Friday, February 22, 2008

Blogging With a Purpose!

Hi, Ya'll! I hope your weekend is getting off to a great start!
Renee' over at 2 Peas in a Pod certainly got mine off to a great start!

She was awarded the Blogging With a Purpose Award,

Renee' has a great site that has all sorts of goodies;
from interesting posts, and yummy recipes, to book and movie reviews,
along with Bible studies and Home School tips.
Yes, ALL that and it's really simply presented, and not cluttered.

I wish I had the skill she does!

She was kind enough to share this with me. It means a lot to me,
because the purpose of my blogging has been on my mind much lately,

(yes, I know, it IS crowded up there at times!).

It's important to me to be purposeful in all that I do.
So, getting her message about this really made my day!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award.
2. The blogs that receive the award must serve some purpose.
3. In their post about the award they need to link back to this entry.
4. Awarded parties must post the award banner on their site. The banner must remain linked to the above linked site.

I am sharing this with 5 Bloggy Friends whose blogs uplift, enlighten and encourage!

Leslie @ Do You Weary Like I Do?

Tiffany @ Southern Sass

Nicki @ Three Girly Girls

Caroline @ Letters From a Prodigal Daughter

Karen @ Surviving Motherhood

Thanks to all you of you who visit and leave comments!

I enjoy our visits more than you know!

I hope to get my February Give-Away post up tomorrow.

Monday at the latest.

Happy Friday, Ya'll!


myra said...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Nicki said...

Thank you girl! That was so sweet!! I so enjoy your encouragement!!

Tiffany said...

Oh Maria Thank you, thank you so much! You have been so wonderful and generous to me. I am so glad you're my friend. I just wish that I had an award to give to you. Bless you and have a wonderful weekend! I'll try to post this sometime this weekend!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Congrats girl!
It is good to be a woman of purpose.
Have a great weekend.

Crystal said...

Congrats on the award! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love new visitors. Have a great weekend!

luvmy4sons said...

You are such a blessing and encouragement to me! I give this award right back at ya girlfriend! Thank you so very much. I wait daily for your comments on my blog! Congrats on this award. You are more than deserving!

Denise said...

Congrats on your award sweetie.

Heidi @ GGIP said...


Irritable Mother said...

Thank you so very much, Maria.
It has been a blessing to me to get to know you through our blogs, and I am so thankful that you pray for me, too.
And now you bless me with this encouraging award...Thank you! *big grin*

Mel's World said...

You totally and completely deserve it! I love coming over to visit your blog!!!

Renee's Reading Corner said...

Thank you for your sweet words! I just have to say, You Rock!

freetofly said...

Myra, it's always great to hear from you! I enjoyed my visit to your blog!

Nicki, You deserve it! I admire your purposeful living & blogging! You are in my prayers!

Tiffany, You are very welcome & worthy! I love the tone you set at your place. It is like visitng in your home. Take your time! It'll keep! I know you have a lot to do!

Sharon, Congrats to you as well! You woman of purpose you! :)

Hi, Crystal! Thanks for the visit! I have a give-away, be sure and check it out & sign up! I will be over to see what happens with your butterfly jewelry! Good luck!

Leslie, you are so sweet! Thanks for being such a good sister & friend! I feel the same about you! I appreciate so much that I can count on a sunshiney and truthful word from you!

Thanks, Denise!

Heidi, thank you!

Karen, you are so welcome! I was a "no-brainer" to give this to you! You are so clearly purposeful and determined in what you do! Much to our benefit! I'm so glad to be able to get to know you also!

Melissa, Thank you so much!

Renee', so do YOU! :) Thanks loads!

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!