3 in 1 Sunshine Blogger Award 2019

3 in 1 Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much to my wonderful friends who have each nominated me for this Sunshine Award! Purple Rose at Confessions of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter, Dollface and Matt at Jesus Luvs All. If you are not already following them, please click the links and check them out for yourselves! Their posts will bless you tremendously!!!🌻🌻🌻🌞

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Here are the rules

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.

• Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.

• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

• Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

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These are my Nominees:

Betty Wise Hearted

Jacquie Joy Cottage

Lydia Lydia’s Blog

It seems everyone has been nominated for this wonderful award here lately, so I’m just going to keep my list of nominees short. You all are my favorites! I hope you truly know that!🥰🤗

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Purple Rose’s Questions:

1. Are you usually early or late? At least 5 minutes before time, but every now and then I’m 5 minutes late. 😬 I know, I know! It’s one of my faults! Not good…😬🤷‍♀️

2. What website do you visit most often? Google…google knows all 😂

3. What job would you be terrible at? Anything with a lot of multi-tasking! waitress?

4. What job do you think you’d be really good at? Writer, teacher or teachers aid for special needs children, medical transcription.

5. What skill would you like to master? Painting. From a spiritual view–completely obeying what God would have me do, no matter how silly or stupid it may look to others. Noah built the ark even knowing it had never rained before!

6. What’s your favorite genre of book or movie? Christian Mystery and occasional romance.

7. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch? The Walking Dead

8.  If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? WP, read, pray, sit and listen and watch nature…

9. If you could have a video of any one event in your life, what event would you choose? there are so many, I don’t know if I could choose! When I got saved maybe?

10. If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be? Honey suckle or rose.

11. If you could make a 20 second phone call to yourself at any point in your life present or future, when would you call and what would you say? Past. To my 21 year-old self. “Don’t get married. You’re too young, and he’s not the one for you.”

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 Dollface’s Questions:

  1. Are you a night owl or an early bird?Night owl, but I can be an early bird also. I get up at 2:50 a.m. nowadays Mon-Fri with my hubby.
  2. What is your favorite season? Why? Summer. I love the lazy days of basking in the sun and having sand beneath my toes! Mowing grass.
  3. What is your favorite treat on a hot summer day? Watermelon!
  4. What do you like to do in your free time besides blogging? Reading. Sitting on my porch, listening to nature, watching an occasional Hallmark mystery or romance movie.
  5. What would your dream home look like
  6. What helps you get through a rough day? Praying and singing with good Christian music
  7. Where would you like to go on vacation if money wasn’t an issue? Ireland. I know y’all get tired of hearing this one lol
  8. List your favorite post(s) that you have written. Tokens of Love and God’s True Purpose For Your Pain.
  9. List your favorite post(s) that someone else has written. I’m like Steve on this one! I’m not about to get myself in trouble😆! I have many anyways!
  10. Do you write for healing, inspiration, or enjoyment? All of the above!
  11. What kind of posts are you looking forward to writing in the near future? Whatever the Lord lays on my heart!

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Matt’s Questions to Me:

1. If I could visit you in your hometown, where would we go? (This is gonna be a long one!) First, I would take you to my place of worship. 😄

Then, I would take you to eat at one of the several restaurants in town…Rocky Creek Catfish has the best fried catfish you will EVER eat! It has a cabin decor that has Christmas decorations and nostalgia up all year long and a unique Gift Shop.

Landmark Cafe–an old seafood eating establishment.

I would also take you on a tour of the courthouse.

And also City Hall where the official Christmas Tree lighting takes place every year and Christmas Parade Party.

This is where the train comes through at the nature trail.

This still stands in front of the now Chinese restaurant. 😁

I even heard Elvis and John Wayne had a go at it!?😎🤷‍♀️

*None of these pics are mine this time. 🙂

2. What is your blog about? It started out with my heart tokens from God. It’s a mix of random and everything in between.😁

3. If you could travel to another country, which one and why? already answered.

4. Who would you most like to spend a day with? My Grandma who passed when I was 12. I would have liked to get to know her better.

5. If Jesus were to knock on your door for a visit, what would you think? That I had died and went to heaven?!…Well, seriously, I would think that instead of Him sending me his love tokens this time that He had decided to just send Himself! ❤️🤗

6. What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it? Christmas. Taking part in our church program and spending it with family.

7- What was your favorite subject in school? English, Biology and literature.

