in my writing and speaking and it blesses me to no end to have these friends recognize this pull in me. So, thank you, Karen and Heather. You have both encouraged me tremendously!

As blog awards often do, this one also has "rules." They are simple.
Winners of this award must pick five other "disciples" to pass it on to. As you pass it on, mention and provide links for:
1) Dan King of Management by God as the originator of the award.
2) The person that awarded it to you.
3) Name and sites of the five that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ.

One thing I love about the blogosphere is the community of Christian sisters I have found here, and so with joy I will pass this award on to five of these wonderful women.

Jenny at A Coach for Life, because she is shares honestly about her relationship with God. Not just the rosy times, but the struggles, too. It is Jenny's real-ness that moves us to seek God with integrity, and I absolutely love that about her.

Sweet Mummy at It's OK to be Weird, because she also is real - in her pursuit of God and her quest to be a good mom. She has learned wonderful things from the Lord and willingly shares her heart, and I think that's just what a disciple should do!

Jenileigh at Jenileigh's Journey, because she is passionate about God and her family. Jenileigh is another sister who shares her ups and downs and allows us to grow through her experiences. I'm so glad she is a part of this community!

Annie at My Life as Annie, not just because she is discipling me in computer stuff (!!!) but because she is a model of grace and perseverence to me. This woman has been through so much with her daughter Izzy, but she still sees God as faithful and she wears (and writes with) a grace I want to grow into.

And Karen at Karen's Ramblings, though she's already received the award I must give it again. Karen prays, she is shaped by God, and she shares these things with us - on her own blog and when she comments. There is no question Karen deserves this award twice - or three times, or four...

Karen also told me she thinks I am Totally Fabulous.
She is so sweet!
I will happily pass on this award to a few fabulous friends: Heather, Penny, and Shawna. You guys are awesome!!!

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Sweet Mummy said...

Hi Karen! This means a TON to me, too... You don't even know how much!

I just sent you an e-mail re: your question.

HEY - look at you! You got those award images in that post just fantastically!!! That's awesome. :wink:

Char said...

Hi Karen :o)
You so deserve that award. Your blog is always uplifting and God-praising. You're a witness to so many people, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to "meet" you in the cybersphere! I'm blessed because of you. xxx

LoveMyStarr said...

Both wonderful awards! Congrats to all the ladies, and thank you so much for considering me fabuloso!

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

Look at you!! YOu got those graphics in your post!!! :)

You deserve them!


Jenileigh said...

Karen~I'm at a friends house so I can comment! Yay!

Congrats to you dear friend! You so richly deserve this award. You are an inspiring disciple to say the very least. Thank-you for passing this on to me. Your kind words really touch my heart and I am so blessed to know you.

Big Hugs!

Coach J said...

Oh my goodness!! You flatter me {blush}
You deserve this award so much! I enjoy reading about God teaching you in the everyday things. I enjoy watching God move in your life. I yearn to meet you face to face during my lifetime!
Thanks so much my friend. You are a blessing.
One thing I want from others is real-ness. And to know you're getting it from me blesses me. How in the world can we minister and encourage others if we won't be real? We are sinners saved by grace, we make mistakes, yet God uses it all for His glory! Praise the Name of the Lord!