Some Liebster Awards

I’ve been getting nominated a lot for stuff lately. And being as I didn’t really have a good post idea for today, I figured I’d do a couple of them.

Actually I’ll “only” be doing two because that’s all that I remember.

I was nominated by Hannah at A Need To Breathe and Elisha at Africa Boy

RULES

  1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Display your award.
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate 5 other bloggers.
  5. Ask 6 new questions.
  6. Let your nominees know they were nominated and give them a link to your post.

Thank you Hannah!

For once I’m actually doing it in order!

Hannah’s Questions

Would you rather live near the ocean (tourist town) or on a mountain (totally isolated)?

I detest this question. The selfish answer is on a mountain. However being as the Bible says:

“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
    he breaks out against all sound judgment.” -Proverbs 18:1 (ESV)

Then I suppose it would be less selfish to live in a tourist town especially being as that would be a good opportunity for evangelism.

Do you prefer the middle of winter or the middle of summer, and why?

Middle of the winter. It’s colder.

Would you rather work with a therapy dog, a therapy cat, or a therapy horse on a daily basis, and why?

Therapy dog? ‘Cause I like dogs. Next would probably come therapy horse.

What is your favorite personality trait (in others AND in yourself)?

Patience and a willingness to listen.

Would you choose to be a writer, an editor, or an English professor?

An editor. 🙂

If you had to become an advocate, what would be your cause?

I would be an advocate of voiceless, the fatherless, and the helpless.


Thank you Elisha!

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Elisha’s Questions

If you had the choice to grow or shrink, what would you choose?

I would probably shrink. I don’t tend to like to be the center of attention…..very insightful question.

Do you play any sports?

Nope.

Favorite animal?

1) My dog.

2) My calf.

3) A nice old fashioned large teddy bear.

What is your funniest childhood memory?

I have no idea.

Favorite movie?

Currently Unplanned.

I have lots, though, among which are Mom’s Night Out, Sound of Music, Courageous, Pride and Prejudice, Gifted Hands, Faith Like Potatoes, Amazing Grace, How To Train Your Dragon, Up, Fiddler on the Roof, The Andy Griffith Show, Ratatouille, and Love Comes Softly. Was this supposed to be an exhaustive list? Oops. “Movie” was singular.

Marvel or DC?

I’m new to them both. In fact I don’t think I’ve watched a DC movie. So I guess you could say Marvel?


My Nominees:

My Questions

  1. What is the hardest thing about writing anything?
  2. What are some things you do when you are feeling down?
  3. What is the most beautiful thing that you can see right now?
  4. What are your thoughts on what God’s will is and how find/seek it?
  5. Which of the fruits of the spirit would you say you are struggling with the most right now? (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control)
  6. What is a passage or verse that you go to often?

That is the fastest I have ever done a nomination. Ever. Wow. Probably because I didn’t over think the questions and gave really quick answers to the questions I was given. Also there was only 5 people I had to nominate. A lot quicker than 11-20 people.

Have a great week!

I will leave you with this psalm, one of my favorite psalm as well as on eof the most challenging ones.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever” -Psalm 133 (NASB)

And, of course, this week’s featured song will be Hineh Ma Tov, otherwise known as “How Good and Pleasant” or Psalm 133.

Enjoy!

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Why do We Serve Christ?

Love this post.

I’m taking a break from blogging today so I can amp up my word count on my Camp NaNo project.

Enjoy!

Skipping Adolescence

IMG_0928Hello everyone! I thought the most fitting way to start my blog was by sharing the most important part: Knowing God.

In American churches today, a huge focus is on serving Christ. We do it through sermons, small groups, evangelizing, fighting against things like abortion, helping others in the church, and the list goes on. It’s great!

Or is it?

What is the drive behind why we do what we do, the root of our fruit? Why are we doing all these things? To reach the lost? To encourage other believers? Probably. But I don’t think it stops there.

Sadly, for a lot of Christians, it is because they think that if they don’t serve Him enough, they won’t get to heaven, or God won’t love them as much.