8- What are some songs that are meaningful for you? Those that speak to my heart in a particular moment.

9- What is your favorite kind of food? I have many favorites. Seafood, Mex, Chinese, soul food, appetizers, finger foods, fruit.

10- What is a book or are some books you have enjoyed recently? I like Brandilyn Collins or Karen Kingsbury the most. Recently, my niece wanted me to read “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers, which is totally out of my usual.

11- What is one of your favorite posts you have written? Perhaps add a link in your answer 🙂Tokens of His Love

God’s True Purpose For Your Pain

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My Questions for My Nominees are: I’m choosing to keep the questions of those who nominated me. Your choice which you choose to answer. The only one I ask that you answer for me is:

1. If I could visit you in your hometown, where would we go?

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King & Queen For The Day 🐼

Well, I hope this was a fine summer day for you, my friends! It has rained the later part of the afternoon and just quit not long ago–complete with thunder and lightning. 😦

A doctor’s appointment was on the agenda today, so into the city my kid brother and I went. I got my first allergy shot. 😢

After the tests I had done with my last scare, I realized my $500 deductible had probably been met…almost…anyways. 🙄

So my bloodwork was tested for airborne allergies. Turns out I’m highly allergic to dust.

But the strange part is, when I told the nurse I couldn’t understand why the test didn’t show my allergy to cigarette smoke (and most other smoke), she says, “Oh we don’t test for that. Most everyone is allergic to that. There is no cure for it.”

Well, glory be!🤷‍♀️ I guess shoot this poor horse and put it out its misery! 😂🐴 🤦🏼‍♀️

There are a few more things I know I’m allergic to, that apparently was not tested for.

Wild honeysuckle. (And I love the smell!😩😭 So, I just have to get my fix from honeysuckle candles or wax warmers–don’t worry, it’s not the real scent, so I’m good 🙂)

Cedar breaks my hands out if I don’t wear gloves. Bleach bathroom cleaner messes with my sinuses these days. Some food allergies as well.

It seems we have to help ourselves these days! But anyways, moving along…

My brother and I stopped in for Chinese at Panda Express. Neither of us had eaten there before. I have eaten at several other Chinese restaurants, but this had a small Piccadilly cafeteria feel.

Lil Bro is famous for giving me the ole ‘Rabbit Ears’ pose!

Bro got the Kung Pao Chicken (something with hot peppers) and mine was the Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp. 😋 He’s killing those chop-sticks by the way! I had my trusty fork!

We both got the Chow Mein noodles, and I got the crispy wonton appetizer.😜

It was good to spend one-on-one time with just my brother and me–even if it was for a doctors visit.

I hit a 50% off sale for my new grandson who is still baking in the oven 🙂 It won’t be long till the baby shower!

Well, I’m about to turn in for the night. We are heading out of state tomorrow to see my daughter, Angel and the Grands! Easton will be starting kindergarten this year.🥳😢

Sweet dreams my friends! 😴

Brain Freeze

Have you ever had one of those forgetful moments? 👵 Maybe old age creeping up on you?🤷‍♀️

I was almost ready, and putting the finishing touching on my hair when it hit me like a stick of dynamite 🧨 🤜💥

–No church tonight, due to several members being out of state for NAYC services! 🤦🏼‍♀️ Into the pjs I went 😂

Today was a special day for my first grandchild! The big “5!”

Happy Birthday Easton! Nonna loves you Lil Man!🥰💋

We video chatted on Messenger and played this funny Hamburger game on there. We both took turns trying to eat all the hamburgers that came out onto the screen. The more you ate the chubbier your cheeks got!

I look a hot mess here! Don’t judge 😂😆😝

Hopefully we get to see them all this weekend–daughter and all the grand babies.🥰

Hope you all have peaceful dreams tonight! 😴 💤

Moonlight Blogger Award

Thanks Amy at A New Life, for this awesome new award nomination! Your blog is like a breath of fresh air, just like the “New Life” God gave us, the day He filled us with His powerful Spirit! You are an inspiration and testament to God’s Amazing Grace! Your posts “move” me, and I’m pretty sure others feel it, too!

Here are the guidelines:

1. Thank the person who presented you with the award.

2. Display the original award image as your featured image and include it in your post.

3. Copy and paste the meaning of the award:

The meaning of the Moonlight Blogger Award, created byPurple Rose andDollfaced Writer, is to recognize bloggers who illuminate the lives of their readers. The bloggers presented with this award pour their passion into the content they share with their readers, who are deeply inspired. This award acknowledges the impact of their written words as they have the power to illuminate the darkest of places, just like the moonlight.

