Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster award by my friend Joanna who writes over at Into a Marvelous Light – which I am deeply touched by. I will be a good sport and pass it along! It’s a wonderful way of getting more people to look into blogs that they might not even know are out there!
Rules of nomination
1) Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2) Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you PLUS you MUST create 11 questions of your own for the 11 people you will nominate with this award.
3) Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them to your post.
4) Go to their page and inform them of the nomination.
5) Absolutely NO tag backs (no awarding who awarded you).
6) Remember to ONLY award bloggers with less than 200 followers

Joanna’s Questions for me
1. If you had one day completely free of obligations and responsibilities, how would you spend your time?
Half the day with a good book, then the rest of the day spending it talking to one of my favorite elders of the church.
2. What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is the fear of not doing what God has demanded of me- either in action or word. That I don’t reach out to that one person that God puts in front of me to love with His love because of my fear.
3. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Ohh! Hard question! Depends for what reason?
Encouragement against fear: 2 Timothy 1:7- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of sound mind.”
For purpose of life: Psalm 139 “For you created my inmost being…”
Cycle of Faith and Power of Grace- John 9– the story of the blind man being healed
These are just a few…
4. If you had the opportunity to meet anyone you wanted to, who would it be? (living or deceased)
Joni Eareckson Tada
5. What is the most exciting thing that’s happened to you in the past year?
I moved into a new apartment, found a new job, and also am seeing the fruition of 6 years of hard work on my Disability and Theology paper being turned into a class for Spring!
6. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Tea- I love it iced, but enjoy it hot
7. Do you enjoy traveling?
I don’t know- I’ve never really traveled. I’m a homebody though, so as long as I know I’m going home at a certain time…maybe?
8. What are you most passionate about?
Making people look past their own preconceived ideas regarding Scripture and get back to the ‘heart’ of the Bible. Questioning the tradition of the interpretation not the Scripture themselves in regards how the church should participate in Disability advocacy and care.
9. What is your biggest pet peeve?- I have three 🙂
Everyone has the ability to DO something- refusing to allow someone to explore their ability or finding your own potential due to laziness.
Taking credit for someone else’s passion
And people who don’t push in their chairs
10. What is something that puzzles you?
The sheer cruelty of man- the ability and desire that some people embody to harm others
11. What is your favorite song?
Oh no! Another tough one! I have too many! A few right now that are ones I have to turn up the radio on are: Sidewalk Prophets “Live like that”, Casting CrownsPraise you in this storm” , Kutless “Even if”  Josh Groban “You are Loved” — just a few but I have so many more! 🙂

 

My Nominations:
Manda of Oddly Crazy
Leslie of Definingmydash
Cari of As I Follow
Katie at Living in Hebel
Andrew over at Reaching Youth for Christ
Heidi at Thoughts and random goodness
and Nut’s Notes 

My Questions for you:
1) What is the number one thing you want to do in your life? (work/pleasure)
2) What is your favorite down time thing to do?
3)What is your favorite animal and why?
4) What on earth do you most want to see before you die?
5) What is your weirdest comfort food item that people always question you about?
6) What do you like learning about the most? (subject or discipline)
7) What spiritual disciple do you grow through the most? (Prayer, quiet time, Bible reading etc)
8) What book do you recommend the most to read? (besides the Bible!:-)
9) If your house was on fire- besides family and pets- what is the first thing you would grab?
10) What was the name of your first pet?
11)Favorite season and why?

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A Year of blogging, Easter, quilting, and 27 years

This has been a busy last two week! I celebrated my first full year of blogging at the end of March! 😉  I’m actually surprised that I have done so. But, here we are. Hopefully, I’m saying something at least a bit interesting for the ‘Net world! Thanks for all of those who check into my blog, it’s an encouragement to see those numbers in the statistics.

Over my spring break I have learned how to sew with the help of a friend, making my first two quilting projects- a wall hanging and two reversible pillows. I think I have possibly found a new hobby!

Then of course, this last weekend- got to spend some time with my wonderfully awesome grandparents for an early Easter dinner. Then I participated in my church’s prayer vigil before Easter.

Prayer vigils are so interesting. I actually over went my allotted time because I was in such a good place- reading through the prophecies that Jesus Christ the Messiah fulfilled as foretold by Isaiah. Prayer has this ability of cleaning out your mind and if you do it correctly change your heart. We don’t do it nearly enough nor long enough. I am attempting to make it more of an active part in my life.

Easter- Church brunch and a sermon on a beautiful day. I love my church. It’s a wonderful family that supports and loves each other. Sure we have our issues just like any family, but we work together.

It is now my 27th birthday. 27 years of life. Life is full of beauty and tears. I’m starting to learn how to see the beauty IN the tears. This last year in particular, tears have flown mightily while saying good bye to 6 dear people who have shaken this mortal coil. I know that five of them will be waiting for me when I reach the gates of heaven, but sadly I don’t know about that 6th one. I ended up having a friendship end over reasons that still don’t make sense to me, even after trying to reconcile with this person numerous times.

I had the pleasure of seeing 6 friends join in marriage this last year along with a few new babies joining us.  (Things seem to happen in 6s’ around me recently!) I’ve made friends with new people, had the chance to play ‘mentor’ to a wonderful 90 year old woman, got to get to know a wonderful female missionary, and so many other beautiful relational moments. I have deepened my relationships with 6 women who have been so encouraging to me. God truly blessed me with some awe-inspiring talks with some lovely women.

Blessings have been coming to me in so many odd moments that have just continually inspire me. Possibilities are abounding for me right now and I’m eager to learn what God has planned for my next year. God has big plans with me and he is giving me some really inspiring women to encourage me.

I will keep learning wherever I go because- If I’m not learnin’ I’m dyin’!

This next year will be epic no matter where God takes me!

“Beautiful Blogger Award”

Today I was nominated by definingmydash for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you so much Leslie Brennan for the honor and with great humbleness I accept.

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This is a relatively new project for me, and I’m trying to write only things that are truly affecting my heart because it means that God is truly working on me and my understanding of him. I am so happy to know that someone else is getting to see a glimpse of the God I worship. I am working through life one step at a time and God is continually revealing himself to me. Thank you for taking this walk with me. God bless!

Please, take the time to be inspired by some of my fellow bloggers and how God is working in their lives.

Dear “Beautiful Blogger” Award Winners:  You inspire me.  Your words are beautiful, thus the reason you’re receiving this award.  It is now your job to pass this award on to seven (or less) other bloggers along with links to their blogs.  Post the award and provide a link back to the person who nominated you. Thank you for making a difference in my life.  Keep writing!

definingmydash (The daily life of a woman who is on a new journey)

Into a Marvelous Light (The amazing walk that God has a young woman on as well as her up and coming missionary trip)

Scott Fillmer (Life in Faith and Photos- Some amazing photos and very thought provoking discussions– as well as some great how-to’s on working with wordpress.com)

Jonathan Stone (this is the new blog that is combining Jonathan’s and his wife’s Emily’s blogs- some very thought provoking discussions here)

There are so many others I’d love to mention, so look to my blogroll and start clicking to find something that might touch your life! Thank you again for the nomination and keep writing friends!

1 Thessalonians 5:11– Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact as you are doing.