Sunshine Blogger Award #2 & 3

Finally I will get to work on my awards!! Thank you all for the nominations!

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Nominated by Elijah Holston on July 18th and by Mr. Holliman on July 24th.

Thank you very much, Elijah and Mr. Holliman, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!!

Rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

The questions from Elijah (Originally Abby Rose’s questions):
1. What do you do in your spare time (or what do you wish you could do if you had time)?

I like to read books, play board games, work on jigsaw puzzles, and work on translating Bell Mountain.

2. Dogs or Cats?

I like cats more than dogs for some reason. 🙂 But I think both are cute!

3. Steak or hamburgers?

I like hamburgers!

4. Favorite Summer beverage?

I like Root Beer! (It’s non-alcoholic)

5. Can you speak any languages?

I can speak English and Japanese.

6. Would you rather swim or take a walk?

I’d rather walk because… I can’t swim in the first place!!! 😦

7. Books or movies?

Hmm… that’s a tough one… but I think movies.

8. Do you play any instruments?

I can play the guitar and piano a little.

9. Push mower or riding mower?

I don’t know how to use it!

10. What’s a few of your favorite styles of music that you listen to?

I like to listen to hymns, South American music, and Christmas carols.

11. Would you rather go without music for a year or the internet?

I’d rather go without the internet. It’ll be nice to be able to take a break from it.

 

And these are questions from Mr. Holliman:

1.What is your favorite holiday?

The New Year!

2.How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for 11 months.

3.How would you describe your life style?

Well, not so diligent… and not too lazy either… I think… 🙂

4.Do you like swimming?

I wish I could say yes, but… sigh, I have no swimming skills and I’m afraid of the water!

5.Do you like to read?

Yes, I do!!

6.What’s your favorite quote?

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” – Psalms 118:8

7.Have you been out of the country?

Yes, I’ve been to the U.S. and to Korea (only airport).

8.When was the last time you’ve gone to see a movie?

The last time was July 2018 (I watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Solo).

9.Do you have any kids?

No, I don’t.

10.What is your favorite fruit?

I like bananas!

11.What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are reading (especially the Bible), translating, blogging, eating, and sleeping!

 

Here are my nominees:

Lee Duigon

Hattush

Keziah

Lydia Potter

Elisha

Renee

Steve

Pastor Jim

Lydia Rose

Stuart

June

 

Here are my questions:

1. Do you like to go hiking?

2. What’s your favorite animal?

3. What beverage do you like best?

4. Can you ski?

5. Do you like Legos?

6. What’s your favorite book of the Bible?

7. Who’s your favorite Bible character?

8. Have you ever passed out tracts?

9. Have you ever gone camping?

10. Who’s your favorite author?

11. What would you like to do someday?

 

Thank you, Elijah and Mr. Holliman! Thank you readers for reading!

Stay tuned for upcoming award posts!

 

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The Blogger Recognition Award #2

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I’ve been nominated for this award by Lydia Potter on July 14th, 2019!!!

Thank you so much, Lydia, for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award!!! Please visit and follow her God-glorifying blog at: https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/ !!!

The Rules for this Award:
1. Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
4. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

How My Blog Started…

‘Twas the year 2018 when, on Lee Duigon’s blog, I saw a funny picture of a madman who thinks he’s Napoleon. I then thought about writing a story about that man. Then Lee Duigon said that I should share the stories on a blog of my own. That’s how my blog started! You can find out more at: https://leeduigon.com/2018/08/31/brown-u-aborts-its-own-study-cause-they-didnt-like-what-they-found/ Lee Duigon was my first viewer and he posted the very first comment on my blog!!

Please read The Bell Mountain Series by Lee Duigon!!

Here are my two tips…

  1. To make your blog grow, visit and follow others and make friends with them!!
  2. Check your spam box often to see if some good comments got stuck in there for some reason. Just be careful of real spam comments and spammers.

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I hereby nominate…

Keziah E.

Lydia Rose

Elijah Holston

Elisha McFarland

Newblogger20

Jyoti

Pastor Jim

Ryan Callahan

Jacquie A. Bradford

Renee Greene

Ilona Madam

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Thanks again, Lydia! This was so much fun!

