O Wretched Man That I Am!

“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 7:24-25a (King James Version)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23 (King James Version)

Mystery Blogger Award #6

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I was nominated on December 10th.

I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Mrs. Holliman!! Thank you, Mrs. Holliman!! Be sure to check her lovely blog out!!

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

The Mystery Blogger Award Rules:

Put the award logo/image on your blog.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
You have to nominate 10-20 people.
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
Share a link to your best post(s).

This award was created by Okoto Enigma.

Three things about me:

I am saved from my sins by God’s grace through Jesus Christ!!

I want to live my life for God, my Creator and Redeemer.

I want my faith in God to grow more and more.

Questions from Mrs. Holliman:
What is a nice day to you?

Answer: A nice day to me is a day in which I lived for God, knowing that He watches me and takes care of me.

Have you ever wondered what life will be like after this life?

Answer: Yes, I’ve wondered about that many times. I anticipate the day when, by the grace of God, I will go to Heaven with Jesus and His chosen people when I die, or when Jesus Christ comes back!

What is one of your favorite posts?

Answer: This is one of my favorite posts!

What does GOD mean to you?

Answer: God means everything to me!! God created the world in the beginning, and He created us all!! That’s why we have our being, so we must all live our lives for God, the One who gave us our lives! Above all, He is my Redeemer from my sins through Jesus Christ!!!

Would you eat peanut butter with your fruit?

Answer: I never put peanut butter on my fruit before, but it sounds good!

 

And now for my nominees…

Green Mountain Girl

Mr. Holliman

Colton

Saania 

Sheree

Renee

Newblogger20

Bonnie Hawkins

Elijah Holston

Greg

James A. Best

Macalder

 

Questions for my nominees…

Have you ever been abroad?

What kind of music do you like?

Have you ever climbed a mountain?

Can you ride a bike?

Who’s the ugliest cartoon character you’ve ever seen in your life?

 

Thanks again, Mrs. Holliman!! This was fun!! 😉

The Real Neat Blog Award

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I was nominated on December 6th. (Logo created by Colton for nominees.)

I have been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Colton at The Diplomat! Thank you very much, Colton!! This is a new one for me! Visit his blog at: https://thedfdiplomat.wordpress.com/

Rules:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
Answer the 10 questions the blogger gave to you.
Nominate four bloggers who deserve the award.
Create 10 original questions for the nominees to answer.
Let them know they’ve been nominated.

Questions from Colton:
1. Alt code or character map?

Sorry. I don’t use either! 😦 (I didn’t know what that question meant, so I searched the web.)

2. What’s your favorite book, besides the Bible?

My favorite book besides the Bible is Bell Mountain by Lee Duigon.

3. Windows or Mac?

Windows.

4. Hamburgers or hotdogs?

Wow! Hard question! Maybe hotdogs!! 🤩🌭      🍔ℴoO(😭)

5. Is your area very boiling or frigid, or just average?

I think just average.

6. How old are you, in days?

6,910 days!! (I used the online Days Calculator at timeanddate.com!!)

7. What is your favorite verse of the Bible, if any?

My favorite Bible verse is: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want!” – Psalm 23:1

8. What is the least valuable thing you own? (xD)

LOL! The garbage in my trash can! 😆

9. Chevrolet or Ford?

I like Ford, especially the old vintage ones. 😎🚙

10. Checkers or chess?

If I was younger, I would have said “Checkers!”, but now I like Chess more than Checkers!!

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My nominees are…

Rosy Marr

Elisha McFarland

Joah Pearson

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Questions for my nominees:

  1. Are you left-handed, or right-handed?
  2. Can you play any musical instruments?
  3. Do you like the countryside?
  4. What kind of books do you like to read?
  5. What’s your favorite movie?
  6. What’s your favorite place to visit?
  7. Do you like travelling?
  8. Can you read in the car?
  9. What’s your favorite holiday?
  10. What sport do you like to do the most?

That was fun!! Thanks again, Colton, for the nomination!!! 🙂

Moonlight Delight

The moon is a wonderful gift from God!! Please enjoy this beautiful poem about the moon!!

(This is reblogged from Lydia Potter’s blog!!)

In His Service and Loving It

What would a night be like without the wonderful moonlight? Dark. Deary. God is faithful in bringing out the moon each night. Too often, we take our moon and its beautiful moonlight for granted.

A quick pic of the moon I took last night.

