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Liebster Award 2017

The Liebster Award is an award given within the blogging community to recognize and discover new blogs. It is given by bloggers and received by bloggers. In order to accept the award, the nominees have a few requirements, such as posting the Liebster Award picture on their page, answering selected questions (my answers are below), and nominating other blogs. Thank you Sarah Newman at “Joyful for Jesus” for nominating my blog!

Here are my “Liebster Award” responses:

What is your favorite Bible verse/passage?

There are several passages I’m drawn to for different reasons. I hesitate to say I have a favorite.  But Romans 15:13 NLT is the focus Scripture for my blog:

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I love how it declares God as the source of hope. Then it promises joy and peace to those who trust Him.  Even when trusting Him seems hard, I’m reminded the best thing about trusting God is God. Then confident hope overflows and whatever I need to trust Him with is no longer my focus – He is.

What do you do when you can’t think of a blog topic?

If I’m stomped for a blog topic, I run through the house screaming.  No seriously, I think about what I’m learning or enjoying about life.  It allows me to share something personal.  But it also allows me to seek God about how He wants to reveal Himself in the midst of my circumstances.  My vulnerability couched in His strength is what I hope to share each week.

What’s your motivation to keep blogging/Why do you blog?

My motivation to blog stems from God’s tug on my heart to write. Otherwise, I’m not sure what I’d do with all the faith explorations in my head.  Also, I continue to be amazed by the wonderful readers who choose to come to my site.  Whether they come to find encouragement or for a thought-provoking post, I consider it a sacred trust. I’m encouraged by each person who shares something about their own journey or how a post speaks to them specifically.

Where do you see yourself in 1, 5, 10 years?

In 1, 5 or 10 years, I see myself continuing to grow as a writer and speaker, but most of all growing in God’s grace and truth.  It is the core for any possible plan I have.  Unless, there is a major shift in what I believe God has called me to do, I’ll write more blog posts, devotionals and books to share who He is and what He does.

What’s one quirk about you that most people don’t know?

Now you’ve hit my silly nerve.  If ice-cream is frozen solid, I put some in a bowl and microwave it for 9 seconds. It allows the ice-cream to melt at just the right pace for me to enjoy!

What are your other hobbies?

I don’t have any other hobbies – this is it!  I really consider it a ministry.  It is a way to serve others with the hope and joy God imparts to me.

What’s your advice for new bloggers?

Never forget why you started. It can feel like there are an overwhelming number of blogs out there (and there are). But there is only one blog that will look and sound like yours.  Enjoy the process of where you are and what you are learning.  Also, remember slow and steady can be the best path to success – and sometimes writing your next post is all the success you need!

For the Liebster Award, I’d like to nominate the following 5 blogs:
(because I love how good comes from “staying on the wall”)
(because I love hope and a good sense of humor)
(because I love a good recipe)
(because I love the idea that simple is good)
(because I love good music)

For those I nominated, please read the rules below to accept the award: 

Also, please answer the following 7 questions on your blog:

  • How did you choose your blog’s name?
  • Who is your favorite YouTuber or podcaster?
  • When times are tough, how do you deal with stress?
  • Give us the link to the blog post you enjoyed writing the most?
  • If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  • What do you want readers to know the most about you?
  • What’s your advice for new bloggers?

Congratulations and I look forward to reading your responses!


  1. I loved reading your answers, Joy! They were honest and thoughtful and they made me laugh. Especially your response, “If I’m stomped for a blog topic, I run through the house screaming”. I feel like we all do that a little bit on the inside, haha. Good thing God knows what to do with our road blocks.

    Keep on blogging!

    September 16, 2017
    • Joy

      Hi Sarah! Thanks again for the Leibster Award nomination. Let’s try not to run into any walls on those days we’re stomped for a topic. 🙂 You keep on blogging too!

      September 16, 2017

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