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Life Update + Liebster Award

Hello lovely readers and followers! I know it’s been a while since I posted, but life has been…life. There are twists and turns that take you up and down in ways that you can never imagine. Although a lot of these twists and turns have been challenges, I can see the growth and blessings behind every single one of them.

As many of you know, I am recovering from a broken elbow. This has made writing difficult, but not impossible. A few weeks ago I also lost my beloved cat, Lunabelle.  I have never felt such pain before, and I know my family has experienced a lot of loss lately. Despite everything, God has shown His faithfulness to me. And I want to celebrate that in this post.

Two amazing bloggers have nominated me for the Liebster award. Both Courtney and Lea are young women who are passionate about Jesus and writing. Please check them out when you have time!

I have modified the rules a little bit in order to make this post easier on my arm, and I decided to take my 5 favorite questions from each blogger.  Since I know so many blogs who have gotten Liebster awards, I will not nominate 11. If you would like to participate, please feel free to nominate yourself and tag me in your post!

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

My Questions

Lea’s Questions

1. What is your favorite animal?

I’m a huge animal lover, but I would have to say that cats are my favorite. I’m just a crazy cat lady. Lunabelle was my first cat, and I’m so grateful God gave her to me. 

My cat Lunabelle

 

2. Favorite thing about blogging?

My favorite aspect of blogging is interacting with the readers. Your comments mean the world to me. I love to see God moving through the words that I write. It gives me so much joy.

3. Share something you love about yourself.

I love how I’m a caring person who has great empathy for others. It can be hard, as it makes me more sensitive. But I know that it is a strength.

4. Share a vision you have for your future you.

In the future, I see myself publishing a novel. I also hope to see myself getting married and having many adventures with Jesus.

5. Tell me 3 things you are grateful for.

I am grateful for God’s grace, my family and loved ones, and books!

Courtney’s Questions

1. What are your Christmas traditions?

I know the holidays are over, but I thought this was a fun question. I love putting up the Christmas tree with my brother and sister-in-law and hiding the pickle ornament. It’s a German tradition that came from my Grandma Jean, who passed away last year. The one who finds the pickle first gets to open up their present first.

2. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

My New Year’s resolutions are to write daily (I’m slowly getting there LOL) and to find hope in each day.

3. What was the last movie you saw?

I honestly can’t remember. I don’t watch a lot of movies. But I did watch the Twilight Zone TV series recently and found it pretty interesting!

4. What was your best moment from 2017?

I suppose one of my best moments was falling in love… and not just with my boyfriend. I think I fell more in love with my friends, family, and God this year than ever before.

5. What was one of your most difficult challenges in 2017?

The challenge from 2017 that I’m still struggling with is losing Luna. Learning to trust God while recovering from my injury has also been a struggle, but a huge blessing.

I Nominate

Nikki

Melinda

Desiree

Melanie

Grvya

Tianna

Questions for My Nominees

  1. Why is writing/blogging so important to you?
  2. Do you have any pets? If not, would you want to adopt a pet?
  3. What is one band or musician who you are obsessed with?
  4. How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions?
  5. Do you journal?
  6. Name something you are passionate about.
  7. What is the last book you’ve read?
  8. Who in your life has been an encouragement to you lately?
  9. What is your favorite way to practice self-care?
  10. Where have you traveled? If you don’t travel much (like me), where would you like to go?
  11. How do you feel about winter?

Here you go! I’m excited to read all of your responses. I pray that everyone reading this has a blessed and healthy New Year.


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Liebster Award + Announcement!

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Hello lovely readers and followers! Today is a very special Friday because I have two announcements:

  1. I am honored to be a contributing author for Rethink, a website that challenges thinking on God, the church, and culture. You can find my first post here.
  2. I’ve been nominated for my third Liebster Award!

Fellow blogger and friend Courtney from 1 Timothy 4:12 Girl has nominated me for this Liebster Award. She is a Christian blogger who is very passionate about her faith and is super sweet. Please check out her blog when you get the chance 🙂

The rules are

  1. Answer the 11 questions you are provided with by the person who nominated you.
  2. Nominate 11 new bloggers who have less than 500 followers.
  3. Post the Liebster award to your blog.

The questions are

1.What is the funniest thing that has happened to you?

I’m sure that this isn’t the funniest thing to happen to me, but it is incredible. I absolutely HATE running, but one year in high school my friends tried to convince me to join track with them. I even went to track practice to watch them and took the forms home. Of course I never filled them out or went back, but somehow I ended up on the roster anyway…with perfect attendance! Just to be funny, I went with my friends to where the coach was handing out awards. I thought I should get one for my perfect attendance, but sadly I didn’t :p

2. What is your dream job?

A writer (guess I’m on my way!) and a Christian counselor.

3. What is your favorite song and why?

My favorite songs change by my mood and what’s going on in my life. Currently I’m loving:

UnsteadyVitamin String Quartet tribute to X Ambassadors. 

