Blogger Recognition Award 8.15.18

“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name,
because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”
– Mark 9:41 KJV

“Cast not away therefore your confidence,
which hath great recompence of reward.”
– Hebrews 10:35 KJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
– Hebrews 11:6 KJV

 

Dear Lord, You have sent my dear friend and sister in Christ… Jessy…  to bring me a cup of water in the midst of a dry land… a weary land… of a journey that is You and me. It may be personal, but You still use Your people to encourage me along the way…. to refresh my weary soul. Jessy (aka txjessy) of F.A.B. Faith and Books has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  You have used her to help me not cast away my confidence, which has a great reward that You tell me I need. I trust Your word in Mark 9:41 that she will not lose her reward for bringing that cup of water even in this award. I fully believe in Your promises of Hebrews 11:6 because You are a rewarder in just being who You are! ❤blogger recognition award

Thank you, Jessy, for the nomination! I praise the Lord for your constant flow of encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog! God loves you!


The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 or more other bloggers for this award.
6. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.


My Brief Story on How This Blog Began:
Lord, You gave me this blog originally as a private place to come talk to You… one on one… just between You and me. Then You led me to encourage a family friend who was going through a hard time by doing her challenge on WordPress, and You encouraged me to trust You by opening my settings to public. You have since then amazed me in what You choose to do with this blog (which is Yours), and the blog for the poetry You have allowed me to write through the years. Not all of the poetry is pleasant, but You assure me it is a part of YOUR testimony in my life. And so I leave it to You to do Your will with.

Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers:
1. Write what you want, when you want (or not), in your time. It’s your blog!
2. God loves you!


“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due,
when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.”
– Proverbs 3:27 KJV

My Nominees:
Simply Chronically Ill
The Graced Citizen
Tamie’s Alcove
Help From Heaven
Unshakable Hope
Therapy Bits
Grace, Grit, and Glitter
Missionary Gamer
One Stone Away
Beholding Him Ministries
The Word
Following Him Beside Still Waters
Rashell Bud
Teen, Meet God
Becoming His Tapestry
Pure Glory
Alethea’s Mind
Walking With the Way
Invisibly Me

Congratulations to all the nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, please do not feel rushed! Just wanted you to know you are thought of and prayed for!

God loves you!

 

Random Acts of Kindness Award 8.15.18

For his merciful kindness is great toward us:
and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.
Praise ye the Lord.
– Psalm 117:2 KJV

Random Acts of Kindness… This describes Your love towards us all day long, Father. And here You share another one with me through Stu of Something to Stu Over as he has nominated me for the Random Acts of Kindness Award.random_acts_logo-296x300This is a completely new award for me, and it seems like a very nice gesture among a community that is one huge random act of kindness… and many times very intentional kindness. Stu is a brother in Christ who not only displays the kindness of Romans 12:10...

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another”
– Romans 12:10 KJV

but shares the kindness of Colossians 3:12 with those who struggle with addictions.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God,
holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”
– Colossians 3:12 KJV

Thank you, Stu, for your thoughtful random act of kindness in the nomination. May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministries. God loves you!


The award was created by Mws R Writings
Random Acts of Kindness Award/KA

 Random Acts Of Kindness Award, RAKA

This award is given to anyone you think shows kindness to another blogger or writer or to the community here on WordPress.
If you know someone who has shown you or anyone else an act of kindness please nominate them for this award.
I believe that any act of kindness no matter how small can significantly impact another’s life. So I feel it is great to acknowledge those who practice kindness.

The rules are simple.

1- Tell who you nominate and why.

2- Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.

3- Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else.

For instance, ” I once was waiting in a drive thru line for 20 minutes. I was in a hurry but the line did not move much, it felt like. My day was getting worse by the moment. When I got up to the drive thru window, the cashier said someone had paid for my meal already. That really made my day a lot better.”

4- Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you so choose to Participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post. https://mwsrwritings.com/2018/07/30/random-acts-of-kindness-award-ka/

 Don’t forget to COPY THE RULES ON YOUR POST!


An act of kindness that was shown to me that comes to mind was when I was 13 years old. I was attending a school for troubled kids and one of my teachers took interest in me, asking me to clean her house each week. While she taught me a strong work ethic, doing a job right the first time, and paid me for my work… she would have me take several breaks just to talk with me. She would ask me questions and become so broken for me, literally crying. I would have no idea why she was crying. She would try to explain to me why, and then cry even more because of inability to see why she was crying… because I saw things she was broken for as normal. She would either fix me something for lunch or take us out, but refused to let me use my money.
Her compassion was what would cause me to pause and think about what she was saying because it felt odd for someone to cry for me. It was her many acts of kindnesses in that one act of kindness that would help me to open my eyes a little at a time to life… even if it took awhile. To this day, when I’m having a hard day or wish I had someone in my corner the Lord allows me to think on Mrs. C. She constantly included me in her life and her family until her dying day, and had set me and her daughter to continue to be good friends. And we were good friends until the day she died as well.


