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

 

Part 3: Remembering My Dad (lessons and spiritual growth)

That was nearly twenty years ago; I can still feel the sting of the pain even now…Goodness I miss my dad…

*This is part 3 of a 3 part series- links to parts 1 and 2 are located at the bottom of this post

Growing up I took for granted the idea of family time and commitment. We had many fun times, but I failed to place much value on our years together while they were occurring.

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Winter of 1999-a few months after my dad’s motorcycle accident

I’ve managed to mentally revisit and collect the moments we spent together and I hold on to those precious memories now.

I can also identify our number one struggle as well. We believed in God, but we were far from a relationship with Jesus, therefore our family-dynamic suffered in following Christian morals, which led to lenient parenting. Often times I was absent—drinking and partying with friends. House rules and expectations were shallow for me; late nights and a selfish mentality were abundant. Mistakes and poor choices were high as I ran wild.

It wasn’t until I was married with three young children and in my mid-twenties that I recognized the hurt and brokenness in me. I thought I could fix it on my own and I tried for the next five years.

I watched as my mother, meanwhile, had found healing over my father’s death by seeking Christ. I remember relying heavily on her for wisdom during that trying period and she pointed me to Jesus every time.

And then one day I finally submitted… Continue reading “Part 3: Remembering My Dad (lessons and spiritual growth)”