I used to think that. Not consciously, and I wouldn’t say that’s what I thought. I knew that God loved everyone…

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Be Thou My Vision + Some Other Tags

I decided something today. Actually, I decided it yesterday and was excited about it all night.

I have finally decided to do it. Like actually.

And you are probably going….”Do what? What have you decided? Aren’t you going to tell us?”

Yes, I’m going to tell you. I mean….eventually, right?

Actually, I’ll tell you now. Here we go.

I have decided to create a tag.

Remember the post I mentioned last week that I said wasn’t ready? Well, after praying a bit about it, at least for now, I don’t think I should post it. Maybe God just wants me to wait, maybe I need to rewrite it, but for now, it will not be appearing. In case you are wondering, it was titled “Before you get a song stuck in your head: Part 3” as sort of part of my unannounced series on songs being stuck in your head. Anyway. So. Let us see….what was I talking about….oh! I have decided to create a tag.

In all seriousness, I really feel like this tag is not just like any other tag out there.

I’m creating this tag for something other than “getting to know other bloggers” (although that is good) and “awarding bloggers for their hard work” (although that is also good).

This tag is for building up, edifying and pointing to Christ.

Here is the tag image:

Be Thou My Vision

The photo of cherry blossoms was actually one I shot yesterday afternoon/evening, right as the sun was hitting the tree-line (cause we don’t really have that much of a horizon, just a tree-line where the sun sets). The wood background is part of the free backgrounds available on Canva.

Also, another decision that I made is that 10 months is not too late to do an award thing. So I’m going to be doing a really old nomination that I got a long while ago, as well as a recent one.

But, first, this newly created tag.


The Be Thou My Vision Tag

The Rules/ Guidelines:

  • Include these rules in your post
  • Pingback or link to this post: (farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/be-thou-my-vision-tag) That way I can see different people doing it which will be really cool.
  • Thank and/or link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the main questions listed below. Two of them are optional.
  • Nominate anywhere from 2 to 20 people to do the Be Thou My Vision tag. Just make sure to nominate at least 2. Preferably, let them know that they have been nominated/tagged.
  • Optional: If you would like, include the “Be Thou My Vision” Tag image in your post.
  • Optional: Ask your nominees 2-5 questions and/or answer any questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  • Optional: Copy and paste the Purpose of the Be Thou My Vision Tag from below into your post.

The Main Questions:

  1. What is your vision for your life, your blog, etc.?
  2. What do you think of when you think of your ‘inheritance’?
  3. What is your first response when something is beyond you?
  4. What is generally your very first thought about, when you wake up?
  5. (Optional:) What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘dwelling in Christ’?
  6. (Optional:) What is something you have been dwelling on or thinking about more than you ought to? In other words, what is something that has been possibly getting in the way of God in your mind?

The Purpose of the Be Thou My Vision Tag:

The primary purpose of this tag is to edify, build up, and point to Christ. Many tags are filled with random questions like “What is your favorite ice cream flavor”, and while they are often quite fun, they can miss out on the big questions. This tag is meant to build us up in Christ and help us look to the High Ruler of all, our inheritance and our vision. It seems to be quite a big struggle in this age and time to lose sight of our purpose particularly when we are trying to build a platform. Often what started out for God, becomes something we are doing for us. Perhaps this tag will help us all to look to our Lord and pray that he would truly be our vision. That is what I pray for you. May God bless you and may you find that he truly is everything you will ever need.


Just for fun, (as well as for building up), I wanted to include the lyrics to Be Thou My Vision, one of my many favorite hymns.

Lyrics to Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

I love this hymn! It really should be our anthem as Christians.


Now to continue with the Be Thou My Vision Tag.

My Answers to the questions:

  • What is your vision for your life, your blog, etc.?

I guess what really comes to my mind is a life of service. Being able to serve others and share the hope I have, particularly with those who have none, would be the dream or vision of my life. As for my blog, it is my vision that people would be uplifted and drawn closer to Christ and that God would use the words I write for His glory.  I really hope that my posts and my words would not just be ‘fun’ or ‘engaging’ but truly from Him who holds my heart.

  • What do you think of when you think of your ‘inheritance’?

