Behind the Blogger 2.0

 

Exciting news – I have received the Behind the Blogger 2.0 award! Thank you to Tina at God’s Kid Speaks for nominating me! This blog is a source of encouragement for me, and I highly recommend it!

 

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer all the questions down below.
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag.

 

The Questions

Why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging?

I actually created my website more as an author site. I didn’t intend to write blog posts initially. But in time I found it was a good place to share things I was learning. Also, when the Christians Read blog had an opening for a new blogger, I spoke to the creator of that blog, Vicki Hinze, in regards to filling that roll. So, I also blog there every Thursday. I must say that blogging has helped my writing to improve. So, if you want to be a writer, I encourage you to just keep writing!

Strengths include:

(This is a song, so click the hyperlink!)

I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, all about Somebody, who saved my soul

Weaknesses include:

I allow stress to get the best of me. And I allow the enemy to get in my head.

What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Anything spiritual, pertaining to Jesus, and/or the Bible.

What are your Top Three favorite blog posts?

I loved all thirty of the posts from The Redeemed Challenge, which we just walked through in September.

What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Read. Watch Hallmark Christmas movies. Sit on the couch and chill. Go to a Florida Gators baseball game. Go to the mountains.

What are three of your favorite things?

Jesus, my hubby, and my dogs. (But I have a lot more things that I can list. Why only three? LOL.)

What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

I like to crochet but I haven’t done much of it in a long time.

What are your top three pet peeves?

I don’t know if these are my top three, per se. But this is what came to mind… Angry typers. (If you worked in cubicle land like I do, you would understand!) Someone who whistles in a public place seems suspicious to me. (LOL.) Inconsiderate drivers. (If you spent two hours a day on the road like I do, you would understand!)

What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I am from Long Island, NY.

 

My Nominees (if they so choose to accept the mission):

Not Your Season

Transformation Place

Harvesting Hope

Not the Norm

 

Giving God Your Whole Heart – Now in Paperback

What a beautiful morning in my neck of the woods! I don’t know what the low was last night, but at 8 AM the temperature was 54°. A small taste of fall before the thermometer works its way up to a high in the upper 80s.

The Lord greeted us with a majestic sunrise. I always love seeing the sunrise and the sunset. When I see the sunrise peeking over the horizon, I see God wishing me a good morning. When I see the sky streaked with brilliant yellows, oranges, and pinks in the evening, I see God sending me a hug as I end my day.

God is always there, by our sides, every moment of every day. Unfortunately, there are times when we forget this and we allow obstacles to get in the way of our relationship with Him. When we try to work God unto our lives, we fail because of other priorities on our plates. The key is to make God the center of your life and then you can’t go wrong.

In my book Giving God Your Whole Heart, I talk about our relationship with God and how we can make that relationship stronger. This in turn will help you to find true fulfillment in life.

For those of you who were waiting for the paperback version of the book – it is now available on Amazon! It is also available on Kindle. (Sorry other ebook formats not available yet. I will keep you posted.)

So get yourself something good to drink, grab a copy of my book, and find a comfy seat to sit in and read. If the weather is nice where you are, then perhaps you will want to sit outdoors.

Whatever you wind up doing today, I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day!

Giving God Your Whole Heart

I have exciting news! I am happy to announce that I just released a new book, Giving God Your Whole Heart!

(Currently it is only available on Kindle. But the paperback version and other ebook avenues are coming soon. I will keep you posted as they become available.)

Currently the Kindle version is on sale for only 99¢!

This book touches on numerous things which are essential in our Christian walk. Yet due to our busy lives, we tend to push God to the back burner. In this book I will show you how to seek the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul. As a result, you will find true fulfillment in life.

As with all my books, I ask that you please leave a review wherever you purchased it. This helps me in many ways. For one thing, it helps gain further sales. But it also helps me to better apply the things that worked well in my future books.

Whether you decide to get this book or not, I still want to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to each of you. Having this community is so encouraging to me and helps me to keep going. Having you here alongside me on this journey is something I will always be grateful for!

