Answering Questions from Tags and Nominations

Today I will not be doing any of the tags or things I’ve been nominated for.

Instead, I will be answering some of the questions from them.

Thanks to these blogs for nominating me for various things!

Questions will be in bold and my answers will be in normal text.

When was the last time you ate McDonalds?

Like at least 5 months ago if not longer. I don’t really eat McDonalds. It doesn’t make me feel that great…..

Would you prefer oatmeal or grits for breakfast?

No idea. Grits sounds good, and I love oatmeal, but I’ve never had grits and I can’t eat oats.

What is your least favorite vegetable and why?

Don’t have one. Why? Cause I live on a farm and every veggie grown on a farm tastes awesome. Also pretty much every veggie if you cook it right can be made to taste good. I love vegetables. I literally can’t think of one I don’t like. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, kale, they are all so good!!!!!

When you go camping, do you like sleeping in a tent or a cabin?

Probably in a tent. I like roughin’ it a bit. Sometimes a cabin is nice for a change, though.

How long does it take you to read a 20 chapter book?

I’ve read a twenty chapter book in one day before. I don’t really have time for that anymore. I don’t really read a lot of twenty chapter books. Most of the books I’ve been reading lately are like either spiritual books to be read and studied through carefully, or super long meaty fiction. Also, chapter lengths vary a LOT.

Predestination or Free Will?

Not a question that can be answered in a few sentence. It also depends what you are obtaining by predestination vs. free will. Salvation? Acceptance of salvation? God gives us free will. He is also King of kings. Those who accept the salvation God has provided are predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are not robots, and God will not “force” us or “irresistibly” drag us into heaven. We have free will, and God gets all the glory. That’s about the shortest answer I can come up with.

How long have you been a Christian?

Since I was young.

What is your favorite type of smoothie?

No idea. I love smoothies but I just kind of mix about everything that tastes good into it. I don’t really know of any particular types of smoothies. I love using strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, peaches, and bananas in smoothies.

McDonald’s or Wendy’s?

Uhhh. Hmmm. Wendy’s salads are better for being fastfood. If I had a choice between a Frosty or an ice cream cone (without the cone) from McDonalds I think I’d probably choose the Frosty. That’s pretty much all I’d get from either places.

What is your favorite thing about your way of schooling (homeschooling or real schooling)?

Wait a second….”real schooling”? Since when was public or private school “real schooling”? Independent learning is the best, because you yourself are the one seeking to learn and grow. You are accountable to God and the people in authority like your parents, and you are free to grow in knowledge as God would have you without the standards of all the worldly things being pushed on schools nowadays. Moving on.

What is your favorite chapter of the Bible?

Isaiah 40.

What is your favorite book?

Philippians. Or Psalms. If you mean a book other than the Bible than I am completely at a loss to give an answer.

If you could live in one country for a week, what would it be?

Either in China or Africa. I’d love to go on a missions trip to either place.

What is an animal you would dream to own?

A Jersey cow.

What is an animal you are intensely scared of?

Hmm. I’m not really intensely scared of anything in particular, but I’d be a bit scared of a Mountain Lion (aka Cougar). I really hope I don’t ever encounter one or have an animal taken out by one.

Do you have a pet? If so, describe it!

A million!! Not quite 🙂 The chickens and the goats are all pretty much pets, as well as our cats, but our real pet is my dog. Mabel who you have all probably heard of is a sweet, needy, active, Bluetick Coonhound, who loves to chase cats, coons, rabbits, moles, and shrews, to name a few. She also loves eating snakes. Ughh. That’s one thing I really wish she would stop doing. Dead snakes really stink.

If you could spend one day hanging out with one character in a book you’re writing or wrote (or for those of you who aren’t writers, a book you’ve read), who would it be and why?

Maybe Malcolm from Malcolm by George MacDonald. Or an older lady in Katelyn Ford who is as a mother to Katelyn and whose name I have not yet figured out.

