My One Year Blogiversary and Exciting Announcement + Liebster Award

Hello everyone, today’s post is going to be a really exciting one. For one….

TODAY IS MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For another……….

I GOT DOUBLE-NOMINATED for the LEIBSTER AWARD!

We’ll start this post with the Liebster award, but stick around for the rest of the post, cause I’ve got some really exciting announcements!

The Liebster award is for bringing awareness to other new bloggers…….from the Global Aussie: “The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

I was nominated by Maxine at HEAVENSREEF and Erica at Undying Joy

Thank you so much, both of you!!!!!!

HERE ARE THE RULES:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
  3. Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nominations.
  5. Ask your nominees 11 questions.

Here are the questions from HEAVENSREEF and my answers:

1: Why do you write about the particular subject matter on your current blog

Subject matter for my blog posts generally flows from things that God has laid on my heart and that I am passionate about. I’m learning more and more to let God lead what I post.

2: When you leave this earth, how would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered for an always joyful smile as well as a humble heart that points to God.

3: What or who motivates you to keep on writing?

Primarily my Abba in heaven, but close friends and family also encourage me with sweet words and motivate me to keep on writing.  My sweet Grandma, also.

4: What part of the country do you live in?

Sorry, can’t answer this question!

5: Are you a mountain person or an ocean person?  Which do you prefer? (Sorry 2 questions)

It depends….the ocean is for rest, and the mountains are for growing strong. I love both so much!!! All of God’s creation is so beautiful and breathtaking….from the highest of heights to the depths of the seas….I cannot choose.

6: What is your favorite food group?

Definitely real, authentic Mexican food. It’s sooo good. Speaking of which I just made like 4 trays of chicken enchiladas and we ate 2 trays last night so we still have 2 more trays to eat tonight!!!!!! Homemade refried beans, homemade tamales, quesadillas, nachos, oh yum! I love Mexican food.

7: If you have chosen one, what is your life verse from the Bible?

It’s not really ONE verse, it’s more like a short passage, but you need the whole thing. I just love this verse/passage.

“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”

-Psalm 27:4-6

8: When is your favorite time of the day?

Morning….like around 8 am in the winter. Really right after the sun rises when everything is so golden and pretty.

9: What part of the Bible are you currently studying?

I’ve been studying Acts within the last week or so. Before then I was studying Isaiah/Jeremiah.

10: What do you treasure in your heart most about GOD?

His infinite vastness? His complete beauty? His everlasting lovingkindness? His majesty and power and love and justice and…..oh the list goes on and on. I don’t know. Lately, I’ve been treasuring and meditating on what it really means that he is my Abba. That he is holding me. He’s been showing me just how much he is THERE. He’s been showing me that when I’m lonely or upset or tired he is THERE just waiting and calling for me to rest my head on his shoulder and tell him all about it.

11: How are you HIS hands and Feet in this current season of your life?

Right now in this season of life, I don’t really have a whole lot of HARD stuff that I’m going through. So a lot of being HIS hands and feet in this season of my life is pouring out the joy and peace he has given me onto others around me, primarily my siblings. Cooking cleaning, doing what I can to make things run smoother, trying to prevent squabbles between my younger siblings……sometimes as simple as just giving one of my sisters a hug and listening to them when they’ve had a bad day. Jokes and puns can often do a lot to bring a smile to someone’s face also. 🙂

Maxine, you had such wonderful questions! Thank you once again for nominating me!

Here are the questions from Undying Joy and my answers to them.

1: How long have you been blogging?

For EXACTLY a year!!!!

2: Who/what encouraged you to start a blog?

I’ve struggled with writing things that felt worthwhile and/or coming up with topics to write about in my homeschool English “studies”. But sometimes I would write about something I was struggling with like Self-Pity or Jealousy and I actually sort of liked it. I remember once I showed one such writing assignment to my sister. I remember her telling me “You should have a blog sometime”. And that sort of stuck with me. Also when I was like 6 or 7 I sort of had a blog that my mom did for me. My mom also encouraged me to work on HTML and CSS and computer coding stuff. So that was also a reason I wanted a blog, although I found out later that you have a paid plan to do CSS. I’ll probably answer this question better later in this post.