The Redeemed Challenge – Day 30

Good morning! Today is Day 30 of the Redeemed Challenge! I can’t believe today is the last day! This month has flown by! I sure hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have! But I must admit that I am sad to see this journey come to an end. I am going to miss the wonderful community and fellowship we had over the past month. At the beginning of this month, I hoped and prayed that the content would bless each of you. But guess what happened? I was the one who was blessed by each of you. Every day, you guys gave me a new perspective and rich insight as you shared your thoughts and feelings. Just as it says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” So before we review our last day’s content, I just want to say to each of you: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for walking by my side these past thirty days. 💜

In the final chapter of the book we read about a beautiful Bible verse. Many people’s view of God is not one of love. Often times people believe God is condemning and judgmental. But that is not the case. God is love. And He loves you beyond belief. If you only remember one thing from reading this book, I hope you will remember how much God loves you. Long before you were born, God already had a plan in motion to bring you to Himself, to save you, to redeem you, and to love you. He loves you more than words can express. He loves you beyond measure. Think of one person who you love with all your heart, multiply that love by a trillion, and you still haven’t reached the capacity of God’s love for you.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!! How He Loves by David Crowder Band

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

(If you missed the Redeemed Challenge, you can still go through my book You Are Redeemed on your own. Get your copy on Amazon or your favorite online bookstore.)

The Redeemed Challenge – Day 29

Good morning! Today is Day 29 of the Redeemed Challenge! In today’s chapter of the book, we read that we have been set free. Maybe you know that when you gave your heart to Jesus, that meant you were free. But I think many Christians still struggle with allowing this truth to seep within their soul. For those who believe and accept Jesus into their lives, they have the ultimate freedom. Freedom from sin, freedom from death, freedom from the chains of the enemy. We were once enslaved to our flesh and sinful nature. But our old selves died on the cross with Jesus, and we became new creatures. Reflecting on how we have been set free makes me feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. What an awesome gift we have! But that’s not all. As Christians we also have free access to our Father. We can call on Him at any moment of any day, and He will always answer. How amazing that we can go to Him in prayer at any given time! Take a moment today to thank God for your true freedom through Jesus!

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!! Freedom Reigns by Jesus Culture

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

The Redeemed Challenge – Day 28

Good morning! Today is Day 28 of the Redeemed Challenge! In today’s chapter of the book, we read that God has made us as clean as snow. Sometimes we put ourselves down and we criticize ourselves for our mistakes. But God doesn’t see you the way you see yourself. If today’s verse doesn’t really strike you as all that amazing, maybe I can help explain it a little better. The day after it has snowed, when all the clouds have moved out, the sun hitting snow is so bright that you have to put sunglasses on. Thanks to Jesus, we sparkle and shine.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!! Flawless by Mercy Me

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

The Redeemed Challenge – Day 27

Good morning! Today is Day 27 of the Redeemed Challenge! Unfortunately, we live in a broken world. And this means that we will all face difficulties at times. But in today’s chapter of the book, we can see that no matter what we are facing, God will be there holding us up and strengthening us. Whatever you are facing today, do not be discouraged. Do not be dismayed. Keep pressing forward. There is no mountain too big for God. He will see you through whatever you are facing. He will hold you up when you don’t have the strength to hold yourself up. He’s got this. And He’s got you.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!! I just need U by TobyMac

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

The Redeemed Challenge – Day 26

Good morning! Today is Day 26 of the Redeemed Challenge! In today’s chapter of the book, we see that when we gave our hearts to the Lord, we became righteous through our faith in Jesus. Sometimes we try to earn our salvation or work to gain God’s approval. But the good news is that we don’t have to strive for God’s approval because we are already seen as a treasure to God. If you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, then God already approves of you, accepts you, and loves you.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!! Best News Ever by Mercy Me

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

The Redeemed Challenge – Day 25

Good morning! Today is Day 25 of the Redeemed Challenge! What a powerful and amazing privilege we have to be able to pray to God. In today’s chapter of the book, we are reminded that God hears our prayers. Whatever it is you are dealing with today, bring them to the Lord. Many times we view prayer as a last resort. But it should be our first step in any battle we are facing. Prayer is so very powerful. And God hears all of His children’s prayers. We might get discouraged when He doesn’t answer a prayer in the way we hoped. But that doesn’t mean He didn’t hear you or answer you. We have to trust that He knows what is best in our lives.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!! When We Pray by Tauren Wells

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

The Redeemed Challenge – Day 24

Good morning! Today is Day 24 of the Redeemed Challenge! In today’s chapter of the book, we learn that we have the mind of Christ. The next time you are tempted to berate yourself for not thinking clearly, remind yourself of this truth. In my home, we have numerous Bible verses on our bathroom mirror, and this is one of them. My husband and I will sometimes make negative comments about having a bad memory, so this reminds us that we have the mind of Christ. The next time you are tempted to say that you make poor decisions, you aren’t smart, or you have a bad memory – remember you have the mind of Christ.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!! All My Hope by Crowder

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day: