Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gotta a little "Sunshine" down in my heart...

Does anyone remember that little Christian ditty that we all use to sing at church know before they had all the lights, videos and bands at camps...back in the day when it would just be the youth leader and his guitar, around the campfire and we would all be singing "kumbaya, my Lord?" That song that went a little something like...

I got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart
Down in my heart
I got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay.

And then we would replace the "joy" with other phrases. My favorite was always the "peace that passes understanding."

Anyway, sorry you had to hear me type a little off key and I probably have too many "joys," but hopefully you got the idea anyway...

What is the idea? Truthfully, I have no clue except that I found myself humming it all morning. Funny, huh? And then I got on the computer and found out that I had been given a sweet little award from my friend Kat at Heart 2 Heart. She passed the "sunshine award" my way and it really brightened my day! Thanks friend! Made me want to sing "I've got the sunshine down in my heart." Or maybe I could say "sonshine." :)

Anyway, I'm suppose to pass this little award along, so that it might brighten someone else's day. Oh, how to chose, for I read so many blogs, for so many different reasons, but here is my list and why.

mimi - because it never fails, I post, she comments, no matter the content, she leaves me an encouraging word. And then I visit her blog and manage to laugh, cry and smile with her as I view her online picture album of her beautiful family. Her posts always put a smile on my face.

amber - my sister. She does make me laugh and cry often with her posts, simply because I can feel her heart. I thank God everyday for her and what an inspiration she is to me. (Amb, I'm afraid I couldn't help myself and had a Jim-Dad moment.) Oh, and since I know that my dad will read this, this award especially goes to him, for he is the true encourager and can brighten any one's day with a beautiful comment. I just didn't think he was into the whole bloggy award thing. But if you would like to visit him and read some of his beautiful inspiring words you will find him here.

elaine - WOW! This lady can write and has been blessed with a beautiful gift from the Lord. Her posts always leave me inspired and encouraged.

joyeful - I love reading her posts. From gorgeous pictures of her little darlings, to her heartfelt poetic prayers, to her creativeness, this bloggy girl always makes me smile. She really does have a joyful heart!

kari - This gal and her blog are just plain fun! I especially love her stories... She is a true pick-me-up when you just need a reason to smile.

kristen - I love this girl's spirit... her love for life spills over into her blog and I smile with each word. Whether she is showing off her kiddos or sharing something laid on her heart at church, she shines bright.

andrea - This woman is a true prayer warrior. Her encouraging comments and acknowledgement of prayer on my behalf, always is a true blessing.

Oops! that is more than five, isn't it. I could keep on going...

For those of you I didn't mention, you all really deserve this award too, for anyone who visits me and leaves a sweet encouraging comment from time to time, really does brighten my day...

When I started this online diary of sorts I never imagined what a blessing I would receive from it. Thanks friends for simply being there...


Andrea said...

You are such a sweetheart. THANK YOU!

I have an urgent prayer request on arise 2 write and a prayer button.

Hugs, andrea

Tiffani said...

TOTALLY remember that song!!!

Nothing like a little son/sunshine is there?!

We all deserve to feel special..glad your sweet friend sent a little specialness your way!!

He & Me + 3 said...

Awww...seriously you are too sweet. I love your blog and your family is precious. You encourage me with your posts. you are so real and i can see the love that you have for the Lord in your posts & that encourages me to love Him more!
Thanks for the award.

Amber said...

You little sweetie you.

I love you muchly muchly muchly.

Kristin said...

I do remember that song :) Thank you so much for what you said. I just love your blog too! You always give me things to think about, things I can relate to, things to help me grow, and laugh too. Many of your favorite blogs are my faves too. Hope you're having a great week so far!

Jim said...

Thank you, Daughter-mine! Truth be known - you and your Sis are the encouragers that help encourage me to encourage! Did you ever think about the word - it contains the word "Courage". Just thinkin'.

Love you, "Shelf"


christy rose said...

Congrats on the award. you do bring sunshine with your posts and your comments Mich!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thanks for thinking of me, Mich! I count it a blessing to have come across your blog in the not so distant past. You bless my heart with sunshine each time I come around.


Heart2Heart said...


I've never thought about that song before until today when you brought it up and oh what memories that brought with it. I too, love that song and it goes perfectly with your blog award. Congratulations to you and those that you spread a little sunshine too!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Joyeful said...

ahhh, you just made my day, mich!! You're always such an encouragement! You deserve this award! You make us all feel special to be your friend : )