Blogger Recognition Award 9.18.18

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

God loves you!

 

Sunshine Blogger Award 5.1.18

Shine, shine, shine! Turn Your Light on! Lord, You are shining so nice and bright!
You have placed my name in the ear of Jessy of FAB: Faith and Books.
She has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! 🙂
Thank you, Jessy! ❤ Me and God love you!

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Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post


My Questions from Jessy:

1. What is a short-term goal you’d like to share?
serve Christ

2. What is a long-term goal you’d like to share?
serve Christ

3. What is the hardest think you’ve overcome?
childhood

4. What is a song that lifts up your spirits when you are feeling down?
Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go.
Jesus got into my heart. He got into my soul.
I use to be oh so sad, but now I’m just free and glad
Cause Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go.
Jesus Got Ahold of My Life, hymn lyrics by Dallas Holm 

5. What is your favorite quote or scripture?
 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
– John 14:18 KJV

6. What do you want people to gain from your blog?
Knowing how much God loves them! ❤

7. What has been a self-development or inspirational book that has motivated you?
The Holy Bible

8. What movie has inspired you?
Jesus of Nazareth

9. What characteristic are you working on to become a stronger or better person?
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
– Hebrews 10:35 KJV
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
– Proverbs 14:26 KJV

10. What person has inspired you in your life?
Jesus Christ

11. Which of these questions did you dread the most?
question 3


My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Did you have a favorite teacher?
  2. Do you know how much God loves you?
  3. Where in the world do you live?
  4. What is your blog title?
  5. Do you have a favorite hymn (song)?
  6. What do you enjoy doing?
  7. Who amazes you?
  8. What do you like most about WordPress?
  9. what strenghtens your faith?
  10. When is your birthday month?
  11. Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

My Nominees:

Kristi Ann’s Haven
Brittany Ward Tucker
The Ascender’s Touch
Lonely Blue Boy
Lunarian Thoughts
Fact Based Truth
Mindfump
Those Who Sin Differently
An Unusual Kind of Perfect Life
Giggles & Tales
Unshakable Faith

Congrats to the Nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no rush! Take all the time you need. I’ll be looking forward to reading your responses!

THANK YOU AGAIN, DEAREST JESSY!
YOU MAKE ME AND GOD SMILE! 🙂

3 Day Quote Challenge 4.27.18 Day 3

Well, Dear Lord, here we are on the last day of the quote challenge… that means this is Day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge that Jessy of FAB: Faith and Books nominated me for.
Bless her, Lord, for her kindness.


The rules for this challenge are:

♣ Thank the person who nominated you.

Thank you, Jessy! Its been a blessing!

 Post a quote for 3 days, and explain why it appeals to you.

♣ Nominate 3 bloggers each day!


Here was Day 1 (John 3:16)
Here was Day 2 (John 14:1-6)
Now here is Day 3 (John 14:27)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
– John 14:27 KJV

If you read the quote from Day 2 (John 14:1-6), you can see how this verse almost seems to say the same because of the terminology “Let not your heart be troubled,” and you will better understand what I mean as I explain why Day 3 is a life verse for me.
I have been taught and/or believed so many things in my life that when Jesus offered  a peace like nothing else, promised like no one else, my soul was ready for such love! ❤
Everyone always wants to use my fears, my emotions, my compassion, and anything else they can to try to get whatever they want from me, even if they have to resort to false guilt. Jesus wants to give me peace! Not as the world gives it…. with strings attached. Jesus wants to give me His peace. A peace that wants my heart to be trouble free and unafraid! No one ever cared for me like Jesus! ❤

Nominations for Day 3
Reema’s Garden
The Godly Chic Diaries
Leila Grandemange

Anyone who wants to do the quotes, just tag yourself.
Feel free to say I nominated you… because I just did! 😉

Hope you each have a little fun doing your quotes.
I look forward to seeing what inspires you,
and what you like to inspire others with!
God loves you!

3 Day Quote Challenge 4.27.18 Day 2

Lord, it’s time for the 3 Day Quote Challenge that Jessy of FAB: Faith and Books nominated me for.

