Nominated / by Michael Nichols

Last week, I was blindsided (in a good way) by a fellow WordPresser/Jesus freak by nominating me for a "Field of Flowers Award." I had no idea something like this existed, let alone that I'd receive a nomination, so naturally I was shocked and radically humbled by the nomination. No, I don't get something to put in a case or on my wall, but the fact that something I've written has had an impact on a single person is in my opinion nothing short of an act of God--I do not say this in vain. I never would have imagined that I'd be writing, let alone having an impact for the only one who really has the deepest impact in the end: Jesus Christ.

So I just want to say thanks to you who made the nomination--yes, I'm totally about to turn it back on you!--and thank you to ALL of you who have read articles here at Our Light Affliction.

This nomination was not without stipulations, however. Don't worry. I don't have to sacrifice a limb or my firstborn. Here in just a second, you're going to see those stipulations; but first, I'm going to make my own nominations! I've have doubtlessly been impacted by the other writers on this site, and I want to give you my seven picks (in no particular order). First, the rules, if you've been nominated:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you;
  • Place the award on your own blog;
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers “A Field of Flowers”;
  • Let your nominees know that you nominated them.

Now, for my nominations. Brace yourselves.

  1. Limbiley's Blog. I majorly appreciate this guy's openness about his own struggles and willingness to express how he feels about injustice within the body of Christ while balancing that with an obvious desire to live the love of Christ in all sincerity.
  2. confessionsofableedingheart. Poems, poems, poems! As a lyricist, I love her style. As a believer, I love her passion and her willingness to show darkness with all intent to kill it with light.
  3. Karina's Thought. I think she was my first international subscriber, which in and of itself means a ton to me personally. More than that, I appreciate her passion for personal growth and the obvious increase of the magnitude of her faith in height and depth, melded with a desire to see the same happen for others.
  4. The Recovering Legalist. Just click the link and go to his "About" section. I feel like a chord has been struck here. I still struggle to relinquish Heaven to the Lord, along with the working out of my salvation and the perfecting of my faith. Modern Christianity seems to be at one of two extremes: either salvation happens in a moment and the rest doesn't matter, or it's all up to us to earn Heaven. But that isn't the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He preach spirit and truth, word and deed. We can't earn salvation, but then it doesn't just stop at the altar. It changes your life, hence the word "salvation." This guys encapsulates that Idea so well.
  5. From the Inside Out. Oh my gosh. Wow. If anyone is willing to challenge the intricacies of her own thoughts and, transitively, those of her readers, it's her. Nancy Ruegg. Go there now, please.
  6. The River Walk. Now, besides the fact that here in my city, we have a very serene place called River Walk Park (crossing the Barren River), and notwithstanding that I feel like I can super-connect with Jesus and be calm there and okay with being by myself, and forgetting that this author has done a much better job using the Fontfolio template than I when I tried it... Besides all of that, I feel like this is one of the best-executed, most personally engaging magazines I've ever read. He does a really good job at relating scripture, dismantling common church misconceptions from within, and... Just go there and be filled!
  7. Amanda Christine. Last, but most certainly not least, we have the author who nominated me/my site to begin with. Her words are straightforward. Her points are straightforward. Her passion is straightforward. She loves Jesus. Period. She is clearly unafraid to take stands and live her faith loud. I'm seriously impressed, and I've been challenged in many ways by God's word alive and moving in her.

Now, it's your turn. Spread the word. Nominate someone. Let someone know you've been touched. It could change their life. Peace.