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”!!!!!

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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! 🙂

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!

The Blogger Recognition Award

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I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Jyoti on June 14, 2019 and by Renee on June 12th, 2019!! Thank you so much, Jyoti and Renee!! I really appreciate it! Please visit and follow their amazing blogs at: https://jyoticorner.home.blog/ & https://hearttokenshome.wordpress.com/ !!

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The Rules Of This Award

  1. Write a post displaying your award.
  2. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Tell the story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate other bloggers for the award.
  6. Let the nominees know that you have nominated them.

About the Blogger Recognition Award (By Jyoti)

The Blogger Recognition Award is an award given in recognition of all the hard work that goes into creating a blog. It is a way for bloggers to support, motivate and promote other bloggers who have clearly put in huge amounts of time and effort, and produced valuable content.

Bloggers are very talented people – they work hard, they promote, market, advertise, run a busy site.

They organise all kinds of activities, they encourage, motivate, interact, engage and are community orientated. It matters not if they are shy and reticent or loud and personable – each actively progressive blogger is the same – they all work hard and passionately with their blogs, they put the hours in to deliver to their audience each day a welcoming location to read, absorb, learn and have fun.

To escape the hustle bustles of city life, or the begrudgeries of boredom – they entice readers to peruse their pages to look for entertainment.

That is what the BRA celebrates.


HOW MY BLOG STARTED: THE STORY

Believe it or not… this blog that you are viewing now would not be existing if I had never seen this picture…

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“What!?!” you may be a-wonderin’. “THIS!?!”

AND HERE’S THE STORY OF HOW MY BLOG STARTED!!! CLICK HERE AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE COMMENTS TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY AND MAKE A GRAND DISCOVERY!!!


 

Two Pieces of Advice I Will Give To New Bloggers – Words From a Fellow Beginner

  1. Try to post a variety of stuff, share your favorite songs, write your own stories, share the things you love to all the world! Just try not to share too much private information, be careful to limit what you share. Try to post interesting things, constantly if possible.
  2. Try to reply to and like all comments, visit others’ blogs, and be friendly! Even if you’re not an outgoing person, make sure you interact with your followers and your fellow bloggers. Have fun in your blogging journey! 🙂

 

My Nominees:

Lee Duigon, I find it hard to express my greatest thanks for recommending me to make this blog! Thank you, Mr. Duigon, and I’m looking forward to what God has in store for me in my blogging journey.

Elijah Holston, thank you so much for being such a great blogging friend and an encouraging Brother in Christ! Also I want to thank you for being my very first follower!

SLIMJIM, pastor for the LORD, thank you so much for always commenting on my blog from the start to now. Let us all grow in the faith and in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Thank you again, Jyoti and Renee!! It was fun!

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Liebster Award #4

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Nominated on 6-13-2019 by Elisha McFarland.

Thank you very much for nominating me for the Liebster Award, Elisha! This Liebster Award is an upgraded version. Please check out Elisha’s cool blog and follow him at: https://africaboy.home.blog/

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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 11 questions and ask them to your nominees!
  6. Notify your 11 nominees.

11 Facts About Joshua M. Swanson:

  1. I have been living in Japan for all my 18 years.
  2. I am about 5’7″ wide… I mean tall.
  3. I am a Christian who accepts Jesus Christ as my Savior from my countless sins.
  4. I am a night owl who goes to bed at “AHH!!!” and wakes up at “EEK”! 😱
  5. My favorite series is the Bell Mountain Series by Lee Duigon.
  6. I have much more fellowship with other Brothers and Sisters in Christ than before I made this blog, for which I am very thankful to God.
  7. To list a few of my dreams for the future, I want to be a made-successful-by-God English teacher, translator, writer, and maybe a father.
  8. I’m right smack in the middle between an introvert and an extrovert.
  9. I’m practicing the piano and guitar.
  10. The “M.” in my name doesn’t stand for “Mickeymouse”… it stands for “Makoto”, which means “truth” in Japanese.
  11. I want to become a better person, a person who is useful for Christ’s ministry.

11 Questions Asked By Elisha W. McFarland:

  1. Predestination or Free Will? Predestination. I am a Calvinist.
  2. How long have you been a Christian? I was born in a Christian family. Although baptized on June 16th, 2013, Father’s Day, it is a recent thing that I thought more about my sins and about the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m not sure when I became a Christian, but I have the assurance that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins. It is an every day thing that pray for the forgiveness of my sins. And I pray for all the true Christians in the world.
  3. What is your favorite type of smoothie? I like banana smoothies.
  4. McDonald’s or Wendy’s? McDonald’s. When you said “Wendy’s”, some nostalgic memories came back to my mind. It’s been more than a decade since I’ve been there.
  5. Do you follow sports? If so, what sport and what professional team? I sort of like baseball. I like Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Los Angeles Angels, the latter is because Shohei Ohtani, last year’s American League Rookie of the Year, is in that team.
  6. The NBA Finals have been going on. Do you have any opinions on this? Dad kind of likes the Warriors, so I’m kind of rooting for them.
  7. What is your favorite thing about your way of schooling (homeschooling or real schooling)? Oh, without question, I definitely like homeschooling. It’s more Biblical, students don’t get taught the Big Lie called evolution, and students get to have more free time, and they learn a lot more than students going to “real” schools. I’ve been homeschooled my whole life.
  8. Do you think soda rots your brain? Well, no, not really… honestly I never even thought about that… I actually like soda, my favorite being root beer!
  9. What is your favorite chapter of the Bible? That’s a hard question! There are many answers, but my #1 favorite chapter of the Bible is Psalm 23. I recite it every night before I go to sleep.
  10. What is your favorite book? My favorite book is Bell Mountain, by Christian fantasy author, Lee Duigon. Bell Mountain is the first of 13 books (#12 is coming soon, and #13 is now being written by Mr. Duigon). I really love the whole Bell Mountain Series, and I hope some of you folks out there would read them! I’ve always wanted to make a post about the series, and I hope to do it someday soon! Please check out Lee Duigon’s blog at: http://leeduigon.wordpress.com/
  11. If you could live in one country for a week, what would it be? I’m fond of Latin music and nature, so I wouldn’t mind living in Peru for a week! A group I like is from Peru (Please go ahead and search “Rijchary” on my blog!) I’ve studied Spanish a little, but recently I haven’t… Muchas gracias for reading!

I Nominate…

Elijah Holston

Lydia Potter

Lydia Rose

Lee Duigon

Keziah Hofmann

Ilona Madam

Jyoti107

John Eli

Allison D. Reid

Jacquie A. Bradford

Hannahjoy1914

(I hope you will enjoy doing this, dear friends, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!!)

My Questions For My Nominees Are…

  1. Have you read the Bible?
  2. What’s your favorite place?
  3. Whose autograph do you want to get?
  4. Do you have a pet? If so, what is/are its/their name(s)?
  5. How many blog followers do you have?
  6. Who is/are the hero(es) of your life?
  7. What type(s) of music do you like?
  8. Have you ever had a close encounter with a wild animal?
  9. What’s your favorite day of the week?
  10. What movie would you like to be in?
  11. What color are your eyes?

Thanks again for the nomination, Elisha! I enjoyed this.

See you around, guys.

By Joshua Mickeymouse Swanson…

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