Late With My Thank You Notes

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.– William Arthur Ward

Whenever my son was given a gift, he thanked the giver before he even opened it. He was, and is, a gracious receiver.

Have you ever thanked someone, maybe for singing a beautiful song at church or writing a lovely verse, only to have them say something akin to Don’t thank me – to God be the Glory. While I think I understand the heart here, it always leaves me feeling chilly and exhorted.

In the blogging world, there are numerous awards. I’m fascinated by the different ways people react. Some receive them much like my son, so filled with gratitude that they thank you before your post is dry. There’s also the group that doesn’t believe in awards. Then there’s me: grateful for the gift but feeling at a loss and shy about it, I failed to write thank notes in a timely fashion.

Now I’m in a quagmire of gratitude. I have 3 awards to thank people for, with requirements of links to share and tales to tell – all in 2 minutes.

In September, I was given The Versatile Blogger award by 6 folks I failed to thank. (I hope it hasn’t expired?) A few days ago, I was gifted with the Candle Lighter Award and yesterday with the 7×7 Link Award.

To each of you who thought of me, I’m honored and I thank you in advance of opening my presents. I won’t post the badges until I meet the rest of the criteria. TMG is bound by the constraints of time, so today I will say THANK YOU so much with my encouragement to check out these gracious bloggers!

Thank you for The Versatile Blogger Award to:

SueBe @ One Writer’s Journey

Jeff @ Reveling in the Overflowing Grace of God

Carley @ Grace Partakers

Jeffery @ Memories of Caleb

MT @ Resting in His Grace

Drusilla @ On Faith and Writing

The Versatile Blogger Award has 2 steps that will require another post: sharing 7 things about myself and passing this award along to 15 other bloggers. I’ll aim for this tomorrow.

Thank you for The Candle Lighter Award to:

Kate @ Believe Anyway

The Candle Lighter Award is for a post or a blog that brings light to the world. The only thing the recipient is required to do is accept it. If the recipient thinks someone else is a Candle Lighter, they can give the award anytime they wish. There’s no limit to the number of times you can give or receive this award.

Thank you for the 7×7 Link Award to:

Drusilla @ On Faith and Writing

Susie @ SPTP 2011

The 7×7 Award requires matching 7 of your own posts to the 7 prescribed categories; nominate 7 blogs that you think are worthy of receiving the 7×7 Link Award, and finally, disclosing a secret about yourself (I think that makes it 7x7x1). I’ll work on this and post soon.

OK, well that was awkward, wasn’t it? I’m grateful to all of you who read TMG – you’re a true gift and I thank God for you every day. You keep my candle burning!