Two Outstanding Blogger Awards!

Thank you, Elisha McFarland and Lydia Potter, for nominating me for the Outstanding Blogger Award! Go give these guys a follow!!

Elisha’s blog: https://elishamcfarland.com/

Lydia’s blog: https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/blog/

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The Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original post. Outstanding Blogger Award by Colton Beckwith.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award.

Questions from Elisha McFarland:

1: What (or who) inspires you?

My father, mother, and brother inspire me! The Bible inspires me most of all!

2: What is your favorite blog to read?

Lee Duigon’s blog, and many more, of course!

3: Do you enjoy writing?

Yes, I do! I write in my diary every day (since 2015, and I’ve written a few entries when I was younger before the year 2015).

4: Do you have a specific goal for your blog?

My goal is that God will use this blog to reach even one of His elect.

5: What is your favorite conversation topic?

I like to talk about my favorite movies.

6: Do you write about this topic?

I mentioned movies before and I’m posting some on my blog, but I don’t get into detail about movies. So, the answer is close to “No, I don’t.”

7: Do you like coffee?

YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! No morning passes by without a cup o’ coffee in my mouth! (Except when I oversleep, that is… 😅)

8: Do you, like me, have a specific snack you eat while blogging?

I don’t eat snacks when I blog. (I don’t spend too much time on my blog, and most of the stuff I post here are just videos, so I don’t really have to spend too much time.) BUT! As I’m writing this post, I declare I’m eating an éclair! 😅

9: Who taught you how to write?

My dad and mom taught me how to write.

10: What is your strongest conviction?

My strongest conviction is that Christ died for my sins, paid the price of my sins, and secured my salvation. By the everlasting grace and mercy of God, I am convinced that I will go to Heaven when Jesus comes back or when I die, not because of what I have done, but by the merits of Jesus Christ alone!

11: Do you have vision for the future? If so, explain.

My vision for the future is… well, there’re quite a few clouds covering up my future (’cause I don’t have the ability to see through the future, obviously 😅), so I can’t really see well, but I’m hoping, if the Lord wills it, that I will get a good job, become a teacher and/or translator and/or evangelist, get married, etc.

12: What activities (besides writing) do you enjoy?

I really enjoy reading, teaching English, translating, Instagramming (if that’s even a word 😅) etc.

13: Do you think social media is good or helpful?

I think it’s helpful, especially when trying to spread the gospel, but it’s not that good in that it takes a lot of time away from the individual, when more time should be spent with family members.

14: What is your greatest wish?

My greatest wish is that Jesus Christ will come back soon and rule!

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Questions from Lydia Potter:

1: What is the most important part of each day to you?

The times when I pray to my Heavenly Father in Heaven!

2: What is your favorite way to exercise/work out?

I like to exercise with dumbbells. Do I use them often? No. Period. 😅

3: What is a food you could never get tired of eating?

Oh, I’ll never get tired of eating… POTATO CHIPS!!! I have to confess unto you all… I’m quite fond of junk food… 😅

4: What is your birthday month?

Good question! My birthday month is January. Coincidentally, the numbers in my birthday are the same numbers as the age when the Biblical Joshua died. (Egyptian Prime Minister Joseph also died at the same age.)

5: What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

The scariest thing I’ve ever done was teaching a class all by myself for the first time.

6: How often do you get a headache and how do you get rid of it?

I used to get a lot of headaches when I was younger, but recently I haven’t gotten very many, thanks to the Lord. When I want to get rid of it, I pull some of the hairs on my head upward to let the blood flow more freely inside. That way the headaches subside a little, if not altogether.

7: Have you ever told a joke to a bunch of people, but you were the only one that thought it was funny?

Almost all my jokes are only understandable by my brother, Jeremy, and I don’t really joke around other people other than my brother. Oh, I just though of something that is a little relevant to this question: I once said to a friend, “What do you spell with the letters, S-H-O-P?” My friend said “Shop.” Then I said, “What do you do when it’s a green light?” And then my friend said, “Go”… YOU’RE SUPPOSSED TO SAY “STOP!!!” Auuughhhhh!!!!

Yes, that joke was made up by Ray Comfort. Those who have watched his videos at Living Waters would have known that probably.

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Thank you so much for those amazing questions, Elisha and Lydia!! I enjoyed them!

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My Nominees:

Lee Duigon

SlimJim

Bonnie Hawkins

Mr. Holliman

Mrs. Holliman

Cathy

Steve McLeod

Joah Pearson

Greg Dennison

Sheila D.Currie Blake

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Questions for my nominees:

1: What was the exact date when you started your blog?