I really wanted a poem about moonlight to share on this post and I was wondering where I could find a great poem. I ended up asking a great blogger if they would write one for me. Sure enough – that person did! A HUGE thanks to Steve for writing this wonderful poem about moonlight! 🙂

MOONLIGHT DELIGHT

Moonlight truly shines so bright,

Wondrous scene, such a delight.

Under this moon all does shine,

E’en the flowers glow so fine.

Moonlight fills the meadow fast,

In the forest, shadows cast.

Moonlight sits atop the hill,

Spreading light while all is still.

Shining now upon the lake,

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Byron’s Contest Update

Just look at that beautiful cover of Lee Duigon’s upcoming new book!! It’s fantastic!! And don’t forget to join the fun annual Christmas Carol Contest, held at Lee Duigon’s blog! The prize is an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, “His Mercy Endureth Forever”!!

Here is the full cover:

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest seems to be slowing down. So here’s my idea to pep it up!

The prize will be an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. And if you want to find out if Ellayne and Dulayl get eaten by the giant hyena, you’re gonna need this book! It hasn’t been published yet, but it’s all ready to go and it should be coming out early next year.

The winner will be whoever requests the Christmas carol that gets the most views on the day it’s posted. So far the leader has 22 views. Do I hear 25? Thirty? And one thing we don’t have to worry about is running out of Christmas carols!

Here on Rottnest Island, we have no hyenas of any kind, not even little ones. All the quokkas agree that’s a…

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Barnabas Award #2

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I was nominated for this award by Lydia Rose on October 23rd.

I have been nominated for the Barnabas Award by Lydia Rose!! Thank you, Lydia!

Make sure you check out her awesome blog!! (P.S. – To see her posts, you need this password: LydiaR. She told me it’s OK to share.)

“You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.“

The way this works: Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog. Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them. List five things about yourself. Answer the questions you got asked. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because is the number that signifies grace.

5 Facts about me:

1. The Holy Spirit showed me my sins and that I need a Savior, and I prayed and asked God to forgive my sins and now I am saved through faith in Jesus Christ!

2. I define myself as a man of few words.

3. I used to go to the gym, but I haven’t gone there recently.

4. I want my blog to be used to bring others to Jesus Christ.

5. I am relying on God to guide me my whole life.

Here are the questions asked by Lydia:

Q.1. Which of your family members encourage you the most? How?

My father encourages me the most. He talks to me about God and about how to live the life God has graciously given me.

Q.2. Who do you go to when you need encouragment?

I always go to God when I need encouragement. I pray to Him, and He comforts me.

Q.3. Who was your first blog follower?

My first blog follower was Elijah Holston. He has a candle business and makes movies that glorify God. Watch his movie, “A Tangled Web,” here! Please check out his websites at CountryCowboyCandles.com and SteadfastPics.com!!

Q.4. What is an encouraging Bible verse or quote that you enjoy?

Matthew 28:18~20:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.” Amen.

Q.5. Do you encourage others when you see them crying or distressed? How do you encourage them?

I remind them that Jesus loves and takes care of them.

My nominees are:

Lydia Potter

Keziah 

Marcia

Renee

Jacquie

Thank you once again, Lydia, and thank you all for being an encouragement to me and to others!! 😉

How’s the Carol Contest Going?

The contest is on a roll! Request a carol on Lee Duigon’s blog!!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. We don’t get any snow on Rottnest Island: that picture’s me on our family vacation to New Jersey. Only chance I ever got to use my skis.

Anyhow, I’m here to report on the progress of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest. And the carol that got 24 views on Dec. 1 is still in the lead. No, I’m not going to tell you what it was, or who posted it. It’s sort of a blind taste test. I love those! Did you ever see the one where they’ve got people taste-testing cat food? Fantastic!

So let’s keep those carols coming, folks. I told Lee I could make this a tremendously successful contest and I won’t want to wind up looking like a doo-dah. It would be very bad for my prestige!

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Sunshine Blogger Award #4, 5, 6, & 7!

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I’ve been nominated by James A. Best, Lydia Potter, Keziah, and Mrs. Holliman on October 17th, November 2nd, November 13th, and November 14th respectively.

Thank you very much, James, Lydia, Keziah, and Mrs. Holliman for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!! Sorry for being so late to do this! Please visit and follow their blogs at:

James A. Best: http://myplace3187.wordpress.com/

Lydia Potter: http://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/

Keziah: http://keziahehome.wordpress.com/

Mrs. Holliman: https://godscourage.wordpress.com/

The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  2. List the Rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  5. Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

James’s questions:

1. Who is your favorite writer and why? My favorite author is Lee Duigon, because his books, called the Bell Mountain books, are very exciting, and he is a great Christian man!

