Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m doing something a little different today. I was honored to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by my friend Diane at Worth Beyond Rubies. Thank-you Diane, it means so much to me to be recognized by other bloggers who know what goes into keeping something like this going. So, today I’m going to answer the questions I was asked as part of this award, nominate my own bloggers, and ask them my burning questions. This will be fun, so read on!

About the Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer recognition award to showcase bloggers who are creative, uplifting, and inspiring. It also helps to bring recognition to so many talented and dedicated bloggers.

Rules for the Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate at least 11 new bloggers to receive the awards and ask them 11 questions.
  • List these rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo

My Nominees

I’m excited to reveal my nominations, but there are so many not on this list that I would love to have the room to put on it. But, here are 11 bloggers that I especially believe will be a blessing to you, my audience. Check them out. I know you’ll be glad you did!

Alice Mills – Poema Chronicles

Dawn Ward – The Faith to Flourish

Alynda Long – Alynda Long & Faith Beyond Fear

Starla Jimenez – Starla Jimenez

Rosie Williams – Nuggets from the Heart

Chris Taylor – The Forgiven Wife

Sarah Anne – Inkblots of Hope

Missy Linkletter – Keeping My Promise Justin

Alisa Nicaud –  Flourishing Today

Julie Loos – Unmasking the Mess

Katie Braswell – Oh Lord, Help Us

Ladies, your questions will be posted below my answers to the questions I was asked.

Questions Asked of Me, and My Answers:

When did you come to Jesus?

I was a little girl, probably about 7, and I was laying in my bed one night in the dorm of the boarding school I attended for the children of missionary kids. I was wide awake, and remember the smell of Jambu blossoms carried into the room by the breeze blowing in from the open window next to my bed. Somewhere close by people we having a conversation, and I was trying to hear what they were saying, but they were too far away to hear anything more than the gentle rising and falling of their voices.
My mind drifted to the deep thoughts of a 7-year-old, and I found myself pondering whether I had ever applied everything I had grown up knowing about Jesus and salvation to myself. I had always just sort of assumed I was saved because it was all so familiar. Well, I stopped my thinking right there and prayed, asking Jesus to forgive my sins and be Lord of my life. He did, and He has been ever since!

What is the one thing you always wanted to do but haven’t?

There are many things – almost all involving travel. I think at the very top of my list is visit Israel. I would just love to be able to walk where Jesus walked, and see the places for myself that I read about every day. I really think a visit to the Promised Land would make the Bible come alive in a new way, and I truly hope I will be able to do it some day.

When it is your time to leave this world, what do you want people to remember about you?

Oh, that’s an easy one! I want people to remember that I loved the Lord with all my heart and that I followed Him with my everything!

What is your favorite party dish you make?

Well, my guacamole is pretty popular, so probably that… but I love to cook for people, so there are many.

Do you prefer tea, coffee, water or soda?

Coffee. I almost never drink soda, and I don’t really like tea. If I’m not drinking coffee, I’m drinking water, but I’m probably wishing I was drinking coffee. But I do try to limit myself to one or two cups a day – so water it is. Haha.

Why did you want to become a blogger?

I’m not sure I really did want to become a blogger, or at least not in the area I’m in. But I’ve always loved to write, and God gave me a talent for it from an early age. But I am a blogger because God told me to be a blogger. Plain and simple. So I guess I wanted to become a blogger because I wanted to be obedient to the call of God.

Do you have any pets/animals?

Well, this is kind of a funny story. My husband and I have always told our kids we would never get a pet because we “aren’t really animals-in-the-house people.” Well, we came home from our last trip to Africa to a bit of a mouse problem in our house and finally decided we’d rather have a cat than mice. SO, we got a kitten from my husband’s sister, and he has officially stolen our hearts. We went from we’ll never have a pet to cat sleeps in our bed people overnight. Whoops.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I don’t know, I kind of like where I live now. We get to experience all four seasons, cost of living is very low, we’re close to lots of family, we have good schools for our kids, things are just the right pace for me, and we get to live in the greatest country on earth. I think I’m where I want to be.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

What is spare time? Haha… just kidding. I love to travel. Like a LOT! I love to try new and exciting foods, and then learn to cook them. But most of all, I love to spend time with the people I love.

What do you love most about blogging?

There are a few things I love “most.” I love the relationships I get to make both with other bloggers and with my audience. It’s pretty awesome how God does that. I love knowing that I’m doing what God wants me to do, and having the amazing feeling of being used by Him. And, this probably sounds silly, but I just love the way I feel when a sentence or a paragraph comes together perfectly. It is a thrill that goes all the way down to my toes. Haha.

What is your favorite dessert?

I’m not a big sweets person, but there is just nothing like a simple, extra fudgey brownie.

Questions for My Nominees

  1. Tell us about when you came to know Jesus personally.
  2. What is your favorite Scripture and why?
  3. What’s the hardest thing you’ve faced in your life, and what did God use to bring you through it?
  4. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
  5. If you could go back in time and do one thing differently on your blogging journey, what would it be?
  6. If you have extra money to spend on whatever you want, do you choose travel, or stuff? Why?
  7. If you could meet one historical person and interview him/her (not Jesus) who would it be and why?
  8. What’s your favorite food?
  9. What’s your favorite flower and why?
  10. What is one thing about blogging you would pay someone else to do if you could?
  11. What are a few long-term goals you have for your ministry/blog/writing?

*How about you? Do you have some bloggers you love you’d like to add to the list for others to check out? Leave a link in the comments!

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