Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."
Proverbs 25:25

What a blessing to open email and see a sweet message from my online friend,
Serena, of Simple Holistic Girl, telling me that she nominated me for
the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!

Serena has been such a dear inspiration to me over the past several months
since I subscribed to her blog.
She is a certified personal trainer and a certified holistic nutritionist.
Her blog is chock-full of wisdom on exercise, nutrition, recipes, and motherhood...
just to name a few things you will find there.
Be sure to visit Serena and check our her blog.
You won't be disappointed.

A BIG thank you to Serena.
I am so touched, moved, and humbled by your sweet nomination!
You are a special lady and a blessing to me.

So, the rules are that I need to answer Serena's questions here.
This is so much fun!

1.  Why did you start blogging?

Homespun Devotions was literally birthed in anguish.
Mom had just passed through a very serious health crisis,
and during that time, I had sent out regular email updates on her condition 
to a number of relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
It was in the aftermath of that situation and after reading those updates
 that my Uncle Donnie (Mom's brother)
 suggested that I needed to follow my God-given calling to write.
When I started this blog in October of 2011, 
I had no idea what God had in mind for it, or where He would take it.
I was in a very broken place, due to various trials we had gone through,
and I needed an outlet of ministry as my family and I waited upon the Lord for instructions concerning our future.
Little did I know that writing here would provide such amazing therapy for me,
or that it would bring so many wonderful, precious friends into my life.

2.  Link to your favorite post on your blog and explain why it is your favorite.

Oh, my, it is hard to choose just one!!
Every post has been heart-wrenched and delved into issues that are so precious to me.
But, if I have to choose just one, I will choose Our Infertility Journey,
because it is our personal story of God's amazing miracle
of leading Kevin and me from barrenness to joyful parenthood.
Once you click on the link above, you can begin to read the post,
then be re-directed to Lisa Newton's Infertility Blog, where you can read our interview in its entirety.

3.  What is your favorite thing about blogging?

To be able to have a channel to express the burdens, thoughts, and prayer requests God places upon my heart within a community of such wonderful Christian friends.

4.  What is your number one blogging DON’T?

I don't ever want to misuse the platform God has given me.
This is His blog, not mine.
It is all for His glory, not for my self-promotion.
I don't ever want to forget that or lose sight of that focus.

5.  What is your favorite color?


6.  When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Three things...
a godly wife, a godly mother, and a writer.

7.  What is your favorite non-blogging thing to do?

Spend time with my husband and son.

8.  If you had to start your blog from scratch what one thing would you do differently?

I would have let go of the need to care about numbers a lot sooner than I did.

9.  What is your favorite food (calories don’t count!)?

Fried chicken chimichangas with salsa and chips...
and my homemade spinach dip with chips!
Glad we aren't counting calories!!!!

10.  What is the one thing you just have to do this summer?

Prepare for homeschooling in the fall.
I love praying and planning,
buying curriculum, and getting everything set up for another exciting year!
What a blessing homeschooling is to of the sweetest joys of my life.  :)


Now, I am to nominate eight other SISTER bloggers for this wonderful award.
Boy, was this hard to narrow down!
There are so many of you out there who inspire and bless me,
and I didn't want to leave anyone out!
Wish I could just nominate all of know who you are!
But, here are my eight narrowed-down choices.

I hope you will all take a minute to visit these sweet sisters, when you can.
Be sure to leave them an encouraging comment, too, if you have time.

Drum roll, please....
in no particular order....
here are the nominees!!!

Sharon Sharing God

Darling Downs Diaries

Gentle Joy Photography

So Much At Home

Briana Thomas


The Watered Soul

Jo Z Photography

Now, for the last thing I need to do.
I am to come up with my own set of questions for the eight bloggers above.

So, dear bloggers, if you and I could meet up for a cup of coffee, and we were to pour out our hearts,
these are the questions I would most like to ask each one of you.

1.  Tell us a little bit about your blog...its purpose and your vision for it.
2.  What are the events that led you to become a Christian?
3.  How long have you been serving the Lord?
4.  Who are the most important people in your life?
5.  What is the hardest thing you have ever been through or had to face?
6.  How did your walk with Jesus help you cope during that difficult time?
7.  If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
8.  Which one passion would you describe as your driving force?
9.  If Jesus Christ were to visit you in human form, what would your reaction be?
10.  What is your biggest dream...what do you long for the most?