Thanks for reading, folks! And see you soon!

Stay tuned for “The 300th Post”!!!!!

Top Ten Songs Tag #2

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I was nominated on July 6th, 2019 by Rosy Marr!!

Thank you, Rosy, for nominating me for the Top Ten Songs Tag!! Please go and check out her beautiful blog at: https://rosyswritings.wordpress.com/ and don’t forget to follow!

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The Rules:

1. List your top ten songs in answer to the questions
2. Hyperlink the songs if at all possible
3. Tag as many people as you want
4. Feel free to use my graphic or one of your own.
5. Have fun!

1. What’s a soundtrack song you can’t help but sing along to?

I like the Rango theme song, but I don’t sing along to it…

2. What’s a song you love from a genre you don’t?

I don’t like rock, but I like this…

3. What’s a song that makes you cry every time, without fail?

I don’t really have a song that I cry to right now, but when I was little, I sort of cried to this song…

4. What would be your theme song?

Mine would be “Be Thou My Vision.”

5. What’s a song tied to a good memory?

“Gloria in Excelsis Deo” reminds me of watching Babe when I was young!!

6. If you’re a writer, what song best sums up your main character? If you don’t write…song for your favorite book’s main character?

“Be Thou My Vision” reminds me of the characters in the Bell Mountain Series by Lee Duigon!!

It’s the second song! Please listen to it!!!: http://ronandkellymusic.com/

7. What’s a song you always play on repeat?

I play “All Over the World” all over!

And “Vuela Paloma,” too!!!

8. What’s the most convicting song you’ve heard?

“A Mighty Fortress” is!!!

Also “Our God is an Awesome God”!!!

9. What song reminds you most of your childhood?

I played “Amazing Grace” with my dad on the piano at a recital a couple of years ago…

10. What’s your favorite song?

Hmm… WOW! That’s hard, but, other than “Be Thou My Vision,” I think it is “El Condor Pasa.”

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I will nominate this tag to…

Newblogger20

Jyoti

Jacquie A. Bradford

Child Of God

Thanks again, Rosy!! It was fun to do!! 🙂

Liebster Award #5 & 6

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Thank you, Mrs. Holliman (July 1st, 2019) and thank you, Keziah (July 9th, 2019)!!!

Thank you so much, Mrs. Holliman, for nominating me for the Liebster Award!! Please check out her beautiful blog at: http://godscourage.wordpress.com/ (Please check out her husband’s blog as well at: http://greathappyliving.wordpress.com/ !!)

And thank you very much, Keziah, for nominating me for the Liebster Award!!! Please check out her fantastic blog at: http://keziahehome.wordpress.com/ !!

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The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!!
5. Make up to 11 questions and ask them to your nominees!
6. Notify your 11 nominees.

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11 facts about me:

  1. I am a born-again Christian.
  2. I am a fan of Lee Duigon, the author of the Bell Mountain series.
  3. I am a human being from top to toes.
  4. I don’t usually do any sports.
  5. I like to drink coffee.
  6. My favorite singing group is GLAD.
  7. I want to work for Christ.
  8. I want to be more like Christ.
  9. I pray for all the Christians around the world who are living for Christ each day.
  10. The biggest fish I ever caught was only about a foot and a half long (about 40 centimeters).
  11. I am really no one in particular…

Here are the questions Mrs. Holliman asked me…

What great things have GOD done in your life? God has given me a lovely family who loves me and many other blessings, and above all He gave me the Lord Jesus Christ so that I may be cleansed from all of my sins!
What is your favorite vacation place? I like Okinawa.
What is your favorite holiday and why? I like the New Year holiday because we can spend time together as a family and thank God for all the blessings.
Do you believe in faith? Yes, of course! I believe that my faith in Jesus comes from the Holy Spirit, not my own doing. I am a child of God by God’s grace because I have faith in Jesus Christ my God and Savior.
What is your favorite color? I like green!!
Have you ever been tempted to do evil? If so how did GOD help? I am beset with temptations every day, and God will help me through His Word the Bible. That’s why memorizing Scripture is so important.
Where was your last vacation? In America.
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is taco rice.
What’s the most important thing to you in life? JESUS CHRIST IS!!
If there was ever a time would you save yourself or someone else? I would probably save somebody else.
What is your number 1 goal in life? Living for Jesus to the end of my life.

Here are the questions Keziah asked me…

If you had to drink anything except water for the rest of your life, what would it be? It would be tea!!
What do you most prefer: Writing or Reading? I like reading more than writing.
Are you very close with any of your extended family? Well, I don’t get to meet them very often, but I do get to meet them and chat with them sometimes.
How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for 9 and a half months.
What’s one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to you? The assurance that Jesus died on the cross for my sins.
Have you ever gone to an amusement park and if so, which one? I’ve gone to Tokyo Disney Resort, which was very fun!! I’ve been there twice.
What do you see yourself doing five years from now? I see myself driving a car and working.
How often do you think you get sick? I get sick maybe once every two months. I get the common cold fairly often.
Do you prefer shopping online or in the store? I prefer shopping online.
What do you think is wrong with the world? Sin is the No. 1 problem in the world which causes all the other problems. That’s why we need Jesus. I think video games, alcohol, abortion, etc. are major problems in the world.
What book (besides the Bible) have you read and learned the most from? I’ve learned many spiritual things from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotions.

My nominees are…

Lydia Rose 

Saania

Newblogger20

Rosy Marr

Jack Flacco

Renee

Ilona 

Sheree

Caralyn

Hattush

Lorac

Here are my questions:

  1. What is your favorite sport?
  2. What is your favorite cold drink?
  3. Who do look like the most: your mother, or your father?
  4. What’s your favorite hot drink?
  5. Which do you prefer: summer or winter?
  6. If you had a favorite teddy bear or doll, what was its name?
  7. Do you have a LEGO set?
  8. Do you have faith in GOD?
  9. Do you enjoy reading?
  10. Do you want to write a book (or books) someday?
  11. What is your favorite 8-letter word?

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Thanks for reading, guys! Thank you again, Mrs. Holliman and Keziah!!!

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Awesome Blogger Award

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Lydia nominated me on June 27th, 2019!

Thank you so much, Lydia, for nominating me for the Awesome Blogger Award!! I’M VERY HAPPY!! Please check out her super awesome blog at: https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/ !!

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Here are the rules…

  1. Thank the person/blogger who nominated you.
  2. Tag your post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  3. Answer all the questions given to you.
  4. Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  5. Give them 10 new questions to answer.

And here are the questions given to me by Lydia Potter:

What is the first thing you notice about a person? The first thing I notice is that person’s face. Then I try to remember that face so that I will recognize that person when we meet again.

What are some challenges you think the next generation will face? The next generation might have a hard time finding jobs since artificial intelligence is getting so high-tech that it’s taking the jobs away from humans. There are many other problems in the world, but God is in sovereign control, and we need not worry.

What is your favorite season and why? I like winter. Well, I think the atmosphere of the season is nice, and it gets nice and cozy in the house with the heater going and the coffee brewing. When it’s cold, we can adjust our body temperature by putting more layers on, but in summer, we can’t do that, and centipedes come out of hiding, so I don’t like summer. And also it feels comfortable in my heavy blankets when I sleep in winter.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Definitely not fried centipedes, but probably my choice would be taco rice. Once you start eating that it’s unstoppable.

What’s the number one item you would save from your burning house? I would save my translation work. I can’t afford to have all that hard work burned in the flames.

What makes you laugh the most? These fabulous funny videos, listed in Top-3 order!!!

#3 – I Like Orange Juice (Warning: it’s rather ridiculous)

#2 – Kentucky Fried Chicken

And to crown them all…

#1 – WOW… This is totally amazing… 

(Found this video at: https://leeduigon.com/2019/02/01/hank-johnson-four-pressadint/ )

What is your favorite holiday? My favorite holiday is New Year’s Day, celebrating the new year and thanking God for all the countless blessing He has bestowed upon us the past year.

