Since I began this blogging journey, I have ‘met’ some truly incredible folks. I follow a number of blogs and reading what these intuitive and creative people write honestly brightens up my day.
This week started out snowy and it’s been cold and gray, but today as I write this post, I am joyful because the sun is shining brightly in a crystal blue sky. I’m sitting in my living room by a window and the welcomed sun’s brilliant rays of light stream through the curtain and warm my face.
And that reminds me of my blogging friends whose words of good cheer, humor, and encouragement warm my heart. This world we live in can seem so discouraging and dark. Often only bad news makes the headlines; we hear about how truly horrific we humans can be toward one another.
For me, all it takes to lighten my burden or brighten my outlook is one encouraging thought – one ray of light sending the darkness scattering. Some unknown person once said, “There isn’t enough darkness in all of the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”
It reminds me why I have always loved my church’s candlelight service. The worship service begins at 11 p.m. Christmas Eve in a darkened sanctuary. At midnight, we usher the joy of Christmas Day’s arrival in when our pastor lights a candle from the Christ candle on the advent wreath and passes the light to another person.
In turn, all of us believers gathered there light our candles from one another until the church is filled with glowing radiance. As we sing “Silent Night” by glimmering candlelight, the old church bell peals outside in the cold, crisp air. The sight of flickering candles shining in believers’ faces as we recognize our Savior’s birth is a moving experience and brings me joy.
Recently, one of my blogging buddies, Happy Kids Happy Mom over at Play 101, passed some glimmering joy to me when she graciously awarded my blog The Candle Lighter Award. In her words, “This award is for those bloggers whose words light the way through the blogosphere.”
There are no rules for this award. It’s just a way of pointing out inspirational blogs. But I’m honored that she deems my words worthy of being candlelight in this dark world and I am humbled and grateful that she chose me as one of her nominees.
The Candle Lighter Award is relatively new here in blogger world. It originated with Kate at Believe Anyway for blogs “that bring light to the world [and offer] inspiration, hope, optimism, good advice, faith filled assurances, and even humor.”
I love the title of Kate’s blog, so naturally I checked it out. What I read in this post blessed my heart, especially after I had just chosen to commence this new book of Opportunity (the new year) focusing on one word – joy.
Here’s what Kate wrote, “… let’s light up the world with Candle Lighters. The world needs joy and lots of it. Let’s leave no one out who is adding to the world’s joy.”
Some of my blogging friends have already received this award, some of them don’t really care about these accolades, so I’m asking my readers to pass along the Candle Lighter Award. If you read a blog that inspires you and really lights up your world, send that writer a gift – this award.
“If you’re not lighting any candles, don’t complain about the dark.” ~ Author Unknown
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