The Thirteenth Disciple Tag 7.27.2020 and 8.16.2020

Dear Lord, how interesting and exciting. This tag (The Thirteenth Disciple Tag) that Charity (aka Purple Rose) of Confessions And Thoughts Of A Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter created and nominated me for The Thirteenth Disciple Tag on 7.27.2020, a tag that she created. Thank you for having my dear sister think of me. Please forgive me for taking so long to get this done, and please let Charity know how grateful and excited I really was regardless of what they dates say. When I first read Charity’s tag, it made me smile and think of my mom. Whenever people would try to say the number 13 was bad luck, taboo, or evil, my mom would remind them that the 12 disciples plus Jesus made 13. ❤

Then you had my dear brother Stu of Something to Stu Over also nominate me for The Thirteenth Disciple Tag on 8.15.2020. Again I have taken so long. Please let Stu know how grateful I am for him as well. Bless them both and encourage them, Lord. Normally I would do the tags separate, but because I have taken so long I will do them together.

Thank you, Charity, for thinking of me. You created such an awesome tag! I loved the idea of hanging with Jesus!

Here Are The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and include a link to their post.
  2. Link the original post (The Thirteenth Disciple Tag) and give credit to the creator of this tag (Purple Rose) https://reluctantpreachersdaughter.wordpress.com
  3. Answer the 13 questions asked by Purple Rose
  4. Tag as many people as you like
  5. Use the original tag image as the FEATURED image on your post:

Purple Rose Thirteenth Disciple Quote

Here are the 13 questions:

1. Which disciple is your favorite?
John… the one who was noted for loving Jesus so, and who wrote the book of John that is absolutely Love, Love, Love. It even has the REAL Lord’s prayer where Jesus is praying to the Father on our behalf in chapter 17! ❤

2. How often do you pray The Lord’s Prayer?
Funny that this is the question just after I was thinking on it. 🙂 I pray as often as the Lord allows. There was a time I prayed it every day before I started my day, and every night before I went to bed as I felt the Lord asking me with compelling compassion, “Do you not think the words my Son gave you would be enough for everything?”
I had been praying for “the right” thing to pray. So I committed to using it to pray for ALL my needs in those only 2 prayers of the day, allowing anytime I felt I should be praying more to God’s trust. It is amazing how He opened my eyes and my mind to those words covering every single thing we need prayer for. And why wouldn’t they? Would Jesus leave us unprepared or ill equipped??
NO! OF COURSE NOT!

3. How often do you take communion?
It depends. If I attend my stepdad’s church, they do it every Sunday at the end of service. If I am at my church, I believe it’s quarterly (every 3 months). But since COVID arrived, I have not been back to church physically, and won’t be for sometime. They did one for Easter online, and that was the last time I did.

4. Do you listen to sermons during the week?
Absolutely! As much as God will allow! I would rather listen to sermons than watch TV or movies.

5. If Jesus asked you to have your own small group of 4, which 3 disciples or Bible Characters would you choose to be in your weekly prayer group?
John the Baptist, Samuel, amd Enoch

6. Why did you choose those 3?
They were all three devoted and obedient from the beginning to the end. I want to be with people who love Jesus and His Father no matter the cost, and whose every thought is dying to self. Enoch was even spared of dying. One minute he was here, and then “he was not.” 😉

“and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
– Genesis 5:23 KJV

7. What Bible characters do you relate to or understand the most?
I don’t know that I would claim to fully understand any of the Bible characters, but I relate to characters like Hannah, Hagar, Tamar (both David’s daughter and Judah’s daughter-in-law), Leah, and Mary. Hannah and Mary are the two I relate to most often.
I, too, prayed for a child to give back to the Lord, like Hannah did for so long. I didn’t know my Bible yet then or my son Anthoni would have been named Samuel. When I did have him, I was a single mom like Mary (yes I know their engagement was the same as being married, but technically she was on her own until the angel told Joseph to marry her).

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost… the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

When I think of the responsibility I felt from the beginning to raise a child given from God, especially when Anthoni began to be a little preacher, it was a very important concern for me every day…. and still is with him grown. How much heavier must that concern have been to be raising the Son of the Living God! ❤

8. Which disciple would you argue with the most?
Judas or Peter for always wanting to argue with Jesus! 

9. Which disciple would you get along with the best?
I would love to hang with John or Nathanael. John loved Jesus so, and Nathanael believed Jesus was the Son of God and the King of Israel from the beginning just because Jesus knew who he was. Jesus said there was no guile in him.

10. If you were in the painting of the Last Supper, where would you be sitting?
Definitely John because he was leaning on Jesus! He loved Jesus! ❤

11. Peter carried a sword and cut off a soldier’s ear in an attempt to protect Jesus. If you were there that night, what would your reaction have been to the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus?
When I first read the Bible for myself, I was so angry and ready to fight before I came upon it. I remember being so glad when Peter used his sword. So yes I probably would have, but I would have had the same astonishing rebuke that Peter got. 

12. We all need a Simon Peter in our life, someone who carries a “sword” and will fight for you. Who is/was your Simon Peter?
My son Anthoni has been a Simon Peter sent from God Himself to rescue me from my world, and keep my focus on God not only in my own relationship, but also in the determination to teach Him about God’s love and teachings. God has taught me so much about His love for me through my love for my son, and in allowing me to have in common with Him being a single parent of an only Son.

13. Similar to Jesus, we all have a Judas in our lives who helps us fulfill our destiny or find our purpose. Can you look back and appreciate their role in your life despite the harm they did or the hurt they caused?
Whatever God has given me, He has given. Regardless of who, what, where, when, why, and how… it is done. He has forgiven me, so I am to forgive. I pray the Holy Spirit helps me to appreciate all things that God has allowed or designed. I thank God for seeing me through all He has walked me through.

Nominees:
(In honor of Jesus and the 12 disciples making 13, I will tag 13 nominees. 🙂

  1. Holly of Wholeness Haven
  2. Alicia of For His Purpose
  3. Margaret of The Word
  4. Mercy of Herry Chic Counsels
  5. Hephzibah of Being Found in the Vine
  6. Doreen of Becoming the Oil and the Wine
  7. Matt of Jesus Luvs All
  8. Regina of Help From heaven
  9. Tish of Ritisha’s Blog
  10. Shae of Shae’s Days
  11. Dawn of Drawing Close to Christ
  12. Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
  13. Gary of A Sagittarian Seeker

Hope the nominees have as much as I did!
What a joy to think of being Jesus!
We will very soon! 🙂 ❤

 

Made To Love My Family

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
– Colossians 3:12-13 KJV

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
– Romans 5:8 KJV

Lord, boy did I mess up on this bible study. Even back when I was doing it and making notes, and did it know it. Or if I did, I completely forgot and messed up again. I think You finally let me see how. The titles in the book for each day were messed up. I mean I am sure the person prayed for guidance and You led her to write it just the way it was. I did see the playfulness in the wording and how it related, but I do believe it is what messed me up so much that I accidentally started doing the same thing in getting it on the blog.

This one came from a day called Remade To Love In My Family, but there was never a MADE to Love In My Family. So when the titles that did a RE-whatever the title was before HAD a title before, I guess I assumed this one did too. As I look the next several days had a RE to a title that was NOT before. So if You don’t mind I’ll just keep going with personally made titles as You had me doing to try to prevent the confusion.