Out of all the superpowers out there, which one would you want to have? And why?

The power to heal others. I just wish I could simply reach out and heal the brokenness all around. All I can do is point others to the true healer. God is the only one who has the power to heal, whether it is broken limbs or broken hearts.

What is a book or book series that you would recommend to anyone?

The Bible is probably the only book I can truly say that I would recommend to anyone. Other than that there are a lot of books I would recommend to different people. Stepping Heavenward is a book that I would wholeheartedly recommend to pretty much every girl I can think of. NarniaDo Hard ThingsHeather and Snow, and The Bronze Bow, would probably be some other books that I would recommend to pretty much anyone.

If you could go into your own world that you wrote or are writing (or for non-writers, a world you read), where would you go to first and why?

I might like to go to Narnia. Sometimes I wish I could.

What food do you absolutely LOVE the most, and what food do you loathe to the ends of the earth?

What food do I absolutely love the most? What an awful question! How about a list of my favorite foods?

  • Homemade Lasagna
  • Homemade spicy chili Red Robin style
  • Banana bread
  • Bananas in general
  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Homemade Alfredo
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Extreme dark chocolate
  • Cheesecake

To name a few. I love food in general, and I make a lot of really good food. I have learned not to loathe a food to the very ends of the earth. However I really don’t admire cream of rice. And I have to force myself to drink coffee that tastes like coffee. Eggplant doesn’t taste that great either.

Which of the four seasons (summer, spring, fall, winter) is your favorite and why?

I love spring! Spring isn’t too cold and it isn’t too hot. It’s the season of new life and beauty, and I love it so much!!!!!

What is the biggest goal you have in life right now?

To serve in love and be fervent in prayer. In essence, to abide in Christ.

What is the one thing you love doing most in life?

Worshiping God. There is nothing I could love better. Only in worship of my true King can I truly be satisfied, as good as food is, as pleasant as a sunrise is to watch, it came from Him, and I can do nothing better than praise Him for all of His gifts.

I really enjoyed answering these questions! I know I skipped a few, but thanks for asking, I hope you enjoy reading my answers!

Have a wonderful rest of your August!


“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”

-Psalm 95:6 

 

*All scripture quotations are form the NASB translation

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!

Life on the Farm, a Little Encouragement + I Got Tagged!

[*****Disclaimer: This post may contain many pictures of teeny, adorable, cute little baby goats. If you cannot handle the cuteness, I do not recommend reading this post. I am not responsible in any way for any possible results of looking at pictures of adorable baby goats. You have been warned.*****]

Life has been a happy kind of busy lately. It is most definitely officially spring! The rain brought the official announcement.

The farm in the spring is probably the busiest it could be. So many baby animals!!!!

Just last night our doe Mirabelle had triplets! Which was a little surprising since it is her first time having kids and she is a pretty small doe. They were tiny little baby goats! One of them is even smaller than the rest, and I think she is the teeniest baby goat I’ve ever seen. Some disagree with me and say that Chibi was just as small. She was pretty small.

The smaller, lighter one in this picture is Chibi. You can see more pictures of her in this post.

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We already had 9 baby goats before three more came last night.

Let’s see if I can get all their names right.

Henrietta had twins. A boy and a girl. The boy is named Cyclone. The girl is named Marietta.

I never really got out to take pictures of them, but I’ve been teaching my sister how to use the camera and I let her go out with it. She’s getting good at this! A lot of the photos in this post were taken by her and then edited or slightly adjusted in Photoshop by myself.

This is a picture I took of my sister earlier this year when we had snow. She put on the ski eye protection thing for fun.

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This is Cyclone. He’s a spunky boy.

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This is Henrietta with her little look-alike kid, Marietta. Doesn’t Marietta look like a miniature version of Henrietta? This happened last year, too. See this post.

