Passing the Baton


What a nice surprise when I received an email from Wanda at The Watered Soul passing the baton of the Liebster Award to four other bloggers and me.  

Every week, Wanda takes the time to highlight and direct her readers to other bloggers who have posts that are encouraging, introspective, honest and challenging.  Through her blog I have found many treasures.  Wanda is a very thoughtful, giving, caring and encouraging woman of God.  Thank you Wanda!  I so enjoyed reading your responses to Denise’s questions at Refine Me Lord.  

Below are my responses to Wanda’s questions:  

1.    If you could rent a time machine for a day would you like to revisit the past or be catapulted into the future?  The day I long for most is the rapture, so perhaps to go forward and see that day and moment when the Lord Jesus Christ will call His church home.  But since no man knows the day or the hour of the rapture that may be a little tough.
2.    What is one of the best pieces of advice you ever received?  From my dear friend Margaret James who knew of my heart’s desire to be married, “Don’t settle!”.  Thank You Lord…I didn’t settle and He gave me the man who is just right for me.  
3.    Which color would best describe your personality?  Green, in its many different shades, is my favorite color.  Not sure if that describes my personality?  But it reflects so much of what I love and appreciate.  
4.    What is one thing you would include on your bucket list if you had one?  I would love to go on a cruise to Alaska and Hawaii too.
5.    What is something you once believed was truth but no longer do?  Before I repented and received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I was caught up and believed the lies of the new age movement.  In hindsight, I recognize it was a bunch of lies and garbage from the pit of hell.  I can’t take any credit for my salvation because I was blind to the truth revealed in God’s Word about Who He is and how I could be saved through the atoning death of His Son Jesus Christ.  God alone opened my eye and turned my heart of stone into a heart of flesh.  
6.    If you were to write a book telling your life’s story what would you title the book?  Amazing Grace
7.    What is something you would like to change on your blog but not quite sure how?  I would like to know how to respond via email to the people who leave comments on my blog so that it shows their comments and my response.  Not sure if there is a simple way to do that?  
8.    When it comes to blogging do you have specific schedule or do you write when you feel inspired?  I write when I feel inspired and when I have time.  Now that I’m a homemaker, I hope to be able to write more often.  
9.    What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?  Golly…I’m not sure.  Until recently my Saturdays were filled with cleaning and errands.  I guess I’ll be finding out.  
10.    What color are the walls in your favorite room of your home?  Gold is the color in my favorite room, our den.  We have two beautiful chairs which we acquired when we moved into our home and one has beautiful gold threads in the design.  It’s a peaceful and quiet room.  It’s the place where Chris and I will watch old movies or some PBS dramas or I might knit dishrags or crochet doilies.  
11.    If you had to pass along one word of wisdom to next generation, what would it be?  Read God’s Word daily, know it well and obey Him in all things.  You will never regret it.  

In receiving this award I’m supposed to pass the baton along to 5 other bloggers with a new list of 11 questions.  I’m passing the Liebster Award to 5 godly beloved bloggers:  

Jim at Jim Allis
Michelle at A Heart Surrendered
Debbie at Make It Delightful
David at Pilgrim Scribblings
Ken at Following Jesus

I’d also love to hear from any of my readers answering the questions below.  

1.    Who has been the most influential person in your life?  

2.    Where would you like to go on your dream vacation?  

3.    How old were you when you received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?  

4.    What do you want to achieve through your blog?  

5.    What is your favorite book of the Bible?

6.    Who is your favorite artist?

7.    What new skill, talent or hobby would you want to learn if you had the time?

8.    Do you like to read fiction or non-fiction books?

9.    What is your favorite time of day?

10.    Do you like to sleep in or rise early?

11.    What is your favorite animal?

Evangelize to Me by Ceil

It was a Five Minute Friday post that led me to blogger Ceil’s website Evangelize to Me.  After reading her post, I signed up to follow her blog.  On those busy days when I feel spent and need some encouragement or correction, it’s good to drop by Ceil’s blog and read about what she’s learning from the Lord.  

Earlier this week, I dropped by and read her post, “A Parable and a Pruning”.  In this post she shares about how she pruned a bush that was overgrown but had bare branches on the inside and she applied that to how the Lord sometime prunes us when our inner life is barren.  

I would encourage you to drop by Evangelize to Me and be encouraged and challenged in your faith by this precious sister in Christ.

Thank you to Wanda at the Well Watered Soul for an opportunity to join with you and others in highlighting posts by fellow bloggers.  

The Friday Five Fellowship – Kindred Spirits

I enjoy participating in the Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Once I’ve posted my own blog post, I like to read some of the other submissions.  Sometimes it’s a picture that draws me or a name that stands out.

There are times it feels like it’s a divine appointment.  One in which I will meet a kindred spirit who loves the Lord and who is open, transparent and Christ centered.

Today I had such an appointment when I clicked on the E. W. Wright’s blog “WORD breathed”.  Today’s posted was prompted by the word lonely.  I would encourage you to head on over to “WORD breathed  – encounters with the Word” where you will find a sister in Christ who digs deep even with the boundaries of five minutes.

Thank you Wanda for encouraging your readers to share what’s touched them at The Friday Five Fellowship.

Jim Allis – A Heart for God – The Friday Five

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It’s been over 2 ½ years since I first started corresponding with Jim Allis.

One of the best things about the internet is the friendships that you make with people, some who are far away, with whose hearts you are knit together and who share a love for the Lord.

In those ensuing years since we started corresponding, we have prayed for one another as we go through various trials and tribulations.  Over the last year, the genuineness of Jim and Joy’s faith has been proven true through trials they’ve faced.  Their love for the Lord did not fail them.  Instead they continued to be God’s faithful witnesses wherever God led them.

Jim Allis has been a pastor and evangelist for over 40 years in England.  He and his wife Joy love the Lord, His Word, the lost and fellow believers.  The Allis’ know the power of God’s Word to save us and keep us.  They know firsthand the power of God’s Word to convict, convince, rebuke, encourage and strengthen us.

Out of his passion for evangelism and a desire to equip believers Jim’s has been writing weekly articles called “Think Spot”.  He also records them and Joy closes with a prayer.

Just recently, with the help of Joy’s son Mark, Jim has started a website where he has made the materials he has worked on over the years available to readers.  If you prefer podcasts as opposed to reading, there are many resources available for the listener.  More materials are being posted every day.

I encourage you to head on over to Jim Allis’ website and bookmark it as a favorite and visit weekly.  Be sure to leave a word of encouragement to this man who is faithful and uncompromising when it comes to handling the Word of God.

A special thank you to Wanda at The Watered Soul for inviting me to participate in her weekly Five for Friday article.  (I’m a wee bit late being that it’s Sunday.) Wanda’s is another website you should check out.  She shares from her heart and highlights many Christian websites and resources.