3: What is your favorite Bible verse (if there can be such a thing)?

I love so many verses! I gave my absolute favorite verse in reply to Maxine’s question earlier, so I’ll give another verse I love here. This is one of the many verses I have hanging on my wall by my bed.

“O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear” -Psalm 10:17

4: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Jerusalem in Israel, maybe? Or India, or China, or Greenland, or, or….I don’t know….the ends of the earth? Other than missionary work I sort of like where I live. But you know….Alaska might be cool.

(“Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.” -Mathew 22:9)

5: What is a quote you really like?

I love a lot of quotes! Here is one by Corrie Ten Boom that I like:

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” -Corrie Ten Boom

Also here is probably my favorite from Jim Elliot:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” -Jim Elliot

6: What is your favorite Christian song/hymn?

I’m always finding myself going back to How Great Thou Art. But I love a lot of hymns and songs. Currently, I’ve been really loving this one.

7: Do you play any instruments? If so, what?

I played violin for 4 years and wasn’t that good at it and then switched to cello and I love it. I can also play a little self-taught piano, which I greatly enjoy. The instrument I probably use the most though is my voice. I love to sing my heart out to God.

8: What is your favorite color?

I think my favorite color is probably blue. I love the color of the sky, particularly the deep blue color in the summer right before it gets dark. Next probably comes purple or sunset colors.

9: What is your favorite season?

Spring. I love the vibrant colors! Everything seems so alive. I love wind, too. Sunny wind.

10: Where is your favorite vacation spot?

We mostly go camping and we go to the beach. We usually go somewhere different each time so I don’t really know what my favorite is. Once when I was like 8-10 or something, we went to Yellowstone National Park. That was awesome. But I didn’t really appreciate it then as much as I should have.

11: Do you like cats or dogs better?

I love dogs! Particularly my dog. (Bluetick Coonhound, BTW) I like cats too…but well …have you read the story by Rudyard Kipling called The Cat Who Walked By Himself? Yeah. That’s sort of what I think of cats. They don’t rely on you very much. They are affectionate and like to be pet, but they don’t continually want to serve you and please you like a dog. Here are some pictures of my dog.

 

 

I know….. a little overload on the dog pictures. I really love my dog. She’s an awesome dog.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ERICA!!!!

Boy, I really need to hurry up with this Liebster award thing! Onwards!

 

11 random thoughts about myself

  1. I like to make jokes and my younger sister actually thinks I’m kind of funny. (Occasionally.)
  2. I have freckles.
  3. My camera lens has dust inside of it so I have to Photoshop blobs and dots out of my photos
  4. I’m the middle child. I have two older siblings and two younger siblings.
  5. I’m an ambivert. Don’t know what that means? It means I can be either an introvert or an extrovert. I have a limit of how long I can do extrovert time before I need alone time or turtle time, but I don’t generally reach that limit very often because I’m homeschooled and live on a farm. I recharge both by hanging out with and talking to people (aka fellowship) as well as by having alone time. But I really need people. I could never live alone.
  6. My favorite part of the day is the time of the day I can just be alone with Elohim and study His WORD.
  7. I LOVE studying Hebrew words (as well as listening to Messianic Jewish music).
  8. I concentrate a lot better when I listen to music while doing other things.
  9. I just finished playing and performing Symphonic Variations and am now working on some sort of Boccherini sonata in c major as well as the Bach Suite 2 Prelude on my cello.
  10. I love to cook
  11. I LOVE TO WRITE ABOUT YESHUA MY SAVIOUR!

Alrighty! Now for my nominees!

I am nominating:

Here are my questions:

  1. What is a way in which you are really passionate about serving God? I.e. a career, a hobby, a ministry.
  2. What is your favorite post of all the posts you’ve ever written?
  3. Who in your life was most instrumental in showing you the WAY in Christ?
  4. What book other than the Bible do you read or have you been reading regularly?
  5. Who is your favorite non-Bible author?
  6. Who is your favorite Old Testament character?
  7. What time of day do you usually go to bed?
  8. Do you wear glasses or contact lenses at all?
  9. Favorite Christian music artist?
  10. Do you like spicy food?
  11. How long does it typically take you to write a post?

