Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Rene of Heart Tokens for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Please check out her blog. She shares her faith and also her life in a small town and about her family.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Rene’s Questions for Me

1. What is one of your fondest memories? Teaching English in Brazil in June and July 2015.

2. Who taught you to ride a bicycle/and or a vehicle? I think that was my dad but that was a LONG time ago.

3. Did you have a favorite outfit growing up? If so, describe. I don’t remember.

4. What was your favorite place/ hangout when you were a kid or teen? The neighborhood swimming pool in the summer.

5. Can you remember your favorite pet growing up? Name and description. Definitely. Taffy was a golden retriever. She was my best friend. She slept in my room.

6. Favorite show or movie growing up. Star Trek.

7. Did you like playing outside growing up? What was your favorite? I was outside all of the time playing any sport.

8. Favorite gift you received as a child. My first football

9. What was your personality as a child? Naughty or nice? Did you believe in Santa Claus, tooth fairy, etc? My these questions are making me go WAY back. I was an outgoing kid normally well behaved. Yes I believed in Santa until I was 6.

10.What was the first tooth that you pulled and did you receive any money for it. My wisdom teeth and I still think I should have gotten money for that lol

11. Did you have to learn things the hard way or did you learn by other people’s mistakes? In school I understood things quickly. For sports I learned quickly too.

My Questions for My Nominees

  1. What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?
  2. If you could travel in space, would you?
  3. Dogs or cats? If you answer cats, we can still be friends even though it is wrong answer haha
  4. Besides Lord of the Rings, the best movies ever, and Star Wars, tied for best movies ever, what is your favorite movie?
  5. If I was your neighbor, could I visit for dinner? If so, how often?
  6. What is a place where you live that you recommend people visit?
  7. What is a favorite quote of yours and by who?
  8. What does Christmas mean to you?
  9. Why do you blog? What motivates you to blog?
  10. When you write in your blog, where do you like to be and do you snack?
  11. If Jesus knocked on your door, what would you think?

My Nominees if they choose to participate

Deandra

Dawn

Jenny

Deborah

Sharon

Brother Craig

Elisha

Beverley

Temi

Riya

Heather Dawn

December Tag

I would like to thank Purple Rose of reluctantpreachersdaughter.wordpress.com for tagging me in the December Tag she and Dollfacedwriter created.

It’s December! This our last monthly tag of the year, Purple Rose and I hope you enjoy participating as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!  December is most likely our favorite time of the year and we hate how fast it goes by, so we try our best to enjoy the moment and soak in the joy of the season. We hope you do as well! ”

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who tagged you and link their post to yours.
2. Link the original post so the creators can read them 
3. Use the original featured image and include it in your post.
4. Copy and paste the meaning of the tag into your post.
5. Answer the questions.
6. Tag at least TWO people.
7. Have fun and enjoy the rest of your month! 

Here are the questions:

1. If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be?
2. What kind of holiday shopper are you: Black Friday? Christmas Eve? Yearlong hoarder?
3. What colors are your favorite holiday decorations?
4. Would you rather build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight, or stay inside drinking hot cocoa?
5. If you were Santa Claus, what type of cookie would you want to be left out for you on Christmas Eve?
6. If someone offered you a gift card to any store you wanted, which one would you choose?
7. Name three words that best describe Christmas for you.

1- Joseph the husband of Mary and the earthly step father of Jesus would be fun to play in a movie. He always interests me because of what he experienced. I mean-angels speaking to him in dreams. escaping to Egypt with Mary and the baby Jesus etc.

2. None of them. I should say I hate shopping. I prefer to go to a bookstore and get gifts cards and then I am done. 🙂

3. Green and red are cool. Gold is cool too. But I don’t decorate. I just like to appreciate other people’s decorations.

4. Sledding and then stay inside and drink hot chocolate. 😉

5. It would have to be gluten free and of course- CHOCOLATE 🙂

6. Amazon.com gift card would be best so I don’t have to go to a store. 🙂

7. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

My Nominees if they choose to participate

From warmer climates where it doesn’t snow, so I can see what they say about snow.