I’m sorry, Lord, for not doing a better job of paying attention. I try. I really do, and I know You know that. When I did this study, I was telling a friend of mine who knew I was doing it that I had no notes to share because I had not been really noting enough to share any with them or on the blog. As I would later look in my little notebook, You pointed out that I had what You were giving me and that was enough. When I started to pick back up where I left off I did not notice 6 days worth of noting missing. Again when typing them up, I did not notice either. It was being done with a 5 week study in 2 weeks that was throwing the huge red flag. Maybe that is why it felt so short when doing them?? Anyway, I deleted the last 2 I had up, along with the 4 You allowed me to get scheduled, and just took the big TIME OUT You were blowing the whistle on.

It took me the whole week to get a chance to look over just what was going on. Now I see, I DID do the study, but got very confused over the titles, stopped noting, then thought I wasn’t really getting anything to share, and was just enjoying it between You and me. However, later on I realized I had more notes than I thought, it was the book that was confusing. It still is, but with Your help I can still try to get it back on track. That means this one and the 5 to follow will actually be blogged as I am reading them. Being as so many messages You have sent me this week have been clearly dealing with being lost, it seems quite appropriate. Even Sue Mulhare of New Hope Church in Toowoomba, Australia had a message this week…

What To Do When You’re A Little Lost

that fit right in, and actually gave me a little bit of an answer to that nagging question You and I know I deal with. Wouldn’t You know it (and of course You would 😉 ) it’s the same answer You’ve always given me. I loved the song Sue mentioned she stumbled across.

Defender
was another perfectly related piece to the puzzle.

Those favorite lyrics of Sue’s were powerful.

When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

And how did all of this tie into today’s study and title of being Made to Love My Family? Because that is exactly what I did with my week. You led and I followed. The majority of the week was about Bobby (my 86 yr old stepdad) and his home health care team. All of our family worked together to get through this week when we also had a family crisis happen that we knew nothing about with my brother in law Tim cracking 4 ribs and having an infection. We ran the needed medical errands for Tim because Nathan (my brother who is Tim’s nurse) could not leave him because Tim was a fall risk. It’s what led to the ribs. Tim is a hospice patient dealing with a lot. My sister Sandra was doing these errands with me while wearing her bedroom slippers inside oversized shoes from the Goodwill in a search for shoes that she could get into. Her old shoes came apart. So many stores! For several days! Thank You for allowing the temporary ones You led her to. I pray the ones coming will be the shoes we have both been saying You have waiting for her! My son Anthoni stayed with Bobby one day so the home health care team could talk to him. He does a great job helping us look out for Bobby.

Bobby’s home health care team have been diligently looking out for him. They were sent by his doctor who has not seen him in several months and understands we’re trying to keep him home away from others, especially with both of his lungs already damaged, living with COPD, using a CPAP machine, and a nebulizer machine several times a day, and still struggles with his breathing. Bobby has to do needed bloodwork for the medicine he takes since he had his stroke in 2015, and to see how he is doing over all. Just day before yesterday, we were all in a circle (with masks and gloves) praying with his nurse because she had spent the whole day traveling around to different patients, was now seeing Bobby, all while her own husband and father both had been sick enough during the week that they were believed to have COVID. Praise the Lord they tested negative! But Stephanie had still came to work to look out for others!

So that is how family relates to this week. That time out was needed to focus. You still had me to post… by sending me awards! Anabel of Lebana’s Journey nominated me for The Ideal Inspiration Award, and Stu of Something to Stu Over nominated me for The Outstanding Blogger Award. My WordPress Family sent me so many encouraging messages. That’s how You work! You tell us to be still and know You are God… and You did just that. I took that break and You showered me with encouragement. And along the way allowed me to share that encouragement with the nominees! What do You do when voices of doubt whisper in my ear? You send Sue that message to encourage her! Sue shares it and encourages me! The song is a tender hug that assures You know my heart’s cry and are fighting for me where I don’t even know I have a war going on… a spiritual warfare. Your leading becomes my victory! Because YOU are my victory every single day!

Thank You for leading me through my wilderness. Thank You for leading our family! Thank You for protecting Stephanie’s family! Thank You for being the chain of encouragement for my WordPress family! Thank You for leading Sue all the way over in Australia, and then sharing a glimpse of that precious time You had with her. Thank You for the powerful message in that tender song. Thank You for helping me get this Bible study thing worked out. And thank You most of all for still being the God of Psalm 46:10.

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

I love You, Father God!
Thank You for making me a part of Your family! ❤

Inspiration: WGWM Study Notes, Week 2 Day 3

The Outstanding Blogger Award 7.16.2020

“Let all the earth fear the Lord:
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.”
– Psalm 33:8 KJV

How outstanding YOU ARE, dear Lord! How continuously thoughtful You are of me! You pursue me, You encourage me, You build me up, and You love me with a never ending love. You leave me standing in awe of You, and I am enamored to be in Your presence! ❤

Thank You for pouring a little more of Your favor on YOUR blog! It has always been Yours! Thank You or sharing a little more love so that I may keep sharing it with others! Bless the one whom You used to pour out that favor! Stu of Something to Stu Over nominated me for The Outstanding Blogger Award! Bless him, his family, and his ministry, Lord! Shower him with a little more favor that glorifies the skies with Your love! Shower his family! And shower his ministry! Hug him tight, Lord! Let know You’re there with him! ❤

Thank you, Stu! May God richly bless you for your thoughtfulness. Thank you for allowing Him to pour a little reminder of His favor, and a little reminder of His great love all over this blog, and the WordPress Community! Please know I am praying for your ministry, and praise God that you are willing to keep reaching out and ministering to those who are trapped in the addictions of pornography! So many souls and families are being torn apart. Thank you for following God’s calling in your life. 
Thank you again for the kind nomination! 🙂
Me and God love you, Brother! ❤

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Here are the rules/guidelines:

1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.
(very important: see why in step 5)
2. Answer the questions provided.
3. Create 7 unique questions.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination.
Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!
This award was created by Colton Beckwith.

Stu’s Questions For Me:

1. What is your favorite clothing to wear that unfortunately does not look good on you? (Color wise, etc)
God, there are a lot of things that do not look good on me, but I will say jeans because they only look strange now being as big as I am, and are way too uncomfortable which defeats the purpose of jeans. 🙂

2. Why do you blog? Is it so you can minister in the lives of others, you just enjoy writing, a calling from God, or another reason?
Lord, first and foremost I write to talk to You. When I am not writing, I feel like I am suffocating. I cannot breathe! When I am writing, I am talking heart to heart with You, and sometimes through Your whispers and clear commands I write to encourage or share with others! Everyone needs to know how much You love them! ❤

3. Mask or no mask? Don’t worry about what others think or say, please give your honest opinion and why…
Lord, I wear a mask for several reasons which all fall up under obeying you by…
being a law abiding citizen, taking care of the vessel You have given me, using the wisdom YOU have given me, following the doctor’s advice (while also loving him and his family as I do myself because they are my neighbor), to be thoughtful of others as we love one another, for the accountability in my responsibility to look after my 86 yr old stepdad and the rest of my family to the best of my ability, and to do as You command in keeping a vow once it is said as we vowed to stay home and stay safe on behalf of the medical community that is sacrificing their time, lives, and families to fight for ours. 

