Versatile Blogger Award 11.22.18

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
– James 1:17 KJV

Lord, while You brought James 1:17 to my mind when thinking on the word versatile, I know that You are a God who loves all types of people, in many different countries around the world, and choose to answer prayers in many different ways. You also have many different ways of letting us know You are thinking of us, as You have done so with Tosin of Alethea’s Mind in whispering my name into her ear in nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank You for her nomination and her friendship! Bless her, Lord!versatile-blogger-award

Thank you, Tosin, for your thoughtfulness! May God continue to richly bless you, your blog, and your family! God loves you! ❤

RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include a link to their blog in your post.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers of your choosing to keep spreading the love.

7 FACTS ABOUT MYSELF:

  1. I love God the Father! ❤
  2. I love His Son Jesus Christ! ❤
  3. I love the Holy Spirit! ❤
  4. I love the Trinity! ❤
  5. I love hymns! ❤
  6. I love sweet fellowship with the brethren (and sisters 😉 )!
  7. I love the WordPress Comm”unity” 🙂

NOMINEES:

  1.  Created and Called
  2.  Tammy of God Inspired Art & Quotes
  3.  Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin
  4.  Akriti of Doodle’s World
  5.  Tasha of Pain Warrior Code
  6.  June of The Godly Chic Diaries
  7.  Shae of Shae’s Days
  8.  Becka of The Reclaimed Life
  9.  Stella of Giggles and Tales
  10.  Amy of A New Life
  11.  Rahul of Smoke Words Every Day
  12.  Robbie of Captive Dreams Window
  13.  Aishwarya of Eclipsed Words
  14.  Miriam of Mindful Journey
  15.  Doreen of Becoming the Oil and the Wine

Congratulations to the Nominees!
Please do not feel obligated to participate.
If you do, no rush. Do it in your own time and your own way.
If you do, please let me know so I can read it. 🙂
Just sending a little of God’s love your way! God loves you!

Gifts 2017 #12 (200 Followers, 5,000 Views)

Christmas Countdown: God’s Favor is a gift. I intentionally added the 200 Followers and 5,000 Views so those of you who have been so kind to stop by gaillovesgodblog will know how thankful I am for you, and to praise God for His favor in allowing such growth to happen. I know it’s customary to celebrate every 100 followers, every 1,000 views and other moments, and I know I’ve not done this. I’m not doing gaillovesgodblog for numbers. I did not want to gloat about something that belongs to the Lord. But the Lord has used you to affirm He wants His whispers heard around the world. The hundreds of comments on blogs that have touched you, taught you, inspired you, but more importantly clearly stated that God used it… for whatever reason you commented… THAT is what it’s all about! So let God have His way!
Please hear me say THANK YOU as this week the blog hit 200 people who have signed up to follow every single post, and 5,000 views of the conversations between me and God (some just about Him). You have allowed God to affirm His favor on the very thing I simply followed Him by obeying His whispers. God deserves ALL His glory! HE has allowed this blog to prosper with followers, views, likes, awards, comments, and new friends all over the world! HE has allowed the poetry blog to be just a few views shy of 1,000 already. I am amazed how the poetry has also received so many comments of the God using them… even reblogging. God NEVER ceases to amaze me.
Lastly, I must praise Him for prompting Lene (aka LeneinJapan) to invite me to guest write on her Song of Virginity blog, to give my testimony. Her blog celebrates purity, whether it be as a virgin or a Christian who has been redeemed from an impure past. I was afraid to mess up my testimony, insult God, or tarnish her site. By praying, listening, and obeying God, my testimony Love of My Life – I am His Song TRIPLED the blog numbers in just a couple of days… and kept it growing. Only God’s favor could do that! Praise His Holy and Favorable name!! ❤

Sunshine Award 10.11.17

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Dearest Lord, you make my heart go awwww! ❤ I am overwhelmed with your unending display of love… in such God given friends around the world! You make my ❤ smile 🙂 !!

Heyy
I have nominated you for The Sunshine Blogger Award.
I feel that you deserve this & bring sunshine to my life ❤
Would love to see your reply-blog.
Anita xo

Please bless my sister Anita! Let her know the same persistent love that only you can give! And let her know how much love she sends me from you!! Amen!

Lovely A, I just don’t know the words to let you know how much God uses you and your generous heart! He allows bloggers/friends like you and so many others to make WordPress feel like one ❤ ❤ HUGE LOVEFEST ❤ ❤ … pouring God’s love all over the pages! Thank you! Me and God love you! ❤

Friends, as I am so touched by this Sunshine Award, I want you to know I am just as excited for Anita of Discovering Your Happiness to receive her Sunshine Award!
PTL and Congrats to you too, Lovely A! Your blog brightens the day of thousands who are constantly reading that they might “discover their happiness!” And it brightens mine too! God uses you mightily to shine His light!