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Marietta. Don’t you love the little daisy? My sister was holding her while my mom was taking pictures, and she asked my mom if she could take a picture with the daisy behind her ear. This is one of my favorite pictures in this post.

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Cyclone

Next comes our doe Strawberry. She had triplets. Their names are…..um…..let me think.

I asked my younger brother. He says their names are………

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My little brother’s getting big

Let’s see……two girls and one boy. Cranberry and Blackberry are the girls. Miso is the boy.

This is Miso. Isn’t he cute?

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My younger brother says “He’s like one of my favorites!”

This is Blackberry and Miso. This one wasn’t the greatest picture.

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Blackberry and Miso

This is Cranberry

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Cranberry

Both pictures below are of Blackberry

Fudgesickle and Chibi have grown a bit! They are the big goats in the picture below. The baby goat is Cranberry.

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Our Angora goat, Courtesy or “Tessy” (also known as “Curd-bird”……….yeah she’s got a lot of funny nicknames) had babies too! We bred her to a Nigerian Dwarf (which is what most of our goats are) so the results were super cute “Nigoras”! Check them out.

The darker one is a boy named Gandolf, and the white one is a girl named Pearl. Their little half-floppy ears are so cute! (I promise the white one isn’t a baby lamb. It really is a goat.)

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Miss Buttercup also had kids. She has two: one is a boy and one is a girl. The girl is named Aster, and I think she’s probably my favorite.

(This is one of the photos my mom took)

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Aster

Her brother is named Orion.

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Aster and Orion snuggled up together

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Now that we’ve finally got past the nine older kids (in case you didn’t know, baby goats are called kids), we can finally move on to the kids that were born last night.

Mirabelle, as I said earlier, had triplets last night. They’re so tiny!!!!! I don’t have pictures yet, but here are their descriptions:

The biggest one is a boy. He is classic buckskin pattern: tan and brown with white highlights and markings. He is the big boy and is just about as big as other newborn baby goats. His name is Killarney (after the town in Ireland: his dad’s name is Dublin).

The middle sized one is also a boy, and he has REALLY cute markings. He is mostly black with some lighter brown highlights and markings, mainly on his legs. He has white sprinkled around his face and on his ears, with a larger white spot on the top of his head. His name is Oxford.

Finally, the wee little one. She is a girl (obviously) and she’s SOOO teeny. Her cuteness just melts my heart. She’s so cute! She’s sort of a lighter buckskin pattern with a more sandy-white brown color. Her head is a darker brown, and around the base of her ears she has, like her two brothers, a sprinkling of white. Her name is Lyra after a constellation. We combined her mom’s name with her name to make “Lyrabelle”. It sure is cute.

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Actually, I found a picture my mom took of them late last night. You can’t really see just how small they are, but it works. You also can’t really see Oxford’s brown because most of it is on his legs.

As you can see, Killarney is almost two times as big as Lyra. To give you a little perspective, I can reach from her hind end to the top of her head with my hand alone. If I stretch out my hand, it reaches about twice as wide as she is.

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And now, just for fun, here’s a picture of our La Mancha goat, Diamond. I loved this picture.

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Speaking of baby animals……..we’ve been having a lot of calves lately. I’ve got no idea where the current tally is for spring calving.

We had a sort of sad occurrence here on the farm, although it has brought about something a bit exciting.

We had a calf orphaned. His momma must have died shortly after he was born.

😦

So now we’ve got a bottle baby calf! He’s the cutest most adorable little (or not so little) calf I’ve ever seen.

My younger sister and I are taking care of and feeding him. My sister has always wanted a bottle-fed calf and now she has one!

His name is Oliver. But my sister would probably say his name is Marco (it’s not). I think Oliver matches him.

Someday I’m sure we will be tired of giving him his bottle. Someday he’s gonna be a pain when he gets REALLY big and steps on our toes. But we love our little calf.

Excuse me. I must correct myself. He is not a “little” calf. He’s a BIG little calf. He sure is one chunky, muscular, healthy bottle fed calf. He is four days old today. He was born on Tuesday.

