Recently, I was nominated for a “Liebster Award” by Ros, over at Seven Notes of Grace. Thank you so much, Ros, for this nomination!
As with all of the blogosphere awards, there are rules that have to be followed upon acceptance of this award. I’ve already taken care of the first one by linking back to the blog which nominated mine. Here are the rules as most recently stated (like all things in the Interwebs, these things evolve over time):
1. Link back the blogger that tagged you
2. Answer the questions that were asked by the one who tagged you
3. Nominate ten other bloggers
4. Ask ten questions of those bloggers
5. Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them
The questions that were asked by Ros were:
1. What do you remember about your favorite teacher? That’s a tough one. I had a lot of “favorite” teachers over my school career. But my very favorite had to have been my band director over the course of six years, Norman Deisher. He’s the one who introduced me to band in the sixth grade and got me started on my road as a pretty successful trombone player (unfortunately, that road pretty much came to a dead end after I finished school). Then he followed us to high school where we enjoyed him for another four years. What do I remember about him? He pushed the envelope. He refused to stick with the accepted standard in high school marching bands and drove us into new territory, and had great results in doing so. We won first division awards almost the entire time I was in high school.
2. What was your favorite childhood book? Another tough one, because I read a lot of books, and still do. I’m not even sure I can answer that. I remember really like A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. I was also quite fond of my Bible (even though all we had back then was King James Version).
3. Which fictional book would you like to live in? That’s a scary one, because I read a lot of horror and fantasy books. I’m not sure I would want to come face-to-face with some of the characters I read about. However, I think I would like to live in Harry Dresden’s world, if I were to choose. The Dresden Files is a series of books written by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a modern-day wizard who helps the Chicago PD solve crimes of a supernatural nature.
4. What is your favorite bible book – why? Psalms, hands down. No contest. Why? Because they are the center of the Bible, and I believe that to be more than just positional. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the biggest book of the Bible is in the middle. God has given us just about everything we need in that book of songs. There is encouragement for when we feel down; there are psalms we can use to praise God with; there are even chapters that we can use to express our discontent and vent our feelings about those who hate us. But it all comes down to trusting the Lord. My “life verse,” chosen a couple of decades ago, is Psalm 86:11. Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
5. What is your favorite Christian band/artist? Daniel Amos has been my favorite Christian band for decades. Right behind DA are The Choir and The 77s. And of course, I also love the hybrid group, The Lost Dogs, made up of members of all three groups.
6. Where do you do your best thinking? Hahaha!! Um. . . right here, I think. I believe I do my best thinking while I’m writing my blogs. Of course, that doesn’t always translate through the fingers on to the page. . .
7. Where in the world would you most like to visit? It’s kind of a tie between Ireland and Germany. I would love to be able to tour Neuschwanstein Castle someday. But Ireland is very beautiful, as well. It might be nice to visit Hawaii someday, too.
8. What is the next book on your to read list? The Prayer Ministry of the Church, by Watchman Nee
9. Why/how did you start blogging? My first diary (it actually still exists) was at Diaryland, called Ramblings, Divine and Profane. I haven’t written over there in months, since I started blogging at WordPress. I started writing, well, I think because my oldest daughter had started one. It was mostly random back then, sometimes focusing on Stephanie’s autism. But then I got this bright idea to blog my daily devotions. I started a new one, still at Diaryland, called Revelling in the Overflowing Grace of God. Whoa! That sounds familiar! One day, can’t remember when or why, I discovered WordPress. Much better blogging site! You get the same benefits for free at WordPress that Andrew was charging for at Diaryland. Today, I write mostly at this blog, and occasionally at my other one, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit.
10. What is the most burning question you have – to ask God? Wow! Talk about a tough one. I guess it would be, “Why all the suffering?” I’ve heard the theological answers. But they’re just man’s way of trying to figure out how God thinks. I want to know God’s answer. And I will someday. I will.
Now for the second hardest part, choosing ten other blogs to share with you.
1. In Pursuit of Copiousness
2. Writing Sisters: Victorious Writing/Victorious Living
3. Whimsygizmo’s Blog
4. Pine Needles and Paper Trails
5. Proverbs Way
6. The Weekly Day
7. All My Roads
9. Betwixt and Between
10. Little Did She Know
And now, for the hardest part, coming up with ten questions for my picks to answer.
1. What was your favorite or least favorite subject in school?
2. What inspires you?
3. If you could live in any other time in history, when would it be?
4. What book are you reading right now?
5. Look out your window. What do you see?
6. What has been your favorite/best vacation?
7. Do you play any musical instruments? If so, what?
8. What is your favorite game to play?
9. If you could afford to eat an any restaurant in the world, where would you eat?
10. Who wins: Astronaut or cave man?
For those of you whom I have linked in this blog, please feel free to participate or not participate. There’s certainly no pressure. Just know that I have appreciated your writing, and wanted to acknowledge that. I will now proceed on to my regularly scheduled devotional.
Grace and peace, friends.