4. What is your favorite book of all time?
That one’s easy, Lord. Your Holy Bible! Preferably the King James Version. ❤

5. What childhood memory bring an immediate smile to your face?
Fighting with my little brother. Charlie was just 10 months younger than me, and we used to fight all the time. We would start off play fighting and one would hit too hard, so the other would get so mad and hit harder. The other would laugh until hit too hard. We would both laugh about it later. 🙂 Lord, I know You don’t like fighting, and praise Your name we grew out of it. 🙂  I miss him, Father. I know He is with You and has been the last 13 years, but I miss him. Hug him for me! ❤

6. Do you see God’s Handiwork everywhere? In people, nature and objects…
Absolutely! I think hymns like
This Is My Father’s World,
I Sing The Mighty Power of God,
Come Thou Fount,
How Great Thou Art
,
and so many more sing it so incredibly well! ❤

7. Which band, not singer, has influenced you the most?
Oh wow. This is a doozy, Lord. I have personally known and met so many bands… local bands, popular bands, famous bands, amateur bands… working with them, entertaining them, even dating a few. While music had too much negative influence over my life when I was younger, I actually had no one particular band influence me. The same is with bands now. I may love their music, but the bands themselves have no fluence on my  life whatsoever. Even if it someone’s music I really like, You know Yourself I just don’t do concerts or anything personal, other than the friendships I have with different people who just happen to be in bands. 

Nominees:

Anabael of Lebana’s Journey
Caz of Invisibly Me
Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin
Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
God’s Child of 30 Minutes In The Life Of A Teenager
Mike of Through The Scriptures
Nitin of Daily Bible Bytes For You
Cindy of Real Christian Women
Jacquie of Joy Cottage
Mindy of A Word With Mindy
Alicia of For His Purpose

Questions For The Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. Has your blog changed in any way since COVID-19 arrived?
  3. Do you have a bible verse for today?
  4. Have you lost anyone to COVID?
  5. Have you been sick with COVID?
  6. Do you have a favorite hymn?
  7. What do you find outstanding about God?
    (I stand in awe of His ability to pursue every single one of us… at the same time! 🙂 )

Congratulations to all of the nominees. Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no rush. Do as God leads you! And send me a link please! I would loved to read your post! God loves you! 🙂

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award 7.11.2020

“But there is a spirit in man:
and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”
– Job 32:8 KJV

Dearest, Lord. How inspiring You are to me! So generous and thoughtful. Always pouring out Your love! Just as You have done in whispering my name to our dearest Anabel of Lebana’s Journal to nominate me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. How my heart smiles to know it is our sweet Anabel! You have allowed Anabel to be one of my inspirations on WordPress since I began blogging. She has always been so encouraging, so kind, and has such a sweet spirit. I’ve always loved how her bio dares her readers to get to know her. And what touching poetry! And that beautiful picture of her! Thank You, God, for allowing such a sweet fellowship with my precious friend Anabel!

Thank you, dearest Anabel! What a dear friend you are to me, and have been from the beginning of my WordPress journey! Thank you for your kind nomination! And thank you for all of your encouraging messages, and for always sharing your heart for God. Your poetry and your faith has also been a blessing to me. May God bless you as richly!
Me and God love you, my Filipina Sister! ❤ideal-inspiration-blogger-awardRules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspirational Blogger Award as Rising Star from Ideal inspiration. idealinspiration.blog

Anabel’s Questions For Me:

  1. What is your advice to new bloggers out there?
    Write what you want, It’s your blog!
    Write how often (or not) you want, and how you want!
    Write what God gives you! 
  2. What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in life so far?
    Life is worthless without God!
    And God loves me! ❤
  3. What are the three things you are being grateful of at this moment?
    God being so Personal, Present, and Protective! ❤ ❤ ❤
  4. If you would be given a chance to travel to three countries, where would you go? Why?
    Australia, United Kingdom, and Philippines to see my WordPress Family! ❤
  5. When you are not blogging, how do you spend your time?
    Doing different devotions, puzzles, movies, TV, sermons, music

Nominees:

Maxine of Heaven’s Reef
Meredith of My Way Home
Margaret of The Word
RB of Realistic Beginner
Christina of Justified and Redeemed
Doreen of Becoming the Oil and Wine
Janet of Planted With Faith
Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
Mercy of Herry Chic Counsels
Sam of Peacock Poetry
Sharon of Beat Depression & Anxiety
Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face

And each one who has nominated me for an award that you have not heard back from me on. I have lost so many emails, award nominations, comments, and more lately to where even if I KNOW I had one, I cannot find them. It’s very possible I have accidentally deleted them or just need to find where I put them. For the last year and this one, I have been learning to use my new smartphone and tablet. Unfortunately I have been learning the hard way not to trust them. I apologize and want to make clear how much you are valued! Praise God for your encouragement, your merciful heart, and your thoughtfulness. Me and God love you!

Congratulations to the Nominees. Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no rush. Do in your time, as God gives. And please send me a link. I would love to read your post! Just sharing a little of God’s love your way. Thank you for inspiring me! 🙂
Me and God love you!

PS… Sorry about forgetting the questions. Please feel free to use the same questions Anabel gave me.

 

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award 6.4.2020

“But there is a spirit in man:
and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”
– Job 32:8 KJV

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

Oh Dear Lord, what a beautiful thought! Ideal Inspiration! That is what You are, and what Your Holy Word is! The most ideal inspiration I have ever known! Your love is an ideal inspiration, and I am grateful to know it, to feel it, to share it!
Both verses of the bible that have the word inspiration bring the glory back to YOU!
YOU inspire the spirit of man to understand. YOU inspired the disciples to write Your doctrine that we call the Holy Bible! And I easily believe because YOU inspire me every day, all day, throughout the day and night! ❤
So You can imagine how delightfully surprised and deeply touched I am that You would think of me when You whispered to Rising Star of Ideal Inspiration Blog to nominate me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. A beautiful idea! A majestic picture! A thoughtful gesture from one of Your children to encourage and share with others. Thank You for Rising Star‘s heart. Bless him and his blog, Dear Lord. Let him know how much You love him. May He be ever inspired by the most Ideal love ever… found in You! In Jesus ideal and inspiring name, Amen! ❤
Thank you, Rising Star, for your thoughtfulness in the nomination for Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. A great opportunity to love one another, to encourage one another, and to uplift one another. May the Lord bless you and your blog, and continue to inspire you every hour! He delights in you! He loves you!

ideal-inspiration-blogger-award

“Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” is an unofficial award for the bloggers doing wonderful work on their blogs. It’s also important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives and adding values to their lives. Awards are important for the inspiration, to get success and to inspire our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s to make them future “Stars“.

This award was introduced by Rising Star from “It’s all about inspiration”, So don’t miss to provide a link back to his blog Ideal Inspiration Blog

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions. (maybe you’ll see your name down)
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link to the Award creator, Rising Star from Ideal inspiration. Ideal Inspiration Blog.

Rising Star’s Questions For Me:

  1. What inspired you to start a blog?
    It was a place to go talk with God one on one privately. At one point, He led me to encourage a friend by doing a challenge on her blog. At the same time, I followed His lead to trust Him in opening the settings of my FB and WP to Public. I’ve had to go back to Private on my FB, but so far so good on WP. (Praise His Holy name). So many would respond how they were encouraged or needed something I would post. It is HIM they have seen. His Love! So I make every effort to proclaim two things. (A) That Gail Loves God! (B) ❤ And to tell them God Loves You! 🙂
  2. What inspires you to write?
    The Love of God ❤
  3. Who is your ideal person?
    The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit in One ❤
  4. How long do you think you will blog?
    As long as the Lord allows
  5. What else you do along with blogging?
    Write poetry (gaillovesgodspoetry) and encourage others

Nominees:

God’s Child of 30 Minutes in the Life of a Teenager
Dr. Nitin Yeshwant Dhupdale of Daily Bible Bytes for You
Alicia of For His Purpose
Holly of Cat Care Solutions
TR of Inside Cup
Johnnatta of My Father’s Symphony
Melissa of Melissa McLaughlin
Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
Jenna Marie of Marked By Love
Caz of Invisibly Me
Amanda of Sufficient Grace Outreach
Mindy of A Word With Mindy

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. How does God inspire you?
  3. Do you have a song that inspires you?
  4. What is the theme for your blog?
  5. Who inspired you growing up?

