Award Sundays:The Readership Appreciation Award

I was speaking with a friend at the lunch table today about blogging.

The question at hand … “What is blogging really about?”

My simple answer to that was, “Blogging is about relationship and community.”

When I began “Reinventing the We’ll” I guess blogging was about writing and writing for an audience. A couple of years in, it has become about something else…people. Don’t get me wrong I still write because I love writing but it’s no longer just my voice that I am concerned with. When I write I want to hear the voices of my audience speak back to me in the comments section. Your comments have enriched me so much these last few years. Your voices have sustained me in some dark times. Thank you! 🙂

I have also been blessed to be able to read your work and to be given a voice on your blogs and that has been such an awesome privilege. Paulette (sorry Paulette I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass) has nominated me for the Readership Appreciation Award. I am not sure I deserve a reward for doing something that was only a benefit to me but still I whole heartedly accept.

Here are the rules:

1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
2. Be thankful.
3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay too. Just admire it.


Now Paulette has already nominated some of my top commenters but here are six more who have added so much to my blogging life!

1.  Deb at

2. Rachel at

3.  Nicole at

4.  Tom at

And these are some new readers who have blessed me!

5.  Sarah at

6. Paul at

To all of you who faithfully read “Reinventing the We’ll” Thank you! May you be abundantly blessed!

43 Thanks

     I am a Thanksgiving baby. This year my birthday is on Black Friday. But before I blow out my candles I want to give thanks. So Jesus here is one thank you for every year!

1. I thank You that before You formed me in the womb you knew me!

2. I thank You that you put me in a family that made room for my gifts even if they couldn’t understand them!

3. I thank You for putting me in a family that loves story and laughter! You knew I needed that!

4. I thank You for dying on the cross in my place to purchase my pardon!

5. I thank You for that You will complete the good work You have begun in me!

6. I thank You for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and for the gifts of power which You placed within me!

7. I thank You for the call to ministry!

8. I thank You for the wife You gave to me and our 23 years of marriage

9. I thank You for calling three of my children into ministry!

10. I thank You for calling my son Joe to church planting in Philadelphia!

11. I thank You for providing for my daughter Melanie’s internship in Jamaica!

12. I thank You for providing for my daughter Amanda’s  Missions trip to Mali!

13. I thank You for calling my sister to missions in the Netherlands!

14. I thank You for allowing me to  minister in the church I was saved in!

15. I thank You for allowing me another opportunity to minister to teens!

16. I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to write!

17. I thank You for the provision of a beautiful house!

18. I thank You for wonderful in-laws!

19. I thank You for healing Paul from cancer!

20. I thank You for healing Skyelees arm!

21. I thank You for making Bob cancer free!

22. I thank You for restoring David’s family over the last month!

23. I thank You for allowing me to lead worship!

24. I thank You for the gift of playing the piano!

25. I thank You for healing Cindy’s ganglion cyst!

26. I thank You for helping me finish the first draft of my novel!

27. I thank You that some day You will bring reconciliation between me and my son Cory!

28. I thank You that You have given me everything I need for life and godliness!

29. I thank You for Your Word!

30. I thank You for the Holy Spirit’s gift of making the Scripture understandable

31. I thank You that You are returning soon!

32. I thank You that You shall take me to Heaven in the rapture of the church!

33. I thank You that I have been made to rule and reign with Christ in the Thousand-Year-Reign!

32. I thank You that You are my Provider and that to this point You have helped me to pay my bills!

33. I thank You for allowing both my wife and I to spend time with our kids in Pennsylvania this fall!

34. I thank You for brining my daughters home for Thanksgiving!

35. I thank You helping my children to excel in college!

36. I thank You that all of my children are in church and pursuing relationship with you!

37. I thank You for a wonderful boss in Pastor Risto!

38. I thank You for a great work environment in Cornerstone Church!

39. I thank You for a wonderful group of people to minister too in the congregation at Cornerstone!

40. I thank You for the twenty guests we will have tomorrow for Thanksgiving!

41. I thank You that Thanksgiving dinner is prepped and ready to go!

42. I thank You for helping the youth group to raise over $4,000.00 for missions this year!

43. I thank You for 43 years of life in which to serve You!

Happy Thanksgiving Jesus!

What do you have to thanks Jesus for?