Herry of herrychicounsels.com

Beverley of becomingtheoilandthewine.com

nopassingfancy.wordpress.com

Sarah of My Witness at aymerayd.wordpress.com

Time for Another Blogging Part/Share A Post Event

It’s time for a Blogging Party. Yes another Share a Post Event. I borrowed these terms and ideas from fellow bloggers Brenda of becominghistapestry.com and Phoebe of .phonemd.com. Beverley shares about her faith in her blog and humorous stories about her life as a mom and wife. Phoebe shares about a variety of topics and also has a charity selling sea glass jewelry with proceeds going to help children.

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Here is how it works. In my comment section share a post from your blog, a brief description about your blog, and of course include a link for the post and for your blog.

If you share a post, please also check out the blogs of others who share a post. 🙂

Why am I doing this?

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To say THANK YOU to everyone who follows my blog. My recently went over 800 followers which is something I never imagined happening when I first started blogging. By opening up a Blogging Party/Share A post Event, it is my way of saying thank you and also paying forward. 🙂

I want to thank the following bloggers for commenting the most on my blog. I enjoy comments and interaction with my fellow bloggers.

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com. She shares about her faith. She was also the top vote recipient for who I should cook Thanksgiving Dinner for next year. Congratulations on winning Dawn. 🙂

Herry of herrychiccounsels.com. She shares her faith and life in Nigeria.

Deborah of greatisgodsfaithfulness.blog. She shares about her life and faith.

Beverley of becomingtheoilandthewine.com. She shares about her faith and life.

Tina of godskidspeaks.com. She is my little sister in Jesus and also my fellow Spoonie.

Versatile Blogger Award

The Award:

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.”

Thank you Pallavi of curatingthoughts.blog. She shares about life as a mom and also writes free verse.

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
Share 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

7 Facts about Me

  1. I celebrated Christmas in Romania in 2005.
  2. I enjoy Christmas decorations but don’t decorate my apartment.
  3. The last time I had a math class Ronald Reagan was President.
  4. I enjoy using my laptop to read the bible using biblegateway.com because I can bring up English, Spanish, and Portuguese side by side and practice languages.
  5. Nurses are okay but doctors stress me out.
  6. I have taught English Second Language for about 20 years.
  7. Last but for me most important- Jesus is my Savior.

My Nominees if they choose to participate.

meanlittleboy2.wordpress.com

lifewithjesus.blog

Riya of worldsofmythoughts2017.wordpress.com

livelovequiz.com

nopassingfancy.wordpress.com

Tangie of tangietwoods.blog

A new bloggers- Amy of siblingmotherslove.wordpress.com

Okay so I know I am supposed to nominate 15 and I only nominated 7, but this week is a bit rough so far, so 7 is good.

Thank you for reading. God Bless

Story Time-Thanksgiving Day Edition- Grandpa Had to Cut My Food

Thanksgiving when I was 12 years old was something I looked forward to because it meant my Grandpa Charles and Grandma Eve were coming. The only downside was that it was the year I injured my elbow playing football. The injury first happened in the third game of the season. After a few weeks, I pretended that it was better because I wanted to play in the last game that was for the city championship in my little league. In that game, I made several tackles but aggravated the injury.

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So when Thanksgiving Day came, I couldn’t even hold and use a knife to cut my food. 12 old boys don’t want moms doting over them. Grandpa Charles sat next to me and since he was Grandpa, it was okay if he cut my food since I couldn’t. He cut my turkey for me, so I could eat one handed.

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Interesting side note, Grandpa Charles and Grandma Eve were Christians and prayed for a grandchild to be in ministry. It still amazes me that God answered their prayers through me.

As we sat at Thanksgiving Dinner, it felt like everything fit together just right to have Grandpa Charles sitting next to me and that he cut my food for me since I was injured and could not do a simple little thing like cut my food.

We have a Heavenly Father who is always sitting with us, walking with us, and is eager to share his kingdom with us. With our Heavenly Father, everything fits together just right. It pleases God to share his kingdom with us. In Luke 12 we read:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

Just as Grandpa Charles saw me as his little grandson when I was 12, Jesus and our Heavenly Father see us as their beloved family, sons and daughters of God. They are pleased, happy, to share the kingdom of God with us.

The only question is if we want Jesus and our Heavenly Father to share their kingdom with us. Jesus shared about it in John 3:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

On this Thanksgiving, I am grateful foremost for the gift of eternal life that God our Father provides for those who trust, believe in, Jesus. I am also grateful for two grandparents who prayed for me, my brothers and sister, and my cousins.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in the USA.