Nominees, please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no worries on rushing. Do as God gives you! I just wanted you to know that God uses you to inspire me, and I treasure seeing Him inspire you! God loves you each one! You inspire Him!

Congratulations Dr. Nitin Yeshwant Dhupdale (aka Bible Blogger of Daily Bible Bytes for You) on being awarded your “Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis in Public Health from Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.” 🙂

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 5.3.2020

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
– 1 John 1:6-7 KJV

How sweet You are, dear Lord, to allow such kindness to continue to flow my way, and to allow that kindness to overflow towards others. How Fatherly You are to allow such sweet fellowship among sisters. You’re a good Father. A wonderful Father. A heavenly Father. Though the paths have not always been going the same way, You allow the same Light to shine our way, and at times design our paths to cross yet again. How delightful it will be when all our paths reach the same destination, and the circle will be unbroken!

To my dear sisters that I have nominated as Tangie of MRS. T’S CORNER nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, the Lord has allowed me a long time prayer in being able to look back through names that I just don’t seem to see any more so that I can say hello, how are you, and pray for you. I pray you are doing well during this COVID-19 Pandemic. I’m not sure how WordPress decides whose posts we do or do not see, but I thank God for allowing Tangie to give me this opportunity to seek you out. God has given Tangie a spirit of generosity. You would really enjoy her blog… MRS. T’S CORNER.sister-blogger-imageThank you, Tangie , for allowing God to use a little whisper in your ear to allow me an opportunity to share with sisters who have been a treasured part of my journey with God in this blogging community. I am thankful God has made you, each of these ladies, those who have not been blogging for awhile, those who left altogether, and those reading one large community, and that one day we will finally be free of all that keeps us burdened, sickened, wearied, and separated. What a day that will be! How beautiful haven must be! ❤

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate up to 30 bloggers and give them 10 questions to answer.
  3. Answer the 10 questions from person who nominated you.

Tangie’s Questions for Me:

  1. Ladies, how were you inspired to blog?
    During a difficult living situation God gave me a place to talk with Him one on one, and in private. He then led me to encourage a friend by doing a challenge on her blog. At the same time He led me to trust Him with changing my private settings to public. So far so good.
  2. Ladies, how long have you been blogging?
    4 years
  3. Ladies, is blogging your full-time job?
    No
  4. Ladies, how does blogging inspire you?
    It amazes me that God can take what we think is ranting and or doodling with words, and allow others to write and comment how it inspired them, comforted them, encouraged them, or as they often write…. was just what they needed. And then to add the cherry on top, He creates a Blogging family also known as a Blogging Community! ❤ God is so generous! ❤
  5. Ladies, are you encouraged by fellow bloggers?
    Absolutely! I thank God for each one! ❤
  6. Ladies, do you actively blog (more than three times a week)?
    Depends. I blog as the Lord allows. It’s HIS blog.
  7. Ladies, have you ever considered closing your blog site?
    I once did when we began to have the fake email onslaught a couple of years ago, and then when I started continuously receiving hundreds of spam mail (mostly porn ads). WordPress has not been able to do anything about these issues. It was absolutely only the blogging community (more precisely MY blogging friends) that led me to stay on. I would have deleted every single post and poem, but God reminded me of why I blog….. It’s for Him! It’s to encourage others. It’s to pour my heart out to Him with the same struggles others have. So I make sure to make settings strict, pay to keep ungodly ads off the blog, and just trust Him. If He says leave, I will leave just as obediently as I have stayed for now.
  8. Ladies, are you excited when blogging?
    Sometimes…. especially when able to share awards with others!
    It allows me to share a little of God’s love! ❤
  9. Ladies, when is the best time for you to blog?
    When the Lord is leading and allowing. When He speaks, I try to listen and obey.
  10. Ladies, do you sometimes feel addicted to blogging?
    I have experienced the stress of feeling like I needed to keep up, but then again the Lord reminds me I am not here to impress anyone, to deceive anyone, to pressure anyone, or to do anything that would take away sharing God’s love with others, or turn what is supposed to be a blessing into stress. I don’t focus on numbers, or tricks to get someone to the blog or to make them click. I write it, and leave it to God…. literally… I just leave on the page. And I leave it to deliver or post in its full format.
    It’s like when someone comes to church. You don’t want to play trivia games or try to “lure” them to come back. You are to welcome, encourage, and teach in your own obedience to the Lord, and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit. It is about Jesus. Not me. Not the people. Not a denomination. Not the church. Not a religion. So make everyone opportunity God gives to just be and do what He gives YOU! 🙂

Nominees:

Joni of Grief to Life

Liz of Despite Pain

Alana of Glimpses of Grace

Becka of The Reclaimed Life

Liz of Montana Bear Paw

Celestial of Surrendered Soul

Johnnatta of My Father’s Symphony

Grace of Following Him Beside Still Waters

Leigh of All You Need is Jesus

Susie of Nana’s Love Notes

Renee of Hands Full of Blessings

Adrianna of She Is Adrianana

Melissa of Truthful Grace

Cindy of Real Christian Women

Savannah of Rejoicing in Hope

Jenna Marie of Marked by Love

Faye of Create In Me

Brooke of Noes to Knows

Mama Duck of Tales from the Mama Duck

Robin of Just the Right Size

Kay of His Perfect Timing

Faith of Faith on the Farm

Annette of Annette Rochelle Aben

Beauty From Ashes

Kourtney of Defining Yellow

Crazy Green Thumbs

Shelly of Rashellbud

Holly of Wholeness Haven

Heather of Every Small Voice

Hannah of Grace to Be Imperfect

Danielle of Girly Christian

Eunice of I Was Wretched

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What did you last blog about? (Link it)
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. Do you have any sisters?
  5. What are you reading in God’s word?
  6. How have you been affected by COVID-19?
  7. Are you and your family doing well?
  8. How may I pray for you?
  9. As long as it’s been since we’ve said hello, do you even remember me?
    (It’s okay if you don’t. I’m not offended. 🙂 )
  10. What characteristic of God amazes you today?

Congratulations to the Nominees! May you and your blogs be blessed with all that God hopes for you! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, please let me know. I would love to read your post. God loves you! ❤

Thank you again, Tangie!
God loves you!

Awesome Blogger Award 4.30.2020

How delightfully awesome You are, Lord, to allow others to show me kindness! Your kindness always amazes me. Not because You are not kind, but there is just no other kindness like Yours. And that You would share that kindness with someone who has walked all over You at times. How guilty I have been, and yet You choose love, mercy, forgiveness, long suffering. And then You whisper my name to Tish of Ritisha’s Blog to nominate me for the Awesome Blogger Award. You are a generous and loving Father! ❤
Bless Tish and her blog, Lord. May she feel your embrace every day!

Thank you, Tish, for your kind nomination! You are a very encouraging soul.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry! God loves you! ❤
Awesome Blogger Award 4.30.2020Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  • Give them ten new questions to answer.

