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       Hello everyone!  Today I have a very different post than what I usually write, but it’s one that I have been very excited about!

     Grace from Vibrant for Jesus nominated me for the Liebster award.  Thank you so much, Grace!!  It was such a surprise, and I was thrilled!

     So, what does it mean that I was nominated?  Basically, it means that I have to answer the questions Grace asked me, and then I get to tag other bloggers with my own set of questions.  Keep reading to see who all I picked!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, include a link to their blog, and add the Liebster Award badge to your blog and/or post.
  2. Answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  5. Notify your nominees that you nominated them for the Liebster Award.
  6. Ask your nominees eleven questions.

It says the Liebster Award and is surrounded by pink flowers and a pink circle

     Okay, I’m going to start in answering Grace’s questions now.  I really like her list and the fact that so many of her questions are meaningful.

1. If you could only have three books of the Bible, which ones would you pick?

     This is a hard question!  The book that I so often find myself turning to is the book of Psalms.  It is full of so many encouraging promises of our faithful Lord.  So, Psalms would be one of my books.  I think I would also pick the gospel of John and…I guess maybe I would take Philippians for the other one.  It would vary depending on the stage of life I’m in I think.

2. Whatโ€™s something that the Lord has been teaching you lately?

     One thing the Lord has been showing me this week is my need to look to Him for fulfillment rather than my circumstances.  Our circumstances are going to come and go, but Jesus never changes!  He is always there for us, and we can be content no matter what if we base our contentment on Jesus’ faithfulness rather than our ever-changing situations.

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 

Psalm 34:8

3. How would you explain salvation to someone who has never heard of Jesus?

     This is a very deep question!  It would be much harder explaining salvation to someone who has never heard of Jesus than it would be to someone who already knows Who Jesus is.  I think it would be best to start with the creation story, telling them about God creating the world and mankind.  Then I would tell them about the garden of Eden and how man disobeyed God and had to leave His presence.  After this would come the good news!  God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and take our punishment so we could come into God’s presence again.  And because of this, when we die we can live with Him in Heaven forever. 

4. What are three of your favorite inspiring quotes?

     There are so many good quotes!  These aren’t necessarily my favorites but just 3 I decided to use.  And they all ended up being about trust, even though that wasn’t really planned.

I choose to trust in God, even with the things I do not know or understand. ~ Adrian Rogers

It’s a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates. ~ Amy Carmichael

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off.  You sit still and trust the engineer. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

5. What three words would you use to describe who Jesus is to you?

Savior

Friend

Guide

6. What do you spend the majority of your day doing?

     This varies somewhat from day to day and week to week.  I am trying to learn to focus on fewer things at a time, so some days I may work on one thing and some another.  Anyway, some of the things that keep me busy are blogging, making printable planners, and scrapbooking. 

Picture of lap covered in purple throw with a sleeping dog and white mug with hot tea

7. Who are five historical characters you admire?

     This list could become very long since I love history, but I’m just going to pick some random people without thinking about it as hard as I could.  Some of these are more well known than others.

Lillian Trasher

George Mueller

Corrie Ten Boom

George Washington Carver

Charlotte Maria Tucker

8. Do you prefer reading out of your paper Bible or your digital one?

     Yes, finally an easy question!  I definitely prefer reading out of my paper Bible.  While I do have an e-reader, and I enjoy using it for books that I don’t have hard copies of, I almost exclusively read one of my paper Bibles rather than reading on an e-reader or phone.  Bible apps are nice for sending verses to people though!

9. When you are sad, angry, or hurt, whatโ€™s a Bible passage that ministers to you?

     I could bring up more than one passage for this answer, but I’m going to give y’all my favorite Psalm: it’s Psam103.  I love the comfort in this psalm as it shows the love that our Heavenly Father has for us, His children.  Our first Monthly Melody was based on this psalm!

10. If you are joyful, happy, or excited whatโ€™s a Bible passage that helps you worship?

     Some verses that are encouraging and talk about God’s faithfulness are Lamentations 3:22-23  The second verse is the one I am most likely to think about.

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

11. What helps you to be focused on Jesus throughout the day?

     This is definitely an area where I need to grow.  I get so caught up in what I am doing and forget to think about the things that really matter.  One thing that is helpful is if I take a rest partway through the day.  Getting free of distractions can give your mind time to think about other things, focus on the Lord, and get refocused on what you need to do the rest of the day.  Another thing that helps me is when I have difficulties throughout the day.  These are reminders to me to look to the Lord for His strength.

11 Random Facts

  1. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
  2. I have a lot of hobbies and end up working on all kinds of things.
  3. I love designing and using my planner!
  4. The Lord has been teaching me about resting and living simply, and I hope to make that a major focus here on the blog.
  5. I was homeschooled, and I’m very thankful for the privilege.
  6. I love listening to Majesty Music.
  7. We recently did a study in family devotions about Bible study, and I use what I learned on some of the blog posts.
  8. I love to dream and think about making things and sharing ideas.
  9. I have enjoyed this cozy winter with a lot of hot tea and family read-aloud time.
  10. I’ve recently started doing more reading, and I’ve been doing the challenge!
  11. I’m thankful to have a blog; I’ve wanted to blog for a long time, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.