My Nominees:

Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness
Lovely A was the first person You had me speaking with in the Word Press Community. You used her 21 Day Self Care Challenge to help me while I was tying to help/work with my doctors and specialists. She was so encouraging, motivating, kind… definitely kind! She became my Croatian-Australian Sister in Christ! She helps so many others in the same way. It’s just who You have made her to be! 🙂 Thank You, Lord. Bless her!

Fatima of Splendor in Embers
My dearest Fatima was how You led me to open my settings to Public, as You had me already doing her 30 Truth Aspects Challenge to encourage her. I have known that dear heart since she was in preschool with my little dear heart. She has always been random acts of kindness… the sweetest heart. Here You had led me to encourage her, but she was encouraging me every step of the way. That’s so You God! Bless her, Lord!

Hayley of Red Letters
Along came my Brummie Sister, and You made my day with her friendship! I love her singing voice… not only is it tender and beautiful, but she has such a heart for Your! You use her music to draw me into close fellowship with You! My favorite one of hers is still Know You. ❤ Thank You for blessing me with my Brummie family in Christ!

Lene of Song of Virgnity
For years I struggled to get down my testimony as You have been urging me to do. I had been told my testimony was “too inappropriate.” Lene invited me to write my testimony Love of My Life – I Am His Song on her blog. I prayed about it hard, especially because her blog celebrates and encourages choosing Christ first through abstinence, and she does it with a loving and nonjudgmental heart.

There are soooo many more, but I went with the first few You gave me on Word Press when You had me go from private to public settings. I pray that You would encourage anyone else who wants to do this challenge, to considered themselves tagged. They’re it!

Thank you to everyone of you have ever blessed me through random acts of kindness, and continue to do so time and time again! Thank you for letting God shine through you!

God loves you!

Breathers: 8.16.18, Night 3 of 3

My dear Lord, thank You for answered prayer! Every moment of this day had so many things challenging the possibility of my making it to this ladies bible study that I felt like I was holding my breath all day to see if I was going to make it. It was the last night of the Breathers Ladies Bible Study… a Gathering on the Back Porch.7f7b00ed-c72f-4cd8-9e03-4a9e0596d079

By Your glorious grace I made it through the spinal block from earlier in the day, still able to drive. It was a very challenging afternoon of pain afterwards, but it wasn’t because of the shots. It was from standing, walking, and even having to sit so much in a particular position for a few hours as we waited for Anthoni to get off work. I caught what sleep I could as Sandra drove us home or else I knew I would not be able to stay awake for driving to the study. I made sure to hold off on taking any pain medicine until after the bible study.

Praise Your Holy name… I made it! You allowed me to arrive with just enough time to take a moment in the car… to breathe! 🙂 I go in and see a bunch of tables set up. Lynn shares her friendly smile and tells me to pick any seat. I find a seat and see the cutest little bag in front of me. It’s a Strawberry Lemonade mix! My stepdad will love it.

I see the label reads… Stir, Shake, Chill. IMG_20180820_012052This makes me think of Keitha and her fun personality, and simply loving to laugh.
I could just see her having us do some kind of playful cheer or something.
“Stir… Shake… Chill! Stir… Shake… Chill!
🙂 Again ladies! Come on girlfriends!” 🙂

The room begins to come alive with fellowship as the tables begin to fill, and everyone sounds so excited. It’s so delightful to hear. I’m in a room full of ladies with most of them being strangers, yet they are pouring out love to one another. My table begins to fill up and I see a familiar face from a previous study…. Lisa! Yay! A Lisa hug! ❤ Then Keitha lets us know there is ice cream and brownies! I skip any because I know my back will not tolerate me standing too much.
Then we went into the sanctuary where we did some singing under Brittany’s leadership… and to listen to the guest speaker.

