#TheocentricThursdays Blog Hop Week 7

Hello, friends! Are you melting out there? Or barely keeping your head above water?

Literally on both.

That seems to be the struggle here this July. Flooding has been the cause of several broken outings and events, and extreme heat the cause of cancelling others. My poor hardworking husband and son are managing to survive working in the heat this week, but I don’t think either of them would use the adjective enjoy.

It is survival out there.

It seems I’ve heard rumor of an unusually cool summer for the northern part of the US. If that is you, and said rumor is true, those of us in the middle sure would appreciate it if you’d share that cool air!

Speaking of COOL, I’m going to start something new here on CarrieAnnTripp.com on Fridays. I’ve been looking for some more structured posts to keep me focused when life keeps me, well, when life keeps me. I found inspiration in Leslie’s post “Five Favorites: Just For Me” at Life in Every Limb.

So, Fridays around here will feature posts with five favorite things. It might be five amazing things from the week, 5 fav blog posts I’ve read, 5 fav scriptures, 5 fav songs, 5 fav websites, 5 fav foods, 5 fav things to clean (Nah, I HATE to clean.), etc. If anyone wants to play along I can set a linky up and we can share favs. No voting or promised commenting though. I don’t have time to run another organized hop, however, I’d love to share favs with friends!


Welcome back to #TheocentricThursdays Blog Hop Week 7! We are so pleased you all continue to join us each week! Please make sure you are inviting your friends. I heard from so many last week that they didn’t know such things existed.

I have found that asking someone to share their post is a compliment! If you read something that speaks to you in a blogging community or group, there’s a great chance someone else needs to hear that word too. Ask the author to share it with us. You will be helping to reach someone who may not have been reached otherwise.

I also had a few complaints last week that we were sending out e-mails to people who did not request e-mails. It is in the “rules” that you give permission for the hosts and co-hosts to e-mail you exclusively about #TheocentricThursdays Blog Hop. However, to make this even more clear, I have set up a MailChimp account for #TheocentricThursdays.

If you do not sign up, you won’t be getting correspondence. This means if you receive the most likes on your post, I can’t e-mail you information about being the featured post or co-host.

I sent the information out via e-mail earlier this week. If you 1) deleted it with out reading it, b) didn’t get it because your spam folder deleted it, or c) have a gazillion e-mails because like me you say yes to everything, well, here is the link so you can sign up: http://eepurl.com/bs7lWz. Make sure you add us to you contacts! Please know it is not in my nature to bombard anyone with junk mail. If I have in any way violated your privacy, it was absolutely unintentional and without intent to harm.

So, last week I know for a fact that each of your posts were read from this hop a minimum of two times. Many of them had over 10 clicks in the first 24 hours. Woo hoo!!!!!! We are sending you some readers! Your hosts alone managed to get every single post shared at least once on EACH Twitter, Pinterest, and FaceBook. I have no idea how many potential readers you received from that, but God does!

If you are sharing posts from the hop on social media or your own site, would you please let one of us know? We love to give credit where credit is due.

Make sure to follow ALL hosts and co-hosts blogs AND social media accounts. Let’s meet your hosts!

MelanieP4thMelanie Pickett is a writer and blogger who is currently completing her first nonfiction book. She worked as a Medical Language Specialist for 19 years and is an occasional substitute teacher. Melanie posts on BlogHer and has been a guest writer on various other blogs. She writes regularly at the mental health blog, Defying Shadows but spends most of her time writing her own blog, Flying Blonde. A transplanted West Michigander, Melanie is a wife and mother with two teenagers who keep life busy and happy. She loves Jesus, her family, working out, reading, playing piano, 70’s-80’s TV shows, hot tea, serendipity, and traveling adventures. Melanie is a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor and her ministry is to encourage and empower those in abusive situations, past or present, and bring awareness to this important cause.

Follow Melanie on Flying Blonde, Facebook, Twitter, InstagramBloglovin’, and Google+.


TracyTribbleWk6CoHostTracy Tribble is a writer and blogger who is currently working on her first nonfiction book. She currently works in the recruiting and staffing industry, and is mom to three of the most amazing kids in the world. Tracy’s blog posts appear on her website “Prayer & Lemonade”, a community where people from all walks of life can come together and be inspired to better themselves, and contribute to the betterment of others. Tracy prides herself on trying to live each day a little better than she did the day before. She started writing when she was 12 years old, and is so thankful that God loved her too much to let her ignore the call he had placed on her life. Outside of writing, Tracy enjoys chocolate, painting, comedies, pedicures, being active in her church, and chocolate (lol). She is extremely excited about how God is blessing her to use her talent, and looks forward to sharing it with the world.

Follow Tracy on Prayer and Lemonade, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Carrie Ann Tripp is a sold-out, born again Jesus freak, wife of 18 years, mother to two teenagers involved in evMe in Kentuckyery sport/activity under the sun, MS/HS English teacher, HS Softball Coach, Youth Group Worker, Youth/Women’s Speaker, Blogger, Writer, Avid Reader, Lover of Schedules, Volunteer of more things than healthy, and all around CRAZY kinda girl! She loves a good challenge and isn’t afraid to stand up for her beliefs or the underdog. She writes because her mental health demands it. “I heal, I deal with hurt, I help through the written and spoken word. It is my love language.”

You can follow her blog, facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google+, BlogLovin’, and various other places she pops up, but she’d be ecstatic if you’d start there!

Please help us welcome this week’s co-host to the team!

Sarah Michal Edwards is a Tennessean spending SarahCoHostWk7her summer in Jacksonville, Florida. While in Jacksonville, Sarah started her blog in order to keep up with family and friends. What was intended to be short posts about daily life as an intern has turned into tackling hot-button topics that resonate with teenagers and adults alike. 
Sarah will return to Tennessee to complete her last year as a music major at Carson-Newman University in August. Her hobbies include musical theater, writing, and looking at pictures of elephants on the Internet. 

This week’s featured post is “My Coming Out Story” from Spirit Lead Me Where My Trust Is Without Borders by Sarah Michal.

If you were at all like me, you may be holding your breath as you read this title.

Go ahead.

Click the link.

Read the first few paragraphs.

Let out the breath you’re still holding.

Then leave Sarah a comment. Somehow she has TONS of clicks and more than enough votes to be this week’s featured post, but only ONE comment. 

Coming out isn’t easy. I know. I bet even if you don’t know personally, someone within your immediate family does. Encourage her. We need Christians willing to speak for those trapped silently within their own walls. Some of their own accord, some of guilt, and some because they couldn’t get alone no matter how hard they tried.

Don’t forget to grab the button if you were featured this week!

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