Immediately the verse from 1 Peter pops into my mind. It’s a verse that gives me the ‘chills’ (in a good way) and I really want to share it with you.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:3-5

I just love the part where it says “an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away”. I also think of the places in the Old Testament where it says that the Levites did not get a physical inheritance because God himself was their inheritance.

And then I think of the place in the Bible where a man tells Jesus to make his brother or whatnot share the inheritance with him. 🙂

  • What is your first response when something is beyond you?

Probably my very first response is to be frustrated or to simply give up. After that, I am generally convicted and go to God for wisdom.

  • What is generally your very first thought about, when you wake up?

Most likely my to-do list. Usually, it is very closely determined by what I was thinking about right before I fell asleep. Often my thoughts will wander where they shouldn’t dwell as I’m trying to fall asleep, so occasionally, my first thought is “Lord, forgive me!”. And when I depressed or discouraged my first thought generally is “Lord, help me….I can’t do this alone.”

  • (Optional:) What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘dwelling in Christ’?

I think of my favorite verse in Ezekiel where it talks about our future dwelling place:

“My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” -Ezekiel 37:27 (ESV)

That verse just always leaves me breathless. It’s just so beautiful……..and so…..so….well, so awesome in the true sense of the word. It is full of awe. I love that verse…..

  • (Optional:) What is something you have been dwelling on or thinking about more than you ought to? In other words, what is something that has been possibly getting in the way of God in your mind?

I struggle to clear my mind of all the things I think about or imagine about to focus on God when it was time to do Bible study et cetera.

Hopefully, this was edifying and encourages you to not give in, and not let Satan take your mind off of Christ.


Since this is the very first time the Be Thous My Vision Tag has existed, I am going to nominate guess how many people?

I’m gonna go for the limit: 20 people.

So here we go, let us find a full 20 people to nominate.

My Nominees:

Wow. That was actually really hard.

No pressure to participate, anyone! Whether you participate or not, I hope you are built up, in Christ, and challenged to look to Christ alone!


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Now for the Liebster Award that I got………………..10 months ago. I think maybe I’m trying to beat a record for forgetting about nominations and still doing them? Here we go, sorry Hannah Gaudette for being so extremely late! I think it got lost sometimes in the middle of busy-ness and I totally forgot about it! Better now than never……right?

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Here are the rules:

Sorry, not doing this one completely.

  • Acknowledge and link to the blogger who nominated you.

Thank you Hannah Gaudette! Check out her blog here.

  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

Okay.

  • Nominate 11 more bloggers and spread the ‘new blogger’ love.

Ummm…..not doing this. I already nominated 20 people in this post. If I did two Liebster Awards that would be 22 people. So I’ll just do two. Or none. Or something.

  • Ask them 11 fun questions of your own.

Okay.

  • Let them know on their blogs that you have nominated them.

Okay!

Optional Rules

  • Write a paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging

I’ll skip this one. You can check out this post here if you want to hear all about it or check my About page.

  • List ten random facts about yourself

Okay!

Let us start. My answers to the questions:

  • Why did you start blogging? (I just had to share that one, Anna – thanks!)

Just read this post to read the whole longwinded version. Basically, I wanted to share what God was teaching me, etc., etc. (I’m trying to make this post as short as possible)

  • What is your favorite blogging memory?

Probably coming back from my two-month hiatus and feeling the keys under my fingers once again.

  • What is your favorite writing memory?

Well, I was writing an idea for a story, specifically a scene I had in mind, and my older sister came over and looked over my shoulder. As she read it she started laughing (it was supposed to be funny). It made me smile that it made her smile. :)😊

  • If you could have any breed of cat or dog (or snake, or hamster, or horse, or whatever), what would it be?

It would be fun to have a Jersey cow to milk. We just have cows for beef and goats for milk, but Jersey milk is way better than ordinary cows milk or goats milk.

  • What is your favorite memory of a pet or pets?

Probably when we first discovered that our Bluetick Coonhound actually liked water. We threw a stick in the pond and pretended it was a making noises, and she jumped in after it. Then she didn’t want to stop, once she had gotten wet. It was so funny. I always thought she hated water. She does hate rain, though.

  • What is the one book everyone in the world should read?