So of course, I have pictures. I think he’s grown a lot in the last two days since I took these pictures………he’s really rambunctious now. And energetic. He’s been kicking and hopping all around everywhere.

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Oliver eating his breakfast

As the title of this post says, I have been tagged! Thank you to Purple Rose from CONFESSIONS AND THOUGHTS OF A RELUCTANT PREACHER’S DAUGHTER for nominating/tagging me for the BEHIND THE BLOGGER BOOK TAG

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you

(yeah I know that’s more like a square root sign than a checkmark but it’ll work)

  • Answer all the questions down below

{Almost}

  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

{Almost}

Questions will be in bold, and my answers will be in underline.

1. Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

I started my blog because I have a deep need to use my words in a positive and constructive manner and to share what the LORD has been teaching me. I continue to blog because of support from people around me and more importantly because Yeshua* is forever with me and encouraging me.

*I’m listening to Messianic Jewish right now, so I’ve got Hebrew versions of words floating through my head.

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Blog posts that come straight from my heart, with words that stem from a deep passion and yearning that God has placed in me.

3. What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

Let’s see……

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Hmmmm…..well I love listening to classical piano music to relax. Classical orchestra music actually doesn’t relax me. Probably because it requires so much concentration to play and I can’t click out of that level of concentration when I’m just listening to it.

I love hot chocolate. Yum.

I guess just spending time with people I love, maybe watching a movie, going out to “coffee” (aka hot chocolate), playing board games (or not…..I’m too competitive to relax while playing board games), or just talking together. 

Ultimately, if relaxed was synonymous with surrendered, outside under the stars just talking to God, pouring out my troubles to Him and praising His name, would be the most beautiful “relaxed” I could be.

5. What are 3 of your favorite things?

  • Spending time with my heavenly Abba
  • Blogging
  • Deep heart to heart conversations with sisters in Christ

(If you couldn’t tell, my top love languages are Words of Affirmation closely tied with Quality Time. I generally combine them to get Quality Conversation.)

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Speaking of blogging moments….I just got a WordPress notification notifying me that I have……

201 WordPress Followers!!!!!

Wow. Yep, this is one of those “blogging moments” if there is such a thing.

My happiest ……will avoid the word “proudest”. (It makes me uncomfortable for some reason) My happiest blogging moment may just have been when I was talking to a close friend of mine about my blog. I knew she followed my blog, but I guess I didn’t expect her to……well…yeah. So I was talking to her about my blog and about some of my daydreams (you know she is a wonderful friend when I can talk to her about my daydreams 🙂 ) and when I mentioned a post I had just posted, I was surprised that she completely kept up with my blog. Like she knew everything I referenced about my blog.

Also, whenever someone reblogs my posts and shares sweet comments about it on their own blog it always makes me super happy.

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Umm…a lot? I’m a farmgirl for one. Let’s just attempt a semi-exhaustive list:

  • Photography
  • Embroidery
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Canning and Preserving and storing up food (I’m a squirrel)
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Photoshop
  • Studying Hebrew words
  • Not Math
  • Writing about Jesus
  • Writing stories (Thinking of writing a book………..)
  • Penpalling/ writing to my Grandma
  • School
  • Bible study
  • Reading
  • More reading
  • Playing with graphing calculators and making drawings on them using equations. It can be a little obsessive……it’s sort of weird that I like it. I’m not that good at math, but graphing calculators are so cool.
  • Adapting recipes to make in a CrockPot (my mom does most of the work with the adapting part)
  • Typing
  • I can whittle a little
  • Tech Support.
  • Listening to music
  • Analyzing music lyrics
  • Playing cello
  • Attempting to play piano
  • Singing!
  • Bottle-feeding a baby calf
  • Chicken taming
  • Archery-sort-of.
  • Admiring babies
  • Sewing (until the sewing machine broke)
  • Cleaning (sort of). I think I’d love it a lot more if it was my own house.
  • Doing my sisters’s hair.
  • Does stacking wood count as a hobby?
  • I can’t think of any more at this moment.

