For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Beyond Nice--Thanks, Paula!!!

I got this really awesome award from Paula at Grace Reign! Here is the explanation:
"This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you’ve been awarded please pass it on to 7 others who you feel are deserving of this award."
I have to tell you this award made me teary-eyed. It feels wonderful when others see us that way, doesn't it? Their taking the time to tell us so gives us the freedom to be that person, too, and, Paula, I thank you for those words of blessings and freedom!
Now to pass them on...
I honestly don't know that I even read seven blogs regularly, and Paula has already been picked. Still, I'll see what I can do...
The folks that feed my soul and challenge me to grow and be joyful during the growing pains...
Iona--Iona did the beautiful artwork for Jerri's Munchies (which was my original writing site) as well as host the site for many years. She is one of my dearest friends.
Jan--Her blog is entitled Bold and Free, and that is her passion. I love her honesty, her heart, and there is this awesome picture of her laughing...AND she likes Starbuck's. Gotta find some kind of goodness in that. :-)
Tonya--She just amazes and encourages me, and wait till you see her pictures.
Jenny--Jenny is one of the most intense people I know. Her love for God and passion for His presence is so far out on the edge that it is beyond most people's scope of possibility, and it is all about God and bringing Him into this earth with power and passion. You just have to read it to know what I mean.
I know that is only four, but the other blogs I check don't really seem to fit into this realm. I check on Ethan Powell who is a miracle and growing to be more of a miracle daily. If you want a site that will take you on the roller coaster ride of praying for a miracle and seeing the enemy fight back when breakthroughs are made or about to come and then seeing the breakthrough, this is something you have to read. It has stretched my faith and increased my prayers, and I know others that it has done the same for. You just have to read to understand. I also check on the soldiers at Any Solider.
But for those who those I tagged--and would have tagged--you exceed nice. You are magnficient blessings, and I praise God for you.


  1. Jerri, I nominated Jan too! It should make her day. Thanks for nomination, your kind comments encourage me so much! See you soon.
    This is a great lesson to our kids, that nice matters!

  2. That is a good point. I told my husband about the award, but I didn't tell my children. I think it would be a great topic of conversation as well as character lesson. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Jeri--you really have blessed me so many times! And I'll let you in on a secret, when I was thinking about how to pass on the award I feel like the Lord nudged me concerning you--like your name just stood out as a "for sure" nomination when I was thinking through the list of blogging friends. HE wanted you to be honored, too. I sensed His delight in that.

  4. That is just so cool. Thank you for telling me that.

  5. Thank you so much! I never knew I was quite that close to the edge until you said something. I will pass on the blessing!