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions asked.
3. Nominate 11 other blogs and ask 11 new questions for them.
4. Finally, list the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in the post.

Questions for Me:
1. Do you have any big travel plans coming up?
Nope. No big travel plans, but I have been craving to go on a very long ride, just to enjoy the windows down, the breeze in my hair, and the quiet voice of God speaking to me all kinds of His mysteries from giving Him that time alone. ❤ Lord willing!
2. Where would be the one place you could travel to?
While Australia is just a dream, I guess a neighboring county or two would do.
3. What is your dream job?
Writing for God what He gives me, as He gives it, encouraging others, and making money to support myself, my family, tithe generously back to God (First!), support missionaries, evangelists, different humanitarian groups and churches helping during tragedies, helping churches, and much more is that… a dream! I’m not holding my breath, BUT…

– – – For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37 LKV – – –

4. Could you survive without social media?
Of course. There would be missing communicating with friends and family, and meeting new friends… sharing God’s love around the world. Praise God for social media!
5. What do you have planned for the Christmas season?
To celebrate Jesus as much as possible! Happy Birthday, Jesus! I love you! ❤
6. Share a good Samaritan experience you’ve undergone?
Years back walking home from bankruptcy court several miles in heels, I stopped half way at Taco Bell to rest. A stranger who knew me offered a ride home. Turned out our kids were in school together. Even while hauling a landscaping trailer, he took time from his busy day to drive curvy backroads to take me home! God is so good!
7. Have you ever broken a bone?
Yes. The worst being shattering my right wrist as a kid in a bike race. I won! 😉
8. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be?
Only one?? Anything I’ve ever done to hurt or offend anyone else, especially God!
9. Coffee or hot chocolate?
Hot Chocolate 🙂 sorry don’t like coffee at all.
10. What are some of your 2018 goals?
To keep God 1st no matter what! Doing whatever He hopes of me!
11. What is a goal you have achieved?
By the grace of God, graduating from college… twice.

My Nominees:
KJ of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
Lebana of Lebana’s Journal
Hayley and Jon of Red Letters
Elan of Elan Mudrow Photography
Dr. Andrea Dinardo of Thriving Under Pressure
Arianna of A Poet’s Paradise
Invisibly Me
Leila of Love’s Gentle Nudge
Bible Blogger Girl
Lene of Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus
Hiraa of Hiraa Chaudhry
Fatima of Splendor with Embers
Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones

My Questions for the Nominees:
1. How are you doing?
2. How are you and Jesus getting along? (It’s okay to be honest)
3. What did you last blog about?
4. What season is it where you live?
5. What encourages you to be positive?
6. Do you know someone waiting to be nominated?
7. What do you like to do on the weekend?
8. What’s your favorite song right now?
9. Have you ever read the entire Bible?
10. How do you feel to know you make others smile?
(anyone I nominated makes me smile! and God!)
11. Do you know how much God loves you? Because He does! 🙂

Congratulations to the nominees! I am so excited for you. As always, please do not feel obligated to participate, and do at your convenience if you do. I know some of you will not be “passing it on,” but I do these prayerfully and each person listed the Lord led me to let you know you are appreciated for the positivity and inspiration that you put into your blog! I added extra names because I know others wait for their first nomination.

Thank you again, Lovely A! You know you brighten my day! If the Lord ever boards me a plane for Australia, I will head your way! 🙂 Thanks for giving me another opportunity to share with others the blessings God sends me through you! ❤

 

Liebster Award 9.29.17

 

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Praise our God in heaven, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award  by Lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness. How grateful I am for how the Lord uses her to bless me again and again! I am just one of thousands whom the Lord encourages, informs, and inspires through her wealth of knowledge and passion to help others. She bravely shares her battle with anxiety as well, which makes me feel like I’m not in the fight alone. Through her nomination, God gives me the pleasure to continue sharing with other nominees. What a sweet fellowship on WordPress! All glory to God! ❤

The Rules:
Thank the blogger that nominated you!
Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you
Nominate 11 blogs
Ask the bloggers 11 questions

My Answers:
1.  Where are you from? I’m from the Carolinas (North) in the USA. 
2.  How long have you been blogging for? About a year and a half
3.  Whats the background behind your blog name? If my username is the only thing someone ever sees or reads, it is the most important thing they need to know.
4.  Whats your favourite colour? Lavender
5.  What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time? Spend time with Lord… talking, listening, singing, writing, reading, just marveling at His creation.
6.  What is the best book you’ve read? The Holy Bible ❤
7.  Best relationship advice? Keep God first, in your individual lives, and in your relationship.
8.  Best life advice? Keep God first, above everyone and everything. No matter what!
9.  Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Lord willing, wherever God is!
10. Where is your next holiday to? Probably right here. We don’t really get out and do much any more. If the Lord surprises me, I will blog about it for you.
11. What makes you the most happiest? Knowing my Lord and Savior has saved me from myself, my world, my sins, and all because He loves me! He waits for me! And I wait for Him! A glad reunion is coming. What a day that will be!