Okay, so there you have it!
Some heavy questions, I know,
but I hope you all have as much fun doing this as I did.

Again, a big thank you to Serena at Simple Holistic Girl for her sweet nomination.
God bless you all, sweet friends.


  1. Thank you so much for the nomination! Love you!

    1. You are so welcome, sweet friend. :) Love you, too!

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you so very much! God bless you. :)

  3. Hi Cheryl! Congratulations to you on being nominate, and to the blogs you nominated in turn. The blogging community is truly an open and loving one. You have been both to me, and to so many others too.
    My favorite color is purple...that's close to lavender, right?
    Have a blessed Sunday :)

    1. Thank you so much, Ceil. Your words meant so much to me, as always. YES, any shade of purple, I love!!!!! God bless you, sweet thankful for your visit and support!

  4. I came by to congratulate you! That is awesome. I enjoyed getting to know you better in reading your post. God bless you!

    1. Thank you so much, Suzie!!!! God bless you, too. :)

  5. Your answer to number eight is a good reminder to us all. Congratulations on yout nomination :)


    1. Thank you so much. I so appreciate your words and support!

  6. I love this. I too came to congratulate you...and learned so much! Thank you, Cheryl. May I invite you to join the DanceWithJesus Linkup each Friday at You words would bless others there too. Susan

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! And thank you for the sweet invitation to your link-up!! God bless you!!

  7. Thank you for your kind words! And might I say your answers blow everyone else's (including me) out of the water (of course, no offense to I love the questions you came up with for your nominees! Both your answers and questions are very inspiring!

    1. Oh, Serena! Thank you so very much! God bless you abundantly, sweet friend. :) Always thankful to see you have stopped by here...

  8. What a fun idea...and congratulations. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your post today and learning about your blogging heart. To God be the glory. Visiting via #tellHisstory

    1. Thank you so much for coming by and reading, Kristi! I so appreciate the sweet encouragement you left behind. :)

  9. It is interesting to hear how each of us began our blog. Mine was also from frustration of not being received at my church, and my daughter and a friend suggested that I begin a blog and write my stories. I believe it was January 2011.

    I am so thankful that you did NOT nominate me for this award although it is a lovely thought.

    Years ago, I was involved in a multi-level group where you were required to recruit others. After loosing a LOT of money, and friends, I made a vow to never again become involved in a project where you asked others to recruit and they in turn to recruit. I am not judging, and hope you are NOT offended, just explaining the facts in my case and how God dealt with me. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

    1. I am so sorry you endured that situation with your church, Hazel. And, I remember your feelings about the award. I believe I nominated you once before for the Liebster Award, and you had explained that to me, if I remember correctly. No offense taken, sweet friend. I understand. :) God bless you for being such a blessing to all of us!!

  10. Enjoyed getting to know you through your answers. I love what you said about this being God's blog .... great thought as you let Him lead you in what you post. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Talk.

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! I am so grateful for you and your sweet visit. :) God bless you.

  11. Congratulations Cheryl! I got a sneak peek into you today and I love what I saw. God is truly at the centre of your life. It is the best thing that can happen to anyone.

    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet friend. You are a blessing to me!

  12. So nice to learn more about you, Cheryl! One of my favorite things about homeschooling was always the planning too. I loved checking out different curriculum and figuring out how many pages we would need to do per day, scheduling in vacation days, etc. Many blessings were involved.

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I so appreciate your kind words. Yes, I love all of that part of homeschooling....well, I just love the whole process!! So very thankful to finally be a mother and able to homeschool, too. God is SO good!

  13. Congratulations! It is well deserved. I appreciate the perspective and wisdom and generally learning a little more about you. You're priorities are well lined, sister. Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. Thank you so much, Floyd! Do you want to hear something funny??? I know you will appreciate this...I had you on my list of nominees!!! Then, lo and behold, it hit me that I couldn't nominate you for a sisterhood award! OH, my word, I am so silly. But, if this had been open to all, you would have been on there, without a doubt. Just wanted to share that with you. I can't thank you enough for your support and encouragement and kind comments. God bless you, brother.

  14. Thank you so much Cheryl for the nomination and I feel truly honoured by it. I love reading all the answers to the questions and I am pondering the new questions. You are such a blessing to so many, I hope you know that. Thanks again dear friend. xxxx

    1. Oh, dear Terri! You SO deserve the nomination! I am so looking forward to reading your post and learning more about you through it. Love and appreciate you so much, sweet friend. :)