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.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Awards--Received and Given

In my last post I said I would revisit the awards given to me. Although it is midnight and I'm tired, I am going to take now to do that.

Wendy gave me the Blog of Disinction Award for making her cry and think. She called me a "Beautiful bloggy freind with much wisdom and grace." That made me cry and think.

Seriously, to be called someone with wisdom answer to prayer. I've prayed for wisdom, and to hear someone say the Lord has granted that prayer makes my eyes all misty.

As for grace, I've never considered myself a woman of grace, but I keep praying, and prayerfully, I'll live up to that.

Now it is my job to bestow the Blog of Distinction Award to those who make me think, laugh, cry, or sigh. Here is the truth of the matter. If you look at my blog roll, you'll see the folks who do those things. How I can pick one or two or five, I don't know. It seems to me that different ones are used at different times to be just what I need.

Sometimes I get zapped a few times, and my wall goes up. When it does, the Lord uses one of these writers to touch my heart, usually with tears, and I sit here blowing my nose amazed at the way He uses them without their every knowing and without my knowing how to tell them without sounding horribly corny.

And every one of them makes me think. I think about how thankful they are for things and ask myself if I am as well. These people are a good guidepost when I've lost perspective.

Sometimes I laugh at them because I'm laughing at me. Sometimes I laugh at them and pray to be so real and honest.

Do I sigh sometimes? Absolutely. So many of these amazing women (and Bob) are my friends. I may not have met all of them personally, but we've emailed, talked on the phone, connected. I trust them with my heart.

What an honor and blessing to be able to say that.

So all of you on my blog roll, I honor you as the distinct individulas you are. I thank God for you and the impact you have on my life and the lives of your other readers. Thank you for who you are and what you do. Now, go off and give the award to bloggers of distinction that you know!

Jan blessed me with the Best Blogging Buddies Award. This is very special to me, and I won't go into the why, but it is, and it makes my heart all warm and fuzzy, so thank you, Jan.
As for who to give it to, there is Jan, of course, and Marina, who isn't on my blogroll yet because I met her right before I got really sick. She is a neat lady, totally beautiful inside and out. I would also add Wendy and Robin. But then, I could pretty much just list my whole blog roll again.
I know that is the wimpy way to do it, but the reality is, I visit those blogs because I love the hearts I find there. They are women who share their hearts and revelation they receive, and they just make life better. So, there. Visit the blogs on my blog roll and get blessed.


  1. Thanks Jerri! I love reading your blog and gaining from your words of wisdom and love!

    Keep got to talk to a super sweet nurse who told me if I keep resting everything should heal nicely - and after that I still need to keep it easy for the rest of the pregnancy just not all this rest...then.

    Thanks for asking others to pray for me and the little one on your blog it means so much!

  2. Jerri,
    What a wonderful post ... Thank you so much for the honor and priviledge. I pray that you are feeling better. Blessings to you and your family.
    Resting in His Arms ....