Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I just wanted to drop a quick line to share a post I wrote for the Christians Read blog last Thursday.
And I wanted to give you a word of encouragement. No matter what you are going through, no matter what you are facing, you are never alone. God is always there, if you’ll have Him. In James 4:8 it says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” What a comforting promise that we can hold onto today!
I am so excited to tell you that I have received The Mystery Blogger Award!
I would like to thank The Eclectic Contrarian for the nomination! I encourage you to check out this blog. You will walk away feeling inspired and thoughtful, and perhaps humored as well!
The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. The award was created by www.okotoenigmasblog.com.
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 and provide a link as well
-Answer the 5 questions you were asked
-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
-Share a link to your best post(s)
I’ve been asked the following questions….
1. What is something that almost instantly inspires you to write?
Reading my Bible gets me thinking a lot! And I usually read my Bible in the morning, when my brain is fresh, so that helps as well.
2. What gives you hope?
Reading my Bible and seeing that the people in those pages were not perfect. (Except for Jesus, of course.) But seeing imperfect people who were still able to be used by God gives me hope.
3. What kind of heart would you say you have?
I hope I have a heart for serving the Lord and for helping other people.
4. What would you say about the sun and the moon?
It’s crazy because we see them every day, yet I always want to take pictures of them. The beauty God created seems to mesmerize me.
5. What about a cup of coffee could inspire you to write?
The first thing that came to mind was a cappuccino I had a few months ago. It looked like there was a small heart on top. I like to think this was from God, reminding me of His unfailing love.
3 Things About Me:
– I don’t like talking about myself. (So I am glad I only have to put 3 things. LOL.)
– I went to the same college as Sandra Bullock. (Not during the same time though.)
– I have been in 39 American states.
My Best Posts:
I really enjoyed my thirty posts from The Gratitude Challenge last November. And I am looking forward to my thirty posts for The Redeemed Challenge coming up in September.
My Questions to the Nominees:
1 – What habit has helped you reach your goals?
2 – Are there certain things you like to do in the morning to start your day off on the right foot?
3 – What is your favorite book?
4 – What is on the top of your bucket list?
5 – When you were a child, was there something you collected? Or as an adult, is there something you collect now?
Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a restful weekend!
I wanted to share my Christians Read blog post in which I talked about a lesson learned from a Blue Moon Rose. I hope you enjoy it!
Yesterday my husband and I were in Lowe’s. We go to that store quite often. (In fact I was just informed that we will be going back later today!) Hubby likes to joke that it is one of my favorite places, but it’s really one of his favorites. Although we have been in there so much, I am usually able to save us time by knowing where to find whatever it is we happen to be looking for. Yesterday we wanted to purchase some new hummingbird feeders because some of ours were on their last legs.
We also meandered through the garden area. I’m sure you know you can find a wide variety of plants and flowers in Lowe’s. But on this particular day it had me thinking about how many different trees, plants, flowers, bushes, fruits, vegetables, and so on that God created. All in what appears to be a short period of time, He thought up countless types of plants. And even when you narrow it down to, let’s say tomatoes, there are still numerous different types of tomatoes. Yesterday as I looked at the flowers, I noticed that distinct blooms on the same plant looked slightly unique from its neighbor.
And the same is true with you and me. Almost all humans are born with ears, eyes, a nose, a mouth, arms, and legs. Yet we are all different. Even so-called identical twins have their differences. God made us all unique and special. We all have our own quirks, personality traits, gifts, and talents. How amazing that out of billions of people, you cannot find two who are exactly the same. What an illustration of how our loving Father took His time in crafting each one of us.
It’s funny that my pastor usually speaks about things that have already been floating around in my head. One of the things he mentioned this morning was how we are all unique. He said that in today’s culture you will find many people who try to be the same. They want the same haircut, the same clothing, the same style, etc. But God didn’t want us all to be the same. We are unique and should cherish our differences.
So I wanted to leave you with that thought today. Remember how special you are. Instead on criticizing yourself for your quirks, celebrate your uniqueness. God created you and He doesn’t make mistakes!
Can you believe it is August already? The changing of the months is a great time for reflection. Yesterday author Annie F. Downs posted on Instagram, mentioning that she made a list of all the blessings July held for her. I thought this was a wonderful idea! What a fabulous way to end each month. One blessing in my July was a trip to the mountains. What about you? Did your July hold any special moments? I hope so.
I also wanted to share what I posted on the Christian Reads blog today. I hope you enjoy it!
And just for fun, below is a picture of how the sky looked last night. God’s beautiful artwork!
I have something fun to share with you today. During the month of September I will be hosting The Redeemed Challenge. To join in you will want to grab a copy of my book You Are Redeemed, read the corresponding chapter for that day, and then meet up with me here or on social media. You can expect to find a short post from me each day in September. I hope and pray we all get a lot out of reading (or re-reading) through this book. I chose to host The Redeemed Challenge during the month of September because You Are Redeemed will turn one year old in September! I can’t believe my second book has almost reached its first Birthday!