4. Answer the five prompts listed.

5. Present the award to one person.

Here are the prompts:

1. Share one thing you love about yourself that you wouldn’t change.

My unconditional love for people. People need to know that they are loved in spite of their flaws. Beauty comes from within, outward beauty fades away. It has always been my heart to love as Jesus loves others and loves me.

2. Share two of your favorite quotes: I don’t really have favorites, but I found these that I really like!

3. Give 3 reasons why you write:

It makes me happy.

I feel like it’s the one thing in the world that I love to do. I have put it on the back burner for so long, because there were and still are some in my life that made/make me feel that writing wasn’t/isn’t good enough. That I must have a career to be important.🙂

And because I want to touch the world.

4. Give 4 pieces of advice for other bloggers

Let God lead you to write in the way He moves on you to write.

There are some stories you cannot write completely, because it’s not your story to write. But you can write your part in the way God allows you to.

Be creative in the ways that make you happy. Don’t worry if it’s not good enough for anyone else.

Be yourself. Sometimes fluffy words are not what needs to be expressed, but from the heart words are the best! Hey that rhymed! 😲

5. List 5 things/places/people that inspire you and wrote why you chose them.

God and His Word. He is the wings that cover me. His Word lights my path, and He orders my steps.

My Happy Place–My back porch. Because it’s where I feel closest to God! And a place I can have coffee with Him, talk with Him and read devotions.

Family. We may not be rich in worldly goods, but we are rich in love for each other. That includes my Church/Church family–It has been a hospital to me. I find fellowship and family there.

My fellow bloggers/community here. Your fellowship and posts encourage and give me hope.

Nature. It gives me peace. I feel God speaks to me in His perfect Creation.

I am giving this award to Debbie at Bee Tree Gathering.

Debbie, you are the wind beneath my wings! I will always be grateful for your encouragement in my lowest moments! Your heart-felt beauty and life-changing posts, wisdom, humor, beauty inside and out, prayers and listening ear is a rare trait in this world! I could go on and on! Always shine for Jesus!

There are so many out there who I hope will get this award soon, as well! God Bless!

‘Alive’ Big Daddy Weave Official Music Video –

“BUT GOD, rich in mercy, you came to save me. Now I’m alive.” I woke up with these words in my heart. I had not seen the video, and when I watched it….😭

The part where he plunged into the water really got to me! 😭 I will never forget the morning I also took the plunge and went down in Jesus Name!!! I was dead in all my transgressions, but God!

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: I Peter 3:21

The baptistry was cold, because the heater had not been turned on that morning. When I came up out of that water, I felt an electricity surge throughout my entire body and the purest, cleanest feeling surged through my heart!

It was like every part of me had been washed cleaned. By me taking a stand towards a good conscience in Him and repenting of my sins, He took a stand for Me!

Then I went on to receive the Holy Ghost soon after in another service. I have truly never been the same since! I was reborn! I became a new creature in Christ!

I have never wanted to go back to the things I was doing and the way I was living! My Jesus has done so much for me!….But God!!!

Award-winning gospel group Big Daddy Weave release the official music video for ‘Alive. ‘ This powerful song reminds us all that when Jesus comes to live within us, He always helps bring out our best side.

“But God…
— Listen to it!

www.godtube.com/watch/

Barnabus Award

Debbie at Bee Tree Gathering has nominated me for this award. Coming from my dear friend, this is deeply honoring for me! She will never know how much her friendship has meant these past 10 years!

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You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.

The way this works: Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog. Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them. List five things about yourself. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.

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Thank you Debbie for nominating me for the “Barnabas Award.” I read your writings on EA and use to think, Wow! I sure would love to write articles like her! But I lacked the motivation and didn’t believe in myself very much. Somehow you encouraged me to try blogging.

Observing all that you have went through since I have known you, you are a very strong, loyal, inspirational, talented, kind, wise, great writer and a true friend who loves God and everyone she comes in contact with. You are a modern day BARNABUS!!!! A poster child!!!