2: Do you remember how you became a Christian?

3: What kind of music do you like?

4: Have you ever evangelized or passed out tracts to anybody?

5: What place in the world would you like to go to someday?

6: How often do you watch videos on YouTube?

7: Do you listen to songs on Spotify?

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Thank you all for reading this!

Exposure to Covid – Update — In His Service and Loving It

Here’s an update from Lydia about the condition of the Covid-19 virus in her church. Please continue in prayer, that the church members will be healed and that there will be no further spread. We must thank the Lord for keeping Lydia’s family safe so far!

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV


First of all, I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words, love, and prayers the past few days regarding our family dealing with being exposed to Covid and dealing with the loss of my little sibling. They mean so much to my family and I. My mom was deeply touched by all […]

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Sunshine Blogger Award #8

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Lydia kindly gave me this award on July 14th, 2020!

Thank you, Lydia, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Lydia’s blog: https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/blog/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJMS5e88_rp8LxtnJH-kjZw

Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.

2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

3. Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

4. Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.

5. List the rules and display a sunshine blogger award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Lydia’s Questions

1. Diet or regular soda?

I usually drink regular soda. Root beer’s my favorite, BTW!

2. Water with ice or no ice?

I like water with no ice. Well, it depends on the ice. If the ice is from the fridge, then when it melts in the water it makes the water taste kinda bad.

3. What is your favorite animal that lives in the sea?

Good question!! I was always a fan of sea animals! Let’s see… this is turning out to be a mind-user. Ah-ha! My favorite sea creature is the GIANT SQUID!!! Just imagine seeing it in the ocean fighting with a gigantic whale that is approximately the same size! (Of course, you will need a submarine to see that!)

If Mr. Mosasaurus was still alive, then I would have put him on the victory stand.

4. What is your favorite board game?

I think I’m going to say Scrabble. Chess comes super close second.

5. What was your biggest highlight from the past week?

We ate at a gluten-free noodle restaurant! Haven’t been to a restaurant in ages, it seems!

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Pet peeve? I can honestly say I’ve never heard that word before you mentioned it! After searching for the meaning on the internet, I found myself thinking, “Hmm… a small thing that annoys me… What can it be?” And then “💡” went my brain! I get annoyed when I drop things on the floor… from books to tissues. You know, the germs and all. I hate germs. The moment something touches the floor, I’m like… (Wilhelm scream 😱)!!!

7. What question do you get asked most?

In real life, probably the question I get asked the most is “How are you?”, to which I almost always reply, “I’m fine, thank you, and you?” Actually I get asked that question a lot in the blogging world, too! Thanks, guys, for thinking about me!

8. What was the last meal you ate?

Of course it depends on when I post this, but let’s see what the answer will be…

Wait a minute here! Am I beginning to write a poem or something?

“Let all of us see

What the answer will be,

Whether it’s today

Or some other fine day!”

Joshua Swanson (July 21st, 2020, at precisely 1:20 AM!!!… Oops, now you know what time I go to bed!)

July 21st Noon Update: Well, here we go! The answer is… (drums and cymbal)

HAMBURG STEAK AND CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE MIX!!!

You can forget that poem now.

9. Do you prefer hot or cold temps outside?

I definitely prefer cold temps outside. It’s just a matter of putting on more layers, whereas in hot temps… I hate summer! Hot temps = Hot tempers.

10. What is your favorite flavor of gum?

I haven’t chewed on gum for centuries! (Wait a minute, I haven’t lived that long yet.) Well, I wanted to say that I haven’t chewed on gum for a long time! But my favorite gum flavor is mint.

11. On a scale of 1-10, (1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest) how would you rate yourself as being an adventurous person?

Hmm… another good one. I’d say 3 or 4? I’m an indoors person, but I want to be more of an adventurous outdoors person. It’s probably healthier, and you get to know more about God’s wonderful creation!

My nominees:

  1. Lee
  2. Bonnie
  3. Rosy
  4. Hattush
  5. Jim
  6. Sheila
  7. Ken
  8. Colton
  9. Elisha
  10. Elijah
  11. Steve

My questions to the nominees:

  1. What was the best birthday present you’ve ever got?
  2. What Bible verse has been on your mind the most recently?
  3. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
  4. What book do you want to read someday?
  5. Who’s your favorite Bible character?
  6. Do you do Instagram?
  7. Who’s your favorite preacher?
  8. How many blogs do you have?
  9. Who do you think should be the next U.S. President?
  10. Should smoking and alcohol consumption be banned?
  11. When the virus finally goes away, what place do you want to visit?

Well, that’s all, folks! Thanks a lot for taking time to read this!

