The Awesome Impact Award 2018

This is totally cool! I’m really enjoying these new awards.

I am so honored to be nominated by Mws R Writing for The Awesome Impact Award. Thank you so much Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

This award was created by Rad Gamer as a means for us to share a special moment in our lives that impacted us in a positive manner ๐Ÿ™‚

The Rules โ€”

  • Tag the person who nominated you.
  • Take โ€œThe Awesome Impact Awardโ€ Picture and add that in your post.
  • Talk about an incident that impacted your life in a really positive way.
  • Nominate 10 other awesome bloggers for this award.

There have been so many things that have impacted my in a positive manner over the years…meeting Jesus…the birth of my children…the love of a lifetime…

But the one thing that truly impacted me more than anything, except Jesus of course, was meeting a man by the name of Jim Draughon.

He was a Fire Chief, husband, father, Camp Director, friend and mentor.

His role as Camp Director for Camp of the Pines in Bismarck, Arkansas is how I met Jim. My best friend Joey invited me to go counsel at a church camp with him. (The origin of how he went to camp the previous year is forth coming in another post)

After that one week of being a counselor under Jim he became a father figure to me.

He taught me so much, over the course of those many summers, as a counselor, that have helped shape me into the man I am today.

I can’t hear the song One Tin Soldier or It Only Takes A Spark without getting teary eyed.

(I couldn’t find a version that was close to the one we sang at camp…but this is just freaking cool)

It has almost been a decade now since the Lord called Jim home and I still can’t sit and watch a fire without thinking of his talks on the last night of camp. I can’t look at an old school coffee perculator without thinking of Jim and his need for coffee on the overnight camping trek away from our camp site. Trying to make coffee over a camp fire was interesting to say the least. But I mastered it ๐Ÿ™‚

So many wonderful memories of those years of having Jim in my life as a director, friend and mentor.

Thank you Father for bringing Jim into my life when I truly needed a male role model!

My nominees for this award are:

Kathy at Maggie Tiggles

Amy at A New Life

Ana at Mom Life With Chiari

Wendi at Simply Chronically Ill

Valerie Cullers

Zee’s Views

Thought For Change

Kranti at Sparkling Thoughts

Julie at Ramblings of a Wonky Girl


To my nominees, please know this is completely optional to participate as I know many of you have several posts and possibly other awards you are in the process of posting.

God bless,


37 thoughts on “The Awesome Impact Award 2018”

  1. First of all hearty congratulations to you ..You deserve it ..You write with your soul and this is what makes you special …And thankyou so much for nominating me …This means a lot to me ..Really , a lot …โœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจ
    _Muneeta Aneja

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    1. Thanks Warren! I really am enjoying these new awards…though I would call them a challenge. They take the real focus off of us and onto others. And like the Random Acts Of Kindness Award I look forward to reading who or what impacted everyone’s life

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  2. Heartiest Congratulations Stuart! ๐Ÿ’ You deserve this and many more awards, my friend.. you put your heart and soul into your writing!! Thank you so much dear for the nomination! I truly appreciate it ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Thank you Tosin!

      Yes, Amen! It’s funny, I didn’t see them as father figures until I heard a man’s testimony at Celebrate Recovery last year. He was talking g about his real dad not being there but God placed other men in his life to take the mantle during seasons of his life. It really hit me. Because I always wanted a real relationship with mine. But God placed other men into my life, Godly men, for that position.

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        1. Yes indeed. He and I sat and talked for about thirty minutes afterwards and shares stories, both of us in tears as we saw how God moved a piece of the puzzle into place and we didn’t know it til later ๐Ÿ™‚


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