Food — Diane’s English writing journey-By A Budding Writer in Venezuela

Food is love.Food is fuel.Food is a peacemaker.Food is an excuse to see you. Some food can harm.Some food can heal.Some food gives you pleasure.Some food gives you more years. Your food is a reason to love you.Your food shows me you care.Your food represents you.Your food can take you back in time and place. […]

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What Got Me Started in My Ministry/Spotlight on a New Blogger

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In 1990 I read a book, Tortured for Christ, that was the spark in my life for interest in Romania. Tortured for Christ is the true story of Rev. Wurmbrand who was imprisoned and tortured by the communist regime in Romania. He was allowed to leave the country and eventually made his to the U.S. where he founded the ministry Voice of the Martyrs.

When I read the book, there was a prompting in my spirit and I thought, someday I must go to Romania. Fast forward to December 1996 shortly after the Lord intervened in a health crisis sparing my life, one day that month in worship service it was announced they wanted people to go to Constanta Romania in June 1997 for an Outreach English Camp. Lightning bolt in my spirit time- I signed up for it and went for the first of my seven trips to Romania.

That trip in June 1997 began my journey to discovering the ministry the Lord has called me to today. There have been numerous ups and downs over the years. The Lord has blessed me to know people from literally all over the world. I know personally how much it means to have people praying for me. There have been so many wonderful blessings over the years because of the Lord answering the prayers of people praying for me.

Billy Graham was once asked what the keys to the success of his ministry were, He replied “Three things, prayer, prayer, and prayer.” Anyone in ministry can attest to how important it is to have people praying for us.

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I recently found a new blogger from the UK. She is in Uganda having recently arrived there for missions. I am not sure how long she will be there, but it was such a blessing to read her Letters from Uganda. Her name is Laura. Her most recent post January 25 was Finding My Feet about her first days in her mission in Uganda.

Her blog is Lauras Letters from Uganda at lauraslettersfromuganda.com.

I want to ask my readers to do something. Go to her blog, pray for her, and leave her a message that you prayed for her. I know from personal experience the hardships and the blessings  in missions work. It could be a huge encouragement for this young sister in Christ if other bloggers left her a message that they prayed for her.

This is the kind of spotlight on other bloggers post I envision doing this year. A post that is meaningful and goes beyond the normal blog networking kind of spotlight on bloggers.

My hope is to bless other bloggers but also beyond that I think of what we are exhorted to do in Hebrews 10:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”

Thank you for reading. God Bless

 

Snowy Day and Spotlight on New Blogger

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We had another snowy day here and with the freezing drizzle the night before and then the snow, it meant a snow day for all schools. As a teacher that meant an unplanned day off 🙂

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I managed to go outside for a little while to clean the ice off my car windows, but that was it for my outdoor endeavors. My indoor endeavors were relaxing. Morning was time to listen to my favorite worship music, read, and catch up with people online.

As part of my morning yesterday, I read a post by a new blogger Vanessa Lynn. It was a great post about starting the day with God. When I read it, I felt like getting going, but with the snow there was nowhere to go 🙂 Her post was Feast Your Eyes on the Day Ahead. You can check it out by clicking on the title. I think women will particularly enjoy following Vanessa because she starts off each blog by calling her readers gorgeous. Being an old guy I kind of ignore being called gorgeous 🙂  Her blog is braveblessedandbeautiful.wordpress.com.

I want to spotlight new bloggers this year, It might be once a week or every other week. I am not sure yet. I want to do it in a meaningful way beyond the usual blog networking activities. It is one of the goals I set for my blog for this year.

Well today it is time for me to be brave and blessed and go teach, brave to go out in the cold snowy day and blessed to see my students. The beautiful part? Well that never applied to me 🙂 .

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

 

 

Late Night Blogging Fun :)

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A little late night blogging fun for a few of my followers living in warmer climates in different time zones. This is a picture outside of my apartment from Saturday morning. I have seen pictures of beautiful warm places in South Africa and The Philippines recently from my fellow bloggers sunshinysasite,wordpress.com in South Africa and timecrawlerblog.wordpress.com in The Philippines. So I wanted to share a few snowy photos from my home in Lincoln Nebraska. 🙂

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Wouldn’t it be fun to visit here in the snowy winter?

India is the country that I have the most followers from besides the U.S.. Maybe they would like to visit the snowy winter here too.