NOMINEES:
Lebana’s Journal
THEMOMFRED
Soul Food 101
Unbreakable Yet Fragile
Lunarian Thoughts
Hiraa Chaudhry
A Certain Sign of Grace
The Ascenders Touch
Rhythm In Life
Reasons to Smile
Hiraeth

My Questions:
1.  What time is where you are?
2.  What kind of mood are you in?
3.  Do you have a favorite bible verse?
4.  Do you have a favorite hymn/song?
5.  What’s the weather like where you are?
6.  Tacos or hot dogs?
7.  Chicken or burgers?
8.  How many posts have you made so far?
9.  What is your favorite color?
10. How do you stay calm when upset?
11. Do you have a salvation testimony?

Congrats to everyone! I pray that God blesses you richly, and that if you are able you will continue to pass on the joy of receiving an award to your nominees! But please never feel obligated or rushed to participate! May the Lord be honored above all! God loves you! ❤

About The Awards

This post is a note of thanks and, Lord willing, helpful as I have learned how important they are to many. It may even be helpful to those who try to avoid them.

First things first… Thank you, God, for delightfully surprising me with such an outpouring of love. It’s all about you, so I consider it all crowns to lay at your feet!
May you bless each one that has brought praise to the whispers that you gave!

Secondly, praise God for all of you who allowed God to use you to shower me with His blessings! I have the privilege of knowing such lovely friends.

About the awards… There are people waiting for their first award! I read comments from others who have been waiting… for years??? I was surprised as I saw them all over. One person had a page for his awards AND the count of each because he had over 100. I know that makes you think they’re easy to get, and that they’re “a tag game” as I’ve seen them referred to. But if you think on the number of WordPress bloggers and that someone has to be nominated, you see they are genuine in the community. It’s an honor when a fellow blogger takes time and thought to nominate someone. And that’s the thing.

There are blogs that don’t do awards, that is they don’t display badges, follow posting rules, and nominate other blogs. That is okay! Many are very professional, or very personal, or have something too unique to “play the tag game”. I get it. But something that I found helpful in wanting to nominate a blog was some bloggers had pages (or messages on home page) showing awards, or that they weren’t interested. I’m trying to do the same, so if someone sees I have already won an award (like the Mystery Award from Lovely A 🙂 ), they can select another blogger. I have widgets and categories hoping they help. I’m still learning. 🙂

I know many of you are busy, and the Awards can be stressful IF and only IF you allow them to be. No one has to accept them, but if you do, just do them at your own pace. I say this so those of you who think they don’t matter realize they do. Think of what your LIKEs and FOLLOWS mean to you, then imagine how someone feels to be nominated by another blogger saying I RECOGNIZE your blog. It might be just a community Award, but you have the privilege to share that community love with anywhere from 7-15 other bloggers in one award (depends on the Award).

Again, this is just to encourage those who are given the privilege to nominate others to consider the ones waiting. If you don’t wish to display a badge on your site, just do a post on so you can nominate. If you do not wish to be nominated, you may consider a note for your blog (and my memory, ty for being so merciful). I know I’m humbled that what starts as a private whisper from God’s ear to mine, or from my heart to His ear, would any way bless someone else. Praise God for using me at all!

WHETHER YOU’RE PRIVATE OR PUBLIC
BUSINESS OR PERSONAL
DO AWARDS OR NOT
HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE!
❤ ❤ GOD LOVES YOU!! ❤ ❤

Versatile Blogger Award 9.18.17

Lord, following your lead to read and encourage those who read and follow what you give me, I found blessings. Lebana and her Lebana’s Journal had been honored with the Versatile Blogger Award (Congratulations, Lebana! 🙂 ), and I was so excited for her! She is so honest in her posts. I love her boldness in her blog that dares others to get to know her. You know her better than anyone else, and know just when to encourage her with this award! While reading her blog I found that Lebana had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! God, that is just like you!  Encouraging the encourager! ❤

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Versatile Blogger Award Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
2. Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3. Inform them about their nominations.
4. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

