Yesterday’s Liebster Award Error – An Apology

I must apologize to T. R. Noble and Faye  – I somehow copied T. R.’s questions to Faye in the award post yesterday (Liebster Award).  And then went I went to grab the correct questions to answer – and I wasn’t a nominee! 😳 I realize how this could come across, and I promise I wasn’t trying to pretend that I was nominated when I wasn’t. 😮 When I am nominated, I save a link to my “awards” bookmarks to remind me to make a draft, copy the rules and questions, etc. Somehow, Faye’s post ended up in my “awards” bookmarks instead of my “Posts to catch up on” bookmarks, and I thought I was nominated for that reason. My mistake! 😊

I also bring this up so that anyone who saw the Liebster Award portion disappear from the post yesterday would not think they are crazy.

I ask for your forgiveness, T. R. and Faye, and I’ll double check before posting from now on. 🙂 Love you guys and see you around the blogging community! ❤

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The Blogger Recognition Award (Twice!), and The Mystery Blogger Award

This week, since I haven’t yet written the next Wonder Wednesday, I decided to accept these awards that I should have accepted… months ago… **crawls under desk in utter shame** So I guess this Wonder Wednesday, you get to find out more about me. I’m not sure how I feel about that… I didn’t want to be the subject of a Wonder Wednesday, but I do like awards, so…  😆 Here we go. 🙂

(Also, I am very behind in responding to comments and I’m slowly getting to them all, just in case you have commented and I haven’t responded yet. 😉 )


Thank you to Carly and Gail for nominating me for this award! 🙂 It means a lot to me that you think I’m deserving of this award. ❤

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 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.

My blog started in April of 2016, mostly because my friends had WordPress blogs. I started it mainly to share things with them – I never expected so many people would visit my little blog and that I would meet so many wonderful people here. It has been a blessing. ❤

Two pieces of advice…

Firstly, let God lead you to write. When I started blogging, I never really intended to share my poetry and photos. I thought I wanted to alternate between book reviews and Bible studies. Not that there is anything wrong with those. I had put myself and this blog in a box when God obviously wanted me to do more than just that and trying to fight against it caused unneeded writer’s block and stress about writing the next post. Once I opened up and followed Him, things worked out so much better and blogging was much easier.

Secondly, read other blogs. Like the posts. Comment if you want to.  (But please don’t like and comment if you don’t actually read, haha.) The community is amazing. I was so shy at first, that I didn’t comment much. I try to comment more now.


Thank you to Amazing Tangled Grace for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! 🙂 It means so much that you thought of me. 🙂 Again, I am skipping the facts part because after answering all these amazing questions, I don’t know what else I can say about myself. 😆

What is a Mystery Blogger Award?

Okoto Enigma created this award by being what she calls “creatively bored”, obliquely naming it after herself, which is both clever and cool! This award is for “amazing and ingenious” bloggers alike, who find “fun and passion” in writing.

Here are the Rules:

Put the award logo/image on your blog.
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
You have to nominate 10-20 people.
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; With one weird or funny question (specify).
Share your link to your best post (s).

The questions I was given:

  1. What is your favorite dessert?
    • Mmm, I like so many… maybe cheesecake. 😀
  2. What is your favorite work of fiction?
    • Just one? 😮 At the moment, I really like Once Upon A Summer by Janet Oke. I read it for the second time and it was wonderful.
  3. Pepsi or Coke?
    • Coke! Haha, Pepsi is good too, but I have such fond memories of visiting my grandparents as a kid and they always let me drink a Coke in a glass bottle, and it was so special. ❤
  4. What was something that made you smile today?
    • Writing this post and seeing these wonderful people who thought my little blog deserves these awards. ❤
  5. What are your three favorite things about blogging?
    • Talking to the community. Reading posts by the community. Adding my own posts to the community. ❤

Picking nominees is sometimes the most stressful part of the awards because I don’t want to leave anyone out. So I’m going to leave these open to anyone who wants to participate. 🙂

Questions for the nominees:

Same as the ones in the awards above. 😉

The Light Of The World Award

Thank you to T. R. Noble for nominating me for this award! ❤ I’m so honored! And sorry it took me a while to get to this – I’m behind again, haha. I look forward to catching up with everyone. ❤

The Apostle Paul said, “Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.” (Romans 13:7). I believe that true believers and followers of Jesus Christ are actually like lighthouses for God. For this reason and because Jesus himself said that we are the “light of the world,” I decided to create The Light of The World Award to honor authors (bloggers) whose presence on the web serve as a shining light for Christ and His Gospel of salvation. If you have been nominated to receive this award and chose to accept it, here is what you need to do.

