Blogger Recognition Award

Recently a fellow blogging friend sent me a notification that she’d selected me for a Blogging Recognition Award.

This blogging friend is Tina from God’s Kid Speaks. Check her blog out at http://godskidspeaks.wordpress.com/

She’s a fantastic writer with great insight, tons of wisdom, and a plethora of encouragement, and she had received the same award herself a few days before!

Thanks so much Tina for nominating me, this was a first for me also and I truly appreciate it!

I love that this award came at this time because my husband and I just attended an awards banquet a few weeks ago for the company he works for. Each of the employees were recognized and awarded for their number of years of commitment to the company. It was neat to meet and spend time with the CEO of this very successful company, to watch his humble presence and mannerism was absolutely remarkable! So the idea of awards was already fresh in mind from that.

It got me thinking of God’s humble attitude with us and how He longs to award us in Heaven one day.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10

Blogging Recognition Award: How it works?

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Write a post to show your award. Give a brief story of how your blog started. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. Select fellow bloggers for this award. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.

How my blog got started:

I’ve been writing since I was a young teenager. I always kept diaries as a teen but when I read over them in my late teen years I destroyed them because I thought they were ridiculous. I wrote (some) during college in one of my English classes after the death of my dad and that was such a stress reliever.

Then I took a looong break from writing and in 2013 when I allowed Jesus to fully grab my attention I picked up a notebook and pen and began writing again—mostly quotes, or different ways God spoke to me. I remember being in Haiti a few years ago with a best friend of mine and I journaled a lot while I was there because I wanted to hold the moment captive, it was such a sweet impressionable time. Anyway my friend and her family would joke, “Alicia, are you writing a book while you’re here?”….but I couldn’t help it, I just had to write about the experience of being in Haiti. Sometimes pictures just can’t capture a moment the way words have the capability to do so and that was definitely one of those times.

Over the past few years I’ve been reading devotions from Proverbs 31 ministry, which are emailed to me every week day and I just loved these women’s style of writing and I learned from it and sort of adopted it. When some of my writings resembled devotion type styles like theirs I decided I wanted to be able to share with others how God had and is working in my life. My only goal through this blog is to point others to Christ, that’s it. I just want to see people saved, that’s all. 

Writing has been a huge element in understanding myself better and for that I praise the only One who deserves credit. As long as God continues to prod at my heart to write, I’ll do so! When God uses my writings to speak something to you I hope you glorify Him:) FYI I pray a quick prayer over each post before hitting publish, that God would use it to reach people…For His Purpose.

Two pieces of advice for fellow bloggers:

  1. Be Real. If it’s something you can’t see yourself saying to someone in a conversation then you probably shouldn’t be writing it. Just simply write what’s on your heart, people love and are drawn to genuine character. When someone can relate to what you’ve shared in your writing, relationships have the opportunity to grow.
  1. Get active. And in an ever crazed world of athletic emphasis and health nuts, I’m not referring to sports! What I am suggesting is that you seek out fellow bloggers who share the same interests as you, follow one another’s blog and from there encourage and build one another up by hitting the like button and commenting on posts.

Now I’d love to nominate other bloggers whose words have encouraged and inspired me along the way.

It’s not necessary to repost your nomination, if you would rather not that’s totally fine. If so just follow the Instructions above. Regardless I want to recognize you for the purpose of my blog and how you’ve inspired me through the comments you’ve left on my blog or something you’ve written on your own blog. Thanks so much, keep “write” on with your amazing blogging adventure!

https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com

https://eyesofabeliever.blog/

https://becominghistapestry.com

https://miraclesformalachi.com

https://thesarahgriffithblog.com

https://heatherroo.com

https://fracturedfaithblog.com

https://thegoodnewsfamily.com

Also again thanks Tina for the nomination and I’d send it right back at ya because I love and agree 100 percent with everything you blog!!

http://godskidspeaks.wordpress.com

 

First Jesus, then coffee…one more cup: part 2

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When I wrote my last blog-post (First Jesus, then coffee) I didn’t know I’d have a part two until I was just finishing up.

It prompted me to consider a recent conversation my husband and I had…
‘The way we’re living day to day—the things we’re saying and doing, our behavior and actions are all a representation of our Christian faith.’

When we’re asked to give our testimony, we want it to be an accurate reflection of who we are in Christ and ultimately who Jesus is. As His followers we need to portray Him well, not only outside of our home but inside also.

For the two of us, while growing up, our view of God was misrepresented therefore we lived a life apart from Him—and I wouldn’t blame our parents for that; more than likely they had misconstrued ideas or a void of Christ as well during their years at home and prior to that it’d been an ongoing defect passed down generation after generation.

As a result our testimonies contain heartache and regret (from a lack of Christian wisdom and direction). Continue reading “First Jesus, then coffee…one more cup: part 2”