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very inspiring blogger awards

Yesterday, I was nominated for a very inspiring blogger award, which is basically just a cool tool that helps fellow bloggers connect and let each other know what we appreciate about each others’ writing.

Here’s the award:

I’m expecting the cash to arrive sometime next week.  Well, there is not an official “prize,” so I guess my friends can consider this an open invitation to providing something like that.  Dad.

I’d like to thank fellow blogger and super-mom Shazza for the nomination.  She writes passionately about Jesus, life, family, and the intersection of these colossal things with fascinating regularity.  Shazza, thanks for showing me another facet of God’s grace and manifestation of the kindness of Jesus on this earth.  I smile reading many of your posts.

Here is how to receive this award: the instructions…

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you
  2. Post the award image on your page
  3. Tell seven (7) random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate fifteen (15) other blogs

I’ll play along!

Here are seven facts about me (I realize that many readers don’t know me in real life so I will try to be holistic in my approach!)

  1. I’m a blend of native Hawaiian, Japanese, and white.  It’s mixed blood.
  2. I am passionate about social justice. I fight human trafficking because I hate that I am deeply part of a horrid system that strips human beings of our God-given dignity.  Abolitionism is my battle.  Passion is my vehicle.  Words are my strength.
  3. I used to be obsessed with politics and a pretty hardcore Republican.  We’re talking like…hardcore.  Now I don’t identify with any particular political party.  I think I identify with the generation that does not see the political process as the primary, reliable means for enacting effective change.  No kingdom but the Kingdom.
  4. Jesus is the reason I draw breath.  I am very broken, but completely forgiven by His life, death, and resurrection.
  5. Languages speak to me.  I speak Spanish, English(!!!), American sign language, and can chit-chat in Polish and Italian.  I will begin studying Arabic next fall.
  6. I am pursuing a degree in social work, but don’t want to be a social worker.
  7. Because of my parents’ divorce, I grew up both Protestant and Catholic, hopping back and forth every other weekend from our sprawling suburban megachurch to my local parish.  I like to see myself as a bridge between both of these  faith traditions, because I still identify with each of them.  So am I Protestant or Catholic?  Yes.

Thank you for nominating me for this award, blogosphere.  This has been such a cool thing.  Enough about me.

Here are my chosen “award recipients,” in no terribly particular order:

  1. Ben Irwin is one of the most formative Christian thinkers I have been exposed to thus far on the net.  Conservative readers, please check out his writings for a new perspective.  I am absolutely thrilled to be an acquaintance of his.  Seeker.
  2. Miss Jordan Lee  – I am thrilled to say I know this woman in real life.  She is artistic, passionate, a future celebrity (kidding, possibly) and a humbling servant of our Lord Jesus Christ.  She writes and thinks about  helping others, doing art, and following Jesus (not necessarily in that order).  She’s starting to let herself be more welcomed into the justice movement and it’s the beginning of a beautiful, INTENSE journey.  Ask her about it.  Kindred Spirit.
  3. David Westlake – David’s blog asks a great question: “what on Earth is God doing and how do I join in?” Mr. Westlake has been asking many of the same questions we justice junkies have for longer than we’ve been alive!  We met briefly at a conference in California last November when I accidentally (awkwardly) interrupted another Q&A-er to ask about how we can best mobilize our local faith communities against human trafficking.  Check out his blog for a fantastic, serious discourse on God’s active reconciliatory action in the world and a balanced perspective on evangelization + social justice.  Thy Kingdom Come.
  4. Congruent Culture is the new writing grounds for a now-retired blog I’ve been following for a while.  Matthew Coker and I (and our two blogs) have enjoyed a small friendship, and his story can be found here.   I would encourage you to check it out.  Christian, Muslim, irreligious, anything else, check him out.  His life is a flooring testament to the saving power of Jesus Christ, a brutally honest, human struggle.  Celebrate Recovery.
  5. 316trees is the most pleasantly surprising blogger on the list.  This young man (younger than I, if you can believe it!) is wise beyond his years.  For all his mild, self-deprecating humor, it is clear that he is an old soul.  His musings are thoughtful, sharp, and challenging and I would expect nothing less from a true Christian Anarchist.  Down with the system!
  6. Ashley Wilson is a friend who is passionate about art, photography, Pinterest, life, and faith.  A woman after my own <3.  She’s also got a small business going on the side if you’re looking for a photographer.  Passion in progress.
  7. Good Deeds Are Easy has greatly inspired me to live a more “Red-Letter,” Christ-like life.  If you have just a few minutes and the ghost of a desire to go out there and live random acts of kindness, please stop by their page!  Be the change.
  8. Patrick Latter liked a few of my posts early on, and it’s led to me basically stalking his blog and his beautiful photography.  He looks like a cool dude.  Check out some of his beautiful pictures for some light “reading.” Up, up and away.
  9. J.W. Wartick is the definition of intellectual.  His material a little cerebral for me, but if you’re into Christian apologetics, atheism, pro-life, or evolution debates and discourse, I’d stop on by.  Very smart guy.  A king of controversy.
  10. is my friend Mari’s blog, where she sporadically writes about what’s on her heart.  I understand it to be more of a personal space, and so I hope it is okay to share the link here.  Proud to call you a friend, Mari and I am so glad to be in this justice journey with you!  Seek justice.
  11. Arminian Today is a thoughtful, brilliant blog that is a regular contributor to my own personal quest for a healthier and a holier heart.  I don’t necessarily identify as “arminian” and you don’t have to either to enjoy this wonderful blog.  Let it challenge you like it does me.  As iron sharpens iron.
  12. Married in Mile Square City is run by wife and husband team Erika and Nick.  Their relationship and marriage is smartly catalogued on their site, and it’s more than enough to make a young man both swoon with longing.  I’m not quite sure how I came across this blog, but Erika, your words have been a great encouragement to me.  Thank you for setting a Godly example of what it is to do marriage rightHappily ever after.
  13. The Adventures of Tori Rose – as this is a fiercely personal blog, I link here instead to a picture of a pretty swan.  This individual is and has been a humble and inspirational force for good in my life.  Thank you for your stories, Tori.  Your (ag) communication, your words are doing something big in the world and in my own heart.  Congrats on your recent blessings! Live, Love, Learn.
  14. Christian Mihai – I’m not sure how I got wrapped up in this guy’s blog, I think he might have liked one of my posts a while back and I tracked him down to make sure he wasn’t a robot.  Thanks for the early support, bud!  Good luck on your future endeavors and congrats on your new magazine. Not a robot.
  15. ywammercy is written by a friend of mine who has worked internationally for many years, learning to serve the poor and vulnerable.  It’s incredible stuff.  A true Kingdom servant.

Thank you for stopping by, everybody!  Please do check them out and do let me know what you think of these incredible blogs!  Congrats on being a part of the very inspiring blogger award.  Thank you for making the world, and the dark, dark Internet, a brighter place.

grateful for you all,


11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Very honored. Thank you very much.

    January 8, 2013
  2. I don’t know about “wise beyond my years”. but I’m honored nonetheless. Your blog is much deserving of this award, Ryan!

    January 8, 2013
    • Thank you, brother. Good luck with school again and good luck with that whole Eagle scout thing 🙂

      January 14, 2013
  3. Thanks for the vote Ryan! That is really encouraging to know MIMSC is inspiring others, especially those I’ve only “met” through the blog-o-sphere. I found aRR while looking for posts related to Celebrate Recovery – so glad I did!

    January 8, 2013
    • you are welcome, and I thank you for saying this, Erika! God bless you both and thanks again for the inspiration!

      January 14, 2013
  4. Thank you brother for the kind words.

    January 8, 2013
  5. A Follower #

    This is truly an inspirational post. Well done good and faithful servant

    January 12, 2013
  6. Thanks for the shout out blessings to you, I’m so glad I found your blog and I’m not sure how maybe you liked a comment and I went looking for you. But I’m so glad I did. Ok so I have to read some more of you stuff I haven’t been by in a while I need some more inspiration!!!

    February 8, 2013

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