Barnabus Award

Debbie at Bee Tree Gathering has nominated me for this award. Coming from my dear friend, this is deeply honoring for me! She will never know how much her friendship has meant these past 10 years!


You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.

The way this works: 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. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.


Thank you Debbie for nominating me for the “Barnabas Award.” I read your writings on EA and use to think, Wow! I sure would love to write articles like her! But I lacked the motivation and didn’t believe in myself very much. Somehow you encouraged me to try blogging.

Observing all that you have went through since I have known you, you are a very strong, loyal, inspirational, talented, kind, wise, great writer and a true friend who loves God and everyone she comes in contact with. You are a modern day BARNABUS!!!! A poster child!!!


5 Things About Renee:

1. I’m just ME. And I always root for the underdog!

2. I find and see beauty and humor in the strangest places and things–which leads me to the next fact about myself…

3. I’m eccentric–as if you haven’t guessed already! 😂🤣🤓🧐🤪

4. I’m a homebody–an introvert–the older I’ve gotten, the worse I am about not wanting to get out much in everyday life. Although I would love to travel and to see more of the world if I had the money! That doesn’t make much sense now does it? 😜

5. I would love to take professional art lessons to hone my once “❤️” for drawing and also learn to paint. 🙂😌

5 Nominees

Nina Growing Up Sideways

Steve Steve’s Country

Amy A New Life

Dawn Drawing Close To Christ

Purple Rose Confessions and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter

Deandra Precious One

Lorraine Blind Wilderness

Wm Harmony Books

Wendi Simply Chronically Ill

Brenda Becoming His Tapestry

Vivian God’s Whispers of Truth

Inspiration For Wellness

Lilly White Lilly

USA Through Our Eyes

Art of Blogging


Our Little Red House

Jesus Luvs All


DID YOU NOTICE HOW WELL I STUCK TO THE RULES? I only picked 5…….ish😄🌻 I think I did quite well?👏😂🌻🤷‍♀️😜

But as with all my nominations, I always wish I could totally link everyone’s post. But that would take a lifetime! I do nominate all my blogger friends! Each of you are very welcome to take up this award and are very special! 🙂 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Questions from Debbie for me:

1. What would you do if faced with betrayal from a loved one? As I’ve been there many times before, I pray through it. It’s the only thing that will get you through the hurt. And forgive. Pray till you can let it go and get to a place where you can talk to the person and ask forgiveness for your part, if any in the situation. Even if you were not at fault, it’s better for one person to say sorry than a lifetime of not speaking and regret. God knows all, let Him work on that loved one!

2. Have you ever read Frank Perritte? I bought one of his book’s called Hangman’s Curse for my oldest daughter when she was a teenager. We read it together. I always read books with both my girls at bedtime and before prayer.

3. Do you believe in spiritual warfare? Yes. God’s Word talks about this through scripture.

4. What inspires you to write? Little things, big things. Places, smells, feelings! God’s world, pretty much!

5. What place have you visited that inspired you to write about that location and encouraged? One of the homes I grew up at. The happy times there.

🌻This award is meant to encourage those who receive it. While there is no obligation to respond and to nominate others, it is a great way to appreciate those who bring hope and inspiration through their writing.🌻


My Questions for My Nominees:

1. Why is the sky blue?

2. Do you like to iron clothes?

3. What makes a duck quack?

4. What makes you happy?

4. What legacy do you want to leave behind?

5. What is your favorite artistic form of expression?


  1. Congratulations Renee!! 🌻❤️ Thanks for the nomination. I enjoyed reading this 😊. It’s good you’re for the underdog, that says a lot of positive things about your character.

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    • Thanks young Dragon Warrior! That is so sweet of you to say that I’m an inspiration to you! That truly humbles me!😢 You are the inspiration! Your artwork is really really good! I can’t wait to buy your first book, illustrated with your artwork! I sure wish I could have started out as young as you bogging! We didn’t have anything like that back in the 80’s, when I was around your age. No, I did not see apology yet. Will keep looking for it…

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      • Oh, Renee, thank you so much 🙂
        I can’t find the comment either 😦
        You are always there beside me, when I need someone. I remember it very well how your presence made me feel warmth and comfort when all of my near and dear ones blamed us as “Traitor”. I am still infinitely grateful to you for this and would remain, till the last day.
        I can’t thank you enough, truly.
        I love the 80s age too, those time when computers weren’t there. They produced such compassionate people like you.
        It’s a sad fact, now, many people are becoming much materialistic with all these progress.
        Thank you again!

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      • This has just brought joy to my heart and tears to my eyes! You are such a dear angel to say those sweet words! 😇 I hope I can always be here for you and anyone who feels like the world is against them, because here, we can stand together…Knowing we are never truly alone! There always going to be somebody trying to rain on our parade, but don’t let them bring you down! Let their hurtful words bounce right off you, and don’t let those words get in your heart! ❤️🤗🌷Blessings sweet girl!