If I had the money, I would pay for a blogger retreat in the winter here in my home city and pay for you to visit and enjoy activities like sledding, making a snowman, making snow angels, and walking on a frozen lake.

I just wanted to have a little late night fun with my friends in warmer climates and different time zones. But please check our Sunshiny SA and Timecrawler by clicking on the links at the top.

God Bless 🙂

 

Liebster Award- Discover New Blogs

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I don’t do many of these awards, but wanted to do this one to spotlight some new bloggers I am following and also to spotlight Tamra and her blog Grace Speech. I appreciate her posts because they are content oriented focusing on biblical truths. Thank you Tamra for nominating me. You can find Tamra’s blog at gracespeech.wordpress.com.

So the 11 questions from Tamra:

1. Why do you write?

I write to share my faith in Jesus, my experiences with people from many cultures, and to encourage others who have struggles with autoimmune problems and also depression.

2.  When do you write?

I usually write each day. I enjoy writing. It is one of my hobbies I guess 🙂 .

3. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

My favorite thing at Christmas is to visit refugee families and share God’s love with them. This year I visited 3 refugee families bringing candy and small gifts.

4. What is your favorite song, (Christmas or otherwise)?

My favorite Christmas song is Immanuel by Michael Card. I also like O Holy Night and the Hallelujah Chorus.

5. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is the bible. For fiction my favorite book is Lord of the Rings.

6. Where are you from?

I am from Lincoln Nebraska.

7. Where is your favorite place you have ever traveled?

That is a tie between Brazil and Romania. Romania was the first country I traveled to and through my seven trips there the Lord called me to my ministry today. Brazil I love because I love the culture and people.

8. Do you speak any languages other than English?

Yes, I speak Portuguese and Spanish. I also know greetings and phrases in 30 languages.

9. What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time? What is that? Joking 🙂 If i have spare time, I love to visit my friends from other countries in their homes.

10. What would you do if you could do anything you wanted for an entire day with an unlimited budget?

I would buy new suitcases, clothes, and a plane ticket to Brazil. 🙂

11. What’s the biggest question you have for God?

When will Jesus come?

11 Random thoughts about me

1. I love Science Fiction movies.

2. I grew a beard for the first time last year.

3. My favorite food is food in the homes I visit. 🙂

4. I have coordinated two weddings. That is a humorous story I  might share in a future post.

5. I have seen more of the rest of the world than I have the U.S., so I hope to travel around a little here.

6. One time during a walk around London England I saw a statue of Abraham Lincoln.

7. When I stepped out of the airport in San Diego in June 2010, I felt like it was the perfect climate for me, BUT too expensive there. 🙂

8. I worked part-time at Billy Graham World Headquarters when I went to school in Minneapolis.

9. I love coffee shops because they each have their own vibe and culture at least where I live.

10. I am a BAD cook, but thankful for my microwave. 🙂

11. Allergic to cats, but dogs are great.

For my nominees, most are newer bloggers getting started, so please check them out. My 11 Nominees are:

Fun with God a blog I just started following at havefunwithgod.wordpress.com

Jana shares about her life and faith in her blog Uncomfortably Vulnerable. You can find her blog at uncomfortablyvulnerable.home.com

Diane just started a blog. Her first language is Spanish. She is writing short stories in English. Her blog is shortstoriesbyanenglishlearner.home.blog

Ayodimeji just started a new blog Grace Revolution you can find his blog at oluwatokia.wordpress.com

shonell26 has a blog sharing health tips at myhealthmatterstoday.info

Kelly has a new blog sharing her life and faith at chippedvessel.com

Julia has a blog The Father’s Girl sharing her life and faith at juliachidimma.wordpress.com

Alphe has a lifestyle blog  Alphe’s Corner sharing healthy food recipes, gift ideas, and some from her culture in Poland. You can find her blog at alpheblog.wordpress.com

Timecrawler is a blog by a Christian woman with a child who has autism. You can find her blog at timecrawlerblog.wordpress.com

Becka shares about her life and faith in The Reclaimed Life at beckaasper.com

Kevin shares poetry and other writings of his at whatwordsmaycome.com

My 11 Questions for my Nominees

  1. What is you blog mostly about?
  2. Why did you start your blog?
  3. How often do you post in your blog? Is there a regular day or days?
  4. What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
  5. What languages do you speak?
  6. If you don’t mind sharing, what is your faith?
  7. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  8. When is the best time for you to write?
  9. What country  or countries would you like to visit and why?
  10. What is your favorite song?
  11. What is your favorite season and why?

