This is becoming overwhelming I must say, in a good way though!
One day, I’m writing about things I knew the Lord was leading me to share, the next I’m here getting nominated for one thing or the other by others in this community. It does make me feel special, like the Lord is rewarding my obedience even in ways I never knew existed. And I’m grateful, first, for the 3 Day Quote Challenge, and now the Liebster Award (I didn’t even know there was anything like it a week ago).
For those of us newbies who really don’t know what this is about, here’s some useful info (thanks Stuart for making this available, and thank you copy-and-paste, you’re such an amazing feature 🤩):
About The Liebster Award
Recognizing bloggers for their efforts is the greatest compliment. The Liebster Award is an opportunity for bloggers to recognize and support other bloggers for their achievements. It’s geared towards blogs with smaller viewership.
The Liebster Award is available from January 1 – December 31, 2018. All nominations are voluntary and if the blogger chooses to accept nomination, I will list the rules in this post and the official rules can be found HERE
The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
So considering I chose to accept it, here we go!
Stuart L. Tutt, I really want to thank you for thinking so kindly of me and nominating Alethea’s Mind for this award. I’ve gone through your blog and I’ve seen what you’re about, and I’m grateful that God has placed people like you out there to tackle the really hard topics and issues that plague us as people of salt and light. So everyone, go ahead, visit his blog by clicking on his name above. You’ll be challenged in many amazing ways.
Now to your questions, Stuart. My answers follow them respectively.
1. What would be the one thing you would tell your younger self, if you could go back in time?
- Me to my younger self: “Hey girl, you really can’t please everybody, it’s physically, emotionally and spiritually impossible!”
2. What is your favorite verse in the Bible and why?
- Life-saver verse: Job 42:2 – “I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained. (I also like the version that uses the phrase ‘cannot be thwarted’)
3. What is your reason for starting your blog?
- The start of my blog was long overdue, and one day, after an epiphany at church, I took the bull by the horn, damned all the consequences and got on it, because God had so many things He wanted to share, and I guess Facebook wasn’t audience enough. Here’s my maiden post that might explain it better: The Resurrection!
4. Which actor/actress did you have a crush on growing up?
- The first name that came to mind was Denzel Washington, but now I know it’s my mind playing tricks on me. It’ll either be Charlton Heston or Dermot Mulroney, depending on how young I was at the time.
5. Do you prefer board games or a game of cards?
- I think card games are more fun, cos more people can get involved. The more, the merrier I suppose. I especially love the Nigerian WHOT game.
6. What is you favorite breakfast food?
- None in particular. I’m not the ‘choose-your-favourite-food’ kind of person. In fact, I can almost have a breakdown trying to think of what to eat 😂😂😂
7. Do you prefer mustard or mayo?
8. Which TV series can you not go a week without watching?
- I really don’t like watching series, I prefers movies, preferably without multiple parts. But I came across Designated Survivor on Netflix and I’ve grown to love it.
9. Have you wanted to do something but chose not to because of circumstances?
- I did want to go back to work, but chose not to because I was expecting my second child, and there was no way around children and the kind of job I did. In the long run, it was one of the best decisions I ever made in my adult life.
10. When was the last time you went out to eat?
- It’s been a while. Certainly not in this year.
11. How hard is it to forgive yourself?
- It’s a battle. Especially when I have that ‘I-should-have-known-better’ feeling. But eventually, I almost always let go.
Note to Stuart: “I had fun answering your questions. They brought back good memories, especially the card game one. Thank you for not making them too difficult 😃”
Here are 11 random facts about moi:
- I love Jesus Christ, I think he’s the coolest person that has ever lived . . . my dad is next
- I started writing when I struggled with my friendships in secondary school. I would sign whatever I write as “The Weary Soul”.
- I love singing, but at a point, I hated my voice. I didn’t think it was a ‘nice’ voice . . . I’m still in recovery from that foolishness.
- I use Our Daily Bread devotional. As the tale goes, my grandad (mum’s dad) was a supplier to the family, then my dad took over, and I haven’t stopped using it.
- I want to be a writer/contributor for Our Daily Bread, a dream I haven’t grown out of yet.
- I love dancing. I can do the waltz, tango, foxtrot and even ballet . . . all in my head.
- I have been writing a book for 8 years now. I started struggling when I realised my writing style was changing from when I started. But one day, I will finish it.
- I could never wear a red shoe.
- I have fractured a couple of bones, one of them kept me in the hospital for 3 months.
- I’m an ex-Petroleum Engineer.
- I totally loved working out at sea.
To my nominees, here are my questions for you:
- Which of the many wonders of the world would you want to visit first?
- Which would you rather go to, a cinema or a theatre?
- What topic in life is easiest for you to write about?
- Do you prefer fact or fiction?
- Would you decorate your home with fresh flowers or synthetic ones?
- If you could give your mansion in heaven a touch of paint, what colour would it be and why?
- What character in the bible most inspires you, apart from Jesus?
- What was your favourite toy growing up?
- Is there a country you would rather be a citizen of?
- What is your greatest passion?
- How’s your relationship with your stats page? 🙈
And the nominees are (insert envelope flapping sound):
- Kwaku Dankwa: https://letterstosompa.wordpress.com (I love your dedication to your blog, I really do, and I think it’s amazing. Jesse would be proud!)
- Tamie: https://tamiesalcove.wordpress.com (You’re an amazing writer sis, just thought you should know)
- Natika: https://englishonyourmind.wordpress.com (What you’re doing with your blog is commendable. I’ll recommend it to the new generation of people who choose to write and speak terrifying english 🤩)
- Denine: https://christiantaxi.wordpress.com (I came across your post on ‘What would we do if they were Jesus’, and it struck such a nerve, especially since I’ve being a WWJD fan since I was a little kid. Thanks for bringing in that spin)
- Jane Merson: https://theunrivaledroad.com (When Mary introduced me to your blog, I found it quite refreshing. So here’s a pat on your back. You go, girl!)
Enjoy the ride, if you choose to accept it!
God bless us all!