Kathy was our guest speaker.
I loved her Porch Rules! 🙂39261792_10216696829962669_5575943546889830400_n

  1. I love a porch swing! My grandmother use to have a red one that we swung in all the time. It was the most peaceful feeling! That ever so gentle breeze playing so tenderly with your hair… bringing a kindness that only You can give in the little bit of wind swinging creates… and takes the mind to another world of pleasantness when You add a little of Your own wind. I miss it! I miss my grandmother! ❤
  2. A porch swing is just as healing when it sits still. Many times, hurts and life are too much for a soul to swing. You are wise to tell us to take time to be still. We need it… just like we need You! It only makes sense we need time alone with You.
  3. What better way to spend time with You than in Your word? What better way to listen to You when we have prayed… and to know You personally? I love that You left us a personal love letter! ❤
  4. What does one have the perfect opportunity to do when in a swing… when one is still… when one has access to Your word? To Reflect. You have been having me do this quite a bit as I have been following You on a personal journey You have for me.
  5. How can I not praise You with all that You remind me You have brought me through? You are worthy of praise just for who You are! Your Holy name deserves glory, honor, praise, and to be spoken among every one on earth! Praise You!
  6. How we need to pray every hour of the day, every second we can. I am so grateful that You want us to come to You. What a loving God You are to us! ❤
  7. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Of course I think of this song, but when I saw this on the sign You had me thinking how this would be a cool name for a little girl. And since I know a friend with a little girl named Jubilee, I thought that would make a great middle name. Hallelujah Jubilee! What an incredible name! If she needed time to grow into her own faith, she could go by Halle like Halle Berry! 😉

Thank You for letting me make it to this study, Lord! And for helping me to stay awake and focused! Even after having the spinal block earlier that day! Standing was very hard to do, but was worth every second! YOU are worth every second!
Thank You for the Keitha hug! ❤ And the Kristy hug! ❤ And the Lisa hug! ❤

Oh and thank You for the delightful surprise to take home with us… the reminder of a new study starting in September! I’ve already been blessed to Discover an Unlikely Joy in You 😉 yet You just continue to offer me more in this study on Job by Lisa Harper.  Keitha will be leading the one You would likely make possible for me. I hope to see You there! ❤IMG_20180820_012247

If You missed out on the first 2 nights, you can read them here:

Breathers: 6.21.18, Night 1 of 3 Soaking Up the Summer, Son, and Shade

Breathers: 7.19.18, Night 2 of 3 In the Cool of the Evening

Breathers: 7.19.18, Night 2 of 3 Extra

 

8.19.18 Update: Kimberly’s PCT Hike!

For all those praying for my Cousin Kimberly as she has been hiking
the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) from Mexico to Canada.

As you know we have been saying extra prayers for her
because she while she was currently hiking the Sierras,
she gained a stress fracture in her left foot
and a sprained ankle on her right foot.

Below is an important update
from Kimberly’s Facebook page!

August 12, 2018 FB Update
Tomorrow makes a whole month off trail. I’m terribly sad to officially be ending my hike for this year having not completed the whole trail. However, I’m super happy to have hiked 1,090 miles from Mexico to South Lake Tahoe. My body just couldn’t do it and I’m hoping that with time and the proper rest for my feet, I’ll be able to finish the PCT next year. Since getting off Trail I’ve been eating… lots, still enjoying nature and it’s beautiful views, finding wildlife to laugh at, enjoying visiting my Dad in Florida and my family and friends back in Taylorsville and Charlotte, watching sunsets and straight up relaxing. Real life starts again soon but I know the trail will still be there next year! Here’s to #kbpct2018 and #kbpct2019 @ Ponce Inlet, Florida

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What a hard and brave decision to make… to wisely care for one’s health! Kimberly has walked so many miles… 1,090 miles! And that’s just what she hiked from Mexico, through the desert, and to the Sierras! For those who may not know (and to remind you who do) in 2016 Kimberly was the first woman to YOYO the MST (Mountain to Sea Trail) here in North Carolina. She hiked from the NC/TN border to the Carolina Coast, and then walked back to the NC/TN border! That was a total 2,310 miles!

 🙂 Wow! 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE, KIMBERLY!

I have such confidence in what the Lord can do for you next year. Lord willing, I will blog and pray for you then as well, staying with you til you have walked the last mile!! Thank you for sharing so much of your journey with us! I hope you enjoy your slideshow! You provided the material! 😉

We continue to pray for your feet.
Hope you get plenty of rest!
You have earned it!
God loves you, Kimberly!!

Moving On from 1994 to 1995

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Lord, As I move on from adding my poetry written in 1994 to adding the poetry written in 1995, I want You to know how grateful I am to You for bringing me through such hard times. I’m glad You had me too distracted with life to realize just how broken and hurt I was. How deep, dark, and sometimes so evil those words were, but they were expressing the thoughts in my mind, the words and experiences I had collected, and the emotions I tried to push away with a pen. Thank You for coming into my life, my heart, and my soul… for teaching me of Your love and Your ways. Thank You for understanding my tears when no one else can… when the words get in the way… and all I can feel is my sin. Thank You for the many whispers of love that You speak…

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