8. Describe your personality in 3 words:

Bright/ cheerful

Intellectual

Amusing/ clumsy

9. What are your top 3 pet peeves?

Let’s see……well when people don’t capitalize their I’s. “i” by itself looks so weird. 

Can’t think of any else that wouldn’t just be useless complaining.

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

A lot of things probably. I don’t really just tell y’all everything about me. Lets see…..here’s one cool fact about me: last I checked, my hair was exactly 2 feet long. I love having long hair. 

“Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her?” -1 Corinthians 11:14-15

That was fun. Now to nominate some people. Let’s see. At least I only have to nominate a min. 5 people versus the 11 people you have to nominate in the Liebster award.

My nominees:


Some encouragement for you all:

I just wanted to offer a little encouragement to all of you who are probably a lot like me in that it can be easy to get discouraged.

Too often it feels like it’s up to us. And we fail. Our blog, our essay, our work, and they all feel like failures. We feel like failures. And we can’t fight off that nagging feeling that it might be true.

It sure looks like it might be true. I mean…..look at us. Look at you. Look at me. Failed. We have failed. It really is true. We are failures.

And then we begin to think: “If we have failed in every aspect of our life…….what if our whole life is a failure?” But this is where we’ve gone wrong. We’ve been wrong about the most important point.

It is not about us.

It has never been about us. We may fail. We may be trash. But it doesn’t matter.

God himself has declared that we are carefully and wonderfully made. His truth is eternal. There is never a point when we will not be beautifully and wonderfully made.

You can run away. You can try to hide in the darkness.

But it won’t change anything.

You are still loved. You are still valued by Him who created the universe. You may be completely unworthy, but that just makes it more amazing.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?…….

If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,

And the light around me will be night,”

Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.” -Psalm 139:7, 11-14

Are you feeling discouraged and worthless? You may be unworthy, but you were worth Christ dying for you and that is one high value.

Come to Him who gave His very life for you and find rest. It does not depend on you, thank God! Christ is our strength and we need only rest on him.

Do you not know? Have you not heard of this glorious God? He is humble and gentle in spirit and He calls to you:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” -Mathew 11:8

Call on His name and he will rescue, call on him and rest in him.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,

Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
Scarcely have they been planted,
Scarcely have they been sown,

Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the storm carries them away like stubble.

 “To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,

He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.

He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,

Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.” -Isaiah 40:21-31

So I encourage you: rest in Him, call on Him. He WILL help. He WILL be there. He was and is and will always be there.

Blessed be the one who calls on the Shem (name) of the YHWH (LORD)!

Baruch Ha’Shem Adonai!

 


This week’s featured song is You Raise Me Up by Selah. Enjoy.

Find lyrics here.

God bless you and keep you!

I really hope this post was an encouragement to you. I will be praying for those reading this post, that it would bring them closer to Yeshua our Saviour.

I also hope you enjoyed the cute pictures of the baby goats and of Oliver!

As always, God be with you this week, month, year, and forevermore!

 

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way. -Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)

 


All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation

All photos in this post belong to me and/or my family. Enjoy, but please don’t steal.

Have you noticed the reduction of typos in this post and the last? After the awful typo in I Believe that she notified me of after I had already posted it, I’ve added her as editor to my blog so that she can look over my posts before they get posted. You’ve probably noticed how many typos I usually have in my posts. Although I always run it through like 3 different grammar and spell check programs, they always miss some. Thankfully, now that I have my sister to help edit, most if not all of the typos have been eliminated. Thank you sister!

BTW: if you can’t seem to see the pictures I keep talking about, try going to my actual blog rather than the notification bar, reader, or the WordPress email version. To see this post in my actual blog go here.

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:

https://faithonthefarm17044257.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