Nominees:
Discovering Your Happiness (Lovely Anita)
Red Letters (Jon and Hayley)
Beauty Beyond Bones (Caralyn)
Happy Sky 7311 (A.C.)
The Perks of Being Different (Andrea)
A Poet’s Paradise (Arianna)
A Fractured Faith (Stephen and Fionnuala)
A Balanced Woman’s Voice (Disletti)
Princess Blabbermouth (Princess)
Frank Solanki (Frank)

7 FACTS ABOUT MYSELF YOU MAY NOT KNOW:
1. My favorite dish is Spasagna! A Lasagna with spaghetti baked inside it! Mmmm!
God allows such delicious things in life!
2. I’ve had the love and privilege of… swimming, dancing, biking, baseball, cheerleading, basketball, walking, walkathons, running, backbends, and one handed cartwheels.
3. One of my new favorite songs is Stronger for It by Lordsong. I don’t have the kind of faith it takes to sing the chorus. It strengthens me with humbleness and conviction.


4. Another new favorite is Called Me Higher by Northland Church. It touches home with a fear I have every time I even thinking of having to go back out into the world. I don’t want to leave being alone in the arms of my God. But He bids me, “Go.” I follow.

5. My favorite stanza of Amazing Grace is
The Lord has promised good to me. His word, my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

6. When I was 6 years old, a man on the church bus named Mr. Farlough told me if I learned a verse he gave me, he would give me a jump rope. I got the rope the next ride! Unfortunately I didn’t understand that verse for years, but it was more valuable than that rope that didn’t last long. God gave me a chance to thank Mr. Farlough with a testimony in my early 30’s. He remembered me! I remembered John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

7. When I was 18 years old, God blessed me with the most loving pair of little arms, the most gorgeous pair of brown eyes, the most beautiful head or curls, and the brightest smile to light my life every day! God is so generous! ❤ He gave me my son Anthoni!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES!
Don’t feel rushed or pressured to have to do them.
I just want to let others know about your site!

 

 

Real Neat Blog Award 9-5-17

God is so good and so generous. He whispers. I obey. He honors. He sends His loving honor through souls like Arianna, who has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award this 5th day of September, 2017. Thank you, Arianna, for letting God use you to send tender loving thoughts my way! I am encouraged when I visit your site A Poet’s Paradise by your heart for God. You have so much love for Him. I know I have a sister in Christ!

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The Rules For The Real Neat Blogger Award
1. Put the award logo on your blog
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs
3. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blogs, etc.)
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions

Answering Arianna’s Questions For Me:
1. Why did you start your own blog?
God has made me a writer since I was 9. Whether it be poetry, journal, or short story, I need to write for my sanity. Having no privacy was suffocating me. WordPress seem to offer a way to breathe. Following God’s lead, I have just been trying to get down and share what He whispers. I love it when He does! I NEED IT! ❤
2. Is there anybody you look up to? If there is, who is that person?
Christ is who I look up to. He was a real person, as He had taken on flesh to feel pain for me! He loved me so much that He gave up His comforts of heaven to take my punishment with His blood that poured out on the cross. Though I will try daily to honor Him, I know that I will never achieve what He did in self discipline. How can I not look up to Him! He causes my redemption to draw nigh! ❤
3. What animal do you think would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat?
A random question that brings to mind what an elephant must look like the size of a cat. I could just see that tiny little trunk roaring as though it’s still so mighty… lol.
4. Who do you go out of your way to be nice to?
Lord willing everyone.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” – 1 John 4:7 KJV
5. Where do you get most of the decorations for your home?
As gifts from others, sometimes the store.
6. What are you interested in that most people are not interested in?
Learning and singing hymns. Not CCM or gospel. Hymns. Without any music but the melody that the Lord puts in my heart so I can call on the comforts and promises of God in the midst of a storm, or just lying in my bed singing to God.
7. What is the most hilarious joke you know by heart?
Two guys try to rob and old lady when she hollers, “Halt. Acts 2:38!” Later at the police station the cops ask the guys why they didn’t run from or try to hurt an old lady. One of the guys quickly speaks up, “Man, are you kidding?! That an old lady said she had an axe and two 38s!”

My nominations:
Inner Man Theatre
Discovering Your Happiness
Splendor in Embers
A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
A Fractured Faith
Red Letters
A Balanced Woman’s Voice
Make It Ultra
Sara in LaLaLand
Beauty Beyond Bones
Sunshine for the Soul

My questions to my nominees are:
1. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
2. What do you want on your next birthday?
3. Who is listed as your first follower?
4. What is the name of the last blogger you liked?
(or name of site if no name given)
5. What country do you love in?
6. What color are your eyes?
7. Do you know any hymns?