Ratisha’s Questions for Me:

  1. Are you religious?
    I am not bound to religion of rules that cannot save me, but I am absolutely in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gave His life to save me for Himself! With Him I have the best relationship I have ever had in my life! ❤
    “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” – James 1:26 KJV
  2. What was/is your favourite subject at school?
    Spelling (even if it doesn’t show 😉 )
  3. Who is your role model?
    I didn’t really look to anyone as a hero or role model growing up, but God in retrospect God has allowed me to see an abundance of wisdom and love among different people He put in my life.
  4. What was the last thing you ate?
    Some of my son’s leftover ice cream cake. 🙂
  5. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
    When I was pregnant years ago everyone thought I was weird for eating Nacho Cheese Doritos with French Onion Dip all the time.
  6. What is your number one pet peeve?
    Holding a sweaty drink, especially if driving.
  7. Do you play any instruments?
    Not really
  8. Which superpower would you want the most?
    To never sin against God again!
    He will give me that super “blessing” when I get to heaven! ❤
  9. What’s your favourite movie?
    I have a lot of favorites. My newest one is the new Pilgrim’s Progress movie recently done in animation! Wow is it amazing! And I love that they used hymns as the soundtrack!  ❤
  10. Would you rather meet an alien or a superhero?
    I have met the Superhero of ALL superheros! 
    “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
    I’d rather be His than have riches untold
    I’d rather have Jesus than houses or land
    I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hands
    Than to be the king of a best domain and beheld in sins dread sway
    I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today
     I’d Rather Have Jesus, hymn lyrics by Rhea F. Miller

Nominees:

  1. Michelle of Mimosa Blossom
  2. Betty of Wise Hearted
  3. Saania of Fun With Philosophy
  4. Pheobe of Pheobe, MD: Medicine + Poetry
  5. Carmen of Redeemed On Purpose

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What are you blogging about currently?
  3. What’s the weather like where you are?
  4. What do you find awesome about God?
  5. Do you have a favorite hymn?
  6. Is there something I can pray about for you?
  7. How have you been affected by COVID-19?
  8. Have you been quarantined? Shut in? If so, for how long?
    (the longest I know of is Caralyn who has been quarantined 63 days thus far)
  9. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  10. Do you have a favorite bible character?

Congratulations to each nominee! May the kindness of God fill your heart, and overflow to all those around you! God loves you! ❤

Craft Lover Award 4.26.2020

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,
God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”
– Hebrews 11:4 KJV

Lord, What a gift You are and continue to be as You whisper my name to Tangie of MRS. T’S CORNER in nominating me for the Craft Lover Award. Bless her and her blog. Giving  leaves a powerful testimony, and she is so generous with encouragement. She has such a passion for lifting others up. Thank You for allowing her sweet friendship.

Thank you again, Tangie! I am grateful for your patient and giving spirit.
May all your days be as God hopes for you! Me and God love you! ❤craft-lover-imageRules

-Put the Craft Lover Award logo on the top of your post.
-Thank the person that nominated you.
-Answer their 10 questions.
-Nominate up to 10 more people.
-Ask them 10 more questions.
-Comment on their posts to let them know they got nominated for the CRAFT LOVER -AWARD!!

Tangie’s Questions For Me:

  1. What’s your favorite animal, and why?
    Today I will choose birds. They sing so pretty and can be so friendly.
  2. Which post of mine is your favorite?
    Yes, I Died to Live was a beautiful post, and the pictures were so pretty.
  3. What’s your favorite book?
    The Holy Bible, preferably the King James Version (KJV)
  4. Who is your favorite blogger? (apart from yourself) and why?
    The Lord blesses our WordPress Community with an abundance of wonderful bloggers, including my son Anthoni (Inner Man Theater) who will had a birthday today. He is so gifted. I love his Lightspeed Lab Bible Challenge quizzes. ❤
  5. Who do you look up to? And why?
    Surely it is my Father in heaven. ❤
    “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads;
    for your redemption draweth nigh.” – Luke 21:28 KJV
  6. When did you start blogging?
    WordPress says April 28th, 2016.
  7. Why did you start blogging?
    Originally to have a place just to talk with God one one one. Then He led me to encourage a friend who was a blogger by doing her challenge, and while doing so trusting Him by opening my Private settings to Public.
  8. Do you like blogging? If so, why?
    I do enjoy talking with and about God’s love as much as He will allow. ❤
  9. How are you feeling today?
    I am blessed.
  10. Did you help your family today?
    Lord willing. We were celebrating my son’s birthday between the few hours he had available to even grab a bite to eat. He works 5pm to 5am. 

Nominees:

Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin
Destiny of Dollfaced Writer
Alicia of For His Purpose
Caz of Invisibly Me
Meredith of My Way Home
Shae of Shae’s Days
Jessy of FAB: Faith and Books
LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
Robbye Faye of Captive Dreams Window
Efua of Grace Over Pain

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. How long have you been quarantined, sheltered in place, stuck where you are during COVID-19?
  2. What do you miss most?
  3. What are glad to be taking a break from?
  4. Do you think God has a particular message in this for you?
  5. What kind of crafts do you like do? (whether you’re good at them or not 😉 )
  6. What kind of crafts do you enjoy watching others do?
  7. What was your last post about?
  8. Do you like to use bible verses in your crafts?
  9. Do you like to do crafts with children?
  10. I hope I never fail to ask… Do you know how much God loves you!?

I hope you each have a blessed day! May you know how much God loves and looks forward to spending each day with you! He cherishes those long private chats with you… whether He listens while you pour your heart out to Him, or you lean your head on His shoulder while you listen to the love in every word He is sharing with you, or He simply leans His head over on top of yours leaning on His shoulder in silence with you! He loves you! ❤

And one last nomination to someone the Lord has given such a craft to in Christian Art Ministry! As I said above, today is your birthday! I want you to know how incredibly amazed I am every day in all that God does in you and for you! Your talent with using cartoons, animation, and other formats of putting God’s word out there for the world, and to teach and encourage fellow believers adds more and more praises to the God who has given you that ministry! I thank Him for making me your mom! ❤
Happy Birthday! I pray your day and all the days ahead are all God hope for you!
Me and God love you, Anthoni (aka Inner Man Theatre)! We believe in you! ❤

Oh.. and one final note (I promise 😉 ), as I am editing God is reminding me to encourage you each one nominated and reading with what He encouraged my heart with in the verse He gave me for the verse at the beginning of this post. 
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” – Hebrews 11:4 KJV”
Did you realize what that last part said.?? That even though Abel was dead… like since the beginning of creation… that though he were DEAD… yet he speaketh! How?? The testimony… that the Lord gave Him! Even though Abraham never knew him, nor Jacob (aka Israel), nor King David, nor Solomon, not even Jesus (here on earth in His human flesh), nor the disciples, or ANY of the writers use to pen and preserve the Bible, the testimony that allows you and me to be talking about him right now! NEVER underestimate the power of your testimony! All Abel did was bring the best of what he had from serving out in a hot, sweaty, and dirty desert to God. God took care of the rest. 
Trust God to do the same with your craft! Even if you feel like you don’t have one, like all you do is trudge off to work, or school, or doing what God has given you at home… Do your best! Give Him your best. And trust God to do the rest! ❤ You never know… He might put what you don’t even know is your story right in the front of the most well known, most owned, and most read book of all time! You are HIS story! 🙂

 

Fix Her Crown Award 4.21.2020

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
– James 1:12 KJV

I anything that makes me think on the book of James, Dear Lord! I love that book because it makes me think on Your love, who You are, the beauty of obedience, righteousness, patience, the tongue, our spirit, and everything to do with who You are! My God, my love, my friend, my rewarder, my God. Thank You for making me think on it by having Herry of Herry Chic Counsels nominate me for the incredibly precious Fix Her Crown Award. Bless her and her ministry, Lord! ❤

Thank you, Herry, for allowing the Lord to use you to bring a smile to my day. Your messages and comments are always so uplifting and encouraging!
God loves you, Herry! He treasures you! ❤fix-her-crown-award-logoThe Rules Are Simple:
– Thank the person who nominated you and link to her blog.
– Copy and paste these rules to your post and please include a link to the original Fix Her Crown Award post: which was created by Cindy Goes Beyond.
– Post three photos of just yourself and write a short caption beneath each about why you chose that photo.
– Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.
– Link to the blogs of the seven nominees