ENJOY!!


 

So it’s been a WHOLE year since I started blogging. One day, exactly a year ago, I asked my mom if I could start a blog. I’d been thinking about it for a while, but it took me a little while to get the courage to ask her. She said yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She got me started on WordPress and on February 19th, 2018 I started this blog. I wrote a really choppy post saying “Welcome to my blog” et cetera, and I began to do blogging. I started by writing posts about snow or what we were doing with our goats. I always ended with a verse. By March I began weaving in biblical lessons into my posts. And then I wrote my first “real” post. Can you guess what it was? Calvinism. Heh. It’s really the first post I wrote that I really like. You can read it here. It was on Unlimited vs. Limited Atonement. By April, I was writing “real” posts on a regular basis. I had about 1-3 likes per post…..and they are all from people who found my blog later and looked back at my older posts.

Around that point, statistics became something real because I actually had a couple views most weeks. May was the month of my series on TULIP, the Calvinistic acronym.  I was beginning to find how to write and enjoy it. And then…..something happened. My first post in the month of June has 7 likes. My last post in June has…..25 likes. So what happened? I followed blogs. They followed me. I became really into my Stats. I did all the stuff you do to get followers and stats. I hit 50 followers and did a Q&A. It was great.

By July I was getting an average of 22 likes per post. In August I hit 80 followers. Before that summer I had 30 followers. I got over 50 followers just over that summer. And it makes sense. I had time on my hands. I liked blogging. I liked that people liked my posts. And……..I became obsessed with it.

In September I hit 100 followers and made the biggest mistake I’ve made in blogging. I decided to announce that I would be now allowing comments. And I completely disregarded the fact that my mom had said she didn’t want me to have comments. I created feedback forms and tried to make content people would want to read. I disregarded my mom’s wishes and her advice. In the process of all this, I began to realize my obsession….and I didn’t like it.

I didn’t like that I was relying on whether people liked my content. I didn’t like that I HAD to check my WordPress notifications every day and that it was a struggle to read my Bible before checking them. When I was upset or lonely…I went to my WordPress app. So as I began to realize my tendencies and obsession, I decided I needed to take…..a break. Hence, this post, UNannouncing the comments thing, and announcing my much-needed break.

So I took my break and it was awesome. I completely removed the WordPress app from my phone and it is to this day GONE.

And then I went headfirst into posting. Like crazy. I was no longer obsessed with stats. I was obsessed with blogging. Not quite as bad, but still. I was posting like three times a week.

Guys, DON’T post three times a week. You can’t be doing school, involved in your family, doing everything you should be, AND writing QUALITY posts. Perhaps I should correct myself. It is………..really hard. It is NEXT to impossible. And yes, I understand, LOTS of people post three times a week. But the kind of posts that grow you as a person, to write, and grow your readers, CANNOT be pumped out that fast. Sorry. So error number two: Even if you’re not obsessed with your stats, you can still be obsessed with blogging/writing itself.

Then one Sunday afternoon (November 18th to be exact), as my mind was busily working, thinking about all the different post I could write, etc, etc, buzz, buzz, buzz, my mom comes over and tells me this……statement….she says “———-, your dad and I have decided that we want you to not blog anymore.”

I think all I said was “Okay.” That’s all. I was sort of in a less dramatic way…stunned. Everything that consumed my thoughts, everything I felt I was passionate about, everything that absorbed me, was now gone. With one sentence. Looking back, I can laugh at myself. A little. I think I went outside after sufficient time to make it seem less abnormal, and I cried. I had just written this post on loneliness (one of my best btw) and I think it actually prepared me to better react to this seemingly really hard thing.