What is your third favorite meal? Hmm… that’s a hard one, but I guess it’s pizza. (#1 = taco rice; #2 = curry rice.)

When was the last time you washed a car? We washed it sometime last week.

What is something you’re looking forward to next week? I’m looking forward to going to church on the Lord’s Day.

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My nominees:

Keziah E.

Rosy Marr

Steve McLeod

Ryan Callahan

Mr. Holliman

Mrs. Holliman

Sheree

Saania

Here are the questions for my nominees:

  1. Do you play sports?
  2. Who’s your favorite author?
  3. Do you have a watch?
  4. What is your favorite juice?
  5. What do you like about blogging?
  6. If you had a pet rabbit, what name would you give it?
  7. What is your very first memory?
  8. Do you like fried food?
  9. For what purpose are you living for?
  10. What’s your favorite color and why?

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Thank you again, Lydia! I really enjoyed this!!

Have fun, nominees! 🙂

Honor the Father Tag

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I have been nominated for the Honor the Father Tag by Jacquie A. Bradford on June 24th, 2019!! Thank you so much, Jacquie!! Please visit and follow her fantastic blog at https://joycottageblog.wordpress.com/

Here are the links to the original authors of this awesome tag: Dollfaced Writer and Purple Rose

From Dollface…

The Meaning of this Tag:

A father is someone who loves his child unconditionally, provides for them, protects them always, teaches them values, disciplines them fairly, and wants the best for them. For that, we should always, ALWAYS have respect for our fathers. They are created to bear the responsibility of caring for and protecting their families just as God calls them to do. Father’s Day is about reminding your father how much you appreciate him, but I hope this tag will perhaps remind you this month how blessed you are to have a father at all.

As I said before, this is a very hard day for me every year. My father and I have a very complex relationship. In fact, it is the polar opposite of my relationship with my mother. Growing up I felt abandoned, rejected, unloved, forgotten, and neglected because of his behavior that stemmed from alcoholism and what I believe could have been other mental health issues (don’t quote me, I’m not a doctor XD).

I will always love my father. He is a part of me, half of me to be exact. However, mustering the strength to honor or respect him at all has taken a long time to do. We talk sometimes over text, but not a lot. Some days he responds and I feel like we’re getting somewhere, then he vanishes like he always did. It has helped living a thousand miles away from him since finishing high school, but I have come to accept the pain I feel from my childhood will never go away. Recently, in the last week actually, he said something that has proven he’ll never change. I was trying to gain closure, but he continues to blame me for things that I may talk about in another post. Anyways, he may move on in his life, which is painful for me to watch, but that doesn’t change the past he continues to deny and blame me for.

If you have a similar situation, whether you have been abused, manipulated, abandoned, or rejected by your father (even someone else in your family), can I give you some advice that has helped me cope with such a toxic relationship?

You have a choice. You can walk away. You can block a number. You can say no. You can cut them off from your life. That doesn’t mean you don’t honor them, that just means you have enough respect for yourself to protect your heart and enough respect for them to love them at a safe distance. You can pray for someone every day and never talk to them again. Isn’t that better than subjecting yourself to more pain and building up further resentment that could become the poison of unforgiveness? I think so, because no one deserves to be abused in any way. You deserve love. If you don’t/didn’t receive that love from your father, always know you have a Father in Heaven who loves you more than your father ever could.

I hope you do have an awesome father though. If you do, give him a bear hug and be grateful to have the best protector you could have on this earth. If you don’t, pray for him, friend.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you to participate.
2. Use the original featured image.
3. Copy and paste the introduction and meaning of this tag at the beginning of your post, along with the links to both creators’ original posts. *This rule is very important. Please, please link this post and Purple Rose’s post so that as authors we may be alerted when a tag is published. It also gives us proper credit, which is much appreciated. Thank you
4. Answer the questions.
5. Nominate one or more people to participate.
6. Enjoy the rest of your month!

Here are the questions for this month’s tag:

1. What is your relationship like with your biological father, if anything at all?

I have a good relationship with my father, by God’s grace. I thank God for giving me such a kind and loving dad (And of course I thank God for my beautiful mother, too!!).