Thanks again for the nomination, Lydia!

Exposed to Covid – Please Pray — In His Service and Loving It

Please pray that Lydia and her family won’t get the coronavirus. Please pray for her church as well.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28


 

Yes, you read that title correctly. Unfortunately, my family and I have been exposed to Covid.😬 So far, 10 people in our church that we’ve been around either have the virus or are very sick and have been tested waiting for results. Looks like I’ll be the next person making one of those 2 week […]

via Exposed to Covid – Please Pray — In His Service and Loving It

The Food Award #2

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Lydia nominated me on June 23rd, 2020.

I have been nominated by Lydia Potter for the Food Award! Thanks a lot, Lydia! Make sure you check out her blog and YouTube channel!

The Rules:
Thank the person that nominated you.
Pingback to the creator, Elisha at https://elishamcfarland.com/.
Use the same featured image as your nominator.
Answer the five questions.
Create five questions about food.
Nominate five people.

Questions from Lydia:

1. Do you like dried fruit?

Yes, indeed! I especially like raisins.

2. Have you ever eaten squirrel?

Squirrel? No, I’ve never eaten squirrel in my life. Is it good? 🤔❓🐿{😅)

3. What is your favorite soup?

Oh, I would have to say “Corn soup!” to that question! 🍵🥄😋{いただきます!!)

4. How do you like your steak cooked?

I like my steak medium-rare.

5. When was the last time you ate a pasta dish and what was it?

The last time I ate a pasta dish was on June 18th, 2020 (Say, my diary’s more useful than I thought! 😄), and that was Thursday I should say. It was a scrumptious meal that my mom made: pasta with tomato sauce and onions, and it was called “naporitan.” Sounds French, eh? (And later, after searching “naporitan,” I found out that I had made an error. It’s Italian. Of course it’s Italian, you dunderhead Josh!🤪)

But come to think of it, there was once a French emperor that had the name “Naporitan,” right? Emperor Naporitan, doesn’t really sound good, but hey, we can’t change history.

My nominees:

Lee Duigon

Rosy Marr

Bonnie

Hattush

Steve McLeod

My questions:

1. What’s your favorite soda drink?

2. What do you usually order at your favorite restaurant?

3. Do you like to listen to music while you eat?

4. Which ethnic food do you find the most to your liking?

5. Have you ever eaten sushi?

(All this talk about food makes me kinda hungry!)

Thank you again, Lydia, and I express my gratitude to all those who have read this! 😄

And thank you, God, for the food You so graciously give us each day!

Mystery Blogger Award #7

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Lydia Potter nominated me for this on May 14th, 2020!

Thank you so much, Lydia, for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award!! That was so kind of you! (To my readers: make sure to check out her blog and to give her a follow!)

The Rules:
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3. Mention the creator of the award.
4. Answers the five questions you were asked.
5. Tell the readers three things about yourself.
6. Nominate ten to twenty bloggers.
7. Notify the bloggers (tell them you nominated them) by commenting on one of their posts.
8. Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one.
9. Share a link to your best posts.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.

My best posts (well, my personal favorites at least) are: Creation VS Evolution, The Bell Mountain Series by Lee Duigon, The Adventures of Joshua and Jeremy: The Hike Up Thunder Mountain, The Scrabble Game 2, J&J’s LEGO Stories: #1, and The Word of God.

3 Facts About Me:

I believe that the Bible is true.
I like to write my diary every day.
I am a very, very, very, very slow eater.

The Questions:

1. Do you prefer solid color clothes or a pattern?
I like both, but I prefer clothes with patterns,

2. What are your 3 favorite things you do every day?
I like to drink coffee, read my Bible, and pray.

3. How often do you post on your blog?
I used to post every day, but recently I’ve been doing only a few posts a month.

4. When you handwrite, do you write in cursive or print?
I write in cursive.

5. When was the last time you ate bacon?
The first thing I wrote was: “Hmm… I don’t remember exactly when I last ate bacon, but I think I ate some with fried rice (called “chahan”) four or five weeks ago,” but later, the time of my latest bacon consumption changed. On June 10th, 2020, Wednesday, at approximately 12:00 PM, I ate bacon strips, and, oh, they tasted swell.

(P.S. – I also ate bacon on June 17th, Wednesday, when it showed up in my lunchbox. Thanks, Mom!)

(P.P.S. – Sigh. This is what’ll happen if you wait until after Father’s Day to post this… you get to eat a whole pig before you can answer the question!!! On June 19th, Friday, Mom served us some delicious Japanese food which included some salmon, miso soup, and, you guessed it, bacon. I ate bacon on that day at around 12:15 PM, by the way! So what!?)