2. What is your dream occupation? My dream occupation is writing interesting books.

3. Who inspires you the most? Jesus Christ inspires me the most!

4. What does happiness mean to you? Happiness means having all my sins washed away by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, Who is the Son of God, and living for Him!! 

5. What genre of movies do you watch the most and why? I like to watch adventure movies, mostly because they are exciting and thrilling.

6. Do you keep up with climate change events? No, I don’t. God is in sovereign control, so we don’t have to worry about those things.

7. Do you know who Greta Thunberg is? Yes.

8. Who is your favorite blogger? My favorite blogger is Lee Duigon! Check his blog out!

Right here!! 😊👉 https://leeduigon.com/

9. What is your favorite cartoon character and why? Tintin the reporter, from The Adventures of Tintin, because his many adventures are super exciting! He’s pretty strong in spite of his size!

10. What is your number one fun activity? Reading books!

11. Who is your top choice for the best musical act? It’s this man playing a song he composed called “Gratitude.” That’s some guitar playing, I can tell you that! Plus, he has a good sense of humor!

 

Lydia’s questions:

1. What is your job or what is your dream job? My dream job is becoming a translator and a writer!

2. What’s one of your least favorite foods and why? I don’t like sea urchins because they have an odd taste!

3. What time of day do you like to write a blog post? I like to write at night! 🦉🌙

4. Who or what inspires you the most in life? God and the Holy Bible which He has given us!

5. What has been the most exciting thing that ever happened to you? Having all my sins washed away by Jesus Christ!!

6. Would you rather eat fried baloney or slimy spinach leaves? Oh, fried baloney sounds good! (I didn’t know what that was until I searched it!) And I’ll have that with a cup of Coke!

7. Which describes you better? Giant jokester or super shy? Hmm… I’d say super shy!

8. What’s your favorite type of blog posts to read? I like to read posts about God and His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ!!

9. Do you like spicy foods? Yes, I do!! Spicy Mexican food is my favorite kind of food!

10. Can you jump rope? No, I can’t!! 😅

11. What one word can you use to describe the above questions asked? INGENIOUS!!!

Keziah’s questions:

1. Coffee or Tea? I prefer coffee!! ☕

2. What is your all-time favorite quote? “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” – Jesus Christ speaking in Matthew 24:35.

3. Would you eat a bowl of [dead] crickets for $20? WOW! That’s a tricky one! Well… I guess I will accept the challenge like a man!!! (Inner voice: EW!!!😫)

4. Do you consider yourself to be a fast runner and if so, how fast? If not, how slow? I’m not 100% sure about how fast I can run, since I don’t run often, but I think I’m a slow runner. If I run too fast, I’ll run out of breath in no time!

5. How do you feel towards insects in general? I’m in the middle between liking them and not liking them. I like beetles such as stag beetles and Japanese beetles, but NOT COCKROACHES!!!

Mrs. Holliman’s questions:

1. How old is your blog now? It’s one year and three months old.

2. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I like it because it’s a form of spreading the Word of God!!

3. How important do you think Social Media is for the success of a blog? Social media is a means to share your blog and bringing more people to your blog.

4. How would you define a successful blog? In other words, what do think a successful blog looks like? I think a successful blog has many followers, comments, views, and Likes!!

5. Describe your feelings when you received your first blogging award nomination. I felt so excited! At that time, I didn’t know what the award meant, but I found out soon enough! 

6. Have you ever thought about monetizing your blog? Yes, but I’m not sure about it yet.

7. If so, what do you think is the best method of monetizing? Maybe wait until I have more than 1,000 followers and blogging on a regular basis.

8. What kind of post do you find easiest or most enjoyable to write? Posts about God I find the easiest and the most enjoyable and worthwhile to write!!

9. What do you think is best, long or short posts? I think short posts are best because they’re easier to read.

10. Funny/Weird Question: What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten? The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten is… 

A moth.     😋

11. What is your favourite way to unwind after a hectic day? I like to pray!

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My nominees are…

Mr. Holliman

SlimJim

Lee Duigon

Lydia Rose

Hattush

Jehosheba

Elijah Holston

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Author Ryan Callahan

John Eli

Sheree

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My questions:

  1. What is your main purpose of blogging?
  2. What activity do you find the most entertaining?
  3. What musical instrument do you like to listen to the most?
  4. When you choose your clothing, what color do you tend to buy?
  5. Do you watch videos on YouTube?
  6. What is your favorite time of day?
  7. How often do you blog?
  8. What is the ultimate dream of your life?
  9. Do you go bowling?
  10. Which do you prefer: sunny weather or rainy weather?
  11. If you could sell everything you have for one thing, what would that “one thing” be?