My 3 Pics:1979.1Pic 1: Foster Care School Pic, 9 yrs old

Father, this picture makes me think fondly on my dad.  Foster Care was the first time we (kids) were able to wear clean clothes, nice clothes, and on a regular basis. At home we wore our clothes 3 or 4 days in a row. We wore holes in our jeans before it was considered cool, and kids paid over $100 to buy them with holes in them. At least we had the fun of wearing them out and knowing the story behind the holes. 🙂 So you can imagine my dad’s surprise when in my early 20s I bought a pair of jeans from Goodwill for $1.00. They were cut from the top of the leg to the hem with a razor, on both legs, front and back. I liked the way they looked, and hey even if I were to cut them it’s still just a pair of shorts. My dad said they looked like I lost a fight with a cat and were a waste of money. “You mean like I won the fight. I mean I do have the pants and am still walking.” My dad was not amused. 🙂

1980.5Pic 2: New school pic in cheerleading uniform, 10 yrs old
(was back home, and cheering for local community organization)

Lord, I absolutely loved cheerleading!!! It was perfect for a high energy kid like I was. We were the WASPs (West Asheville Sports Program). When we came home from foster care, we were put on a baseball team. Our color was blue. When football season rolled around I asked my dad to let me sign up and on a purple team. He told me they would only let me cheer for the team. I first said no, but when we took my brothers to play, we went over to watch. I was so excited that I grabbed those pom poms and shook them like a true boss (related to the first cheer we were given). 😉 Thanks for the memories!

“We’re Big.. B.I.G.
And we’re BAD… B.A.D.
And we’re Boss… B.O.S.S B.O.S.S. BOSS”
– Repeat three times 🙂 –

 

2016.1Pic 3: Meeting my cousin on the Parkway in May 2016

Lord,this was an exciting day as I got to meet up with my cousin Kimberly as she was walking back on the MST (Mountain to Sea Trail). She ended up being the first woman to YOYO it. That means she walked from Clingmans Dome on the Tennessee/North Carolina Border all the way to Jockey’s Ridge on the coast, and then kept walking to go all the way back to where she started on the Tennessee/North Carolina border at Clingmans Dome. That was 1200 miles each way! A total of 2400 miles, plus the hike into Cherokee in the end to meet her Dad. You allowed so many here in the WordPress Community to help me to send encouraging messages to her when I would update on the blog. I Pray for her and her hiking adventures, Lord. Keep her safe.

My Nominees:
1.  Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness
2.  Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
3.  Natasha of Explore Yourself
4.  Heather of To Strengthen a Mother’s Heart
5.  Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
6.  Lene of Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus
7.  Efua of Grace Over Pain
8.  Pastor’s Wife of Created and Called
9.  Tasha of Pain Warrior Code
10 Anna Waldherr of A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse
11. Hayley of HayleyBoden.Com
12. Tracey of Yarn and Pencil
13. Queen of Unbreakable Queen’s Life Lessons Diary
14. TR of Inside Cup
15. Alicia of For His Purpose
16. Amy of A New Life

Some nominees above are either taking a break from blogging or have deleted their accounts altogether, but I want them all to know I’ve not forgotten how they were there for me from the beginning. Most of my blog posts are me being honest with God on a personal level. How incredibly like Him to send me encouraging sisters and daughters in the faith to reassure, counsel, and instruct… to be the sweetest of friendships with the sweetest of fellowships! We may not keep in touch as we once did, but I will always think of them as family! Me and God love you each one, and pray for you as much as God will allow ❤

Congratulations to the nominees. please do not feel obligated to participate. Just sharing a little of God’s love your way. Let me know if you. I would love to read your post.
Me and God love each one of you ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award 4.21.2020

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

– 1 Timothy 3:16 KJV

Glory to Your Holy and Mysterious name, O Lord God! How wonderful is the mystery of Your love for vile sinners and broken spirits! I am grateful for that mystery, and for Your love! So grateful for its cleansing power, and its redemptive power! I was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now by Your mysterious grace… I see. 🙂
Thank You God for the many wonderful mysteries of You! Including Your blessings You send through friends… like my dear sister in Christ Herry of Herry Chic Counsels for her generous nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank for the outpouring of Your love all over her blog, and through her many kind encouragements. Bless her blog, Lord, and bless her!

Thank you Herry, for the kind nomination that allows me to share with others.
May you and your blog overflow with God’s mysterious love as it flows… both ways! ❤
Me and God love you, Sister! 🙂
Mystery Blog Award 4.21.2020

RULES

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award Okoto Enigma and provide a link as well
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Myself:
1. I love my Heavenly Father! ❤
2. I gave my heart to Jesus at 8 years old. ❤
3. I am grateful for the Comfort of the Holy Spirit!

Best Post(s) 
My first 3 public posts were and still are my testimony.
1. 30 Posts Challenge: #1 Introducing Myself
2. 30 Posts Challenge: #2 Me and God
3. 30 Posts Challenge: #3 Me and Writing

Questions for Me:
1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Telling about the amazing and wonderful love of God! ❤
2. How often do you post?
Whenever God allows. That could be a couple of times a day, to once a week (if that).
3. What is your favorite place to visit where you live?
The Blue Ridge Parkway! ❤ ❤ ❤
4. Are you a full-time blogger?
If you mean a professional or money making blogger… No.
If you mean do I blog with a purpose and for free… Yes.

5. What is the best time of the day for you to blog?
At night, provided I don’t fall asleep. 😉 Still… whenever God allows.

Nominees:
1.  God’sChild of 30 Minutes in the Life of a Teenager
2.  Jill of Savor
3.  Jo of Quite Simply Jo
4.  Temi of Christian Mommas
5.  LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
6.  Jeanette of My Life With Anxiety, PTSD & Bipolar 2
7.  RB of Realistic Beginner
8.  Anna of Drink the Happy Coffee
9.  Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
10. Debbie of Emerging from the Dark Night

Questions for the Nominees:
1. What name do you prefer to be called when bloggers comment on your posts?
2. Is there an award or tag you have not done that you would like to receive?
3. What’s the latest or last book you have read?
4. How many blogs do you have? Name and link them.
5. What funny things have you heard Alexa or other modern voices say?
(For example, today a friend’s little girl was playing with her paper dolls and asked Alexa to play “female crying sound effects”. It was NOT crying baby dolls! Her mom had to explain to her daughter the new word and sounds Alexa taught her little girl, despite no explicit content setting.)

Congratulations to the Nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate. Just sharing a little of God’s love your way. If you do, let me know. I would love to read your post. 
God loves you! ❤

 

4th Anniversary for gaillovesgod 4.28.2020

Praise Your Holy and Beautiful Name, Jesus! 
Glory to God in the Highest!
Honor to the Lord God Almighty!
In Your leading, in desires to tell the world about Your wonderful love towards me, and to tell them of the unconditional love You have for them, You have given me a journey of praise, sweet fellowship, beautiful friendships, a world of support (literally), and endless outpourings of Your love, both ways, flowing through all parts of Your creation!
4 years of being able to tell the world… Gail Loves God… and… God Loves You!
4 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!

You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago.

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

Thank You, Father, for every post, every comment, every beautiful soul You have allowed me to know. Whether they are still blogging, taking a break, or simply deleted their accounts altogether since, thank You for the time You allowed! I pray for each one!
Thank You for each award, tag, challenge, and all forms of sharing You allowed me to praise You in, tell the world of Your love, and that You allowed me to share how much You treasure them.
Thank You for every prayer You have allowed me to give and receive, and to share in together.
Thank You for every moment You have given me to cheer, for every hardship You walked me through, for everyone who walked through them with me, and for the many things You have allowed me to walk through with my community.
Most importantly, thank You that no matter where we were in the journey, whether up or down, whether joy or hardship, that You were praised, lifted, and kept first! For every time You allowed someone to see Your love in all things! Your faithfulness in all moments! And Your goodness in all challenges!