Absolutely the Bible. Other than that….hmm….probably Disciplines of a Godly Man/Woman by Kent/Barbara Hughes.

  • Do you like rain?

Yes! Everyone thinks I’m really weird………no one else likes rain….. 😦

Except when it is Fall and we get our first rain shower and we are all so excited that the grass can grow again and fall pasture will come soon. Often when the first fall rain storm hits the whole family will be dancing in the rain. Meanwhile, all the local teenagers and young adults are shivering in hoodies and shorts while I’m in a short-sleeved shirt and jeans dancing in the rain.

  • Cauliflower or broccoli?

I don’t know…….I guess broccoli ’cause it is easier to grow.

  • What is the longest book you’ve read?

I don’t know……maybe something Charles Dickens?

  • What is the longest book or story you’ve written?

I’m currently at 8,759 words on my Camp NaNoWriMo project!!!!! So exciting!!!

  • What do you consider your biggest passion or cause in life?

Serving Christ.

My Nominees are:

  • Anyone who has a blog with under 50 followers and either follows my blog or is followed by me.

My Questions are:

  • The same questions I answered above.

My Ten Random Facts:

  1. I love Jesus
  2. I am writing a blog post right now.
  3. I love music
  4. I love to sing
  5. I love to play cello
  6. I like to read
  7. I like to plan and schedule
  8. I love my dog (or just Bluetick Coonhounds in general). Actually, I like dogs and animals in general, too.
  9. My first favorite book of the Bible is Psalms
  10. My second favorite book of the Bible is Philippians

 

Now for the recent Liebster Award!!!

THANK YOU LYDIA POTTER FOR NOMINATING ME!!! Check out her blog here.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Display your award.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least 5 other followers to do the same post.
  • Ask 6 new questions to your chosen nominees.
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

My answers to the questions:

  1. What’s your favorite desert? Cheesecake. Or homemade ice cream. Oh wait, are you talking about a desert? I don’t really know of many deserts. Death Valley sounds kind cool, but I’d never really like to stick around for too long.
  2. What’s your favorite meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)? Dinner.
  3. What’s your favorite brand of clothes? I have no idea. Clothes That Fit maybe? That’s not an actual brand as far as I know but I really don’t have consistent brands that I know of and like.
  4. What’s your favorite time of the day to check on your blog? Often I do it in the morning….when I should be reading my Bible. Anytime really. I should check it less often.
  5. What’s your favorite salty snack? Either homemade popcorn or homemade steak fries.
  6. What’s your favorite sport to watch? I don’t really watch sports. I’ve watched a little football before and it can be fun. Dude Perfect can be fun to watch.

My Three Nominees:

My Questions For You To Answer:

  1. Who is someone who cooks really good food? (i.e. Your mom, grandma, local custom gourmet chef, etc.)
  2. What pets do you have?
  3. What is your favorite board game?
  4. Do you listen to a lot of music?
  5. What are your thoughts when you hear the word ‘religion’?
  6. What is one person on earth that you look up to the most?

YAY!!!!! I’m done!!!!!


Hope you enjoyed this post and were built up by it!!!!!

In case you hadn’t guessed already, “Be Thou My Vision” is the featured song of the week!

Have a wonderful week!!!! May God be your vision.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” -Ephesians 1:18-19a (NASB)

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

Our Worth and Our Unworthiness

I love this post. Enjoy and keep an eye out for my post next week (Lord willing)! Have a wonderful Saturday.

Undying Joy

Do you know someone who is very creative and talented? I know several such people. Be it photography, art, music, etc. they seem to have a special talent for it.

I know someone who can create any piece of art, compose the most amazing music ever, and owns the most beautiful photographs I’ve ever seen. All without having to experiment first. He doesn’t have to use a color palette to compare colors and make sure they go together. He doesn’t even have to browse Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. He should really be famous. But no. He’s not. In fact, very few people know about this incredible artist. If you’re wondering who I’m talking about, it’s God. 🙂

The God of the Bible, the King that I serve, is the one and only truly creative being. Think about it. Even the most breath-taking photograph is just a copy of what…

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Bad Typo.

I’m so sorry everyone!

