I mentioned in a previous post that I received a "Liebster Award" from a fellow blogger the other day. Liebster is a German word that means favorite, according to those who came up with the award somewhere in blog land. (I think it also means dearest or boyfriend, if Google is right, but whatever.) Anyway, I am flattered to be on anyone's "favorite" list, so thank you to Jan! As part of the Liebster Award, I am supposed to share with you 11 facts about myself and answer 11 questions from Jan, as well as share my 11 favorite blogs with you. (Sounds a little like a blog chain letter, right? Well, I'm totally willing to comply, since I am a "favorite" of someone.) I am altering the format just a little bit. As a part of my blog reboot, I updated my "About Me" page to reflect a little bit more info about me, so you can find that at this link. I have also added a Favorites tab to share all my favorite gospel centered websites and blogs. Check out the new stuff and you will learn a lot more about me (probably than you wanted to know!)
Can you share your favorite Bible verse?My favorite changes based on the season I'm in and what I'm learning from the Lord at the time. Those favorites stay with me as hooks that I hang rememberances of how God was working in my life at different stages. The book of Romans has been big for me in recent years.
My current favorite is Romans 5: 1-5...
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
What is your all-time favorite book?
I love to read, but having an all time favorite is like trying to pick your favorite child. I have read several Jane Austen books multiple times, because they are just pleasant reads and make me feel happy. I recently read Uncle Tom's Cabin for the first time and was greatly affected by it, but it's not the kind of book you call a "favorite", right? I love reading the Chronicles of Narnia with my kids, they are a delight. Two of the books that have changed me in a very deep way are by John Piper- Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ and Finally Alive.
How many siblings do you have?I have one younger sister, two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law. I also have a very large family of adopted brothers and sisters in Christ who are very dear to me!
What is your favorite comfort food?Country Fried Steak like Grandma used to make it with mashed potatos and cream gravy. But no one makes it like she does - (even me) so I don't eat it much anymore.
If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?My husband and I had the most wonderful vacation to Hawaii a couple of years ago. (Who wouldn't like Hawaii!?) But every vacation we have taken together has been wonderful. I think I just like to go places with him, because he is fun. I love our family vacations too, but my special getaways with my husband are so refreshing.
What sports do your kids participate in?We do a lot of mountain biking as a family. Even the six year old keeps up! (Actually, I have to keep up with him.) We camp and hike and just like to be in the outdoors.
What's the last book you read?The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung. Very insightful - I'll be reading it again. Maybe I'll blog about it.
Ice-cream or frozen yogurt?Bluebell Ice Cream!
What's your favorite restaurant?Fast food? Tokyo Joe's
Date Night food? Hacienda Colorado
Do you park in the garage or in the driveway?I get to park the swagger-wagon in the garage so I don't have to scrape the ice off my windows. (Thanks honey!)
When is the last time you went to the drive-in movie theater?1977. I had to look it up. That's when Pete's Dragon came out.
Now it is my turn....
I'm supposed to nominate MY favorite blogs for a "Liebster Award". They are supposed to be new blogs (under 100 followers), but since this summer, I haven't had much time to check out new blogs. So here are my favorites - they aren't all homeschoolers and they aren't all new, but they may be new to you. They are also excellent examples of gospel centered blogs - their content consistently models what it means to look to Christ for our righteousness, and not to our own performance.
Christina at To Show Them Jesus
Desire at When You Rise
Jessalyn at Desiring Virtue
Kimm at Christ in the Chaos
Kendra at Preschoolers and Peace
Luma at Gospel Grace
Many of these ladies have blogs that are much more regular than mine and they are all excellent writers with a much larger audience than mine. I don't expect that they will have time to answer my questions, but if I were to ask them questions, they would be....
Where did you learn your Gospel Centered-ness from? (That is, have you always understood your faith this way, or have you rediscovered it?)
When you fail as a mom, what verse do you use to remind yourself of your standing with Christ?
What is your biggest fear and how do you fight for faith in that?
Thank you, ladies for your faithful testimony to God's grace and for pointing others to the sufficiency of Christ!