My Response to Being Nominated for the Liebster Award

Decisions, Decisions

I debated whether or not I should create this post for quite a while.

After much agonizing over whether or not it would fit well with my original vision for this website, I finally decided to go through with it. Mainly, my reasoning is simply to invest further into the blogging community (particularly, to draw attention to and encourage other Christian bloggers).

So, for my blogger friends, this post might not be anything new to you. However, for my loyal readers who have not already been acquainted with this award, here is a brief description:

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

~ The Global Aussie

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Answer the questions given to you.
  3. Write a small post about what motivates you in life (not just in blogging).
  4. Nominate 2 – 6 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
  5. Create 5 questions for your nominees.
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. 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.

Here we go!

Thank you, Faith on the Farm! It was very kind of you to nominate me for this award. I’ve enjoyed reading your honest, heartfelt (and sometimes, plain fun) posts. It often feels like you are conversing directly with me as your reader. Your heart is certainly not lost in translation over the Web and you have some inspiring writing skills! (Believe it or not, this is my favourite post of yours.)

Your Questions:

  1. What is the hardest thing about writing anything?
  2. What are some things you do when you are feeling down?
  3. What is the most beautiful thing that you can see right now?
  4. What are your thoughts on what God’s will is and how to find/seek it?
  5. Which of the fruits of the Spirit would you say you are struggling with the most right now?
  6. What is a passage or verse that you go to often?

My Answers:

  1. It can be so daunting/intimidating! Typically, when I begin to mentally process whatever writing project I need to tackle, I’ll get overwhelmed by the task and then resort to procrastination (which doesn’t help at all!). If I want to get something done, especially in a timely manner, I can’t put too much thought into it and I can’t leave it for too long. Otherwise, I wind up stressing myself out — over nothing, really.
  2. When I’m feeling down, I’ll usually do one of two things: either turn to God in prayer and reading His Word, or isolate myself with an electronic device. The former is a wonderful, helpful option; the latter is a terrible, destructive option. Too often, I choose the latter.
  3. Currently, my Bible is laying open next to me. That is a beautiful thing because I am reminded of my most recent study of Romans. Romans 1:16-17 is clearly visible to me at the moment. 🙂
  4. This is an excellent question! I recall a notation from a friend on this subject. He said that God’s will is that we… A) love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and B) love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31). Essentially, I believe that God’s will for every single one of us is that we obey His commandments (as seen in the Bible — Exodus 20, for starters). He grants us the freedom to choose how exactly we will go about walking in obedience to Him, but we must make every effort to be blameless as Christ is blameless. So far as wisdom is concerned, I think Scripture is obvious that the Lord will grant us that blessing if we ask Him (James 1:5). Wise counsel can emanate from the pages of Scripture, or be found on the lips of spiritually mature, godly mentors. We should always refer back to what God’s Word says as the final authority, though.
  5. Hmmm… Right now, I would say gentleness and self-control are the most obviously lacking fruits. Gentleness and grace towards others is something I need to work on while still upholding the truth. Really, I need to get better at speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). And, of course, self-control is a major one because I am so prone to gratifying my sin-cursed flesh. I must learn to say “NO” to myself.
  6. There are a few: Romans 12:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Galatians 1:10, Ephesians 2:8-9, and practically the entire book of Psalms. I could definitely continue on; I appreciate so many different passages of the Bible!

My Motivation in Life

There are a bunch of posts which point to my main motivation in life, but I think my About page includes the best, most concise summary of why I live the way I do — because Jesus Christ has transformed me! By His amazing grace, I live with the ultimate purpose of honouring my Lord and bringing praise to His Name. May He be glorified!

My Nominees:

  1. Sam Roach from Stories From the Roach Place
  2. Gigi from Gigi’s Blog
  3. Leslie from My Portion in This Life
  4. simplefarmmama from Simple Farm Mama
  5. Stephanie H. Harris from The Offense of the Cross

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite household chore? Why?
  2. What was the last full book of the Bible you studied (whether privately or in a group)?
  3. What was your biggest takeaway from that book (of the Bible) study?
  4. Which three words would you use to describe God?
  5. Which of the Beatitudes (from Matthew 5:3-10) are you most grateful for at the moment? Why?

A Note to My Nominees:

Friends, please do not feel as though you must participate in this Liebster Award nomination. This is meant to be a fun and hopefully, uplifting opportunity. I look forward to seeing whatever you decide to do.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the award. I should be able to, at the very least, direct you to the right place to find answers.

A Note to My Loyal Readers:

Thanks for sticking with me! I appreciate your support and I hope this post was somewhat of an encouragement to you as well.

Please comment below:

  • Did you enjoy reading this ‘laidback’ sort of post? Would you like to see more of this in the future at all?
  • What fruit of the Spirit (from Galatians 5:22-23) do you need to focus most heavily on cultivating in your life right now?

6 thoughts on “My Response to Being Nominated for the Liebster Award

  1. Congratulations Emma! Well done! I truly enjoyed your answers.

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    1. Thank you very much for the feedback, Stuart! I appreciate it and I’m looking forward to broadening my vision for this blog (at least ever so slightly). 🙂

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      1. You are most welcome. I can’t wait to read more as you incorporate Christ in your slight changes 🙂

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      2. It’s wonderful to have your support! Thanks! 😊

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  2. 1. Congrats on getting an award!
    2. Laidback posts are nice to break up more intellectual posts and let the reader get to know the writer better.
    3. I’m going to say peace because I tend to overthink and have hypothetical convos in my head and all that destructive jazz. I am trying to embrace presence and the peace that surpasses understanding.

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    1. Thanks, Lily!!
      I’m definitely excited to venture into new waters with this blog and do things which will hopefully nurture my own personal/spiritual growth (and maybe others as well!). 🙂

      Oh yes. My favourite verse to fall back on when I’m struggling to find peace is Isaiah 26:3. It is so comforting to know that I have a trustworthy, unfailingly reliable Lord!
      Keep seeking after Him. He is the only One Who can grant lasting peace & rest. ❤

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