2. What is one thing you would change about your father if you could? What is one thing you wouldn’t change?

Please forgive me, but I would like to pass on this question. There are many things that I want to change about myself!!

3. Who do you celebrate on Father’s Day (your father, step-father, grandfather, uncle, etc.)?

I celebrate my dad and grandfather on Father’s Day. It is very important to show your gratitude to your father who loves you and takes care of you.

4. What was the most valuable thing he taught you?

The most valuable thing he taught me was about the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom I have access to God and heaven. Jesus Christ saved me from my sins!!!

5. What is one thing he does that you would never do?

He said he used to ride his bike up mountains. I’ll probably never do it! I just don’t have the strength and guts for it…

6. How do you honor him on Father’s Day?

I give him presents and a card. And of course I say “thank you” to him for being my father. And he’ll say, “I was predestined to be your father by God.” It’s amazing to think that even before the world existed God decided that my dad will be my father.

7. How has your relationship with him impacted the person/parent you are today?

I have gotten much of my dad’s traits, which I’m happy about. Thank you, Dad, for teaching me to become a responsible adult and for training me for life.

I will tag…

Hattush, Renee, and Bonnie

(There’s no obligation to do this, my nominees!)

Thanks again for nominating me, Jacquie! It was fun!!

Top Ten Songs Tag

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🎵 Nominated on June 18th, 2019! 🎵

Hooray! I’ve been nominated for the Top Ten Songs Tag by Keziah!! Thank you so much, Keziah! This is my first tag, which I think is some kind of award! (This is my tenth award!!! 🙂 ) Please visit and follow her at: https://keziahe.home.blog/ !!

The Rules For the Top Ten Songs Tag:

1. List your top ten songs in answer to the questions.
2. Hyperlink the songs if at all possible.
3. Tag as many people as you want.
4. Feel free to use my graphic or one of your own.
5. Have fun!!! 🙂

All right! It’s Q&A time!!!

What’s a soundtrack song you can’t help but sing along to?

The Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack song, “He’s a Pirate,” is, I think, quite cool!

What’s a song you love from a genre you don’t?

I don’t like horror (If that even is a music genre?? 🙂 ), but I love “Ghost Riders in the Sky”!! I like the ones by Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson (duet) and Christopher Lee (my favorite actor!).

What’s a song that makes you cry every time, without fail?

Like you, Keziah, I don’t cry when I listen to songs, but I am of course moved when I listen to Christian hymns and songs, especially “It is Well With My Soul.” Hymns are the world’s #1 important songs!!

What would be your theme song?

My theme song would be “Be Thou My Vision,” my favorite hymn.

What’s a song tied to a good memory?

A song that I liked when I was a youngster, a song that rang in the early mornings when I was living in a nostalgic neighborhood, was “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat. This song brought me to tears at that time. Every time I hear this song, I think about the ol’ neighborhood. I will never forget that neighborhood full of good memories.

If you’re a writer, what song best sums up your main character? If you don’t write…song for your favorite book’s main character?

“Be Thou My Vision” by Ron and Kelly best sums up one of the main characters from my favorite book, Bell Mountain, whose name is Jack. (Please click on the link, and it’s the 2nd song.)

What’s a song you always play on repeat?

“Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb / I’ll Fly Away” by Alan Jackson.

What’s the most convicting song you’ve heard?

“Our God is an Awesome God” by GLAD, my favorite Christian a cappella singing group.

What song reminds you most of your childhood?

I used to listen to Anthony Way a lot when I was a child, and the song he sings that I love is “The Lord’s Prayer.” (Please click on the link, and it’s the 2nd song.)

What’s your favorite song?

Wow. That’s a hard question! 🙂 There’s more than one answer, so I will make a list here: “Be Thou My Vision,” “El Condor Pasa,” “O Holy Night,” “We Three Kings,” “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”… and much more!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

What is one song that greatly exceeded your expectations?

Alan Jackson’s rendition of “Blessed Assurance” exceeded my expectations!

I will nominate this tag to…

Joah Gabriel, Lydia Potter, and Elisha McFarland!

Thanks again, Keziah! It was fun sharing my favorite songs!