The Barnabas Award 2020

My dear little sis Lydia has tagged me in The Barnabas Award! Thank you so much Lydia! I am both humbled and honored that you find my little ole blog a source of inspiration and encouragement!

Here are the guidelines:

Thank the person who nominated you and share their blog.

Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.

List five things about yourself.

Answer the questions you got asked.

Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.
β€œYou have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.”

5 things about Stu that you may not know:

I skipped church one Sunday so I could stay with my mom during a bad storm. Good thing I did as we were both huddled in the hallway closet as a πŸŒͺ️ ripped through our neighborhood. We had two trees fall on our house. One landed in my room and the other in my sister’s.

I have used gummy worms as bait when I would run out of real worms or crickets. Caught many a bream that way 😊

I used to love sitting in the boat with my PawPaw fishing with a cane pole and using the old school real corks. Now I prefer tight lining that’s to my best friend Joey.

I love walking behind Angie for a bit so she has to wiggle her fingers behind her back saying come here😊 Her hand misses mine. It’s the little things!

I miss my peeps in Shreveport so bad sometimes it hurts at times. It’s worse after talking with one of them on the phone.

Here are the questions asked of me:

1. Which of your family members encourage you the most? How?

My mom for sure! She always encouraged to keep going to church even when she couldn’t go due to her fibromyalgia…though we had no idea what that even was back in the 80’s. I know Mom was praying for me when I lost my way and even to this day I know she is! I love you Mom!!β™₯️

2. Who do you go to when you need encouragement?

Straight to Angie because she knows me so well! She gives me advice to where my brain will comprehend it. And many times it’s just hearing her voice that is encouragement enough!

3. Who was your first blog follower?

Catherine over at Everyone Has A Story. Unfortunately she is no longer blogging. She will still write things up on Facebook.

4. What is an encouraging Bible verse or quote that you enjoy?

5. Do you encourage others when you see them crying or distressed? How do you encourage them?

I try to! Even people I don’t like.

I will offer them a hug, advice the Lord places upon me or I’ll just be an ear to simply listen as they let it all out or I’ll be a shoulder to cry on. I always let them know I am praying for them.

Here are my fellow bloggers that encourage and inspire me:






My questions are: (I’m keeping a few that were asked of me)

1. Do you encourage others when you see them crying or distressed? How do you encourage them? ( I like this one, had to include it)

2. Who was your mentor growing up?

3. Who do you go to when you need encouragement?

4. Which teacher do you feel encouraged you to keep learning and to do your best?

5. As a blogging community, how can we encourage one another more?

*To those I have tagged, please do feel obligated to participate. I just wanted to say a small thank you for be an inspiration to me and for encouraging me in this journey called life!*

24 thoughts on “The Barnabas Award 2020”

  1. Congratulations Stu, you definitely deserve this award! And thanks for your prayers too, I’m finally almost completely back to normal after my injury! Praise God for that! Have a great week brother!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Έ

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Congratulations! I loved reading your answers Stuart.

    Tornadoes are so scary (I lived in “tornado alley” for many years). Don’t miss them at all.

    Fishing would be nice right now! The weather is perfect here, but I’d have to go to Sedona for the best scenery.

    I love the way you talk about your mom. She sounds like a good woman. Fibromyalgia sucks.

    Thank you so much for the award! πŸ’•

    Liked by 1 person

      1. She must be, she raised a pretty amazing son.

        I’m glad I inspire you. Please don’t ever stop writing Stuart. The world needs to your words and someone needs to hear your story. Never forget that.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh my! Over one month later and I’m just getting to this. Sorry Stu!
    On a brighter note, congrats fellow Barnabas and thank you for thinking of me. I appreciate your transparency in your posts and your willingness to show sanctification in broad daylight. Not many people are willing to be vulnerable and transparent. I love the quote, by the way πŸ‘πŸ»

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m glad you like the quote. I have found it to be so true!

      Thank you for the kind words sis! No worries 😊. I’m behind on several myself. I look forward to your answers if you choose to participate.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.