The rules for this challenge are:
♣ Thank the person who nominated you.
Thank you again, Jessy, for thinking of me with the nomination!
May God richly bless you! ❤
 Post a quote for 3 days, and explain why it appeals to you.
♣ Nominate 3 bloggers each day!

Here was Day 1

Today for Day 2 it is John 13:1-6

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

I learned this somewhere along my teenage years, but more as a way to protect me from evil. Kind of the same way a person is taught to say, “God forbid!” if you didn’t want something to happen that either you just said or heard someone else say. Like a jinx eraser. I didn’t even know the line where Thomas asked Jesus how they would know the way if they didn’t know where He was going. I had learned that if I was scared, to repeat these lines. I have always struggled with a great deal of fear as far back as I can remember. So I said this a lot!
It would not be until I was old enough to read the word for myself with the Holy Spirit as my personal guide that I would understand this was Jesus telling me not to let my heart be troubled, not even with needing any jinx eraser. He was telling me since I believe in God to believe in Him because God is His Father. Back home in heaven, Jesus is preparing a place for me, and coming again to take me to my specially designed home, so I can be where Jesus is, and know the way home! When Thomas was asking if he did not know where Jesus was going, how would he (Thomas) know the way, he was basically asking what we all ask.

If we don’t know or understand the things God does,
how do we know we’re doing things the right way?

Jesus gave Him that reassuring answer, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no many cometh unto the Father but by me.” Jesus was saying follow Him and He would lead us home. Like any Good Shepherd!
I now repeat those words (for all kinds of situations) for comfort, peace, and to allow my mind to hear JESUS speaking to me, not the many things that cloud my mind. And I make sure to include the words of Thomas because they are my chance to ask Jesus, “What if I mess up on knowing how to follow You?” And He gets to tell me, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” So I am reassured to just keep following and trusting Him.

Nominations for Day 2
Alisha’s Words of Wonder
Disletti Decor Destiny
The Cat’s Write

Anyone who wants to do the quotes, just tag yourself.
Feel free to say I nominated you… because I just did! 😉

Hope you each have a little fun doing your quotes.
I look forward to seeing what inspires you,
and what you like to inspire others with!
God loves you!

3 Day Quote Challenge 4.27.18 Day 1

Lord, how delightfully fun You are to do things in Your own loving way. I was paying a visit to Jessy of FAB: Faith and Books to let her know I tagged her with a nomination for the This or That Tag, and just after I left the comment I got a reply right back of being nominated for the 3 Day Quote Challenge! So cool! We were tagging each other at the same time! 🙂


The rules for this challenge are:
Thank the person who nominated you.
Thank you, Jessy, for thinking of me with the nomination!
I love how God had that work! 🙂 Me and God love you!
Post a quote for 3 days, and explain why it appeals to you.
♣ Nominate 3 bloggers each day!


Quote for Day 1:

“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.”

– John 3:16 KJV

This is a very popular verse. So popular that often times it is intentionally skipped over as trivial or because “everybody knows that one.” It was the first verse I ever learned. I was 6 years old, when Mr. Farlow (the church bus worker from the local church where we would visit when at my grandmother’s house) told me that when I could memorize John 3:16 that he would give me a jump rope.
I knew it by heart the next Sunday… or actually knew it by memory.

You see, what my 6 year old mind heard or understood was…

“This person named God… loved this other person named The World… and that He had a Son. Oh… that’s pretty nice of Him.”

That’s it. That’s all I really got out of it for years. There is no mention of the name of Jesus. Oh yes He is being referred to as the only begotten Son, but one has to know that and understand context. You don’t have that understanding just reading the word if you have never seen it. Especially if you have never read the book. And I had no hope of knowing such a big word like begotten at that age. But once I was old enough to understand salvation and read God’s word myself, having a relationship of my own with God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son, I would remember every single word!
❤ So often it has comforted my soul just to know…

❤ ❤ For God so loved the world! ❤ ❤
❤ ❤ That included me! ❤ ❤

My nominees are:
Splendor In Embers
Sara in LaLaLand
Thriving Under Pressure

Please do not feel obligated to participate.
If you do, no rush. Do it when it is a good time for you!
I would love to see what quotes inspire you,
and or what you use to inspire others with.

Thank you again, Jessy! Me and God love you!