I love You, Father God! ❤

I love You, Jesus Christ! ❤

I love You, Holy Spirit! ❤

Mystery Blogger Award 4.12.2020

“And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God:
but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see,
and hearing they might not understand.”
– Luke 8:10 KJV

The mystery of a loving and caring Father… it’s a wonderful thing to know even a part of You, God. Thank You, Holy Spirit for allowing me to see, to believe, and to receive! Please help those who need Your Spirit to see, to believe. They have no idea what they are missing. Help them to find their way to You. I know You love them so! ❤
Thank You for having Stu of Something to Stu Over to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Bless His ministry, Father. So many are lost over the very barrier that Stu ministers in. Protect Him, Lord, those things that would threaten to harm His walk. Keep Him from temptation. Bless His dear children. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Thank you Stu for thinking of me! May the Lord richly bless you and encourage you! May He keep you and your family safe during these times. Me and God love you, Brother! ❤Mystery Blogger Award 4.12.2020Here are the guidelines…

  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
    The creator of this award is……………..Okoto Enigma!!!
  • Answer the five questions you were asked
  • Tell the readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate ten to twenty bloggers
  • Notify the bloggers that you nominated them by commenting on one of their posts
  • Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one
  • Share a link to your best posts

Three Things About Myself
1. I love my Father God! ❤
2. I love my Savior Jesus Christ! ❤
3. I love my precious Holy Spirit! ❤

My Best Posts:
1. Love of My Life – I Am His Song
2. Me and God
3. My Fear of God

1. What, for you, is the biggest mystery of all time?
That the God of all creation would love me… so much that He sent His only Son to die on a cross to make sure I would be with Him always! ❤
2. How do you see yourself five years from now?
Still in love with Jesus and telling everyone I can… God loves you! ❤
3. Do you feel the media is not portraying the virus as the beginning of the end and that Bill Gates is at the center of it all? (Yeah, it could only be a conspiracy theory…but there is a lot of truth to back it up)
I don’t think the media is really interested in biblical things, and many even consider this particular topic too much of a threat to those who are already so afraid and struggling with anxiety.
4. Have you seen what some people are doing for social distancing?!?😂😂
Yes. I am fascinated to see how creative people are getting. Like a group of family and friends still having a gathering by meeting in their own cars and trucks, turned around with tailbacks up and tailgates down, and each grilling their own food, yet all in good distance. It reminded me of when we use to go to the drive in early to picnic or grill out, and let the kids play while we just sat around talking. 🙂 God is awesome in what He allows us to do together. Love one another. 😉
5. How many times do you hit the snooze button when the alarm goes off?
At least once. But I try not to more than that.

Nominees:
1. Bri of Brittian’s Mental
2. Ritisha of Ritisha Blog
3. Word Fandom of Word Fandom
4. Alicia of For His Purpose
5. Saania of Fun With Philosophy
6. Dariush of Hhhigh
7. Christian of Thinking West
8. Reema of Reema’s Garden
9. Mike of Through the Scriptures
10. River of Riventures
11. Jerome of Jesus Is The Son of God
12. Gabriele of Gabriele Romano Blog
13. Sam of Peacock Poetry
14. Sue of Run With It
15. Renee of Hands Full of Blessings
16. Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
17. Rose of December Rose
18. Kathy of Katie’s Cottage Books
19. Sharon of How to Beat Depression & Anxiety
20. Joy of Joy Cottage

My Questions For the Nominees:
1.Do like reading or watching mysteries?
2. Do you know how much God loves you?
3. How has the COVID-19 affected you?
4. Have you seen good from God in this pandemic?
5. Have you been able to find toilet paper? 🙂

Please do not feel pressured or obligated to participate. I’m sharing a little of God’s love with you. If you do, please send me a link or something to let know. I would love to read your answers. Stay safe during this break out.
Most importantly, may you always know how much God loves you! ❤

 

 

 

 

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award 4.6.2020

“As cold waters to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.”
– Proverbs 25:25 KJV

Lord, how delightfully surprising You are. This particular award is interesting. I first received an open invitation from Dawn of Drawing Closer to Christ  for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. While I was praying about it, I received a nomination from Tangie of Mrs. T’s Corner for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. I noticed the rules were different, so I went to the page of the creator of the award… Vincent of Vincent Ehindero to see the rules on the original Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. So to show my appreciation for all 3, I will use Dawn’s nomination date since I received it first on 4.9.2020, answer Tangie’s questions, and use Vincent’s rules not only because he did create the award but because it allows for 30 nominations! 🙂
I could tell from Vincent’s site and enthusiasm that he likes to share good cheer too. We all really need as much cheer as we can get during this COVID-19 pandemic. And Lord, You are the One who encourages me to share these awards as a way to share a little of Your love. So 30 it is!! 🙂 They need to know how much You love them! ❤

Thank you, Dawn, for openly sharing God’s blessings! 
Thank you, Tangie, for the nomination that will allow me to share a little of God’s love with others!
Thank you, Vincent, for creating the award which allows me the joy of sharing a little but much needed cheer with others.
May the Lord bless each of your blogs and your ministries.

God loves you, Dawn!
God loves you, Tangie!
God loves you Vincent!

Vincent Ehindero Award

  • Here are the RULES to follow 👇🏽💐

    1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
    2. Make a Post of the award (with photo)
    3. Post the rules
    4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
    5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
    6. Follow Vincent Ehindero @ vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shout out) and more blogging opportunities

QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES:

  1. How were you inspired to blog?
    I first blogged privately just between You and me, God. You led me to encourage a friend who was looking someone to do a challenge she created to tell 30 truth Aspects about myself. Again trusting you, I opened my settings to public, as long as there was not a problem. I did have to close my FB, but on WP You led me to a do another challenge that brought me a dear friend in my Lovely A! You used her to encourage me and help me to do Self Care from a very healthy way provided it doesn’t put us above You, or interfere with Your teachings. From there  I gained so many sweet fellowships. I’ve been amazed that my personal writings to You whether poetry or blogging, and the love that YOU have taught me would encourage so many others. 
  2. How to you spend time relaxing?
    Puzzle books, sudoku app (sudoku addicted), writing poetry, listening to hymns, sermons, CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), adult coloring book
  3. What country to you live in?
    USA
  4. What are two of your favorite blogging topics?
    The love of God, and what my Jesus has done for me. ❤
  5. What is your favorite food?
    cantaloupe, spaghetti or lasagna, fresh garden salad
  6. How often do you blog?
    As the Lord allows.
  7. Are you a great cook?
    I can make edible food to satisfy the hungry, but I’m NOT a TV cook or chef.

