“NEW” Series, #4 Brotherhood of the World Bloggers’ Award 1.18.18

How exciting and adventurous You are dear Lord! A NEW kind of blogger award… Brotherhood of the World Bloggers’ Award! And how exciting to see Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness receive hers! You, the Great Physician, knew she could use a pick me up at a time that she has been so sick that she had to take some time away from her blog. Practicing what she teaches, she took some down time, focused on her health, and just allowed herself to de-stress. What a great example she is to her self care theme. Thank You for being with her, Lord. I pray continued healing for her, and for all the things You know she needs prayer for!

Thank you, Lovely Anita, for allowing God to use you to nominate me for the Brotherhood of the World Bloggers’ Award too!
You put a smile on my face! 🙂 Me and God love you! ❤

Brotherhood of the World Blogger's Award 1.18.18

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to his/her blog.
  • List the rules of the award and post a picture of the award.
  • Answer the questions from your nominator.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers and be sure to let them know.
  • Write a list of questions for your nominees to answer

My Questions:

  • Where in the world are you based? North Carolina (USA)
  • What made you get into blogging? Journaling with God, challenges with friends
  • Summer or Winter? Summer
  • What makes you the happiest? God ❤
  • If you had to eat one food forever, what would it be? spaghetti 🙂
  • If you had one super power, what would it be? never sinning
  • If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? For everyone to know how much God loves them, and for them to love God just as much ❤
  • What are some of your 2018 goals? Following God, Choosing Life, Looking Up
  • Airplane holiday or Boat Cruise? Airplane holiday
  • America or Europe holiday? Europe

My Nominees:
Oaken Reed
Almighty God the Beginning and the End
Blacker the Berry
Invisibly Me
Red Letters
Not Easily Broken
The Godly Chic Diaries
Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus
loshame
Moonlight Psychology

Praise the Lord for each one of you! Congratulations on your nomination for the Brotherhood of the World Bloggers’ Award! May you each continue to reach out in community and brotherhood on WordPress and around the world! God has so many children, and loves each one… including you! ❤

Thank you again and congrats to Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness!
Me and God love you too! ❤

PS… OOPS! I forgot 10 questions for the nominees. Please feel free to answer the ones given to me above… or simply skip. Whichever you prefer! 🙂

Liebster Award 1.6.18

A new year, a new day, and a new nomination! God, you are so delightfully surprising! 🙂 Thank you for whispering my name into the ear of Unbreakable Yet Fragile. She is always an encouraging spirit, always reminding me I am daughter of the King! 🙂 You have gifted her with such a strong voice, and a strong will. Thank you for bringing her into my life. May I somehow be a blessing to her as she is to me so often. Bless her Lord.

liebster*RULES*
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog in your post. Share a few thoughts about their blog and help to promote them. Support other bloggers!!
2. Display the award on your blog. You can display in a post or as a widget.
3. Who’s your favorite blogger? Write a short paragraph about your favorite blog and leave a link for others to check them out.
4. Tell your readers 10 random facts about you – they can be anything you want!
5. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers
6. Make sure to link these rules in your Liebster Award post.

My Favorite Blogger
That’s hard because the Lord has blessed me with many wonderful bloggers who are dear friends I try to keep up with reading. The upside to a rich community is fellowship and support. The downside is so many to keep up with and possibly letting someone down, especially when I must pick one. In THIS moment, the Lord blesses me often with Hayley of RedLetters and her music. The Lord is constantly whispering things to us in private, and confirms openly His message to us, marvelously surprising us both. Her song I Choose Life is a perfect example, as at the same time God has given me Choose Life to live by. Both of us were being inspired by Deuteronomy 30:19.

10 Random Facts About Me
1. I’m a Tar Heel fan.
2. I love puzzles.
3. I don’t keep up with my Twitter.
4. I wish I could fly (literally me with wings soaring in the air).
5. I have never flown before.
6. I’ve never been out of the country.
7. I do not live in the city.
8. I love fun facts.
9. I love witty puns.
10. I love my son’s cartoons that he draws on Inner Man Theatre. My favorite is All Cheerful and Rosie. I don’t see how he draws all of that on a computer, but he does! My boss lady (in a computer lab) use to spend time teaching him computer graphics when he was 4 years old.

What is the propose of your blog?
To follow the Lord wherever He leads. Glory to His name.

