In the past month, CorinthRose has been nominated twice for the Liebster Award. The award is given by fellow bloggers to those in the blogging community who have less than 100 followers and might need some encouragement. Receiving such an email was great but twice is heartwarming. Thank you Henry at MowryJournal and Stephanie at HOPE and PEACE in an Uncertain World.
So how do we define liebster? Ever heard of the word? It is an affectionate and endearing German term meaning dearest or beloved. Gee, my heart palpitates at the thought. I also think it quite ironic the term is German, my maiden and married names are of German descent, and I’ve been involved with German family history for over 30 years.
Each nominator asks questions of the nominee. I’m taking the liberty of combining both Henry’s and Stephanie’s questions in this acceptance of the Liebster Award.
Henry’s 11 questions were:
1. How did you name your blog? My local identity as Corinth’s Flower Lady prompted me to name my blog CorinthRose.
2. Link to your favorite post on your blog. Why this one? My favorite blog post would be “A Monumental Family Project.” It’s a long read. However, if you carefully follow the timeline, you will see God at work in the life of one of His maidservants.
3. When do you most like to write? I write my best during the wee hours of the morning when the Lord wakes me, and I scribble thoughts onto the tablet beside the bed.
4. What do you do for fun, other than blogging? What a matter of interpretation question! Fun is relative, but I like hiking in the woods and thinking as each boot pounds the dirt.
5. Who would you like to interview? I would like to interview my biological father. This may come as a surprise to many in my family, but there are some pressing questions I’d like to have answered.
6. Why did you start writing your blog? I began writing CorinthRose for two reasons: to organize the hundreds of photographs located on several externals drives and to improve my writing skills through word pictures.
7. Favorite foods? I’m a post menopausal woman who craves chocolate.
8. Favorite drink? I’ll take unsweetened tea…hot or iced, thank you.
9. What are you reading now? At present quotes and sayings from “Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks” by Thomas Brooke, a Puritan writer.
10. Favorite vacation spot? I’m an avid traveler, hiker, and all around get out-of –town gal, but just about any woodsy setting would do.
11. Favorite Musician/Band? Lately, I’ve been way too enamored with Sirius XM’s Elvis station. Classical and Smooth Jazz would be the top favorites, though.
Stephanie’s five questions were:
1. If you were able to visit a foreign country, where would it be and why? First, a small area of northwest Germany ancestrally named Ostfriesland, to visit friends and relatives. After that, a river cruise down the Rhine.
2. What is your favorite Bible verse… why? My absolute favorite Bible verse is Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave up His life for me.” Bottom line: it’s not me, it’s Christ in me.
3. Would you rather go shopping at the local mall or take a drive in the country…why? Hands down, a drive on country back roads would be first choice. Now that is if the GPS wouldn’t demand I cross a fast flowing Arkansas river bed. Everything and everyone looks the same at a mall or shopping center.
4. Who made the biggest impact in your life growing up and why? I find this question interesting, since it will be a future blog topic or at least part of my memoirs. For now, the man I have known 48 years. I am 61. As an adult, the answer would definitely be Jesus Christ. One I grew up with physically, the Other I grew up with spiritually.
5. I think everyone collects something, what (if anything) do you collect and why? Oh gee, here we go again with another future topic of discussion. I really am not a collector of anything except paper…ancestral documents, old and current photographs, old newspaper clippings…get the picture! Although, a certain friend has high hopes I will become a Hallmark Christmas ornament collector.
There are several stipulations required to accept this award such as nominating 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award. Honestly, I don’t even know 11 other bloggers!
Consequently, I diverse from the norm and nominate my two favorite bloggers…my daughter, Chris, and inspirational fiction writer friend, Pat. Both love the Lord, are excellent writers, and pray for me regularly.
My five questions for Chris and Pat are as follows:
- Who has inspired you the most as a writer? In what way?
2. When did you meet Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Where are you in your spiritual walk at the moment?
3. Of all the places in the world you could live, where would that be? Why?
4. What prompted you to begin blogging? Any advice for novice bloggers?
5. If you stood on a mountain top, what would you shout to the world?
The word beloved is used at least 113 times in the Bible, mostly by the Apostle Paul to the New Testament churches. Wouldn’t it be nice if we also began using beloved in our conversations, emails, texting, and blogging communities.
I’ve enjoyed answering Henry’s and Stephanie’s questions and thank each one for their much-needed encouragement. Looking forward to hearing from Chris and Pat when their schedules permit.