My Nominees:

  1. Saania of Fun With Philosophy
  2. Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
  3. RB of Realistic Beginner
  4. Dollface of Dollfaced Writer
  5. Shae of Shae’s Days
  6. Doreen of Becoming the Oil and the Wine
  7. Matt of Jesus Luvs All
  8. Stu of Something to Stu Over
  9. Isabella of Redressed
  10. Amy of A New Life
  11. Tammy of God Inspired Arts & Quotes
  12. Junaisha of The Godly Chic Diaries
  13. Robert of Watching Daily at Wisdom’s Gates
  14. Aman of Aman Kumar
  15. Carol Anne of Therapy Bits
  16. Brenda of Becoming His Tapestry
  17. LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
  18. Miriam of Showers of Blessing
  19. Holly of Wholeness Haven
  20. Pat of Beholding Him Ministries
  21. Herry of Herry Chic Counsels
  22. Eliots of Rebel Fisherman Referrals
  23. Meredith of My Way Home
  24. Roger of Roger’s Rhymes & Rambles
  25. Stephen of Fractured Faith Blog
  26. Kristi of Kristi Ann’s Haven
  27. V of Millennial Life Crisis
  28. Bee of The Bee Creates
  29. Andrea of Thriving Under Pressure
  30. Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin

Nominees use the same questions that Tangie gave me. 🙂

Please do not feel obligated to participate. Lord willing, I just want to send a smile your way. It’s such a blessing to share cheerful news during a very challenging time.
And to share the good news… God Loves You! ❤

 

Fix Her Crown Award 4.4.2020

“And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
– Revelation 4:9-11 KJV

How incredibly humbling You are, Lord. That You would whisper my name to my dear friend Doreen (aka Beverley) of Becoming the Oil and the Wine to nominate me for the Fix Her Crown Award, when You are the One who bore it. And right at Easter. I praise Your Holy and Glorious Name as these are crowns to lay at Your feet!

Thank you, Doreen, for your kind words, and thoughtful nomination. I am blessed with your friendship. May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog.
God loves you! 🙂fix-her-crown-award-logoThe Rules Are Simple:
– Thank the person who nominated you and link to her blog.
– Copy and paste these rules to your post and please include a link to the original Fix Her Crown Award post: which was created by Cindy Goes Beyond.
– Post three photos of just yourself and write a short caption beneath each about why you chose that photo.
– Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.
– Link to the blogs of the seven nominees

Three pictures of myself

Pic 1. Down in the holler at Aunt Beulah’s.1981.2Lord, This picture reminds me of a time when visiting my Aunt’s place in Hickory, down in a holler where we would play. I LOVED that dress. I was 12. I had no idea how much life was about to change. I miss being that carefree and healthy.

Pic 2. Winston-Salem Airplane Graveyardme ans Anthoni.6yrsoldOf course I must include a picture of my babedoll…. my blessing from You, God. Anthoni was about 6 yrs old and me 25. Mom and Dad had brought him down to Winston Salem where I was at a Jaycee convention. We went to the airplane graveyard. He was so excited. Though every time I see this picture I wish I could pull up that sock 😉 I love his smile. You can create some awesome memories, God! ❤

Pic 3. Me at Myrtle Beach, seeing the beach for the first time.Gail at beachMy first time at the beach. A friend took me to Myrtle Beach when she heard I’d never been. I was 29. I felt like You could just flick me off the face of the planet with Your little pinky. I realized there ARE people who have never heard of Jesus.” I wanted to go tell them. I LOVED that jacket. I love clothes that “swallow me whole” as they say. 😉

Extra pic of a me and You me moment, God. 28 yrs old2000.2I wanted to add this me and You moment, God. I still feel the powerful intimacy. I just had my gall bladder removed. It was snowing so everyone was stuck and classes cancelled. By Your grace, I had a dorm room to take a long and needed nap. I loved the sweater like my grandmother’s. the locket with pictures of me and Anthoni, the big topaz ring Karen made me, and that feeling of being drawn to You. I was grateful to make it through the surgery and finally be relieved of the cough I had for months!.

My Nominees:
To begin with I wanted to nominate someone who is not even a blogger. She spent the last several years in a nursing home… until today. At 3 pm, Virginia finally went home to be with You, Jesus. She was my secret sister at church when I was a young unwed mom working 40 hours a week, in college, and just getting back into church. I am grateful, Father, for how You allowed her to love on me and my son.
I pray for Bobby and His family. Virginia was 95 and the last of Bobby’s 9 siblings. He is 86, and now without his mom, dad, all his siblings, both of his wives, and may lose more family who is very sick. Thank You for using Virginia to help me fix my crown when I didn’t even know I had one.
Virginia Taylor obit 4.15.2020And now to “Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.” How do I limit that to just seven! God, You have blessed me so richly with sisters and daughters in Christ! Please help anyone who does not see their name to know how invaluable they are to me… and YOU! Help them to know their true worth! ❤ Help them to know You love them!

  1. Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
  2. Margaret of The Word
  3. Maxine of Heaven’s Reef
  4. Caz of Invisibly Me
  5. Regina of Help From Heaven
  6. Holly of Wholeness Haven
  7. Michelle of The Mimosa Blossom
  8. Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
  9. Tammy of God Inspired Art & Quotes
  10. Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
  11. Stephanie of Life With Jesus
  12. Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones
  13. Charity of Confessions and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter
  14. Hazel of Pure Glory

Please don’t feel obligated to participate. I know some of you are Award Free. I just wanted to recognize you for always reaching out to help me straighten my crown. I am so unworthy of it, but I want to lay it down as untarnished as possible when I am blessed to lay it at my Jesus’ feet! ❤ Me and God love you!!

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not;
neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
love her, and she shall keep thee.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:
a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”
– Proverbs 4:5-9 KJV

Real Neat Blog Award 2.29.2020

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable.”
– Psalm 145:3 KJV

Father God, How real, how neat, how great are You, Lord! Worthy to be praised! Unsearchable! Like none other! Thank You for allowing Matt of Jesus Luvs All to nominate me for the Real Neat Blog Award and to allow me the opportunity to share with others. I long to tell the whole whole Gail Loves God!! And they need to know how much You love them! ❤

Thank you, Matt, for sharing with me, and allowing me more opportunities to let others know how much they are loved by our wonderful heavenly Father! May the Lord bless your health, your blog, and you! Me and God love you, Brother! 🙂Real Neat Award 2.29.2020THE RULES:
– Display the blog award logo in your blog.
– Thank the blogger who nominated you. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.
– Answer all the questions they have given you.
– Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
– Ask them 7 questions.

Matt’s Questions for Me
1. What is your chronic illness or disability?
Unfortunately there’s more than one, but my fibromyalgia, lymphedema, lipedema, and spinal damage/disease seem to be my worst enemies at the moment.

2. What do you wish people would understand about your chronic illness or disability?
I can be fine one moment then practically bedridden the next day, at least walking the day after, then back to relying on a claw walker just to use the bathroom, and then back to doing well for a day or two. I never know what it will be from moment to moment. But God is still my strength even when I am weak.

3. What helps you to keep going?
The love of God ❤

4. What do you do on down days?
Pray, sing hymns while doing puzzle books or watching TV, write poetry, WordPress, and on really down downs I just lay in the arms of Jesus, trusting in His promises to love me at my weakest.

5. What is your favorite comfort food?
pasta cans… particularly Chef Boy-ar-dee Spaghetti or Lasagna. There’s something about the sauce that is healing and soothing to a sore throat and a queasy tummy.

6. If you binge watch shows, do you prefer Netflix, Hulu or other service?
Our household tends to binge on Roku or PureFlix.

7. How do you feel about your doctors?
I must say first that I am grateful to the Lord for the help He sends me.
My health is complex and complicated. I pray for my doctors, even the ones who are frustrated, or have given up. Praise God for the ones who don’t give up!

My Nominees
Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
RB of Realistic Beginner
Anna of A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse
Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
Christina Lee of Justified and Redeemed
Stephanie of Life With Jesus
Elan of Elan Mudrow – Smidgens
Margaret of The Word
Melissa of Truthful Grace
Hannah of Grace to Be Imperfect

My Questions for the Nominees
1. Do you know how much God loves you?
2. What was the last thing you blogged about?
3. What do you want to blog about?
4. What have you been doing outside of your blog?
5. What are you passionate about?
6. How are you?
7. What emoticon are you?