My post I posted a couple minutes ago had a REALLY bad typo in it. It was so bad I don’t even want to write it here.

I’ve corrected it in the original post.

It was supposed to read:

“I believe that God is the very definition of good

That was really bad. I need to read over my posts a LOT better. I’m so sorry if you read the post before the correction!!!!

Once again so sorry!!!!

We Were Created to Create

Enjoy this beautiful post from Bethany J’s Journal! Also, just a reminder that Lord willing, I’ll be changing my URL on March 3rd (Oops I meant March 2nd) to: farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com.

Bethany J's Journal

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I know some ultra-creative people. My friend Ashley can paint stunning landscapes. Gia can craft imaginative stories. Natalie can sketch heart-warming portraits. And that’s only a glimpse.

The world is oozing with creativity. Painters, poets, potters and pianists have embellished life since its beginning. They’ve blended colors and forged rhymes and morphed melodies into beauty.

Did you know you’re a creator? Whether it’s a song or a spreadsheet or a software system, every person was born to create.

Why?

Because we were created in the image of an ultra-creative (and brilliantly glorious) Creator (Gen 1:27).

Out of Nothing

My creative friends all have something in common: They need materials to work.

Ashley can’t paint without oils and Gia can’t write without words. As broad and deep as their creativity is, not one of them can fashion something out of nothing.

That’s because humans are mini-creators. Everything we make is only…

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Top 5

Today I’m sort of sick with a cold so this will be a fun and shorter sort of post. I’ll be sharing my top favorite things in a bunch of different categories. I’ve got my younger sis here with me to help me come up with a bunch of random categories to include.

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So if you like fun posts and learning all about all of my favorite things…..read on. If you only read my blog for the serious posts, look at some of my other posts. So I’ll start with my top 5 favorite posts that I’ve written.

My Top 5 Posts

  1. Go, and Tell the Glorious New of Jesus Christ
  2. The Fear of God
  3. Beloved
  4. When You’re Struggling With Loneliness
  5. Think on These Things

If you haven’t seen these posts consider checking them out before reading anymore of my posts, because I consider them the best post’s I’ve written.

Now for my top 5 favorite blogs. Please do not be the least bit discouraged if your blog is not in this short list. There are so many awesome blogs out there!

These 5 blogs are blogs I would highly recommend any of y’all to follow and/or read. They all have one thing in common: following Jesus with everything. I hope you are blessed by them!

Top 5 Blogs I Follow

  1. Undying Joy
  2. Heaven’s Reef
  3. Skipping Adolescence
  4. Inside Cup
  5. Bethany J’s Journal

Now for my favorite posts that I’ve ever read. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s fair to only include 5, so I’ll do ten. And I also don’t think I can honestly decide whether any of them are better than others, so they will be in no particular order.

Top 10 Posts I’ve read

At this point I’m going to go a little faster as I’m running out of time. You will probably see a lot of links. That’s sort of what this entire post is.

These are the top 5 countries that I get views from:

  1. The United States of America
  2. Canada
  3. Australia
  4. United Kingdom
  5. India

My Top 5 favorite CURRENT Songs (Current as in at this very moment and might change tomorrow)

  1. To The Only God by Shane and Shane and Crowder
  2. A New Day by Joe Niemand (From Faith Like Potatoes)
  3. Zion by Aaron Shust
  4. Well Done by The Afters
  5. Yet I Sin by Jason Waller

Top 5 YouTube Channels

  1. Mike Winger- Thinking Biblically
  2. Tiny Notes from Home
  3. Sounds Like Reign
  4. Leighton Flowers
  5. Living Waters

Top 5 Nonfiction Books (Other than THE best book of all aka The Holy Word of God)

Yikes! This one’s gonna be hard. I’ll have to try.

  1. Will Our Generation Speak by Grace Mally
  2. Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughs (there’s also one for men written by here husband: Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughs)
  3. Beautiful Girlhood by Karen Andreola
  4. A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot
  5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

(Oops, I forgot. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris should be #1 or #2 on this list)

That’s all for know, hope you enjoyed this post!

“And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.” -Isaiah 12:4-5 (NASB)