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  2. Renee , oh how your words blessed me🤗 Hard to believe it been 10 years, you have laughed, cried, wept and prayed me your unmet friend through the hardest trials of my life, you rejoiced with me through my victories and when needed you got down in the mud with me. A lot of my writings are based on a word I got when I first got saved, “Reach down with the right hand of love and pull that brother and sister up out of the pit, for you are to love them as I love you.” Renee, that’s you everyday, your writing , is pulling people out. Your way with words captivates the reader to read and feel your story experiencing a wide range of emotions. Your writing inspires, encourages, uplifts and Motivates. Lastly your writing is as beautiful as the soul from which it comes, your writing helps people to heal. Writings are testimonies, and our most powerful weapon as Christens other than the word itself, is our testimony and how we overcome. Blessings Sister Renee, your award is well deserved. 💯💞

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  3. Congratulations Renee on a great award!! We are very much alike on those 5 facts about yourself! Thanks so much for the nomination and I will accept even if the questions are tough.😂You made it in time, I’m thinking about going award free on my blog, too many hassles from people lately. But I’m not quite sure yet, have to think a bit more on that one, but I will do this one anyway! Enjoy your weekend!🙂😺

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    • Thanks Steve! You know what they say…. “Birds of a feather flock together!” 😄 I have been thinking about going Award-free myself. It’s an honor for people to send them and a blessing getting to know people by answering the questions. I am so far behind doing these that I hope I don’t leave anyone out after I get them done. I tried to save the ones I could, so I could get it done.
      Hope you and Muffin enjoy your weekend, too! 😸

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      • Yes, that’s one problem, getting so far behind, then I have had people complain because it’s taking so long, others complain because of the way I do the awards, just too many complaints lately about my whole blog, makes me want to quit at times. Oh well. Thanks Renee!🙂😺

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      • I found the perfect quote for this!
        “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.
        John Lydgate

        Isn’t that just like all of us people here on Planet Earth, myself included? 😆😝
        And PLEASE!!!! Don’t make your Blogger friends here have to come to Canada after you, if you even ‘think’ about quitting your blog!! I will be the first to start a riot or strike or something holding my sign up saying, “Muffin and Steve, COME BACK PLEASE!! 😹 Or “Heck to the no, we can’t let ya go!” Just picture all of us chanting THAT outside your window day and night! 🗣🗣😳🙀😾I don’t think your Guard Kitty would like that too much…oh the toes she could mangle from that stunt! 😂 I’m shutting up now…🤫🤐🤕

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  4. congratulations on your award! I so enjoyed reading your responses and learning even a little bit more about you. I am right there with you……..if I had the money I would also love to travel the world to see all God’s beautiful creations.
    Thank you so very much for the nomiation, since I also tend not to follow the rules I am going to respond here:
    1. The sky is blue because that the is the color that God thought would be the best for us to see when we look up to the heavens……maybe it is His favorite color! 🙂 (please know that I realize there is a scientific explanation!)
    2. I no longer enjoy ironing clothes, but when I was younger I did, very much so.
    3. Happiness makes a duck quack 🙂 and when I hear a duck quack, it makes me happy too!
    4. Other than hearing animals make noises, kindness makes me happy. It seems to be a lost art form.
    5. The legacy I would like to leave behind – a family who changes the world for the better.
    6. My favorite form of artistic expression is movement…….I am so thankful I can walk and when I walk it is a prayer of thanks to God.

    Thanks so very much Renee for including me in this!

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    • Thanks! And wow! Wendi! I loved every one of your answers! Maybe someone will let us know the scientific explanation…Wouldn’t that be something if blue was God’s fav color? I never thought about it that way before!🙂 I think happy makes a duck quack, too! Loved that! And kindness is a lost art. A young guy practically let a door shut in my face the other day heading into a store…Isn’t that sad? And I was his elder, too! 😂 Movement is so awesome! And a fam who changes the world….I give you an A+ for those answers! 🌷

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  5. Congratulations Renee!!! The relationship you and Debbie have is so sweet! No. 4 makes sense to me Girl. 😉
    Thank you for the nomination! ❤

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  6. Awwwwwww, thank you so much for thinking of me, Renee! You are so sweet and I loved reading the 5 things about you. Learning how to make art professionally sounds like so much fun! 😀 Congratulations!

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  7. Congratulations Renee and thank you so much for the nomination. Love your questions and answers. I had this in my Spam, not sure why but that is where it was. I love Simply Wendi’s answer about why the shy is blue. God is an artist, he has created such beautiful things. And you are also a beautiful creation from God, such a sweet soul.You and your family have a beautiful weekend. I am going to try to answer some question with a link back to you in my monthly updates, so weird that this was in my spam, so sorry about taking awhile to get back with you.

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    • Awe thank you! You are so welcome! I agree—Wendi had an awesome answer! Thank you for rescuing me from that horrible place!Apparently, I like to hang out in Spam Jail a lot these days! I still have no answers as to why?…one keeps looking in their spam, but doesn’t ever see anything from me there. Was my comment awaiting moderation or just hanging out there?…I agree-God is the best artist ever! That was a really sweet comment!😄And so are you! …Anyway you want to do the Award is fine. Take your time!😄


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