 

The Rules

  • Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you
  • Give 11 random thoughts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions

An Invaluable Gift We Can Give Costing Us No Money

As we enter the finals days of shopping for Christmas, it is so easy to lose sight of the fact that the best gifts often are the ones that cost us no money, but require our time. Taking someone out for coffee that is going through a rough time. Visiting someone who is feeling lonely. Inviting someone to come along to a Christmas Eve service or a Christmas party. Such gifts can be very meaningful.

There is a gift we can give people without them ever knowing in this life anyway. The gift is invaluable  and though it is free, its worth cannot be measured. It is the gift that can truly impact someone’s life. That gift is praying for others.

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When we pray for others, we are seeking the person who has all power on the person’s behalf. There are problems people can face that seem beyond anyone’s capability to solve,  except for God.

Visiting someone such as an elderly neighbor or a friend in crisis is wonderful. Even better would to be offer to pray with them. Sending someone a note to let them know we are praying for them can be uplifting for that person.

A few  bloggers I follow are going through some trying times. It would be wonderful to surround them with prayer.

Jennifer from beautyfromashes613.com shared in her post I’m Not There Yet about her new baby girl’s battle with a form of meningitis at only ten days old. Please read her post and pray for her little baby girl.

Ktjenks shared about a difficult grieving time for her in her post Close to the brokenhearted.

Steven shared about his housing situation in his post My Housing Review Today.

It can be encouraging for them to know people are praying for them.

So let’s not forget that a very valuable thing we can do for someone is to pray for them. We can also give them the gift of our time. Combining the two can have a powerful impact.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

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My friend Lily at retrospectivelily.com nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Lily’s shares about her life and faith living with Friedreich’s Ataxia a rare genetic disease that causes her to have problems with mobility among other struggles. I appreciate how her zest for life and her faith in Jesus is clearly seen in her blog posts. She also shares about literature and movies. Please check out her blog using the link highlighted in blue.

  1. What is your favorite book or movie and why? My favorite book is of course the bible. It has been my lifeline to Jesus along with prayer. My favorite fiction is Lord of the Rings because I appreciate the Christological themes weaved in and out of the story.
  2. Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled? My favorite places are Romania and Brazil. Romania was the first country I went to for a ministry trip and the people were so special to me my first trips there because they were struggling to overcome the effects of living under communism for over forty years. Brazil, I love Brazil and my Brazilian friends. So fun!!! If I could move to another country, it would be Brazil.
  3. How would you summarize the focus of your blog? The focus of my blog is my life following Jesus, sharing his love with refugees and immigrants, and living with autoimmune problems.
  4. When and why did you start a blog? I actually started my blog in October 2009 to write posts about Jesus for international friends who had gone back to their country, but due to foggy brain from Celiacs, my creative side shut down 2010 to 2017. When I became gluten free, foggy brain left and my creative side came back, so in March this year I began writing again with a different focus. I am pleased my blog has gone from 27 to over 230 since then. I am thankful for my followers.
  5. Do you have a religious faith? If you are a Christian, do you identify with a denomination? I am a Christian. I have been affiliated with different denominations during my life. My home church the past 24 years has been First Free Church Lincoln which is part of the Evangelical Free Church America.
  6. What is advice almost anyone could benefit from? Jesus has all power, so look to him
  7. Where do you live, and how is the weather today? I live in Lincoln Nebraska and the weather is more like December today on a November day. Snowy and COLD.
  8. Do you have a college degree or a certificate, and if so, what was your field of study? Yes, I have a degree with a triple major in Biblical Studies, Psychology, and Organizational Leadership. I also have certification for teaching English Second Language.
  9. Apple or Windows? I love my iPad mini because it is easier to write in other languages. I speak Portuguese and Spanish and chat with friends in those languages. For that reason- Apple.
  10. What is a nostalgic cartoon, toy, etc. from your childhood? lol this will date me 🙂  The original Star Trek was my favorite TV show when I was 8, 9, and 10 years old. My favorite toy was my football and also my baseball mitt.
  11. Who from fiction or reality, past or present, would you most like to have a conversation with and why? From reality I want to meet Jesus in person. I would also love to have a conversation with the Apostle Paul because his ministry and commitment inspire me.