This song rocks, but string instruments take it to a new soulful level. I’m going through a hard time right now with my Grandma being very ill, so I can relate with the unsteadiness of life.

Gracious TempestHillsong Young and Free (This song is incredible).

4. Do you have any pets and if so what are they like?

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This is Luna Belle. She’s a fat cat who loves Bibles, pens, and taking up half of my bed. She’s very chatty and sassy ^_^ I also have a shy parakeet named Sunny Dee.

5. Are you a night owl or early bird? How early do you wake up or how late do you stay up?

I’m a night owl for sure (a very common family trait). That is also when I am my most creative. I try to go to sleep by midnight, but that can be hard. I normally wake up between 8:30-9:00am in the summer, but when fall semester starts I will have to wake up earlier.

6. When you were little did you have imaginary friends? What were they like?

I had major crushes on Freddie from Scoobie Doo and Batman when I was a little girl. They were also my imaginary boyfriends lol.

7. What is your favorite food? And your favorite dessert?

I love breakfast food, and I have an obsession for peanut butter. Ice cream is my favorite dessert, followed by s’mores.

8.  What are your beliefs?

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died on the cross to save me from my sins. He is my Lord and Savior. I believe in the power of grace, and that God’s grace is the only thing that can truly free us. I believe that everyone has beauty in them, and that they are worth trying to save. I believe in being strong when everything is falling apart. I believe in being kind–even to those who don’t deserve it. I believe in hugs. And I believe that God can work miracles–even today.

9. What are the things you stand for?

Jesus Christ, the Gospel, faith, love, mercy, grace, freedom, and truth.

10. What is the most important character trait in someone?

Honesty. If someone can be honest with themselves and others, then it opens the door to communication, trust, and respect. Honesty also keeps us humble.

11. Who is your role model in life?

Of course Jesus Christ is the one I strive to be most like. An earthly role model would be my Mother, who lives and breathes with strength and grace.

The new nominees are

Spotlight

Wonderfully Made in His Image

Hearts 2016

Truth in Palmyra 

Karina’s Thought

Loluwaand

Glimpses of the Greater

Seeker of Truth

Dainty M

Cherry Drop Princess

Kingdom Scribe

I guess you all can answer the same questions, as they are pretty awesome!

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment and share 🙂

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The Liebster Award Strikes Back!

Happy Friday everyone! And yes, the title of this post is a Star Wars reference lol. Normally today would be a Fashion Friday post, but today is special because I am honored to receive another Liebster Award!

Even though I have already been nominated for one of these before, it’s still so awesome and encouraging to receive another. Now that I have been working harder to make writing and blogging a priority, this has come at just the perfect time (God is good)!

I just want to give a huge thank you to Leslie over at Forever Joyful for nominating me! Her blog is dedicated to helping families point their children toward Christ through learning ideas. You should really check her out when you get the chance 🙂

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The Liebster Award is passed from blogger to blogger as a source of encouragement. Who doesn’t love to be encouraged? Each Liebster Award recipient should:

  • Post the award to her blog
  • Answer the nominating blogger’s ten question interview
  • Nominate 3-10 other bloggers with fewer than 3,000 followers whom she wants to encourage
  • Create ten questions for the new nominees.

Okay, so now’s the fun part. Time to answer Leslie’s awesome questions!

  1. What is your favorite memory associated with blogging?

My favorite memory is probably whenever I received an inspiring comment or an award like this!

2. What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in blogging?

The biggest challenge I have overcome so far is the fear of expressing myself. I now know that God wants me to share the truth of His word and my feelings–whether everyone likes them or not.

3. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

My favorite aspect of blogging is being able to share my life and worldview with others, and being able to connect with the blogging community.

4. How has your blog impacted your family?

My family and friends have always been very supportive of me, and they always give me encouragement or ideas for posts.

5. What is your top blogging goal for 2016?

My top blogging goal(s) are to stay on schedule and to focus more on connecting with other bloggers. One way I am doing this is by the #GoLoveSomeone Challenge!

6. If you could sum up your life priorities in five words, what would they be?

Jesus, family, art, school, work.

7. What is your favorite book (other than the Bible) and why?

This is such a difficult question! I feel that this changes based on the season of my life. Right now I just finished the book, All for Anna by Nicole Deese (which is free right now on Amazon Kindle!). I loved it so much because it is about a nurse who has to overcome a bad car accident where a young girl dies and the post traumatic stress disorder she endures from it. I can really relate to the way she struggles to open up and surrender her life to God.

8. What is your favorite Scripture and why?

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore (Psalm 121:1-8 NKJV).

This whole Psalm is symbolic of the strength and faithfulness God gives me. I discovered it around the time my Grandpa died, and it was a real comfort then. I’m sure this will always be my life verse!