(P.P.P.S. – On June 21st, 2020, which, come to think of it, was yesterday, I ate chahan, and I don’t think I have to mention what was in it. 😉 )

I feel as if I’ve eaten an entire pig in order to answer this question! 🐷

I will nominate 12 people…

Mr. Holliman

Mrs. Holliman

Elijah Holston

Elisha McFarland

Lydia Rose

Keziah Hofmann

Joah Pearson

John Eli Garay

Sophia Lorena Benjamin

Jacquie A. Bradford

Robert Chamberlain

Ryan Callahan

The 5 Questions to the 12 Nominees:

1. What encourages you during these trying times?
2. What gives you the greatest happiness in your life?
3. How often do you wear a watch?
4. What is your favorite zoo?
5. Have you ever eaten black garlic? If so, do you like it?

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Thank you once again, Lydia! And thank y’all for reading! 🙂

The Real Neat Blog Award #4

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I was nominated by Lydia Potter on April 15th!

Thank you so much for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award, Lydia!! I really appreciate it, and you’ve given me the 4th one of this award!

You can go and visit and follow her blog, “In His Service And Loving It,” right here!

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

Lydia’s Questions:

1. What was/is your favorite school subject?

My favorite subject was English!

2. How often do you do something really weird that you regret?

Probably every time I write a comment, as almost every time I tend to write something dumb.

3. In your opinion, what’s something you do that passes time really well?

Reading the Bible, blogging, and watching YouTube videos!

4. Meat or veggie pizza?

I like the combination of both, but I prefer meat to veggies.

5. Do you like lizards?

Yes, I do, but not when they crawl all over my legs, which never happened before! 😄

6. Blue tooth, headphones, or earbuds?

Earbuds! They’re my ears’ buddies!

7. What did you do for Easter this year?

I watched and listened to sermons on the Internet, and prayed and thanked God for sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to Earth to die on the cross for those whom He has chosen, and for resurrecting Him from the dead. Christ’s resurrection is evidence that He will return to Earth and judge the world at His Second Coming!

My 7 Nominees Are…

Mr. Holliman
Mrs. Holliman
Ryan Callahan
Green Mountain Girl
Bonnie Hawkins
Kenneth Ratcliffe
Hattush Reschly

My 7 Questions to My Nominees:

1. Have you ever read the Bell Mountain series?
2. What did you like to do when you were around 5?
3. How often do you take a walk outside?
4. What Bible verse did you find the most inspiring recently?
5. Can you see well enough without glasses?
6. When was the last time you saw a rainbow?
7. What future event do you look forward to the most?

Thank you all, or should I say “y’all,” for reading this blog post.

And thank you once more, Lydia, for the nomination! I really enjoyed doing this!

Stay tuned for the next post! 😊

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 be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32

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.

Barnabas Award

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I’ve been nominated for this award by Lydia Potter on October 10th, 2019!!

THANK YOU, LYDIA! I’ve been nominated for the Barnabas Award!! It’s a new one for me. Please check out and follow Lydia Potter at https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/ !!

“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. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.

(Barnabas was a historical figure who appears in the Bible. Click here for Bible verses about him!!)

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5 things about me:

  1. I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is God!
  2. I like to read books, especially Christian books.
  3. I enjoy watching baseball.
  4. I’m not into playing sports.
  5. I highly anticipate the Second Coming of Jesus Christ my Lord!!

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5 questions asked by Lydia:

Q.1. Who in your life is your biggest encourager?

Jesus Christ my God, Who is my Encourager and Comforter at all times!!

Q.2. How do you see yourself as being an encouragement to others?

It’s not much, but I try to encourage others by writing my posts and sharing other bloggers’ good stuff!!

Q.3. When was the last time someone gave you words of encouragement?

Today, by my valuable blogging friends!

Q.4. When you are down, what encourages you to get back up and keep pressing on?

God’s promises, written to us in His Word the Holy Bible.

Q.5. Who was your greatest encourager when you first accepted Christ?

My family! (I hope that counts as one! 😉 )

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5 bloggers who are an encouragement and an inspiration to me are…

Lee Duigon

Elijah Holston

Keziah E.

SLIMJIM

Elisha McFarland

(Of course, there are many more, but five’s the number!)

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5 questions to my nominees:

  1. When was the last time you helped somebody?
  2. What time of the day do you usually blog?
  3. When was the last time you drank a cup of coffee?
  4. What was the starting point of your blog?
  5. What is your favorite kind of weather?

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That’s that! Thanks again for this wonderful award, Lydia!!

G’day t’y’all!!! 🙂