By the way, Deborah was lead the votes last Thursday for someone that I should cook for. Congrats Deborah. This week’s vote, who should I cook Thanksgiving Dinner for next year? The nominees are; Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com, Rene of hearttokens.home.blog, and Beverly of becomingtheoilandthewine.com

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Sunshine Blogger Award #?

I would like to thank Purple Rose of reluctantpreachersdaughter.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions

Purple Rose’s Questions: for me

  1. What is your favorite movie? Lord of the Rings is the best ever. Star Wars 2nd
  2. Netflix, Hulu or neither?  Both
  3.  What brings you the most joy in life? My relationship with Jesus and my friends from other countries.
  4. What brings you the least joy in life? Rude people
  5. If you could make a 20 second phone call to your younger self, what would you say? Study languages
  6. If you had to make a choice, would you choose to go without solid food for one year or without a cell phone for one year? cell phone because I can use my iPad 🙂 haha
  7. What is your favorite blog post you have written? Forgiveness from me led to my father receiving forgiveness from God.
  8. What post of yours has the most likes? I don’t really keep track.
  9. What is one thing you would like to write about, but haven’t? What heaven is really like but I won’t be able to until I am there and then I won;t be able to write in my blog. 🙂
  10. What is stopping you from writing that post? answered above 🙂
  11. If you could overcome any fear, what would it be? Fear of heights. Airplanes are no problem but ladders bother me.

My Question for My Nominees

  1. If Jesus were to knock on your door, what would you think?
  2. This week is Thanksgiving Week in the USA. What are you thankful for?
  3. Where would you like to travel to in the world.
  4. What is your favorite snack food?
  5. Do snack while you blog?
  6. What is your favorite season and why?
  7. What book has meant something to you lately?
  8. Who is your favorite singer?
  9. What is a favorite blog post of yours? Share a link
  10. I am a disaster cooking in the kitchen. Would you trust me in your kitchen?
  11. What movie have you seen recently that you liked?

My Nominees if they choose to participate

Sharon of Resting in His Love at sharonpankey.wordpress.com

No Passing Fancy at nopassingfancy.wordpress.com

Kevin of Things My Parents Never Taught me at thingsmyparentsnevertaughtme.family.blog

Tangiet of Mrs. T’s Corner at tangietwoods.blog

CFoster of Conversation on Finding and Loving Who I Am at colleensconversation.com

yourlastdayonearthdotblog.wordpress.com

Sara of Speak Life at saraschroeder.blog

Shelly of She’s Inspired at shesinspired.org

Joleen of jollenjoli.wordpress.com

Vicki of vicklea,com

Katherine of The Reluctant Spoonie at thereluctantspoonie.com

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

The Daily Choices of Living with Chronic Illness

I read a post by my little sister Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com Her post is I Choose Jesus. It is an excellent post to read about the blessings of choosing Jesus. It also caused me to think about what it means on a daily basis for me as I live with chronic illness.

It has been many years since I first trusted in Jesus as my Savior. But in recent years the daily choice has become more vital to me. The daily choice I am talking about is choosing to make the day count for Jesus and others.

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I wake up most mornings with pain. The degree of pain varies, but it is always there. I also wake up every morning with fatigue. That is the plight of people who live with chronic illness. Even if we sleep 8 hours, we wake up feeling fatigued. I have mornings I am tempted to stay in bed. I have mornings it is all I can do to get out of bed and sit down and drink a cup of coffee.

What gets me out of bed is not wanting to miss out on being a part of what Jesus has in store for me for that day. So I sit in my chair with a cup of coffee and listen to some worship music as I try to wake up. As I sit in my chair, I pray over my day, for my students, and for others I will see. I ask Jesus to give me strength and help me to show his love.

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As I write this on Friday evening to schedule for Saturday morning, I have just come home from a day that my pain was EVERYWHERE. On days like these only my hair doesn’t hurt. It was a day that I had very little energy. Fortunately, it came on the one day I only teach in the mornings. But good things happened in my class. After class, I went to a coffee shop for the afternoon and just sat, drank coffee and then mineral water, and played a word game.

Staying home on a Friday evening used to bug me. Now I relish it so I can rest for Saturday. Saturdays mornings are ministry time as I meet with friends from other countries at my church. Scheduling my life to have a better chance at a productive weekend of ministry is another part of choosing Jesus for me as I live with chronic illness. So most Friday evenings I am at home relaxing because I want to be there for my friends Saturday and Sunday mornings.

