This is a follow up post the Pooja of lifesfinewhine.com shared regarding comments on your blog. It is worth a read considering she has over 10,000 followers 🙂
The link is- How to get more comments on your blog.
Thank you to Mr, Holliman of A Happy Life at greathappyliving.wordpress.com for thinking of me for this. In his blog he shares his faith and also some recipes that I wish I could make 🙂
The Random Acts Of Kindness Awards Rules:
In 1994 I had returned to my city from the school where I was studying for ministry because I was sick. I had also changed denominations due to not being able to agree with a few major teachings in the denomination I had been in. It was a time in my life of thinking I was going to die, leaving behind what I had thought I was called to, and a time of upheaval in my life.
One Sunday morning, one of the first Sundays, at my home church I went up to thank the pastor for his message. I didn’t plan on anything but saying thank you. He looked at me and said, “Let’s have lunch, Call my secretary and schedule lunch.” He took me out for lunch that week. God worked through that lunch to give my a lifeline so to speak.
Taking time out of our day for simple things such as a lunch or meeting for a cup of coffee can mean so much to others. Pastor Mark gave me the gift of time out of his busy schedule. It was because of that one hour that I stayed at the church Jesus had shown me he wanted me to go to, which led to me having a ministry reaching out to show Christ’s love to people from many cultures.
One hour out our lives can make a difference in the lives of others. Follow Pastor Mark’s example and give the gift of time 🙂
My Nominees if they want to participate 🙂
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
Yesterday was thinking about my dear little sister in Jesus, Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com. She will have some changes in her life, which will be positive changes, but even positive ones can be stressful.
Jesus has impressed upon me that many of my fellow bloggers are experiencing seasons of change at this.time. Some are enduring difficult ones and some positive ones.
When change comes in our lives,.they are moments that stretch us. We can feel out of sorts, uncertain, and anxious. I love the lyrics in Lauren Daigle’s song-I Will Trust in You. The chorus I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you are an expression of trusting Jesus when answers don’t seem to come right away.
There are lyrics that remind me of a simple, yet profound and solid truth. Jesus already knows the future.
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood
Think about it. Every place we will go in our lives, Jesus has already been there. Our steps of faith are steps of following his voice while he guides us.
So yes I am dedicating my post to my little sister Dawn. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do and you will be blessed.
But my post is for all of my fellow bloggers and my readers going through a season of changes. Jesus knows where the change is leading. I hope this song encourages you. 🙂
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
My little sister in Jesus, Fay Ann Swearing, nominated me the Sunshine Blogger Award a while back, but then she needed to take a break from blogging, so I waited for her return. Her blog is The Inspirational Room at fayannswearing.wordpress.com where she shares about her faith.
Mrs. Holliman of GOD’S LOVE at godscourage.wordpress.com also nominated me a few weeks ago. She also shares about her faith in her blog.
And this week alimw of forhispurpose.blog nominated me. She is my fellow Nebraskan 🙂 She also shares about her life and faith in her blog.
I want to thank Fay Ann, Mrs. Holliman, and Alim for nominating me 🙂 I will answer the 11 questions from all 3.
The Rules for Sunshine Blogger
Fay Ann’s questions for me
Questions for my nominees:
My faith in Jesus inspires me to write. Also my refugee and immigrant friends inspire me.
2.How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
My life is for Jesus and serving others, but I could say I am both a complex person and a simple person. If anyone wants clarification on that, let me know. 🙂
3.What are you most grateful for this moment?
I am most grateful for Jesus giving me strength as I live with chronic illness.
4. What is one thing you learned in childhood that totally changed your life?
That’s a long time ago lol. When I was in 7th grade, my best friend at school was the only African American kid at school. My grandfather was a racist. I chose my friend over my grandfather. I learned to value love over hate from that.
5. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
I tend to have an overactive imagination which helps me try different ideas.
6.What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Interacting with other bloggers helps a lot. But if you comment, say something meaningful if you want to get someone’s attention. Also using other social media like facebook, twitter, and instagram brings traffic to my blog
7. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
I first started my blog in 2009 to share bible stories with friends in other countries. I hit a huge down time with my blog due to foggy brain from Celiacs Disease. I got started again in March 2018 and my blog has grown from 30 followers to over 540.
8. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I love to write. I find inspiration in every day moments, interaction with people, memories, and my prayer time
9. What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
My greatest failure. So many to choose from.
10. Tell me about your proudest achievement?
It is not my achievement. I am most proud of knowing Jesus because of who he is and what he has done for me.But that has nothing to do with anything I have done.
11. Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
I have learned from a variety of bloggers as far as style and ideas. The ones who have impacted me most are the ones who let me know they are praying for me.
