I don’t usually like to participate in blog tags. I feel it takes away from my theme, but when Heaven at Glorify Christ blog nominated me, I really liked her questions and felt they related to my normal content. So, thank you for the nomination, Heaven, and I hope the rest of you enjoy this post!
- First, thank the person who nominated you, include a link to their blog, and add the Liebster Award badge to your blog and/or post.
- Next, answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you.
- Give eleven random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 5-11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
- Notify your nominees that you nominated them for the Liebster award.
- Last, but certainly not least, ask your nominees eleven questions.
When do you typically spend time with God (morning, afternoon, or evening?)
Alright, this might sound weird, but all of the above!! In the mornings I read something from a small devotional book (recently I’ve been going through New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp) and the accompanying Scripture passage. Around lunchtime I review my Scripture memory verses and, if I’m doing well with my current ones, add a new verse. In the evening I have about ten minutes or more of dedicated prayer time right before I head to bed. I’m trying to incorporate a deeper Scripture time either when I do my memory verses or pray before bed, but that’s still a work in progress…
What is a passage of Scripture you’ve clung to this past year?
It’s not a big passage, but 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 has been my anchor for most of the time I’ve been sick. It reminds me that my weaknesses are something God is using to draw me closer to Him—so, in reality, my weaknesses are making me strong.
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
How has God worked in your life lately?
Oh, boy, where do I start? Lately God has just been showing me all the amazing things He’s capable of, if only I will trust Him and wait patiently for Him to work. Whether it’s in providing me friends I can trust with anything, reassuring me that He has my fears in His hands, or showing me how He can use my voice, He’s just been awing me with His power and plan lately.
What is your favorite hymn?
Not long after I got sick, my mom showed me the song “I Asked the Lord”. It talks about how God gives us gifts and shows Himself to us just as we ask Him too, but sometimes it’s in much harder ways than we expect. In fact, verse 2 says that He has answered their prayer for “faith and love and every grace” in a such a way that “almost drove me to despair.” I love the song, because it reminds me of my battle with chronic illness and how it grows me, but not in an easy way. If you’re interested in checking it out, The Alone Instrument has a beautiful arrangement that I highly recommend!
What is your favorite Bible story?
This is a hard one. As a child I really love the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den (I’m not kidding when I say I could recite it by memory for a while, simply because I requested it so many times). I think my favorite now might be of Peter denying Christ only for Christ to ask him to take care of His flock (John 21:15-19). It encourages me whenever I stumble that God isn’t through with me, but will still use me for His glory.
When did you feel led to start a blog?
Years ago I texted one of my friends to ask her what she would think of me starting a blog, even just one on Instagram. We talked about it for probably fifteen minutes, she encouraged me in it, and then we never spoke about it again. Then, back in October of 2019, I had an article published on The Rebelution about grief. I think that was when I knew I was going to start a blog, even it was a few more months before I really took the plunge.
What is the main mission of your blog?
So, originally, I didn’t have a focused goal. I just knew I loved writing. After not too long, though, I decided to start focusing on Christian living—I wanted to encourage people in their walk with Christ. I still want to do that, but ever since I got diagnosed and published my post “A Crash Course on Chronic Illness“, I knew I wanted to largely focus on chronic illness and the lessons it’s teaching me. So I guess my mission would be to raise awareness for chronic illness and to encourage others in their faith.
What are your top 3 favorite blogs?
Ooh, okay, let’s see… Here are three blogs I love, in no particular order:
Do you prefer to read or write?
Honestly, I would almost always rather write than read. I like reading, but writing takes a lot less mental energy from me. On my worst fatigue and brain fog days I have the mental energy to write a blog, create a new poem, or work on my book (the question is really just whether or not I have the energy to type), but rarely do I have the mental energy to process a book once I’ve finished school for the day. Plus, nothing beats writing, in my opinion!
What do you enjoy most about the season of spring?
Nearing the end of the school year! Just kidding, kind of. To me, spring feels like a rebirth or second chance to make the year what you want it. And bonus points for the fact that it means I’m almost done with school.
What is one thing you’ve learned now that you wish you learned a long time ago?
I know you’re looking for a life-lesson here, but my honest answer is how to play guitar, because it’s become an escape from the world and chaos around me.
In terms of a life-lesson, though, it would be the importance of vulnerability. A couple years ago I went to a really dark place after the death of a friend, and I truly believe I wouldn’t have gotten as bad if I had opened up to a trusted friend sooner, rather than burying it all inside of me. So yeah, vulnerability is important! Even if you’re just being vulnerable with your journal and prayer time, that’s still a step in the right direction. Don’t keep everything bottled up inside—it never ends well.
11 random facts
- One of my favorite foods is peanut butter, but I cannot stand the smell of it. Seriously.
- I’ve taken lessons in three different instruments (piano, violin, and guitar, but I don’t remember anything from violin), plus voice lessons!
- I originally started writing because both of my older siblings did, and I wanted to be a “big kid” like them. Who would’ve thought I’d be the one with a blog and determined to be published one day!
- I will be attending Anderson University in the fall, and I will be studying Psychology with the intent to become a Christian counselor.
- For years I wanted to be FBI or a police officer. I think it was because I didn’t realize that you could change someone’s life without literally saving it.
- I kind of really want to dye my hair a crazy color one day.
- I’m gluten and dairy free in order to help my chronic pain and gastroparesis.
- My favorite books are Pride and Prejudice and The Hunger Games.
- My first fictional crush was 100% Gilbert Blythe.
- I’m the youngest of three siblings by several years, but all three of us are still super close!
- I love to bake! It’s what I do when I don’t have energy for anything else. Whenever I’m in a long fatigue flare my family generally ends up complaining at the amount of baked good in the house!
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- What is your writing “why”?
- What is your life verse and why?
- If you could travel to any time period, what would it be?
- If you had to live in a fictional world, what world would it be?
- Do prefer hardback or paperback books?
- Do you prefer writing fiction or non-fiction?
- How has God been working your life recently?
- What’s your favorite book of the Bible?
- Do you play any instruments?
- What made you want to start a blog?
- If you change your name to anything, what would you change it to?
Alright, that’s all for today, and I hope you enjoyed this post, different though it was! To my nominees: I hope you enjoy the questions if you decide to participate! Happy Sunday, everyone!