That week was spiritually pretty rough. I struggled to get a grip on my thought life and think lovely, commendable, and pure thoughts. After a week or two, I realized I had not truly been surrendering ALL my life to God. I felt a little (only a very little) upset at my parents for deciding something that seemed a little unfair, although I knew it was truly for my good and that I would be more than thankful later. Then finally I surrendered blogging, yes, even blogging to God, and he blessed me with peace. It came with a fight but it was the Shalom of God and nothing could take it from me. I still struggled with joy and being passionate and on fire for God. That is not to say I wasn’t on fire for God or joyful. I just struggled to be.

When I had finally fully surrendered blogging to God, he gave it back. Without me saying anything or arguing or anything, my mom came to me another Sunday afternoon and told me that they had decided I could blog, as long as I only worked on blogging on Saturdays with a limit of 2 hours. Which is wonderful. I need limits. Or I’ll go too far. And I’m so glad because I GET TO BLOG AGAIN!!!

Now while had not been blogging, I found that I had to write SOMETHING. So I wrote a couple of things. And now that I’m blogging, I’ve been using them as blog posts. Most of the post The Fear of God came from me writing down my thoughts on the Fear of the LORD from what I’d been learning. I wrote the whole post Where Do We BELONG during my hiatus.

I remember how good it felt to write The Fear of God. To feel the keys flying under my fingers as I tried to make my thoughts clear to myself and write what God has shown me so clearly. There is so much joy when we blog with God in front of us guiding us continually! And you know what was also awesome? Someone reblogged my post The Fear of God. It isn’t important statistic-wise, but what this blogger said about my post really blessed me and reminded me that on top of giving us Himself, God has given us so many other gifts that are made so much more beautiful knowing the Giver of every good gift.

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Here is what the blogger said about my post:

I love the way in which the author has untangled this often misunderstood doctrine.

(here)

My recent post Powerful Verses To Help Win Victory Over Sin also got reblogged, and once again I was blessed by what the blogger said about my post. She said:

Hi y’all…
I read this today and was like “Wow, that really sounds like some struggles I’m…having…” 😉
Anyway.
Read this post and be encouraged!
(* I especially loved how she used all of those Scriptures…so sooo convicting!!!)

(here)

These short sentences, along with so many other things made my day, my week, and my month.

Yet my joy does not depend on what other people think or say. And that is SOO freeing.

I have joy in Him alone, praise God!

In the past year, if I could sum up what I’ve learned about blogging as a Christian, this is it:

  1. Rejoice when you get praised. Rejoice when people like your posts. But also rejoice when they don’t. God loves you the same. You are His Beloved still. He is your Joy still.
  2. Don’t post unless you have something to post. I know all the writing and blogging experts say that you need to post and write consistently. But unless God is laying something on your heart, you don’t need to post. Breaks are good.
  3. Don’t try to get followers like I did. IT DOESN’T MATTER. Likes, views, followers…it’s all an illusion, a mist that vanishes at dawn. Do not put your hope and your joy in your statistics.
  4. This one should be number 1. It is something in particular that I really need to work on. Let me ask you this question? Do you pray for each post you write? Do you pray for God to give you the right words to say? Do you pray that people who read your post will be blessed by it? This is one BIG area I’ve failed as a Christian and as a blogger. If you want to bless people go to the One who alone is able to bless. If you want to write a powerful post, go to your all-powerful Creator. We need to be praying in depth for each and every post that we post. Prayer is SOO important. And I’m saying once again: I have utterly FAILED in this aspect.
  5. Limit how much time you spend blogging. Limit how much it obsesses your thoughts. Don’t get obsessed with it. STOP CHECKING YOUR STATS EVERY 5 MINUTES!!

Another thing I’ve learned for myself, which is different for everyone, is what I want to write about. I started writing about two things: Faith and Farm Life. While my farm life posts are some of my most popular…………well….I enjoy writing about Jesus SO much more. So you may have noticed that I’ve sort of stopped writing farm life posts. And I haven’t really done a recent photography post (although that fact might also have something to do with me not taking a whole lot of photos). You can glorify God and write for God about almost anything. You don’t have to blog about just Christian topics. But the kind of blogging that makes ME want to spin and dance, and the kind of blogging that I’m PASSIONATE about, is blogging about Jesus. Which is why I’m focusing more in that direction.