Nominations!

     And now for the big announcement you’ve all been waiting for!!  Who did I nominate for the Liebster Award?  Now, I didn’t have 5 blogs to nominate, but I did have 4.  And, here they are!!

Hannah @ More Than Just Reading

Grace @ Graceful Meadow

Rachel @ Shiloh Photography

Emily @  Changing Our Hearts

Please go check out these other blogs and follow them so that you can see what answers they give to these questions!

  1. What is your favorite Psalm?
  2. If you just found out that you had a vacation paid for to your top destination, where would you be going?
  3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
  4. Do you use a planner?  If so, what is it like?  If not, how do you keep track of your to-do list?
  5. What is one of your favorite hymns?
  6. Do you play a musical instrument?
  7. What is one thing the Lord taught you in 2020?
  8. Who is one of your favorite Bible characters?
  9. What is one character quality you would like to grow in this year?
  10. Do you prefer living a fast-paced life and being busy all the time or a more slow-paced, relaxing life?
  11. What is your top time management tip?

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Your turn!

     I only nominated 4 blogs.  For the rest of my nominations, I am nominating YOU!  I would love to have each of you answer any or all of my list of questions in the comments.  

     I hope to hear from you!

In Christ,

Bethany

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8 Comments

  1. Oh I’m so excited for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ !!! Thank you so much for nominating me! <3 I guess now I have a post for next week ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I loved reading your answers and the questions you are asking. This will definitely be a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Yay, that’s great that you have your topic now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was excited to be able to nominate you, and I’m glad you think it will be fun. I’ll enjoy reading the post!!

  3. I loved reading your answers, Bethany! I love that your answers were very focused on Christ! I hoped to draw that out in my nominees with my questions, but you went above and beyond bringing the attention back to Him. Kind of random, but that’s what your post made me think of! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Keep livin’ for Jesus!
    ~Grace

    1. Grace, thank you so much for tagging me and for your questions! I really appreciated how you made them meaningful so that I felt like I could make a profitable post out of them. Thank you for your sweet encouragement! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad we are becoming blog friends!

  4. Rachel says:

    Aw!!!! Loved reading your post and learning some new things about YOU!!!!โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you for nominating me. Such an honor!!!

    1. Aww, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Rachel!! And that you learned some things. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank YOU so much for being willing to participate. I’m looking forward to seeing your post come out!!!

  5. I really enjoyed your post, Bethany! I finally got around to finishing up my answers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here goes…

    1. What is your favorite Psalm? I have several. Right off the top of my head I would say Psalms 23, 27, 34, 37, 62, 100, and 139. I donโ€™t know which one is my favorite.
    2. If you just found out that you had a vacation paid for to your top destination, where would you be going? I am content to be exactly where I am (because I have a clear assurance that I am where God wants me to be), so I really donโ€™t want to travel anywhere right now. But if I had to choose a country, I would like to visit Mongolia some day.
    3. What is your favorite thing about blogging? I donโ€™t blog, but I follow two or three blogs. The blogposts I enjoy most are the ones that are on topics that interest me and speak directly to my heart.
    4. Do you use a planner? If so, what is it like? If not, how do you keep track of your to-do list? Yes, I use a planner. Actually, I am using two planners this year. One is a simple, to-the-point planner (with a weekly view) that has appointments and important notes in it. I use the other planner mainly for two things: 1) a list of the things I got done that day and 2) a brief overview of the day.
    5. What is one of your favorite hymns? Near to the Heart of God
    6. Do you play a musical instrument? Yes, I play piano and organ.
    7. What is one thing the Lord taught you in 2020? He taught me a lot of things in 2020 for which I am very grateful. One of them was the lesson of gratitude. We hear so many platitudes about being thankful, but when you are in the depths of discouragement, and then find out the true value of gratitude, it is life changing! That is a story in itself. ๐Ÿ™‚
    8. Who is one of your favorite Bible characters? Joseph.
    9. What is one character quality you would like to grow in this year? Gratitude and Peace (not worrying).
    10. Do you prefer living a fast-paced life and being busy all the time or a more slow-paced, relaxing life? Two years ago I would have said fast-paced. Not any more. Another invaluable lesson I had to learn last year was the benefits of slowing down.
    11. What is your top time management tip? Take breaks! Bonus: Write your to-do list and prioritize it the night before.

    1. Agape!! Thank you SO much for taking the time to answer all of these questions! I loved reading your answers. It encouraged me to see how the Lord has been teaching you and helping you to grow in your walk with Him. Your answers about slow living and time management were really good. Keep living for Jesus right where He has you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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