9. What should we be teaching our children about how to become better writers?

Teach them their worth in Christ first, or else they will never express themselves to their full potential. Then I would encourage them to write without fear of judgment–just let it flow from the heart.

10. Share a fun random fact.

Okay, so fun fact about me: I’m on a gluten and dairy free diet (as well as a few other restrictions) for my IBS. Any other GF/DF readers on here?

I Nominate:

  • valOvalO–She’s a brand new blogger who is very creative. She is definitely good at expressing her identity in Christ.
  • Katarina of Quiet Ponderings of a Wondering Heart. She’s a teenage blogger with some seriously inspirational posts and interesting book reviews.
  • Giovanna of giovannaventola.com. Are you looking for health and fitness inspiration? Giovanna is a personal trainer who writes beautifully about her passion.
  • Beckie of Spotlight. She’s a Christian writer as well as a wife and mother. She writes about spiritual inspiration among other topics.
  • Mfon of Dainty M. She’s a Christian blogger who is super relatable. She writes on several different topics from spiritual inspiration to hairstyles!
  • Stephanie of StyledBySteph96.  She is a very beautiful young woman with a classy, feminine, yet edgy sense of style.

Your Questions (Which may be very random):

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What other forms of writing do you like to practice (if any)?
  3. Coffee or tea?
  4. Do you have any other artistic interests/hobbies?
  5. What is your biggest New Year’s resolution?
  6. Do you keep a journal or diary?
  7. What is your favorite blog post that you have written so far?
  8. Star Wars or Star Trek?
  9. What is the name and artist of the last song you listened to?
  10. What is the best dream you ever had?

Okay, have fun!  Although I follow some amazing bloggers, these are the ones who have been catching my eye most recently. Thanks for taking the time to read this post:) I hope that everyone here will check out these cool blogs. Have a great weekend!

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The Liebster Award (Say What?!)

10 questions, 10 answers, and 10 more questions!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award! How exciting! Thank you Concealed Foundation for nominating me!

So, the Liebster Award is something within the blogging world,
that is passed on from one blogger to the next.
It is an honor to receive a nomination because it means your blog has been recognized
…for its potential to grow and reach others….
and someone liked it enough to give it to you!

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I feel so excited and completely blessed to be nominated for this award! This blog’s only been around since January, so I thought it was a mistake when I saw that I got an award ^_^ Anyway, I think this is great for new bloggers, and I hope I can bless some other newbies by nominating them.

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So here are the official rules of the LIEBSTER AWARD:

  • Each nominee must have under 200 followers
  • Thank and link to the nominating blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they’ve been nominated
  • Write a post containing the questions
  • Include these rules in the post

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Here are the 10 questions I was asked:

1. What is the meaning behind your blog’s name?

My blog’s name is taken from the bible verse: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14 KJV). I want all young women and girls to know that they are beautiful and loved by Jesus, and that their worth should come from Him alone.

2. What’s the first thing you’d do if you got 5 feet of snow?

Cry…I’m serious! I live in the Midwest, and spring just arrived!

3. What’s your favorite way to style your hair?

I have short hair (more on that on Friday’s post), so I just blow-dry and hairspray. On special occasions I put on a headband or bow.

4. Would you rather wear a skirt or pants?

It depends on the weather and how I feel. On warm days I love skirts and dresses. But when you have IBS, sometimes you just feel too blah.

5. How often do you wear makeup?

Almost everyday! I need my BB cream and lip gloss. I also like mascara and eyeliner for weekends.

6. What’s your blogs main focus?

Growing in God and inspiring young women one post at a time. 

That just about sums it up. I try to relate to young ladies through fashion and everyday life. I hope to glorify God through this.

7. What’s the last book of the Bible that you read?

1 John.

8. Which do you like better, apple or pumpkin pie?

Those are both my favorite! I guess apple pie right now…with ice cream!

9. How many siblings do you have?

Two–an older brother and sister. They are like second parents to me, and I couldn’t ask for better siblings.

10. How many things have you made in the past week?

Sadly…nothing 🙁 But I need to start crafting because Mother’s Day is coming up!

(These were great questions!)

The blogs I nominate:

Cherry Drop Princess

Feminine Modesty 

Honestly, this is the longest list I can come up with right now. All of the blogs I love have too many followers! But I will be on the the lookout for more new/undiscovered Christian blogs, and I will update this list ASAP.

My questions for the nominees:

1. What’s your favorite Bible verse (or life verse)?

2. Are you right or left handed?

3. Last song you listened to?

4. Lipstick, lip gloss, or neither?

5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

6. If God dropped $100 from heaven, what would you do with it?

7. What has been the most surprising thing (so far) about becoming a blogger?

8. What’s your favorite season?

9. Cats or dogs?

10. What’s one thing you love about yourself?

Thanks to all of my followers and readers for your support!

Love, Emily <3

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