Month: January 2015
Liebster Award (Darling Award)
I was nominated by Rajana (byrajana.wordpress.com) and I had no idea what the Liebster award was. I wondered if it was some really well-known blog award that I just didn’t know about since I’m fairly new to the blogosphere. Before accepting her nomination I did some research and discovered that the heart of the award is to recognize bloggers who work hard to share their thoughts and feelings yet are still fairly undiscovered. It’s pretty much a promotion for all the wonderful underdog blogs out there.
The rules for the Liebster Award are as follows: You answer the 11 questions that the person who nominated you asked you, then you nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions in return.
Here is the interview for the Liebster Award:
1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?
I wanted a name that would make people feel comfortable and welcome. Then I thought of how people say ‘God bless you’ when someone sneezes and I’ve always liked that. I wanted to take that to the next step and go with ‘godblessyou4ever.’
2. What is one word that sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Love. My main goal is just to make people feel loved and remind them of just how much God loves them no matter what they’re going through.
3. What are your favorite pastimes other than blogging?
I love to write; I’m actually finishing up my first novel. I also like reading, it’s my inspiration for writing. I’m a pretty good singer, but I just do it as a hobby. It helps me channel my emotions, kind of like writing. Another thing I spend a lot of time on is Tumblr. I run my own blog on there, but it’s secular.
4. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
I like being able to share my epiphanies. Whenever I have some profound thought about God or being a Christian I always get really excited about letting my followers know. Also, when I find something in the Bible that really strikes me, I enjoy sharing that and how it affected me.
5. Which project, recipe or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself?
I like this post and all the music. I’d like to try broadening my horizons when it comes to what Christian music I listen to.
6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
I am inspired by songs and Scripture. Also by things as simple as what I read on a macaroni box. I think quite deeply so I tend to see things in a more profound way than most people. A lot of the time I’m inspired by my experiences as well. I like to share what I learn.
7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
Israel. It is God’s holy land and I’d love to visit all the places from the Bible.
8. If you have children, what are their names? If not, what are your favorite girl and boy?
I like the girl name Carmen. And the boy name Drew. I just think they’re so unique and awesome.
9. A long-lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?
First I’d figure out what I need for myself and my loved ones. Then I’d store some away for the future. After that I’d give some for charity. With whatever is left I’d buy some things for myself, and maybe take my family on a vacation.
10. In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? (Include the link!)
I really like this post because it was pretty cool to break down Jesus’ temptation and apply it to our lives and our sins. It helped me, and hopefully my followers, gain a different perspective on a well known story. Some Bible stories we’ve heard so many times that we think we can’t get anything else out of them. But there’s always something new that we didn’t catch before. I believe that this post helped us catch something new.
11. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Well, I’ll be 21. So I’ll probably be finishing up college and getting some sort of writing degree. Hopefully I’ll have a book or two or three published and I’ll still be running my blog. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be with the love of my life.
I couldn’t find anyone to nominate. 😦 If you would like to be nominated let me know and I’ll add you in! 🙂
We are on a never-ending downward escalator. In order to grow we have to turn around and sprint up the escalator putting up with perturbed looks from everyone else who is gradually moving downward.
At the tender young age of 16, it’s crazy to think that you’re in love with someone. Perhaps you love them. But that’s very different from being in love. Love is something you feel in many different ways towards many different people. Being in love is different. If you were to say that you were in love with your parents, people would think there was something wrong with you. Being in love is almost always associated with having romantic feelings. But it’s more than that. I don’t think I can explain it, but allow me to try. For nearly 5 months I struggled with figuring out whether or not I was in love with the guy I liked. I know I loved him. He’s a great Christian guy and a wonderful friend and tons of fun to be with. I just wasn’t sure if I was in love. I pondered it for months, wondering what it truly meant to be in love. But I couldn’t figure it out. The other day I wanted to just take a shot in the dark and tell myself that I was in love with him. But it just didn’t feel right. After realizing that I wasn’t in love with him, I decided that I had to figure out once and for all if he felt the same way towards me that I felt towards him. Today, in a somewhat roundabout way, I asked him in a text message. I guess I figured that if I wasn’t in love with him I had to make sure he didn’t like me before I started the process of getting over him. In the nicest way possible, he told me he didn’t like me. He didn’t blame me, he blamed himself. He said that he wasn’t in the right point in his life for a relationship. And I respect that because, truth be told, I’m probably not either. He said he has a road to follow that doesn’t include being more than friends with anyone. I believe that God has placed it on his heart to seek him instead of seeking girls. This boy is following his passion, which glorifies God. And I don’t want to stand in the way of that. God has a plan for him-a purpose. And He has a plan for me. I suppose our paths were not meant to cross in a romantic way. God designed for us to be friends that support and encourage each other as we both pursue our different passions. And I’m glad for his friendship. That’s all I need from him. So I’ll continue to be his friend as we both continue on our journeys to fulfilling God’s plan for our lives. Honestly, I feel relieved. I feel a lot better now that I know how he feels. It hurt more to not know than it did to be rejected. I don’t even want to call it a rejection. I’ve faced quite a bit of rejection in my days, in many different ways, but none like this. In the past, when I was rejected, the guy didn’t care about my feelings. He just told me, sometimes in a crueler way than others, that he didn’t like me. But this was different. I don’t know how to explain it. I felt like I was tied up in ropes by liking this guy and not knowing if he liked me, and then he came along and untied those ropes carefully, so as not to hurt me anymore than the ropes already had, and softly whispered in my ear that neither of us deserved to be tied down by anything. So now I’m no longer in ropes and he doesn’t have to worry about me tying him down. It’s time to leave those ropes behind and just be friends. Plain and simple. I trust that God will bless our friendship for as long as it lasts. And, when it’s over, I will still be grateful for this boy who taught me that you have to find yourself and God before you go looking for anyone else.
I urge all of you Christian women to read this. Especially if you have any plans of seeing FSOG. The author of this article makes some very valid, Biblically backed points. Ladies, young and old, let me tell you that there is no justification for seeing this movie. It is porn and watching porn is a sin. Not only that, but this particular type of porn shows the woman being treated inhumanely by her husband. If you take your husband with you to see this then you may risk him treating you the way the poor girl in the movie is treated. You deserve to be treated like a princess, not a slave. Also, watching other people have sex if you are married is considered adultery. Looking at someone with lust is the same as committing adultery, according to God. Do you want your husband’s sex drive to be fueled by the couple in the movie, or by you? I hope you chose you. And I hope he does too.
“Every sin of your life has been cast to the sea. Every mistake you’ve made nailed to the tree. You’re blood bought and heaven made. A child of God forever saved. So be grateful, joyful, for isn’t it for true? What you don’t have is much less than what you do.”