Thank you so much for dealing with this enormously long post!

Sorry, we are NOWHERE near done.

I STILL HAVE SOMETHING SUPER IMPORTANT TO ANNOUNCE SO PLEASE PAY ATTENTION

Minor announcements first. One is that I’ll be updating my about page. Part of it is still from when I originally wrote is a year ago. Once again: choppy sentences.

I’ll also be adding a favorite books page where I’ll exhaustively list every good book I’ve ever read (not quite). Those updates will be ready at some point.

If you want to see the about page or any new page I put up you should check out my actual blog (to any of you who always view blog posts in the reader… don’t worry, you’re in good company…..I usually do that myself as well) and click on or hover above the “About” or “Other” tab thing.

 

I really do have something really exciting to announce but I like keeping you in suspense

I know we just talked about how unimportant stats are, but Y’ALL ARE THE STATS so I still wanted to share some with you. With all the huge breaks I’ve been taking, my stats in themselves are not that impressive. But I’ve got something to share.

I’m not actively trying to get followers or likes anymore. I’m still at an average of about 20 likes per post. And I love where I’m at. But amazingly……without me trying to do anything…..I just looked at how many followers I have…and well…..I am surprised!

Perhaps those of you who have whopping thousands of followers this number will not amaze you. Perhaps if you have 600 or upwards of followers this seems small. But I’ve been blogging for only a year! For the whole month of December, I did not post, as well as for most of November and September. Last I knew it was 80 followers. And then I knew it had hit 100. I sort of knew it had risen a lot and had a somewhat accurate vague idea of where it was. Here is the current number:

173 followers as of 2/18/2019

So here goes.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO MY 173 FOLLOWERS FOR READING MY BLOG. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME THAT YOU CARE ENOUGH TO HIT THE FOLLOW BUTTON AND THE LIKE BUTTON TO TELL ME YOU APPRECIATE WHAT I’M WRITING.

I cannot believe this. When I started blogging I looked at blogs with 25 followers or so and I thought, “Wow! They must be really good blogs.” And now…I’ve only been blogging for a year and I have almost 7 times that amount! WOW. Thank you, LORD, you are good beyond belief. Even without followers and likes.

Gadol Elohai!

Thank you, guys! Y’all are wonderful.

Now for my announcement. I mean my REAL announcement. I think I’ll make you scroll. A little.

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Alright, I’m ready. I will begin with a question.

Would you be able to list off my URL off the top of your head?

Think about it. Do you actually know what my URL is by memory? Let me guess….No. Why? Because…well ……um…….this my URL:

farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com

See those numbers? Yeah, like 1704468224541….. wait ……what? I can’t remember all those numbers! Yeah, can’t, I don’t know how you could. So I’ve decided to……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Change my URL!!!

I’m going to change it in about two weeks to make sure everyone knows before I change it.

Lord willing I’ll be changing it March 2nd, 2019 to:

farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com

Hopefully, that will be a better URL!


For all your support and for reading this post, I want to give y’all a gift (I promise I’m not a Texan).

I wrote this short 1 1/2 -2 page THING and I think it might bless you. I really hope it blesses you! It’s based off of Luke 24, John 20, and Matthew 28:19-20

It is called:

Peace be with you

God bless you!


Thank you for everything, guys! Thank you Maxine and Erica for nominating me, thank you followers for following me, thank you readers for reading this long post! I think I’m hitting 4,370 or more words here for this one post.

“Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord,
Who serve by night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary
And bless the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
He who made heaven and earth.”

-Psalm 134 (NASB)

*All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

Author: Faith on the Farm

I’m just a Christian girl who’s striving to glorify God here on the farm. I love sunsets, roses, my dog, and about everything you can photograph on a farm. As you’ve probably guessed, I love photography. When I’m not reading my bible or working on schoolwork, you’ll probably find me cooking, practicing cello, or somewhere outside with my dog by my side and camera in hand. I also love to sing my heart out to my Saviour.

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