The Rules

  1. Save and add one of the award images (pictured above) on your blog.
  2. Create a page/post to mention the award nomination and thank the person/blog that nominated you. Make sure you provide a link to their site.
  3. Give credit to the creator of the award (Lighthouse Devotions) and provide a link to the site as well.  (http://www.Lighthousedevotions.blog)
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer the next four questions on the same post:
    1. What three words would you use to describe your blog?
    2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?
    3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?
    4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.
  6. Nominate 7 or more people/blogs to receive the award. Briefly explain why you think they should receive it and provide a link to their sites.
  7. Contact them and let them know that you nominated them.
  8. Provide them with a link to the Rules page.
  9. Say a prayer thanking God for His light and ask that He continue to shine it through you and your blog.
  10. Keep shining the light of Christ wherever you go and in whatever you do!

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:14 (NAS)

  1. What three words would you use to describe your blog?
    • Jesus, Poetry, Nature
  2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?
    • Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (First Corinthians 10:31 NKJV)
  3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?
    • You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (First Thessalonians 5:5 NKJV)
  4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.
    • I hope that “lighthouse” works. XD It has light in the word “lighthouse.” 🙂

Nominees and why I picked them:

The nominees are below, and the reason is the same for each of them – as far as I know, they have not been nominated for this award yet, and they brighten my Reader with each post they publish. ❤

Faye

Melani

Dreamer’s Outlet

Cavelle 

Lisa Beth

Sharon

Linda

Carly

Natalie

Diana

Leigh

Tammy (I know that you don’t plan to post for the month of June and that you are behind in getting to award and tags, so no pressure, haha. 😊)

The 3 Day 3 Quotes Challenge Day Nine

The grand finale! 🙂 I’m going to go in depth as to why I like this quote – er – poem. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. ❤

Make us of one heart and mind – For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5 NASB)

Courteous and kind – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:23 – 24 NASB)

Lowly, meek in thought and wordTake My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29 KJV)

Never by fretful passion stirred – And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24 NKJV)

Free from anger, free from pride, – He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. (Proverbs 14:29 KJV) When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2 NKJV)

Let us in God abideAbide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4 NKJV)

All the depths of love express“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 NKJV)

All the height of holinessAs obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” (First Peter 1:14-16 NASB)


Nominee:

Shakiyasmessage 

3 Day 3 Quotes Challenge Day Eight

I love the encouragement in this verse not to worry. (And the verses before and after it too.) 🙂

As for this photo, I’m fairly certain that this is a baby cardinal. I was so fortunate to find him. I remember the parents were trying to scare me away as I took photos, and back then, I had the old camera so I had to get very close to take the photo. I’m surprised that he let me. I prayed that he would stick around for a few good shots and he did! I had to leave after a few minutes though because my cats were getting curious about what I was photographing and I didn’t want him to become lunch. Therefore, I left and gave my cats their dinner early so he could fly away in peace. 🙂


Nominee:

Maggie

3 Day 3 Quote Challenge Day Seven

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:12-14, NKJV)


Fun fact – that’s my bike. My trusty banana seat bike. ❤ I’ve had her ever since I was a tween and I still ride her sometimes. Her name is SeaStar. (The decals say “SeaStar” so I always have called her that.) This is my “before” photo – I plan to give her some fresh paint sometime because the old is starting to peel off and she’s starting to rust. 😨 And I want to add a basket and a bell and new tassels on the handlebars – I think I pretty much want to try my hand at restoring her.


Nominee:

Dream Filled Daughter

3 Day 3 Quote Challenge, Day Five

I have no Bible verses for this, nor do I know who said it. I remember hearing it as a kid (maybe it was in a fortune cookie? I don’t remember) and it was my motto for years. 🙂 My dream has always been to write novels and publish them for others to read. I hope one day it will come true and become a wonderful memory, but until then, I dream and keep writing; one day, I’ll finish a novel and it’ll be exciting to see what will happen then. ❤


Nominee:

Incomplete Thinker