Mrs. Holliman’s questions for me
My 11 questions to my nominees:
My favorite thing about life is knowing Jesus and sharing time with friends from other countries.
2. How do you feel about how the world is becoming?
I feel the world is getting worse which is a sign that Jesus might return soon.
3. Do you love the beach?
Yes, I love the beach.
4. Have your heart ever been broken before?
Yes, but that is a long story lol.
5. What makes you happy?
My faith in Jesus, time with friends, good food, movies, my little sister bloggers, church, being in class with my students………
6. What is your favorite movie?
Two favorites- Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit series and Star Wars.
7. If you had to choose between Hawaii and Bahamas! which one would you pick?why
Bahamas because I have fellow bloggers there that I could visit.
8. Are you an outdoor person or indoor person?why
Not so much anymore mostly because of allergies and I don’t like bugs. But I do like the park.
9. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
Answered in previous questions 🙂
10.If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you be?
Oh my gosh. No way. I would die lol.
11.What is one way you relieve stress at the end of the day?
Listen to worship music.
1) Why do you write?
I write for an audience of one hoping it blesses others. The one is Jesus. The others are anyone who reads my blog.
2) Who do you admire and why? (sorry I know I’m sneaking two questions)
I admire people who have been through a struggle and made it or are making it with the help of God.
3) What has been your best vacation?
Brazil in 2015- I went to teach English in the evenings for five weeks in a university there. I was the only American in the small city and I loved it.
4) Where would you love to visit one day?
I would love to go back to Brazil to see friend
5) Why is your best friend, your best friend?
Jesus is my best friend He died for me. He is everything to me.
6) What is your biggest concern (about anything)?
My health and finances which is like a broken record for anyone in ministry I think.
7) When did you last owe someone an apology?
This week I apologized for needing to change an appointment time.
8) What’s the best movie you’ve ever watch
LORD OF THE RINGS and STAR WARS 🙂 🙂 🙂
9) What’s your most favorite childhood memory?
My dog Taffy
10) What do you love most about yourself?
I don’t love much about myself I love knowing Jesus.
11) If you could ask Jesus a question what would it be?
Can I come to heaven now?
My nominees if they choose to participate
Natalie of renegade7x,com
Tina of godskidspeak.com
Ramblings of Nothing in Particular at sammyjadeevans93.wordpress.com
Spoonie Living Free at hannahibiersack.wordpress.com
Charli of thegoodnamesaregone.com
Vicki of wateringcanblog.com
YBP of IT”S ALL ABOUT LOVE at passcodelove.com
Kim of youcantrusthim.com
Ris Parker of risparker.com
Donne of diaryofamadtiredwoman.wordpress.com
My Questions for my nominees if they choose to participate 🙂
Feeling inadequate and doubting ourselves is something many of us do especially for those of us who have struggled. If we have struggled with difficulties in life, the experience can leave feeling not worthy of serving God.
Perhaps those difficulties have been personal struggles with health. One blogger I follow is Jennifer of Beauty from Ashes beautyfromashes613.com. She shared a wonderful post about how she felt called to write a book about her experience/struggle to have a child. Her post is Hello My Name Is Moses.
Perhaps feelings of being inadequate come from a past of having messed up in life. Well, Jesus called a tax collector and turned him into a disciple. Jesus delivered Mary Magdalene from being possessed by seven demons and turned her into a faithful follower which included appearing to her first after his resurrection.
Perhaps struggling with physical difficulties leave one feeling not able. Well, Paul had a physical impairment and God used him greatly. Paul started churches all over the Mediterranean being empowered by Jesus.
The bottom line is that God is not concerned about our weaknesses when he calls us to do something. He is only focused on what he can do through us.
Jennifer’s post is a beautiful reminder of how God views what we feel inadequate about. I highly suggest reading it.
Remember- God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called. He does not look around to see who has the natural ability so they can go out and do it on their own. He chooses people based on what he can do. All God needs is a willing heart even if that heart is hesitant like Moses’s was.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
My little sister Sherita of plantingseedsingodsgrowinggarden.wordpress.com suggested I check out Travis Greene. I did and I love his song Made A Way.
With lyrics like:
You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because You made a way
You made a way
The song really spoke to me. So many times in my life it seemed that my back was against the wall, but God made a way. The reason I am standing here or should I say writing here is because God made a way for me.
As I look back over my life of more valleys than mountain tops, I can see how God has worked in my life.
When I was sick and dying, God made a way and I recovered.
When I struggle with chronic illness, God makes a way for me to carry on.
When I was in the valley of depression, God made a way.
When it seemed that there was no hope, God made a way.
As I write this, I am waiting for God to make a way for me. This song really spoke to me. I hope it blesses you as it did me.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.