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Thanks for reading, and thank you once again, James, Lydia, Keziah, and Mrs. Holliman, for nominating me!!!!

See you in another post! 😉

The Music Tag

Thank you, Rosy, for nominating me for the Music Tag!!

Please check out her awesome blog and follow her!!!

Sorry for taking such a long time doing this!!

(I was nominated on October 4th.)

Rules:
Write ten songs that come on shuffle (no skipping).
Write your favorite lyric from each song.
Tag some people.

Alright, here we go!

1. Be Thou My Vision – performed by the Maranatha Singers.

I especially like the third verse!

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.

2. Angels We Have Heard On High – performed by Fernando Ortega.

I like the third verse of this song, too!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King!

Gloria In Excelsis Deo!
Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

3. The Solid Rock – performed by the Maranatha Singers.

All the verses are good, but here’s the first verse.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
Refrain:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. Stand Up For Jesus – sung by The Celebration Choir

Verse 1:

Stand up, stand up, for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss:
From victory unto victory,
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished,
And Christ is Lord indeed.

5. Christ Shall Have Dominion – sung by Grace Community Church (Texas)

Verse 1:

Christ shall have dominion over land and sea,
Earth’s remotest regions shall his empire be;
They that wilds inhabit shall their worship bring,
Kings shall render tribute, nations serve our King.
Refrain:
Christ shall have dominion over land and sea,
Earth’s remotest regions shall his empire be.

6. All Glory Be To Christ Our King – performed by Kings Kaleidoscope

I love all the verses, so it’s hard to choose!

Verse 1:

Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive.

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me, What is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn.
All glory be to Christ!

[Chorus]
All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

7. Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? – sung by Alan Jackson

Verse 1:

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Refrain:

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

8. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen – sung by Libera

Verse 1:

God rest you merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

9. Gloria – by GLAD

Sorry if this breaks the rules, but I’d like to post all the lyrics for this song!

Wish I could crash like the waves
Turn like the autumn leaves
In effort to praise you
Wish I could smell like the forest
The fragrance lifting a mighty chorus in effort to praise you
In effort to praise you
But I’m such a limited creature
And my words can only paint so many pictures
But somewhere I think I’ve read
That I am treasured over all creation
So I know that I must try
Wish I could roll like the thunder
To leave the earth below in wonder
In effort to praise you
Wish I could fall like the summer rain
Every drop would sing your name
In effort to praise you
In effort to praise you
But I’m such a limited creature
And my words can only paint so many pictures
But somewhere I think I’ve read
That I am treasured over all creation
So I know that I must try
I must try
Gloria! Glory in the highest
Forever I will hide myself in you
Oh, Gloria! Glory in the highest
Forever I will hide myself in you
Every breath that I breathe
Every moment in my history
Is an effort to praise you
An effort to praise you
Gloria! Glory in the highest
Forever I will hide myself in you
Oh, Gloria! Glory in the highest
Forever I will hide myself in you
Gloria! Glory in the highest
Forever I will hide myself in you
Oh, Gloria! Glory in excelsis Deo
Gloria, Gloria!

10. Creation Song – by Fernando Ortega

Verse 2:

He made the moon for its season,
The sun knows it setting.
He looks at the Earth and it trembles,
He touches the mountains
and they smoke,

I will sing to the Lord all my life,
I will sing praises to my God –
As long as I live,
Praises to the Lord, oh my soul.

Singing glory, hallelujah!
Glory to our God!
All praises and honor forever.

I will tag…

Lydia Potter

Hattush

Elisha

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Thank you, Rosy, for this opportunity to share my favorites!

Let the Contest Begin!

Attention please!! Here’s a very important announcement from Byron the Quokka…

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. Look at the neat tennis ball I found! Some careless human lost it, they must think these things grow on trees.

Ah! But I’m here to officially open our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, beginning–today!

Here’s the rules. The winner is that reader who requests a Christmas carol and, on the day it’s requested and posted, racks up the most views. So if, say, on Dec. 14, Reader A requests “Pat-a-Pan” and gets 24 views for it on that day; but on Dec. 17, Reader B requests “Noel” and gets 29 views for it on that day–well, Reader B would be the winner, unless someone else comes along and does even better.

I think the winner ought to get a tennis ball, I love the way you can pull the hair off them–the tennis balls, not the winner–but I think the prize will be an…

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