The Real Neat Blogger Award #2

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Mr. Holliman nominated me on December 28th, 2019.

Thank you very much, Mr. Holliman, for nominating me for the Real Neat Blogger Award!! Please visit and follow his blog here!!!

THE RULES:
Display the blog award logo in your blog.
Thank the blogger who nominated you. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.
Answer all the questions they have given you.
Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
Ask them 7 questions.

Questions from Mr. Holliman:

1. What was your favorite moment on Christmas?

My favorite moment was singing carols and praising God for Jesus Christ! 🙂

2. What is your new resolution for the new year of 2020?

My new resolution is to live my life for Christ, not for myself.

3. What was your biggest blessing in 2019?

That’s a hard question! God has given me so many blessings in 2019, but I think the biggest blessing was that God gave me a clearer vision of Jesus’ dying on the cross and rising again for me, a bigger assurance of my salvation.

4. Do you like being in the snow or on the beach?

I like being in the snow, but no snow so far this winter. 😦

5. How would you say this year went for you?

So far, this year is going fine for me, by God’s grace.

6. What do you like on your salad?

I don’t usually put dressing on my salad, but I like cobb dressing.

7. Do you like to take a run or a walk in the morning?

I don’t do either in the morning, sorry!

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My nominees are…

Lee Duigon

Lydia Potter

Renee

Jacquie

Keziah

Elisha

Saania

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Questions for my nominees:

  1. What book are you reading now?
  2. Have you ever moved?
  3. Do you like hot cocoa?
  4. How’s the weather out there?
  5. Have you ever gone bowling?
  6. What place on earth would you like to go to?
  7. Do you think you’ve said “OK!” over a thousand times in your life?

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That’s all for now, my dear ladies and gentlemen, and sorry for taking such a long time doing this! Thanks again for the nomination, Mr. Holliman! 🙂

Random Acts of Kindness Award #2

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I was nominated by Lydia Potter on December 22nd, 2019!

Thank you, Lydia, for nominating me for this award!! I’m very happy to get it! 🙂

Please follow her blog!!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you, and tag them.
  2. Write a paragraph or more on the experience of an act of kindness or something you have read or seen, or done, yourself.
  3. Nominate three people to participate in this award.
  4. Paste and copy the picture from above on your post.
  5. Let the people you nominated know they have been nominated.

My Story:

It was with inner grief that my brother and I waved good-bye to our parents. We looked up at the ominous train station. “Well, bro, here goes nothing,” said I to my brother. (Well, actually, in real life I didn’t say that. Keep in mind that probably about 34% of this story is exaggerated.) After spending 3 hours and 12 minutes trying to buy the tickets (There, I did it again. Sigh.), we waited for our train on the platform. “Look! Our train is a-comin’!” cheered my brother. But as it turned out, it was only Thomas the Tank Engine chuffing past us and whistling, “Hi, y’all folks! I’m a very useful engine!”, and we watched him as he disappeared into the distance. “WAIT!!!” I screamed, waving my hands in agitation. “I was your fan back when I was sometime between 1 and 7, so I sort of want your autograph!!!” But alas, by that time it was too late. Our real train arrived, and we made way for the 53 pigs to get off the train. (Four of them were apparently a quartet in a group named The Hotdogs Of The Future.) One of them stepped on my foot, but I’m alright, don’t worry. (By the way, please raise the percentage from 34% to 65%, because I didn’t know I was going to write all that junk.) So we got on the train, and about 20 minutes later (There that’s more like it!)…

We gave our seats to two elderly women.

THE END

Conclusion

Showing kindness to other people, like simple acts such as encouraging others, gift-giving, and giving your seat to someone else, is a way to spread happiness to the ones around us. Furthermore, it is a kind of reflection of the merciful kindness of Jesus when He was on this earth, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, making the lame to walk, and giving life to people who have died. The greatest act of kindness ever done on this planet earth was the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross. He willingly died for the people Whom God the Father gave to Him to be His chosen people before the world began. Let us thank God always for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the gift of salvation, for redemption, for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, for the work of the Holy Spirit, for the Word of God, the Holy Bible, for creating us, and for ruling over all things by His almighty power.

“And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” – 2 Peter 1:7

There are three people who will get nominated for this special award. And they are…

Keziah Hofmann, Lydia Rose, and Elijah Holston!

(Well, if I was permitted, I would have nominated ALL of you!!!)

Thank y’all for reading, and may 2019 end in happiness for you and may 2020 begin with joy and brightness. 😉

Thank you, God, for this precious year of 2019, and please bless the next year, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Held Over! Our Christmas Carol Contest

Let’s go and request carols on Lee Duigon’s blog!

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G’day after Christmas! Byron the Quokka here–and are you ready to close our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest? Well, I’m not!

Crikey, look at all the carols that we haven’t posted yet! The carol with 44 views the day it was posted, Dec. 12 (I think), is still in the lead. I don’t think anyone’s going to beat that, but we can keep on playing. The winner gets an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, when it’s published–which should be pretty soon.

Sorry, I’m not allowed to tell you who got those 44 views: don’t want to spoil the surprise. Meanwhile, no way we’re gonna run out of carols! You request ’em, I’ll post ’em.

And a Merry Christmas to us all, and as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one!

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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

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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!!! 🙂

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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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

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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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