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5 Things About Renee:

1. I’m just ME. And I always root for the underdog!

2. I find and see beauty and humor in the strangest places and things–which leads me to the next fact about myself…

3. I’m eccentric–as if you haven’t guessed already! 😂🤣🤓🧐🤪

4. I’m a homebody–an introvert–the older I’ve gotten, the worse I am about not wanting to get out much in everyday life. Although I would love to travel and to see more of the world if I had the money! That doesn’t make much sense now does it? 😜

5. I would love to take professional art lessons to hone my once “❤️” for drawing and also learn to paint. 🙂😌

5 Nominees

Nina Growing Up Sideways

Steve Steve’s Country

Amy A New Life

Dawn Drawing Close To Christ

Purple Rose Confessions and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter

Deandra Precious One

Lorraine Blind Wilderness

Wm Harmony Books

Wendi Simply Chronically Ill

Brenda Becoming His Tapestry

Vivian God’s Whispers of Truth

Inspiration For Wellness

Lilly White Lilly

USA Through Our Eyes

Art of Blogging

Saania

Our Little Red House

Jesus Luvs All

Dollface

DID YOU NOTICE HOW WELL I STUCK TO THE RULES? I only picked 5…….ish😄🌻 I think I did quite well?👏😂🌻🤷‍♀️😜

But as with all my nominations, I always wish I could totally link everyone’s post. But that would take a lifetime! I do nominate all my blogger friends! Each of you are very welcome to take up this award and are very special! 🙂 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Questions from Debbie for me:

1. What would you do if faced with betrayal from a loved one? As I’ve been there many times before, I pray through it. It’s the only thing that will get you through the hurt. And forgive. Pray till you can let it go and get to a place where you can talk to the person and ask forgiveness for your part, if any in the situation. Even if you were not at fault, it’s better for one person to say sorry than a lifetime of not speaking and regret. God knows all, let Him work on that loved one!

2. Have you ever read Frank Perritte? I bought one of his book’s called Hangman’s Curse for my oldest daughter when she was a teenager. We read it together. I always read books with both my girls at bedtime and before prayer.

3. Do you believe in spiritual warfare? Yes. God’s Word talks about this through scripture.

4. What inspires you to write? Little things, big things. Places, smells, feelings! God’s world, pretty much!

5. What place have you visited that inspired you to write about that location and encouraged? One of the homes I grew up at. The happy times there.

🌻This award is meant to encourage those who receive it. While there is no obligation to respond and to nominate others, it is a great way to appreciate those who bring hope and inspiration through their writing.🌻

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My Questions for My Nominees:

1. Why is the sky blue?

2. Do you like to iron clothes?

3. What makes a duck quack?

4. What makes you happy?

4. What legacy do you want to leave behind?

5. What is your favorite artistic form of expression?

Dear Friend…I Have Been There

This is a good one from my friend Stu!

Something to Stu Over

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Dear friend,

I just want you to know that I have been there. I also understand that each story is different, though they are all filled with some hurt and disappointment.

I was that child that, despite many friends, was still lonely.

I was that kid who was very sexually curious.

I was that young adult who let that curiosity take him places he should not have gone.

I was that child who was molested…sadly. No child should EVER have to fall victim for someone else’s sin.

I was that teenager who could not figure out if he was gay or straight.

I was that young Christian who really did not understand what it meant to follow the REAL Christ and went astray.

I was the new husband who did not know what it meant to be one, in mind, body and soul, with my wife and made a lot…

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My Little Prince You Always Will Be

Hush my son, don’t fear, it’s only lightning, Papa’s here!

Close your eyes, and don’t you be afraid, you were fearfully and wonderfully made.

It wasn’t right, what to you was done, it breaks my heart to say he’s also my son.

I have great plans, Through all the disarray, it’s not for you to know but forgive–I will repay.

Don’t you know son, how proud I am of you, You don’t have to earn it to make it ring more true.

I created you with a purpose and value, You are more than those lies that were spoken over you!

Your Dad wasn’t always a good role model, So you need to know that my love will always follow.

Don’t be too proud, son to show affection to your own, step up and be that hero so they know they are not alone.

On your shoulders will rest such big responsibility, your little ones will look up to you as you look up to me.

Don’t be so hard on yourself as you will surely make mistakes, my Grace is all sufficient, your heart I will remake.

I will give you a new heart and take out the stone, from my great strength it was directly hewn.

Hush my son, from your fears I now set you free, my little prince you always will be.

~Renee Greene

Written In loving memory of my Dad–For you Dad….