I do not know how many more tomorrows I have in this life and I want them to count for Jesus. That is why I start my day off by choosing to live for him and asking for his help.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Time With Jesus

Thursday mornings in my Family Literacy Class we have speakers come to talk about issues that help families with translators in class. Yesterday the speaker talked about attachment for infants and children and what is healthy attachment. She told the students that if a baby cries because mom leaves the room it is developmentally appropriate attachment.

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I raised my hand and asked if my students cry when I leave the room if that would be appropriate attachment. All of my students laughed.

I left the room for a while to take care of some things. When I came back, I asked if anyone cried. They laughed and one of them said, “We know you are coming back.”

Attachment is so important for anyone who follows Jesus. Jesus said In John 15:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

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Did you catch the last part? Apart from Jesus we can do nothing. We are dependent on him for the air we breathe to stay alive. He created everything, so yes we need him to stay alive in this life. But he is talking about spiritual life. The life of living for him, serving him, and sharing his love. We can’t do it without Jesus.

We go through difficult times and might wonder where Jesus is or when he will work on our behalf. We can wait and pray which is healthy or we can feel sorry for ourselves and doubt which is not healthy. The antidote for our fear and doubt is not what some would think. Some would say we need more faith. The bible says we need God’s love. In 1 John 4 we see:

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love”

We need to spend time with Jesus and soak in his love for us.We need relationship with him, to be connected with him.

Hannah of gracetobeimperfect.com shared a wonderful post about how solitude helps with anxiety. She refers to time with Jesus. It is a wonderful post to read. The post is Silence and Solitude.

Living with depression./anxiety caused by chronic illness, I feel a connection when I read Hannah’s posts. My time with Jesus in the morning is so important for me. Jesus always wants time with us. The question is do we want time with him?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- I Tried to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner for My Students

One year close to Thanksgiving, I wanted to give my friends a bit of a taste of a Thanksgiving Dinner. I wanted to share it with my friends who came to my weekend groups.

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I bought two turkeys, some potatoes, some veggies, and some pumpkin pie and other pies. I put the turkeys in the oven, started the potatoes boiling for mashed potatoes, and stood back. I suddenly realized that I did not know how to know when the turkeys were done.

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Fortunately, I was at church. I went upstairs hoping to find a woman I know to ask how I could tell when a turkey was done. I found my friend Kris. I asked her and she asked me a question that seems to be commonplace in my life, “Why, what are you doing?” I told her. She proceeded to go downstairs to the kitchen and took over. She even explained that if I wanted to leave some of the peel on the potatoes it is okay but I have to wash them first. She told me that because there was dirt floating on the top of the pot.

She kicked me out of the kitchen, and took over. I offered for her to call her husband and two daughters for them to join us. They did. In the end the dinner was awesome. My students enjoyed an American Thanksgiving dinner. Everything turned out okay.

When we step out to serve Jesus, he will fill in the blanks. He only asks us to step out and try. Serving Jesus often means that we do not know how things will turn out. Jesus will take care of that. He only asks us to be faithful to serve. We are not responsible for the results.

Stepping out in faith can be stressful for us. But if we step out in faith, Jesus will guide, empower, and bless. He will take care of the rest.

Who wants me to cook Thanksgiving dinner for them? Let’s see. I think maybe Deborah of greatisgodsfaitfulness.blog , Alim of forhispurpose. or Jenny of ofprogressandpurpose.com. You can vote by leaving a comment for who 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Why I Unfollowed and Removed A Blogger- Plagiarism

I created a tag 1 Grateful Person a few weeks ago. Perhaps by coincidence, I noticed a post by a blogger I follow titled One Grateful Person, so I check it our to see what it was about. The person who tagged the blogger had been tagged by someone with my original post. The person then rewrote it a bit using the same idea and changed the title from 1 Grateful Peron to One Grateful Person.

As an educator, plagiarism is an issue that is of concern to me.

As a Christian blogger I take steps to avoid plagiarizing another blogger. If a blogger posts something related to a post I write, I include a link to their post and write how it connects to mine.

Integrity is important to me. I unfollowed and removed the blogger from following me. Integrity means more to me that numbers.