My 11 nominees are

  1. Beverly at Becoming the Oil and the Wine. She shares about her faith in Jesus each day encouraging others in their faith. You can check out her blog at becomingtheoilandthewine.com
  2. Quiet Moments with God. She shares about her faith. She is a new one for me to follow. You check out her blog at quietmomentswithgod.wordpress.com
  3. Isaiah 62 blog is dedicated to keeping the victims of Boko Haram known to us to pray for them. You can check out the blog at isaiah62blog.com
  4. Nat at Renegade7x. She mostly posts about fashion. I enjoy her posts about travel in Europe because I have been to Europe 8 times. The reason I want to nominate her is her willingness to share about living with anxiety. You can check out her blog at renegade7x.com
  5. Voice of Peace. In her blog she shares about her faith, about overcoming the trauma of being assaulted. You can check out her blog at thevoiceofpeace.blog
  6. Becoming His Tapestry. When you read her posts, it is obvious she embraces life and her faith. You can check out her blog at becominghistapestry.com
  7. John Eli. In his blog he gets very real about his life, anxiety, and his faith. You can check out his blog at john-eli.com
  8. Soy Uniquely Raqui. She shares about her faith living with anxiety and depression. You can check out her blog at soyuniquelyraqui.com
  9. Jess at jesskidding. She shares lighthearted posts about things her child says and also about her faith. You can check her blog out at jesskidding17.wordpress.com
  10. Beat Depression and Anxiety. She shares about her life, faith, and how her faith helps her with depression and anxiety. You can check out her blog at beatdepression776.wordpress.com
  11. Jenn at Beauty from  Ashes. She shares about how her faith helped her to heal after losing a baby. You can check out her blog at beautyfromashes613.com

There are so many bloggers I enjoy that I wish I could also mention. I will in future posts.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. What inspired you to begin blogging?
  2. Who is Jesus to you?
  3. What places have you traveled to?
  4.  What did you enjoy about those places.
  5. What movies or TV shows do you enjoy?
  6. What do you want people to know about you?
  7. Who are the people who inspire you?
  8. If you could visit a time and place in the past, where and why?
  9. What is your favorite season and why?
  10. What is your favorite quiet place? why?
  11. Have you experienced other cultures? which ones>

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

 

If I were to host fellow bloggers in my city

Last week I posted about if I could arrange a bloggers retreat with the hypothetical situation of me winning millions of dollars and paying everyone’s way.

As a follow up thought, if I won that much money, I would change some things in my life. I mean, you can tell from this picture that my only real decorations are books everywhere in my apartment:

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And my fashion style is clothing from Shopko. If you don’t have a Shopko where you live, think of something maybe a little better than Walmart.

So if I won millions, some changes would need to happen, but to make them I would need help, so I would invite some fellow bloggers to my city to help me. Of course I would pay their way and make it a fun event for them.

To start I would get a new house, but no one would ever say I am anything close to having any sense of taste. So I would invite Lynn of Lynn Abbott Studios. She is an artist who paints beautiful paintings, so I am sure she has good taste for how to decorate a home. She shares about her faith and also includes artwork in her posts. You can see her blog at throughinkandimage.com

My wardrobe would need a complete redo, but again, I have no fashion sense, so I would invite the following bloggers;

Natalia of renegade7x. She is from the Czech Republic, so she would be a lot of fun to talk with. She posts a lot of fashion designs. She also shares about overcoming anxiety, so she could help me with my anxiety about malls and shopping if I stress out. You can see her blog at renegade7x.com

Nikshita of shopping fix. She posts a lot about clothing and shopping. I follow her because she is from India and I love my friends from India and an Indian restaurant in my home city. You can check out her blog at shoppingfix.in

So after getting my new house and clothing taken care of, I would need to chill and relax after such a stressful time of shopping. I would give the women money to go shopping some more without me while I hang out and watch sports.

I would invite WAEL of waelsworld. We can watch some sports and he can help me motivate to finish the work. You can check out his blog at waelsworld.wordpress.com

Of course we would get hungry after such a hectic day, so we would need some good food. I would invite Emmi to be our chef for the weekend and yes she can go shopping with the gals. Emmi has a blog about food and recipes. I enjoy reading about food, but it is like torturing myself because the food looks delicious but I know I can’t cook. You can check out her food blog at emmisfoodexperience.wordpress.com

So if they ever see me post about suddenly becoming rich, they can expect an invite to my city, but perhaps don’t hold your breathe waiting for me to become rich. 🙂