I am also trying to spend most of my spare time working on my third book. But I do have a full time job, so that means I don’t have a ton of spare time. But I will squeeze writing in whenever I can. Because of that, I might not be posting on the site as often over the next month.
However, I will still be posting every Thursday on the Christians Read blog. So I will try my best to share those with you here over the next month. Here is my post from this past Thursday in which I shared wildlife pictures from our recent trip to The Smoky Mountains. You will love them, I promise!
Hi Friends! I am so excited to tell you that I have been nominated for The Liebster Award! I want to thank Perth Girl for this nomination. I am truly honored! Perth Girl is a blogger who writes about faith, family, and food. Check out this fabulous blog when you have a moment. You will be sure to walk away feeling encouraged. faithfood.blog
11 Facts about me:
The 11 questions I was asked:
1 – What Inspired you to start writing? I wanted to write for as long as I could remember. This likely stemmed from my love for reading.
2 – Do you listen to music while you write? No. I do not like any distractions when I am writing. So I usually need to find a quiet place when writing.
3 – In two words or less, how would you describe your sense of Humour? Unpredictable 😀
4 – What is your favourite quote? This is a difficult question. Not because I don’t have a good answer. Rather I have too many good answers because I am a quote lover. I will go with:
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you? – William Arthur Ward.
5 – What are you reading at the moment? My sister and I are re-reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I am also reading Love Life Again by Tracie Miles.
6 – What do you wish you were better at? Lots of things but I will say I wish I were better at talking to people.
7 – If you could be on a talk show which one would you choose and why? I really don’t watch enough television to know what talk shows are current. LOL. So I am going to go with the morning show on my radio station. That is The Morning Cruise on The Joy FM. I love listening Dave, Bill, and Carmen on my morning commute.
8 – What is your least favourite food? Liver. (And my husband loves it!)
9 – What meal or dish can you make really well? Cheeseburger soup is a favorite at my house.
10 – What is your favourite thing to do when you have time by yourself? Read and write.
11 – What is your favourite trip you took and why? I am not sure about a favorite trip. But my husband and I have a favorite destination, which is The Great Smoky Mountains. We love looking for black bears and other wildlife.
I am supposed to nominate eleven people. But it was difficult narrowing this down to only eleven. So I am opening this up to all of my followers. If you have a blog, and decide to post about this, then please let me know. Or you can also comment here with your answers.
My questions for you if you choose to participate:
1 – Do you have a favorite place to write or read?
2 – What are you reading at the moment?
3 – Would you rather read the book or watch the movie?
4 – If you could eat dinner with anyone in the world, anyone in history, who would it be?
5 – If you could live or visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
6 – Are you a morning person or a night owl?
7 – What is your favorite book?
8 – Are there certain things you like to do in the morning to start your day off on the right foot?
9 – What is one of your favorite memories?
10 – What has been your favorite job?
11 – What hobbies do you enjoy?
Happy Weekend, my friends! Can you believe that we have reached the end of June, which means that 2019 is half over?! Time sure does fly. It seems like we were just ringing in the new year. And then we blinked. And here it is midyear. It can be sad to think about.
But instead of letting this fact depress us, let’s use it as a stepping stone in the right direction. Did you make any progress towards your goals? Did you accomplish anything on your to-do list? Did you do any spring cleaning? This weekend is the perfect time to evaluate where you have been the past six months and where you are going for the six months ahead.
I have a blog post I wanted to share here that will help you with this task. As you might recall me mentioning, I write on the Christians Read blog every Thursday. So I wanted to share this past Thursday’s post with you. It has to do with this very topic of a Midyear Reflection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I really want to be a minimalist. Or maybe I want to want to be a minimalist? (Yes, I meant to put the words “want to” twice!) Because, in all honesty, it is not easy becoming a minimalist.
What is minimalism? Basically majorly decluttering your home, and keeping it that way. Getting rid of all the excess junk that you don’t need. If you live in America, then chances are you have too much stuff. But when we try to clean out our houses, it can be difficult to get rid of things.
I have one parent who is sentimental and keeps everything. And I have another parent who is the opposite. Thankfully I take after the latter in this regard. But when it comes time to declutter, I feel more like the former. I am sure you know what I mean. You probably think to yourself that you might need that stray iPhone cord one day. Or perhaps you really like that figurine that you bought on vacation and you just can’t part with it.
But here’s the thing. It’s just stuff. Stuff that, in the grand scheme of things, is not all that important. Stuff does not last. What lasts is our relationship with God, our relationships with others, and memories. Those are the things to hang on to with all your might.
If you’re still not convinced, how about this? “Studies show that there is actually a link between clutter, stress, depression, and even the dissolution of familial relationships.” Yep, it’s true. So doesn’t that make you want to start packing? Clutter seriously makes me want to hyperventilate. You can ask my husband. I try to overlook our clutter for a time. But then one day I finally snap and start shoving things behind a closed door. Instead of having junk drawers, we have junk rooms! Ok I am being lighthearted about this topic, but it is true. And I do believe we can all benefit from some decluttering.
Are you ready to get started? If so, here are a few tips:
You can do this! I believe in you! Let me know how it goes!