How in touch are you with your surroundings?
very

What state you reside in?
North Carolina in the United States

What is your favorite season?
Spring

What movie is your all time favorite?
Jesus of Nazareth

Which color is your favorite?
Lavender

How often do you read books?
here and there, as God leads

Do you have children?
yes… a grown son

Are you left-handed or right-handed?
ambidextrous, dominate with right

What are your life goals?
To live, serve, please, follow, trust and the Love of my life… Jesus Christ! ❤

My Nominees:
Team Jesus
Georgia’s Recovery
Pennies for Dreams
Tomorrow Girl
Becoming His Tapestry
Sup Halle
December Rose

Praise the Lord and Congratulations to the Nominees! May God bless you each one. Please don’t feel rushed or obligated to participate. The nomination is meant to be a blessing, not a burden. I just wanted you to know you and your blog are appreciated, and to let others know about your blog! God loves you!

Thank you again, Unbreakable Yet Fragile for nominating me!! And congratulations on your Liebster Award! May the Lord bless you!!

Liebster Award 12.20.17

Lord, what a nice Christmas gift… to receive… and to share. Thanks to You using Little Miss Bear Paw of Family by Faith, I am blessed to both receive The Liebster Award she has nominated me for, and to share with other bloggers.

Little Miss Bear Paw is a fervent student in Your Word, posting as she reads through each chapter in the Bible within a year. It is challenging enough to read the Bible through in a year, but to sit down and type it word for word, and adding her own notes to help readers understand is very commendable. She is rightly dividing Your word. She is making disciples while being a disciplined student herself. Teaching by example.

Thank you, Little Miss Bear Paw! God loves you! Merry Christmas!
PS. Congrats on your own Liebster!

The rules for the Liebster Award are:
1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

My questions for you are:
1.What is your favorite blog post that you have written… provide link and why?
God whispered so much to me this year as He led me to blogging publicly, so it’s hard to decide. The first one that came to mind was My Fear of God, but I’m so thankful He helped me get my salvation testimony Me and God down as I have strived to do for quite some time.
2.If you could travel to any time period which one would you go to and why?
Back to just after Jesus was crucified but then resurrected. I want to be there when he is dining with the 2 men who don’t know it’s Him at first. We’d have supper.
3.What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. It celebrates how Love Came for Me in a baby Manger King! ❤ I’m so glad He did! Praise His Holy and Infant Name… Jesus!

4.What is your favorite holiday treat?
Banana Pudding.
5.Do you read? What kinds of books? Which is your favorite?
Yes. The Bible. Bible Studies. library books. The Bible is my favorite!
6.What is something you ‘nerd’ out about?
It’s hard to enjoy things because I am always focused on the rules, the safety. I read instructions to EVERY thing before I use it, and save the manual.
7.What is your favorite kind of weather and why?
Spring… sunny, breezy, with windows down, letting the wind blow through my hair, looking at beautiful scenery like the Blue Ridge Parkway! Enjoying God! ❤
8.What is your favorite Christmas memory?
1994. A very busy Christmas serving my local community, raising money and gifts for 50 families with children, and a nursing home full of seniors,
-going to the club with my best friend and more of our friends,
-calling a Santa to come to the house for a private party for my son Anthoni, my best friend’s boy, and our neighborhood children,
-doing a family communion at the church that included family friends,
-getting to house to start opening gifts at midnight to have mess out of the way for Christmas morning,
-then head to my grandmother’s for dinner the next day.
It was busy, but I loved every minute of it!
9.What is your go-to comfort food?
Chef-Boyardee Spaghetti or Lasagna
10.Introvert or Extravert?
Introvert
11.Do you have special plans or a direction for your blog in 2018?
Lord willing, to keep following the Lord

11 Random Facts About Myself
1. I am ambidextrous. I was predominately left handed until 3rd grade, but now am predominately right handed. My elders believed left handedness was evil.
2. My son was originally left handed, but I intentionally followed the guide of a magazine to influence him to be right handed because I watched left handed friends struggle to have scissors, desks, and more available for doing simple every day tasks.
3. I am 5’7.
4. I went to 15 different schools.
5. I have been engaged several times, but have always been the one to back out.
6. I love missionaries. I have a great respect for them.
7. I love listening to sermons, at church, online, archived.
8. I’m not a sauce person, but I LOVE Chick-fil-A’s Polynesian sauce. ❤
9. I love Spasagna! Especially at Cheddar’s! ❤
10. God has spared me from so much, especially myself!

My Nominees
Created and Called
Justified and Redeemed
Single and Redeemed
My Thoughts Exactly
A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
Dreamer’s Outlet
Bond Servant
Betcha Didn’t Know
Life With Jesus
Heart of the Journey
Highly Favored
Create.In.Me
All You Need Is Jesus
My God Speaks

My Questions for the Nominees:
1. How did you hear about WordPress?
2. How old were you when you used the computer for the first time?
3. Is this your first Liebster Award?
4. Do you know how to cook? What’s your best recipe,
5. What season is it where you live?
6. Do you like Candy Canes?
7. What’s the first car you’ve ever had?
8. DO you have a pet?
9. What’s your favorite hymn?
10. What year did you get your first cellphone?
11. What’s one of your favorite things about God’s love?

PTL and Congrats to the nominees! God loves you! Merry Christmas!

Unique Blogger Award 12.14.17


God, You have surprised me with a new award… the Unique Blogger Award. You, Oh Lord, make this blog Unique! There is No One like You! How truly honored Lovely A and I are to have Your whispers come our way! How blessed we are for the Holy Spirit to guide us in being wise to listen… and obey. Thank you for whispering my name into her ear. May You receive all the glory and praise this award allows and shares. 🙂

Congratulations, Lovely A (aka Discovering Your Happiness) on your Unique Blogger Award! And your 44,000 views! God is certainly “shining sunlight” all over your followers through your posts. It shows in your views… consistently growing so well. You might hit 45,000 before I finish this post! 50,000 is just around the corner! 🙂

Just keep letting His “Son shine” in and through you, and the Lord will keep whispering! Keep obeying and He will never cease to amaze you! ❤ He loves you! And He always will!

PS. I love discovering my happiness in your surprise messages! 😉 Thank you!


Answering the Questions:
1. What are your 2018 goals?
Lord willing, follow God and choose life.
2. What are your top 3 ways to reduce stress?
alone time with God, prayer, writing
3. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Wherever the Lord leads me.

Nominees:
Elan Mudrow
Frank Solanki
Inner Man Theatre
The Word
Red Letters
Oaken Reed
Song of Virginity
Comeback Pastor
Beauty Beyond Bones
Invisibly Me
My God Speaks
Blue Heron Cove
The River Walk
Kristi Ann’s Haven
Walking With the Way
Lebana’s Journal
Table 41
Single and Redeemed
The Joy of Menopause

My Questions for Nominees:
1. How did you first learn about WordPress?
2. Where in the world do you live?
3. Do you know how much God loves you?
You are so Unique to Him! ❤

Congratulations to the nominees! May everyone who reads this post know how unique you truly are… especially to the One who made you! ❤ He loves you!


 

Sunshine Blogger Award 12.8.17

Dear Gracious and Heavenly Father, look what You continue to do… for me… this blog (Your blog)… and for others through it! You are continuing to shine such a light of love through Lene (aka Lene in Japan) and her 2 blogs…
Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus and Song of Virginity.

You delightfully surprised me in her Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus blog
where she had nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!
No rules. No questions. Just sharing and encouraging! That is so Lene! ❤
And this will allow me to shine your light towards others! ❤

You have used Lene so greatly in my life and this blog when she invited me to guest write on Song of Virginity. I love how she refers to it as celebrating purity for You! After praying about it, you allowed me to write my testimony Love of my Life – I am His Song. You amazed me with such overwhelming feedback and loving comments. Something so personal, so raw, and every word true… actually brought glory to Your Holy name!
Bless her, Lord! I pray for her daughter and hubby as well!

Thank you, Lene! More than anything for helping me to have the courage to write a testimony of what God has done for me! Your own testimony inspires me! ❤

So with joy I share with my nominees:

Discovering Your Happiness
Sunflower Holistic Health
Scribbled to Paper
His Perfect Timing
Beholding Him Ministries
My Thoughts Exactly
Moonlight Psychology
Betcha Didn’t Know
Giggles & Tales
Blue Heron Cove
Empowering Women
Oaken Reed
HappySKy7311
Inner Man Theatre
The Godly Chic Diaries
Walking With the Way
Quiet Girl, Noisy World
The Ascender’s Touch

Congratulations, Nominees! God loves you each one! ❤

The Christmas Tag 12.3.17

My Dearest Lord and Savior, how your many kindnesses and thoughtfulness continue. We are in a season to celebrate YOU, yet YOU give and give…. cheer and cheer. You already gave me treasured friendship in Lovely A… my Australian sister across the waters. Sisters from different sides of the world, and sisters in Christ from the same Father. You gift her with helping others in Discovering Your Happiness. You use her to encourage me, educate me, and think on You and me.

Now You have her think on me with The Christmas Tag... to share Your love with others. Bless her, Lord, as You certainly have a lot lately. Allow Your blessings to continue to flow through her. May hearts be receptive to her recent post Talk to God, as there is unexplainable peace in doing so. Many souls are in desperate need to pour their hearts out to You, and in greater need to hear from You.

THE RULES:
– Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
– Add the picture in your blog
– Copy these rules into your post
– Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
– Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
– Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
– Have fun!

THE 10 QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:

What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?
JESUS! Absolutely everything Jesus! And finally the world joins me in celebrating Him, even if they think they’re “just enjoying the holidays.” His love is contagious!

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
My favorite Christmas memory is a season life when all of us in my family were grown, doing extremely well, with several friends at all times, mom, dad, and gran just as much a part of our group, active in church, family communion at the altar with our friends, making sure we were together by midnight when we started opening gifts, as we passed foods and drinks around. We always had extra friends or strangers down to the last minute, but always had plenty to share with whoever the Lord sent our way… even presents. We loved sharing God’s blessings. Anthoni was everyone’s little buddy.

Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
We did communion at 6pm and gathered together to open presents at midnight.

What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
 That everybody everywhere somehow would take even one moment to say, “Happy Birthday, Emmanuel!”

What’s your favorite Christmas dish?
Always banana pudding (or as we say in these part nana pud’n 😉 )

What’s your favorite Christmas decoration?
The Nativity and the Star

What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Happy Birthday, Jesus ❤

Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
Church and home

What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
Being filled with the peace and joy of God’s love sent to us through His only Son. The Spirit fills us with such awe and wonder, and yet with a childlike faith. We have hope because of His coming, and we know He WILL come again! 🙂

Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?
Jesus. It’s always about Jesus! I love Him! Because He first loved me!

NOMINEES:
Lebana’s Journal
A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
A Poet’s Paradise
Red Letters
Splendor in Embers
Crystal Harper
Emerging from the Dark Night
A Fractured Faith
Hiraa Chaudhry
HappySky7311
Scribbled to Paper
Frank Solanki
Walking With The Way
And ANYONE who want to spread some Christmas cheer! 🙂

Have fun and don’t forget to celebrate Jesus… every day! He loves you! ❤

Thankful 2017.2 Blogger Recognition Award 11.18.17

Praise You and Thank You, Lord, for delightfully surprising me with the Blogger Recognition Award… especially at a time that I was exhausted and weary from so much that You are using to bring good into my life.

I was actually nominated on November 8th, but had to wait for the energy and time to properly thank Lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness. She constantly encourages me and motivates me every time You lead me to read her site, or go to encourage her, and sometimes You simply whisper in her ear to let me know You are thinking of me… even if her words may not convey that SHE knows You are speaking through her!

I’m especially excited to thank You for her when she has received an award for being ranked in the TOP 75 HAPPINESS BLOGS on Feedspot! So others can see her post Ranked In The TOP 75 Happiness Blogs and join in celebrating with her! God, You are so good and generous! Honestly, I’m not surprised, but I am so incredibly thrilled for her! I constantly see others responsive on how blessed they are with her site, reblogging, and doing posts regarding what she has posted. May she continue to be blessed, Lord!

RULES FOR THIS AWARD:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select 5 other bloggers you want to give this award to and comment on each blog to let them now with a link to your award post.

How gaillovesgod Got Started:
Originally, it was just private conversations with You, Lord. This last summer You led me to begin The 30 Truth Posts Challenge, telling 30 aspects about myself, for Dear Fatima of Splendor In Embers. You had me be open with everything, including my privacy settings. During that challenge, You led me to Lovely A’s 21 Self Care Challenge. As she asked me to tag her to let her see my posts to her challenge (and educate me on how), it became obvious Your whispers weren’t just for me. So I’m continuing to trust You. Including with gaillovesgodspoetry for the poetry You have allowed me to write.

2 Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers:
1. If you want feedback and interaction with other bloggers make sure to tag, and make your like and comment buttons available on every page… including your About and Contact page.
2. Blog about what YOU want to blog about, when you want to blog (or not), and as much as you want to blog (or not). It’s YOUR blog!

5 Nominees:
Jay Pines of Scribbled to Paper
Sayer Teller of Oaken Reed
Brandy Thurlow of Sunflower Holistic Health
James Edgar Skye of The Bipolar Writer
Pastor Unlikely

Congratulations to the nominees! Lord, may You continue to bless each one and their blog! Thank you, Lovely Anita! Congrats to you on both of your awards… the Blogger Recognition Award and ranking in the Top 75 Happiness Blogs on Feedspot. God, may Your showers of blessings continue to pour over her pages!